Evanger’s Super Premium (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

Evanger’s Super Premium canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Evanger’s Super Premium product line includes five 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 Super Premium Beef Dinner
  • Evanger’s Super Premium Chicken Dinner
  • Evanger’s Super Premium Lamb and Rice Dinner
  • Evanger’s Super Premium Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner
  • Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner (2 stars)

Evanger’s Super Premium Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Super Premium Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Duck, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, liver, 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
Guaranteed Analysis9%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%18%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%38%28%

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 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 sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth 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 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, 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.

And lastly, 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.

Evanger’s Super Premium Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Evanger’s Super Premium appears to be 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 41%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Near-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 notable amount of meat.

However, Evanger’s Super Premium All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner is (by design) a meatless product.

And although we do recognize the need for some dog owners to provide (for whatever reason) a completely meat-free diet, we also respect a dog’s natural carnivorous bias.

For this reason, the highest rating awarded any vegetarian dog food found on this website can never exceed two stars.

Bottom line?

Evanger’s Super Premium is a meat-based canned product using a notable amount of various named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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

03/13/2010 Original review
02/18/2014 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
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  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    The chance your dog would have been the only one affected by this product as you claim in your story appears to be scientifically impossible.

    Please be advised that our commenting policy clearly warns: “…we don’t accommodate people with a subversive agenda.”

    In addition, that same policy also states… “Pet food manufacturers, distributors, retailers and representatives may also comment here. However, those with a vested interest in any product must publicly disclose this important information to others and always post using their real names.”

    And… “the use of multiple identities or other deceptive tactics designed to mislead readers are strictly forbidden.”

    To prove your comment is not fraudulent, please send me (privately) a certified copy of the lab results proving your claim. Until I have verifiable proof of your rather dubious story, your comment and those that followed it by others have been temporarily removed.

  • Pattyvaughn

    No amount of rendering gets rid of phenobarbitol. No euthanized animal should ever make it into the dog’s food chain. And yes, Evangers should be but out of business. They are the shadiest dog food company I have ever heard of.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m so sorry for your dog. I hope he continues to recover

  • butchroy

    OH my God, horrid!

  • rocky

    Less than 2 hours after eating Evangers Hunk of Beef canned dog food and nothing else, my perfectly healthy and active 2-yr old golden retriever started to experience ataxia (clumsiness and dizziness) and weakness in his hind legs. A trip to the local hospital and then immediately to a more sophisticated university veterinary hospital where I carried his then practically unconscious body into the ER resulted in a diagnosis of acute barbituate overdose based on a urine sample test. They told me that he could very possibly be blind and could suffer brain damage – assuming he survived. A more detailed tox screen test came back a week or so later and proved phenobarbital as the culprit. Thankfully, the docs were able to flush his system and after 3 days of ER and ICU (and $4000), my somewhat lethargic golden returned home with me. He has appeared to recover fully, although a followup neurological exam is recommended. Put simply, these days, phenobarbitol is used to euthanize animals. There is no way that he had access to that drug or anything like it in the hours before he exhibited symptoms – he was under my full control during that period. I am 100% convinced the beef used in the Evanger’s food was improperly rendered and was so raw and loaded with drugs from the slaughterhouse, that it was unsuitable for any other creature to ingest. Never again will I buy Evanger’s food, and I will actively alert as many people as I can to also stop using it. There is obviously no QC at this food plant, and a $4 can of dog food just about killed my dog. If I didnt actually throw away the can I would have had it tested and then sued Evanger’s for not only the hospital costs but for the extreme emotional distress. Put this company out of business just like they almost killed my dog. Google Evanger’s Hunk of Beef and look at some of the other comments over the years – there is evidence that this is an ongoing problem, and all things considered, that’s all I needed to read.

  • JimS

    Looked at the label today for the duck & sweet potato and it says right on the front label “fortified with chelated minerals.” You may want to re-review this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Hi Jan, I know exactly what you mean. Thats how I felt. The good cans looked and smelled great. :-} too bad, huh?

  • Jan (Mom to Cavs)

    Hi T2L….I used to feed Evanger’s canned food (not this particular formula but others) especially the chicken thighs and hunk-o-beef. Looked and smelled really good! In fact, as of a week ago, I used a can of the beef to top my dogs’ Brothers kibble. They all got diarrhea from it! This had never happened before. I knew that the company was having “issues” but for some reason I still trusted the food and bought a couple of cans. Well, after this happened I will not be feeding it again. Such a shame, too, because the ingredients do look good. But I just can’t risk it anymore.

  • Toxed2loss

    I tried this. I liked it for a while, when used in rotation, but a couple of times a can made the dogs sick. So I quit using it.

  • Daniel Lopez

    They may have mixed up the labels.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dawn… Like everyone, I share your concern for the serious accusations made in the FDA warning letter. That’s why I posted an “alert” link weeks ago at the top of this review.

    However, an FDA Warning Letter must not be automatically considered a finding of guilt. It’s only part of a regulatory “process”… a process which next includes awaiting a response from the company named in the letter.

    To that end, here’s a letter to consumers posted by Evanger’s on May 6, 2011 [editor: this link no longer available on the company's website]. According to the company…

    “At this time, our formal response is still being drafted by the Burdock Group, and has not yet been sent to the FDA. Our results show that, in fact, Evanger’s brand Super Premium Duck was detected positive for duck and, as of this date, we are awaiting the complete laboratory analysis for the lamb product.”

    Until these charges have been proven by the government (and in the spirit of fairness), it would be premature (and inappropriate) for me to take any action based upon the unanswered warning alone. As soon as I know something definitive, I will update my review.

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  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jose… We’ve already reviewed Tripett Dog Food. You’ll find this review on our Search by Brand page.

  • jose

    Hi Mike, have you heard of tripet green tripe canned food?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sharon… So far, I’ve not heard of any changes to this recipe. However, please be aware many dog food companies routinely change their ingredient quality and sources (sometimes with every batch). I’d suggest contacting Evanger’s Customer Service.

  • sharon

    I have been feeding sweet potatoe and duck to my four poms for the last three months and the last month all but 1 has refused to eat it.Was wondering if you have heard of a change in the formula.