Evermore Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Evermore Dog Food product line includes two cooked-then-frozen recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Evermore Beef Recipe
- Evermore Chicken Recipe
Evermore Chicken Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Evermore Chicken Recipe
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken breast and leg meat, chicken hearts, organic cage-free eggs, organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, chicken livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, wild blueberries, organic parsley, organic oats, organic barley, MSC-certified wild alaskan red pollock oil, calcium citrate, organic kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, GMO-free high-linoleic safflower oil, mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E, used as a natural preservative), choline bitartrate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||17%||34%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||36%||29%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The third ingredient includes organic eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fourth ingredient lists organic 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 fifth ingredient includes organic carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth item is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The seventh ingredient is organic kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.
And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.
The eighth ingredient includes organic apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
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 three notable exceptions…
First, we find organic alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
Next, we note the use of safflower oil. Safflower oil is nutritionally similar to sunflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Safflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Evermore Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Evermore Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.
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 39% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Evermore is a meat-based cooked-then-frozen dog food using a notable amount of chicken or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Evermore Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
06/05/2016 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