Dog Treat Review: Evanger’s 100% Whole Meat Treats – Wild Salmon January 9, 2014

Evanger's Wild Salmon Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats

Evanger’s Wild Salmon Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats – as advertised

This month’s dog treat review, courtesy of, is very fishy! They sent me the “Wild Salmon” variety of Evanger’s 100% Whole Meat Treats. These treats are nothing but dehydrated salmon with no flavoring or other “stuff” added, are kosher, and are made in the USA.

My dogs tend to be fish enthusiasts and these treats were not an exception to the rule. In fact, even Tessie, who is usually snoozing away while I’m giving snacks to the younger dogs, got off the couch and came over for one. She will often give up on crunchy treats, but she stayed right in front of me, hoping for more. (And of course she another one. She’s fourteen and a half, she can have whatever she wants!)

These treats are¬†very¬†odoriferous, but weren’t too oily, so the smell did not linger on my fingers (nor on my dog’s breath) which was a pleasant surprise. They were somewhat easy to break up with my fingers, though occasionally I stumbled upon a slightly thicker-than-usual piece that I needed to use a knife on.

They are crunchy treats, but the back of the package suggested letting them soak in warm water for 3-5 minutes for a “savory snack.” I decided to give that a try, too, and my dogs seemed to prefer the treats after they had been soaked. Unfortunately soaking them made the odor linger on my skin after feeding them to the dogs, but that’s sort of an occupational hazard when you’re a dog trainer.

Evanger's 100% Whole Meat Treats - Wild Salmon

These treats, while tasty, look nothing like the promotional picture.

I have a couple of problems with this product, though. Everywhere on both and Evanger’s website, these are described as “freeze dried” treats and appear as large, orangey-red strips that almost resemble jerky. The product I received, as you can see in the picture to the right, doesn’t resemble that at all. Additionally, my package reads “Gently Dried” not “Freeze Dried.” Freeze drying is a process that results in a pretty distinct spongey texture and these treats don’t seem to be freeze dried. So which is it? And which will you receive when you order this product? I have no idea.

So although my dogs enjoyed this product, it’s not something that I would purchase for them. I’m a little bothered by the fact that these treats aren’t “as advertised” – I don’t think they’re freeze-dried, and I can honestly say that if I had ordered them based on the promotional picture, I would have contacted customer service for a refund. For the price of this product (currently over $6 on I don’t think I’m getting much “bang for my buck,” either. Logo

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