Evo Dog Food Reviews (Part1)

Evo Dog Food Reviews (Part1)

The EVO Dog Food product line includes seven dry dog foods, four claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and three for adult maintenance.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
EVO Herring and Salmon Formula
EVO Weight Management Formula
EVO Red Meat Formula Small Bites
EVO Red Meat Formula Large Bites
EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Small Bites
EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Large Bites
EVO Turkey and Chicken Meal Senior Formula
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
0
100
47
Fat
0
100
24
Carbs
0
100
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 when present indicate controversial ingredients
Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 42% 22% NA
Dry Matter Basis 47% 24% 21%
Calorie Weighted Basis 37% 47% 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 are 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 is 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 four 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, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
In addition, 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 also 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.
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