We recently had the opportunity to do another product review for the company Evanger’s. As you know, Alaska takes her duty as Official Taste Tester very seriously, and I work behind the scenes to interpret her language as well as put in my honest and genuine feedback on everything. We were graciously sent 3 different treats to taste test; read on to hear our thoughts!
Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company has been a prominent leader in the pet food industry for 75 years since 1935. Family-owned and operated, they have a unique variety of dry and canned food and freeze-dried or jerky treats for both dogs and cats. In 2003, Evanger’s was the first pet food company to create a food that was packed by hand instead of machine by putting whole pieces of fresh meat and vegetables into the cans. This innovative process started another new trend in pet food called, “People Food for Pets ™.”
Grain Free Pheasant With Fruits & Vegetables: Natural Pheasant, Potato Flour, Dried Chicory Root, Gelatin, Palm Glycerin, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Fruits and Vegetables (Blueberries, Cranberries, Carrots, Peas), Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Oil of Garlic, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E).
Grain Free Venison With Fruits & Veggies: Natural Venison, Potato Flour, Dried Chicory Root, Gelatin, Palm Glycerin, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Fruits and Vegetables (Blueberries, Cranberries, Carrots, Peas), Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Oil of Garlic, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E).
Nothing but Natural Beef Tripe: beef green tripe
2 bags of treats were jerky treats that were cut up into squares. They are semi-moist and chewy in texture, and pretty thick in width for regular jerky.They are also very fragrant and the smell lingers on your fingers if you handle them. But Alaska was drooling just by the smell, and she loved the taste even more. They’re also quite big in size, so I cut them into smaller pieces with a scissor as training treats.
On a different note, what I expect from jerky-type treats are for them to be single-ingredient and free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. These treats from Evanger’s did not meet that criteria, so I was not too impressed with their ingredients. They contained flour, gelatin, palm glycerin, and “natural flavors,” additives that I would not want to be in my dog’s food or treats.
Lastly, we received a container of freeze-dried raw beef tripe. The only ingredient is beef tripe, which is a win-win in my book because I can clearly see that these treats are simply gently dried raw green tripe. Alaska has tasted green tripe before in both raw and canned form, so I instantly knew these would be a hit. Each piece was quite big, but easily breakable into smaller pieces by hand. They had a crisp snap to them, making them a crunchy treat that is easy on dogs’ teeth.
The clear plastic container carried around 15 large pieces of green tripe. The box didn’t last Alaska more than a week, so I will definitely have to stock up on these soon. They are also very fragrant (after all, it is pure green tripe – the interior lining of a cow’s stomach). But in Alaska’s opinion,the smellier the better! As I had predicted, it was love at first bite for Alaska. She gobbled up piece after piece. I should also mention that I’ve reviewed another one of Evanger’s treat from the Nothing But Natural line a few months ago, and you can read a more in-depth review here.
Overall, Evanger’s is a pet food company that we support and recommend to fellow pet parents. While I can’t speak on behalf of their food, I certainly love their treats – especially the Nothing But Evanger’s products are available on Chewy, Amazon and on many online and in-store pet food supply stores, so be sure to check them out and see for yourself why we recommend them!