Zignature Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Zignature Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Zignature Dog Food product line includes seven grain-free dry recipes.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Zignature Turkey Formula
  • Zignature Whitefish Formula
  • Zignature Duck Formula (4 stars)
  • Zignature Lamb Formula (4 stars)
  • Zignature Zssential Formula (5 stars)
  • Zignature Kangaroo Formula (4 stars)
  • Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula

Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredients: Trout, salmon meal, peas, pea flour, pea protein, flaxseed, chickpeas, dehydrated alfalfa meal, natural flavors, salmon oil, sunflower oil (preserved with citric acid), dried beet pulp, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, salt, chlorine chloride, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12), blueberries, carrots, cranberries, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%16%43%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%33%38%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 38%

The first ingredient in this dog food is trout, a freshwater species closely related to salmon. Trout is rich rich in omega-3 fatty acids but also contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

After the natural flavor, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

In addition, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Zignature Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Zignature looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, flaxseed, chickpeas and alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Zignature is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Zignature Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

05/17/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Marie Abate

    What dog food did you switch too?

  • Francesca G

    Most sodium percentages in dog food should not be higher than .50%. 1% is still too high. I reviewed this with a cardiologist because my senior dog has one faulty valve.

  • Francesca G

    If it was my puppy I would only feed it Orijen puppy food. When my dog was on Zignature Trout she used to poop 3-4 times a day. Once I switched her to Acana she only poops twice a day. My dog is almost 13 years old and I only wish I fed her Orijen or Acana her entire life. If you change your puppies food please make sure to transition very slowly over 7 to 10 days. Orijen and Acana IMO are still the best kibble.

  • Marie Abate

    I been feeding my puppy Zignature Turkey Formula. I have been reading some not so great stuff about it. Such as her going #2 (poop) 4-5 X’S a day so so great and that its very high in sodium. Any recommendations on what kind of food i should switch her too?

  • Susan

    Hi, have you looked at “Sport Dog Food” or “Great Life”?
    http://www.sportdogfood.com/retired/

  • Sadie

    Francesca, do you know if their canned foods also contain sodium selenite? Ours drink so much more water when I feed them the duck canned and also go to the bathroom #2 much more! We feed a rotation diet and other brands are fed, so I am still feeding it to them, just not daily. I don’t ffed dry but I was going to buy a small bag and just give them handfuls as a treat because they LOVE dry food….but looking into Zignature dry ingredients salt is listed too close up for comfort. What do you think? Maybe it’s OK to feed in small doses.

  • Francesca G

    My dog was drinking so much water while on Zignature Salmon and Trout too. It’s terrible that the company does not post their sodium intake on their web site.

  • Francesca G

    I’ve done a lot of research over the weekend and Zignature contains Sodium Selenite (another controversial ingredient). It’s very important to feed your dog a rotational diet. I am now rotating Acana with Annamaet (Aqualuk also low in sodium). My dog has tremendous energy since I switched from Zignature Salmon and Trout to Acana Fresh Water however, the fat in Acana is higher so I have to feed her less kibble since she is a senior and she can not afford to gain weight. I wish Acana’s fat wasn’t so high. I’m thinking of introducing a low fat duck kibble to her diet. My dog is allergic to chicken. If anyone has anyone recommendations please let me know. Thanks!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I use the canned as well in my rotation.

  • GSDsForever

    I called Zignature about this. It’s just the Salmon formula that’s on the high side.

    Among other formulas, for examples, the Whitefish on the other hand is right at 1% (the recommended ideal amount I’ve seen from veterinary nutritionists, research), while the kangaroo is on the low side, below 1%.

    I’ve had a great experience with the food. It really helped with a complicated food allergy case. My dog feels much better, good energy, and looks gorgeous, in glossy full plush coat and healthy skin — esp. now that I’ve been able to add back in her oil supplements, which I typically like to do anyway.

    I have confidence and trust in the company as well as the manufacturing (handled by the Nutrisource/Pure Vita/Natural Planet people, Tuffy/KLN, at their plant). It’s not my absolute favorite brand or perfect formula, and I’ve had to use both the canned and dry kibble, plus now oil supplementing, to get the protein and fat closer to levels I’d prefer. But I’ve been very happy with the results and quality of the food.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Zignature has more added salt than other dog foods from what I have read. I use it in my rotation but I haven’t noticed any excessive drinking from my two girls. I rotate brands after every small bag so that may be why. Acana or Orijen did not work for either of my girls. I was so hoping it would, but not every food works for every dog.

