Monday, July 6, 2015

Evanger's Get Pet Healthy Question of the Week: Why Does My Dog Prefer Cat Food?

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's and answer.

Question from Donna West:

My Jack Russell prefers to eat cat food over dog food, I know this is not good for her. Can you tell me how to break her into eating dog food?

I am really concerned.

Answer:

Your Jack Russell needs dog food that is more flavorful and more nutrient dense-- and you've come to the right place!
Hand Packed Line 

Consider pairing the Evanger's Meat Lovers' Medley Grain-Free kibble with our canned Hand Packed Whole Chicken Thighs. Simply mix some of the chicken in with the kibble and pour a bit of the gravy over the top. Mmm, irresistible

Or try mixing in our Hand Packed Hunk of Beef with our Grain-Free Chicken with Pumpkin kibble.

Evanger's products are all made and sourced in the USA. Ingredients in the Evanger's canned foods are cooked in the can for maximum flavor, maximum scent, and maximum nutrient retention.

By the way, the occasional meal of Evanger's cat foods won't harm your dog, although it is best to feed maintenance diets that contain the vitamins and minerals that are approved for dogs.

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Evanger's Get Pet Healthy Question of the Week: Dogs with Bad Allergies

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 questions and answer.

Question from Shawn Ferguson:

My dog suffers from bad allergies, mostly grains, can you recommend a plan she can use to help her with her allergies?

Answer: 
You've already taken the first step if you know what your dog is allergic to. Although allergy testing by veterinarians isn't absolutely reliable, it can often help identify allergens when dogs and cats are sensitive to multiple foods.

Fortunately, Evanger's offers a great selection of grain free kibble and limited ingredient canned foods that can be combined to create delicious and highly nutritious allergen free meals.
Grain Free Game Meats 

Just remember to read the labels and pay close attention to ingredients that your dog may negatively react to. You can even feel free to share the list of allergens with us, and we can suggest several feeding protocols. But remember, it's always a good idea to gain veterinarian approval before initiating dietary changes.

We hope you find this advice helpful in the meaningful process of determining the best dietary route for your pet.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Evanger's Tip: My Dog is Aggressive

Nearly all wild animals display aggressive behavior from time to time – especially when defending offspring, guarding territories and protecting themselves. While these are natural reactions, other conditions that may contribute to aggression are lack of socialization, frustration, injury/illness, fear, anxiety and insecurity. Species like humans and dogs that live in groups will also show aggression to maintain peace and negotiate social interactions.

Among the signals, you may see your dog snarl, show his teeth, growl, snap or make a guttural bark sound. He may also become very still and rigid, lung forward or even charge without making contact. Extreme dog aggression includes contact, ranging from quick nips or biting that tears the skin to puncturing skin and continuing to bite in rapid succession. 

Well, he's just enjoying a treat, but this scary look would
otherwise indicate an aggressive warning!
Photo: Dolphin Lair

The best approach is to help prevent aggressive behavior from the beginning through a structured obedience training program that utilizes positive techniques as it establishes rules, sets boundaries, and socializes your dog with people and other animals. Provide positive reinforcement and obedience training immediately by rewarding good dog behavior.

• Don’t use physical force since this may actually intensify aggression.

• Remember that your aggression toward your canine typically sparks more aggression.

• Often your reaction to (or anticipation of) aggression (such as pulling back on the leash as another dog approaches) can serve to induce or intensify the aggression.

• Through positive reinforcement in aggression-inducing environments, you can begin to teach your dog that there is no need to be aggressive.

• Utilize a gentle leader to guide your dog’s head if needed. This is especially helpful since it provides you with control of the dog’s face.

• Seek a professional trainer.

Bear in mind that that aggression is a symptom, not a cause. If your dog becomes aggressive, it’s a signal that something else is lacking. Paying attention to our canine’s behavior helps us understand a message and determine a remedy for the problem.

