Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Meet Shelby the Beagle Mutt, Saved From A High-Kill Shelter, Now Proud Mom of 10 Pups!

Meet Shelby, a beautiful young Beagle mix with quite a story. Beautiful Shelby was surrendered by her owners, and ended up in a high kill shelter in Kentucky. The former owners did not give any reasoning why she was surrendered. Fortunately, Shelby made her way up to K9Lifeline Rescue of Wisconsin at the end of October, and is now being fostered in a very loving home. Shelby is a super sweet dog with an incredibly cute under bite, and a pretty dog smile. While in foster care, she gave birth to 11 puppies last week on 11/17/15; 4 girls and 7 boys! Unfortunately, one "runt" puppy was lost from what is believed to be underdevelopment. Today, the puppies are one week old and doing very well! Everyone is gaining weight and their puppy eyes should start to open up soon. Their favorite thing to do is get milk from mama!
To answer the most common question, we don't know what breed the puppies are mixed with!

We are hoping to have weekly updates of this adorable brood of pups, and follow the journey and watch them grow on Evanger's!  They are still too young to have anything but mama's milk, but mama Shelby is already enjoying her new dinner.

Here's a short album of the puppies being born, and a smiling, happy mom, Shelby!

1st - Female. Born around 5:45 am

2nd - Male. Born 6:12 am
3rd - Female. Born 6:19 am. Rest in Peace Angel 11/21/15 
4th - Female. Born 7:00 am.
5th - Male. Born 7:18 am.
6th - Male. Born 7:51 am.
7th - Male. Born 9:10 am
8th - Male. Born 10:17 am.
9th - Male. Born 11:06 am.
10th - Male. Born (via C-section) 12:16 pm.
11th - Female. Born (via C-section) 12:16 pm.

First puppy born!
2nd puppy born
3rd puppy born with his cute little milk mustache

4th puppy born
6th puppy born bundled up and sleeping
Very happy and proud puppy mom, Shelby
Mama Shelby and her pups - 1 week old! The pups are already growing!

#GetPetHealthy Question of The Week!

#GetPetHealthy Question of The Week!

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.

This week we chose a question that asks about what to do if your dog is causing urine burn on your lawn. Urine burn can be a symptom of a more serious problem so it is important to get educated and have a plan of action!

Healthy diet. Healthy Dog. Healthy Lawn.

Photo by: Hilde Perrine

Courtney Frank:  have been giving my 3 dogs a pill to reduce urine burn on my yard, although they have ample drinking water at all times, they have killed most of it. Is there something natural I could feed them instead? The pills can cause toxicity if not carefully monitored, which makes me nervous.
Changing your dogs' diet to improve overall health is a great idea, and Evanger's foods and treats can most likely help you with this goal.

But altering what they eat in order to reduce grass burn can change the chemical composition of the urine and compromise your dogs' health.

One unintended consequence can be urinary tract infections and the formation of stonelike crystals in urine that becomes too alkaline or too acidic. These conditions are painful (think kidney stones in humans -- ouch!) and can even require surgery and treatment of secondary infections. You get the picture.

So it's definitely best for the dogs, if not the lawn, to continue feeding healthful, balanced diets based entirely on their nutritional needs.

Thanks for sharing your question! We host a #GetPetHealthy Question of the Week every Thursday on our Facebook page. The winner receiving a FREE bag of JERKY TREATS, so check in on Thursdays at http://www.facebook.com/Evangers

Monday, November 23, 2015

Evanger's Saves Lives: The Story of Kilo

This is Kilo. Both of the top pictures she was sickly and not doing well, without eating she was going downhill...both bottom pictures are just a few days later...healthy and eating Evangers! 
Here's her story: About one year ago in the course of one day, Kilo went from being her happy normal self to severely lethargic. She was dealing with vomiting and bloody diarrhea and was not acting normal. I rushed her to the vets who said the prognosis was not good but treatment started and she was hospitalized for several days. Diagnosed with pancreatitis, I now had more restrictions when buying dog food. Of course I really needed a wet food to start with for her to be easier on her tummy. She is allergic to corn ( and I have another dog with wheat and chicken allergies). She slowly progressed and was released to come home. At this point, with her diet restrictions as well as being picky since she was sick, I tried several cans of food to try to get her to eat with no success.

 A little pet store locally had small display in the corner with a food that I was not familiar with. It was Evanger's. I also bought two cans of that food.....That night she ate some of the Buffalo, and ate it again, and again...and again! I was thrilled! She had to get fed every four hours, but she was willingly eating! After a few days, thanks to the buffalo food....she was out of the woods and doing great!!! 

Fast-forward about a year. I get home from work and there is bloody diarrhea on the floor. I once again immediately rush her into the vets and she is hospitalized again. Two days into her hospitalization the technician staff has tried 7 cans of food...and Kilo would not eat. I ask them if its ok if I bring in "her" food. They say sure but they doubt it will matter because she has no interest and is once again not doing well. So, I take her food in and they offer it to her. Of course she eats it! They are amazed! They said they were shocked she loved it so much and was so willingly eating after they tried so hard! She has been sent home again, and is continuing to eat and is still improving! I do not support buying a dog food that contains fillers preservatives and is based on grains. This food is wonderful! Simple and healthy! Thank you!!! Kilo says thank you:)

We are so happy to have been a part of Kilo's recovery and we hope that Kilo continues to get better and go on to live a long life! 