  • Lindsay R. Elliott

    I’m definitely never buying this again. My dogs are drinking far more water and are having gas issues like belching and farting. Yikes. I should have known better, with that ingredient list. I don’t like that Acana and Orijen have every ingredient and the kitchen sink in their formulas but my dogs did great on them for years, so until life calms down they’re going back on that. They also did great on Cali Naturals Herring but they’re discontinuing it.

  • Francesca G

    My senior Cockapoo who is almost 13 years old has been on Zignature Salmon & Trout for the past 4-5 years. Recently she started to drink a lot of water after having her kibble and she was always pooping 3 times a day I did extensive research and I called the company and I found out that Zignature sodium level is 2.00% (Salmon & Trout). My VET said that a high intake of sodium is very bad for a dogs heart. I immediately switched her kibble to Acana (Wild Atlantic) and once I made the slow transition I noticed my dog stopped drinking as much water and she is only pooping once a day. Acana and Orijen are ranked the best dog food! I don’t mind paying a little bit more for quality kibble since it’s so quality kibble. It’s so filling and rich that you do not have to feed as much kibble as other brands. My dogs coat looks amazing on Acana dog food.

  • Elie Hobeika

    Hi, I have a 6 years old Yorkie, he is a finicky eater and has some allergies and therefore I always try to give him single protein foods without chicken and beef. I started to give him Zignature and he loved the food. After a while I started to notice that he had humongous poops and two months later (April) he developed some gagging and throwing up, even when drinking water. After many vet visits which cost in the 1000s it turns out that he has sever gastritis. I have never had problems with him and he tried 10+ brands until I gave him this food. Now he is back to Acana which he doesn’t like much but that I know is safe. I would be careful with this brand of I were you.

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  • Peanut’s Mom

    Ok I feel a bit stupid now! 😉 I was wondering if you had a seperate account and were the same poster from the initial response lol! I have not yet learned the ropes of the comment area. I thought I was talking to 2 seperate people from Australia and then I thought oh maybe it’s the same person! My goodness, today is not a great day for this brain of mine. 😀 I do agree with your protein suggestions and hopefully find something that works. Maybe I’ll be seen on Ziwipeak’s comment area with an update and confusing people haha. Thank you so much for the help though, I really appreciate it! And the laugh! 😀

  • Amateria

    Well I would say that my comment of boredom on a stick has officially made my day thanks to you haha.

    Although I am not the original poster of the Ziwipeak I have personally had good experience with venison and fish for a dog with pancreatitis, lamb and beef seem to be on the richer side and have been known (comment based) to cause upset stomachs and general sickness in some dogs prone to those problems.

    Ziwipeak also has a venison only formula, if in case you don’t want to feed fish or are already feeding your own fish, also probably for fish allergies, venison is very lean and to me has a very earthy flavour, I personally disliked it, but I’m not a dog 😛

    I wish you the best with Ziwipeak though and hope your poodle does well on it!

  • Peanut’s Mom

    We recently made the mistake of buying a home out in an area that is not only boredom on a stick but where I’m from we actually call it “the sticks!” We have no stores or services and no one walks their dogs or socializes them. They just lock them in the backyard. In my old town, we had many parks and many dog friends. It has been quite lonely. Hence why we are turning around and selling as soon as we can to go back. Ha! Living near the ocean sounds lovely and I do hope you are able to have that some day! Is there a variety of the Ziwipeak you would recommend for a poodle with sensitive stomach?

  • Amateria

    The area we live in is rather boredom on a stick, nothing to do here but stay home and play games lol.

    We really need to pick an ocean area next time we move (if ever), because I’m sure it would be a lot more fun and eye candy!

  • Amateria

    Wow it must be good if you eat it yourself 😛

  • Peanut’s Mom

    Thank you, Susan. After I read your post, I went and read about Ziwipeak and it sounds great. I’m ok with spending a bit because his homemade is so expensive and time consuming. My natural pet foods store had some Ziwipeak and said they’d also be able to special order whatever I choose, so we’ll be going into town tomorrow. My dog was sick all night with diarrhea and reflux from just that bit of Zignature. I really appreciate you replying and I just love Australia. What a dream living there, I can imagine!