When training your dog, reward it with a tasty, healthy treat from Evanger’s Nothing But Natural Jerky treats. Only six calories each, these semi-moist goodies are easy to tear into smaller pieces for training rewards. High in protein and low in calories, it’s excellent for pets with food allergies and available in exotic proteins such as Pheasant and Venison.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Evanger's #GetPetHealthy Nutrition Question of the Week: Grain Free Diet for Dogs

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 questions and answer.

Question from Chelsea Place: 

When switching dog to grain free or more protein diet, how do you prevent obesity?

What ratio should change, especially in winter months when activity levels decline? Thank you!

Answer:

It's important to remember that "grain free" doesn't necessarily mean higher fat content. So it's best to analyze grain free kibble by comparing the fat content in the crude analysis on the labels.

If your dog tends to be more of a "couch potato" or has a couple pounds to lose, feed a moderate fat kibble. Evanger's offers grain free and gluten free dry foods with moderate fat content.

During winter months, when dogs tend to be less active, add Evanger's low fat canned 100% Sweet Potato to your dog's feeding protocol. 

The ratio of food should change depending on the type(s) of food you're currently feeding your dog. If you're feeding just canned foods, replace part of the canned food with some of the sweet potato. If you're feeding both kibble with canned foods, replace some kibble and some canned food with the sweet potato. If you're feeding just kibble, replace part of the kibble with sweet potato.

Incorporating Evanger's low fat canned 100% Sweet Potato to your dog's diet is a great way to reduce calories any time your dog is more sedentary and prone to weight gain.

We hope this helps with your decision to change-up your dogs diet!

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Closer Look: Evanger's High Bio™

Hi Bio™ offers the nutrition of raw with the convenience of
pourable kibble, keeping you and your dog HAPPY!
Since 1935, Evanger’s has been providing pet parents with a better way to nourish pets though USA Made foods that boast fresh, premium ingredients collected from local farms and used within 24 hours. We are now excited to introduce a new concept in highly convenient and health-promoting pet nutrition with a semi-moist Super Food. Hi Bio™ combines the premium nutrition of a raw or home-cooked diet and the convenience of a pourable kibble.

Using a unique gentle drying process, this meat-based nutrition maintains higher moisture levels than dry kibble, contains high biological values and offers a high-nutrient content featuring the nine essential amino acids that are vital for a dog’s robust health throughout all life stages. The higher moisture levels increase digestibility and enable better nutrient absorption. Hi-Bio even includes specific organ meats such as kidney, heart and liver that are low in fat and very high in natural protein.
Evanger's Hio Bio™


In fact, Hi-Bio™ is made with 85% meat (available in Beef or Chicken), 0% grains or glutens and 100% USA farm-grown ingredients. All ingredients are processed very minimally through rough grinding and mixing only, and then air-dried at low temperatures to retain all of the nutrients, enzymes and meaty flavors akin to the natural ancestral diet of today’s domesticated pets. The end result is a nutrient-dense and highly palatable meal that’s easy to measure and pour with the same convenience as standard extruded dry kibble.

The recipe also features the advantage of utilizing premium AllTech™ supplements: LactoSacc™ that supports the population of good digestive bacteria for a healthy digestive system; BioPlex™ that helps maintain a visibly healthy skin and coat by providing superior mineral bio-availablity and absorption; and SelPlex™ that aids in immune support.

If you haven’t tried Hi-Bio™ yet, ask your local retailer how you can try a sample of this Super Food for your Super Dog!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Evanger's Health Watch: Canine Separation Anxiety

While it's not fully understood why some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and others don't, it’s vital that owners recognize how the often-destructive behavior associated with this condition is part of a panic response. It’s important to understand that your dog isn't trying to “punish” you for leaving.

Scenarios that may trigger separation anxiety include:

· A change in family routine or structure, or the loss of a family member or another pet.
· A dog accustomed to constant human companionship is left alone for the first time.
· A dog suffers what it perceives as a traumatic event, such as boarding or spending shelter time.

