Evolve Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Evolve Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Evolve Dog Food product line includes eight 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.

  • Evolve Lamb and Rice [U]
  • Evolve Chicken and Rice [U]
  • Evolve Chicken and Rice Puppy [U]
  • Evolve Grain Free Salmon and Sweet Potato [U]
  • Evolve Chicken and Rice Senior/Lite (2 stars) [U]
  • Evolve Simply Six Limited Ingredient (3 stars) [U]
  • Evolve Beef, Barley and Brown Rice (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Evolve Grain Free Turkey, Garbanzo Bean and Pea [U]

Evolve Lamb and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Evolve Lamb and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Lamb, ground rice, rice flour, chicken meal, dried egg product, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), ground oats, rice bran, natural flavor, brewers yeast, dried beet pulp, fish meal, potassium chloride, dried peas, salt, powdered cellulose, sorbic acid (to maintain freshness), choline chloride, flax seed meal, canola oil, dried cheese product, dried carrots, dried celery, parsley, spinach, dried kelp, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, and Bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product dehydrated, vitamins; vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, minerals; polysaccharide complexes of zinc, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium and cobalt; ferrous sulfate, calcium iodate, and sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%14%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%30%46%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 46%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb 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, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The third ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

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

The fifth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The seventh ingredient includes ground oats. Oats are naturally rich in dietary fiber, B-vitamins and low in gluten.

The eighth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

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 eight notable exceptions

First, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

In addition, 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.

Next, powdered cellulose is a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable processing. Except for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a dog.

We also note this food contains flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

We also note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

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.

Evolve Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Evolve 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 27%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast, dried peas and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Evolve is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals 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.

Evolve Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/11/2016 Last Update

  • Susan LaFountaine

    I have had my Rottie pup on the Salmon & Sweet Potato recipe for about two months now. He is 5 months old. Rotties are notorious for gas, he has done very well on this food. A lot of the grain frees use garbonzo beans and I figured out thru trial and error that it was what was causing the problem. He loves this food, has a lower amount of waste, is full of energy, and his coat is super shiney. I feed it to my 2 year old Sheltie also and she has been on it for most of her life. She eats it right up too. I really recommend it!

  • Teddy2016

    How is the salmon & sweet potato for puppies? We have a 5 month old Wheaten and he has horrible gas. We switched him from Wellness Core to Blue Wilderness (grain free for both) and it went from bad to worse. I saw the Evolve at our local supermarket and the price was excellent, but I realized I don’t know if it’s good for puppies.

  • Carol Williams

    Fish is whole food and I feel best . Add grain free and skin and coat really get healthy.

  • Jane

    I bought Evolve Chicken Rice with oatmeal flax seed spinach carrots and egg to try for my 2 rescues, one a Lab, the other a Shepard Dobie a year old. I was feeding them a high quality food from Canada that is pricey but great food also grain free. I gave a small portion of the newer food with the usual food. They loved it. No stool issues. I gradually increased the amount, they are still doing great. Grain free is the way to go for your dogs health. The price is great as well, I am saving about $10 a bag over the other food I was buying. I bought my Evolve at a ShopRite store.

  • Genny Adams

    My rescued Aussie loves Evolve. I highly recommend either Turkey and Garbanzo Beans or Salmon Sweet Potato. He was a skinny 42 lbs and scanty yellow coat, bleached from the sun. After a few months on Evolve without any dietary problems, his coat filled out, it turned a healty, glossy Mahogany, he put on weight and gets compliments everywhere I take him. I like Evolve.

  • NCMike

    Our little ~8 lb HavaMalt loves the beef barley brown rice. He has nice firm stools and is a very happy little man! Highly recommended.

  • kelly sam

    a friend bought a bag of chicken and rice puppy food over while I was looking after his dog. I have a 8 month old and he ate this less than 3 Oz and for the past 24 hours he has had diarrhea and vomiting and refuses to eat. he now has blood in his poop due to the amount he has. even expelling do I’m pretty sure thisfood does not agree with dogs with sensitive tummies. he has had other foods the sane way without the severe reaction. he is still lethargic and won’t eat, maybe it’s the yeast?

  • Lisa S.

    My dogs have been on Evolve for 3 weeks now and have developed an awful smell! They are gassy and their stool pretty soft. I don’t think this food agrees with them at all.

  • DogFoodie

    When you need to do a slow transition, mix just a little of the old in with the new and only increase the reason of new to old when your dog’s stool is firm. A transition can take several weeks for a dog that’s not used to switching. Does that sound like how your transition went?

    Usually, it’s loose still that’s a problem, not vomiting, so it’s probably a good idea to switch.

    A brand I’ve recommended for years is NutriSource. It’s generally very well tolerated, even by sensitive dogs, and transitioning to it usually is quite easy. It’s made by aquality manufacturer. It’s also pretty budget friendly and easily available in lots of stores.

  • DogFoodie

    Oh, OK. I wasn’t sure. I thought maybe you were running some giant dog breeding operation or something. I have two also. 🙂

  • Pitlove

    Ah alright. Guessing Evolve just did not agree with them then! GL with Natural Balance, hope that works better for them.

  • el doctor

    Hi Marie, Happy Thanksgiving!

    You said:

    “we cant afford our 2,000 dogs getting sick”

    Just put the $ sign before the 2,000

  • Marie La Rue

    2 dogs why?

