Evolution Dog Food Review (Dry Kibble & Wet)

EVOLUTION DOG FOOD REVIEW

About Evolution Diet

Evolution Diet is a trusted vegan pet food brand specializing in organic and non-GMO cat and dog food.

Avoiding common chemical preservatives found in many brands, this one focuses on healthy ingredients and cruelty-free diets for pets.

Evolution Diet has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Animal Wellness Magazine Best Pick Award for Finest Pet Food & Health Science Procedures for Internal Diseases from 2017 to 2019.

On its website, Evolution Diet claims not a single toxic recall of one of its products in all of its 30 years of business. And we could not find anything to believe that this isn't the truth - which is fantastic!

Evolution Diet Ingredients

What we love about Evolution Diet is that the company uses no added chemical preservatives to its plant-based recipes.

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Let's take a look at what's in the Gourmet Fondue Dog Kibble first (ingredients may vary with flavor so always double check them): 

Ingredients: Oatmeal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Oil, Soybean Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Monocalcium Phosphate, Whole Dried Peas, Dried Molasses, Dried Cranberries, Dextrose, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Yeast Culture, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Kelp Meal, Dried Chicory Root, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract.

Minerals: Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate.

Vitamins: L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride. Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Incorporating ingredients like dried cranberries to promote urinary tract health and mineral-rich kelp for thyroid support and healthy skin and metabolism, this formula pays attention to maintaining and regulating diverse systems for healthier pets.

But what about the yeast culture? It's a typical ingredient with many dog food brands, and there are yeas and nays on the internet as to whether it's a good thing.

Yeast culture may be added to enhance the B vitamin content of any formula. However, it can possibly cause reactions in some dogs with allergies and sensitivities.

Also present are corn and soy, which are some top allergens for many pooches in need of specialized diets. After all, dogs are often transitioned to a vegan diet due to sensitivities and allergies.

We do see a good array of added nutrients, including B vitamins and trace minerals. Just like people diets, dog diets should contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

Let's check out another product, the Evolution Diet Moist Dog Food: 

evolution diet canned wet vegetarian dog food

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Ingredients: Whole Potato, Sweet Potato, Brown Rice, Filtered Water, Soybean Oil, Oat Groats, Carrots, Pea Protein, Dehydrated Peas, Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewer’s Yeast, Guar Gum, Molasses, Tomato Paste, DL Methionine, Choline Chloride, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Kelp, Glucosamine, Avocado (Gourmet Entree – Blue Cans only).

Vitamins: Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D Supplement.

Minerals: Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide.

This formula is corn-free and soy-free, boosting its allergy friendliness. With taurine for healthy vision, L-Carnitine for the cardiovascular system and glucosamine for joint support, it covers many health bases and can be given to dogs of all ages.

If you zeroed in on the avocado on the ingredient list because you've heard that avocado isn't safe for dogs, it's actually not uncommon to see.

Many companies use avocado meal or oil, which don't contain persin, the chemical in the avocado that's dangerous for dogs. 

Assuming that Evolution Diet is sticking to these forms of avocado, your dog should be safe.

Still, it's a good idea to monitor her after feeding her any food or treat with avocado listed in the ingredients for adverse reactions, just in case.

We'd also like to make a note about the potato base in the wet food. Recently, a number of dog food brands have been targeted by the FDA to investigate potential links to diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a condition that can cause heart failure.

The items that might be hazardous in these dog food products are lentils, peas and potatoes, specifically when they're used as main ingredients.

Evolution Diet is **definitely not** one of these brands on the foods under investigation, but the wet food does list potato as its primary ingredient.

For this reason, we'd recommend talking to your vet if you're thinking about switching to this product.

At the time of writing, the investigation is far from complete (and Evolution isn't even involved), but we just wanted to let people know.

Evolution Reviews Analyzed

We've read through as many Evolution Diet dog food reviews that we could find from different sources to try to bring you the most unbiased analysis possible.

Without further ado, let's dive in...

Evolution Gourmet Fondue Dog Food

This popular dog food tends to receive stellar feedback. Reviewers report feeding this product to their happy, healthy dogs for years with no issue.

