Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Evanger's #GetPetHealthy Question of the Week: Cats and 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 question and answer.

Question from Leslie Rachel Cawley: 
Why are dogs considered omnivores and cats considered carnivores?


Although dogs and cats both have teeth designed for catching and tearing prey apart, they do thrive on different diets.

The differences start in the digestive tract. Cats have problems assimilating carbohydrates
(starches and sugars), for example. Dogs, on the other hand, thrive on and enjoy some starches and sugars.

So dogs can be described as omnivorous carnivores. Cats, though, are obligate carnivores.

Dogs thrive on meat accompanied by a variety of other foods such as vegetables and fruits.

But cats are genetically intended to eat prey exclusively. Large cats like lions and tigers feed on grazing species including gazelle and water buffalo. The ideal diet for our domesticated cats is a healthy mouse.

While Evanger's doesn't serve up gazelle meat or mice, the company does offer a variety of canned Game Meats for dogs and cats including buffalo, rabbit, pheasant, and duck.

The discriminating cat might also enjoy the grain free Meat Lovers Medley dry food.

The Evanger's dog will thrive on a variety of canned and dry foods that include American sourced meats along with vegetables and fruits.

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Unique Twist on Evanger's Foods - DIY TREATS #3

Our friends at Stately Pet Supply in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania recently passed along fun way to re-purpose old bone toys which their dogs had lost interest in after digging out all of the marrow. The answer? Evanger's game meats which can be easily stuffed inside the bone. Simply stuff, wrap, freeze, and watch them go nuts! This is a great way to turn something that seems useless into

delicious homemade pet treats!

To make Stuffed Bison Bones, all you need 1-2 cans of Evanger's 100% meat and any bones that have a hollow center.

Step 1) Stuff the canned meat into the bones.
Step 2) Wrap in plastic wrap.
Step 3) Allow it to freeze overnight before you let your canine loose so they don't devour it too quickly!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Evanger's Health Watch: How Much Water Should My Dog Drink?

While many dogs drink the proper amount of water, others either over-drink or under-drink. The amount of water a dog should drink depends on its age, size, weather, activity level or special considerations such as health issues or lactation. On average, a healthy dog drinks about .5-1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.

Evanger's moisture rich dog food keeps dogs hydrated
Evanger's Dog Food is rich in moisture, helping to keep dogs
hydrated and healthy.
Photo: Craig Puffenberger

Over-drinking water can indicate a bladder infection, another type of infection or even diabetes. It can also lead to stomach bloat, electrolyte imbalances and hyponatremia (water toxicity). Dogs that overhydrate will often act confused, vomit or become lethargic.

When your dog under-drinks water, it can lead to dehydration, kidney stones, organ failure and even death. To determine if your dog is dehydrated, grab a piece of skin at the back of his neck. Stretch it out, and then let it go. The skin on a properly hydrated dog will snap quickly back into place, while the skin of a dehydrated dog will return slowly and form a “tent” in the process. Dull, sticky gums are another sign of dehydration. Under-drinking can also indicate leptospirosis, parvo or pancreatitis.

If you suspect that your dog is dehydrated, consult your veterinarian.

Diet is another factor that impacts your dog’s water needs. It will vary depending on a canned dog food diet, dry dog food diet, or a combination of both. You’ll find the moisture content of all canned and dry dog foods listed on the product label as part of the Guaranteed Analysis.

Canned dog foods usually contain about 75 percent moisture. This means that for every 100 grams of food fed, 75 grams is water. On the other hand, dry dog foods contain only about 10 percent moisture. So for every 100 grams of dry food fed, 10 grams is water.

Here are a few ways to manage your dog’s water intake:


· Choose canned foods, especially high moisture stews such as Evanger’s Signature Stews for Dogs

· Praise and give your dog a treat when he goes for a drink

· Keep water near his bed or food bowl

· Consider adding flavor packets


Ÿ First consult a veterinarian to rule out health issues

· Purchase a “lick” bottle

· Ration water bowl refills

· Use a rabbit water feeder at night for crated dogs

Monitoring your dog’s water intake and using Evanger’s moisture rich canned foods can improve his health, insure proper hydration, and prevent illness!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Evanger's #GetPetHealthy Question of the Week: Nutrition for Aging 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 question and answer.

Question from Leslie Lynn: 
We have a senior girl who has slowed, and gotten more stiff.  What ingredients should we make a priority in her diet? What meat would you say is the most important to benefit her needs?


Offer your older dog a taste test of each of Evanger's five dry dog foods. Switch to the food your dog likes best. This food will be the basis of your Evanger's feeding protocol. The live probiotics added to Evanger's kibble helps dogs of all ages digest more nutrients from the foods they eat.