For more information on the food Kilo has enjoyed, please take a look at Evanger's Game Meats.

Thanks for sharing your story with us! This testimonial was shared by Kelli Seliga and her adorable wonder-dog, Kilo.

Monday, November 16, 2015

#GetPetHealthy Senior Pets

Evanger’s #GetPetHealthy question of the week!

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.

November is National Senior Pet Month! And in honor of that, we picked a #GetPetHealthy question the inquired about a senior dog and it’s diet. Making sure that your senior pet has the right nutrition can prolong their lives as long as possible.

‪Jennifer Knight Adams What is the appropriate amount of food for a senior dog and do they need anything special in their diet?
My dog is an 11lb Chihuahua that turns 10 years old November 30th!


While a senior dog might be a bit less active and a bit more sedentary than when he was a pup, reducing the calories fed might not provide the extra nutrients needed by his older, less efficient digestive tract.

So, assuming your dog is healthy, follow the feeding instructions for your dog's weight on the dry food bag (one of Evanger's five all-life-stage kibbles, we hope!).

Also, if you are not feeding an Evanger's canned food now, you might wish to start. The moisture in the canned food seems to help older dogs digest their food more easily and thoroughly.

Try mixing in some Evanger's Senior Dinner with your Chihuahua's kibble. A good rule of thumb is to reduce the kibble amount by one tablespoon per meal, and add a tablespoon of canned food to replace it.

If the dog has a weight problem, you will need to reduce the overall amount fed.

Regular checkups are especially important for aging dogs. Your veterinarian will help identify any age-related conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes that might affect your feeding protocol.

Thanks for sharing your question! We host a #GetPetHealthy Question of the Week every Thursday on our Facebook page. The winner receiving a FREE bag of JERKY TREATS, so check in on Thursdays at http://www.facebook.com/Evangers

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Evanger's Tips: Introducing Exotic Proteins Into Your Allergy-Prone Pets’ Diets

The more dogs and cats are exposed to certain foods, the more likely they are to develop food allergies to the ingredients in those pet foods. It’s simply a law of averages. While food allergy symptoms vary, the most common are non-seasonal itching, and recurrent ear and skin infections. Extreme food allergies may cause diarrhea, vomiting or excessive gassiness.

Evanger's Super Premium Cat Food
Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company offers a variety of pet foods
ideal for allergy prone pets. These pet foods offer exotic meats that
are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
When dogs and cats develop food allergies to more common proteins like beef, dairy and chicken, it’s time to consider switching their diets to foods that include “exotic” or “novel” proteins and carbohydrates they haven’t eaten previously.

An exotic protein source that’s completely new to the pet should reduce the chance of an immune response. Among these exotic proteins in pet foods are venison, bison, elk, goat, pheasant, quail, rabbit, ostrich, kangaroo and wild boar. Since plants also contain protein, your dog or cat food might also include novel carbohydrate sources like peas, potatoes and oats.

Also keep in mind that dog foods and cat foods that are free of grains, gluten, soy and fillers are less likely to cause allergic reactions and inflammatory conditions.

Switching pet food families may also be necessary since a cat or dog who is allergic to chicken may actually be allergic to all fowl. If your pet has eaten dog or cat foods with chicken as the primary protein source, consider switching to a pet food with a mammal protein source rather than another fowl protein source.

And remember that any dog treats or cat treats you feed your pet must also come from that same new protein. Even one allergenic treat can cause a flare-up.

Be sure to read through the entire list of ingredients on the dog food, cat food and pet treat labels, as some manufacturers may name a food referencing a certain protein, but include chicken or beef meal as a second or third ingredient.

This year, Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company launched a super premium line of cat food featuring exotic meats such as duck, pheasant and quail. While these exotic protein-based meals are ideal for allergy-prone cats, they’re also perfect for finicky cats.

Evanger’s has a variety of dog foods that offer exotic proteins such as Pheasant with Brown Rice dry dog food, and Whitefish with Sweet Potato with Venison dry dog food. Evanger’s allergy friendly canned dog foods include Grain Free Game Meats choices of buffalo, wild salmon, rabbit and pheasant. Evanger’s Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs provide grain free exotic protein in Buffalo and Pheasant with Fruits & Vegetables options.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Purr-fect Plate (from Pet Product News)

Curate a selection of highly nutritious cat food for your customers.

