EVO Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

EVO Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The EVO product line includes five 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.

  • EVO Herring and Salmon Formula [M]
  • EVO Red Meat Formula Small Bites [A]
  • EVO Red Meat Formula Large Bites [A]
  • EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Small Bites [A]
  • EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Large Bites [A]

EVO Turkey and Chicken Meal Formula Large Bites was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Large Bites

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 21%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, chicken meal, salmon meal, menhaden meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), peas, tapioca starch, natural flavors, apples, eggs, tomatoes, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, cottage cheese, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate), alfalfa sprouts, dried chicory root extract, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, vitamins (betaine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, beta carotene, vitamin B12, supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, folic acid), direct fed microbials (dried Enterococcus faecium, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, dried Lactobacillus casei), rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis42%22%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%24%21%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%47%17%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 47% | Carbs = 17%

The first two ingredients in this dog food are turkey and chicken. Although quality items, raw poultry contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, these items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The next two ingredients include salmon meal and menhaden meal, two additonal protein-rich meat concentrates.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

After the natural flavors, we find apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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 three notable exceptions

First, we find cottage cheese. Compared to other dairy products, cottage cheese is high in protein yet contains 70% less lactose than whole milk.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, 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.

EVO Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, EVO Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 47%, a fat level of 24% and estimated carbohydrates of about 21%.

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 22% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a dry dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

EVO is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

EVO 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.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls sorted by date. Or view the same list sorted alphabetically by brand.

To learn why our ratings have nothing to do with a product’s recall history, please visit our Dog Food Recalls FAQ page.

Get free dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. Subscribe to The Advisor’s recall notification list.

Dog Food Coupons
and Discounts

Readers are invited to check for coupons and discounts shared by others in our Dog Food Coupons Forum.

Or click the buying tip below. Please be advised we receive a fee for referrals made to the following online store.

A Final Word

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.

The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.

We rely entirely on the integrity of the information provided by each company. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the specific data a company chooses to share.

Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

We rely on tips from readers. To report a product change or request an update of any review, please contact us using this form.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.

However, we do receive a fee from Chewy.com for each purchase made as a direct result of a referral from our website. This fee is a fixed dollar amount and has nothing to do with the size of an order or the brand selected for purchase.

Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.

Notes and Updates

12/25/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Pitlove

    Hi Michael-

    Yes Mars has chosen to dissolve both EVO and California Naturals brands of dog food.

  • haleycookie

    Zignature is loaded with peas just as wellness is loaded with potatoes. Unless your dog is sensitive to either. Both foods are good. And yes evo is going away for good unfortunately.
    Also take a look at solid gold barking at the moon. It’s a high meat content food if that’s what your interested in. And solid gold has their own patented probiotic on their foods to help with digestion. Good luck.

  • anon101


    Check chewy dot com for reviews and comments.
    PS: Wellness is loaded with potato

  • Michael Bunker

    I am not really interested in CRAVE or MARS Corp, but EVO has been good for my dogs. I am just trying to find out if EVO is going away soon, and if I need to transfer my dogs over to something else. I was looking at Wellness Core or Zignature. I like Orijen, but the price is a bit too high and ACANA causes non-stop bowel movements in my boxer. Thank you for your response!

  • haleycookie

    Crave is carried at most large grocery stores (Kroger, meijer, etc). I would stray away from mars however. Crave is far below evo quality. Perhaps look at natures variety instinct or wellness core. They are closer to evo then crave is. Crave isn’t terrible for how cheap they sell it for but not anywhere near evo in my opinion.

  • Michael Bunker

    Anyone heard about EVO production stopping in Jan 2018? The only local pet food supplier that carries is told me that MARS is stopping production Jan 1, and that his why they came out with CRAVE. I cannot find it online anywheres, so was wondering if anyone else has heard this.

  • disqusted

    This is really a top level food. I bought EVO grain free turkey and chicken last week, 6.6 pounds for only $17.99 at my local gourmet dog food outlet, Phydeaux. Probably the best deal they have. My dogs love it.

