Everpet Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

EverPet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The EverPet product line includes 8 dry 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.

  • EverPet Small Bites [A]
  • EverPet Puppy Food [G]
  • EverPet Hearty Bites [A]
  • EverPet Grilled Favorites [M]
  • EverPet Complete Nutrition [A]
  • EverPet Homestyle Pot Pie [A]
  • EverPet Savory Gravy Recipe [M]
  • EverPet Classic Cheeseburger and Bacon Flavor [A]

EverPet Complete Nutrition was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

EverPet Complete Nutrition

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 57%

Ingredients: Ground whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA), soybean meal, wheat mill run, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, animal digest, salt, chicken by-product meal, rice, potassium chloride, vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), caramel color, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, l-lysine, added color (yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, blue 2), dried peas, dried carrots, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, manganous sulfate, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis21%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%11%57%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%26%52%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 52%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergens impossible.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this to be a quality item.

The third ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

The fifth ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is wheat mill run, also known as wheat middlings. Though it may sound wholesome, wheat middlings is actually an inexpensive by-product of cereal grain processing.

In reality, wheat mill run is nothing more than milling dust and floor sweepings — and an ingredient more typically found in the lower quality pet foods.

The seventh ingredient is corn distillers dried grains with solubles, a by-product of the ethanol (bio-fuel) industry. This low quality ingredient is frequently found in cattle feed and only rarely used to make pet food.

The eighth ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

The ninth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, this food contains chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except feathers.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

Next, we note the inclusion of vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

In addition, we find caramel color. Caramel is a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.3

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

In addition to the caramel coloring, we’re disappointed to find more artificial coloring in this food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

Next, we find dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

We also find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

EverPet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, EverPet looks like a below-average dry dog food.

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 24%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 57%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 58% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal, soybean meal and dried peas, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

EverPet is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of named and unnamed meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not 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.

EverPet Dog Food
Recall History

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

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Notes and Updates

04/25/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  3. Consumer Reports February 2014
  • Babslynne

    I would suggest you give them some coconut oil and probiotics.


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  • mahoraner

    wow, 9 out of the 10 first ingredients are red

  • Tina

    My dogs have been acting sick too, everpet better pray my dogs are OK, cause I’ll do whatever I have to do to make them pay dearly if something goes real bad for any of them

  • Tina

    I recently bought a bag of everpet for my 3 dogs, it’s the only time and I’m telling you it’s horrible how they can just sell that and live with there selves moldy and maggot in it on the bottom too, I can see whoever they are that don’t care a bit about animals so they shouldn’t be able to sell it

  • Amateria

    I do that too! The wars are very fun to read, makes for an easy cheer up.

  • riley hootman

    I like looking at the 1 star dog foods just to look at the comments there’s usually a war going on. But God d*nm this is probably the worst dog food I’ve seen on here.

  • Robert Albrecht

    Its funny to me that my Chihuahuas and Min-pin have eaten this and table scraps their entire lives (my oldest is 11) and have had no issues from it. As a mater of fact they are very healthy. The vet compliments them every time they see them. To each his own…

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I would never feed a puppy Puppy Chow knowing what i do know. IMO it’s one of the worse foods out there.

  • theBCnut

    If there’s nothing better in the world than Purina Puppy Chow, I wonder why Purina felt the need to make Pro Plan and Purina ONE. I would guess that even Purina thinks that Puppy Chow could easily be improved on.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    A dog may do well on a food in the short term, but many foods that have ingredients such as corn and anonymous meat in them can cause serious problems in the long term. You are entitled to your opinion, but I do not consider Puppy Chow a good food.

  • Neoma Manion

    I’m sure most people want the very best for their pets. You would think that there would be stricter guidelines for pet food. I wasn’t aware of the bad pet foods out there until I bought some cheap horse food and almost lost my 31 year old Arabian angel. I sat with her in the barn 3 nights but she was close to dying. Now I inspect and check all the food and hay that I feed my horses. They have very fragile digestive systems unlike cows that have two stomachs.

  • Neoma Manion

    They are good brands and there is nothing in the world better for puppies than purina puppy chow, puppies do wonderful on itl

  • Neoma Manion

    My neighbor lady had me pet sit with her dogs and she left a new bag of Everpet for them, first of all I hate that food, and second of all I opened the new bag she had just brought home and it was full of big chunks of stuck together molded dog food. Mold is lethal to dogs, so I brought my own food over to feed them and left her a note to never feed her dog that stuff again.

