Evanger’s Grain-Free Game Meats (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats product line includes seven canned recipes, each apparently intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Evanger’s Grain Free Beef
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Pork
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Duck
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Rabbit
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Buffalo
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Chicken
  • Evanger’s Grain Free Wild Salmon

Evanger’s Grain Free Duck was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Grain-Free Duck

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Duck, water sufficient for processing, duck liver, guar gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%23%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%44%19%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 19%

The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1

Duck is naturally rich in the 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.

Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats Dog Food
The Bottom Line

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.

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 46%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 24%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

Above-average protein. Near-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.

Bottom line?

Evanger’s Grain Free Game Meats is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

However, this product appears to be designed for supplemental use only and may not be suitable for long term daily feeding.

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.

Evanger’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

12/04/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition