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Old March 10th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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Whats your opinion on Innova Evo dog food

I was just wondering what you thought about the Innova Evo dog food. This food is 42 percent protein and 22 percent fat with no grains. I read on another forum that dogs on this diet can become chronically ill. Is that true and why would it be. Sounds like an excellent food to me. I am wondering about feeding it to an older less active Shih Ttzu. I'd like your feedback if you know anything about it. Thanks

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Old March 10th, 2006, 03:48 PM
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Well I have recently switched from Wellness to Innova Evo and the dogs absolutly love it, even the picky one! It has only been a recent switch but I haven't seen anything negative, just positive.

I think there was another thread a while ago stating that people thought it could be the cause of kidney problems but that hasn't been proven.

I like Innova Evo because it is like a raw diet in kibble form. There is another person on this forum that swears by this food also!
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Old March 10th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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Search this site for Evo and you'll see what we think. A few of us don't like it at all.
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Old March 10th, 2006, 07:40 PM
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i just bought a small bag to use as kong-stuffers, and both my dogs went crazy for it. even my raw-fed puppy who won't go near kibble with a 10-foot pole ate a handful - i was impressed, LOL! however i would hesitate to feed it as a single diet item... seems un-natural in a way. raw is raw, and kibble is kibble, there is not a single thing common in the two. raw diets average 15% protein BTW, not 42%

anyways, i'll gladly use as treats and diet supplement though. my boy does great on Go! Natural and i don't want to upset the apple cart, he has SUCH a sensitive tummy. oh well!
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I am feeding it to my 3 dogs , 2 are 8 years old and 1 is 3 years olds, when I transitioned them on to it it went a lot easier than some other foods I tried in the past.

I know that this is a debated subject here , I have read posts here that claims that dogs because very ill as a result but have never seen links to such claims, as I am interested in whether the illnesses are any different than reaction than dogs may have to other foods or if related to kidneys, I would want to know if the person had bloodwork done prior to starting EVO and knew their dogs did not have existing kidney disease. I want to see facts not rumours, I have done some searching on the internet myself and have not found anything horribly negative other than the normal food intolerances. No matter what food is available there is going to be certain dogs that will not tolerate it and some will have serious side effects because of intolerance or allergy, I have a dog who has a violent reaction to foods that contain corn, but I am not going to go around telling everyine that these foods are evil just because my one dog had a reaction to corn, I know there are many dogs that do quite well on corn. I know of some dogs that are allergic to rice but do well on corn.

If you contact Innova they will tell you that it is not recommended for dogs with kidney disease or large breed puppies whose bones are still growing, So my suggestion is first to contact Natura Pets and see if they recommend EVO for small breed senior dogs

A racing greyhound is typically fed a 35% protien diet, a race is only about 30 seconds long and they can only be race every 3 days at most and are crate rested in between , with a 1/2 hour to an hour of outdoor time in a pen for potty breaks and while their kennels are being clean , as a house pet they could actually be expending more energy and getting more exercise if they have access to a yard to run and play daily

At this website you can view these racing greys, pictures were taken just after they arrived from the track, most have raced 3 or 4 years by clicking on a picture of their head shot you will see a full body view, the only one that seems to have a physcial ailment is Valerie, but it appears she has a jaw deformity or maybe an abscessed toothhttp://gracanada.com/available%20greyhounds.htm The

The first picture is Arrow who is almost 8 years old and has raced 6 years, so has had 6 years of a high protein high fat diet and is a glowing picture of health

and this 7 year old looks more like he is a juvenile adult than a senior
http://gracanada.com/Images/gra_nov14/Devil.jpg

Kidney disease is rare in racing greyhounds so it kind of conflicts with what others say about feeding high protein diets, maybe because of the main source of protien is meat, not grains.

I adopted one greyhound who had live in a previous home for 3 years who had bladder stones(struvite), she had been forced to live in a garage so one could assume that her diet was not a premium food. but one made up of mostly grains, At the time I decided to do some research and found a university study where dogs who had reoccuring struvite where tried on different types of protien diets one group was fed a diet of mostly grain protiens and another feed a diet in mostly meat protien the group that was fed the grain protien had higher incidences of redeveloping struvite crystals, as a result I did not feed a lower protein as was recommended but went with one food with 27% and contained mostly meat she never had another re-occurance.

My dogs get bloodwork done annually, so when 2 get it done later this month, I am going to be asking specifically about their creatinine and bun values/ ratios and see how they compare to previous tests. I am suspecting to see a slight rise but nothing outside the norms, If they are then I will switch them to another grain free diet but with lower protein and fat levels
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Old March 10th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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My dogs get bloodwork done annually, so when 2 get it done later this month, I am going to be asking specifically about their creatinine and bun values/ ratios and see how they compare to previous tests. I am suspecting to see a slight rise but nothing outside the norms, If they are then I will switch them to another grain free diet but with lower protein and fat levels
Could you let me know how the tests turn out if you dont mind? Im feeding Innova Evo and my dogs love it! One of my dogs came to me with many urinary problems and we got her taken care of and have had no reoccurance!

