Monday, November 25, 2013

Tips for A Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

The family is arriving, the turkey is in the oven and your pet is getting anxious to partake in all the fun! However, before the crowd gets too big and the table scraps start making their way onto the floor, take a few precautions to ensure your pet has a safe Thanksgiving. First, make sure your pet has received plenty of exercise before the doorbell starts ringing – maintaining the daily schedule is the best way to keep your pet calm during the festivities. Next, designate a quiet spot in the house where your pet can go if he needs a break from the noise and people.


As for the bountiful feast in the kitchen, not everyone can enjoy the standard turkey day fare – turkey bones, undercooked meat, alliums (e.g., onions, garlic), chocolate and grapes can be dangerous for dogs. Instead, include your pet in the turkey indulgence with Evanger’s Organic Turkey with Potato and Carrots Dinner. This is not only a wonderfully nutritious and delicious meal for everday dinners, but it may keep Fido off of your plate! Evanger’s, our Organic Turkey with Potato and Carrots Dinner is made in the USA, in the kitchens of Evanger’s with fresh, USA-sourced, organic ingredients.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Breed Buzz: Pomeranian

A member of the Spitz family, the Pomeranian (or “Pom Pom”) is a small, toy-sized dog with a distinctive plumed tail and rich double coat. Intelligent and active, the Pom Pom is very loyal and makes a wonderful companion dog with the right training. Because they are so darn cute, many Pom Pom owners tend to dote on this dog, which can lead to behavioral problems such as excessive barking, separation anxiety and willfulness. With a pack-leader owner, the Pomeranian is highly trainable and is highly prized for show competitions.


Due to their small size, Pomeranians will do fine in an apartment and don’t require large yards. However, you should still walk your Pomeranian regularly to make sure they get sufficient exercise.

While the Pomeranian is generally a healthy breed, it can develop several health problems with a lack of attention to grooming and proper diet. Skin irritation and tooth decay are common in Pomeranians and many veterinarians recommend a high-quality that includes dry food to help keep the gums in good condition.  In addition to nutritional support for a Pomeranain’s coat, The Pomeranian’s thick double coat requires regular brushing, with regular eye and ear cleaning also. 


All of Evanger’s dry foods are made with small kibbles, making it an ideal choice for a Pomeranian’s small mouth. Our Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley with Rabbit contains probiotics for a healthy digestive system and Omega-3 and 6 to support the health of a Pomeranian’s thick, double coat. Try mixing the kibble with our Classic Beef with Bacon for an extra kick of protein and nutrients. This loaf style line is also ideal for the small-mouthed Pom Pom.
This photo of Lilly the Pomeranian enjoying the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona was taken by Diane B

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Hearty Nutrition of Beef Heart

Beef heart is an organ meat, along with liver, brain and kidneys. While organ meats aren’t terribly popular in western diets (although this is starting to change), the nutritional benefits are beyond question. Beef hearts in particular are a wonderful source of protein, higher than most other cuts of beef, with a fat content similar to chicken. Beef heart is also high in B-12, iron, selenium and zinc, as well as coenzyme Q10, an anti-oxidant and immune booster.




For a unique and savory treat for your dog or cat, try Evanger’s Nothing But Natural Freeze-Dried Beef Hearts as a training reward or a food topper. These single ingredient treats are gently dried to retain maximum nutritional value. Try rehydrating it in some water for a truly mouthwatering snack.

Our Nothing But Natural treats are Made in the USA, in the kitchens of Evanger’s, with only fresh and premium ingredients.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Benefits of Choosing a Senior Dog

November is National Adopt a Senior Dog month!  While puppies can be irresistibly cute, there are so many reasons that senior pets may be the best choice of companion for many people. Adopting a senior pet may save a life – shelters are often crowded, leaving senior pets at risk of being put down. But even beyond the satisfaction of giving a senior dog a chance at a new life, senior dogs also have several positive qualities that make them particularly attractive to busy families.
This is Rocky, a Puppy Mill Rescue who is 19 Years Old!
Rocky's mom, Kim K, thanks Evanger's Senior Dinner for
keeping her dog so strong, healthy, and young at heart.

Adopted dogs are usually fully-grown and are well beyond crate training, separation anxiety, teething, and destructive tendencies that come along with puppies. Because they are full grown, there’s no mystery in the dog’s growth potential, grooming requirements, or temperament. The dog you meet is most likely the dog you’ll spend years loving. Training a senior dog is also much easier, as they typically know basic commands and don’t require constant puppy monitoring.


Best of all, senior dogs are ready to be faithful companions! They really do seem to know that they’ve been given a second chance. They are grateful for life, and the gentle company of their adoptive parents.

Evanger’s is excellent for senior dog nutrition. Our moist, meaty meals are gently on teeth, easy to digest, and provide the maximum nutritional benefits of fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables that are used in our recipes within 24 hours of collection from our local farms. Our classic Senior & Weight Management Dinners, made with USA-sourced chicken and brown rice, are formulated specifically for older, less active dogs.


Give a mature companion a chance and find out just how gratifying adopting a senior dog can be!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get the Scoop on Treats

Evanger's was thrilled to contribute advice on dog treats in a recent feature in Animal Wellness Magazine. If you have an overweight, senior, or allergy-prone dog, this is a must read!

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Walk into any pet supply store and you’ll see a vast array of dog treats. But a lot of those colorfully packaged goodies are unhealthy choices. Full of questionable ingredients, not to mention arti ficial colors and flavors, they’re little more than junk food for dogs. The good news is that rising consumer demand for healthier food and treat choices has resulted in a growing selection of high quality dog treats made from whole, natural ingredients.