  • disqusted

    I had the same problem but after a few weeks I discovered it was my son that actually had the gas

  • Toto Mango

    Weaned my dog into EVO and ended up massive diarrhea. Most of these expensive dog foods gives my small breeds diarrhea.

  • anon101


  • Cathy Koh

    Feed her Orijen Regional red it is similar to evo and has less glycerin index

  • tdog

    As of July 2017 Evo is available again online (chewy)

  • Felicia Lee

    My 6 year old Lab has been eating EVO for a couple of years now. I started a new bag of EVO GF Red Meat and the kibble seemed different. I noticed my dog has been very gassy and think this is more than a coincidence. Anyone else having the same issue? I don’t have the old bag to compare the ingredients listed but the new bag seems to have “filler” ingredients listed earlier than I recall. Tapioca Starch and Peas are listed as 4 and 5th ingredients. I’m disappointed. Any recommendations for a new GF low carb (not chicken) dry dog food?

  • Deborah Norton

    I feel your pain. My dogs have been on Orijen 6 fish for 3 years, they were on Evo when it was recalled. Mine won’t eat the new Orijen from Kentucky. I spent an hour at the pet food store for an hour yesterday comparing foods to Orijen and I decided on Evo again.

  • Crazy4cats

    Looks like Amazon and pet food direct still sell it. Good luck. I hope you can continue to feed it.

  • Jarron

    I used the store locator yesterday and today, and no one within 50 miles had it, and some say they’d never heard of it. Im truly sad, because my dogs loved it, and its the only food my one dog has ever eaten.

  • Pitlove

    EVO is hard like most kibble.

  • bojangles

    Hi pitlove,

    There is no MSM in green lipped mussels 🙂

    “Yes maybe the MSM from the green lipped mussel is what helped Rusty”

  • Derrick Salinas

    The kibble itself, is it chewy or more of a dry/hard kibble. Orijen is somewhat soft

  • Amateria

    Lots of claims out there but most of them are not very truthful, because been truthful with your customers or future ones is so hard… A lot of people left a lot of companies because of that, anyways Rusty all had about a months worth of Sasha’s blend until he started reacting to it really badly, that may have helped a lot as well.

    The blend is green mussel, shark cartilage and abalone powder I think it was.

  • Pitlove

    Yes maybe the MSM from the green lipped mussel is what helped Rusty. hard to say. I know Merrick claims to have therapeutic levels of glucosamine and chondroitin, but they don’t. I’m not aware of any commercial diet that does or could.

  • Pitlove

    I don’t think I quite understand your last question. Can you explain further?

  • Amateria

    Maybe it’s more green lipped mussel that helps, rather than those I stated and MSM is something also, I say that because Rusty’s leg issue has virtually disappeared after giving him food with mussel in it, he jump off couches, he can get up from lying down no problems anymore and as such I figured glucosamine and chondroitin would do the same but I guess not.

    Or they can but as everyone is saying at a therapeutic dose.

  • Derrick Salinas

    Oh, I didn’t know that. That is good to know. That was what the person at my local pet store selling point on Backcountry was. That it had 1200 mg of glucosamine in it and that it is made and sourced in TX. But on the flip side my dog has never had potatoes in his diet so that’s why I was leaning towards Evo. This is a tough choice. I appreciate your input very much. Do you know if either kibble should be some what soft or hard?

  • Pitlove

    Well on the note about glucosamine, no food besides the prescription diets from the vet, have a therapeutic amount to help with joint issues. I wouldn’t say a food that does not have glucosamine is worse than one that does.

  • Derrick Salinas

    I have a 2 yr old English Bulldog and he has been on Orijen since he was a puppy. Since Orijen changed their plant from Canada to Kentucky he won’t eat it. I want to get as close to quality as Orijen and Backcountry and Evo seem the closest. The only diff I see between them is that Backcountry has glucosamine and Evo doesn’t. But Evo doesn’t have potatoes and Backcountry does. Orijen has glucosamine and no potatoes. So I’m torn on what to go with.

  • Pitlove

    Personally yes. I also find that at the store I work at EVO is doing quite well again and Merrick Back Country did not do well for us.

  • Derrick Salinas

    Do you think EVO is a better choice than Merrick Backcountry?

