EVO Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

EVO canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The EVO product line includes one canned dog food, a product claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 1%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, turkey broth, chicken broth, chicken meal, herring, carrots, whole egg, salmon meal, natural flavor, carrageenan, tomato flakes, cottage cheese, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, apples, guar gum, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, potassium iodide, inulin, herring oil, choline chloride, potassium chloride, salt, sunflower oil, taurine, sodium phosphate, beta carotene

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%36%1%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%61%1%

The first two ingredients in this recipe are turkey and chicken, defined by AAFCO1 as “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses” of the named poultry.

Turkey and chicken are rich in all ten amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next two ingredients are turkey broth and 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 fifth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The sixth ingredient is herring. Herring is a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein as well as omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

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

The eighth ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.2

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 five notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower 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.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, 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.

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

EVO Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, EVO canned 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 55%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 1%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

EVO canned dog food is a grain-free meat-based wet product using a significant amount of turkey and chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of EVO Dry Dog Food.

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Notes and Updates

05/18/2014 Last Update

  1. American Association of Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Don Dressel

    how much did you give your dog of this everyday? What were the signs of the pancreatitis in your dog?

  • Sheri

    Its too high in fat and caused pancreatitis in my dog. I’m am so irritated with all the dog foods, I can’t find something that in my I heart I know is healthy for my dog. Guess I’ll go back to the prescription dog food.

  • Pnrichards

    Our dog likes the venison best.

  • Shylo29241

    Evo makes several types of canned dog food. We just bought a case of canned duck.

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  • SandyDuarte

    So sorry for your loss. I’m in the process of transitioning her dry again to Earthborn Grain-free, she hasn’t really liked the Canidae and has only been on it for a little over a month but loves the Earthborn so far. I still use the Canidae Pure grain-free canned food once in awhile, she likes the PureSea.

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    Sorry to hear about your dog, DogLover.  But Canidae is opening their own plant now in Texas, so they will no longer be dependent upon Diamond.  Canidae (dry, ALS) is in my rotation of foods and we haven’t had any problems.  Our little rescue mutt is energetic (she’s only about three and seems to be part Shiba-inu) and strangers compliment her on her smooth and shiny coat.  I just use a variety of canned or fresh cooked meats and veggies as  toppers , and as she is only 8 kilos a one can lasts us a couple of days, so I get it by the can, as opposed to the case, and use different brands.

    I think, please someone correct me if I am wrong, you might want to hold off on adding the wet while transitioning, because you are giving her tummy another thing to get used to and  like with baby food, if there is a problem, like with allergies, you would have more things in the mix to have to sort out.  You could soak the food in warm water before feeding, though.  I do that because she practically inhales her food, so I try to make it a little more easy to digest.

    Hope this helps.

  • melissa

     Innova pre buyout  worked for my dogs-not so much anymore-runs, stomach issues, etc. Never again.

  • hounddogmom12

    Innova and Evo did get bought out by P&G you know…

  • DogLover

    I had my dog on Canidae and she got very sick and died.  I did not know at the time that Canidae stopped producing their dog food and it was being produced by the Diamond Dog Foods.

  • DogLover

    Don’t feed your dog Canidae.  It plus a lot more big brand name dog foods are on the Diamond Pet Food recall list.  Do your research, like I did, and put your dog on Innova/Evo or Orijen.  You can buy those online also.  Orijen is the best, most pricey, but they use only fresh mean, fruit and veggies.

  • SandyDuarte

    I think this website is so helpful and amazing. I will be getting a puppy (blue/fawn pit) soon in the next week or two, I’m so excited!! I went to the pet store and asked about Evo (because that is what the mother eats) and it was suggested to me Canidae Single-Grain Protein Plus. I saw that on the 5 star list for dry food so I’m very pleased. I was told I wouldn’t need a wet food, but my question is what would you suggest for a canned food just to give the dog variety once in awhile so she’s not always eating the same thing and getting bored with it. Should I stick with Canidae for a alternative or try one of the other brands you have listed above. What should I look for? Merrick looks very good but I wasn’t sure if I should go with a stew-type or just like an Evo 95% Beef?? She’s been eating Iams puppy dry and i will be slowly transitioning her to the Canidae, would wet food help that process? I appreciate any help, thank you.

