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EVO 95% Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The EVO 95% product line includes 2 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
- EVO Grain Free Beef [M]
- EVO Grain Free Chicken and Turkey [M]
EVO Grain Free Chicken and Turkey was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
EVO Grain Free Chicken and Turkey
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, turkey, chicken liver, fish oil, natural flavor, guar gum, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), cassia gum, xanthan gum, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), salt, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), choline chloride, sodium phosphate, beta carotene
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.3%
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|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||45%||32%||16%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||56%||11%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2
Chicken 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 turkey, another quality whole meat. Like chicken, turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient is fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
After the natural flavor, we find 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.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
And lastly, this food includes 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.
EVO 95% Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, EVO 95% Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.
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 canned product containing an abundance of meat.
However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 33% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
EVO 95% is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Those looking for a quality kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of EVO Dry Dog Food.
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.
EVO Dog Food
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.
- Innova, EVO, California Natural, Healthwise Dog Food Recall (6/18/2013)
- Natura Pet Widens Recall of California Natural, Innova, EVO and More (4/20/2013)
- Natura Pet Expands Recall of California Natural, Innova, EVO and More (3/29/2013)
- EVO, Innova, California Natural and HealthWise Dog Food Recall (3/18/2013)
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Notes and Updates
03/01/2018 Last Update