  • Diva Chloe

    This dog food is so ridiculously high priced and hard to find it seems like a marketing ploy. Make it so hard to get, people will pay anything. I know it’s excellent quality, but these high end foods make me feel I’m feeding my pets better than I can afford for myself. Just saying.

  • Brooke Sullivan

    This info was not that easy to locate.. Most of Innova dog & cat food has been discontinued!!!!! This letter was posted a year ago(!!???!):

    “Recently Mars Petcare, the manufacturer of California Natural, EVO and INNOVA pet foods & treats, announced the discontinuation of the specific products listed below. If you’re using one or more of these items it’s time to start looking for other options to feed your dog or cat. To help you through this transition we’ve put together a list of dog and cat foods that meet the same standards for quality that you expect from these foods.”


  • InkedMarie

    I came here to post the same thing: store locator!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Megan-

    You will start seeing more independant retailers bringing it back soon now that they have cut off their ties to online shopping. The store I work at is bringing it back for that reason, as the aspect of competition with online dog food websites like chewy.com won’t exist. Keep checking their store locator.

  • aimee

    Hi Megan,

    As I recall the company will be only be selling to small independent retailers from this point forward. If you were getting it from a chain this could be why???

    Have you tried going to the website and using the “find a retailer” search icon?

  • Megan

    is anyone else having trouble finding a place that sells evo? it’s not on chewy anymore and no one in my area seems to be carrying it anymore either?

  • aimee

    The company Natura made Cal. Natural, Evo, Healthwise, Karma, Innova.

    P & G bought Natura in 2010.

    Mars bought out P & G in 2014.

  • mahoraner niall


  • Anne Terry Cutler

    We used the Evo venison cat food for our dog, we were told the ingredients were identical, so maybe check the ingredient list.

  • Wayne Padgett

    The Turkey EVO has tomatoes in it’s ingredients and most vets will tell you to never feed your dog tomatoes. Tomatoes are one of the many toxic foods for dogs. High concentrations can actually poison your dog. I asked my vet and she told me that to avoid dog food with tomatoes or toxic foods in it’s ingredients. You don’t know if the tomato leaves were also used. The leaves are a higher concentration for poison than the tomato itself. With that being said I was advised to not feed my Dog EVO from my current vet instead was pushed onto Wellness in which they sold directly. Didn’t have to go far if I needed more. I trust my vet as they also take in and see too K-9s from the local police department. Grapes and Raisins are also toxic. Which can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased urine production, weakness and “drunken” walking. Avocados (entire plant: leaves, fruit, seeds and bark) – contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

    Onions, Garlic, Chives – can cause the destruction of red blood cells known as Heinz body anemia, a form of hemolytic anemia.

    Tomato Plants (unripe tomatoes or the plant part) – tomatoes contain tomatine, an alkaloid related to solanine and atropine. As the fruit ripens, the tomatine is metabolized. Therefore, ripened, red tomatoes are not likely to be harmful to a dog when eaten.

    Tomato plants (the vines, stems and leaves), however, are toxic and can cause serious symptoms if eaten by a dog and because the ingredients say tomato we don’t know if the leaves were also used.

    Raw and Green Potatoes – eating potatoes that are green or have a distinctive green rim between the peel and inside can be toxic because of solanum alkaloids that can cause solanine poisoning.

    Mushrooms (wild / poisonous) – some mushrooms, (not all!) can contain toxins are very dangerous for dogs, and in the worst cases, can result in the death.

    Fruit Pits and Seeds – Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, and plum pits contain toxic cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs. Additionally, pits and seeds can cause intestinal obstruction.

    I urge people to read the ingredients in their dog foods to avoid any kind of food that has the potential of harming your best friend. Some of EVO’s are questionable in my opinion. There are better dry dog foods on the market without the questionable ingredients.