  • DogFoodie

    How many dogs do you have?

  • Marie La Rue

    🙁 we have french bulldogs

  • Marie La Rue

    We are going back to Nuture Balance we cant afford our 2,000 dogs getting sick

  • Marie La Rue

    Oh 6months. No we mixed some of the former food with the evolve to make transition better

  • Pitlove

    How long were your dogs eating their previous food before the switch and were you able to transition them to Evolve? or were you out of the old food?

  • Marie La Rue

    Bought this food a week ago and NO GOOD! MY DOGS HAVE DIAHREAA AND VOMITING. I know changing food sometimes does thst but it should not be so severe! I am returning this food!

  • el doctor

    Hi Robin, welcome to DFA!

    The Hills W/D makes your dog poop a lot because of it’s high fiber content. I would stay away from dry foods if possible, due to their high carb content and their lack of moisture.

    Low carb wet foods with medium fat content would be a good choice in my opinion. Low carb because carbohydrates are what a diabetic dog is unable to process properly, wet, because dry foods can be harder on the kidneys and proper hydration is very important in diabetic dogs, medium fat because diabetic dogs are prone to pancreatitis.

    I’ve listed some 5 star rated foods that should give you an idea of what I’d look for in a wet food for your pup.

    I hope your pup lives a long and healthy life 😉










  • DogFoodie

    Hi Robin,

    Are you by chance a member of this Facebook group for folks with diabetic dogs: https://m.facebook.com/groups/545260468841556

    I’m a member, but don’t have a diabetic dog. They’re a great group and you’ll get tons of help there. Of course you can ask that same question here also!

  • Robin Mandel

    My dog is a 24 lb German spitz with diabetes. He has been on Hill’s W/D but it just causes him to poop constantly.
    I am looking to make a switch. Would this be a good recommendation for a dibetic dog? If so, would the grain free be the best choice?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Vica-Pip Meyer,

    Switching proteins within a brand will not make your dog lose weight unless there is a drastic difference in calories per serving. Usually the brand has similar calorie count between formulas unless it’s a reduced calorie, weight loss type of formula. How much are you currently feeding the dog? Also, how old is he and how active?

    If your dog continues to gain weight and is as heavy as you’ve mentioned you might want to either exercise the dog more and feed less or choose a food that has more protein and less carbohydrates and continue to exercise more and feed less. You also need to count the calories in any treats you are feeding. If that doesn’t work you might want to have the dog checked for hypothyroidism.

    Here’s a link to the DFA calculator. It will give you a basic idea of how many kcal/day your dog should be getting. I feed my dogs a bit less than the calculator comes up with and my dogs are fairly active. Make sure you put his ideal weight in the calculator to get the correct calorie count. Good luck!


  • Vica-Pip Meyer

    Hi there, We recently switched our dogs over to the salmon and sweet potato because it appeared he was becoming over weight fast. Then our next visit he had gained another 10 pounds! So we were told to feed him less, we have been doing so but he is still gaining weight rapidly.How much should we be feeding a german shepherd who is 81 pounds but should be closer to 65?

  • mybabiesnme

    I have 5 rescues. Have all neutered and heartworm meds, flea n tick control. My companions and i share our home. Evolve is still thought for me but i need it for them. Large dog still overweight arthritis knee and degenerative disk w/ arthritis. You have no report on evolve for weight loss. She is on kennel confinement for treatment. Weight will pile on marketing her worse. She is on evolve maintenance now. Says 3 cups a day. Should i stick tho that? She loves food. Omg!!!. Please do evolve wieght loss dry food study. I’m in dire straits here. I joined hoping you would have it or suggestion with same aprx. $1. Per pound. So many animals get passed up by careing people because of prices of quality food on top of regular med care. Please help.thank you so much. Your Penny has helped id’s by loving you. Thank you and Penny

  • Barbara Thomas

    I have a Westie that is now 6 yrs old and all of her life had allergies and a very thin coat. My vet suggested I put her on a salmon based food and I found Evolve in Winn Dixie for under $8 a bag. She loves it! Her allergies are gone and her coat is finally starting to look full and healthy! Thanks for making an affordable dog food that has given me a happy puppy!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Dianne-
    If you click on the library tab at the top, there is a contact us link to request a review. There is also a contact us button at the very bottom of this thread that you can click on. Hope that helps! Is the food working out for you?

  • aquariangt

    Send a message requesting a review for the grain free line. There are many dog foods out there, and the staff here gets to them as they can

  • Dianne

    This website must not be up to date. I just bought Evolve Turkey with Garbanzo beans and peas. Grain Free. My dog loved it. I wish they would review that one here.

  • Ashley Jrzmommy Reid

    No.bad reviews on Evolve affordable even my rat terrier eats it and she never wanted dog food lol 🙂 I bought it for 7.99 big bag is 21.99 & its better than whole earth farms

  • Crazy4cats

    Just checked out their website. Looks like you are feeding the grain free Evolve. I don’t think it is rated on this site yet.

  • Crazy4cats


  • Marcio Resendes

    Oops, did it again

  • Marcio Resendes

    I noticed it too. The stuff I got comes in a big green bag ” Turkey, Garbanzo, Bean & Pea Recipe”. The salmon one comes in a pink bag.

