Monday, May 4, 2015

Evanger's #GetPetHealthy Nutritionist Question of the Week: Why Does My Dog Chew on the Walls?

Every week we have a contest on our Facebook Page, and invite Evanger's feeders to ask a nutrition question about their pet.  Our Certified On-Staff Nutritionist picks one question to weigh in on.  Here are this week's question and answer.

Question from Desiree B: 
Why does my dog like to chew on the walls? We have toys for them to play with all over the house.

Answer:
Most likely, the wall chewing is behavioral rather than a nutrition issue. The dog might be stressed or bored.  Try giving your dog a toy that will use his mental capabilities like a puzzle.

But dogs with trace mineral deficiencies do sometimes eat inappropriate substances. Be sure to feed one of the Evanger's complete and balanced dry foods plus a canned supplemental meat like the 13-oz Hunk of Beef. This should help satisfy any weird cravings.


If your cats or dog are ill, a veterinarian might recommend and supervise supplementation. Otherwise, if you are feeding Evanger's nutrient dense, high meat content dry and canned foods, your cats and dog do not need any additional supplements.


Thanks for writing in!  We host a #GetPetHealthy every Monday on our Facebook Page.  The winner receiving a free bag of Jerky Treats, so check in on Mondays at https://www.facebook.com/Evangers.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Evanger's Nutrition Tip: The Pros of Probiotics

Dog owners know that healthy, natural foods are essential for a pet’s well-being. Good food is made from high quality ingredients that serve a purpose. You may have heard about probiotics for humans as a digestive health supplement for humans, but did you know that probiotics also offer a tremendous benefit to pets?

Mainly responsible for breaking down food, a dog’s digestive system absorbs nutrients, and distributes them throughout the body – thus preventing toxins from entering the bloodstream. In fact, research indicates that 70% of a dog's immune system lies in the digestive tract. That said, it is so important to understand which pet food ingredients promote a pet’s proper digestive health.

Probiotics provide the "good bacteria" that helps improve the digestibility of ingredients. These bacteria are an essential part of the immune system, and can help lower the number of disease causing bacteria in the gut. Feeding your pooch food with live probiotics is a great way to help re-inoculate a dog’s digestive tract with health-promoting bacteria.

Evanger's Meat Lover's Medley offers probiotics
for optimal digestive health
Since 1935, Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company has operated with the firm belief that a canine’s health is dependent on wholesome, nutritious dog foods that are free of preservatives and harmful additives. While the core nutrition of our recipes and the fresh processes used to manufacture our foods remains unchanged, we continue to innovate as new research helps raise the bar in pet health.

For all breeds and all life stages, many of Evanger’s dry dog foods, such as Grain Free Meat Lover's Medley, contain probiotics to support healthy immune and digestive systems, as well as Omegas 3 and 6 for healthy joint, skin and coat. Combining Rabbit, Beef and Pork, this delicious blend taps into nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables instead of grains. Our probiotic rich dry foods combine very well with any of our canned Grain Free Game Meats, Evanger's Organics or Evanger’s Classic lines for a moist and meaty meal any pet will love.

Note that fresh meat is the first ingredient in Evanger’s all natural, high quality foods that are free of corn, wheat and soy. Our fresh, USA Made ingredients, combined with probiotics provide a healthy and nutrient rich environment for your pet’s digestive health, and overall healthy, happy life!



Throwback Thursday 80th Anniversary Post

Throwback Thursday for Evanger's 80th Anniversary! This is a very special throwback to our 2010 broadcast on NBC News from our work with Keshet, a vocational program for kids with special needs. When Holly, the owner of Evanger's, sister got sick with Alzheimer's and was no longer able to perform simple motor skills, Holly vowed that she would employ young adults with disabilities to help them continue to use their motor skills as well. That's when we started our work with Keshet's vocational program; to give young adults with special needs an opportunity that may not have been available to them. Thank you Bruce Wolf at NBC for doing a piece on this program! And thank you to Keshet for all of the wonderful work you do, and the kids who were involved in our program!

Click here to watch the NBC News Segment Clip: http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/82759802.html
http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/82759802.html

Friday, April 17, 2015

Evanger's #GetPetHealthy Nutritionist Question of the Week: My Dog Eats His Poop & Allergy Testing

Every week we have a contest on our Facebook Page, and invite Evanger's feeders to ask a nutrition question about their pet.  Our Certified On-Staff Nutritionist picks one question to weigh in on.  Here are this week's question and answer.  But this time we picked two!