Evanger's dog food supports active lifestyle
Behavioral training and positive reinforcement can help your
pet overcome separation anxiety
Photo: Andrea Hobe
The best way to treat minor separation anxiety is to avoid making a major “to do” linked with your departures and arrivals. When you leave your home, for example, give your dog an old t-shirt or another clothing article you’ve recently worn that smells like you. Establish a safety cue—a word or action that you use each time you leave for telling your dog you'll return.

When you do return, ignore your four-legged friend for the first few minutes before calmly petting him. An over-the-counter calming product may also help reduce mild separation anxiety.

When the problem is more severe, combine the above teaching techniques with desensitization training. Using positive reinforcement, practice a “sit-stay” and “down-stay” command, helping your canine learn that he can remain calm and happy in one place while you head into another room.

Create a "safe place" to limit your dog's ability to be destructive. This area should:

· Be a room with a window that confines loosely rather than strictly.
· Contain toys that distract.
· Contain dirty laundry that lends to calming or safety cues.

It can take time for your canine to unlearn his panic responses. For short-term coping, consider these interim solutions:

· Discuss drug therapy with your vet. Rather than sedating your dog, a good anti-anxiety drug should simply reduce its overall anxiety.
· When you have to be away, take your dog to a doggie daycare facility, kennel, or the home of a friend, neighbor or family member.
· If possible, take your dog to work with you.

Above all, avoid punishment. Know that destruction and house soiling that often occur with separation anxiety are part of a panic response rather than your dog's revenge for being left alone. Consider consulting a pet behavioral expert to help you develop techniques specific to your dog’s needs. With time and behavior modification techniques, separation anxiety can typically be overcome.



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz: Welsh Corgi

The two breeds of Welsh Corgis – Cardigan and Pembroke – are each named for the Wales county of their origins. Larger of the two, the former features big rounded ears and 12-inch-long flowing tail set in line with the body. Weighing in at some 30 pounds, the breed stands roughly at 12 inches at the shoulder. This dog breed is mobile, intelligent, steady, sturdy, alert, active and considered neither aggressive nor shy.

Welsh Corgis enjoy Evanger's Dog Food for healthy weight
Welsh Corgis benefit from Evanger's high quality
meat based diets to maintain a healthy weight.
Photo: Ellen Perlson
Somewhat smaller in stature, Pembrokes feature pointed ears, fox-like head and short tail accomplished by via docking (banned in some countries) or breeding. Standing from 10-12 inches and tipping the scales at roughly 28 pounds, this low-set, practical canine is also sturdy and strong.

Instead of gathering cattle collie-style, Corgis drive the herd forward by nipping at heels and working from behind in semicircles. They’re also excellent herders of Welsh ponies, sheep and even geese. Natural instincts help Corgis excel in obedience, showmanship, tracking, flyball, agility and herding events.

While Cardigans are a bit sturdier and are prone to fewer documented hereditary health problems, both are genetically predisposed to canine degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy. Obesity for Corgis can be a serious health concern since the extra weight pulls on the spine and aggravates joints.

Energetic and personable, both Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis possess a huge desire to please. That said, they require regular mental and physical exercise. Owners should socialize these pets early on since they’re prone to shyness, and often display caution with strangers and other dogs. A Corgi’s natural tendency of being extremely vocal make it a fine alarm dog. While they’re typically good with children, they may nip at youngsters’ heels during play since they’re natural herders.  

When Corgis become overweight, it puts additional stress on their joints. To help avoid obesity, consider a high quality meat based diet like Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner mixed with Grain-Free Rabbit. This exotic protein combined with a savory dinner of fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, blueberries, cranberries and brown rice makes a complete, balanced and nutritious diet that is easily adjusted to suit the needs of any Corgi. Add additional Grain-Free Rabbit for a boost in protein, or substitute more Vegitarian Dinner for a nutrient-dense calorie replacement on less active days.