Among premium canned dog foods, Natura Evo 95% varieties gain recognition for their high meat content (95 percent) and quality ingredients. The food is designed to replicate what a dog might eat in the wild. Though many -- but not all -- experts swear by this and similar foods, we've also seen reports that they can cause stomach upset, at least as first. Also, many say that premium dog foods such as Natura Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey are best suited as a supplement or for occasional feeding in conjunction with a top-quality dry food. Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages (*Est. $1.70 per 13 oz. can) is a little less pricey and lower in protein content, but might be a better choice if you are looking for a sole canned dog food. However, even its manufacturer suggests using Canidae in tandem with a good dry dog food.
Natura Evo had long held a stellar reputation with pet-food critics. In 2010, however, that came under scrutiny following Natura's purchase by Proctor & Gamble, which makes a few other pet foods that scrimp on ingredient quality. It was promised that the quality of Natura pet foods would remain unchanged, and so far reports say that's been true. Still, the most critical experts advise keeping an eye on the ingredients list should something change. Some experts also take issue with the fat content, which is higher than average.
DogFoodAdvisor.com is the most comprehensive source for canned dog-food ratings, including Natura Evo 95%. Limited discussion can be found regarding Innova Evo at DogAware.com where Mary Straus includes it on her list of top dog foods. DogFoodAnalysis.com presents its rating without comment, and its coverage is now rather old. Only Natural Pet Store's website hosts a selection of user feedback.
Mike Sagman likes Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey well enough to give it a 4-star rating and a designation of "highly recommended." But that recommendation comes with a caveat that the high fat content could cause problems for "dogs prone to pancreatitis." He adds that if it were not for that, it would have earned this site's highest rating.
Review: Evo 95 Percent (Canned), Mike Sagman, July 4, 2011
Natura Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey canned dog food gets a 6-star rating -- the highest offered -- at this site, which bases its grades on an analysis of the ingredients listed on the label. There are no comments, however, and the write-up is rather old, but the contents do not appear to have changed.
Review: Naturapet Innova Evo 95% Chicken Turkey, Editors of DogFoodAnalysis.com, July 27, 2006
This list of "better" canned foods is helpful and up to date, though discussion of individual foods is relatively brief. Natura Evo continues to make the list, and Mary Straus notes the change in ownership.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Aug. 14, 2011
GoodGuide.com is somewhat controversial as it is one of the few pet-food reviewers to not put lots of weight on ingredient quality, focusing instead largely on whether the food meets a dog's nutritional needs and on a company's environmental and social practices. Still the site's "scientific rating" of 6.8 puts Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey in the upper echelon of dog foods rated at the site (37 out of 350).
Review: Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey, 13.2 Ounce (Dog Food), Editors of GoodGuide.com
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Over 20 dog owners weigh in on Evo 95% meat canned dog foods, including Natura Evo 95% Chicken & Turkey. One reports stomach upset, another that their dogs simply did not like it. Almost everyone else is pleased with the food.
Review: Evo 95% Meat Canned Dog Food, Contributors to Only Natural Pet Store