Founder and championship dog owner, Fred Evanger firmly believed that a dog’s health was wholly dependent on a wholesome and natural diet. He even built a canning factory at his kennel to ensure that his dog’s food was made from quality ingredients and free of harmful preservatives.
Since its start in 1935, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food has grown into a national dog food company as more pet owners are looking for quality ingredients. Evanger’s only uses high-quality inspected meats and avoids ingredients like soy, corn, wheat, artificial ingredients, or by-products that lack the essential nutrients dog’s need.
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Evanger’s offers dog parents plenty of different meal choices, including specialty, organic, and grain-free dog food options:
Evanger’s Nothing But Natural line pairs a variety of game meats with fruits and vegetables to provide a nutritious treat that dogs are sure to love. Each treat is freeze-dried with no additives or preservatives. Currently, there is free shipping on the jerky treats.
Even though Evanger’s primarily sells wet dog food, all of Evanger’s dry dog food is manufactured in the United States and use Alltech Advantage to ensure the ingredients are providing functional health benefits.
A unique feature that Evanger’s offers pet parents is a weekly “Q and A” session. Owners can submit a health or nutrition question with the hashtag #GetPetHealthy and one of Evanger’s on-staff nutritionists will answer.
Recently, dog owners have asked the pet food company about how to help their dogs lose a few pounds, what they can do about allergies, and how they can implement a healthy diet into their pets’ lives to improve their overall health.
The hand-packed edition of Evanger’s canned dog food is unique among pet food manufacturers, as a person fills each can, instead of a machine. This process benefits pet owners as they can see the ingredients that are in their pet's meal. Ingredients are hand-selected and placed in the can with no additives or preservatives. The ingredients are then cooked inside the can to lock in the natural flavor and nutrients.
Evanger’s dog food is available in more than 5,000 locations; however, some customers may have to travel to specialty pet stores to purchase the Evanger’s brand which may be inconvenient.
However, many online pet store companies sell Evanger’s pet foods on their sites and pet owners can order the product through those websites.
After a consumer reported that her dogs became ill after eating Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Au Jus canned pet food, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated the company’s Illinois manufacturing plant. According to reports and additional tests, the FDA confirmed that it found harmful additives, including pentobarbital — commonly used to euthanize animals — of varying concentrations in several dog food cans.
Evanger’s recalled five lots of the Hunk of Beef Au Jus, even though the pentobarbital was only found in one. The company even carried out a voluntary recall of the Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products in case of potential contamination. This was the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of business.
Recently, Evanger’s published a recall update to ensure consumers that the company was cooperating with the FDA to improve food safety standards and its quality control process.