EverMore Dog Food Review

EverMore is a gently cooked dog food that was founded in 2009 by two extremely passionate dog advocates and pet parents – Hanna and Alison. EverMore Dog Food was created with the idea of sourcing the best ingredients to create whole fresh food recipes for dogs. All their recipes are cooked in a small family-owned and operated USDA kitchen before being delivered to your door for your pup to enjoy.

 EverMore dog food offers four different gently cooked diets for dogs, two of these recipes are grain-free and two are grain-inclusive. All recipes contain one source of meat and eggs. The Evermore dog food recipes that are grain-free are very low in carbohydrates, high in fat, and high in protein (less than 10% carbs, greater than 50% fat, and greater than 30% protein on a caloric basis). The EverMore grain-inclusive dog food recipes are low in carbohydrates (but slightly higher than the grain-free), high in fat, and high in protein (less than 20% carbs, greater than 44% fat, and greater than 30% protein).

Due to the higher protein and fat content of these meals, EverMore is ideal for dogs who are high energy, and active. EverMore’s recipes may also be a great choice for dogs who are picky, or those that need to be encouraged to eat – like senior dogs, or those undergoing chemotherapy.

OVERVIEW:

Who formulated the EverMore diets? Did you work with a particular consulting group, or a particular individual to formulate your recipes – if so could you provide the name of the person/group that did.

The initial recipes that eventually went on to become Evermore were formulated in 2006, in consultation with Cold River Veterinary Center in Vermont. It’s a long story as to how what initially started as a cancer diet for dogs in TriBeCa post-9/11 went on to become the roots of Evermore, which you can find here. Over the years, we have consulted with several highly respected experts in the animal nutrition field.

Do you have anyone on staff with an animal nutrition, food science, animal science, or veterinary background? If so, what is their education level and experience in the field? 

We are a small, self-funded company with 3 full-time employees. Our consultant on retainer is Meg (Marion) Smart DVM PhD Professor Emeritus of Clinical Nutrition University of Saskatchewan. 

Where do you source your ingredients from? What do you require from suppliers as far as paperwork so ensure ingredient consistency? What testing do you do on ingredients coming into the facility? In particular do you test for: pathogens (salmonella, listeria, e.coli, campylobacter), mycotoxins, and heavy metals? If you do not do testing yourselves what type of certificates of analysis or third-party testing do you require on ingredients coming into the facility?

When it comes to sourcing our ingredients, we go straight to the source, no middlemen. This includes importing lamb from New Zealand specifically to order. The only exception is our fresh produce vendor, who is an organic-only produce distributor. Even in this case, we always know which farms our produce comes from. We NEVER source from China.

USA: Grass-Fed Beef (CA), BF GMO-free Chicken (CA), ABF GMO-free Turkey (CA), Pasture-Raised Eggs (CA), Org. Sweet Potatoes (CA), Org. Butternut Squash (OR), Org. Carrots (CA), Org. Apples (OR or WA), Org. Kale (CA), Org. Dandelion Greens (CA), Wild Blueberries (ME), Org. Cranberries (MN), Org. Parsley (CA), Org. Oats (northwest/central US), Org. Barley (northwest/central US), MSC-certified Wild Red Pollock oil (AK), Org. Pumpkin Seeds (OR), Org. Alfalfa Leaf (NV), GMO-free High Linoleic Safflower Oil (CA), Eggshell Calcium (US), Zinc Gluconate (US), Copper Amino Acid Chelate (US)

New Zealand: Grass-Fed Lamb

Canada: Org. Kelp; specifically Bladderwrack

We require specs and/or Letters of Guarantee for meat and specs and Certificates of Analyses (COA’s) for all other ingredients, which ensure products are in spec, both from composition and food safety perspectives. They contain results for pathogens, yeast/mold (e.g., mycotoxins, aflatoxins), and heavy metals. We also require Country of Origin (COO) statements in the rare instances when the US supply chain is compromised for a particular crop. We update these after each new order. Our meat does not leave the slaughterhouse without being tested.

We source only meats from humanely raised animals. Our California beef is 100% grass-fed. Our primary supplier is a member of the American Grass-fed Association (AGA), and our backup supplier is a family-owned and runs a network of ranches that are fully committed to raising free-range, pastured cattle, and their slaughter facility is Temple Grandin-designed. Our lamb is GAP 4, 100% grass-fed from New Zealand (where there is only grass-fed lamb), and the husbandry standards there are more stringent than in the US. Our chicken and turkey, both California-raised, are GAP 3 and are fed a GMO-free diet. Our eggs are pasture-raised.

Where do you source your vitamin/mineral supplements? Do you require a certificate of analysis from suppliers of vitamin supplements?