  • Crazy4cats

    Huh? They don’t show a turkey or salmon formula listed above. Are they new flavors?

  • Marcio Resendes

    Oops, I didn’t reply on the right box

  • Marcio Resendes

    I’ve been giving them mostly the turkey recipe dry food. But, if that’s sold out then I get the Salmon one and they love that one too.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey, thanks, good to know. Are you switching between the flavors?

  • Marcio Resendes

    Hello people, I take 4 dogs to the vet once a year for a check-up and this year is the only time I came back with perfect results. Doctor asked me what I was feeding them. So, I told him about Evolve and he told me to keep it up. I was feeding them this stuff for about a year prior to the Vet visit. Before this stuff I was giving them grain stuff before I got educated on the problems with grains. The dogs give this stuff 8 paws up.

  • Renee Scholl Boyle

    We switched our dogs to Evolve Lamb & Rice also.. Mostly due to allergies, our poor dogs were scratching all the time and were so miserable.. For the last two years they have been scratch free and much happier..

  • Crazy4cats

    Woo Hoo! Are you going to eventually try the other flavors as well to give him a little variety. Those pets that “just show up” turn out to be the best! 🙂

  • Anastasia M. Fischer

    I say ditto

  • Anastasia M. Fischer

    We acquired a new puppy this past week (yeah, he just showed up) and began to feed him an all natural wetfood only to find out he was always hungry and had bad diarrhea. I decided to go puppy food shopping at a “nonwalmart store” and found Evolve. The Evolve I got contains Turkey as first ingredient, then chicken meal, then garbanzo beans, and a host of other natural things…almost instantly, the diarrhea stopped, the puppy is no longer always hungry, and he is so much more satisfied! Thanks Evolve, for a job well done! I read the back of package to see if it accommodated puppies and it does! I am going to introduce this food to my chihuahua and see if she will eat it better than her other all natural food! I guess I should say, I found Evolve at my local Winn Dixie store, I am so thankful!

  • Darci1990

    I had my chihuahua on blue buffalo for a while, and it just got to be too expensive, plus she didn’t really seem to like it all that well.. no matter the flavor. So I found this at a local grocery store. I was surprised at how good it was. Grain free, all natural and cheap. Rosey likes it too!

  • theBCnut

    Goiter is a symptom of too much thyroid hormone. Did you have a blood test run? You can’t tell what the thyroid is doing by palpating it, except to feel if it is growing a tumor.

  • wes

    I believe holistical medicine and proper diet can cure or help almost any disease. It’s much better than making these drug companies rich. much better than getting addicted to a pill as well. I have heard of some peoples pets having bad side effects to the thyroid meds vets prescribe and some pets do very well. I feel blessed that this combo has worked well for my pet. I buy the Simply organic virgin coconut oil… you can find it at kroger or smiths if you have those stores where you live.

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  • dchassett

    Was your dog diagnosed with Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid? I have a 14 1/2 year old Maltese that was diagnosed years ago with Hypothyoidism.

  • Crazy4cats

    Very interesting. I have tried coconut oil and of course, I bought the wrong cheap kind. Oops, lol! I also know about iodine due to my cat having hyperthyroism and am trying to avoid it with her. I’ll attempt to tell my sis this info due to her dog being on meds for hypothyroidism, but she’ll prob just roll her eyes at me. A lot of people don’t like hearing about these amazing things I’m learning from this site. I’m glad you found something t hat works without over medicating your dog. Congrats and good luck.

  • wes

    Hello, Yes, I did have his thyroid checked by my aunt when she came to visit me a few months back, she is a retired veterinarian. His goiter in his neck was so huge. that is where the thyroid is located. The Evolve pet food has Fish oil and Kelp in it. Those are high in “Iodine” which if you know anything about Thyroids, they basically are nothing but Iodine, it is the gasoline for the thyroid so to speak…. I also believe I forgot to mention that I also started to give him “Virgin coconut oil” as well. Which is a big help for thyroid function. Look up the many benefits of coconut oil for dogs, but, it must be virgin coconut oil for best results. I started giving that to him 4 months ago. It helped out some. But when I switched him to Evolve maintenance formula with Lamb, that was when real big changes started to happen. His fur is so damn shiny and super soft, which he has never had soft hair. It’s literally a miracle. I wish I would have told my aunt sooner And wish I would have changed his food sooner and gave him coconut oil sooner too… But, I am glad I am doing something now. It’s nice having friends an family come over and hearing them say hey Camo, << my dog, hey he's lost weight, wow, instead of damn every time I come he is fatter and fatter. Oh and by the way humans can orally take virgin coconut oil as well. Check out a website called TheVirgincoconutoil …… it has loads of info of the many benefits for humans.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m really glad you found something that works better for him. I use the Pure Balance canned food as a topper every couple of days with no problem so far. I’m wondering if you ever had the dog’s thyroid actually checked? I’m wondering as my sister’s dog is having thyroid issues and has been placed on meds. I didn’t know that a diet change would help that much. I don’t think the vet discussed diet with her, just gave her some pills for the dogs. Which, btw, have made a significant difference. He is also like a pup again.

