A few of months ago EVO came out with a new flavor for its dry dog food - Red Meat - made with… Red Meat, including venison which my dog LOVES!
The price is higher than their chicken variety dry dog food, but just look at the EVO Red Meat ingredients:
Beef, Lamb Meal, Potatoes, Egg, Sunflower Oil, Buffalo, Lamb, Venison, Beef Cartilage, Herring Oil, Natural Flavors, Apples, Carrots, Tomatoes, Alfalfa Sprouts, Garlic, Cottage Cheese, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins/Minerals, Ascorbic Acid, Dried Chicory Root, Direct-Fed Microbials, Vitamin E Supplement, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract.
This is some good stuff!
Yes, it’s true…. Chance eats like a prince. But, why not? He deserves it.
Feeding Chance a high quality dog food is healthier for him, which means a longer happier life and lower vet bills. Plus, when a dog eats a food without all of those added fillers he eats less and has less bowel movements as he uses more of the nutrition that he takes in. This translates into less yard pick up (I think we can all agree that is a nice treat for us!) and purchasing less food.
To compare a 51 pound dog would eat approximately 2.2 cups of EVO Red Meat Large Bites Dog Food as compared to eating approximately 2.75 cups of Purina Dog Chow. This translates into roughly ½ a cup or so less per day. Over the course of a 30 day month, that is 15 cups less of dog food fed.
I mention the amount of dog food fed above because there is a significant price difference between the two brands of dog food. EVO has MUCH better ingredients -
Purina Dog Chow Ingredients (for comparison only - this is NOT the ingredients for the food in the review):
Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest, calcium carbonate, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6), DL-Methionine, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
We can see that the Purina Dog Chows top ingredient is corn, which is often an allergen for dogs.
It’s second ingredient is poultry by-product meal. The AAFCO definition of poultry by-product meal is: Consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.
Mmmm… Mmmm… good!
I wonder if they have a human recipe for that tasty deliciousness!
Even with the difference between our beloved dog eating a plate of beef, lamb, potatoes and other high quality ingredients verses eating a plate of corn (which could include the husks and cob - extra fiber, of course!), chicken feet, intestines, undeveloped eggs and other goodness many pet owners must consider their budgets. The fact that your dog will eat about 15 cups less of food with the higher quality kibble takes a bit of sting out of the price.. Not all of the sting, but… well, look at the ingredients!
Chance also really loves the taste of EVO Red Meat. He is an unusually picky eater for a dog and gives EVO 2 PAWS WAYYYY UP!
It is also a brand that I trust.
I order my pet food from petfooddirect.com, where a 28.6 pound bag of EVO is $55.99. The bag is made to ensure that the food stays as fresh as possible.
If you do opt to order through petfooddirect.com do sign up for the opportunity to win a years supply of pet food. Along with the contest entry they will send you an email once a week with a % off code that is generally worth anywhere from 13% to 22% off of your entire order! Since they ship from Pennsylvania and I live on the east coast the percentage off almost always covers the cost of shipping plus a bit more.