Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats dog food earns the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats product line includes eight canned dog foods, each apparently intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
- Evanger’s Grain Free Pork
- Evanger’s Grain Free Beef
- Evanger’s Grain Free Duck
- Evanger’s Grain Free Rabbit
- Evanger’s Grain Free Buffalo
- Evanger’s Grain Free Salmon
- Evanger’s Grain Free Chicken
- Evanger’s Grain Free Pheasant
Evanger’s Grain-Free Duck Canned Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Evanger's Grain-Free Duck
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck, water sufficient for processing, liver, guar gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||23%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||37%||44%||19%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1
Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fourth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats Dog Food
The Bottom Line
By design, Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats dog food is unique in its simplicity.
But being 100% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet. Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplemental dog foods should not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
We prefer to use a product like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be served over a dry kibble.
In any case, its ingredients clearly suggest this dog food to be of very good quality.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a significant amount of meat.
However, we’re puzzled by the projected 21% carb content. It just seems too high. With 100% meat, we would have anticipated much higher protein and fat numbers and a lower carb estimate.
Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats is an meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Enthusiastically recommended — for supplemental feeding only.
What’s more, these products are designed for supplemental use only and may not be suitable for long term daily feeding.
Those looking for a nice kibble to go with this canned product may wish to visit our review of Evanger’s dry dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
03/10/2010 Original review
10/10/2010 Review updated
11/23/2011 Review updated
05/22/2013 Review updated
05/22/2013 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