Monday, June 27, 2016

Evanger's Quick Tips for Exercising With Your Pet In the Heat

Your dog is itching to go outside for a walk. And while you’re ready for a little exercise as well, the thermostat is on the rise. While it’s not necessary to avoid outdoor activity entirely during the summer, it is a good idea to adjust the duration and intensity of exercise in accordance with the temperature. 

Photo by Rebecca Menapace [calendar contest entry]
As a rule, early mornings and evening hours are best suited for your outings – whether it's a walk, hike or even tossing the ball around in the yard. Did you know that pets with white-colored ears are more susceptible to skin cancer? Also, short-nosed breeds are prone to breathing difficulties since these pets have poor panting mechanisms. Keep dogs like Shih Tzus, Boxers, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs and Bulldogs away from the heat as much as possible. 

Dogs don't sweat like people do. Most of their sweat glands are located around their paws. If Fido hasn’t stepped in his water bowl and you see wet footprints on your floor, it’s a red flag that your pooch is overheating and needs to be relocated to a cool spot. Also be sure to walk your dog on grass if possible since asphalt becomes very hot and can burn their delicate paws. Never leave the house without an adequate supply of water to prevent both of you from dehydrating.

Your best exercise bets are:
· Taking your dog to the lake, bay or ocean for a swim.
· Going on a hike or trail run early in the morning or late in the day.
· Taking shorter hikes, and find shaded trails and campsites.

Be sure to avoid:
· Having your dog run alongside your bicycle. If you do this from time to time, please don't do it in the summer.
· Hike trails that aren't shaded. Aside from the heat, you might come across rattlesnakes that love to bask in the hot sun. 

Heat exhaustion is common in dogs. It can happen your own yard, or on a walk. Remember that dogs cool themselves by panting. When panting fails to reduce the body temperature, your pooch will develop heat stroke. 

Signs include:
· Heavy Panting
· Rapid Breathing
· Salivation
· Fatigue
· Muscle Tremors
· Staggering

If you feel your dog is experiencing heat exhaustion, take him to a cool, shady place, and apply wet towels or cloths to help cool down his body temperature. Try to give him small amounts of water. Then call your vet immediately. 

Your dog’s diet plays an important role in adequate hydration and muscle recovery after exercise. Feeding canned food provide high quality, easily digestible nutrients that help keep muscles and organs functioning in peak condition, while also keeping cells hydrated. For a boost in nutrition and hydration for your furry exercise partner, try Evanger’s Signature Stews made with USA farm grown meat and vegetables, slow cooked in a savory broth.

If you apply common sense and taking these exercising tips into account, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your pet happy, well exercised and healthy in the heat.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pet purchase decisions can promote healthy pets and a sustainable planet

  1. Petrendologist Charlotte Reed speaks with Fox 5 Las Vegas Anchor Jason Feinberg about how to reduce our pet's carbon pawprint.