  • Bob

    Evo doesn’t only make the chicken/turkey canned. Beef also.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi HermieYellow,

    Natura only makes the Turkey and Chicken EVO. The other canned foods (like the one you mentioned here) are all part of the company’s 95% product line.

    Hope this helps.

  • hermieyellow

    Wonder why you say its the only one they make as I do get the Chicken and turkey.  It is a bit different than the turkey and chicken.  Just wondering

  • sandy

    I clicked on the “ingredients” tab and it shows the ingredient list with the preservatives, vits/minerals, probiotics, etc…

  • sandy

    Did you click on the “ingredients” tab?

  • karen

    Sandy

    I am very interested in “Amicus”.  However, I did not find any information about preservatives, added vitamins, minerals, antibiotics, etc.  Is there somewhere that futher describes this product.  thank you for your help.

  • Anonymous

    Will he only eat canned food?  My dogs did really well with Amicus.  It’s for small/toy breeds, not high protein (just 30%).

    http://www.amicuspetfood.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215290544 Susan Nunes

    Everybody seems to recommend this brand, but it makes my Chihuahua bleed.  I can’t give this to him at all. He can’t eat California Natural, either. He does well with Blue Buffalo or even the despised commercial brands.

  • CHRIS NYMAN

    Great web site. Answered my questions about dog food quality.Thank you.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Janet… Although many would passionately argue in favor of feeding a dog the exact same diet every meal, day after day, to achieve the best results.

    But many others (like me) would strongly disagree.

    So, even though it may not be acceptable for every pet, varying your dog’s diet can potentially help you achieve something closer to a more natural feeding pattern. You may wish to read more about diet rotation in the FAQ section of The Dog Food Advisor website.

    Hope this helps.

  • Janet

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks so much for the work you put into this website : )
    I was buying Purina One Smart Blend dry mixed with Iams wet.He liked it and my vet says they are high quality.I now give him Taste of The Wild dry High Prairie with a topper of Castor and Pollux or EVO wet. Is it best to keep within one brand name for both wet and dry foods? With the Castor and Pollux he licks the bowl and rolls on his bed with happiness when he is finished!

  • Janet

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks so much for the work you put into this website : )
    I was buying Purina One Smart Blend dry mixed with Iams wet.He liked it and my vet says they are high quality.I now give him Taste of The Wild dry High Prairie with a topper of Castor and Pollux or EVO wet. Is it best to keep within one brand name for both wet and dry foods? With the Castor and Pollux he licks the bowl and rolls on his bead with happiness when he is finished!

  • Barbara

    Jan, Thanks for your input and comments…..it finally seemed to me that my dogs would be far better off if I just eliminated the questionable food. Given that the dog food industry is really poorly regulated, and as you said they can and do change the formulas whenever they feel like it. I also mix a little cooked organic brown rice with the ground meat. Very easy, and they gobble it up! I just don’t have the time to cook the entire meal for them, so I just start with a high quality kibble and add my little “enhancement” on the top. Not only is it better for them, but I believe it is more economical in the long run. My “kids” are now happy, healthy little campers!

  • Jan (Mom to Cavs)

    Barbara…not with EVO canned (I haven’t fed it for a long time) but I have experienced it with Evanger’s “Hunk-o-Beef”. Something was amiss because, eventhough the food looked the same as always, the dogs had very bad diarrhea from it for about 4 days! I did narrow it down to the Evanger’s canned food. This was a food that I liked and used (eventhough the company has had some recent issues). Won’t be using it again, though! They’ve never done that before on this food. It just goes to show you that pet food manufacturers can, and do, “fiddle” with the food without disclosing what they’re doing. You are actually doing a better thing by feeding the homecooked chicken and beef.

