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08-19-2014 07:13 AM
Malachi'sMama It seems high but then again they are trying to cater to ALL dogs and any and all stages--including pregnant/nursing and puppy. It may just be that the recommended feeding amt is highly variable w this food (it mentions at the bottom of the page amts will vary depending on activity level, etc).

It doesn't hurt to contact them and ask. I would go to their FB page and ask, you may get a quicker response there!

let us know what you find!
08-19-2014 01:56 AM
_Zero_
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Originally Posted by lalachka View Post
yeah so isn't it empty calories? rice has like 300 calories per cup or something. so what if half of the calories are from rice? so then the dog gets his calories but they're useless. what's the point?
When I contacted the company about the Chicken and Rice Dinner they told me that somewhere between 85 and 88% of the material in each can is chicken. I'm perfectly happy with that ratio of chicken versus rice and my dog's stools have been similar to stools of a raw-fed dog-- very small, compact, no smell, and they become white and dissolve away within a week.

I've read the complaints on consumer websites. Like atravis said, dogs react differently to different things, and not every dog food is suitable for every dog. As for the customer service, I've never had an issue with them. I've sent them three or four emails and have received replies within 48 hours on each of them. We also once purchased a case of food that didn't seem quiet right-- my dog ate it and didn't react poorly to it but it was an odd texture and a slightly different color than normal. I called the company about it wondering if there had been a formula change or other reported issues with that batch. There hadn't been, but they shipped a new case to me free of charge anyway.

No commercial dog food is perfect. Evanger's is affordable and my dog eats it and does really well on it, so we'll be sticking with it.
08-18-2014 11:32 PM
my boy diesel theft of electricity bothers me
what else are they cutting corners on?
08-18-2014 09:24 PM
atravis
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Originally Posted by lalachka View Post
yeah so isn't it empty calories? rice has like 300 calories per cup or something. so what if half of the calories are from rice? so then the dog gets his calories but they're useless. what's the point?
In this instance, yes, they would be empty calories, though I doubt 50% of the product is rice. The average can isn't going to be that high in carbs, which are not needed to bind or hold the product together (like they are in kibbles, thus why they tend to be present in higher amounts there). I doubt there's a full cup of rice in a given can of Evangers.

Some of what's posted on that consumer complaint site does bother me. I don't care about the people who had a personal bad experience withe the product- dogs react differently to different things, and that isn't (necessarily) the company's fault.

That said, their handling of customer complaints seems a little less appealing...
08-18-2014 02:30 PM
my boy diesel i would avoid this food

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08-18-2014 02:21 AM
lalachka
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I don't think its an issue of [white] rice not being digestible (it is!), its a matter of it having very little nutritional content to the dog when digested.

Rice is a high-starch carb. And while dogs can benefit from some carbohydrates in their diet (they get the majority of their usable energy from fat), including a large amount of them is, more or less, wasteful. Its like eating a lot of empty calories.

Basically all commercial pet foods do this. Just like in the Duck can here, I'm sure a good deal of the calories are coming from the sw. potato, but I'm not overly worried about it. I doubt the amount of rice/sp. potato/etc in these cans makes up the majority of the product as it does with most kibbles, which tend to be much higher in starches and carbs on the whole.
yeah so isn't it empty calories? rice has like 300 calories per cup or something. so what if half of the calories are from rice? so then the dog gets his calories but they're useless. what's the point?
08-17-2014 11:33 PM
atravis I don't think its an issue of [white] rice not being digestible (it is!), its a matter of it having very little nutritional content to the dog when digested.

Rice is a high-starch carb. And while dogs can benefit from some carbohydrates in their diet (they get the majority of their usable energy from fat), including a large amount of them is, more or less, wasteful. Its like eating a lot of empty calories.

Basically all commercial pet foods do this. Just like in the Duck can here, I'm sure a good deal of the calories are coming from the sw. potato, but I'm not overly worried about it. I doubt the amount of rice/sp. potato/etc in these cans makes up the majority of the product as it does with most kibbles, which tend to be much higher in starches and carbs on the whole.
08-17-2014 08:11 PM
lalachka Question. Rice is high in calories for people but supposedly dogs can't digest It as in extract nutrients. So do they still get the calories from it? How does this work? I'm a retard in nutrition, pls be patient
08-17-2014 07:58 PM
atravis Interesting, thank you Zoro!
08-17-2014 02:51 PM
_Zero_ I feed Evanger's Classic Chicken and Rice Dinner. We really like it. It's tough to get up in Alaska-- we live in a remote area and the one grocery store we have really only caries brands like Ol' Roy, Alpo, and Pedigree-- so I usually make a trip to the lower 48 once a year and buy in bulk. I typically get it for $1.25 a can so it's very affordable, but the Classic Line is cheaper than the Super Premium, which you're looking at.

The labeling is correct (I checked, too!). The calorie content is high-- the Chicken and Rice Dinner is 646 Kcal/can. My dog is very active and I feed two cans a day supplemented with a couple Tbs of coconut oil. We've also fed the Super Premium Chicken Dinner which has fewer calories. They recently started adding spinach and kale (I think some time this spring) to the Super Premium line and haven't updated all of the ingredient lists on their website.

I like Evanger's a lot. Their customer service has always been responsive to me. And it's the only high-calorie, limited ingredient, chicken-based canned food I've found that's actually affordable. My dog isn't a huge eater and I would have a heck of a time feeding him more than two cans a day, so the 646 Kcal/can for us is a huge blessing.
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