Evanger dog food formulas are produced and marketed by Evangers Dog and Cat Food Company. The pet food company has been producing various lines of dog and cat food formulas and treats since it was founded in 1935 by Fred Evanger.
Each of these dog food formulas has been tailored to meet the AAFCO nutrient standards for all life’s stages.
There has been no Evanger dog food formula which has been subjected to recall by the FDA however the company’s attention has been called on adulteration and misbranding of its Lamb and Rice Dog Food formula and Grain-free Duck Pet Food.
The primary protein component of Evanger’s dog food formulas is chicken, pheasant, or whitefish. This gives dog owners better choices when it comes to selecting the best formula for their dogs.
Chicken, pheasant and whitefish are fresh meat-based protein sources. Being raw ingredients, about 80% of their composition is made up of water that can be lost during processing and leaving only a fraction of the original weight.
Pheasant meat is often a good choice for dogs which are hypersensitive to chicken.
In Evanger’s Chicken with Brown Rice Formula, the second ingredient is brown rice. It is unmilled or partly milled rice which is considered more nutritious than white rice. Brown rice still possesses the nutrient-rich outer covering of the grain. It is loaded with B-vitamins, magnesium and iron.
To boost the total protein content of Evanger’s dog food formulas, the fresh meat protein sources are paired with a meat meal like chicken meal, duck meal, salmon meal, or venison meal.
Meat meals are meat concentrates that contain more than 300% more protein than fresh meat sources.
Aside from being a rich protein source, salmon meal contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which serve an important role in protecting body cells against harmful free radicals.
Potatoes are complex carbohydrates that also contain B-vitamis, carbohydrates, vitamin C, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and niacin.
Pearled barley contains soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. It is also loaded with antioxidants and other essential nutrients like selenium, thiamine, niacin, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Pearled barley is produced when the outer covering of the barley is removed and the grain is “pearled” or polished.
Chicken fat is a valuable source of linoleic acid in the diet. It is a type of healthy omega-6 fatty acids that helps protect the body cells from harmful free radicals and helps preserve the integrity of the body cells.
Flaxseed is recognized as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids from plants. It is also a good source of dietary fiber which is easily digestible when ground into a meal.
Canola oil contains high amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids however there are dog owners who view it as an unhealthy fat. This stems from a misconception that Canola Oil is extracted from rapeseed, a plant which contains high levels of the toxic substance, erucic acid. However, Canola oil is extracted from the Canola plant.
Tomato pomace is a by-product which is produced when tomatoes are processed into catsup, juice, or sauce. Tomato pomace is made up chiefly of tomato skin which can contain pesticide residues. For some dog owners, tomato pomace is viewed as an inexpensive filler of pet food formulas. However, tomato pomace contains high amounts of lycopene, B-vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Brewer’s dried yeast is another controversial item present in Evanger’s dog food formulas. It is a by-product of the beer making industry. Some dog owners shy away from dog food formulas with Brewer’s dried yeast because it has been linked to incidence of allergies in dogs. However, the ingredient contains 45% protein which can help boost the total protein of the dog food formula.
Probiotics have been added as a coating for kibbles. These are mainly beneficial microorganisms that support and boost digestive and immune system functions.
Chelated minerals have also been added for better absorption and utilization of essential minerals in the diet.
Many dog owners love the fact that Evanger’s dog food formulas are tailored to meet specific needs of dogs. The absence of corn and soya, which are known dog food allergens, is another plus factor for Evanger dog formulas. However, these positive reviews are shadowed by the fact that the company’s license had been suspended by FDA and that there has been recent FDA findings of adulteration and misbranding of some formulas.
Overall, we believe that Evanger's is a quality dog food and highly recommend this brand. Evanger's contains quality ingredients, good meat content and comes at a reasonable value.
Evangers Dog Food Formulas
Evangers dog food comes in three different formulas. They include:
Hey Bradley Morten, they make some of the best canned food on the market today. Their 100% duck, 100% phesant, 100% rabbet, 100% chicken along with Hunks of Beef, are some of the best you can buy. I feed a small amount of one of these every night to my dog as desert. He goes nuts over the duck.