Im going to stick with Evo as I haven't heard anything concrete yet but am really curious about how your dogs test turn out

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Old March 10th, 2006, 10:29 PM
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raw diets average 15% protein BTW, not 42%
Thank you for that! No meat in the world is 42% protein by weight. We already know that not enough protein isn't good for dogs, but what about too much? I'll wait for this generation of dogs' results to come in. And maybe the next before I decide. There is a reason that the biggest testers and profit-seekers (i.e. Iams and Purina) don't have a 42% protein dog food out there.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 02:51 AM
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Could you let me know how the tests turn out if you dont mind? Im feeding Innova Evo and my dogs love it! One of my dogs came to me with many urinary problems and we got her taken care of and have had no reoccurance!

Im going to stick with Evo as I haven't heard anything concrete yet but am really curious about how your dogs test turn out

Thanks!
Sarah
Will do

I found a couple good articles regarding protein and dogs, very informative and I would not be surprised to see over the next few years an increase in protein in dog diets particularily in senior dog diets

http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/protein.html

This was presented at the 1998 Purina Nutrition Forum
http://www.geocities.com/jjfleisher/...protein_RD.pdf



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Old March 11th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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I feed my dog First Mate "Maintenance" which is for high energy
breeds...which contains 26 % protein and 15% fat and 4300 cal/kg
of food energy. She does extremely well on this diet, and can
easily maintain her energy level.
She is a super active little dog...runs faster than most
dogs I have ever seen.
I dont know how a 42% protein diet could be harmful...
perhaps consider that many professional athletes consume
a diet of about 40% protein and 15-20% fat.
This results in easy growth of muscle tissue and maintenance
of body energy for extended durations of use.
High levels of protein are also know to be essential
for neuronal and connector tissue development in the
brain.
I would worry much much more about robbing your dog (or yourself)
of protein, than of feeding too much.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 03:16 PM
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I found a couple good articles regarding protein and dogs, very informative and I would not be surprised to see over the next few years an increase in protein in dog diets particularily in senior dog diets

http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/protein.html

This was presented at the 1998 Purina Nutrition Forum
http://www.geocities.com/jjfleisher/...protein_RD.pdf
What you mentioned earlier about the greys' diets was that they were 35%. Not 42%. And the first link you posted talks about diets around 30%, not 42%. The second article doesn't have any percentages at all, just high or low protein, so we can't know how much protein the guy is talking about (unless I missed it). Being that he's talking with Purina's permission, "high" is probably around 30%. If Evo and the other protein diets were 35%, I don't know that I would have as much difficulty with them. Dogs have been eating diets around 28% for some time now without any ill effects. Purina's studies, that I have read, all say the ideal is around 23%, which is kind of low too. When we buy a piece of meat, it is neither 23% nor 42%. Why can't the kibble be the right balance in between?
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Old March 12th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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I wish these articles would actually state what the new recommmended recommended range of protein is

But I did find something form this article http://www.peteducation.com/article....&articleid=702
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Can I feed too much protein?

The answer to this is yes and no. In theory, if a healthy animal eats too much protein, some gets excreted in the urine and the rest just gets used as calories or is converted to fat and does not cause any harm. If you dog has a kidney problem, however, high protein diets are not recommended. The other factor is that next to marketing, protein is the most expensive ingredient in the food and why pay for more than you need. Most pet food companies strike a happy medium and meet the minimum recommended requirements and add a little extra to be safe.
My moms shih tzu developed kidney disease on 21% protein, which is why I disagreed strongly about protein being the cause, the dog is on the Science Diet prescription and is getting progressively worse. So now as I am reading I am seeing that restricting protien so much is bad as well

http://b-naturals.com/May2004.php
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/iamssym1.html

Even the large breed puppy protein restriction is out the window

http://b-naturals.com/Jan2004.php
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Old March 12th, 2006, 11:22 AM
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My moms shih tzu developed kidney disease on 21% protein, which is why I disagreed strongly about protein being the cause, the dog is on the Science Diet prescription and is getting progressively worse. So now as I am reading I am seeing that restricting protien so much is bad as well
Every dog is different though. It could be that 21% was too high for your mom's dog. Maybe the doggy started out with poor or weaker kidneys and could not handle that much protein. From the articles you posted, your mom's doggy probably could have benefitted from an omega 3 supplement her whole life... Maybe... Who knows, eh?