  • Barbara

    I have been using Evo canned Turkey and Chicken dog food as a topper for my mini Poodles, aged 2.5 and 7 years for several years. They both loved it and I would put about a tablespoon on top of their GO chicken, vegetables and Fruit dry formula.
    I have been watching the list of ingredients in the Evo since the Proctor and Gamble buy out and have not noted any variance in the listed ingredients. I did notice that in the past couple months the canned food is “runny” in consistency, and about a month ago both Poodles started having diarrhea. I took them both to the vet and ruled out intestinal parasites, etc.Then on a hunch, I eliminated the Evo from their food and all the bowel issues stopped; they are both totally back to normal.
    Something has been changed in this food; perhaps the quality of the ingredients has been lowered? I now give them each about a tablespoon of boiled ground chicken or beef on top of their dry food. Totally healthy and I do not have to deal with what may or may not be in canned food. I boil the meat ahead and freeze it in baggies, and it is really easy to do. I wonder if anyone else has suddenly experienced the same thing with the Evo canned?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi John… You said “evolution wet food” but your comment is here on EVO wet. Are you meaning EVO or Evolution?

  • john

    I have a bully breed Pit bull and I wanna start him out on evolution wet food is that a good idea he is 8weeks

  • diane yule

    Thank Mike for answering so fast.
    I have a dog with allergies, and i am trying to keep her away from Chicken or Beef, for a bit to see if it helps. And by make my own dog food i can control what she is eating. But where i live it is hard to find Vension, Lamb, or Rabbit. I have started with the Venision, and i am just adding it in like i would the beef or chicken. I hope it works :)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Diane… I don’t see any technical problem with your idea. However, although quality canned food like EVO 95% can be much closer to “real” than kibble, it can’t compare with “fresh”. Let us know how your feeding plan goes.

  • diane yule

    I am not sure if you can answer this for me.
    Would it be ok to use evo 95 % canned dog food in homemade dog food? In place of like chicken or beef?

    thank you

  • Nancy Yocom

    My dogs were on Science Diet for years. I didn’t realize the problems with dog foods until the beginning of this month. I tried making my own food and that really didn’t work. I mixed it with the dry Science Diet. They got diarrhea. I really didn’t know what I was doing, so I started them on EVO dry/Science Diet wet. They finally stopped the diarrhea and leveled out. So, I added the EVO wet instead of the SD wet. I’m back at square one again. My husband is upset with me for making the dogs so sick. I’ve convinced him to wait two more days before putting them back on the Science Diet. Any suggestions? I’ve heard a bit of yogurt might help. I really want them on a healthy diet. Maybe I’ll just go back to the EVO dry/SD wet.

  • Michelle

    Rob Vasquez- the reason behind mixing is it is almost always more cost effective.(unless a person has tiny dogs). I have 2 large dogs and feeding quality canned exclusively would be way too expensive.

  • http://dogfoodadvisor.com Rob Vasquez

    In your May 10, 2010 reply you state:
    “You could also do what we do… feed a high protein/low carb 4 or 5-star kibble and top it with a quality, low carb canned food.” I found this very interesting and dont understand what you are trying to achieve by feeding both. Why not just feed your dog the canned dog food instead of mixing both?

    thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Rebecca… Excessive dietary fat is just one of a number of factors believed to be a possible cause of pancreatitis. As I mention in this report, EVO canned dog food does contain an above-average amount of fat. However, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be misleading for me to assure you it’s safe to feed your dog this (or any other) product. Wish I could be more help.

  • Rebecca

    My 2 year old miniature schnauzer seems to love the EVO Chicken and Turkey canned food. He is a very reticent eater
    so this is wonderful except for my concern about the amount of fat in the food. Schnauzers seems to need lower fat food as they can develop pancreatitis. Is it safe to feed him this canned food?