In my rescue operation, I feed only Evangers canned food. The beef, chicken drummets, thighs and whole mackerel provide some bones (safe!) and there is much variety. Variety is very important for health since we don't know which foods may hurt which pets when in excess. The food is human grade. There is an organic line (except for vitamins etc).
what happened to innocent till proven guilty? anybody can accuse anyone of anything! doesn't make it true. food is amazing. looks like merrick has taken shortcuts lately. trying to save money? i am into tikidog. have you seen this stuff? unbelievable.
Dawn, first off learn how to use your ""CAPS button"", who would take you seriously if you can't even hit the caps button??? I know how I feel. Secondly, great for you and your raw diet, ya hoo, speffy keen, neato jets. OK, we have heard enough. Not all people are going to feed raw for alot of reasons. And I for one would never in a million years feed my dog raw chicken never, ever, no way. Have you ever seen how they raise them ? It is very obvious if you have, that you need to make sure you cook it these days. And I would never feed eggs raw, now of course if I rasied my own I MIGHT. Now go to the forums you well fit in great there.
My french bulldog who is 5 mos. old came to us with Giardia and we are treating her with Flagyl. She is rather picky when it comes to food and seems to like to eat on her own time. She does not let the Evanger's Lamb and Rice sit long. She seems to love it. I have tried Wellness Puppy Formula and she did enjoy it but found it rather fatty and rich, contributing to her diarrhea and gas. Merrick Thanksgiving Day Dinner also is a success but the clean, well formulated and consistency driven texture makes this food a winner. I am a first time dog owner, so if I am doing something wrong, or, if I should try something else, please feel free to give me constructive advise.
Thank you so much
You are doing great, by picking good foods without corn and other nastys. I had a German Shepherd who was just exactly like yours. I would put his food down, he would look at me, go back to sleep and would not touch it. But when I got home it was all gone, sure hope the kids weren't eating it, LOL, just kidding. Some dogs just don't do good on certain foods, no biggy, you found one that fits your dog. Just keep in mind that if your dog is a picky eater leave the food out all the time, just don't let her get fat. When she gets older try one of the duck,rabbit or pheasant formulas, my dog goes nuts for duck.
I have to be optimistic here and say that I think the competitors of Evangers have taken full advantage of this site to bash evangers. While Im not crazy about this whole mess, my dogs dont seem to care one bit about the news. At least I found something that my dogs go nuts over. Can another company say that their dog food looks like human food. Just putting in my to cents.
I am so thankful to Evangers. My 9 year old Caalier was diagnosed with MVD and needed to loose weight. The vet cardiologist suggested Evangers Game Meats. While my dog loves the food, we have been able to get het weight down with controlled portions and the vet is very pleased with her progress.
I do not think that any competitor is on here bashing evangers. I did a google search after being thrilled with Evangers whole mackerel. My cat loved it and I wanted to check out the company before buying more. the article about them stealing utilies is all over the internet on major news sources. Just google it. I also this on the fda website http://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/cvmupdates/ucm166265.htm there was another site that linked this to complaints but I could not find this on the fda website. Two times once in 09 and once in 08 they had run in's with the fda. Go to the FDA website and search for yourself.
I am confused now as to whether I want to feed this to my cat. While the news story of them stealing utilities has not been proven, I am not sure I want to gamble with my pets health. If they have done what they are accused of then I agree with the others who question what else they might have done. These accusations along with them twice in the last two years not following FDA protocol make me lean toward not using this food. I am contacting them and depending on how they respond I will decide from there what I will do
I can't tell you what to do, but they make a great product and like everything and everyone, things have gotten tough. Illegals have made the issues tougher and have impacted everyone, it's just most people haven't figured that out. They tried to keep their company afloat, do I agree with how they did it, heck no, but I still recommend their products.