Friday, January 20, 2017

How Evanger's Helped Bridget the Beagle Bounce Back from Degenerative Disk Disease

We've just received this beautiful testimonial from Patty B.  We're so happy to hear that Bridget is doing well!

I am writing to tell you the story of Bridget. Bridge has degenerative disk disease and depending on the frequency and duration could result in being put down. The medications she was on affected her general health by not being interested in eating and as result her health really suffered. We tried several different foods, nothing worked until we used Evangers Dog Food. Bridget immediately got an improvement in her appetite and within a week completely turned it around! She continues to improve and Evangers dog food  gave her the edge. Thanks for a great product!
~Patty B, Greensburg, PA

Bridget and her sister cat.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saving Poco the Bernese Mountain Dog

Evanger's just received this wonderful message from Laurie F, a true friend who has tremendously helped Leanne H, whose beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog has been suffering from GI Issues and was so sadly on the brink of death.  After Evanger's Canned Pheasant was recommended to Leanne, Poco made a comeback and since eating Evanger's, her bloodwork has gotten more stable.

"I want to let people know how absolutely wonderful Evanger’s has been to my friend who is living with an older Berner girl who was suddenly stricken with a GI issue a couple of months ago. Having been through this with another dog and having worked with Dr Jean Dodds and her crew to develop a diet for that dog, we knew what to try for this girl, a diet based on Evanger’s canned pheasant. Yes, proper meds were involved too, but they weren't working,,,not until we changed her diet. Unfortunately, Evanger’s has limited resources for their pheasant and has decided to quit making the canned food and instead use their pheasant for their wonderful pheasant and brown rice kibble. Fortunately for us, they had 22 cases of the large cans of pheasant in their warehouse which they were willing to send to us at a reduced rate, even working a deal on shipping through Fed-ex. We had pulled this girl from the brink of death using the pheasant we could find in other places, and we didn't want to change her diet yet to the quail canned food Evanger’s is making, which I believe can also be used. As of today, this girl's blood work indicates she is stabilizing and with the gift of a few more months on her pheasant diet, we truly feel her future is bright. The kindness shown by the Evanger’s company and the willingness to jump through hoops to help us, I feel is an indicator of their superior love of animals and concern for their customers. Thank you particularly to Holly, but to all the wonderful folks at this great company. We will forever be in their debt and will always stand behind this company for their kindness and the help they gave us.  - Laurie F"

Thank you so much to Laurie for sharing this with us, and we wish all the best to Poco and Leanne!


Friday, December 16, 2016


Calendar Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 calendar contest winners! Evanger’s 2016 Annual Calendar Features Your Favorite “Fur-Friends.” Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, America’s 80 year-old natural pet food manufacturer, has concluded its competition for new furry faces for its 2016 nationwide pets calendar. The race to be Almost Famous and earn a feature in our calendar was not easy – we received over 2,000 entries, so thank you to all who entered and participated in the voting process.
Each fur-bulous winner will receive a prize package of Evanger’s all natural, USA-made pet food and treats. This year, entrants competed in 5 categories for a feature or featurette spot in our calendar through Email, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Winning photos can be viewed on our Evanger’s Facebook Fan Page.
The 2016 Calendar is available for purchase.  For every calendar purchased online, Evanger’s is donating a case of premium canned pet food to a local shelter organization. Order here or call (847) 537-0102. To view the calendar before purchase, please browse it here: 2016 Calendar Preview

Feature Photo Winners

January: Mindia Robin
February: Elizabeth Shikiar
March: Caitlyn Orr
April: Brian Cerney
May: Katherine Coolen
June: Dana Kuo
July: Brooke Squires
August: Meagan Abrams
September: Frank Huber
October: Amanda Eagan
November: Susan Jackson
December: Michelle Okashima

