<p><b>The Bottom Line</b></p><p>This is an excellent addition to the pet food industry that&#39;s also a great way for pet parents to introduce their critters to the raw food diet.</p><p><b>Pros</b></p><ul><li>Made with the highest quality all-natural ingredients</li><li>Grain-free</li><li>Exceeds industry standards and regulations for quality and production safety</li><li>Produced in a dedicated plant</li><li>All batches are tested by an independent lab for purity</li></ul><p><b>Cons</b></p><ul><li>It&#39;s expensive</li></ul><p><b>Description</b></p><ul><li>Raw pet food brand for dogs and cats</li><li>Available in frozen patties and freeze-dried nuggets for dogs</li><li>Available in freeze-dried nuggets for cats</li></ul><p><b>Guide Review - Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s Raw Foods for Pets</b></p><p>I first learned of the <a href="http://www.stellaandchewys.com/index.php" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s</a> raw frozen and freeze-dried <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/the-world-pet-market-booms-2660629" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">pet food</a> brand when I was contacted by a company rep asking me if Iâ€™d be interested in having <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/purr-and-simple-natural-cat-litter-4002495" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="3">Omar</a> do a review.</p>As I have long touted the potential benefits of the raw foods diet for pets, I was instantly intrigued.Here is detailed information about this pet food brand, as well as a review:<b>A Pet Food Brand That&#39;s a Labor of Love</b>This unique raw diet pet food brand was the idea of animal lover Marie Moody.After adopting a sick pup named Chewy from a Los Angeles animal shelter, Moody placed the pooch on a natural raw food diet at the suggestion of his veterinarian. Chewy and Moody&#39;s other dog, Stella, thrived on this diet. This is what led to her founding Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s.In my experience, pet products invented in this fashion cannot be beat.<b>A Ground-Breaking Raw Diet Pet Food</b>I initially conducted some research about this pet food brand company (based in Muskego, Wis.) on the Internet while waiting for my sample package to arrive, and was instantly impressed by the universally rave reviews Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s received.I was also impressed not only by the ingredients this pet food brand contains, but by what it does not contain:<ul><li>Raw natural meat, poultry and fish sourced from USDA-inspected facilities</li><li>Organic fruits and veggies</li><li>No added hormones or antibiotics</li><li>No grain, fillers, artificial preservative or colorings</li></ul>This raw diet pet food brand doesn&#39;t even contain salt or sugar.<b>A Supremely Safe Raw Diet Pet Food Brand</b>In addition, I was impressed by the way this pet food brand is manufactured and processed.Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s is produced via a food safety process called SecureByNature (patent pending). This helps to naturally eliminate such potentially harmful bacteria as salmonella and E.coli while retaining this pet food&#39;s nutritional value and flavor.This is accomplished by way of Hydrostatic High Pressure, a technology that eliminates pathogens without the use of heat or irradiation.Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s also goes above and beyond what the law allows by producing its line of pet foods in a dedicated manufacturing plant where the utmost cleanliness is exercised.The company even has an independent laboratory test every batch of food for potential bacteria before it is shipped.<b>Omar&#39;s Rave Review</b>Shortly after I agreed to review this pet food brand and was waiting for the sample to arrive, I happened to be shopping in Cutter&#39;s Mill natural pet store in Cherry Hill, N.J., when I spied a large display rack bearing the Stella &amp; Chewy&#39;s raw diet pet food brand.One of the employees noticed me checking it out and informed me that the store had samples he could give me; a smart move on the pet food company&#39;s part.Meanwhile, Omar and I were staying overnight at my parents&#39; home. I left the bag with the samples on the guestroom floor. The next morning, my mom found one of the sample packages lying in the middle of the living room floor, bearing tell-tale kitty teeth marks.That was the first clue that Omar was more than interested in this pet food.So I gave him some for breakfast.<b>The Good News About this Raw Diet Pet Food Brand</b>Omar loved, loved, loved it! He literally inhaled it.The bad news is, he immediately threw up.I thought that maybe he just ate too fast.Not long after, I received a full-sized bag of the Charming Chicken &amp; Beef Dinner from the company&#39;s rep.This time, I actually read the instructions (well, sort of), which recommended that the food be rehydrated with warm water.So I did just that; Omar once again inhaled it then...surprise! He threw up again.<b>If at First You Don&#39;t Succeed, Fully Read the Label!</b>I finally decided to read the entire label. In my haste, I had overlooked that part that read, &#34;New Users: Mix Stella and Chewy&#39;s with your current [pet food] brand for the first 5-7 days.\u009D&#34;<i>Duh!</i> My bad!So I did just that; I soaked the raw food in warm water then mixed it with Omar&#39;s favorite canned cat food brand, <a href="https://www.thebalance.com/are-pet-foods-made-in-thailand-safe-2660802" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="4">Weruva</a>.<i>Ta da!</i> Omar loved it, and did not throw up.Suffice it to say that retailers who may decide to carry this pet food brand are advised to apprise their customers of the proper way to introduce this to their pets.