  • Neoma Manion

    Years ago I started all my pets with an old fashioned vet and he said they should be fed a mix of dry and canned food and I have always chose a good brand of both and they are beautiful and healthy.

  • Neoma Manion

    I agree with you. Many people around here say I would be rich if it weren’t for my 4 horses, 6 dogs, 5 cats, 1 turtle and two birds. BUT I am rich because of them. Like you I have a hybrid wolf that a man left for me to pet sit with and never picked up, she is absolutely the sweetest, smartest dog I have ever seen. Unknown to me she was expecting babies and the pictures below show some of them. SHE HAD TEN. None of the babies look like her and she is hybrid wolf and German shepherd and just beautiful. She was a wonderful mom and I screened the people very thoroughly and found great homes for all of them. Needless to say, she is spayed now and I love her so much.

  • Christine Strong Holster

    Well since dogs are dying or getting violently ill to a point they are in so much pain they wish they could die my first guess is the unknown undisclosed ingrediant is very dangerous for our beloved furry family members. PLEAS FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR BABY DON’T BUY THIS FOOD. LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO GET THIS POSIONUOS CRAP SOMEONE CALLS DOG FOOD OFF THE SHELVES PERMENTALLY

  • Kara LeeAnn Cain-Hicks

    Ugh. I worked for Dollar General in college and so many people bought this food for their dogs. It was nauseating, at best. I see hundreds of people buy Ol’Roy when I’m forced to shop at Wal-Mart, too. I am always broke because I buy quality food for my family and my dogs (I have a wolf hybrid and you have to feed them high-meat kibble. I learned that the hard way when his fur started falling out with Iams). I could have nice things if I bought crap food for everyone, but I would rather have my old car and crappy t-shirts than an unhealthy family (dog included in family)! Although Abound is about the same as Dog Chow in terms of price. I feed it to my mixed breed dog; my hybrid didn’t stop losing hair on it.

  • Happy

    If he’s eating chicken, a high quality dog food with meat (chicken) as it’s main ingredient shouldn’t bother him. Grains can cause bloating in dogs, just as it does in some humans. Dog breeds prone to bloating (usually toy and large breeds) should be fed their recommended amount 3-4 times a day (puppies 4-5), more or less dependant on the dog’s body condition. You should also avoid giving water right before or right after eating.
    You should have a chat with your veterinarian about what your dog’s nutritional need are and go from there. If you are feeding him a proper dry kibble diet there is no need to feed him human food, but if you wanted to switch him to 100% homemade so you know what’s in there, your vet can help with that so you can make sure he’s getting all the vitamins & minerals he needs as well as helping with the balance (x% protein, x% carbs, x% fat,etc). Plenty of people do that instead of feeding regular dry food, it’s about the same price as feeding a high quality food anyway.

  • Betsy Greer

    What are the other foods you tried that had meat as the first ingredient, Ashley?

  • Cyndi

    Beneful is one of the worst foods you can feed. If you didn’t do a gradual switch to the new food, that’s why it made him sick. Beneful is like crack, they add things to it to make your dog love it, but the ingredients are garbage! There are several threads regarding puppy food on this site. If I were you, I would do a bit more research & not settle for anything but a 3, 4 or 5 star food. I know you love your puppy, but seriously, over time you’re going to have nothing but health related problems keeping him on beneful. Walmart sells a food called Pure Balance that is much better than beneful, if you need something inexpensive. Canned food is also much better and you can add it to dry food. But if you go with canned food, be sure to pick a good one, and not like alpo or anything. There is a wealth of information on this site and the ingredients in beneful speak for themselves. Good luck to you! There are alot of people on here that love to help so any questions you have, feel free to ask.

