Evanger’s Organic (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Evanger’s Organics canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Evanger’s Organics product line lists two canned dog foods, one claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one that appears to be for supplemental feeding (Cooked Chicken).

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Evanger’s Organics Cooked Chicken
  • Evanger’s Organics Turkey with Potato and Carrots Dinner

Evanger’s Organics Turkey with Potato and Carrots Dinner was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Organic Turkey with Potato and Carrots

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 37%

Ingredients: Organic turkey, organic chicken broth, organic potatoes, organic carrots, organic guar gum, vitamins {vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, vitamin D2 supplement}, minerals {zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, potassium iodide

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%18%37%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%38%32%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth 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.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Evanger’s Organics Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since Evanger’s Organics contains 100% organic ingredients, we feel compelled to accord this line favored status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients are produced under remarkably strict government standards… standards which greatly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

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.

Judging by its ingredients alone, Evanger’s Organics looks like an above-average canned dog food.

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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-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 moderate amount of meat.

However, even though both products in the line report the exact same nutrient numbers, we note an important difference. One is all meat (the chicken recipe), the other is a mixed dinner with potato and carrots.

We find it odd this 100% chicken product would only contain 36% protein. With nothing but meat in the can, we must question the accuracy of the reported label information.

Bottom line?

Evanger’s Organics is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a nice kibble to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Evanger’s dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

03/09/2010 Original review
10/09/2010 Review updated
07/06/2012 Review updated
02/15/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  • 4FootedFoodie

    It received two stars and has already been reviewed here: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/evangers-super-premium-gold/

  • Evelyn Henry

    I feed the Vegetarian version of the canned food, would like a review of this.

  • Skullfrog4

    Just fed my dogs their all beef canned dog food.  Both threw up the next morning with undigested chunks of beef, but was it really beef?  I wouldn’t use their products again and they have had many issues with sanitation, etc.

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