  • wes

    I had been feeding my Akita/Shepherd mix a dog food called Pure Balance. I know it is made for Walmart as supposedly a low priced high quality food. This website gives it a 3-3.5 star rating.. I also had been feeding it to my mothers schnoodle a snauzer/poodle designer breed.. after a year or so of feeding the Pure Balance to my Akita mix, he started to lose his fur and develop these marks similar to “Ringworm”… But, no other animals and nor any humans in my family got Ringworm which is highly contagious. So I looked up what this could be. Turns out he was having thyroid issues. I started to feed him the Salmon pure balance to see if it helped out since I know Iodine is generally high in fish and a mineral the thyroid needs to function. The food made no difference. Then about 3 months ago I saw EVOLVE lamb formula at the store, grain free, has kelp and fish oil and chicken meal, spinach, and a whole host of other things. In the 3 months ive fed him this food he’s lost 20lbs, he’s chasing after the cats and playing around like a 6 1/2 yr old mutt should. He was on the brink of death. He just wanted to lay around all day prior to this. He’s also grown most of his hair back. oh and its soft and shiny. He’s always had wiry hair since I got him from the pound when he was 2…. Now I am not saying Pure Balance is a bad horrible food, it just did not do right by my dog…. EVOLVE sure has done him wonders!!

  • CoCo

    H-E-B carries it at Bay Colony

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I noticed it at my Hannaford too.

  • InkedMarie

    For those interested in this food, I found this food at my local Hannafords grocery store, if you have one of those in your area.

  • Psychbucket

    There is a canned dog food called Evolve I have been buying for my dogs as the ingredients seem to be comparable to other quality wet foods. Could someone tell me whether the canned Evolve is produced by the same company as the dry Evolve reviewed above? Thanks.

  • vesta

    I just bought the grain free one with salmon in it my dog loves it I got it at staters

  • leahA

    I have my two miniature poodles on this and they love it! One is 5 years and the other is 3 years old. They’re healthy and playful. They are quite picky when it comes to lamb in the food, they just don’t seem to like it. So I saw this at the grocery store and gave it a try. I also tried the grain free turkey and garbanzo bean recipe and they loved it just as much as this one! So far I’m satisfied with Evolve’s quality. If my dogs love it then I love it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Sadie’s mom, the new grain free Evolve looks pretty good for a grocery store food. The ingredients appear to be a 4 star food. http://www.evolvepetfood.com/#!untitled/zoom/c158d/imagefim

  • Sadie’s mom

    There is now a grain free version. Hope it gets updated, would like to know about that as it is available at my grocery store.

  • Victoria

    I bought a bag of Evolve when I was having my mother’s two dogs (Border Collie and a Pug) over and ran out of their usual food. We fed the dogs, left about a 5-cup bowl of water out for them, and then left for the evening. When we came home four hours later, the water bowl was LICKED DRY. I quickly refilled it and the dogs nearly knocked each other over trying to get to the water bowl. They drank continuously for nearly two to three straight minutes. This has never happened before to any dog food we’ve ever bought, and we’ve raised dogs my whole life. I don’t know if it’s MSG, sodium, or some filler, but this is absolutely ridiculous. Dog food should not make dogs react like this!

  • Jamie

    I was excited to find that my grocery store carried this food and the price was good. My dogs ate it well through the first bag, but then I bought it again and they would not eat it until they were really hungry. Got another bag too- same thing. I mixed some with wet food and they ate it then, but in general, they lost interest in Evolve. I switched to Whole Earth Farms which is around the same price (just unfortunately not available at the grocery store, haha)- and my dogs LOVE it.

  • Kip

    I have great luck with the turkey and bean but the wet gave my dogs gas and they weren’t fond of it.

  • Kip

    I feed the turkey evolve and my bostons do great on it. No gas, runny poo, nada, and trust me my boston gets digestive issue from a lot of food. Now let me say the canned didn’t set well with my girl boston so I switched back to Blue Buffalo canned and Evolve dry. No problems now.

  • Bill

    There are 2 grain free Evolve dog foods, Salmon and Turkey. I saw them at a trade show last week. FWIW

  • Mark Hess

    I have noticed my 2 dogs a 100 lb Akita and a lab mix seem to be drinking twice the amount of water also. We are on our 3rd week of trying this food. Evolve Salmon and sweet potato. They eat it heartily more so than any dry food we have tried. They love it. After reading your review, I asked my wife if dogs drinking more, she said omg yes they are

  • Jake & Caroline’s Mom

    Just switched from I and Love and You’s Nude Food to Evolve Chicken maintenance formula. Reading the reviews it seems like this food is really bad but both my dogs ate it rather heartily when offered. They had gone to eating the ILY food only once every two days due to disinterest. They’d leave the kibble in the bowl until they were so hungry they ate. I offered this and they cleaned their bowls. And i have a beagle who usually will eat anything but the ILY food for some reason suddenly lost its appeal even when topped with tuna or salmon from the can.

    I’m hoping my dogs only see improvement on this new food + it’s carried a a grocery store near my home closer then petco or petsmart.

    I’ve tried other brands including Merrick, blue buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Wellness and Instinct Nature’s Variety. All those foods made one or both of my dogs sick to their stomachs unfortunately and i need to feed one food to both of them for financial reasons. This food is cheaper in my area then Nutro Ultra which at one time I fed to my beagle when he was a single pup no sister yet :D.