  • EBT Stitch

    My English bull terrier loves this food along with Orijen and taste of the wild. Very good dog food for muscular breeds as it’s very high protein amount. Highly recommended by both me and Stitch

  • Kylasbibi

    I dropped Evo after 5 years when they went thru all the drama in 2013 when the recalls went on and on and we were left without dog food (red meat small bites). Switched to Merrick. Was very happy with the pork and sweet potato. It has now been discontinued and Purina has bought into Merrick. I have since changed over to Acana/Orijen. No way I’m feeding my dog anything of which Purina is a part.
    I would definitely not go back to Evo. Now I’m done with Merrick

  • Crazy4cats

    The last review on this food was just done in June of 2015. The last recall was in June 2013. I was thinking that maybe you confused the two dates. Like c4d mentioned, this company has been sold and bought a few times in the last few years, but never has been a part of Diamond. Sounds like you take great care of your furry family. Good luck!

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s very likely that the ingredients or sourcing has changed. Evo (part of Naturapet) was sold in 2010 to Proctor and Gamble and then sold again to Mars in April, 2014. I loved it when it was the private family company and a really good product. Diamond has never been a part of the manufacturing process of Evo. Here’s a link:


  • Burke’sMom

    Is it possible Evo Red Meat has had a recent (more recently than 2013) formula change that I’m some how missing? I have checked their site and where they say they are sourcing their ingredients. It all seems normal (although I don’t remember it standing out to me 2 years ago that their tomatoes came from Israel, but I don’t know that I would have remembered, or that the source of such an ingredient changing would be the effect I’m seeing). My Service Dog is 9 years old. The vets at U Penn tell me that if they didn’t have his records, hadn’t started his hip evaluations themselves 8.5 years ago, and I just brought him in off the street as a “new patient” they would put his age at 6 years old – that’s the quality of his health.
    He has eaten raw at periods of his life, but I travel a lot, and sourcing or traveling it can be unsafe. Allergic to wheat and chicken, I feed him grain-free, chicken free kibble that is 5+ stars – though I usually mix a base of Wellness Core Pro with other “above averaged protein”, grain-free, 5 star kibbles on a rotational basis to keep some change to the proteins he eats and watch that he gets all his vitamins and minerals as well and plenty of omegas.
    Evo was out of the mix for a while because of access, but 2 weeks ago we put the red meat back in. It was the only change. As I said, I checked the site for obvious formula changes before doing this, and saw none, but my 9 year old black lab Service Dog has gone from a little eye goop, to one eye needing the medicated drops I have for if he accidentally got wheat or chicken (his identified allergies).
    Worse, my 3 year old black lab who is a demo-Service Dog and Breeder for the program – who has NO allergies – is starting to show some goop in her eye!
    Obviously I’m pulling this whole mix from their food, but with no environmental changes and only the EVO Red Meat food addition, I feel it has to be that. As they are not having gastritis, I doubt it is a bad bag of food (and I’ve checked the food in the bad for obvious issues).
    Does anyone know of any additions to the food that I could be missing? New supplements? odd extra minerals? It’s not rosemary or alfalfa, they are both fine with that…
    Is it possible Diamond’s doing something bad in the Evo plant??
    I’d hate to have to quit all EVO from their mix now that I can add it again when I think it can be such a good food for high protein dogs…

  • Pitlove

    She is probably intolerant to something in the Weight Management formula. I would compare the ingredient panels to see if you can figure out what it is so you can avoid it in the future.

  • Anony

    My dog is pretty sensitive to weight changes. At 6 1/2 I noticed she was starting to lose some. I had been feeding her Earthborn which she loved, but wanted something with more protein, so I started mixing in Evo Chicken & Turkey, which I had fed her when I first adopted her since she had stopped eating at the shelter and was underweight. Like before, she immediately got to a healthy weight, so after reading about Evo Weight Mgmt line that it can be used to maintain weight I switched her to that. She was good for about a week, then started having diarrhea and vomited (which she hadn’t done in years), so I started mixing her old food better with the Weight Mgmt and included digestive pumpkin. I did this, mixing the old with the new and the pumpkin for a few weeks (originally I didn’t do it great because she’s never had problems switching foods, always been easy). Anyway she kept having runny poop and vomited again, and then I noticed she was scratching like crazy. Also developed couple red rashes, not sure if that was what she was scratching or caused by the scratching. Only thing that had changed in her environment was switching her to Weight Mgmt, so I switched back to Chicken & Turkey mixed with Earthborn. Her stool returned to normal immediately and after about a week, the itching stopped.