  • Patti Eide

    Hi, Mike!

    Thanks so much for your replies. My dog has demodectic mange, and I have been told he should not have ANY yeast, of any kind, as the mites that cause this feed on the yeast living in the body…

    I picked up an EVO pamphlet at the pet store I buy the food from last weekend, and I just noticed (hadn’t read it before, as I didn’t have a question re ingredients until yesterday) the pamphlet does list “Tomato Flakes,” which weren’t listed before, but no yeast of any kind. I find the different lists of ingredients for the same product very disturbing, since people have pets with certain allergies/conditions that require them to stay away from certain ingredients. How are we supposed to know what exactly is in pet food if the labels don’t accurately display them? A raw diet or home-cooked might be the best way for me to go, I guess. At least I’d know exactly what my poor dog was getting.

    Thanks so much for your input.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Patti… I know how yeast can seem so inappropriate for a dog food. But in this case, I wouldn’t worry. According to your previous comment, 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.

  • Patti Eide

    Dear Mike,

    I just told you as a heads-up. I know there’s no way you can keep up with every little change. I was shocked when I read the can and saw the change. I don’t even know WHY I read the can, as I had read previous ones and confirmed there was no yeast. The addition of yeast might explain the sudden flare-up of my poor dog’s condition.

    Again, thank you for this wonderful site. It is VERY helpful; I’ve told several people about it.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Patti… Since it’s impossible for me to personally purchase each of the more than 2,500 dog foods covered in the 500+ reports in our database, I rely on each company’s website for the information you read here. After checking the EVO website, I’m unable to see any changes in the product you mention. As soon as I’m advised by a reader or Natura that the website has been updated, I’ll do my best to update this review. Thanks for the tip.

  • Patti Eide

    I have been feeding my Border Collie mix EVO Turkey and Chicken canned food because he cannot have grains or yeast, among other things. I just happened to read the label on one of the cans today, and “Selenium Yeast” is now listed as an ingredient! Also, “Tomato Flakes,” “Folic Acid,” and possibly other things. My main concern is the Yeast, of course! Aren’t companies supposed to inform consumers if/when they change formulas?

    Thanks for this great site!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mary… It sounds like your dog may be suffering from an allergy (quite possibly not even related to his food). Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, it would be inappropriate and misleading for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. You may wish to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Mary Ann Kohlerrbs

    Hi, I have golden retriever, 10 years old, who has had a history of very, very bad breath that you can detect across the room. Vet suggested grain-free food and I felt that solved the problem. However, he still licks paws, rubs his face with paws and also shakes his head which I think probably has something to do with his ears. What do you think if I’m giving grain-free already, then why the other characteristics??
    Thank you.

  • Jonathan

    Ohh, I just gave Sadie her first taste of the Wellness 95% beef you mention above… I gotta say, it’s the first canned dog food I smelled and thought, well, that’s not bad at all!

  • Meagan

    Definatly about the dogs. Once my job picks up, I work at a grooming/boarding kennel. Not full time until things pick up, but then I know i can afford to rotate some of the higher priced better kibble. Luckily things are starting to get busier their.

  • Mike P

    lol ,It’s all about the dogs but saving a buck helps too ..

  • Meagan

    Very good idea using envelopes! There are a few different stores that I will have to get them from as they do not have them all at one. My dogs and my wallet thank you lol

  • Mike P

    Meagan don’t know about online ?? I use my coupons at stores . I put them in diff envelopes for petco,petsmart, and local petshops . When I go that way I break out an envelope and get my cans . I use all kinds of toppers as long as they are 4 and 5 star . The ones I buy are wellness core , 95%, Merricks BG..

  • Meagan

    Alright so thanks to Mike P I have gotten quite a few coupons for different 5 star canned foods!

