Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats Dog Food Review (Canned)

Evangers Grain Free Rabbit Wet Dog Food

Evanger’s Dog Food Review

Rating:

Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats Dog Food is not rated by The Advisor because it is intended for supplementary feeding only. This means the product does not meet AAFCO standards for complete and balanced nutrition.

The Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats product line includes the 8 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Evanger’s Grain Free Beef NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Pork NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Duck NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Quail NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Rabbit NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Buffalo NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Chicken NR S
Evanger’s Grain Free Wild Salmon NR S

Recipe and Label Analysis

Evanger’s Grain Free Rabbit was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Evanger's Grain Free Rabbit

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Rabbit, water sufficient for processing, liver, guar gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%27%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%51%15%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is rabbit. Rabbit is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered rabbit” and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart, esophagus or other tissues accompanying the flesh.1

Rabbit is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third 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 fourth 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.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

Nutrient Analysis

By design, Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats Dog Food is unique in its simplicity.

But being 100% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet. Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplemental dog foods should not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.

We prefer to use a product like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be served over a dry kibble.

In any case, its ingredients clearly suggest this dog food to be of very good quality.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

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 an abundance of meat.

However, with not enough carb ingredients present to account for the reading on the dashboard, one must assume the protein or fat (and thus the meat) content may be significantly understated on the label.

Our Rating of Evanger’s Dog Food

Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats is a canned dog food using a generous amount of named species as its dominant source of animal protein.

It is not rated because it is intended for supplementary feeding only. This means the product does not meet AAFCO standards for complete and balanced nutrition.

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References

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the definition of meat published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008)

11/07/2020 Last Update