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Evolve Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

by Evolve
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March 7, 2019

Evolve Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe is a low-priced dry dog food with good quality overall. This product has 1 controversial ingredient, but luckily no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. However, the food has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat - contrasted by excellent meat and fat quality. Evolve has a below-average number of recalls. Unfortunately, the company was non-responsive when answering our important food quality questions.

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Dry Dog Food
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, No Corn Wheat or Soy
4, 12 lbs
United States
Sunshine Mills

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The food has high carbs and somewhat low protein and fats, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 27.78%

Min. Fat 16.67%

Min. Carbs 47.78%

Max. Fiber 3.33%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 25.0%

Min Fat: 15.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 3.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 10.0%



363 Calories per Cup

This product has an average amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Average calorie foods like this are typically best for fairly active dogs who need a moderate amount of daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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Total Ingredients
Controversial Ingredients

Deboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potato, Whole Ground Garbanzo Bean, Pea Flour, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Starch, Lentils, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Salmon Flavor, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, Carrots, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Animalis Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Reuteri Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source Of Vitamin B6), Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement).

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product does not have any controversial ingredients, which is great to see.

Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at a dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Deboned Salmon
    Salmon is generally a healthy dog food ingredient that provides nutrients such as protein, fat and selenium. Salmon also offers one of the highest Omega-3 contents of any type of fish. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). De-boned simply means that the bones have been removed.
  • Chicken Meal
    Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. Chicken meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Sweet Potato
    Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta-carotene and other vitamins. They are a high-quality dog food ingredient.

  • Whole Ground Garbanzo Bean
    Garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) are a legume that provides nutrients such as protein, fiber, folate, iron and phosphorus. They are generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Pea Flour
    Pea flour is produced by heating or roasting peas. This allows for greater nutritional value because it gives greater biological access to protein and starch. Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

Controversial Ingredients
Evolve has not included any controversial ingredients in this recipe.

Country of Origin

Made in the United States.

Meat & Fat Quality

This dog food uses named meat and protein sources like deboned salmon, chicken meal. This is fantastic because it shows you the species the ingredient comes from. The same goes for the two fat sources flaxseed and chicken fat - both identify the plant and animal they come from.

Artificial Preservatives

This Evolve recipe does not contain any controversial preservatives. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.

Artificial Colors

No artificial colors are in this product.

Artificial Flavors

No artificial flavors are in this product.



Brand Recalls

Evolve has a below average number of recalls.

Recalled Products:
The following dry dog food with best by dates of Nov. 1, 2018 – Nov. 8, 2019: 14 lb. and 28 lb. bags of Evolve Puppy Formula (Chicken & Rice), UPC numbers 0-73657-00862-0 and 0-73657-00863-7.
Elevated levels of Vitamin D.
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).



We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Unfortunately, Evolve did not respond to any of our messages.  

Does Evolve have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?  

No Response.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

No Response.

Do you test your products using the AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

No Response.

What country are your products manufactured?

No Response.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

No Response.

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

No Response.

Does Evolve own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

No Response.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

No Response.

Evolve Deboned Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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