Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Evanger's Pet Health Watch: Cancer Awareness

Our felines and canines aren’t simply pets; they’re a part of the family. To help promote their wellness, our furry friends take the spotlight each May during Pet Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Veterinary Oncology & Hematology Center, cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year. It’s also the number one natural cause of death in older pets.

The cause of cancer in pets, just like people, is largely unknown. Early detection is critical. That’s why it’s imperative that pet parents watch for signs while maintaining regular visits to the veterinarian.

Warning Signs
The Veterinary Cancer Society notes that early pet cancer warning signs include:
  •       Loss of weight
  • ·      Offensive odor
  • ·      Persistent, abnormal swelling
  • ·      Loss of appetite
  • ·      Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • ·      Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
  • ·      Sores that don’t heal
  • ·      Discharge or bleeding from any body opening
  • ·      Loss of stamina or hesitation to exercise
  • ·      Persistent stiffness or lameness

If your dog or cat displays any of these early warning signs, take it to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination.

As with human cancers, specific causes are often unknown. However, many cancers have been linked to genetics through improper breeding. Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Labrador Retrievers are especially prone. Always question the breeder regarding the incidence of feline or canine cancer in the line. And never purchase animals that are "mass" bred in kitten and puppy farms or "mills."

Some experts site over-vaccination as another problem. Cats can suffer from "Vaccine Induced Fibro Sarcoma," a specific type of feline cancer that develops at the vaccine site on the skin as a direct side effect of over-vaccination. While initial kitten and puppy inoculations are necessary, you may choose to ask your veterinarian about vaccinating for only those diseases prevailing in the area where you live.

Screen your home and review warning labels to replace toxic items with safer products. Common household items that contribute to hazards within your pets environment are cleaners, detergents and lawn fertilizers.

As with humans, a pure diet is vital to maintaining health. All of Evanger's pet foods are made with human-grade, highly palatable and nutritious ingredients that satisfy even the most finicky pets. Free of soy, corn, wheat, artificial ingredients, harmful additives, preservatives or by-products, Evanger's canned meals such as 100% Grain Free Sweet Potato make an excellent mixer to Evanger’s Pheasant & Whitefish dry food for cats or Evanger’s Grain-Free Meat Lover’s Medley dry food for dogs. Chelated vitamins and minerals are blended with all-natural, U.S.A. sourced meats and farm fresh produce for completely balanced meals appropriate for all life stages, ages and breeds.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Evanger's Pet Food Ingredients: Lamb

Lamb is a deliciously versatile protein enjoyed by humans and pets alike. Aside from its palatability, lamb offers some unique benefits for dogs and cats. Lamb is an excellent choice for pets with allergies. Many pet foods are primarily made with beef and chicken, often also containing wheat and corn. While some pets have allergies to specific proteins, others may develop them over time when exposed to the same or similar proteins over a long period. Lamb is a very pure source of protein that is less commonly used, providing a new and different protein for allergy prone pets.

Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Lamb Stew blends real, U.S.A. sourced diced lamb with farm fresh vegetables that are slow cooked and simmered in moist gravy for maximum flavor. Available in  12-ounce cans for dogs, this healthy option is also free of both grain and gluten.

Lamb is also highly digestible, making it an excellent choice for pets with sensitive digestive systems. Lamb provides an excellent source of heart-healthy Vitamin B12 and immune-boosting Zinc, Iron, and Selenium.

Did you know that 90% of the ingredients used in Evanger’s foods are collected within 50 miles of its manufacturing facility and are used within 24 hours. We have also never been involved in a product recall - either voluntarily or mandatorily. Every product sold is proudly Made in the U.S.A., fully complies with AAFCO requirements, and has received top ratings from the highly respected go-to dog food resource The Whole Dog Journal. Consider adding Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Lamb Stew to your pet’s diet. You may be able to help prevent future food allergies while providing your pet a delicious food.

Yukon eating his favorite food - Evanger's Signature Series

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

That time when Evanger's was featured on SNL - Weekend Update

Here's a great flashback to when Saturday Night Live put us on their Weekend Update with Seth Meyers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tips from Evanger's: Introducing Felines

Helping Felines Become Friends

Considering the fact that cats don’t live in groups or pairs in the wild, it’s no surprise that they’re slow to become pals when a new feline is introduced to another in its established home. So turning foes into friends can often be a bit tricky.

It’s important that you’re patient and allow for a gradual introduction. It can take most cats from eight months to a year to develop friendly relationships. While some eventually become best buddies, others never do. But here are a few tips for helping the acclimation process flow more smoothly.