    So i’m going to stick it out unless someone has suggestions for other foods that may work better. For now we’ll stick to Evolve and hope it continues to work.

    ** Is there a review of Evolve’s Grain free line? i couldn’t find it anywhere nor one for their wet foods.

  • Kevin Sehy

    This is what I just sent to Evolve/Triump.

  • Kevin Sehy

    To whom this may concern,

    Recently, I purchased a 15 lb. bag of Evolve Chicken & Rice Maintenance Formula Dog Food at the HEB @ West Ave and Blanco Road in San Antonio, Texas. The food had an odd smell (similar to wood chips) and my 8 year old lab consumed it for a few days. She finally stopped eating it and threw up a brown mixture. I had previously purchased the same product at the HEB Alon Mart on NW Military with no issues – I was trying to avoid the corn meal produced by other companies. Long and short – I had to switch back to Purina Dog Chow – which she consumes very heartily. I just wanted you to be aware of this issue. I cannot find a batch code on this bag but have attached the bar code.

    Thanks for your attention in this matter.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Roger Biduk –

    I don’t believe Dr. Mike would disagree with any of this, however the star ratings are in comparison to other like foods. So a 4 star kibble is rated 4 stars in relation to other kibbles. Surely you can’t argue that this food is worse than a 1 star food such as Beneful, a 2 star food such as Science Diet or a 3 star food such as Nutro Max?

  • As far as rating systems go for pet foods, none that I have seen have been much good or remotely accurate.

    How a pet food formula like this one can be rated the second highest tier rating of 4 stars while being a low 25% protein, a very high 47% carbohydrates and having grains and waste products as ingredients is ridiculous.

    Plus, oatmeal, egg product and fish meal should definitely be red-flagged but aren’t.

    Egg product is all the waste products and junk of the egg industry not fit for human consumption including contaminated, diseased eggs and chicks, etc. This stuff
    would be going to the landfill or turned into fertilizer if not used in low-quality pet foods as a very, very cheap protein source.
    Quality pet foods use whole eggs, not egg product.

    Fish meal is an anonymously named product that is waste not fit for human consumption.
    If the company wanted you to know the ingredients in fish meal, they’d name them.

    Quality pet foods contain named meal ingredients such as more expensive salmon meal, white fish meal, Pollack meal, herring meal, etc.

    Almost all anonymously-named fish meal comes from China and according to U.S. Coast Guard and Homeland Security Law http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/fishmeal.html, fish meal MUST be treated with ethoxyquin, a known carcinogen http://www.bestcatanddognutrition.com/?cat=32.
    Roger Biduk

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah my dog went for an hour long walk and was chasing my other two dogs around the backyard one day and was unconscious laying in a puddle of urine the next morning.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Just so you know, my dog that died of acute renal failure 2 years ago didn’t show any signs including increased water comsumption until she suddenly stopped eating and was gone within one week. If you aren’t going to take her to the vet now, then change back her food immediately so you know very quickly if that solves the problem.

  • Betsy Greer

    I know HDM and she is very knowledgeable, and if she suggested getting one of my dogs to the vet right away, I’d listen.

    I’d much rather be safe than sorry.

  • Storm’s Mom

    What was she eating before this food?

  • Momof2

    She is acting COMPLETELY normal otherwise. Went for a walk earlier and she is 9 years old and still runs around and chases the kids. I’m sure it is just the food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Please get your dog to the vet asap for blood work. It could be nothing, and hopefully it is, but a sudden increase in water consumption could indicate renal failure. I just had a dog die of this two months ago, trust me it’s not something you want to go through and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It was acute renal failure and came on very fast and he had been at the vet two weeks prior with a normal blood panel and urinalaysis.

  • Momof2

    I noticed a MUCH higher consumption of water when starting this food about 2 weeks ago. Didn’t think much of it because we had a really hot week but the. It cooled back down and my 50lb dog is still drinking 3 times as much water as before this food. I will be looking again…

  • Bob S

    Thanks Mike. The woman mentioned she noticed a change on a bag of food she had just bought. I’ll keep an eye out.

  • Hi Bob S.,

    Yes, a change like that would certainly merit another look.

    However, I just checked the company’s website and downloaded what they call their “latest brochure“.

    You’ll need to enlarge this blurry PDF document in order to read it. However, I see no changes in this recipe.

    Hope this helps.

  • Bob S.

    I just read an Evolve Dry Cat Food comment on “Cat Food Reviews” dated Feb. 8, 2013 from a woman who said she had recently spoken with the customer service group for the manufacturer of Evolve and they told her that they had moved chicken from the first ingredient and to the fourth ingredient. Assuming this also pertains to their dry dog food, would it change your rating?

  • Ali

    He does get extremely thirsty after eating it and I’m wondering how much sodium is in it. How much sodium should dogs be ingesting anyway??

  • Ali

    There is only one place that carries Evolve kibbles, in my big city (that I’m aware of), and I’m hoping that they do not discontinue this dog food any time soon.

  • Ali

    Have had my 12 yo Bichon on Evolve for Seniors for over a year and he has maintained a beautiful coat and has no more problems with pancreatitis.

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  • Crystalpumpkinpup

    As soon as I stopped feeding this food my dogs (all 4) were better basically instantaneously.  The vet can’t find anything wrong with any of them. The intense thirst stopped as did the urination problems.  It’s been 2 weeks since we stopped feeding this food and we haven’t had a single issue since stopping this food.