The trick is separating the good from the bad when you walk into the store. As you would with pet food, start by reading labels and avoiding all products that contain a lot of grains, animal by-products, synthetic additives and other chemicals. Also avoid treats that aren’t manufactured and sourced in North America. Jerky treats and bully sticks from China can be especially problematic, and there have been recalls on these products over the last several years. For quality, natural, domestically-sourced bully sticks and jerky treats, ADK Antler Products is one example of a good It’s also a good idea to eliminate gluten.

“Gluten and wheat are highly allergenic for [many dogs] and cannot be digested well,” says Queny Villanueva of Savvy Beast Treats. Keep in mind that these ingredients are also highly manipulated by man. “Avoid GMO grains or genetically engineered foods,” says veterinarian Dr. Jodie Gruenstern of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex.

“These can be a source of pesticides in the body and potentially cancer-causing.” Choosing healthy treats is crucial for every dog, but you need to be even more vigilant if your canine is a senior or has speci fic health concerns such as obesity or allergies.

“What treats should I give my overweight dog?”

Overweight and obese dogs should avoid treats high in carbohydrates and starch, according to Holly Sher, President of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company. Dr. Gruenstern adds that protein is a key ingredient to look for when deciding which treat to give an overweight dog, and that a simple freeze-dried meat is ideal as a low-calorie treat. Low-calorie treats are also ideal for avoiding weight gain during training. You can easily go through a few dozen treats during an in-depth training session. To avoid weight gain, cut the treats into small pieces. For example, if you start with six calories per treat and cut each one into small pieces, you could give your dog as little as one calorie per positive reinforcement. Many trainers use this method of low-calorie treating so they can cover a lot of ground without risking weight gain in the dog.

“What treats should I give my senior dog?”

Many senior dogs are just as healthy as their younger counterparts, but if your older canine has a sensitive stomach, you need to be extra careful when treating. One thing you can do, says Holly, is freeze some of his regular food in an ice cube tray and give him the frozen bits as treats.
Otherwise, avoiding stomach upset means staying away from fatty ingredients in treats. Look for ingredients that offer meat without the fat. For instance, some treats contain “chicken fat, but no chicken,” says Queny. Always check the ingredients list on a treat package to ensure it mentions whole meats, and not just the fats from those meats. Queny advises giving your older dog treats that contain “coconut oil, sweet potato and chia.” Beyond tasting great, these ingredients produce energy, an important consideration for senior dogs that may be tired or listless. Savvy Beast Treats uses these ingredients in their own organic treats. Front Porch Pets offers all-natural sweet potato-based treats, while Oscar Newman features organic coconut chips for dogs. Dr. Gruenstern adds antioxidants to the list of senior-appropriate treat ingredients. “Look for cranberries or blueberries or dark, leafy greens listed on the label. Seniors with constipation issues may bene fit from treats that contain brous vegetation
such as pumpkins or green beans.”

“What treats should I give my allergic dog?”

As we touched upon earlier, gluten and wheat often produce allergies in dogs. Holly adds soy and corn to that list as well. Corn is a popular filler in cheap, low-quality dog food and treats because it is easily mass produced. Both we and our dogs have a hard time avoiding corn because not only is it a common filler, but farmers often feed cows and other livestock corn in place of grass. Because of this, your dog is eating traces of corn when he eats red meat. With this in mind, avoid treats with corn as a filler because chances are your dog is already getting corn in the meat.

If your dog has allergies, Holly advises having your veterinarian run a test to uncover what he’s reacting to before deciding on a treat. Once this is established, she advises cleansing your dog’s system with a vegetarian diet, since dogs are rarely allergic to vegetables. Thereafter, you can begin introducing exotic meat treats such as rabbit and white fish. Dr. Gruenstern agrees that rabbit is a good hypoallergenic meat. “Try to choose a unique meat source which the dog has not been exposed to previously,” she says.

Low-calorie dog treats packed with wholesome ingredients can be given many times throughout the day to enforce positive behavior and good manners. Just be sure to purchase premium products, read the ingredients on the label, and cut up treats so they are roughly the size of your fingernail. Dogs have a very keen sense of smell, and even a tiny treat will have them salivating and eagerly displaying their best behavior!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Breed Buzz: FINNISH SPITZ

Lively and intelligent with a beautiful golden-red coat, the Finnish Spitz is relatively unknown, but is an excellent family companion. Originally bred in Finland for small game hunting, the Finnish Spitz has a distinct bark and often yodels as its preferred method of communication with his owner. The Finnish Spitz is a notably healthy breed that is not prone to ear, eye or hip problems. As with most intelligent and lively breeds, the Finnish Spitz needs a strong owner that is committed to consistent obedience training.  Finnish Spitz puppies are irresistibly cute, but will choose your fingers and toes as playthings without early training.

The most distinctive feature of the Finnish Spitz is its thick, double coat and plumed tail, which makes it resemble a red fox. Its self-cleaning coat requires less bathing, but regular brushing is necessary during seasonal shedding to remove dead hair.


Evanger’s Grain-Free
Meat Lover’s Medley
with Rabbit
The luxurious coat of the Finnish Spitz is best maintained by a high-quality dog food rich in protein and free of harmful additives. Evanger’s Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley with Rabbit is chock full of probiotics and Omega 3 and 6 supporting a healthy coat, skin, and joints. Try adding some of  Evanger’s Grain Free Wild Salmon for an extra kick of coat conditioning Omega 3 any Finnish Spitz will love! Evanger’s Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley and Grain-Free Salmon is made in the USA with only premium, human grade ingredients.