Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Evanger's Tip: Giving Your Pets An Eco-Friendly Edge

With all the attention and love we give our furry four-legged friends, it just makes sense that we weave sustainability into their lives as well. Over the past decade, eco-friendly options for canines, felines and other pets have burgeoned to cover shampoo, litter, flea treatment, toys and food.

It’s easy to shrink your pet’s environmental paw print dramatically while also helping it gain health benefits. Here are a few ways to green your pets and give them an eco-friendly edge.

1) Choose Eco-Friendly SuppliesLook for products made of biodegradable materials, that are free of plastics, or that can be or have been recycled.

2) Select The Least Toxic Flea Med OptionCheck online for tips to fighting fleas without pesticides. If you must use pesticides, opt for a topical, spot-on treatment instead of powders, collars or sprays. If you live in a region that has a true winter, ask your vet about limiting treatments during warmer flea season months.

3) Be A Green Doggy Pooper-ScooperAlways clean up after your pet. Poop can make humans and animals sick when it’s washed down storm drains into waterways. A great green move is to purchase biodegradable poop bags that are flushable. Check for eco-friendly kitty litter as well.

4) Think Before You Toss – Shampoos, meds and flea treatments can all potentially pollute water and soil when simply tossed into the trash. Call 800-CLEAN-UP for safe solutions in disposing of these.

5) Purchase Locally Made and Organic Pet Foods – Purchase “Made in the USA” foods, using ingredients that did not travel far. Check what other environmentally friendly practices your pet food company embraces. Here at Evanger’s, we are proud to incorporate eco-friendly business practices in every aspect of our manufacturing. From using local ingredients and packaging to using recycled materials everywhere we can. Did you know that our facility creates the equivalent of one 60 gallon family-sized garbage can of waste each day?

Evanger’s also features a full organic line of foods that are nutritionally complete and balanced. Ideal for cats, Evanger’s Organic Braised Chicken Dinner is a certified, holistic option that’s naturally cooked in its own juices.

Fido will love our 100% Organic Cooked Chicken that’s simmered in natural well water.
Grain- and gluten-free, it’s a great complement to our Super Premium and Grain Free dry foods. It can also be mixed with Evanger's canned Vegetarian Dinner to make a complete, balanced and nutritious diet.

Evanger’s helps you keep your pets healthy while you help save our planet!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Evanger's Tip: How Nutrition Can Help Reduce Shedding

Photo: Allysa T.
While some canines like German Shepherds are prolific shedders, others have shed-resistant fur. But even shed-resistant dogs do shed. Shedding is affected by several factors including weather, seasons, grooming and a pet’s overall health. If you feel your breed sheds more than normal, consult your veterinarian to rule out undiagnosed health issues. Because the coat is an important barometer for pet health, monitoring its condition is an important habit for pet parents to develop.

Here are a few tips to help reduce shedding in your four-legged family member.

Through Grooming

· Control Fleas – Canines with flea issues will scratch incessantly, losing fur in the process. Keeping your dog flea-free helps prevent dandruff, irritated skin and excessive shedding.

· Brush Regularly – Aside from eliminating excessive fur, a daily or every-other-day brushing ritual helps to make her coat cleaner and softer, improving tangles and mattes.

· Utilize De-shedding Tools – Be sure to use de-shedding tools just prior to spring as your dog’s winter coat begins to thin out, and again before Fall, when the coat begins to rebuild layers. Remember that dogs living indoors most or all of the time may shed year round. Dogs with thick or long coats likely require tools like an undercoat de-matting rake or shedding blade. Canines with short coats can benefit from a simple rubber currycomb.

· Bathe Regularly – While over-bathing may cause dry skin and fragile fur, regular bathing encourages loose hair to fall out in the bathing area instead of on furniture. During cooler months, provide long-coated canines a blow-drying on the lowest setting.

Through Nutrition

· Clean, Fresh Water – Dehydration often leads to dry skin that ultimately causes excessive shedding and even illness. Be sure your dog always has access to plenty of clean, fresh water. Also consider incorporating moist foods into her diet. Canned or “wet” dog food helps pets stay hydrated by sneaking in extra moisture through diet. Stews for dogs and stews for cats, especially, provide some of the highest moister content.

· Omega 3 – Omega 3 fatty acids in fish such as Wild Salmon will help condition the skin and create a healthier, shinier coat that sheds less. Consider adding fresh Salmon to your pet’s regular diet, especially during shedding season.

· Fresh Ingredients – Sliced apples, cucumbers, and bananas, as well as cooked lean meats are moisture and nutrient rich foods that help maintain hydration and reduce shedding. Consider using these foods as treats, or look for canned pet dinners that contain fresh moisture-rich produce and meats.

· High Quality Diet – Canines with food allergies are especially prone to shedding. It is important to keep the skin and hair follicles strong and healthy for the best coat maintenance. Seek out foods that list real muscle meat as the main ingredient.