 Please see above. Supplements are from the US, all human-grade, and we require COAs for each of the three minerals (eggshell calcium, zinc, and copper), as well as a COA for the completed premixes.

Where are the EverMore recipes manufactured? Do you own your own manufacturing facilities? Are any other pet foods or human foods manufactured at the same facility, if so which ones? How is the equipment cleaned between batches? If you use a co-packing facility or a facility that also manufactures other food items how do they prevent cross-contamination between batches?

We work with a USDA-inspected, family-owned and run copack facility in California. We are the only pet food manufacturer there. There are other human foods made in the facility. We are the only food produced on the production floor during the days that our food is being made, and all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between batches and every day, according to the HAACP plan and USDA food safety protocols.

What post-manufacturing testing is performed on the EverMore products? Do you test for: pathogens, mycotoxins, metal fragments, guaranteed analysis, thyroid hormone, the full nutrient profile of amino acids, and essential fatty acids? Do your products undergo a “test and hold” procedure where the food is held for several days to wait for all quality control testing to come back prior to shipping it out to the customer?

We test every recipe from each day we produce, and nothing leaves the kitchen until results have come back as expected. Our standard battery includes proximate/guaranteed analysis, expanded mineral panel (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium, sulfur), and a food screen (E. coli, salmonella, listeria, staph, mold, yeast, total coliforms, aerobic plate count). We also do regular spot checks of various other minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and pH.

We do not buy or use whole animals or cuts of the animal where thyroid hormones are a concern.

Is the food you produce considered “human edible” by AAFCO standards or “human grade”?

Yes, all of our ingredients and supplements are human edible, and all food is made in a USDA kitchen. 

Have the EverMore recipes undergone AAFCO feeding trials? If not, do you have plans to do so? 

No, only if we can arrange in-home feeding trials, 

Have you done digestibility trials on your diets, if so could I have the digestibility data?

Please see above answer

Has your company ever had a recall? If so, what have you done to prevent this from ever happening again?

No

RECIPES:

Chicken Recipe

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken hearts, eggs, organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, chicken livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, organic oats, organic barley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate, copper amino acid chelate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Chicken Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12.3%
  • Fat: 5.8%
  • Fiber: 0.6%
  • Moisture: 74.1%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 47.4%
  • Fat: 22.4%
  • Carbs: 22%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 38%
  • Fat: 44%
  • Carbs: 18%

Beef Recipe

Ingredients: Beef, beef hearts, eggs, organic sweet potatoes, organic carrots, beef livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, organic oats, organic barley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Beef Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for both only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12.5%
  • Fat: 8.7%
  • Fiber: 0.7%
  • Moisture: 69.9%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 30.1%
  • Fat: 41.4%
  • Carbs: 28.9%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 52%
  • Carbs: 17%

Lamb Recipe

Ingredients: Lamb shoulder, lamb hearts, eggs, organic pumpkin, organic carrots, lamb livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, blueberries, organic parsley, fish oil, organic dried kelp, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Lamb Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 12%
  • Fat: 10%
  • Fiber: 0.7%
  • Moisture: 72.5%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 43.8%
  • Fat: 36.3%
  • Carbs: 12.7%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 30%
  • Fat: 61%
  • Carbs: 9%

Turkey Recipe

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey hearts, eggs, organic butternut squash, organic carrots, turkey livers, organic kale, organic apples, organic dandelion greens, organic cranberries, organic parsley, fish oil, organic pumpkin seeds, organic alfalfa, safflower oil, organic dried kelp, eggshell calcium, zinc gluconate, copper amino acid chelate.

AAFCO Statement: Evermore’s Turkey Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Balanced for only adults.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 13.5%
  • Fat: 6.5%
  • Fiber: 0.6%
  • Moisture: 74.9%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 53.8%
  • Fat: 25.7%
  • Carbs: 12.1%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 42%
  • Fat: 49%
  • Carbs: 9%

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQ )

Where to buy EverMore fresh Dog Food?

You can find EverMore Dog Food in select quality dog food stores and animal hospitals within the USA. However, if a location is not near you you can view EverMore’s full menu and set up a doggie meal plan on their website, and have any of the EverMore recipes sent directly to your door.

How do you store and feed EverMore?

EverMore is a fresh, frozen dog food – this means that all food will need to be defrosted prior to feeding, and stored in the same way you would store your own food! When you have EverMore shipped to your door it will arrive on dry ice, and you will need to thaw 3-5 days worth of food in your fridge, and the rest will need to be stored in your freezer.

Over time you will get used to moving food from your freezer to the fridge to thaw, prior to feeding your best friend. However, if you do need to quickly thaw a recipe because you forgot, there are two ways you can do so that are safe and ensure the nutritional integrity of the food.