  • Cheriem269

    To Crystalpumpkinpup
    I think you should take your dogs to the vet to be checked for diabetes or cushing’s disease I have dog with both and it just started like overnight he kept drinking and pee in the house also

  • Pattyvaughn

    All dogs require some salt.  You may not see it in other ingredient lists because it is in individual ingredients already.  It doesn’t take that long for the body to process and remove excess salt, just a couple of days, so after you take them off this food, give it a couple days then start looking for other causes.

  • Crystalpumpkinpup

    After a week we are switching off of this food.  The extreme thirst continues in all 4 dogs and all 4 have now had pee accidents, which is VERY out of character for these dogs!  Notice that salt is the 14th ingredient in this food, why is salt even there?  I do not remember seeing it in other foods, or at least not that far up on the list  🙁  I had hoped this food would work, but I would not recommend it.

  • Crystalpumpkinpup

    Has anyone had any issues of their dogs getting extra thirsty on this food?!  All 4 dogs here seem extra thirsty as soon as we switched over (half old food/half evolve was ok, but 100% evolve started it).  My dogs are having extreme thirst.  This has caused my Great Dane mix to start waking us up to go out at night to pee (which he has never done before).  My other dog is showing similar signs, but not as severe (it seems to be worse with the largest dog – 110#, and go down in severity where as the smallest dog – 43# is bothered the least).  I was excited to see this food is now available at my grocery store which is a 1 minute drive and open 24/7.  Additionally the price is $1/lb which is much less expensive than the other foods iIve been feeding, but is rated equal or higher. We are only one week #1 of full feeding this food.  The dog’s stools have been great, the Great Dane mix has even had firm stools and his are usually soft.  No gas and coats still look great, no obvious shedding.  the dogs also seem to love the taste.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Angelina, go to Evolve’s website. They have a store locator there. I posted earlier with a link to the site, but it must have went into the spam folder.  🙂

  • Angelina

    My dog is 11 pounds and loves Evolve Chicken.  My store no longer carries it and so far I cannot find it near me.  The online shopping retailer only carries EVO.  That is not the same.  I will continue to look throughout my city because my Vet. also thinks it is good.  

  • thanks for the suggestion i will try it

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Any treat with added omega 3’s would be good for the skin and coat. Oftentimes there are omega chewable treats in the supplement section too. Salmon based treats are great too – my dogs love the Salmon Paws brand treats.

  • is there any treat i could try

  • i will try that thanks

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sherri,

    Try adding fish oil for his coat (salmon, anchovy, and sardine are all great). Give 1 tsp. per 20 lbs. Also be sure to supplement with vitamin e (the natural form is best, will begin with d- rather than dl-), give 100 – 200 i.u. every other day for dogs under 50 lbs. and 300 – 400 i.u. every other day for dogs over 50 lbs.

  • he was on natures variety i feed both prarie and instinct and he did fine on both but at heb they had a sale buy one get one free and i was out of food and short on cash so i got this after one bag i noticed he had a dry coat and that his itching had started back again on nature’s variety he had a nice coat he wasn’t itching i will be switching back once i can buy another bag which would type of ingredients would be good for his coat and is there anything else that i should add to his food

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It sounds like he has an allergy to one of the ingredients in this food. I see it has grains and chicken, which are common allergens, maybe try a grain-free/chicken-free 4 or 5 star food and see if that works.

  • what should i do

  • i have a schnauzer since i have been feeding evolve his coat has gotten thin on at the base of his tail and he has been itching and not because of fleas he ate this food but i would not buy it again even if they were giving it away and would not suggest this food to anybody

  • melissa


    Each and every food is different. 99% of the time I do not need to transition foods by mixing, but I DO cut back their feeding amount by 1/4 to 1/3 for a few days when I do this. The reason i do this, is becuase when the food is new, you just do not know how much of the new product the pet will require, so why overload the system? My guys/gals typically need a bit less then feeding directions state, so I have found this is the best for them. I did however, have problems with two brands recently- BG and Earthborn Meadow feast, and despite mixing AND cutting back, they still had horrible stool.

  • jacobcrim

    We have never done that before when switching foods and he never got sick either.

  • Did you have time to transition him or just gave him the new food cold turkey since you said you ran out of your regular Trader Joes?  Diarrhea and other GI problems can be expected when changing foods too quickly.  Not the foods fault, necessarily.

  • What variety of each did you feed him?

  • jacobcrim

    Got some Evolve for my two year old lab because he was out of his regular Trader Joes brand and it was on sale. He loved it, then when I came home there was dihariha all over the floor. I did not assume it was the food until I came home to even more poop, in more places on day two. He hasn’t had an accident in over a year, has to be the food.

  • KW

    Hi all, I found this food at my local grocery store & noticed it contained higher quality ingredients than the NutroMax I had been buying at PetSmart so I bought it for my 2 medium-sized. short-haired, mixed-breed dogs.

    They preferred it’s taste to that of the Nutro, and preferred the Lamb version over the Chicken. I’m glad to see mostly good reviews as well as the 4-star rating. However, I found a locally made kibble they prefer, also sold in my grocery store, that contains mostly high-quality ingredients. It is called “Gentle Giants”. Unfortunately, it has not been rated (that I could find) by this site, probably due to having a limited distribution area.

