Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Evanger's!

Every year around this time of thanks, our Evanger’s family stops to reflect on how thankful we are to do what we do! Thank you to all of our loyal customers who continue to support and spread word about Evanger’s pet foods. We are inspired daily by your stories of overcoming health issues with the help of our products. Thank you to our friendly retailers, our ambassadors for pet nutrition, who truly care about the health and well-being of their customers’ pets. Thank you to our awesome distributors who help us get our products into those hungry paws! Thank you to our suppliers and farmers who ensure that Evanger’s products are made with nothing but the BEST USA grown ingredients available. And thank you to our entire family of employees who all contribute to the incredible products we are proud to call Evanger’s. As we sit down to our own Thanksgiving Dinner tonight, we are reminded that our business is our family: good food and good people!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

As the top disease-related killer of dogs and cats, cancer claims millions of pets each year. This November, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's longest and largest pet health insurance providers, will help spread the word on cancer detection and treatment during its fifth annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important for pet parent to be in the know about this health concern in pets.

The most common forms of pet cancers are lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumors, fibrosarcomas (which stem from connective tissues), hemangiopericytomas (a tumor generally located on a limb) and neoplasias (a growth or tumor typically found on the liver, spleen or eyelid).

When detected early, cancer can be treated more effectively. So check your pet frequently for these 10 early warning signs as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society.

· Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

· Difficulty eating or swallowing

· Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

· Abnormal, persistent swelling

· Offensive odor

· Sores that don’t heal

· Weight loss

· Loss of appetite

· Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

· Persistent lameness or stiffness

· Spots or lumps on skin (skin cancer is the most cancer in dogs and second most common cancer in cats)

If your pet displays any of these symptoms, take it to your veterinarian for a complete physical exam. Vets also suggest keeping your pet away from such environmental toxins as lawn fertilizers and rug and surface cleansers displaying warning labels relative to pets and children.

Good Nutrition

As with humans, some pets that are fed well and enjoy ample exercise contract various cancers. Others that subsist on junk food and live sedentary lives remain cancer free. But, scientists do know that excess carbohydrates can suppress the human immune system, and low-carbohydrate diets are commonly used in human cancer treatments.

Thus, oncological nutritionists now feel that less carbohydrate and more meat in the diet might assist in cancer recovery for dogs and cats, and may also help prevent cancer. Scientists also know that certain high antioxidant fruits and vegetables neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in the blood of humans, thus supporting the idea that the lower carb fruits and vegetables might also help prevent cancers in dogs and cats. Further, there is evidence that additives such as salt, colorants and chemical preservatives might also compromise immune function.

Here at Evanger’s, we pride ourselves in providing cats and dogs canned foods and kibble that are nutritionally balanced to support optimum health for all life stages. Many of our formulas provide a high ratio of protein to fruit and vegetable based carbohydrates, or even 100% protein supplements, such as Hunk of Beef, Whole Chicken Thighs, and Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats that make an excellent high protein addition to any of our Super Premium Dry Foods.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Evanger's Health Tips: Canine Irritable Bowel Disease

Photo by Adrianna K.
One of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in pets, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term describing chronic inflammation of the small and/or large intestine.

When normal rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract are disrupted, it interferes with movement of food and waste material. This accumulated material in the intestine partially obstructs the digestive tract by trapping gas and stool.

Among IBD symptoms are constipation or persistent loose stools, mucus in the stool, abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy.

While the causes aren’t always clear, contributing factors can be mental stress, food allergies, poor eating habits, excessive antibiotic use, parasites, and bacterial and viral infections. IBD can also be triggered by a blockage caused from chewing and swallowing items like socks, balls and other toys. Since so many variables come into play, it’s important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian.

Diet is key in helping to decrease intestinal inflammation. Foods should be free of additives, preservatives and coloring agents, and contain protein sources such as venison, rabbit or duck.

Evanger’s premium dog foods can help your pet avoid food allergies. Make these 100% USA made foods part of their early nutrition and continue it as they mature. Consider all natural Evanger’s Pheasant & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Whitefish and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food. Evanger’s Super Premium Dry Foods contain AllTech™ supplements, including live prebiotics and probiotics and LactoSacc™, helping to support the population of good digestive bacteria for a healthy digestive system. These premium dry foods make an excellent pairing with Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats for added high quality protein.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Evanger's Breed Buzz: British Shorthair Cat

Among the oldest English breed of cat, the British Shorthair has an ancestry tracing back to the domestic cats of Rome. Originally coveted for its physical strength and hunting ability, it is today more known for seeking out its own food bowl.

While the breed began as street cats in the United Kingdom, ample hard work from breeders across the globe helped the British Shorthair to become a force to be reckoned with on the CFA show bench. Officially recognized in May 1980, this CFA minority has evolved into a beautiful, coveted breed around the world.

Upon maturity, British Shorthairs size up as relatively calm cats that talk infrequently, are easygoing in nature, are affectionate and become extremely attached to their humans. They are easy to train and very adaptable to human interaction from household members regardless of age, though they have an aversion to being carried. While clumsy at times, they have no breed-specific health related problems.

In the British Shorthair, the most common inherited health problems are gingivitis (red inflamed gums) that requires careful dental care, and cardiomyopathy that may cause anything from a minor heart murmur to a severe heart condition. Again, neither of these problems is specific to the breed. All that said, they live full lives with a span from 14-20 years. One of the breed’s most appealing characteristics is a built-in smile caused by the round prominent whisker pads.

Many confuse the British Blue with the Russian Blue. To set the story straight, British have gold or copper eyes, while Russians have green eyes. British also have a denser, harsher coat, while the Russian coat is thick but soft and tends to not be as dense.

As with all cats, the British Blue cat requires a protein based diet. Evanger’s Cat Foods are formulated to support optimum cat health during all life stages. We recommend our Evanger’s Super Premium Cat Foods such as Seafood & Caviar, Holistic Pheasant, or Catch of the Day.