  • Ashley

    i mean i know.it says beneful is a bad grade of dog food but honestly. My. Pupdoesn’t do good with meat as main ingredient. I even looked up what was best to feed my pure bred pup and i came up with beneful because he has a really sensitive stomach but he really liked puppy chow. All the others I’ve tried on him with meat as first ingredient he got sick and he is not supposed to be eating it cause it cause bloat. He is suppose to be lean but just wish he was growing more. But if u have any ideas please let me know i do cook mine chicken white rice he eat.fruits that are dog safe yogurt i even have him on cranberry juice once every 2wks . He does.get things way.better and.i feel healthier than dog Food

  • Ashley

    I recently changed him over to benefil puppy food

  • Cyndi

    Purina isn’t any better. You should look for some 4 or 5 star foods and get your puppy started off right.

  • Ashley

    I fed my dog this. I mean i usually buy Purina puppy chow for.him but my bf bought this and my dog itches like he was fleas but i know he does not have them. He doesn’t have squirts or anything only that he itches could this be from the food? ? Wondering! !! Either way in a few hours we are
    going to store and buying him Purina.

  • Joni B.

    Holding my sister’s belove dog in my arms as she was put to sleep after eating bad dog food and having her liver destroyed by it was enough evidence for me.

  • LabsRawesome

    Everpet,Ol’roy, Dog Chow, Pedigree. Are all pretty much the same exact product, just different packaging , and names. It’s all floor sweepings and garbage. So what’s your beef? I’m sure the ingredient list hasn’t changed much, if at all. If you want a good food, that won’t empty your wallet, check out Victor, 4health, Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Pure Balance, all are 4 and 5 star foods. And just a little more ( maybe $10) than the garbage brands.

  • Bob K

    DaveB – What has changed with this food? Do you have a website that provides details? The review was last updated 10/12/2012 so it is not even 1.5 years old.

  • DaveB

    This study is outdated. It’s 2014 everyone! These tests were done in 2012. EverPet is a store brand and a whole lot could have changed between now and then. Please get your facts straight. And it would also be more fair to compare these to the brands, like Dog Chow to give perspective.

  • Dodger-n-rome

    i was giving a 13 n a half of a bag of another 13 pounds n my dog will not eat it..i didnt know it was that bad…i dont want my dog to get sick or die…i get my dog off from the daller store when im low on money..damn this dog food is bad its all going in to the trash…

  • Pattyvaughn

    And some people feed this food because they think it is a good food and they need to be educated on why this is not a good food and what is a good food. That will never happen if no one is willing to say anything negative about this food. The quality of the food is not a judgement on a person, it is the quality of the food. I sincerely hope you don’t surround yourself with only people who tell you what you want to hear. Personally, I like to hear different peoples point of view, even when it doesn’t agree with mine. I find it to be broadening. I get introduced to ideas and concepts that I haven’t explored before and I get the opportunity to learn something new. Nobody should be ridiculed for their dog food choice, but people shouldn’t think that what others think of their dog food somehow reflects on them personally either. This food is garbage, that doesn’t make someone who feeds it garbage too.

  • InkedMarie

    Take a breath. There are a number of good dog foods at good price points but people have to be willing to look for it.

  • Shawna

    I totally agree with you that folks should not be badgered if they simply can’t afford something different. But I do think it is our responsibility as a community to let people know when they are feeding poor quality.. The info may be helpful when/if they are financially in a better situation.

    I also agree that a food on the shelf SHOULD be safe but that is not the case. This food has three of the four ingredients the FDA has determined can be contaminated with pentobarbital (the euthanasia drug). Per the US Fish and Wildlife Service those feeding foods with these ingredients could potentially be poisoning their dogs.

    “Rendering is not an acceptable way to dispose of a pentobarbital-tainted carcass. The drug residues are not destroyed in the rendering process, so the tissues and by-products may contain poison and must not be used for animal feed….” http://cpharm.vetmed.vt.edu/USFWS/USFWSFPentobarbFactSheet.pdf

  • mulegal

    Okay this is peoples pets we are talking about and some of the comments are terrible, darn right rude! There are people out there that just cannot afford some of the better dog foods…so these people that are downing these people for buying this food, are judging others because they are not as well of as some are. You wonder why this world is so screwed up! I have never bought this dog food, I can afford to use better brands of food. But I am not going to put these people down that feed it. Any dog food on the shelves that are available to feed to our pets, family members should be safe to feed to our animals, wether ones better for them or not!!! I breed dogs and have for a LONG time, and what I choose to feed is my own choice, as the people that are feeding this dog food is thier chioce. So ridicule these people for thier choice, the people that have made some of the comments they left, trashing those people for feeding this food are trash as a person in general and would I want you as a friend, hell no!