Question #1 from Susan B. Wolf:
How can I keep my 1yr old Lab from eating his poop?  We also have wild rabbits living under our shed an she also eats theirs. I feed her and our Cavalier Evangers dry food for the last 8 months. Is there something else I can add to it to make her stop?? Thank you very much.
Answer:
How is your Cavalier doing?  Does she eat her poop as well?  For your lab, it sounds like you should introduce some canned food into her diet.  Canned food is much more nutrient-dense, which should satisfy whatever your Lab feels he is missing.  This can also happen when a dog gets bored of his or her food, so we recommend rotating the foods from time to time to keep your pets excited.  However, our first recommendation is to supplement some of the kibble with Evanger's canned food for maximum nutrition, and see if you observe any changes with this habit.



Question #2 from Debbie S. Kackley:
My dog, Hank, has terrible itching. He is constantly biting his feet and scratching his face. How can I determine if this is a food allergy? If not a food allergy, what else can it be? He has done this from day one and I have had him for about 7 years. I have had him at the vet, they could not find a problem.


Answer:
Is Hank's itching season?  If so, it is likely an environmental allergy, which is not uncommon for dogs.  However, if it is year-round, there are a few things to take a look at.  
First, you should ask your vet to test for Candidiases, which is a fungal infection, which can cause those symptoms.  The Vet can also run an allergy panel, in which case, your diet may end up being changed.  Once this is done, please follow up with Evanger's so we can assist in finding the best diet based on what the Veterinarian recommended.

Alternatively, what exactly is Hank eating?  Is it primarily a dry food or canned food diet?  More often, feeding solely a dry kibble with cause dryness in the coat, which can cause itching.  Dry foods also have many more ingredients, giving more of an opportunity for Hank to be exposed to an allergen.  We will speak with Debbie directly about this to determine if Evanger's can help identify a new protocol for Hank's diet to eliminate the itching. 

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Thanks for writing in!  Both Debbie and Susan will receive one free bag of Evanger's Low-Calorie Jerky Treats for submitting the chosen questions to be answered.  The #GetPetHealthy Nutritionist Question of the Week is run every Monday on the Evanger's Facebook Page.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Evanger's Canned Mouse April Fool's Joke Goes Viral!

On Wednesday, April 1st, Evanger's made a very big announcement.  We let the world know that we were launching a new flavor of food for dogs and cats, Hand Packed Whole Mouse in a can!  And each can is guaranteed to have at least one tail!  What started as an April Fool's joke went viral - people were grossed out, but other people LOVED the new product!  We aren't actually producing it, but now we are wondering, should we?  We have gotten many requests for canned mouse over the years, which is what gave us the idea for this fun April Fool's prank.

We had fun sharing a laugh with all of you, thanks for having fun with us this April Fool's Day!  And for making this go viral!

Here's a snap of the post that was shared almost 300 times:
We are so excited to make this special announcement today! We are announcing our newest flavor of dog and cat food - HAND PACKED MOUSE! And the best part is each can is guaranteed to have at least one tail!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Evanger's Tip: Giving Your Pets An Eco-Friendly Edge

With all the attention and love we give our furry four-legged friends, it just makes sense that we weave sustainability into their lives as well. Over the past decade, eco-friendly options for canines, felines and other pets have burgeoned to cover shampoo, litter, flea treatment, toys and food.


It’s easy to shrink your pet’s environmental paw print dramatically while also helping it gain health benefits. Here are a few ways to green your pets and give them an eco-friendly edge.

1) Choose Eco-Friendly SuppliesLook for products made of biodegradable materials, that are free of plastics, or that can be or have been recycled.

2) Select The Least Toxic Flea Med OptionCheck online for tips to fighting fleas without pesticides. If you must use pesticides, opt for a topical, spot-on treatment instead of powders, collars or sprays. If you live in a region that has a true winter, ask your vet about limiting treatments during warmer flea season months.

3) Be A Green Doggy Pooper-ScooperAlways clean up after your pet. Poop can make humans and animals sick when it’s washed down storm drains into waterways. A great green move is to purchase biodegradable poop bags that are flushable. Check for eco-friendly kitty litter as well.