    So there’s definitely something in the Weight Mgmt Evo that isn’t in the other flavors. Probably just going to continue mixing Earthborn with regular Evo flavors to give her the boost in protein.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I also am curious as to what you were feeding prior to Merrick as you’ve posted this on the Evo rating.

  • Ellyn Camp

    I do.

  • Storm’s Mom

    In addition to DogFoodie’s questions, I’m wondering if you used probiotics and digestive enzymes before, during, and/or after the switch? (and if not, suggesting that you do for all 3 stages as that ought to help quite a bit)

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Ellyn,

    First, a couple of questions. What were they eating before and for how long? And, how “slow” was the switch?

    Depending on what they were eating before, you might need to make a gradual increase in quality. NutriSource is a food that I’ve found to be easy on the stomach.

  • Ellyn Camp

    I tried breaking my dog into new dry food slowly and they all get severe diarrhea. It was the 5 star Merrick. I know this can happen but I do not want to go through 100 dry foods to find one that will not cause this. Can anyone recommend a brand that is good for sensitive stomach for seniors?

  • Dogs drink more water being on dry foods. Raw has more ‘water’ in the food so they drink less.

  • saf

    I found that when my dogs where put on EVO they all began eating dirt. I researched this on the web and found many many people stating the same. Seems if dogs are eating dirt, they are missing something in their diet. Got them off of EVO and they stopped eating dirt. Now I home make their food and keep Orijen or Timberwolf Organics Platinum in the freezer in the event something comes up and I’m not available to put their meal together. (Husband has backup in freezer.)

  • ash

    I did 🙂

  • liliUS

    Report it , so other dog owners wont go through the same experience!

  • Dog_Obsessed


  • Semih

    At begening we were feeding them with Nutro and later blue buffalo. But evo is a superior brand in my opinion and observations.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That’s great! What food were they eating before?

  • Semih

    We have anatolian shepert and a westy. From six weeks old we gave them evo and Innova dry doog food. Result was excellent. Till my wife and my vet. Convinced me to switch food. My dogs are four years old( few months between) and last year I have to get surgery for big dog. Because of knee problem. I have to give him glucosemin supplement every day rest of his life. Recently I switch dog food back to evo and his knee suddenly got better. I also see their coat is better to. Big one walk better. Because of evo.

  • DogFoodie

    The food obviously doesn’t agree with your dog. There are lots of foods I’d like to feed my dogs, but if it doesn’t agree with them, I know I have to move on. What we sometimes think is best, isn’t what’s best for our dog.

    Since yours already has diarrhea, you could make a cold turkey switch to something else right now.

  • theBCnut

    Please understand that even if there is nothing wrong with the food, not ever food works for every dog. You tried, don’t feel like you have to try anymore. Start transitioning to something your poor dog does well on. And if you feel you have to use up the last of the Evo, make it a very small portion of her diet.

  • disappointed customer

    I have a 3 yr old 50lb plott hound mix. I’ve tried to feed EVO three times in the past two and a half years. The first attempt two years ago, she made it 3/4 of the way through a 28lb bag before the diarrhea came on strong, so I thought the problem was bad storage practices on my part and that the food went bad. The second attempt last year coincided with a recall not long after I’d opened the bag, so I didn’t finish feeding. The latest attempt, December 2014 – I don’t usually have problems switching her food, but a week into the bag, my pup is exploding all over the house and yard. I’ll be giving it one more week as I try some other measures to calm her guts, but I won’t be going back to EVO – I just don’t trust it.

  • theBCnut

    When changing foods, always watch stools closely. They tell you so much about how your dog is doing on a new food. I always want to see good solid normal stools for 3 days before increasing the amount of new food on dogs that aren’t used to switching foods. I switch my dogs all the time now, so they are used to it and I never transition anymore and I never have loose stools either.

  • ash

    thx for the info! no, didn’t see loose stools with the 1/3 new, but I wasn’t watching THAT closely since there was no diarrhea as of yet. I will pay closer attn w/ the next thing I try, and will also go by the suggestion of 1/4 at a time….that’s a good one.