  • Susan

    I wouldn’t be feeding Zignature or any kibble…. Zignature is high in peas, pea flour, pea fiber pea protein, chickpeas & salt.. if you want to feed something different have a look at Ziwipeak Air dried & their wet tin food its expensive so shop around I try & eat it when its on special there might be an American company that makes air dried 100% all natural that’s cheaper..I live Australia.. http://www.ziwipeak.com/

  • Peanut’s Mom

    My 13lb 4 yr old poodle has been on homemade for 2 yrs now. Even his treats i make. However, he always wants to run and eat other dogs’ kibble when we visit friends and relatives. I’m sure it’s just because it’s different and, well…. FOOD lol. His homemade diet is complete and balanced but I thought maybe this was my chance to have less work in the kitchen. So, i went to a dog food vendor fair and got samples of Zignature. I should note here that the Zignature vendor scoffed at the fact i do homemade which is always a red flag to me. I opened the first sample last nite which was the turkey lid formula which seemed like the safest bet since he is currently eating real turkey. I gave him less than 1/4 cup and he has drank 3 full bowls of water! He doesn’t drink a ton of water because my homemade food is so moisture rich so I was shocked to find his bowl bone dry 3 times in 12 hrs. I am not a novice to kibble, I research the heck out of it and he ate high quality brands for two yrs of his life and of course I check Dog Food Advisor and the member comments. I had returned a bag of another brand of kibble in the past because I got home and saw the salt content was higher than on a sample bag I received and the store (who accepts returns) told me that “dogs need salt!” And essentially that I was being ridiculous. The salt was high up in the list of ingredients and I just wasn’t going to feed it and I don’t put salt in his homemade. To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I gave him less than 1/4 cup again this afternoon and within a 1/2 hr, he went for his water bowl and drank and drank. Now, he is eating grass and lethargic. Conclusion, we’ll stick to homemade. I had high hopes for Zignature because it comes so recommended, but I could not imagine feeding this as his primary meal and feel horrible feeding my dog something that now he has to be sick over. 🙁

  • Ashley

    Oh no 🙁 Maybe try Wild Calling. It has Chicken fat but isn’t bothering my one dog who is allergic to Chicken. Im on my second bag now. They will even send you samples. I want to try their Elk. And i have never tried Nulo or read much about it. What about the Acana heritage formulas? Two of theirs dont have chicken. Finding chicken free food is such a pain.

  • ts

    I went with the Acana Meadowlands and did not mix her food when I switch from Fromm. Her stools were great from the start (3 a day and normal). She loved the food, but her itching and biting became so much worse that I just ordered the Duck & pear single formula. I now know she is definately allergic to chicken.
    I liked that the Meadowlands had 70% meat and I wish the Acana single formulas(duck) had more meat. It’s only 50%. I really want my dog on a meat based food, so if her stools increase to more than 3 a day then I might try Nulo Freestyle Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free. It appears to have more meat. Do
    Does anyone have any experience with this food? It is manufactured by C.J. Foods. and has no egg or chicken proteins.

  • Ashley

    They are doing so much better on Wild Callind Dry turkey. They have cut back on grass eating. My friend switched her dogs off Zignature to Fromm & they are doing so much better. They are doing fine on Nature’s Logic wet food.
    Ts how is it going with the Acana dry?

  • Nicole Schickowski

    Could it be potatoes? I have yeast/allergy issues with my dog and my vet recommended I steer clear of potatoes. That’s the only reason I took my dog off of Fromm’s and switched to Zignature. Most Fromm’s formulas have either potato or sweet potato in them. She’s been on Zignature for over a year, and her ear issues have reduced down a lot. At first she would have 3-4 bowl movements a day when we switched, it’s now down to 2 (once in the am and once in the pm). I do a mix of dry and wet together though.

  • Micah Gibbs-Gonzalez

    wow thank you sooo much that is waaay too much!!

  • Casey Jones

    Volume of stool is due to the high fiber content, also as I noted most if not all of Zignature’s Menu is very high in Sodium %. My dog would drink a lot of water when she ate this food, I had to take her off of it due to the sodium %.