4) Think Before You Toss – Shampoos, meds and flea treatments can all potentially pollute water and soil when simply tossed into the trash. Call 800-CLEAN-UP for safe solutions in disposing of these.

5) Purchase Locally Made and Organic Pet Foods – Purchase “Made in the USA” foods, using ingredients that did not travel far. Check what other environmentally friendly practices your pet food company embraces. Here at Evanger’s, we are proud to incorporate eco-friendly business practices in every aspect of our manufacturing. From using local ingredients and packaging to using recycled materials everywhere we can. Did you know that our facility creates the equivalent of one 60 gallon family-sized garbage can of waste each day?

Evanger’s also features a full organic line of foods that are nutritionally complete and balanced. Ideal for cats, Evanger’s Organic Braised Chicken Dinner is a certified, holistic option that’s naturally cooked in its own juices.

Fido will love our 100% Organic Cooked Chicken that’s simmered in natural well water.
Grain- and gluten-free, it’s a great complement to our Super Premium and Grain Free dry foods. It can also be mixed with Evanger's canned Vegetarian Dinner to make a complete, balanced and nutritious diet.

Evanger’s helps you keep your pets healthy while you help save our planet!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Evanger's Tip: How Nutrition Can Help Reduce Shedding

Photo: Allysa T.
While some canines like German Shepherds are prolific shedders, others have shed-resistant fur. But even shed-resistant dogs do shed. Shedding is affected by several factors including weather, seasons, grooming and a pet’s overall health. If you feel your breed sheds more than normal, consult your veterinarian to rule out undiagnosed health issues. Because the coat is an important barometer for pet health, monitoring its condition is an important habit for pet parents to develop.

Here are a few tips to help reduce shedding in your four-legged family member.

Through Grooming

· Control Fleas – Canines with flea issues will scratch incessantly, losing fur in the process. Keeping your dog flea-free helps prevent dandruff, irritated skin and excessive shedding.

· Brush Regularly – Aside from eliminating excessive fur, a daily or every-other-day brushing ritual helps to make her coat cleaner and softer, improving tangles and mattes.

· Utilize De-shedding Tools – Be sure to use de-shedding tools just prior to spring as your dog’s winter coat begins to thin out, and again before Fall, when the coat begins to rebuild layers. Remember that dogs living indoors most or all of the time may shed year round. Dogs with thick or long coats likely require tools like an undercoat de-matting rake or shedding blade. Canines with short coats can benefit from a simple rubber currycomb.

· Bathe Regularly – While over-bathing may cause dry skin and fragile fur, regular bathing encourages loose hair to fall out in the bathing area instead of on furniture. During cooler months, provide long-coated canines a blow-drying on the lowest setting.

Through Nutrition

· Clean, Fresh Water – Dehydration often leads to dry skin that ultimately causes excessive shedding and even illness. Be sure your dog always has access to plenty of clean, fresh water. Also consider incorporating moist foods into her diet. Canned or “wet” dog food helps pets stay hydrated by sneaking in extra moisture through diet. Stews for dogs and stews for cats, especially, provide some of the highest moister content.

· Omega 3 – Omega 3 fatty acids in fish such as Wild Salmon will help condition the skin and create a healthier, shinier coat that sheds less. Consider adding fresh Salmon to your pet’s regular diet, especially during shedding season.

· Fresh Ingredients – Sliced apples, cucumbers, and bananas, as well as cooked lean meats are moisture and nutrient rich foods that help maintain hydration and reduce shedding. Consider using these foods as treats, or look for canned pet dinners that contain fresh moisture-rich produce and meats.

· High Quality Diet – Canines with food allergies are especially prone to shedding. It is important to keep the skin and hair follicles strong and healthy for the best coat maintenance. Seek out foods that list real muscle meat as the main ingredient.

For a diet rich in protein, helps prevent allergies and is packed by hand, Evanger’s Grain Free Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy combines tender chunks of beef, market fresh vegetables and nutritious gravy. Other delectable flavors include Chunky Chicken Casserole and Wild Salmon meal supplement. For healthy snacks, Evanger’s Freeze Dried Treats include Beef Liver, Hearts, Tripe, Lungs and Tongue. With Evanger’s dog foods and snacks, your pet will enjoy the taste and you’ll appreciate the health benefits!