Experts say Natura Evo is among the better dry food choices. Natura Evo Turkey & Chicken Formula has a high meat content and draws its carbohydrate content from high-quality sources like potatoes. Although the food includes fruits and vegetables, the first four ingredients are meat or meat meals, and it is grain-free. The food meets American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for dog nutrition. The food is available in kibble sizes suitable for large and small dogs, but the ingredients are identical.
Pet-food advocates were somewhat distressed when Natura -- maker of Evo -- was purchased by Proctor & Gamble in 2010. However, the company promised that ingredient quality would not be compromised and, so far, that promise has been kept. That doesn't stop some from saying that concerned pet owners should keep a watchful eye on the brand. Some reviewers say the protein content is too rich for certain dogs and add that the high calcium content makes it unsuitable for puppies.
Among competing foods, Orijen Dry Dog Food (*Est. $40 per 15.4 lb. bag) draws more kudos with several reviewers calling it unsurpassed among dry foods. Natural Balance Original Ultra (*Est. $30 per 15 lb. bag) has a lower meat content and uses some high-quality grains, but it is less expensive and widely praised for using top-quality ingredients. A testing program to ensure product safety is also well praised.
Among reviewers, DogFoodAdvisor.com offers detailed ratings and discussions. PetFoodRatings.net has a briefer but still helpful report. The report at DogFoodAnalysis.com is older but still pertinent. DogAware.com is as credible but less encyclopedic. Owner reviews can be found at Only Natural Pet Store.
Evo Turkey & Chicken is analyzed here and it receives the top 5-star rating. The food is said to mimic a dog's "ancestral diet" with an abundance of meat compared to a typical dog food. Mike Sagman says based on that and the quality of its ingredients, it is "enthusiastically recommended."
Review: Evo Dog Food (Dry), Mike Sagman, March 31, 2011
A "small bites" version of Evo Turkey & Chicken dog food is rated here. High meat content and good sources of carbohydrates are among the positives, with no negatives cited at all. The result is a top rating of 5 stars and a strong recommendation. "It's no more expensive than Science Diet and 10 times better," the site declares.
Review: Dog Food Listings & Reviews, Editors of PetFoodRatings.net
Natura Evo Turkey & Chicken is among the varieties of Evo dry dog food evaluated here. It receives the top 6-star rating, though the site cautions that the food is suitable for adult dogs only. Ingredients appear to be unchanged, but this review is now a bit on the old side.
Review: Naturapet Innova Evo (Large bites), Editors of DogFoodAnalysis.com, Dec. 27, 2007
Mary Straus finds many positives for Natura dog foods, including Natura Evo, but also notes the change in ownership of the brand. Straus continues to recommend Evo, but notes that she's heard reports that some dogs don't tolerate the high protein and high calcium content as well as others.
Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, May 8, 2012
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More than 60 owner reviews give Evo dry dog foods, including Evo Turkey & Chicken a good overall score. A few say that their dogs didn't like the food, or it didn't agree with them. However, 96 percent report that they would recommend the food to a friend.
Review: Evo Dry Dog Food Large & Small Bites, Contributors to Only Natural Pet Store