Kate Click, owner of Tomlin-son’s Pets, which has several stores in Texas, said that the secret to being a successful retailer is to keep up with changes in the industry, and cat food is one area in which changes happen all the time.
“We’ve seen rapid changes in the industry, but we maintain a thorough understanding of the brands in the store so we can provide our customers with timely information,” she said. “There’s no question that the trend today—and one that’s been growing over the years—is with more healthful food for cats.”
Heather Hickey, national sales director for Nature’s Logic in Lincoln, Neb., noted that whole food is making a big comeback in cat food as we head toward the end of 2015.
“It’s a simple concept that cats have thrived on for millions of years,” she said. “People are buying healthful, whole food options for themselves, and they want the same choices for their four-legged family members.”
Adrian Pettyan, CEO and co-founder of Caru Pet Food Co. in Vero Beach, Fla., agreed.
“Everyone is concerned with keeping their pets healthier, and it all starts with the food,” she said.

Holly Sher, president of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. in Markham, Ill., said cat treats are popular toward the end of the year. The company’s turkey and butternut squash cat treat is a big seller every November, she added.
“Retailers should be stocking up on treats and specialty cat food in the fourth quarter as people look to reward their pets and cater to them more,” she said. “You have five seconds to catch a consumer’s eye, and you have to think out of the box sometimes to help sell your products.”
When it comes to displays, Hickey is always a fan of innovation and suggests displaying all whole foods together as a category, rather than shelving them by brand.
“This section should include products that are free from all synthetic vitamins, synthetic minerals and synthetic amino acids,” she said.

Expanding its line of Super Premium Dinners for Cats,EVANGER’S DOG & CAT FOOD is celebrating its 80th anniversary with the launch of recipes Rabbit & Quail, Holistic Pheasant and Duck, made with premium, 100 percent USA-grown and USA-sourced ingredients. The grain- and gluten-free cat dinners, crafted with exotic proteins, are ideal for allergy-prone or finicky felines. Super Premium Dinners for Cats are now available in 5.5-oz. cans, sporting fresh label designs. The company’s high-quality, grain-free cat foods can help manage weight by providing nutritionally dense, high-protein foods that satisfy cats without overindulging them on calories. evangerspetfood.com  

This article was originally published in Pet Product News International, October 2015, page 38: http://www.petproductnews-digitalmagazine.com/ppnintl/october_2015?pg=38#pg38

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Evanger's Tips: Making Thanksgiving Safe For Pets

It’s the time of year filled with family traditions. November is all about Thanksgiving, that holiday feast where humans overindulge and fall asleep watching football! But how do we make our pets a part of Thanksgiving while keeping them safe?

Evanger's Thanksgiving dog food
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to treat your pet to a hearty meal of
Evanger's USA Made canned pet food
Photo by: Yvonne Foo

Here are five tips on how to involve dogs and cats in all of the Thanksgiving holiday fun activities, while keeping them safe.

1) When Friends & Family Arrive
If you have guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need to prevent your pets from escaping as people come into and out of your house. Make sure your pets are safe and away from the door when people arrive.

2) Separating Pets & Children
Since pets and children don’t always mix well without supervision, it’s best to keep them separated. If your cat or dog has a scratching, clawing, nipping, biting or mouthing issue, avoid situations where they may become stressed or anxious. 

3) Creating A "Pets Only" Zone
It’s unfair to expect dogs and cats to be on their best behaviors with strangers and numerous people coming into their territory. It’s also not the best time to practice training them on skills they haven’t yet mastered. Create a stress-free, peaceful area for your pets and ask your guests not to disturb their privacy unless you first give them permission. It’s a safer situation for your pets and your guests.

4) Making Your Pets’ Quiet Area Comfortable
Provide your pets with familiar, comfortable essentials like a bed, favorite toys and sound from a radio or television to keep other noises minimal. As a special Thanksgiving treat, consider giving your dog a Kong filled with peanut butter, Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meat, or Evanger’s Grain Free Sweet Potato (frozen) to keep him occupied. Be sure to provide dogs with potty breaks and cats with a litter box. And reward both cats and dogs with a few of their favorite treatsespecially since your house will be filled with the aroma of delicious foods!  

5) Feeding Your Pets
No doubt your dog or cat will eventually beg for bites of your Thanksgiving dinner. While certain Thanksgiving foods are typically safe for petsboneless turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, apples, rice, peas, squash and pumpkinthey aren’t if they’re prepared with certain ingredients.

Among these potentially harmful ingredients are herbs, onions, garlic, raisins, walnuts, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, raw bread dough and sweets. Foods with these ingredients can potentially cause an upset stomach leading to vomiting and diarrhea.

There’s really no need to feed your dog or cat human foods on this holiday thanks to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Foods variety of canned and dry pet foods reflecting a typical Thanksgiving menu! Options include the Organic Turkey with Potato & Carrots Dinner; Slow Cooked Turkey Stew that’s simmered in gravy: hand-packed Evanger’s Chunky Chicken Casserole with market-fresh carrots, peas, apples and potatoes; and Grain Free Chicken with Sweet Potato & Pumpkin. Cats will also delight in Evanger’s Organic Turkey and Butternut Squash Dinner or Evanger’s Signature Series slow cooked Turkey Stew.

By following these tips, you should be able to create a safe and delicious Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends, two-legged family members and four-legged family members!

On the menu for your pet's Thanksgiving Feast: Slow Cooked Signature Series Stews