  • doggonefedup

     in the 1970’s Eukanuba (which was actually a mink food) produced the best and shiniest coat of all. It also produced the worst bone structure of all too.

  • doggonefedup

    German shepherds, more than any other breed and especially puppies need a lower carb food. Fresh meats whether raw or cooked should be part of their diet. Organ meat is always a plus too. Chicken liver is a great incentive during training. Use that formula and you will have a strong healthy dog that’ll be around for a long long time.

  • doggonefedup

     there seems to be a lot of cereal in that food just like alpo or something. Dogs are like kids, they love junk food. Junk food makes them gain weight.
     I have 3 German shepherds. an 11yr old 96lbs. 28″@shoulder  a 7yr old 78lbs 26″ @shoulder and a3yr old 125lbs 32″ @shoulder. The 11yr old is a little chunky but the other two are very lean. Along with their kibble they get fresh meat and broth on the kibble made from the fresh meat (not canned). They also get organ meats as a mid-day snack (I save the broth from the organ meats and give it to them chilled from the fridge). They like a nice cool drink after ruff housing around outside. I also give them sparingly (their junk food) salted cashews, oreo cookies, cheese doodles, and white Reese peanut butter cups. pound for pound the fresh meat is cheaper than the kibble.  Maybe I’m a little retarded but in my opinion no matter how good the dry food is you need to add some liquid and fresh foods to it. the junk food keeps them from getting bored with the healthy food.

  • Hrabovsky09

    I have a 5 month old German Shepard that I had lots of problems with when it came to getting her to eat. I decided to try a bag of the Evolve puppy formula and she loved it. She is gaining weight good and her coat is beautiful. The best food for your money.

  • Jonathan

    Lissette, as far as the taste goes, have you tried topping the dry with a good quality canned food? Or considered adding salmon oil or low-sodium chicken broth? Or even some fresh meat. Just an idea for you. 🙂

  • lisette

    My dog has been eating evolve lamb for several months- he seems to do really well on it even compared to higher rated brands (wellness, blue buffalo). Looks healhy, good weight, fur looks great, poop is good. He doesn’t love the taste though – probably finds it too bland. I do agree with the other poster that the kibble in different bags looks different – seems there are some quality control issues. I hope they straighten it out because I do like this food.

  • Jake Campbell

    I don’t understand how this food could have gotten above a 3: Any good food should derive all the sodium needed from the other ingredients; salt should not be added.

    And fish meal listed as a protein rich with only “trace amounts of ethoxyquin.” Since companies have the option of petitioning to use all-natural alternative preservatives such as Nature-ox, there should be ZERO ethoxyquin in quality product.

    You can put lipstick on this pig with all the kelp and probiotics in the world, and it still wouldn’t get past a 3 in my book.

  • Jonathan

    If the dog gains weight, reduce consumption and/or increase activity.

  • sandy


    Be sure that you’re feeding them the same amount of calories or less as the previous food. All dog foods have different calories per cup.

  • Kim

    wait im confused this food makes your dog gain weight we started feeding it to my daucshunds becasue they were allergic to corn and it has no corn in it but they are getting fat should i stop feeding it to them?

  • Audra

    we are trying out evolve and my boxer loves it. she goes back and licks the bowl after she’s done eating it, she’s never done that with any other food. the cats even try to get in on dinner time, so we switched them as well. thanks for the advice!

  • Robert Quartarone

    Bob K, thank you for your help. Price was not a concern I just want the best for them.I am going to try Evolve and will get back to you in a month to let you know how it performs. Thanks again. Robert Quartarone

  • Hi Robert… I can understand how helpful a direct comparison between 2 products could be. Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized reviews and product comparisons for each reader. You may wish to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Bob K

    Robert Quartarone – Please read the detailed reviews for the two foods you are asking about that are posted on this website. Evolve is a 4 Star food, Purina ProPlan is a 2 Star food. What about cost and availability? From my knowledge Evolve is less expensive, that means your hunters get better food and you have more gas money to go hunting. Remember to transition to a new dog food slowly over 10- 14 days slowly changing the ratios of new food to old food – If for some reason it doesn’t work out then try another 4 or 5 star food that provides better nutrition than ProPlan for less money.

  • Robert Quartarone

    I have (3) English setters which I use for Grouse and Woodcock hunting. I would like to know if Evolve (Chicken )will give the same nutritional value and stamina as Pro plan.

  • Jonathan

    Audra, Evolve is carried in Harris Teeters where I live and is one of the few grocery store exceptions. It is a good food. You may also find Harmony Farms and Newman’s Own in grocery stores which are both 4-star foods. I’d take Evolve over Authority any day!

  • sandy

    If the ingredients look better than Authority, go for it. I’m sure it got 4 stars for a reason.

  • Audra

    We’ve been using Authority for quite some time and our boxer loves it. We chose it because of the 3 stars & price. I just saw Evolve at HEB (grocery store in Texas), which has a 4 star rating and is cheaper than Authority. I’ve heard a lot of negative things about buying pet food at grocery stores. Does anyone have any comments about buying pet food at grocery stores?