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  3. According to a recent Gallup environmental poll environment poll, 55% of Americans have made minor changes in their lives and 28% have made major changes to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle.  Your entire family, including your pet, can help preserve the planet. Start by setting a goal of being more aware that your pet purchasing decisions can help reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint and improve your four-legged family members overall pet health.
  4. Feeding choices
    After the countless pet food recalls over the past two years, it is no surprise that owners are more curious and cautious about what they feed their pets. Buy pet foods with human-grade ingredients pet foods that have no added pesticides or hormones, use minimal processing, and are higher in vital nutrients. Consider pet foods like Evanger’s, a company uses USA sourced ingredients, located within 50 miles from manufacturing facility.
  5. Grooming picks
    For the last few years, many magazines, blogs and other media outlets have been discussing how beauty products can be detrimental to our health and our planet, too. Pet grooming is an aspect of life that you can turn into an eco-friendly and healthier way of living. Purchase USDA, certified organic products like the Pura Naturals Pet. This health and beauty company’s product line does not contain GMOs, parabens, toxins, sulfates, perfumes or dyes but plant-based cleansers, combined with essential oils and herbs to cleanse your pet and to keep his skin and coat healthy. From dry and wet shampoos, conditioners to outdoor parasite protection and healing products for ears, teeth, noses and paws, these products will have a direct and positive effect on your pet and your planet.
  6. Donation with purchase
    Pendleton is a globally recognized lifestyle brand that has been weaving wool in the Pacific Northwest for 153 years. In 1916, the brand debuted the first national park blanket-The Glacier, inspired by Glacier National Park in Montana. Soon after the same year, the National Park Service was penned into law by President Woodrow Wilson. As a result, Pendleton has been associated with the National Parks ever since. Now, during this centennial year of the national parks services, Pendleton has team up with Carolina Pet Company to create the Pendleton Pet Collection. Best part: 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 parks.
  7. Pet necessities
  8. Some pet products are just essentials to caring for our pets. HealthyPet makes healthier products that pet owners need like cat litter and small animal bedding. If you do not know, litter is the most purchased pet product. Moreover, clay litter (the most popular type purchased litter) is also deterimental for our planet, our people and our pets. .Instead of purchasing a cat litter that is not sustainable, buy a natural cat litter/. Healthy-Pet's okocat is a 100% natural litter, made with no added chemicals or synthetic scents; it is alsobiodegradable, flushable, lightweight, dust-free, longer lasting and absorbent. Additionally, it is also has outstanding odor control. Lastly, because it is made from wood pulp and not a food grade materials (like wheat or corn), is fights bacterial growth naturally.
  9. Another example of a heathier products for pets and our planet is careFRESH small animal bedding. Most people don't realize that there are about 12 million small animals in the country, creating their own environmental impact on our planet. And, they need products that promote their health and wellness, too! careFRESH makes species-specific bedding that encourages them to do what they do; hamster and gerbils burrow and rabbits and guinea pigs nest. careFRESH complete bedding is made from scratch by blending naturally absorbent, reclaimed paper fibers (free of harmful chemicals and other pollutants, not recycled newspaper with inks) with proprietary odor control ingredients to provide the best, performing small animal bedding. carefresh bedding is 100% biodegradable and compostable. It has odor control lasting up to 10 days, is dust-free for easy clean-up.

  10. Watch the segment:
  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 radio show, "The Pet Buzz," each week on Sunday morniings from 10-11AM on I Heart Radio News 1320/1450 AM (

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

At Evangers, Every Day is Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, our family reflects on the importance of protecting our environment. We are in the business of nurturing some of the Earth’s finest creatures, and our business is dependent on abundant fresh produce and meats. Many of you many know the lengths we go to in producing all-natural, nutrient-dense, and environmentally-friendly foods for your furry family members.

But you may not know just how seriously we take it.  At Evanger's, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY. Did you know…..
  • Evangers has the maximum amount of recyclable materials in our retail packaging.
  • Evangers cans are made of steel, and labels are paper (both infinitely recyclable)
  • All packaging materials are recycled
  • Evangers has an on-site recycling program
  • Evangers has an on-site water well, which is not only sustainable in itself, but also motivates its efforts to be socially and economically responsible.
  • In 2015 Evangers saved over 1,500 trees by using greener trays on its canned pet food
  • Evangers uses skylights as its main light source, with motion-detector high-efficiency lights which are defaulted by light the sensors, meaning the lights will only turn on when it's dark or cloudy and someone is in the room.
  • Evangers uses variable frequency drives (VFD) on its motors which controls motors to use less electricity by taking off the initial demand load
  • Boiler flame is adjusted annually to make sure we are efficient as possible
  • Evanger's manufacturing plant is steam and natural-gas-operated.  
  • Pallets are recycled to reduce the waste stream 
  • Minimal carbon footprint - 90% of the ingredients are sourced locally within 50 miles of Evanger's own kitchens, and picked up daily with Evangers own trucks to be used within 24 hours for optimum freshness.  The other 10% of ingredients comes from US-sourced suppliers and farmers. 
  • We are transitioning our labels to a stock that is made of 80% recycled material
  • Evangers encourages employees to bike, carpool, or use public transportation.
  • We only source ingredients from suppliers and farmers that have humane treatment of their animals.  
We take great pride in these traditions and continue to seek new ways to be earth friendly, and to make EVERY DAY EARTH DAY!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Passover Seder Goes To The Dogs

