Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Evanger's Tip: A Healthy Coat with Bathing and Nutrition

Few pets love bath time, but regular grooming is an important part of your dog’s health maintenance. While regular brushing can go a long way, a gentle sudsy dog bath can help nourish the skin and coat, while ridding the coat of allergens, dirt, and mattes.

Photo: Melissa Quintana
Be sure to reward your dog with Evanger's all natural
USA Made treats!
Since some dogs absolutely detest the bathing process, it’s important to make your pet feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to make the do-it-yourself route more enjoyable.

Tools Required – Gather dog shampoo, conditioner (optional), towel, waterproof apron (optional), brush/comb and healthy dog treats for good behavior. We are partial to our own delicious 6 calorie Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats.

Brushing – Brush your dog to rid his coat of tangles or mats. Brushing first can help the shampoo better penetrate to the skin. Find the best comb and/or brush for his coat type. When brushing out mats, hold your pet’s fur close to the skin and gently working out the mat. It’s fine to cut out mats that can’t be removed via brushing.

Bathing – Use plenty of warm water to keep him nice and wet, and be sure to work the soap all the way through his fur to his skin. Start at the neck and work your way down. While bathing him, check for ticks, fleas, cuts or irritated skin. Some pet parents tend to skip face washing, but consider that the face is a bacteria trap where food and water cling, especially around the mouth. If your pet is especially resentful of water around his face, try using a washcloth instead.

Drying – Allow your canine to drip dry for a few minutes before towel drying him. You can purchase a special doggy blow dryer or can use a regular one on the cool setting.

Aside from do-it-yourself grooming sessions, help maintain a healthy coat through nutrition. Select a dog food that lists a quality protein as its primary ingredient, and make sure it’s free of fillers and artificial preservatives.

Evanger’s complete and balanced dog dinner Catch of the Day is a savory, grain-free option for keeping a canine’s fur in fine form, while also addressing skin sensitivities and allergies. Evanger’s Grain Free Salmon also makes for a wonderful Omega-3 packed supplement to any existing dog food meal.

All good dogs should be rewarded with Evanger’s USA Made Grain Free Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs, a great way to indulge a dog while staying on the healthy path. These freeze dried snacks pair a unique variety of game meats with fruits and vegetables. Evanger’s jerky line satisfies with such flavors as Grain Free Organic Chicken, Grain Free Venison, Grain Free Pheasant, and Grain Free Buffalo.

Remember that a healthy coat starts with solid USA made nutrition like Evanger’s canned and dry dog foods.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz – Pug

With wrinkly, short-muzzled faces and curled tails, Pugs were brought to Europe from China in the 16th century. The breed leaped into UK’s social spotlight in the 19th century when Queen Victoria developed a passion for these canines that she passed on to other members of the Royal Family.

The Pug’s smooth, glossy coat is fawn or black in color, legs are strong and straight, feet are small and lower teeth typically protrude further than the upper ones to create an under-bite. These canines also thrive in moderate climates rather than hot and cold environments.

Photo: Amanda Mansz
Pugs benefit from allergy-friendly and weight-friendly
Evanger's USA made meat based diet
Within a pint-size stature, Pugs pack in a huge personality. They can be a bit stubborn but are rarely aggressive. So they’re well suited for families with children. Although they have a lazy nature and spend quite a bit of time napping, Pugs spend their waking hours as canine “shadows” since they follow their humans around to stay close to all the action.

This dog breed is susceptible to eye injuries such as Proptosis, scratched corneas and painful Entropion. Compact passageways make them prone to breathing issues that can prevent efficient regulation of their internal thermostats. The breed is also more susceptible than others to Demodectic mange (Demodex).

The Pug breed lives to eat. And since they also tend to prefer a more sedentary life, these dogs are inclined to become obese. Pug parents should be mindful of excessive feeding, table scraps, and caloric treats. A smart feeding regime from puppy stage to adulthood will go a long way in preventing pug obesity.

Evanger’s skin and coat-friendly Pheasant & Brown Rice dry dog food formula, goes well with a high protein supplement such as Evanger’s Grain Free Game meats – which include Duck, Chicken, Beef, Rabbit, Pheasant, Buffalo and Pork. These supplemental dog foods are low in fat but high in protein-building amino acids and other essential nutrients, so a little goes a long way. They’re also packed with flavor, allowing your dog to lose weight without feeling deprived or starved.

Natural vitamins and minerals are blended with all-fresh USA grown meats and produce for ultimate nutrition in these highly palatable and highly digestible dog foods for all life stages, ages and breeds. With Evanger’s dog foods, you’ll know you’re feeding your Pug delicious, high quality food that can help promote healthy body weight for your Pug as well. 





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Evanger's Health Watch: Cat Litter Box Issues

Let’s be honest, feline urine is one of the most potent odors pet parents will come across when sharing a home with cats. When cats eliminate outside the box, the stench can permanently damage furniture, carpeting, wooden floors and even dry wall.

Studies show that at least 10% of all felines develop some type of elimination problem. Some stop using the box completely while others will use their box for either defecation or urination – but not both. It becomes especially concerning when cats refuse to use the litter even when the litter box is clean and well maintained.

Photo: Carol Shimp
Several behavioral factors may be contributing to the problem. It may be caused by a conflict between multiple cats in a home, a dislike of the litter box style or type of litter in it, or even the box location. Pinpointing the issue may feel like a “needle in a haystack”, but experimentation with these factors can be very beneficial.

Because litter box issues can stem from medical issues, it is important to check with your veterinarian to eliminate any complex and potentially life threatening health concerns that could be causing inappropriate elimination. These may include:

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – If your feline enters its litter box frequently and seems to produce only minimal amounts of urine, he may have a urinary tract infection.

Feline Interstitial Cystitis – This neurological disease impacting a cat’s bladder finds your feline attempting to urinate frequently – often with a strained look and little success. Your furry friends may lick themselves where they urinate, and you may actually spot blood in the urine.

Kidney Stones or Blockages – If your cat has either, she may enter the litter box frequently. Since she could also be experiencing pain, you may hear her meow or cry when trying to eliminate. Her abdomen may also be tender to the touch.

Bladder and urinary tract health is strongly linked to nutrition. By nature, felines should eat meat, since it helps to promote overall good health. A cat’s diet directly affects urine pH, which may become too high if not fed a proper amount of meat-based protein. To keep urine pH low, feed a diet low in carbohydrates, grain free, and species appropriate. Increasing the amount of high quality, fresh meat in your cat’s diet can acidify the urine, and increase hydration, helping to prevent infections, crystals and stones.

Evanger's nutrient dense and meat-rich cat foods offer bio-available nutrients, moisture, and proper protein ratios to help support healthy organ function in cats. Want to add protein to your cat’s existing diet? Try replacing some of your cat’s food with Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats. Among the delicious flavors are Wild Salmon, Rabbit, Chicken, Duck, Buffalo, Pork and Beef.

Both grain and gluten free, these products are excellent complements to Evanger’s Super Premium and Grain Free dry foods like Meat Lover’s Medley with Rabbit or Pheasant & Whitefish. They can also be mixed with Evanger's canned Vegetarian Dinner to make a complete, balanced and highly nutritious diet.

While your feline savors delicious flavors, you’ll know you’re taking an extra step to boost urinary tract health, helping to avoid painful and dangerous infections, stones or blockages.


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.