  • Jonathan

    Coralie, our town’s Harris Teeter caries it. Don’t know if you have one of those around. Also, have you considered adding some salmon oil as a supplement? That Keeshond with all that fluffy hair could really benefit from it! I started giving fish oil to my golden/lab mutt and her shedding reduced by 60% and her fur is denser and softer.

  • Coralie

    I have been feeding Evolve with lamb adult dog food to my 7 year old Keeshond. She seems to be doing well on it. I have had a dry skin problem with her and have tried many other foods including holistic and nothing seemed to make a difference until I started her on evolve about 3 months ago. She is not having any problems with the dry skin and has given up most of her scratching. I am very happy with it. The only problem I have is only one store in my area carries it.

  • ollie

    We had been buying a specialty brand for our english bully, she since passed on and we adopted a bully mix. Not wanting to spend $50 for a bag of food, as his tummy is not as sensitive, we feed him what they had been feeding him in the animal shelter. It was an OK food, not great but not bad. I saw this food, and decided to try it. He loves it, seems the gagging we have had the last week has stopped, I hope the food change was the reason. And much to our surprise our dachshund, who has never liked a dog food, loves it too. I love that our grocery store carries it, and I dont have to go to another store for their food.

  • Tim

    I liked this product at first but the last three bags I have bought have been very different from each other. One was a pale kibble, one looked like “normal” and one was dark, almost black. It also differed in smell. I’m skipping it and going with a 5-star brand.

  • Jonathan

    What issues did you have with this food?

  • Star

    don’t like this food at all.. time to try another one

  • Jonathan

    Stewart, if price is an issue, have you tried Pro Pac? Or Diamond Naturals? Kirkland at Costcos is very good and inexpensive. How about 4health at Tractor Supply? Are you limited to grocery stores?

  • Stewart W.

    I bought a bag of dry Evolve Chicken. I’ve been trying various better foods on-sale to get corn out of my rat terrier’s diet, mainly because his breath is horrible, and I’ve found his breath is much better on these foods.

    He’s been eating it for a few days and has developed a bad case of spitting up into his mouth, like burping the food up or heartburn, since the first serving. I looked more closely at the ingredients and have concluded the dry skim milk is the problem, as when he has drunk milk in the past, he has vomited almost immediately. I haven’t noticed milk in other dog foods. I sometimes feed him a small amount of yogurt, which he tolerates, but it has not helped him digest Evolve. Anyway, a heads-up for dogs that don’t tolerate dairy!

    So far, the best food we tried was Dogswells, but it’s expensive when not on sale. A bag of Lassies contained seriously rancid canola oil. This experiment is getting expensive …

  • J

    Susan B. – Your evidence please that the canola oil and beets are GMO. Thank you.

  • Laura

    Torrie – I’m feeding Evolve to my pack (4 dogs). My 8 yr old, 115 lb Great Dane gets about 4 cups a day. She looks fairly skinny but is in great health.

    I’m feeding in 2 meals and I don’t want to give anymore dry food that 2 cups for fear of bloat.

    My Dane isn’t gaining weight but she’s not losing and is very physically fit. For the price, this food appears to be much better than other brands ingredient-wise.

  • Sammy S.

    I have seen this food at my local HEB which is a major grocery store in Texas. It is also 18.99.

  • Jonathan

    Where do you shop, Josh? I know they have this food at Harris Teeter in my town.

  • Josh

    Finally. A decent food at my grocery store. It’s priced right too. Found a decent size for 18.99. Although my dog *loved* purina one’s beyond. Given their track record I opted to switch. I know rating that line is still on the “to do” list.

  • Jonathan

    Torrie, many folks confuse a very healthy looking dog with being “skinny”. In a healthy, young to middle aged dog, seeing a bit of the last two ribs is a good thing. It means they are lean and active.

    Most dog’s body shapes should have a bellowed out chest that tucks neatly back into a tight tummy. And that is were you will see a few ribs on a perfectly healthy dog.

    If he doesn’t have any medical problems and is not hungry, then you probably have nothing to worry about.

  • Hi Torrie… Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

    In any case, if dogs are anything like us humans, excess carbs (associated with kibble-type foods) tend to favor the production of more insulin. And more insulin can induce the deposit of additional belly fat. Your vet’s advice makes good sense. I wouldn’t be as concerned about your dog being underweight as becoming overweight. The health consequences of obesity are far more dangerous.

  • torrie dixon

    im feeding this to my 115 pound male great dane. (he’s very skinny) he eats a fair amount 6 cups a day, and the vet said he is healthy, but i’m trying to put some weight on him. I recently switched to evolve, Am i doing the right thing? or would you suggest another brand of food to help put weight on. theres just so much for overwieght dogs, but not for underweight dogs.

  • Hi Susan… Ingredient splitting as well as the 47% estimated carbohydrate content only confirm what we already know. This dog food is a grain-based kibble. Though not without its shortcomings, Evolve contains mostly average to above-average ingredients and a moderate amount of meat. But when you consider the inclusion of probiotics and chelated minerals, we still consider Evolve a 4-star dog food.

  • Susan B.

    Why on earth would you give this food 4 stars when it’s grain splitting ( Brown rice, rice flour, rice bran ) and there is oatmeal to boot ?? Even according to your own article those four ingredients could far outweigh the amount of meat because we have no idea of the quantity of each ingredient. It has GMO canola oil and beets. Protein content is kinda low as well.