Tina Musselwhite's dog, Zoe, turns 15 and looks great!
Healthy senior dogs often need more meat than younger dogs. Aging organs don't assimilate nutrients as easily, so if you feed a bit of additional meat, your dog has a greater chance of assimilating the nutrients she needs. Evanger's canned Hunk of Beef or Whole Chicken Thighs would be good additions to the kibble.

The meat species doesn't matter much unless your dog is allergic to a specific meat. Rotating through two or more meats will provide a more well rounded diet and will help prevent an allergy to a meat that is fed frequently.

The quality of the meat and the way it is processed are crucial to good health. Evanger's meats are all American sourced and American canned. No salt, sugar, colorants, or preservatives are added.

A stiff older dog might need additional joint support. Evanger's Grain Free Chicken with Pumpkin kibble offers measurable glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support. The connective tissue of other species is a natural source of joint support nutrients; this kibble contains chicken cartilage and green mussel. Your veterinarian also offers packaged supplements that will help.
Other medical challenges: Senior dogs often have special health needs that limit feeding options. Overweight dogs or dogs with severe dental problems or kidney disease, for instance, will require a different approach to feeding. If this is the case with your dog, contact your veterinarian to evaluate her needs and then select the appropriate Evanger's foods.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz: Alaskan Malamute

The oldest and largest among Arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute is a strong breed with great endurance. Although many Malamutes are family pets, they’re built for hauling large loads over long distances. So you can enjoy this highly athletic large breed dog when sledding, jogging, backpacking and swimming.
What should I feed my Alaskan Malamute
Evanger's dog food helps keep Alaskan Malamutes healthy
with a vibrant coat!

The “Mal’s” thick and coarse coat ranges in color from sable to red or from light gray to black. Markings include a bar/mask on the face and cap on the head. Weights in the three natural size ranges for males and females respectively are 65-85 pounds and 60-80 pounds for Standards, 85-110 pounds and 75-90 pounds for Large Standards, and up to 140 pounds and 125 pounds for Giant Malamutes.

The Alaskan Malamute is a pack animal. In your family “pack,” you must establish yourself as the leader. If your Malamute doesn’t respect you, he’ll take the lead instead. Begin firm but loving training in early puppyhood to develop a well-behaved Malamute that will be friendly, playful, gentle and great with children. While he loves kids, he should be supervised during interactionas is the case with any dog breed. It’s not unusual for a Mal to become intolerant of other dogs of the same sex. Regardless of their size, exercise caution when introducing him to other dogs.

This large breed dog craves activity. He’ll need daily exercise and a good-sized fenced enclosure. Since the Alaskan Malamute is adapted for harsh Arctic life, his beautiful waterproof double coatthat sheds heavily twice yearlyrequires regular brushing and bathing to stay healthy.

While grooming him, check for hot spots and mats that may hide fungus. Check ears weekly for accumulated dirt, wax or other foreign matter that may result in an infection. As with all dog breeds, his teeth should be brushed regularly.

With a lifespan of 12 to 14 years, the Alaskan Malamute is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, hypothyroidism and hereditary cataracts. A growing problem among Arctic dog breeds in general (especially the Samoyed) is canine diabetes, with onset occurring typically between 5-7 years. Other health issues include chondrodysplasia (very small percentage), heart defects and inherited polyneuropathy (nervous system abnormalities).

While diabetes in dogs needs to be managed with close supervision from your veterinarian, your dog’s diet can go a long way in helping to prevent and manage diabetes in dogs. Choose a high quality, meat based pet food diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. The carbohydrates that your dog consumes should come from high quality, nutrient dense sources like sweet potato and vegetables. Avoid foods that contain carbohydrate-based fillers like corn. We recommend our Evanger's Hand Packed line such as the Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy or Catch of the Day for coat conditioning Omega 3 power!

An Alaskan Malamute’s high quality diet like Evanger’s will help keep his skin and coat healthy while supporting the immune system to aid in optimal health overall!

If you have questions about how you can improve the health of your Alaskan Malamute, contact us at for a free consultation with our dog nutrition experts.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Evanger's Health Watch: How Much Water Should My Cat Drink?

Evanger's Cat Food helps keep cats hydrated
for optimal cat health
Photo: Janeen Podgorski
Since water accounts for roughly two-thirds of a cat’s body weight and serves as the hub of all chemical processes in the body, it's actually a nutrient that’s vital to a cat’s health.