    I contacted Zignature directly and got the info:

    Zignature Duck Dry Dog Food

    0.3% -0.4% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.35% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Kangaroo Dry Dog Food

    0.9% – 1.0% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.96% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Lamb Dry Dog Food

    1.4% – 1.5% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.51% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Trout and Salmon Dry Dog Food

    1.5% – 2.0% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.66% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Turkey Dry Dog Food

    1.1% – 1.3% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.17% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Whitefish Dry Dog Food

    0.5% – 0.7% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.57% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Zssentials Dry Dog Food

    0.3% – 0.5% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.35% Sodium 100% Dry matter

  • Casey Jones

    You have to contact companies directly for Sodium % as fed, preferably I am trying to stay around .30% which is hard but many have around that amount and some like Orijen list the sodium %. Anything below that is hard to find since I was told by law, a % of sodium needs to be in dog food for other reasons related to health. Then that means feeding a home made diet or something from the Vet which is typically poor quality corn or wheat based dog foods.

  • Ashley

    Mine like the Fromm Beef. I actually switched them again to Wild Calling dryTurkey. My Local pet store has it cheaper than chewy.com. i have fed Wild calling in the passed and im going to try it for a few months. I also tried Natures Logic Venison dry but one of mine didn’t tolerate it at all.

  • eastcoastelliott

    Just purchased a bag of Fromm beef fritt,he won’t eat it ! Mixed a tablespoon of wellness petite & he ate once,not today,going back to making homemade turkey,chick,tired of wasting money.

  • Lynne

    Try Pinnacle Grain Free Duck and Sweet Potato. It’s a limited ingredient diet. My GSD is doing great on it!

  • ts

    I bought some Wild Calling canned duck and my dog loves it.
    I emailed the company to see who manufactures it and if interested, here is their reply :

    “Our dry foods are made at CJ Foods in Kansas.

    As of March 9, 2015, all our canned varieties except rabbit and buffalo
    are produced by Simmons Pet Foods in Emporia, KS. Rabbit and buffalo are
    still packed at Evanger’s but we continue to work diligently to have
    them produced at Simmons.”

  • Ashley

    I really want to try Acana new formulas. I’m going to order Fromm Grain-Free Beef Frittata Veg tomorrow & give that a go. They have had it before a long time ago, And did good on it. I also really like Wild Calling dog food. But that’s a little pricey for my 3 dogs tho. I do feed the wet food, and they love it. Let me know how the Acana works =) really hope it helps.

  • ts

    I tried the Fromm Heartland Gold Large Breed Puppy -grain free and my dog did the worst on that one. She was not only scratching and biting herself, but her coat was so dry and dull, her skin was flaking and her hair was falling out. At the time, I thought it was the beef.

    It’s so hard to determine what ingredient she is allergic to.
    I should get the Acana food tomorrow. I changed my order from the single duck to the Regionals Meadowland because it has 70% meat and 30% veggies/fruit/botanicals
    I hope it works so I can stay with one food for awhile:-)

  • Wyoming Gal

    Ah, Thank you Susan. Sadly I do live in the US although my heart is down under. I have my feed store helping look into this too. So hard to find grain free as well as pea free foods!

  • Ashley

    My dogs did great on Acana. And i try to avoid any Diamond product. I know TOTW gets some vitamins & minerals from china. Nature’s Logic seems great. Just worried about if my dogs will have a allergic reaction. Also did you try the Fromm Grain-Free? I been going crazy this last week trying to figure what to switch them too. Its so hard to trust companies. My top brands are Fromm & Acana. Im just going to stick with them. My dogs do fine with all kinds of cheese. Some dogs cant handle it i know.

  • ts

    I was on Fromm and wanted to stay on Fromm, but after trying all the large breed puppy formulas and the all life stages Duck my dog is still scratching. (Those foods covered chicken, turkey, lamb, beef , pork and duck, so I don’t think it is the meat protein she is allergic to,). When I tried Zignature her scratching just about stopped. The common ingredients in all the Fromm bags I tried were cheese, flaxseed, dried tomato pomace, dried whole egg, and carrots. What could it be? Maybe the cheese. Can dogs digest lactose?
    Hey Susan and Ashley, Canidae and Natures logic both look like good food. I read somewhere the Canide dry is manufactured by Diamond and their wet by Evangers. Don’t know much about Natures logic.
    I just ordered Acana Duck & Pear, their new formula. My head hurts from all the research, but I feel more comfortable with Acana, like I did with Fromm.

