Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Breed Buzz: BASSET HOUNDS

Short legs, floppy ears and a renowned sense of smell make Basset hounds a unique breed for any dog owner. While initially bred for hunting rabbits and small game, Bassets have a gentle demeanor, making them great companions for children of all ages. If you are looking for a mellow dog, this is the breed for you – Bassets love to nap! When awake, they are generally docile unless they catch the scent of something they like, in which case you better hope you have a leash!


Due to their love of food and relative inactivity around the house, Bassets are prone to weight gain. It is best to use high quality, easily digestible foods that contain a large percentage of protein. This helps ensure that nutrition is easily absorbed and the Basset is not enticed to overeat. The Basset is also prone to food allergies. Evanger’s line of Grain Free Game Meats such as Grain Free Rabbit is an ideal way to add quality, low-allergy protein to a Basset’s diet. Try mixing it with Evanger’s Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley or Grain-Free Chicken with Sweet Potato & Pumpkin dry food to give your Basset a nutritious meal he will love!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Political Pooches

September 23, 2013 is national Dogs in Politics Day, and what pooch could be more famous than America’s First Dog?! After winning the 2008 election, President Barack Obama made good on his promise to daughters Malia and Sasha by bringing home “Bo,” a black-and-white Portuguese water dog – a gift from another famous statesman, the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

Portuguese water dogs are highly intelligent working dogs with strong stamina and a friendly demeanor. Portuguese water dogs crave companionship and will remain in close proximity with their masters, whether inside or outside. The coat of a Portuguese water dog is thick and either curly or wavy, but is singled-layered and does not shed, which makes them ideal for owners with pet allergies (like Malia Obama).

While many past presidents have opted for more traditional breeds of Terriers, Spaniels and Retrievers, Bo is the first Portuguese water dog to join the White House. Given his natural tendencies to be loyal and hard-working, Bo no doubt makes for an ideal political companion. Although Portuguese water dogs are a relatively rare breed, their popularity has soared since Bo’s arrival and will likely increase in popularity for years to come.


If you were in politics, who would be your ideal furry companion?

Friday, September 13, 2013

How To: Naturally get Omega 3s and 6s Without A Vitamin Supplement

Sardines can be a wonderfully nutritious and readily-available addition to any pet’s diet (not to mention your own). Chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B12, as well as calcium, protein and potassium, sardines are powerhouse fish in a very tiny body, helping to promote healthy immune systems, brain development and cardiovascular circulation. Given their small size, sardines also contain lower levels of mercury as compared to larger fish such as Mackerel or Tuna, making them even more appealing as an addition to your pet’s diet.

Many veterinarians recommend using only wild-caught sardines packed in water, instead of oil or other sauces that may include additional sodium and other harmful ingredients. Evanger's makes its Fresh Catch of the Day with Sardines cooked with only natural well water, so don't toss that gravy, baby! Instead, pour your Sardine Water over dry food to provide an extra kick of flavor and tons of powerful nutrients.


Evanger’s Catch of the Day for dogs or Catch of the Day for cats provides a hand-packed dinner of whole sardines that are edible from head to tail (softened bones included!). We pack these nutrient-dense and omega-rich fishies into the can by hand, so your dog or cat can enjoy whole, slow-cooked sardines from head-to-tail.  This heart-healthy diet is naturally high in Omega-3s, and Did You Know: a pet's body cannot produce Omega 3 Fatty Acids on its own?  Not only is Evanger's Fresh Caught Catch of the Day for Dogs and Cats an excellent everyday diet, but because Sardines are high in protein and low in calories, these dinners are also an excellent choice for less active pets.
 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Precious the MinPin Gets Healthy with Evanger's


Dear Evanger's,

A couple years ago I adopted a miniature pinscher from a local shelter. The director of the shelter actually had a little back ground on my new fur baby like her birth date, June 2008, her original name, Precious, and some of her living situation before ending up in the shelter. Earlier this year she got violently sick with a bladder infection, which was a symptom of struvite bladder stones - one the size of one of those rubber balls you get out of a quarter machine in grocery stores and four more the size of marbles! I was told she would have to be on a special diet because of the type of stones. It later came to head being on this special diet that she was allergic to corn, which is not uncommon in MinPins in general.  I was searching the web for alternatives when a friend at work said that she feeds only your dog food and she has MinPins. So I got on the web and checked out  your dog food, and found that your Chicken with Brown Rice had all the same ingredients minus the corn and wheat that the special diet dog food that my vet wanted my baby on. So I printed out your ingredient list for your dog food and took it in to my vet to ask her what she thought.  She talked to the nutritionist in her office, and your dog food was cleared for my baby to use so long as I kept using the wet dog food too. Which I have. I guess what I am trying to say is I'm thankful your dog food is there for Precious to have because she is my personal shadow.
Brandy and Precious, enjoying life together in California
Your truly,
~ Brandy N, Paul E, and Precious
Ukiah, CA

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What Makes a Coat Shine?

Have you ever seen a dog with a coat fit for a Pantene commercial? Chances are, his diet consists of premium protein and vegetables! Diet is single most important factor affecting coat health – particularly the quality and quantity of dietary protein. Without sufficient protein, hair may become brittle or dry and eventually fall out, leaving pets unprotected from the elements and unable to regulate body temperature efficiently. A balanced diet is also necessary to obtain optimal amounts of certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, E and B2, all of which play a role in skin and coat health.


It’s all about quality! Quality ingredients contain nutrients that are easily digestible, and able to put those nutrients to work for the coat, skin, and even liver and kidney function. Foods containing corn or wheat as the primary ingredient provide lower quality nutrition and should be avoided if possible. Instead look for foods that contain lean proteins and healthy fats, with smaller amounts of quality carbohydrates. Evanger’s Grain-Free Hand Packed Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy is an ideal example of quality nutrition for dogs. Its very first ingredients include: Beef, Beef Broth, Carrots, Peas, and Potatoes (in that order!), offering a delectable variety of natural USA farm grown nutrition to support a healthy coat.
Hand Packed Dog Food Braised Beef
Evanger's Braised Beef Chunks Dinner -
a food that is packed by hand, not by machine!



At Evanger’s, we take pride in using only premium ingredients in our dog and cat food to provide the best nutrition for your pet. In fact, all ingredients we use are USA-sourced, human-grade, with no artificial preservatives or harmful by-products.