It seems to promote shiny fur and healthy skin, just as advertised. Also mentioned numerous times in reviews is that it supports highly active dogs, keeping them lean and muscular. 

According to reviews on several different retailers, vets confirm that dogs eating Evolution Diet kibble are healthy. Some specifically recommend it, particularly for dogs with skin issues.

One of the aspects of this product that comes up again and again in reviews is the flavor.

Many reviewers note that their dogs love it, though a handful of pooches apparently aren't so keen on it. However, these comments seem to be few and far between.

One reviewer claims that this is the only product his dogs have ever been excited about, and it even made their breath smell...well, good! As far as flavor goes, most likely, it's a matter of your dog's preferences. 

All in all, reviews point to this product being a great option for vegan dogs from puppies to mature dogs (and especially for pups with skin sensitivities), excellent for maintaining good muscle, joint, skin and coat health.

Pros

  • Healthy coats
  • Lean, muscular dogs
  • Supplies lots of energy
  • Most dogs seem to love the flavor
  • Can sweeten dog breath

Cons

  • Some dogs don't like the taste

Evolution Moist Dog Food

If you prefer wet food for your dog or you just like to mix in a little wet with the dry kibble, you can try the Evolution Moist Dog Food.

Per reviews, this product usually gets doggy approval. We only found one review that mentions a serious dislike for it. Otherwise, it seems to suit the most discerning puppy palates.

Unfortunately, we didn't come across a large number of reviews that covered health benefits and vet checkups, though we did see good nutrition mentioned.

It could be that many reviewers are mixing the wet food with dry food for enhanced flavor.

Looking at the ingredient list for this product, it seems to have its nutritional bases covered with healthy ingredients and added vitamins and minerals. 

Because it has so many rave reviews about dogs adoring the flavor, we'd recommend trying this Evolution Diet product for picky eaters. 

If you don't want to switch entirely to wet food, try scooping a little into a dry food base and mixing it up to make it more enticing.

  • Most dogs love the taste
  • Super moist
  • Nutritious

Cons

  • Potato as a main ingredient could be a potential issue
  • Some dogs may not find it to their taste

Where to Buy Evolution Dog Food

You can find Evolution Dog Food on Amazon and the Evolution Diet website. You can also find this brand's products on Vegan Essentials​​​.

Right now, these are the best places to buy Evolution Diet products from. Keep an eye on prices as they might vary from site to site.

Alternative Options

If Evolution Diet is not your top pick or if your dogs can't have it for any reason, fret not—there are tons of vegan alternatives.

A good one might be V-dog. It’s another balanced brand that reviewers love, and the nutritional profile is similar to Evolution Diet’s.

The V-dog Kinder Kibble is loaded with good ingredients. You’ll find brewer’s yeast for B vitamin as well as a healthy fruit and veggie blend with spinach, cranberries, blueberries and spinach.

Learn more about it V-dog on our review here.

Another good one to try is Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan Recipe (just note that not all of Halo’s products are vegan like this one).

Learn about V-Halo on our full review here.

It’s another filler-free, hearty product based on peas, chickpeas, barley and oats. It skips the corn and wheat ingredients to minimize allergens and stocks up on vegetables, fruits, vitamins and minerals.

This brand also uses no GMOs, artificial colors and preservatives. Better yet, dogs seem to dig it. 

With these brands, however, we would advise that you speak to your vet for the same reason that you might want to find out about the Evolution Diet wet food as the formulas are based on peas (though these brands are not under investigation).

Wrap Up

As far as vegan dog food brands go, Evolution Diet appears to be a healthy option for dogs at any age. According to reviews, this brand’s products are safe for even sensitive digestive systems—dogs thrive on this food.

It’s especially good for dogs in need of a little TLC for skin issues thanks to an added complex of vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin and coats.

In light of recent news, we would just advise checking with your vet about the wet food as it's based on potatoes.

That said, most reviewers find both the wet and dry foods to be nutritionally complete and perfect for their dogs’ palates. However, not every dog will love necessarily love it.

Still, from what we’ve seen in the reviews, most dogs are excited about meal time when they’re served Evolution Diet food.

If you find your dog doesn’t like the flavor, try switching to a different flavor before moving on to a different brand if you want to give Evolution Diet a go.

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