  • theBCnut

    The usual symptoms of sensitivities are are gas, itching, red ears, that sort of thing. Some dogs do get loose stools to diarrhea from changes in amount of protein, fat, or fiber. But vomitting is usually a pretty strong reaction.
    When you were doing 1/3 new and 2/3 old food, did you see any signs of loose stool? I would probably only change 1/4 at a time and maybe even less, if your dog isn’t used to switching after every bag.
    This food has quite a bit more fat than Wysong. I would expect that to be the reason for the upset stomach.

  • ash

    PS I just noticed one other thing in the EVO and not in the Wysong – peas & pea protein. So I think this and the alfalfa are on the top of the list of possible offenders. I’ve read a lot of dogs are sensitive to chick peas & other legumes in dog food and I believe peas are similar. Hmmmm.

  • ash

    Must report this food made my dog sicker than I have ever seen her; she is eight. Transitioned her from Wysong Epigen Chicken to EVO GF Weight Mgmt (also a chicken & turkey based food). When I transition I always give a TBS or two plain greek yogurt which does the trick. I fed 2/3 Wyong + 1/3 EVO for a week, then went to 1/3 Wysong + 2/3 EVO. Two to three days into the second week she began to vomit and have diarrhea. Everywhere. Many times a day. For an entire week. Omg…it was hell. Any other time she’s had digestive disturbances, they lasted 2 days MAX. Am so disappointed, I really wanted this to work. Called company to see if any reported issues with the batch I purchased, they were great; I really appreciated their response. She compared the EVO to the Epigen to see if there were any differing ingredients that could be the culprit. There was not fish in the Epigen, although there was fish oil…plus she’s been fine on other salmon foods. Also…and maybe this was it….the alfalfa – never had her on anything with that….and it is the red highlighted ingredient above. Has anyone else experience this on the GF Weight Mgmt, or with a food containing alfalfa? Thanks!

  • Cole Helton

    Considering earthborn contains canola oil, yes. VERY controversial product and I refuse to consume it myself, let alone my dogs.

  • Cole Helton

    And you’re a science diet garbage dog food advocate.

  • patspoms

    I have fed evolution red meat for over five years. Delt with recalls, now they have changed the food. I have many dogs. They no longer dive into the food when it is put out. They wait to see if I am offering something else. I never have. They eat the food but seem to NEED more. They are hungry. This never happened before. Also their water consumption has doubled. Something is wrong!

  • W0lfman

    Actually I did switch to Orijen, in fact I have now switched my adult dog to Orijen as well (Regional Red). The main factor in my decision to change to Orijen is that someone from HealthyDogma.com pointed out to me that the ingredient list on the label for the french, lists the percentage of each ingredient. This sealed the deal here is the translation…

    Angus beef fresh boneless (6% ), fresh boneless boar (5% ), fresh boneless lamb ( 5%), fresh beef liver (5% ), fresh boneless pork ( 5%), fresh pork liver (5%) whole fresh herring ( 5%), fresh lamb liver ( 5%), dried beef ( 4%), dehydrated lamb ( 4%), dehydrated herring ( 4%), dehydrated salmon ( 4%), dehydrated pollock (4%) , fresh beef tripe (3% ), fresh buffalo ( 3%), lamb fat (3%) , fresh whole eggs ( 3%), red lentils , chickpeas , peas, yellow peas , green lentils, herring oil (2%) , pea fiber , yam, sun-cured alfalfa , pumpkin, butternut squash, blueberries (blueberries ) , kelp, licorice root, ďangélique root , fenugreek, marigold flowers , sweet fennel, peppermint leaf , chamomile chamomile, dandelion , summer savory , rosemary.
    ADDITIVES (per kg ) : Nutritional additives : Vitamin A: 15,000 IU Vitamin D3 2000 IU , E1 (iron) :40mg.E2 (iodine ) : 3mg , E4 (copper ) : 13mg , E5 ( manganese) : 14mg , E6 (zinc) : 150mg , E8 (selenium ) : 0.3mg , antioxidants additives: preserved naturally with vitamin E.