For a diet rich in protein, helps prevent allergies and is packed by hand, Evanger’s Grain Free Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy combines tender chunks of beef, market fresh vegetables and nutritious gravy. Other delectable flavors include Chunky Chicken Casserole and Wild Salmon meal supplement. For healthy snacks, Evanger’s Freeze Dried Treats include Beef Liver, Hearts, Tripe, Lungs and Tongue. With Evanger’s dog foods and snacks, your pet will enjoy the taste and you’ll appreciate the health benefits!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Evangers Pet Foods Helps You Prepare for Passover with your Pets

Did you know that Evanger's manufactures foods that are Kosher for Passover?  Passover is in 2 weeks, and for those of you who observe the holiday, Evanger's makes things really easy. We have a lot of products that are chometz-free and endorsed Kosher for Passover! If you don't already feed Evanger's in your pet's regular diet, start your transition because we use real, fresh meat and not all pets are used to that.

Evangers Pet Foods are Endorsed by the CRC Kosher for Passover
Some of you may be asking why does Evangers make foods that are Kosher for Passover.  That's a great question, and here's the story: A few years ago during Passover, our owner, Holly Sher, observed her neighbor feeding her pet in the garage.  Holly asked, "Why are you feeding your dog in the garage?"  To which the neighbor replied: "I can't bring his food into the house because of Passover, so we feed him in the garage during the holiday."  Holly went home and thought, "well, I own a dog food company, I am going to make food for my neighbor so she can feed her dog in the house."  The idea Holly had to help her neighbor turned out to help pet parents all over the globe.  

Evanger's even started doing "Doggie Seders" that have been featured on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (watch the clip) and The Colbert Report (watch the clip)! 

We will be hosting another Doggie Seder with Choice Pet in Scottsdale, AZ on Sunday, April 5th.

For your convenience, here's a list of Evangers Pet Foods that are Kosher for Passover:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Evanger's Actigen Advantage [Video Reel]

Evanger's doesn't do what every other pet food company does.  We not only use fresh and local meats, fruits, and vegetables, but we add science to our food.  Evanger's is one of the only companies to use Alltech ingredients in its pet foods.  In this post, we are going to focus on Actigen, a super ingredient in our foods that helps your pet's digestive health.

Actigen was developed by Alltech, and reads as Hydrolyzed Yeast on a label's ingredient panel.  

How is Actigen Made? This unique ingredient is made from the rich outer layer of the Yeast Cell, and plays an important role in the support of a healthy digestive system. 

How does Actigen work?  Acting as a Pre-Biotic, pathogenic bacteria are naturally attracted and attach to the unique shape of these yeast fractions floating in the digestive system and are harmlessly flushed through the digestive system. Actigen also supports an environment for efficient use of antibiotics during times that these drugs are needed to treat specific infections.

This is too much to read, can you make it easier for me?  Sure!  Here's a video that shows you exactly what Actigen does to help improve your pet's digestive health. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Evanger's Alltech Ingredient Advantage: SelPlex


Sel-Plex® is Alltech's proprietary organic form of selenium yeast manufactured to mimic Mother Nature, thus better absorbed, stored and utilized by the animal than inorganic selenium. Selenium plays an essential role in metabolism, orchestrating normal growth, launching reproductive efforts, neutralizing free radicals and supporting the body’s normal defence mechanism against infection. Supported by more than 18 years of research, Sel-Plex is the most researched and proven form of organic selenium and is also the only FDA reviewed and first EU approved source of organic selenium. Alltech is currently the world's largest producer of natural, organic selenium yeast. [1]
Evanger's uses Sel-Plex® in all of its dry and some of its canned food.  Evanger's is one of the only brands to have the Alltech advantage, and that means a lot for your pets.  Here's a study that was conducted by Alltech on the Anti-metastatic properties Sel-Plex® and we think it's really important and helpful to share the findings.
Evanger's pet foods have the Alltech Ingredient Advantage

[1] Information taken from Alltech website: http://www.alltech.com/product/sel-plex 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz: American Pit Bull Terrier

Bred in England as a Bulldog and Terrier mix, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) immediately impresses as a dog of power, passion and undying willingness.

If you’re considering adopting a Pit Bull, bear in mind that the breed is banned in the United Kingdom, the Canadian province of Ontario, and a few counties and cities in the United States. Most are friendly, and can be excellent family dogs. But because of its notable strength and strong protective instinct toward strangers, it is essential to provide extensive socialization at an early age to help them differentiate between normal and threatening behavior. It is important to research and consult a dog behaviorist about properly raising and training this complex breed.

With a strong pleasure to please, they’re far from the people-haters they are often portrayed as being. Most natural aggression is directed toward other dogs and animals, not people. Pit Bulls are generally fine with other pets if they are raised with their domestic four-legged housemates from puppyhood. A well-bred Pit Bull has a good-natured temperament, making it an intelligent, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet that is good with children and adults. As with any breed of dog, Pit Bulls should not be left unattended with unfamiliar children.

