Evermore Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Evermore Dog Food product line includes two frozen cooked recipes. However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
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, chicken livers, yams, free-range eggs, carrots, rutabegas, apples, kale, dandelion greens, wild blueberries, organic oats, organic barley, safflower oil, parsley, organic kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, alfalfa, calcium citrate, salmon oil, mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), choline bitartrate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||42%||19%||31%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||39%||26%|
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 is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is yams. In much of North America, the word yam can be used interchangeably with the term sweet potatoes.
So, assuming this item is indeed sweet potatoes, it can be considered a good source of complex carbohydrates. In addition, yams are naturally rich in fiber, beta carotene and other healthy nutrients.
The fifth ingredient is eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The next six items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables…
- Dandelion greens
- Wild blueberries
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 four notable exceptions…
First, 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.
Next, pumpkin seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and, more importantly, linoleic acid — an essential omega-6 fat.
In addition, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
And lastly, this food also 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
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 40% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a generous amount of meat.
However, even though it’s our policy to avoid consideration of any data other than what’s on the published label, it’s important to recognize the exceptional quality of these ingredients.
For example, this recipe includes 100% human-edible ingredients, such as the breast and leg meat from antibiotic-free, humanely raised chickens.
When it comes to a cooked dog food, Evermore is just about as close to homemade as one can get.
Evermore Dog Food is a meat-based cooked-then-frozen product using a generous 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.
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
12/02/2011 Original review
06/03/2013 Review updated
06/03/2013 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