Vote in the Dogington Post Awards: Best Raw Dog Food

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As part of a larger initiative to educate dog owners on proper nutrition, effective training, and other ways to raise a happy and healthy dog, the Dogington Post is reviewing products, toys, foods, treats, and rescue organizations in our first annual Dogington Post Awards Program!

Each week, we’ll present the nominees in a particular category. And, YOU, our readers, will have an opportunity to weigh-in on your favorites, to help us choose a winner!

Nominees from each category for the Dogington Post Award have been selected based on strict criteria including dedication to animal health and welfare, providing the very best quality ingredients, and dedication to improving the lives of our dogs.

This week, we’re presenting the nominees for Best Raw Dog Food!

With a raw diet, as important as what’s IN the food is what’s left OUT of it. We only nominated brands that are free of preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, unhealthy grains and fillers, choosing only brands that provide wholesome, natural, whole raw foods for our pets.

Dogington Post’s Best Raw Dog Food nominees are:

1. Stella & Chewy’s

On the advice of her veterinarian, Marie Moody, the founder and president of Stella & Chewy’s began feeding her ailing dog with a raw meat diet at home. After vast improvements in Chewy’s health and vitality, Marie sought to make a commercially available product as good as what she was making at home.

Stella & Chewy’s natural raw dinners are available in a variety of mouthwatering flavors like Stella’s Super Beef, Chewy’s Chicken, Duck Duck Goose, Dandy Lamb, Surf ‘N Turf, and more in both frozen and dehydrated versions. With an ingredient list that reads like your own healthy grocery list, Stella & Chewy’s uses only naturally-raised meats from USDA-inspected facilities, organic fruits and veggies, and healthful probiotics, essential vitamins, and minerals. They leave out all the stuff your dog doesn’t need, like grains, fillers, preservatives, and colorings.

What’s more, Stella & Chewy’s makes feeding raw more convenient than ever before with already-portioned disks – just thaw and feed! Or, if you’re feeding raw on-the-go, grab a pouch of their freeze-dried food and just add water. In addition to providing top-notch nutrition for our dogs, Stella & Chewy’s is dedicated to pet welfare and the humane treatment of animals through a myriad of charitable donations.

To learn more about Stella & Chewy’s or to learn where to buy, visit

2. Darwin’s Natural Pet Products

Veterinarian developed and lab-tested to meet and exceed AAFCO guidelines, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products’ mission is to help dog owners provide the best nutrition for healthier, longer lives for their pets. They achieve that mission by providing a convenient and affordable way to feed healthy, raw, grain-free meals. Only USDA-inspected human-grade meats and farm fresh vegetables go into their diets. No grains, no additives, and no unnecessary fillers. Darwin’s delivers all the benefits of a raw diet with the convenience that busy pet owners appreciate.

One of dog owners’ biggest obstacles when choosing to feed raw is the cost. Darwin’s sells their food direct-to-consumer, at wholesale prices, to enable more pet owners to afford a commercial raw food diet. Plus, selling direct to consumers allows for the shortest time between the farm and your dog’s bowl, while ingredients are at their freshest. They make it easy for you by delivering direct to your home, on your schedule, tailored to your dog’s individual needs. With meals like Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Beef and Bison, you’re sure to find a flavor your furkid will love!

To learn more about Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, visit

3. ANSWERS Pet Food

The team at ANSWERS Pet Food consists of members with a combined 50 plus years of experience in the raw pet food industry. Taking a scientific approach to pet nutrition, they developed one of the best raw food products on the market. ANSWERS’ mission is to be more than a pet food company, but rather, an ethical, social, and environmentally conscious movement in the raw pet food industry.

A leader in the raw pet food category, ANSWERS has created new forms of raw food as diverse and unique as our dogs, including nibble size to sausage links, patties, and pounders. They currently offer three raw formulas: Chicken, Beef and Pork in complete diets or limited ingredient diets for dogs with allergies. Choose from their Straight formulas containing only meat, organs, and bones; or their Detailed full ingredient recipes that also include eggs, veggies, fish oil, and other essential nutrients.

ANSWERS also offers cartons of frozen raw goat’s milk for dogs. Goat’s milk enhances your pet’s diet and is great for fussy eaters. We can vouch for this – our dogs LOVE their goat’s milk!  And, because ANSWERS Pet Food is committed to protecting the environment, their foods are packaged in recyclable cartons.

For more information about ANSWERS Pet Foods or to find out where to buy it, visit

To vote for YOUR favorite raw dog food, leave a comment with your choice below!


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  1. I feed K-9 Kraving raw dog food. I live near the manufacturer and even toured the facility to watch it being made. Nothing would ever convince me that any other brand is better than this one. They use an animal nutritionist to help formulate the correct balance and they are USDA inspected. The raw food comes frozen and i just thaw/serve.

  2. I feed my severely vaccine injured cairn terrier Answers raw food. The reason I chose Answers is because it is the only commercially prepared raw food that does not use synthetic vitamins which has a negative effect on the body. Answers uses fermentation to increase the availability and digestibility of its product. It is very convenient to feed from the 4 lb. box that contains eight 8oz. patties that come in a recyclable box. Another plus to help with limiting the carbon footprint.

  3. I absolutely love this food. My dog goes nuts at meal time. The ingredients are all stuff that I know and eat myself, I can actually pronounce all the names! I get really nervous about all these additives that people put in their food. Even if it’s raw doesn’t mean it’s healthy. I love when you open the package you can see and smell the freshness of the product! Definitely spend the $22 for the 10lb starter box. It will not disappoint.

  4. NONE of them. Be careful with raw. My dog died of complications from e-coli from feeding her raw. If you don’t know that your dog has a compromised immune system and you feed raw, your dog CAN die! Of course I also had a vet that sucked as well, which didn’t help.
    I don’t recommend raw at all. Dehydrated or slightly cooked, yes.

    • Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. Had nothing to do with feeding raw though. Dog’s eat far worse off the ground in the park and their immune systems are primed for eating this food.

  5. I was feeding Bravo and I tried Darwins ,if I were to eat one or the other DARWINS WIN hands down . People don’t hate DARWINS they hate the price. If u can afford it your animal thanks you. DARWINS MY VOTE

  6. ANSWERS all the way – We have three dogs (Pitbull, Rat Terrier and Chihuahua) all on ANSWERS Raw Beef and Raw goat milk. All of them have leaned out to where they should be since switching. The Chihuahua and Rat Terrier both had tearing eyes, which after a few weeks on ANSWERS, has cleared up. All of their coats feel very smooth and shiny. The dogs absolutely love the food and anxiously await their next serving. Also, if you have any questions or concerns you can call the company and talk directly with the owner who is incredibly helpful. ANSWERS is certainly not a cheap option, but its the best one in my opinion.

  7. ANSWERS Pet Food, with out question. ANSWERS offers unique top of the line sourced ingredients in every product they sell. My dog was overweight and lost 10 lbs when she switched over to the ANSWERS line and has kept the weight off. She has stopped shedding, stopped itching, has more energy than she ever has and is not breathing as heavy! I recommend ANSWERS Pet Food to everyone!!!

  8. I alternate Primal Raw Frozen Turkey and Sardine Formula with Stella and Chewy’s Venison. My five pound Yorkie, Bess, thrives on this combination. Actually, I like the rectangular short stick design of the Primal better than Stella and Chewy’s patties. The patties often arrive broken; the sticks never.