  • Ashley

    2 out of 3 of my dogs have food allergies. So im sticking to kinds they have had before. Im going to use Fromm & Acana. And im also looking into Nature’s Logic, have you tried that?. Im trying their wet food this week. They cant have Chicken, thats why i switched to Zignature.

  • Susan

    Hi, have a look at Canine Caviar Special needs or their other formulas. or Honest Kitchen Zeal….http://www.caninecaviar.com/dry-food-entrees/

  • Susan

    The pea protein, peas, pea flour, chickpeas, would boost the protein % up, like corn gluten meal does…Some grain free kibbles aren’t that great some are very high in starchy carbs..

  • Susan

    Have a look at “Canidae” Pure Formulas as well, they are for sensitive stomach… I’m trying the Pure Land, I want to try their new Pure Wild & Pure Meadow the fat is lower in the Pure Meadow.. http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Susan

    If you live Australia “Taste of the Wild” Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon, is pea free & garbanzo bean free… the American TOTW Pacific Stream added peas October 2015..

  • Ashley

    My dogs have been chowing down on grass. They been on zignature since August 2015. I just noticed how bad it has gotten in the last month. They wont even play outside, they just want grass. We are switching back to Fromm. Hope to see a big change. I was also shocked how much sodium is in alot of their formulas.

  • ts

    The company would not provide me with their technical analysis sheet on
    this food. I contacted them three times. I feel this food has way too
    much protein from plants and not enough from meat so I stopped feeding
    it to my dog. When I did, I noticed she stopped moaning after eating and is
    no longer eating hunks of grass and her drinking is back to normal.

  • Jv

    You know now that you start ir. I have notices the same thing.

  • ts

    I started feeding my dog Zignature Duck and she is now having 5 and six stools every day. Every stools is very large, actually huge. She also starting drinking very large quantities of water and seems thirsty all the time.
    I contacted Zignature and asked for their technical analysis sheet listing 100% dry matter basis for the dry Duck food. They only gave me calcium, phosphorous and sodium levels. I’ve called and emailed and have yet to receive it. Has anyone else had difficulty getting information from them?

  • ts

    Zignature Zssentials is listed for “all life stages” but those of
    you who have puppies, especially large breed puppies might want to do
    some more research before feeding this food to your dog. Per Zignature, the 100% dry matter basis for calcium is 2.19% and the phosphorous is 1.29%.

    Feeding high calcium diets with excess calcium is often blamed for
    contributing to bone problems in young, rapidly growing dogs. There does appear to be a link between the incidence of hypertrophic
    osteodystrophy (HOD), osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and hip dysplasia,and overfeeding of calcium

  • sandy

    test post

  • Wyoming Gal

    I have been feeding Zignature for about 3 months now, and I LOVE it. However, my dog (Australian Cattle Dog) was just allergy tested, and she is sensitive to PEAS of all things, which is fairly high up on the ingredient list for the Zignature foods. Does anyone know what would be a comparable food without peas?

  • Micah Gibbs-Gonzalez

    This was my top choice i was but I have a cavalier king charles with a murmur so now I’m lost!!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Both my girls do great on the Zignature cans. They are a firm part of my rotation.

  • issa

    Hi Dori I was lucky enough to meet one of the Zignature reps that deals with the mid south west. He informed me that Zignature is a complete rotational diet.

    Fun fact about Zignature they are at the same manufacturing plant as NutriSource, and between batches they wast 500 lb of food to avoid cross contamination.

  • sandy

    The star rating for the group is at the top and in the first sentence. Any recipes that did not get 4.5 stars have their rating next to the formula name. So both the turkey and the salmon trout formulas are 4.5 stars.

  • Kfhonline

    Thanks, but where do you see that? Based on the list above, the only formula that has not been tested (for the dry food) is the Turkey formula.

  • sandy

    The turkey formula received 4.5 stars.

  • Kfhonline

    Please review the Turkey version. Thanks.

  • Desiree

    Would love a review of the white fish formula please 🙂

  • Mario Vincente Santiniello

    My husky and my Dutch shepherd love this food the zssential is the best in their line also it’s not quite as expensive as acana and other top quality dog foods highly recommend it it’s a great mix of low ingredients and protein content

  • Susan Campbell

    My Boston has a poultry allergy, and has been doing well with the lamb and the fish version. Though I have noticed that she does seem to drink an excessive amount of water as well. I saw that there is now a kangaroo version and thought it would be a nice alternative as she seemed bored with her food. She ended up with a severe reaction. Completely covered in hives.

