Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Having been a veterinary clinical practitioner since 1999, I've had had numerous opportunities to observe trends of illness and wellness in my patients. My professional experiences have provided valuable insight into the most important aspects of care by which pet owners should abide.
How do thriving puppies and kittens become unhealthy dogs and cats in their adult and senior years? Human laziness, misinformation from pet product companies, owner financial constraints, and lack of veterinary persuasion about the most essential components of a holistic wellness plan top my list.

To further explore this topic, I created a list - Top Ten Topics Veterinarians Wish Pets Owners Better Understood. Here are the first five:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NY Magazine: Avengers vs Evangers

With the recent launch of the movie, The Avengers, some people might be a little confused - is this a movie about Superheroes or Super pet food?  We are going to go with Evanger's Super Pet Food, but Lane Brown of the NY Magazine breaks it down:

Clarification: Superhero Movie or Kosher Dog Food?

By: Lane Brown
Published May 6, 2012
(c) New York Magazine
The Avengers
The Avengers, new in theaters last week, stars a team of superheroes—Iron Man, the Hulk, et al.—recruited by eye-patched leader Nick Fury to defeat Loki, a Norse god with a Hitler complex bent on “freeing the world from freedom.” Bickering and the destruction of midtown ensue. Preceded by a $300 million head start at the international box office, The Avengers was sweet revenge for nerd-god director Joss Whedon (Dollhouse, Firefly), who’s had more experience creating canceled TV shows than money-printing movie franchises.

The Avengers
The Avengers, which spent about a week in theaters in 1998, was adapted from the beloved sixties British TV series and starred a pair of secret agents—John Steed and Emma Peel—recruited by wheelchair-bound leader Mother to defeat supervillain August de Wynter (Sean Connery), a mad scientist with a Hitler complex bent on controlling the world’s weather. Chemistry-free banter and the devastation of Connery’s dignity ensued. The movie’s bad reviews and low box office were sweet revenge for the dozens who actually paid to sit through it.

The Avengers
The Avengers, released in 1942, starred a journalist recruited by a newspaper to be a foreign correspondent in Norway, and by a Norwegian fisherman to help thwart the country’s invasion by Hitler, a German dictator bent on world domination and having a complex named after himself. Romantic banter with the fisherman’s daughter and the destruction of Europe ensued. Well reviewed but forgotten to history, the movie will have its revenge when it’s accidentally placed in the Netflix queues of fanboys intending to rent 2012’s The Avengers.

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food
Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., founded in Illinois in 1935, is the maker of all-natural, preservative-free pet foods, many of which, according to the company’s website, have been certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council as suitable for kosher events. Owners Holly Sher and husband Joel Sher have recruited their dog Yukon, a Samoyed-Chow Chow mix with a “very selective palate,” to personally taste and approve all varieties of Evanger’s unleavened canine chow. Yukon may not be Iron Man, but he’s a superhero to anyone catering a puppy Seder.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Evanger's Pet Food: 77 Years and NO RECALLS

Recently a manufacturer of dry pet food issued a voluntary recall for many brands of pet food.  Evanger's Dog and Cat Foods has not been affected by this recall, and since our company was founded in 1935, Evanger's has NEVER HAD A RECALL.  

The situation is unfortunate and it does not help our industry.  Hearing this news is always sad, and as a manufacturer do sympathize with what is happening.  We do wish the dry manufacturer all the best, and know that they will put many steps in place to prevent this in the future.  In the meantime, Evanger's is not part of this recall list.
Evanger's Pet Foods: NO RECALLS SINCE 1935!
Evanger's is a family-owned and operated company, owned by Holly Sher and Joel Sher. The next generation of the Sher clan, Chelsea Sher, Brett Sher, and Darryl Sher, all are very committed to improving the lives of your pets.  We source all of our ingredients locally.  All of our ingredients are sourced in the United States from USDA human grade facilities, or farmers who grow the vegetables we use themselves.  We do not use any corn, wheat, or soy in any of our products.

Our Low Grain Super Premium dry foods have a lot of benefits, such as:

  • Fresh Meat (Chicken, Pheasant, or Whitefish) as the first ingredient
  • Highly digestible- fish is easier to digest than meat
  • For All Life Stages-Puppies to Seniors
  • Whole Ground Rye-unique grain source-highly digestible
  • Small kibble- great for all sizes (breeds) of dogs!
  • Sweet Potato-High in antioxidants
  • Yucca- aids in digestion and also keeps poops from smelling J
  • No Preservatives (Vit E and Vit C)
  • Parsley-antioxidant, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
  • Peas-fiber, source of protein, Vitamin B, C and A
  • Lettuce- beneficial beta-carotene as well as vitamin C, and potassium
  • Biotin helps in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
  • Folic Acid- B-Complex / Essential in animal metabolism
  • Taurine-Amino Acid
  • Cranberries & Blueberries-Antioxidants
  And our GRAIN FREE foods offer superior nutrition:
  • Available in 2 flavors: Chicken with Sweet Potato & Pumpkin AND Meat Lover's Medley, a unique trio of proteins: Rabbit, Beef, and Pork
  • Contains probiotics to support healthy immune and digestive systems,
  • For all breeds and all life stages,U
  •  Utilizes Omega 3 and 6 Fatty acids in excellent balance to support skin and coat health 
  •  Glucosamine and Chondrotin are added at excellent levels to support excellent joint health 
  •  A blend of vegetables and fruits is added as a natural source of nutrients including antioxidant vitamins:Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Copper, Potassium, and disease-fighting fiber 
  • Fiber is uniquely sourced from Alfalfa in this formula. 
  •  Nutrient dense blend of ingredients provides nutrients that work to support long term health of dogs    

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pets can help boost your health!

An animal at home may lower blood pressure

Medical research is starting to show that having a pet may contribute to a longer life for you.

In particular, the elderly or those who live alone may benefit most, but everyone is a potential beneficiary.
The University of Missouri's Rebecca Johnson says in a news release that, "Research in this field is providing new evidence on the positive impact pets have in our lives."

The health benefits include lower blood pressure, encouragement to exercise and improved psychological health.Pets can contribute to improved health, but be aware that some pet diseases can be transmitted to humans. Proper care, cleanliness and attention to the animals health is a responsibility to the animal as well as insuring your continued good health.

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