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Evanger’s Signature Series Dog Food Review (Canned)

Mike Sagman

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Mike Sagman
Mike Sagman

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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: April 22, 2024

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Evanger’s Signature Series Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4 stars.

The Evanger’s Signature Series product line includes 4 canned dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Evanger’s Signature Slow Cooked Turkey Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evanger's Signature Slow Cooked Turkey Stew

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

38.9%

Protein

27.8%

Fat

25.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Turkey, turkey liver, gravy (turkey broth, tomato paste, guar gum), carrots, potatoes, peas, rosemary extract, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, niacin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate, folic acid, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 7% 5% NA
Dry Matter Basis 39% 28% 25%
Calorie Weighted Basis 30% 51% 19%

Ingredient Analysis

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

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

The second ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient is gravy, which can include a mixture of other components. In general, gravies tend to provide minimal nutritive value.

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

The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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 1 notable exception

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Judging by its ingredients alone, Evanger’s Signature Series Dog Food looks like an above-average canned 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 39%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Evanger’s Signature Series is a grain-free canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

Those looking for a nice kibble to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Evanger’s dry dog food.

Evanger’s Dog Food Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Evanger’s product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

Sources

1: Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

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