From your quote- the additional protein is excreted in the urine. That means the kidneys have to process it. If the dog is constantly getting too much protein, that would mean the kidneys are working harder than if the dog wasn't getting too much. Right? So it makes total sense then that the kidneys would be affected.


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The last link says that they "found no detrimental effects from protein levels up to 32 percent of the diet." It seems 32% is the magic number for that article.

From the other b-naturals link, this could be helpful to somebody:
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I didn't find anything in the canismajor link that pertained to a high protein diet though. Only that a low protein diet led to malnutrition in patients with kidney failure. From one of the links, it's clear that low means below 15%.
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just wanted to interject something here regarding protein %'s... you have to factor in bioavailability in the equation. meaning, a raw diet of 16% protein is 100% digestible, while a kibble diet of 16% protein is NOT entirely digestible - some of that protein is grain-based and everything is cooked, therefore the molecular makeup has been modified, changing the bioavailability of the product. I don't know the exact numbers but for sure, the protein levels in kibble & cooked diets is not 100% bioavailable (look at the stool volume) to the dog, therefore those numbers printed on the bag do not reflect reality in the digestive system.

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It's "crude" protein, when it's not digestible. Like a clump of hair is 100% crude protein but 0% is digestible.

Corn has protein (even more in corn meal) but none of it is digestible, so it just boosts the numbers. But IMO 15% protein from a raw diet is still less than what 42% breaks down to (i.e. 42% is just not natural, IMO).
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yes prin i agree. what is difficult in analysing kibble protein levels is, exactly, how much of this protein is actually available to the dog (or cat). no two products are the same, as no two products use the exact ingredients or quantity/quality of ingredients. so it's a challenge, as the #'s don't actually mean much when you break it all down (your example of a clump of hair (or feather!) illustrates this quite well).
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Here's why I dislike EVO:

They have NO right to call that food a raw substitute!! It is no more "raw" than Kibbles N' Bits. It is fully cooked- what's "raw" about it! (It's a big marketing gimmick)

They don't use grains... that doesn't mean they don't use starch/ carbs! Potatoes are very starchy and have an extremely high glycemic index. No true raw diet would ever include potato.
One of the major parts of feeding a home-made raw diet is to eliminate unnatural starchy foods from the diet- like potatoes.

Potatoes contain solanine,
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a toxic substance that is not entirely removed by cooking.
I wouldn't want my dog to eat something that is even slightly potentially toxic day in and day out for every meal.

EVO has an extremely high ash content, which may be a factor in urinary tract disease, lowers the digestibility of the food,and raises the phosphorus content which is a contributing factor in kidney disease.

This is what well respected canine nutrition expert Mary Strauss has to say about my comments regarding Evo:

"I do agree with this, (my comments on ash) and your points about white potatoes may also be valid. I will admit to some concern over reports from people who have fed EVO for some time, whose dogs do not do that well with it (many drink a lot more water with this food than other kibbles, for unknown reasons, and reports of poor coats after a few months on this food also seem common)."

I am also not a fan of Solid Gold's Barking at the moon, Timberwolf Organics Wild n' Natural (most of their formulas are great, though), and Nature's Variety's Raw instinct (same issues but with Tapioca).
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ooo no potatoes in a raw diet... I guess raw means nothing is cooked but it hadn't occurred to me that you wouldn't be able to feed cooked potatoes... Boo would be so upset. He loves potatoes (he stole 6 off a barbeque once and left the meat).
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Actually, cooked is the ONLY way white potatoes can be served. They can make the dog really sick if fed raw because cooking removes some of the toxins in them.
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Maybe that's why tato salad eaters always get sick.
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I have fed EVO to one of my dogs for over a year and I am very happy with the results. I will only feed Natura products.
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You will find a lot of good useful information here if you are researching commercial dog foods:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/
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There are various views and diet stragedies amongst those the feed raw some will add rice , oatmeal, barley, sweet potato etc to there dogs diets


This study will prove most interesting, an experiment was done feeding dogs who already have reduced renal function, various amounts of protein over a period of time some groups as much as 4 years, Some of the study groups was being fed 44% protein some 14% others as low as 7%
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One group was fed a low protein diet, and the other
group received a high protein diet for the subsequent four years.12
Results of this study indicated that there were no adverse effects
from the high protein diet (Table 1), and mortality was actually
higher in the low protein group. A similar study was conducted in
another laboratory and likewise no adverse effect from high protein
diets was detected.13 In the latter study, however, increased mortality
in dogs receiving the low protein diet did not occur.
Check table one on page 4 http://www.purina.ca/images/articles...alFunction.pdf
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Maybe that's why tato salad eaters always get sick.

