Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Evanger’s Health Watch: Canine Irritable Bowel Disease

Photo by Renee L.
One of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in pets, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term describing chronic inflammation of the small and/or large intestine.

When normal rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract are disrupted, it interferes with movement of food and waste material. This accumulated material in the intestine partially obstructs the digestive tract by trapping gas and stool.

Among IBD symptoms are constipation or persistent loose stools, mucus in the stool, abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy.

While the causes aren’t always clear, contributing factors can be mental stress, food allergies, poor eating habits, excessive antibiotic use, parasites, and bacterial and viral infections. IBD can also be triggered by a blockage caused from chewing and swallowing items like socks, balls and other toys. Since so many variables come into play, it’s important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian.

Diet is key in helping to decrease intestinal inflammation. Foods should be free of additives, preservatives and coloring agents, and contain protein sources such as venison, rabbit or duck.

Evanger’s premium dog foods can help your pet avoid food allergies. Make these 100% USA made foods part of their early nutrition and continue it as they mature. Consider all natural Evanger’s Pheasant & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Whitefish and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food. Evanger’s Super Premium Dry Foods contain AllTech™ supplements, including live prebiotics and probiotics and LactoSacc™, helping to support the population of good digestive bacteria for a healthy digestive system. These premium dry foods make an excellent pairing with Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats for added high quality protein.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Evanger’s Breed Buzz: Australian Cattle Dog

One of the most intelligent breed, the sturdy and strong Australian Cattle Dog is a working dog bred from Collies, Dalmations, and native Australian Dingos. Also known as the Blue or Australian Heeler, this dog is a loyal, committed, and energetic worker ideal for herding cattle. The dog breed can be blue or red (can be in mottled or speckled pattern), with or without black, blue or tan markings.

Australian Cattle Dogs needs wide-open space to work off energy all day. As a working dog, the breed does best with a job, such as herding, obedience, or agility. Extremely loyal to its family, they do best with strong handlers who are able to establish themselves as “pack leaders”. They make excellent guard dogs, and can easily become dog aggressive without early training.

Their smooth, short coat is very low maintenance, requiring only occasional baths and brushing.

A relatively healthy breed, the Australian Cattle Dog should live about 12 years. This dog breed is prone to hip dysplasia and PRA, with the merle-colored dogs also susceptible to deafness.

An extremely active dog, the Australian Cattle Dog will thrive best on a high quality, protein-based diet like Evanger’s Super Premium Chicken Dinner with spinach and kale. Canned foods provide more bio-available nutrients to support muscle and skeletal health for such an active breed. Evanger’s USA made dog food makes an ideal diet for working dogs and sports exhibitors.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Evanger’s Tips: Tackling Litter Box Issues

Photo by Donna R.

One of the most common behavioral issues that often land cats in shelters is inappropriate elimination habits. That is, urinating or defecating outside of the litter box. There are several reasons why cats choose not to use a litter box, including medical problems or aversions. Contrary to popular belief, cats do not urinate/defecate in the house with vengeful motives. While we’ve all known incredibly intelligent cats, a feline’s brain is simply not developed enough to plot revenge, or to consider its own waste as a smelly, undesirable weapon against its owners.

More likely a cat is unhappy with the place provided for elimination. Be sure the litter box is placed in a private area that is not frequently disturbed by other pets or heavy foot traffic. But don’t make it so private that the area could be viewed as “scary” (ie. a basement or dark corner). Try changing litters. Cats generally prefer a more natural, unscented litter, and may also have a preference for a fine clumping clay or for larger litter pellets. Sometimes it takes some experimentation to find the right litter for your specific cat.

Consult your veterinarian to check for any medical issues that could contribute to litter box aversion. Urinary tract, bladder or bowel issues can cause painful elimination. Cats may begin to associate a litter box with pain and discomfort, causing them to seek alternative places. Likewise, painful joints or muscles may hinder a cat from hopping over a litter box with high sides.

Help maintain your cat’s optimal digestive health by providing a high quality cat food. Canned food provides higher moisture levels to help keep cats hydrated, a key to preventing bladder/urinary tract infections, struvite crystals, or constipation. Try Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Stews for Cats. These complete cat dinners provide maximum moisture content and the highest quality USA sourced ingredients, including muscle meats, blueberries and cranberries (excellent for urinary tract health).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Evanger's Tip: New Year Weight Loss for Cats and Dogs

Photo by Erin K.

It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions to improve in the New Year. Many of us are committed to get healthier, so why not include your pet? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.6% of US dogs are overweight or obese and 57.6% of US cats are overweight and obese. So why not include Fido and Fifi in your New Years resolutions for better health?

Mind the bowl. It’s easy to fall for the classic hungry eyes that your dog or cat has mastered throughout the years. But one of the most common culprits in overweight pets is simply overfeeding. Keep in mind that suggested servings printed on your dog food label represent vast generalizations that may not accurately take into account muscle mass, exercise level, and treat consumption. A trick we like to use here to keep food volume up while reducing calories is to replace a portion of food with Evanger’s Grain Free Sweet Potato. Our Sweet Potato is 100% pure. Trust us, this is MUCH healthier than what you will find at a human grocery store that is chock full of sugar, corn syrup, and preservatives.

Mind the treats. Many dog and cat treats are packed with calories that are easy to dismiss in your pet’s daily caloric intake. Don’t skimp on the treats, but choose a low calorie brand. Remember also that a little goes a long way! Choose a treat that is easy to break or tear into tiny pieces. Your pet will love you five times over for the same snack divided into five pieces – try it! Try Evanger’s Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs at only 6 calories each, or Freeze Dried Treats for cats and dogs.

Happy New Year to all of our loyal customers!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Catch of the Day By Evanger's (Video Clip)

This is a really great short clip on what Evanger's Cat Foods actually looks like out of the can.  This independent pet store in Seattle's historic district is awesome, and always goes the extra mile to help his customers.  Here's a little peek at his store cats dining on Evanger's Catch of the Day - whole sardines in a can!  It's people food for pets!  Tempting for people food, too....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Best Holiday Pet Presents for 2014!

This winter, don't forget about your pet as you do your holiday shopping!  Fox 31 Denver recently hosted Charlotte Reed, Petrendologist, to talk about this year's Must-Haves on your Pet's Holiday Shopping List.  Evanger's Pet Foods and Treats are on the list with our Grain Free Sweet Potato, Organic Turkey & Butternut Squash for Cats, and Evanger's Jerky Treats!

Make sure you stock up on the 2014 Best Pet Picks to make sure you're not missing something your pet wants to have!  Seasons Greetings and wishing you and your furry companions a healthy and safe holiday season!