  • natepi

    Just fed my dog everpet dry food last night. I was going to use it until next week when I was going to buy RachelRay dog food.

  • Lara

    Don’t buy from any type of dollar or discount store. Go look at the four or five star foods for some ideas on what to feed your dogs.

  • Lara

    Firstly, why would you feed your Pom this garbage food? Secondly, why would you mix in cat food?

    Pick a food from the four or five star category!

  • Lara

    Why would you feed your dog this crap in the first place?! Look in the four or five star category.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The funny thing is I can’t buy a bag of corn for this amount, so as bad as it is corn may be one of the better ingredients.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Nothing like personal responsibility.

  • LabsRawesome BS Detector

    You paid like 5 to 8 bucks for a big bag of dog food. You can’t really expect it to be a good quality food. Someone posted a video of dollar store dog food crawling with bugs. They opened the bag on camera. There were bugs on the inside and outside of the bag. You really do get what you pay for.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I just think of something that’s “name brand” as being a brand name people recognize. You can refer to Iams, Purina, Ol Roy, etc. and most people will be familiar with those foods. I consider generic store brand items to be non-name brand. Generic items would be much more common with human food than with dog food, although there are a few large chain stores that I’ve seen with “off brand” generic pet foods.

  • InkedMarie

    Well that is true but then Ole Roy would b a name brand.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I consider Iams and Purina to be name brand. Name brand doesn’t necessarily equate to quality.

  • Pattyvaughn

    What does name brand mean if it isn’t that you recognize the name is the brand? They definitely aren’t good foods, but I think of them as being name brand.

  • InkedMarie

    Am I the only one who does not consider Iams and Purina to be name brand foods?

  • KDeem

    I run a AKC Labrador Kennel out of San Austin. Goldies.

    My dogs have always eaten namebrand food from purina and Iams.

    During the recession, I once cut a corner and bought the everpetbrand for my dogs.

    Big Mistake!

    5 out of my 8 dogs had the uncontrollable squirt for days, and one died.

    My lawyers are currently handling a lawsuit against the everpet parent company and the Dollar general store chain for business damages.

    I would be interested in gettin-in-on/starting a separate class-action lawsuit also.


  • Mel

    Never feed your animal EverPet brand anything. An expensive dog and a hundred dollar vet bill later on this brand is enough for me. And to those making fun of others for spending little to nothing on the dog food, did the thoughts ever cross peoples minds that dog owners do get sick and miss work so there fore sometimes have a hard time purchasing food for themselves or others and may not know anyone to borrow money from. We were in between pays as well as the other person and it was all we could afford because husband was off of work. So please don’t judge ppl for the choices they made in dog food because of financial status..At least be happy that we are giving reviews. And by the way there were Beneful that is on recall too and thats a higher priced dog food so it could happen in a cheap or expensive dog food.

  • LabsRawesome

     Spoiledtinker37, check out Fromm classics. Excellent budget food. http://frommfamily.com/products/classics/dog/dry/adult

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m sorry about your dog, but why would anyone expect their dog to do well on food with ingredients like this food has?

  • InkedMarie

    I’m sorry about your dogs but it is time for people to start feeding high quality foods and stop bargain shopping. Feed food from a company with a good track record. If money is an issue, look at Fromm, Earthborn…

  • Spoiledtinker37

    i have got this food for my dogs and my big dogs got sick i to didnt think about it until i got up this morning and found my little dog dead in her cage…who is going to pay for this i am sick of losing my animals because of people not taking care of the pet food..they have a right to be here just as good as we do….so i am right there with you and i am mad as heck

  • Pattyvaughn

    10 out of 10 of the first ingredients are red lettered and that wasn’t even all of the red ingredients.  I haven’t actually seen a dog food that was worse.

  • luvmyfurkids

    I never buy EverPet but did this month. Today I was scooping into my dogs bowl and the pieces were matted & webbed together with maggots crawling in the bag! Didn’t notice it till today, my poor dog has been eating maggots! I called store & guy said another man called this week with same problem that the whole pallet they sold had this problem to return for refund or another bag. Never buying this crap again!