Mcloven the stud muffin and Cupcake the cutie pie submitted by Elizabeth S


January: Lila Maki / Kerry Miller / Karen DiDomenico / Brie Gainer / Michelle Kirby / Sandra Crawford-Johnson / Kelly Sechrist / Janet Davis / Kym Todisco / Victoria Chavez (New Year’s) / Marcela Vanucci / Becky Diesel
February: Mike Bruhns / Kristen Guinnane / Mary White / Brandon Chatham / Pam Amaral / Jean Cervi / Ellen Smith / Thuy Miller / Debbie Bennett (Valentine’s Day Featurette)
March: Deborah Rohr / Laura Blankshain / Heather Sparber / Stephanie Modlin / Stephanie Krout / Clint Milner / Mario Torres / Mona Jones / Michelle Neuzil / Lynsey Heffner / Judy Ziner / Leah Polakoff / Koyote Moone (St. Patty’s Day Featurette) / Trish Mathews
April: Kristin E / Ashla C / Jeff B / Patricia B / Donna H / Kyle G / Amy McPherson / Marcia Sherman / Elizabeth Shikiar / Daniel Ward / Amanda Eagan / Debbie Hysjulien
May: Eric Loya / Linda Conversa / Cindy McKinney / Tyler Myers / Ken Sherbacow / Grace Martin / Tara T / Michelle Okashima / Taylor Ray / Sharon Andres
Photo submitted by Brian C
June: Jamie Lawrence / Sandi Watson / Tracy Blecha / Christi Beard / Wendy Hawkins / Janelle Pitula / Susan Yoder / Samantha Mazur / Cissy Parkey / Michelle Hughes / Michael Campbell / Liz Lenti / Teri Nosco / Heidi Peditto / Bobbi Klein / Robin Baker / Andre Pretty / Swede Noble / Cheryl Baase
July: Vicki Pearce / Patty Brigaman / Aimee Kay / Jill Westfall / Theresa Ortado / Cynthia Chatham / Kathy Zingg / Patricia Mombourquette / Mike Bruhns / Sonya Barnard / Judy Mikkelson
4th of July Featurettes: Amber K / Emilie B / Ashley Hill / Summer Ward / Tina Harrison
August: Amber Knickman / Alina Popescu / Jamie Swanson / Riaghan MacKenzie / Michelle Morrison / Sarah Gottlieb / Andrew Amaral / Penny Emerson / Ariana Cowper / Jamie Wing / Janie Porter / Lisa Higham / John Coia / John Paape / Chelsea Place / Breanna Findley / Maria Modica
September: Kristen Foster / Shannon Cook / Janice Jaskowiak / Jessica Graca / Ashley McLaughlin / Ninez McConnell / Jerry Schwab / @MichellinCAL / Mikayla Daggett / Stephanie Ohlson / Carol Ann Demetrio / Sheila Laughton / Mandy Behler / Ashley Genetti
October: Anna Holomen / Pamela Reed / Ginger Sirlin / Mark Abrams / Nancy Little / Suzanne Frain / Pamela Reed / Trinity Fussner / Bree O.
This is Princess Leia. In her free time she practices all her yoga moves and even created some new ones. Photo submitted by Caitlyn O.
November: Debbie Kackley / Tanika Campbell / Sophie Wolf / Jes Ram / Loz Stevenson / Patricia Kolberg / Karen Williams / Jeannine Hill / Samantha Mazur / Chris Heilman / Jeff Bramstedt
December: Tiffany Hughes / Linda Ruiz / Matthew Harrington / Mark Abrams / Heidi Swierupski / Marilyn Lieber / Angela Patton / Mickie Aerne Bowe / Susan Horneck / Jean Yendall / Jim Maki / Barbara Dandenau / Karen DiDomenico / Sharon Noll / Spencer Moustis / Nicole Kaminski / Regina Alonge / Ricardee Franks / Tyler Myers / Kimberly McGinnis


Friday, December 2, 2016

What Is A “Meat” Meal?

Protein is crucial for all aspects of a dog’s growth and development, which is why puppies, pregnant and lactating females require an even greater amount of protein than other dogs. Protein is also critical to immune system maintenance and a dog’s health in general.

When purchasing dog food, you may wonder what could contain more protein than whole meat? Surprisingly, quality grade meat meal can actually contain more protein than the whole meat from which it is derived.

Meat meal is a dried end product of a cooking process that’s known as rendering. Akin to purposely overcooking, rendering cooks away the water and bakes the residue. The end product is a highly concentrated protein powder called meat meal.

For a comparison, a whole chicken contains roughly 70% water and 18% protein. After rendering, however, the resulting chicken meal contains just 10% water and a whopping 65% protein–nearly four times more protein than whole chicken.

Bear in mind that no meal product can ever be better than the raw materials that were used to make it. Higher quality meat meals are typically made from the meat of clearly identified sources. Lower grade meals are derived from anonymous materials like spoiled supermarket meats, slaughterhouse waste and even diseased or dying cattle.  

There is no such thing as human grade meat meal, since meat meal is never produced for human consumption and the facilities producing it are not licensed or certified to manufacture human-edible products that meet FDA standards. One defining characteristic of a high quality meat meal is a low ash content, which means the proportion of bone to meat is low.