Like any food dogs with have different reactions, If I feed Nikki my eskie boiled potato pieces, she will heave them up an hour or 2 later but if I feed her mashed potatoes she is fine, The other dogs can eat the potato piecees and have not problem with them
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Heh heh.. I meant people.. I've never been to any party with tato salad where the people who ate it didn't get food poisoning...

I haven't read that whole article (it's hard to follow because the articles skip around from page to page), but did you notice the fine print under the table? In those studies, the dogs had renal failure because they had portions of their kidneys removed.
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But IMO 15% protein from a raw diet is still less than what 42% breaks down to (i.e. 42% is just not natural, IMO).
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I have a feeling there is a total misunderstanding on how protein percent is calculated , it is measured as a percent of calories per cup or unit if you were feeding the dog a chicken carcass, the only measurable caloric content is protein and fat and a bit of fiber due to the bones, so the only measurable calories will come from protein, fat and fiber which will make the protein percent very high, too high as a food to feed every day, but if you add rice to the dogs dinner the calories will now include carbs which will lower the protien and fat percentages.

Here is some human recipes and give breakdowns, so you can see what I mean, these meals have 30 to 50% protein as is per serving http://mardiweb.com/lowfat/beef.htm

If you have a serving of one one these meals and added a bread roll and a bowl of salad, the protein grams stays basically the same but the percentage is lower because the total calories of the entire meal has changed.



if you feed you dog a kibble that has 23% protein but also gave you dog a slice bread and 2 cookies every day, you have altered his caloric intake and as well lowered his protein percent to possibly lower than 18% depending on the amount of kibble fed meanwhile the carbs and possibly fat has increased. The percent method only works if you never give your dogs extras. If you feed too many extras and not enough kibble, you could in effect have a malnourished dog who is deficient in protein and fat unless you were sitting down and recalculating the added calories and converting the added grams to see if you are maintaining the right protein/ fat percentages, and adding meat if the protein falls too low. Personally I don't think any owner want to be doing math every time they give their dogs treats to see if their dog is still at a healthy protein/fat level.



Proteins are the building blocks of nutrition and very essential in a dogs diet so as dog owners we would be far better off it there were guidelines telling us how many grams of protien & fat a dog needs daily based on their size and activity level to be healthy, as long as the dog got the necessary grams of each adding treats would not be a big deal other than if the dog was gaining too much weight.
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Actually, it's the other way around. With kibble, they measure protein by weight and not by caloric content. So 23% protein is out of 100g of food, 23 grams is protein (prior to cooking). It looks a helluva lot better that way, because counting the calories involves real protein and not crude protein. It doesn't count as calories if it passes right through (as the corn meal protein does). % Moisture isn't about calories (there aren't any in water). It's all weight in kibble. It's easy and looks good.

When people feed raw or home cooked diets, the recipes tend measure % protein by calories- they don't feel the need to embellish...

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i found this info on http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petlabel.htm:

At minimum, a pet food label must state guarantees for the minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and the maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. The "crude" term refers to the specific method of testing the product, not to the quality of the nutrient itself.

Some manufacturers include guarantees for other nutrients as well. The maximum percentage of ash (the mineral component) is often guaranteed, especially on cat foods. Cat foods commonly bear guarantees for taurine and magnesium as well. For dog foods, minimum percentage levels of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and linoleic acid are found on some products.

Guarantees are declared on an "as fed" or "as is" basis, that is, the amounts present in the product as it is found in the can or bag. This doesn't have much bearing when the guarantees of two products of similar moisture content are compared (for example, a dry dog food versus another dry dog food). However, when comparing the guaranteed analyses between dry and canned products, one will note that the levels of crude protein and most other nutrients are much lower for the canned product. This can be explained by looking at the relative moisture contents. Canned foods typically contain 75-78% moisture, whereas dry foods contain only 10-12% water. To make meaningful comparisons of nutrient levels between a canned and dry product, they should be expressed on the same moisture basis.


based on this, i revert to my original statement about it being very difficult to compare bioavailable protein levels in kibble from product to product, while in a raw diet it's very straightforward as we know the protein % of meat types, calculated from pure raw form (here is an example http://www.fao.org/documents/show_cd...e/x5557e0s.htm) and fed as such. Mother Nature knows best in this case, it's all balanced out.
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Mother nature also isn't trying to make a profit... At the end of the day, dog food companies are sneaky bastids and we have to read between the lines...
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When people feed raw or home cooked diets, the recipes tend measure % protein by calories- they don't feel the need to embellish...
For a dog that is fed raw, the greater portion of their diet is meat with some vegetable matter added, that means the total calories will comprise mostly of protein and fat, so saying the diet is only 15% protein is impossible, inorder to achieve that 15% the diet would have to contain at least 80% vegetable and grain matter with vegetables being the main ingredient, since grains also contain protien.
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A raw diet has a ton of moisture- don't forget that too.
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