Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Evanger's Tip: Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet

Since dogs and cats in the wild survive by eating primarily proteins, it just makes since that their domestic counterparts should acclimate well to a diet that’s free of grain. Wild canines and felines do consumer plant matter, but it’s typically by eating animals that eat plant matter. Real meat should make up the majority of a pet’s diet.

Photo Kristi Mann
Dogs and cats have difficulty digesting wheat or corn efficiently. These convert to sugar in the blood, much the same as if you consumed fast food for all of your daily meals.

Many pooches and kitties suffer from grain allergies that play out through frequent ear infections and excessive licking. Others have a grain intolerance that results in bloating, vomiting and other forms of stomach distress.

These pets can enjoy major health benefits from a grain-free diet as it removes the allergens causing these illnesses. Diets rich in real meat products and protein can improve coat and skin, while also providing extra energy. Going with a proper grain free option can also deliver necessary nutrients of carbohydrates through fruits and vegetables.

When transitioning to a grain free diet for your dog or cat, take care to transition slowly to protect its sensitive digestive system. While some recommend making the change over a week, others feel it should be a bit longer. Try replacing just one Tablespoon of food at a time. Monitor your pet’s behavior and stool consistency to ensure the transition is being tolerated before introducing another Tablespoon of new food.

To celebrate our 80th anniversary, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company is re-launching our Signature Series stews. Each recipe blends diced meat and farm fresh produce slow cooked and simmered in gravy for a savory dinner that’s also healthy. Varieties for dogs and cats include Turkey Stew, Beef Stew, Chicken Stew and Lamb Stew.

This year, Evanger's will be re-launching our Signature Series Stews with new labels. Same great ingredients!

Liven up mealtime with Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats by adding these delicious single protein supplements to one of our Grain Free Dry foods for dogs or cats. Our Grain Free Hand Packed specialties also make an excellent supplement to our premium dry foods for dogs and cats. For dogs, add delicious flavors like Chunky Chicken Casserole, Whole Chicken Thighs, Wild Salmon and Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy.

Providing your pet with a quality, healthy diet will help him flourish!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Evanger's Tip: Tooth & Gum Health Through Nutrition

We know, it's not an easy task, but it’s time to readdress the importance of brushing teeth on a regular basis! Just as with humans, a dog’s bad oral hygiene can lead to foul breath, plaque and tartar build up.
Photo: Donna Ross

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs need professional oral care by age three. Problems typically begin with a buildup of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. This can lead to a painful condition of inflamed gums called gingivitis, and eventually to periodontal disease. As a result, your dog may lose teeth and be prone to infections that may affect other organs like the heart, liver and kidneys.

Check out our tips HERE to introducing a regular teeth-cleaning regimen at home.

Adding Nutrition To The Plan
Feeding your pet a high quality diet is among your best weapons against oral issues.

While there is a common myth that soft food is more likely to lead to periodontal disease, research is lacking to support this view. What veterinarians do agree on is that a diet without harmful additives is the best preventative care you can give to your pet.

Evanger’s Dog Foods provide high quality nutrients through fresh USA sourced protein, produce, and chelated vitamins and minerals. Our Super Premium line, Chicken Dinner with Spinach and Kale is a healthy, savory way to augment your pet’s nutrition and ultimately his dental health.

Also try combining Evanger’s canned dog foods with dry foods like its Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley with Rabbit. Using nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables instead of grains, this dry food contains probiotics to support healthy immune and digestive systems, as well as omegas 3 and 6 for healthy joints, skin and coat. 

Be sure to protect your pet’s pearly whites with regular brushing and a healthy, nutritious diet of Evanger’s Foods. You’ll both be smiling!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Evanger's Tip: The Importance of Canine Dental Health

Pet parents hear it time and time again. Oral care is one of the most important health related topics that canines and felines face. According to an American Veterinary Dental Society report, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show periodontal (gum) disease signs by age three. In fact, the report goes on to say that this is the number one disease among these domestic pets.

When bacteria and food particles lodge in teeth and gums, it forms a silky white film of plaque that will harden into tartar when not treated. The danger with this disease is that it diminishes your pet’s quality of life, is very painful and can lead to extremely serious health problems. Bacteria from the infected oral environment can seep into the blood stream causing complications with the heart, kidneys and liver.

Photo: Jordan Brown

Especially in dogs, contributing factors include age (more common in older dogs), breed (small dogs are more prone because of overcrowded teeth) and food (sticky food leads to faster buildup of plaque).

The good news is that while periodontal disease is the number one disease among pets, it is also one of the most treatable. Extending your pet’s life and extending its quality is easier than ever thanks to new products and techniques.

To help combat this foe, begin with the basics. Have your vet perform a dental exam to determine if your pet has dental issues and if it needs an ultrasonic teeth cleaning. Then brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis – a process that he won’t likely embrace, but can grow to tolerate if you handle it properly.

1) Gradually introduce a brushing program to avoid over-restraining. Keep sessions short and positive. Praise your pup throughout the process.
2) Dip a finger into beef bouillon and then gently rub it over the pet’s mouth and teeth.
3) Slowly introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub teeth in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle.
4) Introduce a soft toothbrush designed specifically for pets. Avoid toothpaste designed for humans as it could potentially upset your dog’s stomach.

As a reward for good behavior during brushing sessions, continue on the health track with savory treats like Evanger’s Raw Gently Dried Beef Lungs, appropriate for both dogs and cats. These palatable, wholesome treats are excellent for finicky pets or pets with food sensitivities.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Meeting Pioneer Pet's David Bovard!

You know how you have those people on Instagram you follow, and you feel like you practically know them, even though you have never met them?  When Evanger's Pets started following Pioneer Pet Food & Supply in Seattle, Washington, on Instagram, we were really impressed.  David Bovard (owner and Instagram artist) had the ability to bring you into his special pet food world.  He told his followers a story through photographs, like historical places around Seattle and why his store pays an homage to Vintage and local pet supplies.  David even gave you a little insight to his personal life.  Of course he is a real person, but he seemed like a fake-real person, the kind you only know through the virtual world of social media, but never actually meet in person.


This fateful day....

When David took a bus over to the Animal Supply Company Open House trade show on October 2nd 2014, and met the owners of Evanger's!  We were honored to meet this Instagram Celebrity in person.  He even checked out our 3D Booth (which shows the 3-Ds of Evanger's: Diet, Diversity,and Daily).  Definitely check out his Instagram page, and if you ever find yourself in downtown Seattle, his shop should definitely be on your must-see list of attractions!

A photo posted by Proprietor & M.C. David B. (@pioneerpetseattle) on

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy Superbowl Sunday - Don't Cry Fowl!

Did you know that Americans eat over 1.25 billion Chicken Wings on Super Bowl weekend?  But we know that if your dog eats these oven-baked wings, it can be dangerous.  So Evanger's has you covered!  In its famous Hand Packed line of foods, Evanger's pressure cooks whole chicken thighs and drummettes at high temperatures for a long period of time, creating a very soft and safe bone that delivers the extra benefits of natural calcium and marrow.  Evangers Roasted Chicken Drummettes are garnished with peas and carrots and cooked inside the can, so your dog can enjoy the same Super Bowl feast (or in this case, Puppy Bowl) as you, safely!

Flavor: Evangers Roasted Chicken Drummettes
Prep time: 0 minutes
Instructions: pop open and serve

Evangers Roasted Chicken Drummettes served for the Superbowl Party
We are eating Chicken Wings so popped open some Drummettes for the doggies to enjoy during the Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl!!

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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.