How to Recognize
 Lower Quality Meat Meals

Since many manufacturers do little to clarify the true nature of the ingredients they use, 
avoid dog foods containing any meat meal that fails to identify the specific source animal or includes the words “by-product” in its name.

Using generic phrases on the ingredient list, inferior meat-based protein ingredients that are usually associated with lower quality dog food include:
·               Animal Meal
·               Chicken By-Product Meal
·               Meat and Bone Meal
·               Glandular Meal
·               Poultry Meal
·               Blood Meal

Chicken, Beef or Lamb?

Photo: Evanger's
Evanger's dog and cat food uses fresh meats
for an excellent source of protein and
bio-available nutrients
Every protein source has a different level of usable amino acids. This amount is termed “biological value.” Egg has the highest biological value, followed by chicken, fish and red meat. But don’t let that information distract you. Any source of meat protein will serve your dog well. And the fresher the source of protein, the more biologically available those nutrients are to your pet. This means that the body is better able to absorb what it needs to maintain optimal health.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

5 Tips To Avoid a Visit to the Vet on Thanksgiving

It’s the time of year filled with family traditions.  But Pancreatitis SPIKES in our pets during Thanksgiving.  As you're preparing for your Thanksgiving feast, we know it's hard to resist loading up Fido and Boots with all of your rich, tasty Thanksgiving food. Bud did you know that Pancreatitis flare-ups during the holidays have more to do with overfeeding than feeding the wrong food?  Just a taste is fine. Feeding whole extra meals to the dog and cat is not fine, but easy to do when we want to include our pets in Thanksgiving and feeding them from our table.

SO what can you do to make your pets a part of Thanksgiving while keeping them safe?

Carl from New York is getting ready for an Evanger's Thanksgiving Feast with his human family

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 DinnerSlow 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!

To find a local Evanger's pet food store near you, visit

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pet Consumerism: CBS News Features Charlotte Reed And Her Expert Pet Product Picks

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    Buy Local
    After countless pet food recalls, it is no surprise that owners are cautious about what they feed their pets. Buy pet foods made with human-grade ingredients and that contain no added pesticides or hormones, use minimal processing, and are higher in vital nutrients. Consider pet foods like Evanger’s, a company that sources its ingredients within 50 miles within manufacturing
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  4. Dealing with Odor
    Body odor could include odor emulating from your pet’s mouth. Most pets before age three suffer from canine dental disease. As concerns about chemicals and the environment grow, pet parents are selecting products with fewer, more natural, but equally effective, ingredients for themselves and their pets. Vet’s Best Dog Dental Care Gel Toothpaste uses key natural ingredients, including Neem Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Enzymes to cleans away tartar and plaque, while whitening and brightening teeth and getting rid of doggie breath. Cleaning a dog’s teeth can be a challenge but the new, user-friendly tube makes it easy to for pet pet parent to use.
  5. More is less
    Cat litter is one of the most purchased pet products on the planet. Clay litter with its dust is not only harmful to your cat’s health but to your health, too. Additionally, these cat litters are not biodegradable. Consider a healthy and environmentally friendly litter like World’s Best Cat Litter. Powdered by corn, World’s Best Cat Litter concentrated granules trap odor deep inside and form tight clumps on contact. Pet parents are able to use less litter and receive an outstanding odor control with less mess. Lastly, it is septic sank safe. So flush away.
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  7. Donation with purchase
    Do any of your pet purchase directly contribute to people, places or other pets? To celebrate the the centennial of the National Parks Service, dated on August 25, Carolina Pet Company teemed up with Pendleton to create the Pendleton Pet Collection. A portion of the sale of the collection’s items such as beds (made from recycled soda bottles), portable food bags and water bowls, leashes, collars and coats is donated to help preserve our national
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  9. Be kind to others
    Cats and dogs contribute dander and allergens to indoor air pollution. Because of their microscopic size and jagged shape, pet allergens easily stick to furniture, bedding, fabrics and many items carried into and out of the home. Animal dander is easily spread through the home and out to public places like schools and hospitals. It can be found even in homes, buildings and even, on people without pets. So be kind to allergy suffers, if you do have a cat or dog, keep your clothing free of pet hairs by using Butler Home Products Evermore Pet Plus Fur Erase Lint Roller and the Pet Hair Removal Sponge. The Lint Roller will tackle hair & debris clothing, while he ergonomically sponge will life hair from clothes and furniture.
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  11. Petrendologist Charlotte Reed is the leading pet care & lifestyle expert. She is a popular author, TV & radio personality and celebrity spokesperson, discussing the "What's New" for pets and their people. Listen to her weekly, syndicated radio show, "The Pet Buzz," each week on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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