I was given product for this review. All opinions are my own.
Sebastian loves being the test subject for all these dog foods, but I have to say the products I’ve had by Stewart Pet have been the absolute best so far. They have extremely simple and healthy ingredients, switching to them is very easy on his stomach, and he finds them extremely tasty. This time, Sebastian got to try Stewart Naturals Freeze-Dried Patties, and he really enjoyed them.
Ingredients and what they do to the canine body are what I’m going to focus on here.
Sebastian has a really hard time eating foods with corn as the first ingredient. Unfortunately, that is what you’re going to find with the most popular dog food brands. I can definitely see a difference if he eats corn-based food – and it isn’t pretty. Horrible digestive issues. Running outside to do his business. Diarrhea. Loose stools. Now, the vet did tell me corn is an excellent source of fiber, and that although corn gets a bad rap, it can be good for some dogs. My response: Just not for Sebastian.
As a petsitter, I see a lot of what dogs eat. I also happen to see what comes out of dogs’ bodies. This week I am taking care of some adorable chihuahuas who are on an amazing diet. It is a combination of dry, grain-free food, quality canned food, and raw food. They’re extremely easy to clean up afterwards, and their systems are pretty regular.
I’ve taken care of dogs who eat food that you can purchase at any chain drug store, and it is a totally different story. Extremely difficult cleanup. Mooshy stools. impossible to completely get off the grass. Very sad.
But some dogs eat this food and are fine. Just like with humans, every dog’s body is different.
But I know that what you put in a dog can really have an impact on what comes out of him. It’s just like with humans: If your poop looks weird, there’s probably something going on with your diet that you need to change.
Here are the ingredients in Stewart Raw Naturals Freeze-Dried Patties: Beef, Beef Heart, Beef Liver, Ground Beef Bone, Broccoli, Carrots, Beef Kidney, Lettuce, Apples, Ground Flaxseed, Inulin, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Blueberry, Cranberry, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Whole Ginger, Whole Parsley, Whole Garlic, Montmorillonite Clay, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (as preservative), Vitamin D Supplement.
There’s one ingredient in there that struck me and made sense: Ginger. Ginger is known as a settling agent for nausea. I have read that Ginger is great to settle a dog’s stomach and even calm him down before a long car ride. So it made sense when this food didn’t really result in adverse reactions on Sebastian’s part. There was no dash to the back door. No gas. No heaving. Nothing. He just really enjoyed his food.
And here he is, enjoying his food. The second of these videos shows you but one way to prepare it for your dog. It can be prepared wet, dry, or crumbled on top of your dog’s existing food as a supplement.
And here’s part 2. I love the heart shapes! They also have freeze-dried treats that are heart-shaped. So sweet!
We tried several different ways of feeding Sebastian, but in the end, we discovered that he really doesn’t care for the wet food. I ended up handing him the patties whole so he could eat them for dinner. He can always drink his water separately (and he does; we always keep out a ton of water for this little guy.)
The Freeze-Dried Naturals Patties are available in beef and chicken flavors. As you can see, there are extremely simple ingredients to these foods. And frankly, I think they’re amazing. Sebastian kinda digs them, too.
So, if you are looking for something new to feed your dog, give this a try. I recommend easing your dog into any new diet by gradually introducing and increasing the new food with the old food, and also to pay attention to your dog’s reaction. Gas and dramatic changes in stool can indicate issues – and excessive scratching and watery eyes can mean allergies. But as with humans, we typically have to test our animals to figure out what is best for them.