  • Meagan in iowa

    Mike p- you get coupons from some of the four and five star foods correct? just wondering if you know if they can be used when ordering online? or do they have to be used only in a store? thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com chris

    I agree, real food is the way to go. I had a list of symptoms for my soon to be 9 year old Peke. I read a few book, blogs, researched, and started feeding him boiled protein; usually ground lamb, beef or chicken breast, along with brown rice and veggies, I actually even buy baby food veggies if I’m in a rush for the week: carrots, mixed, and I blend everything together so that it’s wet food consistency, sometimes with a bit of ground fresh parsley, sprinkle flaxseed oil on it or regular well-ground flaxseed. He LOVES it. EVERY SINGLE ISSUE ON MY LIST HAS BEEN CORRECTED! It’s taken a year but who cares! I also give him Terra Oceana’s Power for Life, just 1/4 tsp/day in his food in addition to their adrenal pill. He’s healthier and more energetic than he was as a puppy, and it costs no more than always changing foods and/or trips to the Vet!

  • Cathy

    Jen – REAL FOOD is is the way to go. ORGANIC REAL FOOD is best. Either make your own raw dog food, or try a ready-made raw food with high meat protein. Mike has reviewed many of these raw foods which are listed at this link:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/raw-dog-food/

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jen… I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s health problems. I truly wish I could help. However, since I’m not a veterinarian, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Jen

    Hello,
    My dog was diagnosed with having off the cart liver enzymes. My vet was awful offering no alternatives to lowering his enzymes, stating that there is no cure to get him better as he is an old dog (14 years) and I should probably think of putting him down. She also mentioned that the high levels could also be partially attributed to his medication PREDNISONE. We have since took him off that medication. I did some research and found that milk thistle and fish oils are great way to lower his enzymes as well as for arthitis which he has. We’ve been giving him these supplement since then and he looks to be getting better. During the vet visit I also found out that he has lost a lot of wieght. He also is losing a lot of muscle. I read that rice and potatoes help, which we’ve been feeding him and stopped feeding him dry Iams dog food. However, I’m wondering if there is a dog food that we could get to help. Researching I’ve read that a diet in high quality protien and low sodium is great. But I’ve also read that a low protien diet is the way to go. Please advise which dog foods rated highly would fit into these catorgories. Thank you so much.
    -Jen

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marianne… I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s urinary tract problems. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Like with humans, each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way. And many times, the symptoms aren’t even related to the food in the first place. So, it would be misleading for me to assure you feeding a specific product would provide the results you’re looking for. Wish I could be more help.

  • marianne nicoll

    please advise my yokie is about 8 or 9 years and having some urine tract/ kidney problems he has been on wellness/ orijen fish kibble is this still OK or should I find another food which may be better for him and help his problem. I do not want to compromise his kidney function or the quality of his food
    Thanks Marianne

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dee… To my thinking, the furthest distance from raw dog food would be virtually any kibble. Kibble is in reality a “bakery” product. So, I know it’s not “raw”, but it looks like a quality canned food might be at least a little closer to the level of what you’ve been feeding. Or maybe even a raw dehydrated dog food? Why not browse through our 3, 4 and 5-star canned (or raw dehydrated) foods for a temporary substitute for your dog’s current raw diet. Hope this helps.

  • Dee Gamel

    I currently feed raw, I am about to be going on a trip where I have to fly and feeding raw is not going to be a good option. Which food would you reccomend trying as a replacement. I have time before I leave to experiment with one or two brands. In the past I have fed dehydrated raw, but I’m not real happy with that and want to try something different. Any advice you give will be much appreciated.

  • shelita

    thank you! I have learned a lot throughout my dogs early life. Hopefully, we will find what he likes that’s healthy for him! Thank you for your advice.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Shelita… Since I’m not a veterinarian, it is my primary goal to simply review and rate dog food… and not to serve as a substitute for sound professional advice.