  • Deann

    Bought everpet for Pom and made my Pom sick twice and was mixed with cat food

  • Cynthiatarley

    My mother fed her cat this food and the cat became very ill and died a few days later on the way to the vet.  After doing some research, there are other pet owners who have had similiar experiences.  Please do not feed this food to your cat!

  • Kishirian

     I’m never using Diamond products ever again! My friend’s Kirkland’s Puppy food gave his wolf/husky mix salmonella! Diamond NEVER recalled the Puppy formulas and my friend’s dog almost died! The vet said that if she had gone 3 more days without treatment, she would be dead! My dogs were on the Adult (not listed for recall) and Puppy (also not listed for recall). They were all bought the same day, same store. The puppy was on the same pallet! I thought I was doing the right thing for my babies, but I was clearly wrong!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Ellie, I would never buy dog food from dollar general. Check out this video.                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30pmWdOPXuw

  • Ellie

    I bought a bag of Everpet last night from Dollar General and gave it to my dogs. A shih-tzu and a bull-boxer pit mix. This morning I woke up to find my Pit mix throwing up. I thought it was nothing, maybe he ate too quickly, cleaned it up and went to school. I come home to find even more puke and he refuses to touch the stuff. I have no idea what’s going on but based on the reviews and what my dog is going through. I’m never buying Dollar store Everpet pet food ever again. Ever.

  • Jrios8837

    i think everpet snacks are great my boston terrier goes wild when i open the bag she eats them like its her last meal….

  • Kryssy4chris

    Excuse me for being on your board. My puppy came with papers and shots. It was not parvo. Yes my vet has prepared to go to court with me. I know what it takes. Just because I only had $3.50 to my name that day, doesn’t mean I don’t deserve my dog.
    That is a discriminatory remark based on one’s income . I was a pay day away from buying a bag of food from my vet. I was doing the best I could hoping to do right by my pet and provide a meal for him. I will remove my membership. Screw you with your hatred remarks. I thought this board was about getting the message across not attack new members

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Ninja, when he cut the bag and all those bugs were walking on the kibble, it made my skin crawl. OMGosh just think of someone actually feeding it to their dog. Poor puppy! 🙁  So sad that ppl don’t realize the toxic waste that they are feeding their dogs. The $5 price tag should be a clue.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Hey labs =). Yeah I did watch that video and it was gross. But working in pet food retail, those little grain beetles are not uncommon in cheap food. What’s shocking to me is that they not only let the infestation go on, but they actually sold it like that. I have caught those little bugs more than once in various low quality foods and on grain based treats. But again, we are talking about the moist kind that comes in individual baggies within a box. Infested or not, the food reads like a heap of leftovers from a candy factory’s dumpster mixed with some meat byproducts. Lol

  • LabsRawesome

     Hey Dog Food Ninja, did you watch the video that monkey posted? Watch it, dude it’s sick. It’s like 6 posts down.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I think it is singularly important to note that this was not only Dollar General’s own brand, but it was the “moist” formula.  Dr. Sagman doesn’t tend to review these because the aren’t canned and they also aren’t technically “dry” so they are harder to categorize.  But all “semi-moist” dog foods seem to have the dubious distinction of being the poorest quality chemical filled crappiest dog foods in the world.  As an example, here is Purian Moist and Meaty…

       Beef by-product, soy grits, soy flour, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour, water, corn syrup, beef, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, animal fat
    preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E), sorbic acid (a
    preservative), dried cheese powder (predominantly cheddar cheese),
    calcium propionate (a preservative), dl-methionine, choline chloride, added color (yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5 and other color), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, ethoxyquin
    (a preservative), vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin,
    vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper
    sulfate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine
    hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate,
    biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), sodium selenite

    Is that not the most disgusting dog food you’ve ever read?  Well Everpet is slightly worse. 

  • LabsRawesome

    Buying dog food from Dollar General? BAD idea! Even if I was broke, I would bum a 20 off someone and go grab some 4health, Diamond naturals, or Kirkland. I just couldn’t bring myself to feed anything from the Dollar store.                      monkey, I watched that video, SO GROSS.

  • melissa

    Are you sure its not parvo??? Your pup is the right age and the symptoms are spot on..