Calling pets (and people) of all faiths for a fun, furry and memorable Passover Seder ceremony at Choice Pet Market in Scottsdale, serving up USA certified Kosher pet foods for dogs, cats and ferrets hosted by family owned and operated Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company and their 100% USA-Made Kosher pet food lines.
For over 80 years, Evanger’s is the only USA pet food manufacturing plant endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) for Passover, making feeding your pet during the holidays healthy, delicious and Kosher. For a list of over 40 Kosher foods that do not combine any meat with dairy products and are chometz-free, click here
  • WHO: Pets, kids, families and pet lovers of all ages and faiths welcome
  • WHAT: Live pet-centric Passover Seder ceremonies, with live music, kosher pet food giveaways, doggy yarmulkes, and more
  • WHEN: Monday, April 18, 2016 anytime between 4:30 - 7:00pm
  • WHERE: Choice Pet Market (SW corner of Scottsdale & Shea) – 7119 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 113 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 MAP IT
Evanger's Passover Seder for Dogs and People has been featured on Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report!

For this special fur-friendly Passover Seder, each dog attendee will get a doggy yarmulke and receive special event day discounts on certified Kosher foods from Evanger’s.
What to Expect at the Fur-Friendly Seder:
1.    Pet owners and pets check in, and share a short introduction or fun fact.
2.    Break afikomen (matzoh) along with Evanger’s kosher for Passover food or treats. The afikomen will be hid somewhere inside the store, and after the Seder concludes, well-mannered dogs will be invited to sniff out the afikomen. The dog that finds it first gets a prize from Evanger’s Pet Foods.
3.    Sing di-ya-nu.
4.    Reading of the 10 Plagues. Dogs can bark along and the pet owners will get to share Evanger’s USA-made treats with each plague.
5.    The youngest dog will be invited to howl or bark (“sing”) the 4 questions
6.    Time to dine! Evanger’s USA-made Kosher pet foods will be served for each pet to enjoy.
Showcasing its commitment to quality and its range of certified Kosher lines of USA dog, cat and ferret foods, Evanger’s has been seen in popular media like The Colbert Report, Rachael Ray, Saturday Night Live, and People Magazine for Pets.
For more information on certified (cRc) Kosher pet foods, please visit
About Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company 
As a family owned and operated USA pet food manufacturer for over 80 years, the mission of the company remains focused on increasing the quality and enjoyment of life of our companion pets through nutrition. Evanger’s remains just as committed to the quality and innovation of each of its foods as the day it opened operations in 1935, and proudly supports independently owned pet shops where quality and customer service are of the upmost importance. As the only remaining family-owned and operated pet food cannery in the U.S., offering USA-sourced nutrition to improve the health of pets and supporting pet loving customers remains the #1 goal.
About Choice Pet Market 
With 7 locations around the Valley, Choice Pet Market offers an outstanding selection to promote the well-being of pets, specializing in natural, organic and holistic foods for dogs, cats, companion birds, small animals, fish and reptiles. Offering a highly trained staff to provide you the information you need to keep your pet healthy and happy, bring your pet down for the best shopping experience you can find where your pet’s health and well-being is #1.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Evangers Pet Foods Helps You Prepare for Passover with your Pets

Evangers Pet Foods Helps You Prepare for Passover with your Pets

       We have always known that dogs and cats are part of the family, so Evanger's manufactures food that is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council as Kosher for Passover for pet food (not for human consumption).  We do this to make feeding your pets simple and convenient during Passover.