    That said, stool “form” can sometimes be related to the fiber content of a dog’s diet. Many high quality (high-protein) foods can be somewhat lacking in fiber. Average fiber content for most dog foods is around 4.5%. Why not look for a 4 or 5-star dog food that contains a fiber content of about 5% (maybe even a little higher).

    If you have any doubts about the value of fiber, please be sure to read my article… “The Amazing Benefits of Dog Food Fiber“.

    By the way… frequently changing dog foods can cause the inconsistent stool problems you describe. Find a good dog food and “ease” into it slowly… adding just a little more with each meal. This gradual process is known as “dovetailing”.

    Hope this helps.

  • Shelita

    Hi, I have a 9 month old CAVASHU. He has had an over abundance of bad bacteria in his stool since we adopted him from a friend at age 3 months. We have him on Forti Flora powder once a day and Science Diet I/D. He no longer has the bacteria overgrowth, but his stool is not always consistent and he doesn’t always feel good or eat his food. I mix the dry with the canned. I am concerned he might have a food intolerance. dr. took him off all vegetables or fruits and said just give him the food and give him Cheerios for snack. As a family we eat more organic foods than non organic, and I am concerned about the grains and fillers in the I/D. What do you suggest?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Richard… dog food companies never reveal the carbohydrate content of their products. So, I developed some software (yellow “dashboard” on every review) that does a fairly accurate job of estimating this percentage… by using the protein, fat and moisture figures they DO provide.

    No secrets… You can learn how I do this (or how to do it yourself) by reading my article, “How to Estimate the Hidden Carbohydrate Content of Any Dog Food“. Hope this helps.

  • Richard Raine

    Mike, thank you for your response, it is helpful. I was hoping you could make a recommendation from your vast knowledge but you did give me something to work with, unfortunately I am not a nutritionist but will attempt to ferret out what I can. I think the chances of our vet recommending any of your 4 or 5 star brands is nil and next to none. He stocks Science Diet products in both of his offices. I do not know how you come up with the carbohydrate numbers, I do not find it listed on any of the products. Obviously you have a way of figuring it.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Richard… Like us humans, diabetic dogs should eat foods that have a low glycemic index. Glycemic index is a measure of how fast a dog can convert a carbohydrate food into blood sugar (glucose).

    Most cereal grains have a very high glycemic index when you refine them enough to match a dog’s digestive capacity. Brown rice, barley and oatmeal can be helpful.

    Your vet gave you good advice when he/she advised you to feed a dog food that is low in carbs, high in protein and high in fiber. Unfortunately, Hills W/D dry is exactly the opposite of what you were told… it is high in carbohydrates (64% less 14% fiber), low in protein (19%)… but it is at least high in fiber (maybe even too high). And W/D is made with cheap, low-quality ingredients, too.

    And it’s mostly soluble fiber (not insoluble fiber like cellulose) that helps stabilize blood sugar the most.

    As a rule, kibbles are almost always high in carbs… most of them are carb-based in the first place.

    But some higher quality (4 and 5-star kibbles) are lower in carbs and higher in protein.

    Ask your vet to consider feeding one of the Advisor’s recommended high quality canned foods. In any case, be sure to ease into the food slowly… very slowly… to minimize the chance of GI upset.

    You could also do what we do… feed a high protein/low carb 4 or 5-star kibble and top it with a quality, low carb canned food. Your dog will probably gobble it up.

    Hope this helps.

  • Richard Raine

    My Pom became diabetic. The vet put him on Hills Prescription w/d formula along with twice daily insulin shots. He will not eat the dry w/d unless I put in water to soften, he does eat the canned food. I seldom read much good about Hills and your rating reflects the same. My Pom is losing his fur, I am not sure what is causing that. I have observed that your Evo Canned food rating is near diabetic quality. I am told I need high fiber, low carbohydrate food. I did try the EVO dry formula, he would not eat it and was extremely high in protein which caused him to throw up. Do you recommend any other dog foods that would be good for a diabetic dog.