Evo Red Meat Formula Large Bites Dog Food

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  • Evo Red Meat Formula Large Bites Dog Food
  • Published on: July 7, 2015
  • Last modified: July 8, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is loaded with meat protein sources that are reflected in the relatively high protein levels. Meat protein provides the needed essential amino acids a dog needs. In this case, the higher protein offerings fill in the nutritional composition and cuts down on the carbs levels. For some dogs, this is helpful for weight control and other health benefits. The meat sources include Salmon meal, which is good for healthy Omega-3 fatty acid too. There are a few vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients to help provide a variety of other nutrition. For the added minerals, they are “Proteinate” to help the body absorb them with relative ease. On the label, there is extensive nutritional information disclosed including essential amino acid content, carbs, amongst other values, which is very helpful. Overall, this dog food this high protein low carb formula is excellent.


  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • Very high in protein
  • Relatively higher in calcium
  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for easier absorption by the body
  • Discloses extensive nutritional information
  • Cons

  • Contains added Tapioca starch
  • This review applies to:

    • Red Meat Formula Large Bites Dog Food
    • Red Meat Formula Small Bites Dog Food

    Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    42% (min) 22% (min) 2.5% (max) 10% (max) 15% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 509 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 16,100 IU/kg
    Vitamin E 250 IU/kg
    Magnesium 0.12%
    Calcium 2.17%
    Phosphorus 1.41%
    Selenium 0.99 mg/kg
    Zinc 273 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.21%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1.2%
    Omega-3-acid 0.4%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.1%

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Beef
    2. Pork Meal
    3. Salmon Meal
    4. Tapioca Starch
    5. Peas

    Turkey and chicken  are an excellent start; both are great sources of protein. Please note, each contain about 70% or more water when accounted for the order on the ingredients rank list.  

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat.  Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Whole grain barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice.  It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Tapioca or Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. It is good for energy, but of course too much carbs will go towards storage as fat. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Beef,Pork Meal,Salmon Meal,Tapioca Starch,Peas,Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E),Beef Fat,Bison,Lamb,Venison,Natural Flavors,Menhaden Oil,Apples,Eggs,Carrots,Potassium Chloride,Pumpkin,Tomatoes,Cottage Cheese,Alfalfa Sprouts,Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate),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),Rosemary Extract

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Natura Pet Products (Owned by Mars Inc)
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent company  from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/14/2013 Iams Salmonella
    8/14/2013 Eukanuba Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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