Consider water’s numerous physiological functions:

· Transporting nutrients and oxygen through the blood stream and into the cells

· Regulating body temperature

· Protecting and moisturizing joints and internal organs

· Moisturizing the air in lungs

· Helping eliminate waste products of metabolism through kidneys and gastrointestinal tract

A normal cat’s water needs range from 5-10 fluid ounces daily. Note that cats don’t normally need to drink as much water since they have evolved to fulfill their water requirements almost entirely from moisture content in their cat food.

The amount of water a cat drinks depends on her size, activity level, weather and special circumstances such as health issues or lactation. Some of these factors may double or even triple a cat’s water needs. Among the diseases that increase the amount of water intake are hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and diabetes.

Diet is another factor that impacts your cat’s water needs. Water needs will vary for cats fed canned cat food, dry cat food or a combination of both. You’ll find the moisture content of all canned and dry cat foods listed on the product label as part of the Guaranteed Analysis. Canned cat foods usually contain about 75 percent moisture. This means that for every 100 grams of food fed, 75 grams is water. On the other hand, dry cat foods contain only about 10 percent moisture. So for every 100 grams of dry food fed, only 10 grams is water.

Cats eating canned food may need to drink less than one ounce of additional water daily, while one limited to a dry diet may require more than seven ounces per day to remain hydrated. Again, since cats aren’t natural consumers of large amounts of water, it can be difficult to keep a cat properly hydrated when fed exclusively dry food.

We recommend incorporating at least some wet canned food into your cat’s daily diet. This can be done by mixing wet food supplements like Evanger’s Grain Free Rabbit or sweet potato supplements into your cat’s existing diet, or by providing scheduled canned food meals like Evanger’s Super Premium Holistic Pheasant Dinner in addition to a free feeding dry food bowl for cats to snack on throughout the day.

By providing a healthy diet and the right amount of clean water for your cat, you can help prevent illness and promote health!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz: Rottweiler

Rottweilers benefit from premium nutrition like Evanger's
Often described as a calm, confident, and courageous dog, the Rottweiler breed is also known to be quite aloof around strangers, requiring proper introduction and time to build friendships. But as part of the family, Rotties love their people. In fact, they often behave in a clownish manner toward family and friends, while also being protective of their territory.

Sensible and steadfast, the Rottweiler breed tends to respond quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude toward influences in the environment. They can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. While many co-exist peacefully with the family cat, others may be predatory. Most are inclined toward dominance and will test for position in the family pecking order. So owners must be assertive and know how to lead a strong-minded dog.

Overall, the Rottweiler is a splendid, capable companion in the right hands. Yet, without ongoing socialization, companionship, supervision and obedience training, he may be considered "too much dog" for many households. Therefore, obedience training and socializing are absolute musts.

Rottweilers must be thoroughly socialized at an early age so that their territorial instincts are controlled rather than indiscriminate. While they require minimal grooming maintenance, they must have daily exercise that can include interactive walking sessions, brisk walks, and regular opportunities to stretch out and run. Mental stimulation via agility training, advanced obedience and ball retrieval is also mandatory for these canines that have a natural instinct to herd.

The outer coat is black with well-defined mahogany or rust-colored markings that comprise less than ten perfect of the dog’s body color. All Rottweilers standard to AKC specifications have one mahogany dot above each eye on the inner brow ridge, on the cheeks and one strip on each side of the snout. Cheek markings never cross the nose bridge.

With a life span ranging from 8-12 years, the breed displays risks for long-term health. They’re more susceptible than others to become infected with parvovirus – which can be easily prevented by following a veterinarian's recommended vaccine protocol.

As with most large breeds, hip dysplasia is a common concern. Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition affecting the shoulder joints, can also be a problem due to the Rotteweiler’s rapid growth rate. Any reputable breeder will have elbows and hips of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a specialist, and will provide the paperwork to prove it. They’ll also have certificates proving that their breeding animals do not have ectropion or entropion, and that they have full and complete dentition with a scissor bite.

Rottweilers are also prone to obesity when overfed and under exercised. Among the consequences of obesity are arthritis, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart failure, reproductive problems, skin disease, reduced resistance to disease and overheating caused by the thick jacket of fat under the skin.

Because Rottweiler puppies grow very rapidly, it is important to provide premium dog nutrition from the start in order to support optimal bone and muscle development. Consider mixing Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner mixed with Evanger’s Grain-Free Rabbit. Evanger’s vegetarian dog dinner of fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, blueberries, cranberries and brown rice provides a powerful punch of natural vitamins, while Evanger’s Grain-free Rabbit adds a pure source of protein that can be increased as the growth and activity level of your Rotteweiler increase. Your Rottweiler will love the flavor and you’ll have the confidence that you’re providing him with a nutritious diet that will help prolong the health of this wonderful breed.