Is Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food Good?
Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3-star rating — around 31% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.
They seem to have nutrition ratio similar to a common pet food, and contain mainly named ingredents. We think they are fine, and it might be great to give your pets some extra meaty food or treats.
What We like
- No Plant Protein in Top Ingredients
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
What We Concern
- More than 37% Carbs
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Contain Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have different ratings. This means they might be designed a bit differently.
Recipe to review
To rate Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Cage-free Chicken & Ancient Grains Recipe.
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||30% or more||28%|
|Fat||15% or more||17%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||41%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||5.6%|
44 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
Natural Chicken FlavorFood Additive
Chicken LiverAnimal Protein
QuinoaCarbs, Plant Protein
Suncured Alfalfa MealCarbs, Plant Protein
Mixed TocopherolsFood Additive
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
TipsWe find 5 Concerned and 2 Notice ingredients from Cage-free Chicken & Ancient Grains Recipe. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Pearled Barley
- Tomato Pomace
- Sodium Selenite
- Brown Rice
- Dicalcium Phosphate
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
0 / 7 (0%)in top 7 ingredients
28%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Medium !
It looks like it contains a moderate amount of meat. Your furbabies should still be fine with it.
Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 10 recipes, the group has an average of 29% protein, 17% fat and 39% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is -1 (%) less than ideal
- Fat is 2 (%) higher than ideal
- Carbs is 11 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food has an carbs level higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Similar nutrition ratio as a common pet food
- Clear, named animal products as main ingredient
- Medium level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3 star rating.
Do we recommend Stella’s Essentials Dry Dog Food ?It is a fine pet food, and it might be great to give your pets some extra meaty food or treats.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.