Evanger’s Signature Series (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

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

The Evanger’s Signature Series product line includes four canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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

  • Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Beef Stew
  • Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Lamb Stew
  • Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Turkey Stew
  • Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Chicken Stew

Evanger’s Signature Series Slow Cooked Turkey Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Signature Series Slow Cooked Turkey Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 28% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey liver, gravy (turkey broth, tomato paste, guar gum), carrots, potatoes, peas, rosemary extract, 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) = 8.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis6%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%28%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%51%24%

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 turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is gravy, which can include a mixture of other components. In general, gravies tend to provide minimal nutritive value.

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

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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 also 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 Signature Series Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Evanger’s Signature Series 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 33%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 33% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.

Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a below-average amount of meat.

However, with 51% of the total calories in this food coming from fat as compared to just 25% from protein, this product may not be appropriate for every dog.

Bottom line?

Evanger’s Signature Series is a meat-based grain-free canned dog food using a below-average amount of poultry, beef or lamb as its main sources 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.

However, the higher fat content associated with this recipe may not be appropriate for every animal.

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

Special Alert

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

03/12/2010 Original review
10/12/2010 Review updated
07/06/2012 Review updated
02/08/2014 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
  • Laura R

    I posted this under the Evangers dry food, but probably should have posted it here. I have been a loyal customer of Evanger’s for many years. If you just go by ingredient labels, they are a great food. I have seen complaints about the company, but our rescue dogs were doing well on the food, liked the food, and it was reasonably affordable for our rescue. Recently, I have noticed more and more issues with inconsistency in their canned foods. Sometimes runny, sometimes smells odd, sometimes a huge layer of fat (way too much). Last week, I opened a can of their Chicken Stew for one of the senior blind dogs in the rescue. I was shocked to find a huge piece of metal in the food and upon further inspection, noticed many smaller, sharp pieces of metal. It scares me because had it not been for the large piece, I might have missed the small pieces of metal and wonder if this has happened in the past. Quality control at Evangers seems non-existent.
    I attempted to notify Evangers, but so far they have not returned our emails or calls. I understand that things can happen in manufacturing, but this could have been deadly for the dog had we not noticed. The fact that Evangers has not even responded says a lot about their company. After many years of being loyal customers and recommending their foods, we are done with their food and will never purchase again! Another interesting thing I noticed, any even slightly negative experiences or comments posted to their Facebook page seem to just disappear. Terrible for a company to be so irresponsible and show no accountability or concern for their products.

  • Melanie A.

    Thank you for these reviews, your site is very helpful. I have been using Evanger’s for a long time and didn’t even know about the Signature Series until I saw it posted on your site last year. My shih tzu loves gravy, so I was using the Chunky Chicken Casserole and pouring it over her dry food. Then I read about the Evanger’s grain-free stews, and thought I’d give it a try. It is very easy to pour the gravy over the dry food, and I love that it comes in small cans for my small dog! Sometimes I do know a little bit of a color variation from case to case, but I guess that is to be expected since when I buy salami at the grocery store, for example, it isn’t always the exact color as the previous time. To me that says, “fresh.” I also like that I can actually SEE the ingredients like the potatoes and sliced carrots. For me, the Signature Series is great, and it lets me give a little meat variety, but has the texture and gravy my princess loves.

  • Lisa Rybicki

    Thank you, Doctor. The info provided on this website alone regarding food content is very helpful. We’ve been keeping a very close eye on her creatinine, phosphorus and urinary protein/creatinine ratio. I noted Fromm’s canned food is rated five stars, and we’ve had a very positive experience with other dogs and Fromm’s dry (we are avoiding dry food for Murph since the moisture in canned is reportedly better for renal insufficiency). And we may switch to Fromm and just continue to keep an eye on her labs. This website is a great resource….thanks!!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Lisa… I’m not aware of any concerns about this Evanger’s product. However, it is impossible for us (or anyone) to monitor the quality of the finished foods. Now, regarding your dog’s kidney disease… yes, newer studies do appear to endorse higher protein content in dog food (even for seniors). But a restricted protein diet may actually be appropriate when urinary nitrogen is high (uremia) or urinary protein is elevated (proteinuria).

    In any case, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Although I’m sure there are specific dog foods that could help, we try to limit our reviews to reading and interpreting pet food labels only. We never attempt to judge the ability of any dog food to treat certain problems or deliver specific health benefits. I wish I could be more help.

  • Lisa Rybicki

    I’m happy to see this review was recently updated as I have a question that Evanger’s hasn’t been able to answer to my satisfaction. Our dogs have been eating the Signature Series Turkey Chunks Dinner in Gravy since the beginning of this year. The food I purchased most recently is distinctly different. The turkey chunks are not soft like they used to be, not as dark brown and seem to have little bits of grizzle (or something similar) in them. The gravy is thicker, and Evanger’s will only admit they increased the guar gum in the gravy. In regards to the turkey chunks they only said the color varies from batch to batch as different parts of the turkey are used. If that were the case all along, I would expect to have noticed these harder, chewier chunks at some time before now. Are you aware of any change? Also, our oldest has early stage renal insufficiency, but we won’t feed her Hill’s kidney diet. We have heard that protein is not an issue if the protein source is high quality, but I’m concerned that the change in Evanger’s might be adverse for her. Do you recommend a specific food for her situation?