Pit Bulls live from 8-15 years, with adult females weighing 30-60 pounds and males slightly heavier at 35-66 pounds. Considered a generally healthy breed, they tend to have a higher than average incidence of hip dysplasia. They’re also very prone to hereditary cataracts, congenital heart disease and allergies to grass.

To combat allergies, consider feeding your Pitt Bull Evanger’s Grain-Free Signature Series Slow Cooked Lamb Stew that blends real diced lamb with farm fresh vegetables, simmered in a moist gravy for maximum flavor. Available in 5- and 12-ounce cans, this healthy Made in the USA dog food is free of both grain and gluten. Another excellent allergy-friendly dog dinner Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner mixed with Grain-Free Rabbit. Evanger’s uses only fresh meats and produce, providing maximum bioavailability of premium nutrients.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Evanger's Tips: The Scoop On Poop

While it’s not likely at the top of your list, monitoring your pet’s poop gives you great insight to its overall health. By accessing color, consistency, smell and volume – even when your dog or cat appears healthy – you can establish their normal range and behavior for helping you more easily identify any potential health issues.
Photo: Donna M.

Color – Poop should typically be in shades of brown. Those pets on a higher protein diet (and most cats) will have dark brown poop. A pale greenish or yellow tint may indicate a digestive system issue (often parasites). A very dark, almost black tar-like stool or those with any bright red color could indicate the presence of blood. In both instances, take your pet to the vet.

Consistency – Depending on your pet’s diet, a healthy fecal consistency may vary. Stools should always be moist, with either a firm or slightly mushy consistency. Diarrhea (watery, loose stools) can be the result of a diet that’s too rich, parasites, consumption of something from the house or yard, infection or allergies. Severe or chronic diarrhea can quickly lead to dehydration. If your pet has small, hard or crumbly poop and is straining, it may be dehydrated, have a blockage or need more exercise. Especially if you suspect a blockage, see your vet immediately.

Smell – Poop should typically have only a mild odor – nothing too strong or distinctive. The latter could indicate a digestive disorder, or a poor quality and poorly digested diet.

Quantity Big lofty voluminous stools may indicate a poor diet that’s short on nutrients and high on fillers. Instead, it should be relatively small and compact. But ones that are too small and thick indicate probable straining and shortage of good fiber. With a firm and compact stool, your pet’s anal glands are constantly and naturally cleansed.

Parasites Take your pet’s fecal samples to your vet at least once a year or when you suspect an issue. Your vet can detect worm presence long before these creepy crawlies are evident to the naked eye.

Abnormal Signs – Is your pet scooting or straining? Does it lick its behind excessively? Since these could indicate impacted anal glands, be sure to see your vet. Also check for any foreign objects in the poop like grass, strings or even crayons. Since things like entire corn kernels show an overall lack of dog digestion, omit these from your dog's diet.

Higher quality foods will produce smaller stools because your pet needs less food, and the body is able to digest (and use) more of it! For a high protein, high quality pet food that’s free of fillers, check out Evanger’s Grain Free Signature Series Stews for dogs or for cats. Slow cooked flavors include beef, chicken, turkey and lamb in 5 and 12 oz. sizes. Also consider livening up mealtime for your dog or cat with a unique variety of exotic 100% Grain Free Game Meats. These single source proteins are excellent for pets with food sensitivities or allergies since they’re both grain and gluten free. Add it to our Super Premium Dry Foods for a boost in protein and nutrition. 

For pets with intestinal issues, Evanger's Chicken & Rice and Lamb & Rice dinners offer protein-rich flavors including cooked chicken, beef and bacon, liver snacks, beef with chicken and liver. When you size it up, Evanger’s can help improve your pet’s waste in a way that’s full of taste.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Evanger's Breed Buzz: Shih Tzu

Developed centuries ago in the Chinese emperor’s palace, the Shih Tzu was a pampered pet that lived the luxury life of a royal “lap warmer.” Since it became more widely known beyond China in the 20th century, it’s now one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the United States and United Kingdom.

The compact and solid “lion dog” is most distinguished by its flowing double coat that requires regular brushing and maintenance to avoid tangles. Affectionate, charming and playful, the portable pooch has big dark eyes and an arrogant carriage with head held high and tail curving over its back.

On the health front, these short-legged canines are satisfied with daily walks coupled with indoor playtime. Among health issues linked to the breed are hypothyroidism that can generally be treated with drug therapy, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye), renal dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease common to certain toy breeds, and breathing problems related to the facial shape.

Unfortunately, the Shih Tzu is also prone to food allergies, ear infections, dental problems and skin infections. To provide your “lion dog” an allergy-friendly canine diet, consider Evanger’s Hand-Packed Specialties that include Catch of the Day, Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy and Chunky Chicken Casserole. Each of these grain-free delights is made with fresh real meats and produce, without any by-products or artificial preservatives, helping to keep your Shih Tzu in optimal health.

Since the Shih Tzu has a short muzzle, it’s best to serve Evanger’s healthy meals and water in shallow dishes and bowls. Those that are made of stainless steel are most recommended.