  • melissa


    How long did you have this puppy before this all occurred?

  • monkey

    Here is a news report on Dollar General selling bad dog food: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30pmWdOPXuw

    and a lot of complaints on complaintsboard.com: http://www.complaintsboard.com/?search=Everpet+dog+food

    Sorry about your puppy, good luck.

  • Rskuhn

    Kryssy4chris – You better have an independent lab do the testing and certify the results, Not your vet.  Is your vet prepared to go to court with you and loose a few days of work?  Also run every possible blood test on your dog possible and have a Necropsy performed by a recognized  agency. Save the dog  and dog food properly so the dog food company can run their own tests as they are allowed to disprove your tests and  professional opinions.   Where are you going to file the case?  How are you going to collect if you win a judgement?   Can you prove where you stored the food and where you purchased the food from?  Just because you might have a little interesting evidence, they will ask for all sorts of proof about your dog before they ate the alleged bad food.  Since the dog was a puppy, you may need to bring in the parents medical history too and all other offspring.  If you have been though enough, you will get on your life and learn from it and move on. Do you plan to file in Small Claims?  Class Action suit?  Have you retained counsel?  What was their non refundable retainer.  Good luck, you are most likely in for an expensive battle with little compensation.    

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I wasn’t being rude, some people just don’t realize why not to buy cheap food. But wait… You had 3.50 to your name? Well maybe you shouldn’t have bought a puppy. And where did you get a dog for $350? If he came from a pet store or the newspaper, chances are good he’s a puppy-mill dog, which are many times just walking health problems waiting to happen. You can take that as rude or not, but I’m just being factual. A dog from a responsible breeder wouldn’t be that cheap.

  • Kryssy4chris

     All I have found is Dollgencorp. I seen an address on the bag. Researching ways to contact them

  • Kryssy4chris

    First off I won’t look like a fool. I had only 3.50 to my name and tried to do my best to get my puppy some food. I do have evidence. My vet is running tests on the food. This puppy cost me alot of money to buy.So not only is the $800 in there but add in another $350. I will not take this as an unfortunate experience. I take this as a company set out to kill our animals. And someone has to stop it. I have already done my research on lawsuit requirements and the process. So please, try to speak kindly to people. We have been through enough with all of this. 

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Maybe you guys should take this as an unfortunate experience as to why food is not an area to save money in. Cheap food isn’t actually cheap. And it isn’t actually food either.

  • Bob K

    Stacy Nicole – I hope you have some proof?  What are your damages?  In most states pets are considered as livestock and judgements are very low.  Save your money and send it to the local ASPCA or rescue group.  What are your actual damages?  By the time you file papers, travel to court, hope the defendant shows up and then collect a judgement, its hours of time in small claims court.   In the end you loose, sorry to say it but that is often the case.  Papers need to be served, default judgements are nice but do not pay the bills.  then you have to collect.  Been there done that. 

  • Bob K

    Kryssy4chris – Better have some proof.  What are your damages?  $800.00?  Before you make a fool of yourself do some homework about what it takes to file a lawsuit, where to file, and what you might win as a judgement.     Good luck

  • Kryssy4chris

    I’m about to file a lawsuit. I have the option of paying 800$ after 1 bowl of Moist Beef and cheese . $800 to heal a dog and to be in the hospital for a week. He is near death. 1 bowl! He is 10 weeks old. My baby’s puppy. The other option is euthanasia . And my vet is strongly suggesting it. Because my puppy is so weak and limp he is near death. Vomiting, diarrhea, wont eat, wont drink. Vet said worse than parvo. 

  • Stacy Nicole

    Ever pet has killed three of my dogs. This is the worst dog food ever invented. I wish some one could get me the number. The company has a lawsuit headed there way!

  • Leland Dula

    My girlfriend recently purchased a bag of everpet dog food for our two pit bull terriers. They are both very active, playful dogs (more like puppies). Both of my dogs have significantly lost weight since being on this dog food, regardless of feeding the recommended amount. I even tried to up their serving sizes, still to no avail. I STRONGLY recommend you do not get this dog food, it is terrible.