The first way is to simply place the food (within the packaging) into a cool water bath and slowly bring it to room temperature, rotating the water. The second is to remove the food from its original packaging and place it in a microwave-safe container and use the defrost setting on your microwave.

It is important to note that you should not heat up EverMore Dog Food on your stove-top. Further cooking the food may cause nutrient losses to heat-sensitive vitamins (like vitamin E).

Is EverMore cooked Food Balanced for Puppies?

EverMore recipes are complete and balanced for adult dogs, however, they can be modified for puppies per the company website.

EverMore vs. Kibble – how does it compare?

When we compare EverMore dog food vs Kibbled products there are several key differences – but they mainly come down to two areas: cooking method and preservation. Kibbled pet foods have to be cooked at either high temperatures for short amounts of time, or low temperatures for long amounts of time – this cooking process both dehydrates the food completely and kills pathogens.

If we compare that to a lightly cooked dog food like EverMore which cooks just enough to kill any pathogens but not enough to dehydrate completely – this means a shorter and less intensive cooking process, allowing foods to be more bioavailable and preserve the nutritional value of their fresh food ingredients.

The second difference comes down to the preservation method. Kibbled pet foods have to use some time of preservatives in order to keep their diets shelf-stable at room temperature – usually, this involves using some type of chemical or antioxidant to do so (BHA, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract). Gently cooked diets like EverMore use freezing as their preservation method instead of using preservatives. 

Is EverMore a Raw Dog Food?

No, EverMore is a lightly cooked dog food. Lightly cooked foods can be a great choice for dogs who would like to obtain all the benefits of fresh food – such as increased digestibility and a more robust and diverse microbiome – without the risk of pathogens. Freshly cooked dog food can also be an excellent choice for older or immunocompromised dogs who need more support nutritionally.

Can EverMore be Used as a Topper?

Yes, EverMore offers a flexible Meal Plan so that dog moms can order food as a sole diet, or as just a meal topper. Using EverMore as a topper can be a great option for dogs who are picky eaters or dogs who need to gain weight. You can also supplement your dog’s kibble with EverMore according to your own budget and lifestyle to provide some of the benefits of fresh food, without the hassle of cooking it yourself.

How much does EverMore Dog Food Cost?

The cost of feeding EverMore dog food is highly dependant on the size of your dog and their activity level. However, if we calculate the price of feeding EverMore to the average 50 lb dog, who eats 1000 calories per day – it would be about $659.18 per month or about $21.97 per day. This may be more or less expensive than what you are currently feeding. But if you would like a quote of how much it would cost to feed your pup, reach out to their customer service for more information.

Are EverMore Recipes Good for Dogs with Allergies?

Though both food allergies and environmental allergies have similar clinical signs in dogs, such as yeast infections, bacterial infections, generalized itching, and skin irritation, the dietary management of the conditions is a bit different. For dogs with environmental allergies, our goal is to provide the skin with all the building blocks it needs in order to rebuild and strengthen the skin, and also provide the right fats to help decrease inflammation. And though all of the EverMore recipes are high in protein and fat, and contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil, the EverMore Beef Recipe and EverMore Lamb Recipe have the lowest omega 6 to 3 ratio – making them the most anti-inflammatory, and probably the best choice for dogs with seasonal allergies.

For dogs with food allergies, nutritional management is both more simple and more complicated if a dog has multiple foods they are allergic to. As all of the EverMore recipes contain a main protein source along with eggs – dogs who have allergies to eggs may not be able to eat the EverMore recipes. EverMore recipes also use a combination of whole, fresh food ingredients instead of vitamin supplements to create their complete and balanced diets – this can be difficult for some dogs with multiple food allergies if they have a long list of foods they need to avoid.

Are EverMore Meals Good for Dogs with Loose Stools or Diarrhea?

Typically when we consider diets for dogs with sensitive stomachs we look for meals that are lower in fat and highly digestible. However, for some dogs, they may do best on a higher fiber diet, or on a novel protein diet if they have food allergies/intolerances. As the EverMore recipes are high, and we do not have digestibility data at this time they may not be a good choice for dogs that need a low-fat diet, or that are sensitive to fat. The recipes are also composed of multiple protein sources and are not particularly high in fiber. It is always a good idea to speak to your vet about your dog’s particular needs prior to choosing a dog food.

About the Author: Nikki is a Registered Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) and Dog Mom with over a decade of experience with dogs and cats. Since graduation from college (BS Biology, AS Animal Health -2013) she has adopted two mixed breed dogs – Ranger and Ash, and has focused her time learning about pet food and nutrition.

Nikki shares information on a range of dog nutrition topics: from how to create a homemade complete and balanced dog food recipes, to how to choose a dog food. Nikki strives to give dog parents the information they need in order to make the best nutrition decisions for their pup!

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