         You can be assured products made at Evanger's are made of the highest quality and are not only suitable for every-day feeding in your home, but the Passover holiday as well.  The following products do not combine any meat with dairy products and are chometz-free.


***Evanger's even started doing "Doggie Seders" that have been featured on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (Watch The Clip) and The Colbert Report (Watch Clip Here)! ***

Some of you may be asking why does Evangers make foods that are Kosher for Passover.  That's a great question, and here's the story:

 A few years ago during Passover, our owner, Holly Sher, observed her neighbor feeding her pet in the garage.  

Holly asked, "Why are you feeding your dog in the garage?"  

To which the neighbor replied: "I can't bring his food into the house because of Passover, so we feed him in the garage during the holiday."  

Holly went home and thought, "well, I own a dog food company, I am going to make food for my neighbor so she can feed her dog in the house."

 The idea Holly had to help her neighbor turned out to help pet parents all over the globe.  

Check out a list of out Kosher Products Here!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cats Shouldn't Eat Vegetarian Diets, But...

For those of you who have questions, 

Thank you for reaching out to our team, as your feedback is very important to us.

For over 80 years, the Evanger's family tradition of sourcing and creating foods that focus solely on premium nutrition remains both our unwavering mission and our personal passion for nutrition, education and quality.  The entire line of Evanger's foods promote and include high meat content, including a full range of meat-focused, yet grain and gluten free, canned diets for cats.

In the US alone, 50% of our pet population is overweight.  Just like in humans, when a pet is carrying around excess weight, this can lead to many other health issues, many of which are preventable.

Diet matters.

We have an on-staff nutritionist to help direct our efforts, and we want to clarify our email communications.

Cats are obligate carnivores, so our Vegetarian canned food has never been intended to be any pet's only food source, especially cats.

Our nutrionist typically only recommends Vegetarian for older cats that might not have ready access to natural grass as a digestive aid. In addition, the additional fiber appeals to some cats, as this supplemental vegetarian food can either be fed separately or mixed into food.

Animal proteins are number one for cats  Some Veterinarians recommend more plant fiber in some cases for cats, as this is a very nutrient dense way to comply with this directive. Canned foods, in general, mean plenty of moisture is present, which helps make them more effective.

Even though its use is very limited for cats, Evanger's Vegetarian added the "daily recommended vitamins and minerals for cats in all life stages," based on compliance requirements.

Again, we thank you for your questions and your continued partnership.  We welcome any opportunity to serve you and offer your pet the best nutrition from the best sourced USA ingredients on the market today.

            The Evangers Team

Friday, March 11, 2016

Senior Beagle Loves Evangers Chicken Dog Food

This morning we got a note from Hedy who has a special brood at home.  She has 10 dogs, and one, Nina the Beagle, who needs to be hand-fed through a syringe, and a pot belly pig!  Check out this incredible Evanger's Review and testimonial.  Thank you for sending us this note, Hedy, and we are so happy our foods are helping feed your senior dog:

Nina the Senior Beagle eats Evangers Cooked Chicken

I want you to know I LOVE your food for my 17+ yrs old beagle, Nina.  I have to syringe fed her when she doesn't eat by herself, and your food is what I feed her.  She doesn't fight me and the cost I can afford!  I have 10 dogs and a pot belly pig. I am thrilled that an employee of Pets Supplies Plus in Clearwater, Florida showed me your Evangers food!!   I mix a tablespoon of 100% pumpkin in the Evangers Cooked Chicken it to help her digest and poop.  She is on 3 heart meds and a Joint mixture that is also awesome.  The combo of all three has been like a miracle.  Some evenings Nina eats it right from can, and that is the best, because it shows she is still able to eat that way.

Hedy makes a mix of Evangers Cooked Chicken, Pumpkin, and Joint supplements for her super senior beagle
Hedy rescues a lot of pets in need.  Here’s Onyx the Pot Belly Pig.  He was abused and is blind in left eye, but has been enjoying life in a loving household since 2003 with his adopted pot belly pig family members.  

Onyx the Pot Belly Pig