Evanger’s Dog Food Review
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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|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
Ingredients: Rabbit, water sufficient for processing, liver, guar gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||27%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||51%||15%|
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.
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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Has Evanger’s Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Evanger’s.
- Evanger’s and Against the Grain Dog Food Recall Expands (2/28/2017)
- Evanger’s Dog Food Recall of February 2017 (2/3/2017)
You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.
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More Evanger’s Reviews
The following Evanger’s dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Evanger’s Classic Dinners Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Evanger’s Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Evanger’s Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Evanger’s Hand Packed Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Evanger’s Hi Bio Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Evanger’s Organics Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Evanger’s Signature Series Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Evanger’s Super Premium Dog Food Review (Canned)
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- 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