  • edith ogletree

    i am so glad to hear that I wasn’t crazy. This is the 3rd bag I purchased over several months and I smelled the food and thought HMMM??????. My cats and dogs looked as if I had done something wrong by giving them this slop. There was maggots in the food. I took it back to the store (DG) and the lady looked as if I was lying. Does anyone have contact information for this company because I think they need to get to the bottom of this mess NOW!

  • Sue Hickman

    I just wanted to say this dog food should be outlawed. I accidently picked up the wrong bag and it was Ever Pet. When i opened the bag it smelled funny almost like wet cardboard. I have tried the wet Ever Pet cat food and my 2 cats want nothing to do with it. My 2 dogs will literally dump their food bowls over and not even come near it again. I did my own test by placing some kibbles by an ant bed. Ants will eat and carry off almost anything. Not this crappy dog food. The ants wouldn’t even come near it. I am very upset that they would allow this on the shelves of any store. The 10lb bag i just purchased is going in the trash for the maggots.

  • Adam Clive

    cockroaches can survive nulcear war. I even caught some going thru my toothpaste that i left open. nasty bugs that can eat poison so its not surprising they can eat crap like this dog food trash.

  • Bob K

    Bonnie – Did you read the detailed review of this dog food? Is this the best you can do for your loved one? If there are roaches in the bag, its probably a blessing of more protein. Where do you store this stuff? How about a few less packs of cigarettes a little less of Red White and blue beer, a few less lattes at Starbucks and dig your own worms for fishing then you can easily afford some better dog food from Menards, Farm & Fleet or Costco.

  • Bonnie

    I dont see where the roaches are listed. The Dollar General Store where I bought mine was infested with them. They were inside the bag. Now Someone needs to come and kill their roaches!

  • Meagan

    Good because it is a nasty food and those animals are smart. This site does not make food or sell it, but now that you are here check out the 4 and 5 star products.

  • ginger

    I bought a small bag of your adult dog food, my dogs wouldn’t touch it, my cats wouldn’t touch it which is kind of understandable but now get this, I have some opossums, and raccoon with babies that come to visit and none of them would touch it. I think something is wrong with this picture.
    Will not buy this product again

  • dIXIE rUTH

    Ok No wonder my Baby girl a senior hound dog is so ill.
    I go to your dollar store and buy shelves of this everpet.

    My chiwawah has lost his hair while baby girl has numberous health problems including severe Diabetes on this stuff!

    One of my dogs died while on this diet as well
    give me the phone number of the so called manufactorer

  • Meagan

    Dollar General crap!

  • Hi Sian… We agree. However, you need to direct your frustration to the manufacturer of this food. Not to us. The Dog Food Advisor does not make or sell any dog (or cat) food. This is an independent rating site. We only review pet food products. Give Everpet a call or write them a letter. And it would be a good idea to complain to Dollar Stores, too. Let them know what they’re selling. Good luck.

  • sian pryce

    Folks: Never in my 25 years as operating a cattery and a dog training center have I seen a pet food as deplete in nutrition as your advertised brand of Ever Petl. Even your name is an incorrect (in english) statement;be that as it may, if your good is not improved, I think u haven’t much more time to be on the grocers list as a viable product. Dollar stores are as put out as I am. Bad unhealthy product for animals~!!!!!

  • erin c.

    It might be funny if it weren’t so sad what people feed their animals.

    I went to the following site:
    and read “What’s Really in Pet Food”. (some of which has been found to be in human food…well, until they got caught, or someone got sick.)

  • Jonathan

    “…exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.4”

    That means it does not contain manure. Just thought I’d clear that up for you… not saying this food is any better! lol in fact, manure could actually improve it, probably.

  • erin c.

    Go after the stores that sell stuff like this.
    Give them a BAD rap on-line.

  • erin c.


  • KArina Garcia

    my dog died after eating this dog food and other dog is so sick i want to sue this company. i google and alot of dogs r sick and dieing . If anyone has this company number please let me know

  • Jonathan

    Just a side note to anyone reading this review, keep in mind that not only is this an awful food, but Mike very generously tends to pick the “better” example from a given food’s line.

    That means they get WORSE that this one.

    Worse than one star? You betcha. The only reason this food even has “one star” is that it can’t have less. A few of the other products in this line are even preserved with BHA.

    Also, a quick Google search on this food will present you with many people complaining that their dogs have died or fallen very ill eating this garbage.