  • Through The Woods

    The food is labeled “for all lifestages” according to AFFCO nutrient profiles. However if it would make you feel more comfortable Orijen has a puppy food with a similar protein/fat/carb ratio. You could try this brand until your pup is a year and then switch to EVO if you wanted at that point.

  • Thomas

    Good info. I’m still happy with totw, but we’ll see. I’ve got evo and merrick as my backup choices

  • PUNKem733

    It’s a true statement. Ridiculous it is as well.

  • W0lfman

    I am looking for a puppy food, I don’t see an EVO brand puppy food, does this mean that all of their food is designed for all life stages?

  • Kerry Lee Haas

    I just switched my boxer boys from TOTW Pacific Stream formula to EVO Turkey and Chicken. They absolutely love it. It’s too soon to tell if it will help with my one boys paw licking and seasonal allergies but already their coats have become much softer than when they were on TOTW. I did a switch in about 6 days with minimal bowel issues. So far they are only pooping twice a day (each) now. Before it was 3-4 poos on TOTW. TMI for some, but poo is an indicator of how well they digest the food so I added that info as well. lol Just be sure to follow the feeding guidelines. My boys used to get 3 3/4 c each of TOTW a day, now they get 2 3/8 c of EVO, but it fills them up so they don’t beg between meals. If you overfeed on EVO they will have major bowel issues.

  • aquariangt

    I can tell you that my culinary training taught me more about nutrition than many members of the medical field, who don’t focus on that and turn more towards medicine and procedure to fix things. While that’s all well and good, a solid diet can curb most of that. I have 4 immediate family members in the medical field, and a cousin that is a veterinarian, and I’ve said it before, but her quote on dog food “It’s all the same anyway, so it doesn’t matter what you feed” she of course feeds hill’s because of her kickbacks
    My mom is a long, long time RN and she had very little clinical nutrition training, and it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with lupus and had to figure out what kind of diet she could do that would help curb the pain-most of which was her own research because the doctors just wanted her on medications. While she is on some, she is on less than most lupus patients because of her diet

  • Shawna

    Your comment reminds me of an article I read by a Registered Dietician that made my draw drop wide open…bolded emphasis mine. She writes “During my clinical training as a dietitian, I was not taught holistic nutrition principles. I did not learn the benefits of herbs, or of the importance of whole foods, probiotics, enzymes, or organically grown foods to good health. I did not learn to use vitamin and mineral supplementation to overcome illness or disease. I did not understand that poor nutrition is probably the cause of most disease and poor health conditions in the first place.http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/health-issues/a-dietitians-experience-in-the-nursing-home/

    If the schools aren’t training DIETICIANS in the importance of proper diet I have no hope that vets, veterinary nutritionists, RN’s or anyone else in the medical field (excluding possibly DO’s and CCN’s) are going to be properly educated without unwanted industry influence.. UGHHH

  • Eva Bushman

    Just an FYI … I received an email back from Nutura and their have been some changes made to their EVO weight maintenance formula.

    “To answer your question, we removed white potatoes from the formula. We replaced it with ingredients that provide a better glycemic response, like tapioca starch and peas. Some of the levels of other ingredients changed slightly.”

  • Eva Bushman

    Just an FYI … I received an email back from Nutura and their have been some changes made to their EVO weight maintenance formula.

    “To answer your question, we removed white potatoes from the formula. We replaced it with ingredients
    that provide a better glycemic response, like tapioca starch and peas. Some of
    the levels of other ingredients changed slightly.”

    I was very pleased they answered my question, It wasn’t a auto reply message, and asked for further info. I have always been very happy with EVO’s product. I am just hoping the changes they made aren’t what is causing Blossom’s possible allergy.

  • Betsy Greer

    And…, that she’s has “15+ years in animal medicine, [and is an] expert in dog behavior and behavioral issues..” Who certifies that?

  • aquariangt

    The fact that she keeps saying she “works in animal medicine” but hasn’t said she’s a vet or even a tech raises some suspicion. Vita is a fine job, but certainly no more qualified than the accusations she’s thrown around on here