Control First Impressions
Control the initial meeting by separating your resident cat from your new cat when you first bring it home. You can confine your new cat to a small room with food, water, litter box, toys and scratching post for up to a week. Feed resident felines and the newbie on opposite sides of the door so they connect in an enjoyable situation. Then gradually move the dishes closer to the door until the cats dine peacefully while standing on opposite sides of the door.

Provide a Sense of Scents
In the animal kingdom, scents are more critical than appearances. Let your pets become familiar with smells before meeting. You can swap beds or blankets out, or carefully rub a washcloth on one feline’s cheek and position it beneath the food bowl of the other. Also
confine your other pets into the newcomers room so it can explore the house. Once you cats are back in their designated area, prop the dividing door open slightly so they can see each other.

Patience is key. Once your cats finally face off, there may still be issues to work out. Remember never to attempt breaking up a catfight, as humans are typically hurt the worst. Be sure to reward good behavior with special treats from Evanger’s Nothing But Natural line. Appropriate for both dogs and cats, Raw Gently Dried Wild Salmon is grain and gluten free with natural omegas through its single wild salmon ingredient. Since it’s high in protein and low in calories, these dog and cat treats are excellent for pets with food allergies and finicky eaters.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Evanger's Breed Buzz: Bulldog

A muscular, heavy breed with a wide head, broad shoulders, wrinkled face and distinctive pushed-in nose, the Bulldog has a flat, short and sleek coat of white, brindle, fawn, red and piebald. They’re recognized by drooping lips and occasional under bite that accents pointed teeth. It’s one of the few breeds with a naturally short tail that can be either curled or straight. With roots as a sporting dog in England, the English Bulldog was eventually crossed with the pug and resulted in a new breed that is shorter and wider. While they maintained their signature tough look, the Bulldog was no longer able to handle the rigors of running or gripping.

Over the years, breeders worked to reduce the Bulldogs’ natural aggression. Today’s breed has a nice temperament and friendly, patient nature. These dogs are typically good with other dogs, pets and children. In fact, they often become so attached to their homes and family that they won’t venture away from their yard without their human companions. And while they’re by no means guard dogs, they protect those they love and will alert you of visitors.

According to statistics from the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals, Bulldogs have the highest percentage of hip dysplasia among all breeds. They are also prone to respiratory problems and interdigital cysts that form between the toes. The folds on their faces and curling tails require regular cleansing to avoid infections caused by the accumulation of moisture. Bulldogs are extremely sensitive to heat, requiring ample water and shade – especially during the summer and in hotter climates.

Naturally, Bulldogs require daily exercise. Otherwise, they tend to become overweight, which puts additional stress on their already overworked joints. To help these pets maintain a strong and healthy skeletal and muscle structure, consider Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner for dogs mixed with Grain-Free Rabbit. This mixture offers fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, blueberries, cranberries and brown rice with grain-free, free-range rabbit. It’s a lower calorie, high protein meal that is easy to adjust to individual caloric needs by adding more or less Grain-Free Rabbit.  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Evanger's Sponsors 2nd Annual Dogs at Boggs Hike in Lake County, CA

Where: Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest in beautiful Lake County, CA
For a map and directions:
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:30
Click here to register for the hike!

Friends of Boggs Mountain is welcoming dog lovers and leashed, friendly dogs to the Second Annual Dogs at Boggs.  A fun morning of hiking at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest will include thirty minutes of dog handling tips specifically for forest visitors.  Hiking guides, led by our own Karen Rhoads, will then lead an informative, leisurely 1.5-mile exploration of Boggs trails.  The theme for this year’s hike will be, “The Edible Forest.” No leaf will remain unsniffed.  Children are welcome at this free event.  Canine participants will receive an “I’m a Boggs Dog” button and a bag of delicious additive-free treats provided by co-sponsor Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc.  Refreshments will be provided for humans. 
Dogless?  If you would enjoy a slow dog-centered hike without bringing a dog, you are also welcome.  RSVP is required.  RSVP early, as space is limited, by calling Karen at 707-321-4964. The forest is located about 1.5 miles north of Cobb off State Hwy 175.  For a map and directions:
SPECIAL BONUS: The first edition Boggs Mountain Coloring Book will be offered for sale for the first time at Dogs at Boggs.  Designed and illustrated by Karen Rhoads and published by Friends of Boggs Mountain, the 7- by 8.5-inch booklet includes eight plant, bird, and butterfly species from Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest, identified by common and Latin names. The coloring book is printed on acid-free art paper rather than commercial printing paper, and is suitable for crayons, colored pencil, light watercolor, pen and ink, and other media.