  • tiff

    Too much sodium for my dogs. They are constantly looking water to drink in the house. Which means more urinating and trips to the bathroom. Both dogs have beeb on this food and live it. But with all this drinking of water and extra trips to the bathroom I cant keep up. Its a shame my dogs live this food. But once they were off their bathroom schedule was at ease. I think ill leave them off this food just bc of the sodium content. Especially since they have been tested for uti and other test all negative.

  • Teresa

    thank you

  • alexisleonalee

    Aw Theresa, I’m so sorry. That is horrible…

    I can let you know with confidence, this brand is good.. I have been using it for about a month and a half, and my girlie is so happy..

    I am so sorry about your pup though..

  • Teresa

    Well I thought I was being the good mommy and was feeding my dogs 10 of them Blue Buffalo, Last Sept 3rd I opened a new bag of Blue Buffalo puppy food and fed my lil 5 lb 6 month old mini dachshund and 3 hours later she was dead. It was ruled the dog food after a neurscopy sp and a ton of test…. so now i am terrified every time i open a new bag of food

  • Casey Jones

    This is great food, however the sodium levels are very high for several of the versions, I e-mailed Zignature and they gave me the sodium levels of their products detailed below.

    If you have a Dog with early or advanced CHF or Sodium restrictions for another reason, some of these may be unsuitable.

    I use the guidelines outlined here:

    http://www.vermontveterinarycardiology.com/index.php/for-clients/feeding-the-cardiac-patient

    I had my Dog on the Trout & Salmon Food up to diagnosis for early CHF and quickly had to change foods to something under .4%, she was doing good on the food, cleared up some allergy issues so I had to find something with less sodium.

    Zignature Duck Dry Dog Food

    0.3% -0.4% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.35% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Kangaroo Dry Dog Food

    0.9% – 1.0% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.96% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Lamb Dry Dog Food

    1.4% – 1.5% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.51% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Trout and Salmon Dry Dog Food

    1.5% – 2.0% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.66% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Turkey Dry Dog Food

    1.1% – 1.3% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    1.17% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Whitefish Dry Dog Food

    0.5% – 0.7% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.57% Sodium 100% Dry matter

    Zignature Zssentials Dry Dog Food

    0.3% – 0.5% Sodium as fed (min – max)

    0.35% Sodium 100% Dry matter

  • JohnBruiser88

    I have a 1 year old Dogo Arentino with mild allergies and he has repsonded greatly to the Kangaroo formula. As a puppy I gave him Oirjen large breed puppy, but over time his stool became soft-runny. I switched him over to Blue wilderness puppy and that cleared up the stool issue. A few months later being on the Blue he developed allergies and started licking/chewing on his issues all the time and wa developing red spots on his skin. My local pet store and vet. recommended Kangaroo as a protein. I started giving him Zignature, he loved the food and within a month all of his allergy symptoms cleared up. I can’t recommend this brand enough. Me and my Dogo both love it.

  • Spaniel RVT

    I really loved the idea behind this food, and was encouraged by the company not having any recalls. I started my 2 spaniels on the zssential flavor. They both ate it enthusiastically! Not long after, my cocker started scratching terribly. Come to find out, she’s allergic to the alfalfa that is in the food… Since the diet is formulated to have no grains/ potatoes etc, they increase the amount of other ingredients (in this case the alfalfa) to maintain nutritional needs.I had to switch her back to her previous food. My cavalier is doing great on it though! Bright eyes, tons of energy, BEAUTIFUL coat! Totally recommend it for dogs with protein allergies.

  • Ryan Ziegler

    I personally interchanged my german shepard pup from the white fish to the trout and salmon every other day, she likes variety. and when that about ran out she transitioned smoothly to the Zssentials with only 2 days of mixing. I give Zignature my hands down recommendation, our dogs’ life is worth the money.

  • alexisleonalee

    Dr. Tim actually responded and told me it is 94% in the Momentum, but my dog is a couch potato, so that would just be dumb for her lol. He added that Pursuit is 91% and Kinesis is 84%. Makes me incredibly happy!

    I am not in a position to feed raw.. I can’t afford it, nor have the time for it, sadly. I’m a single mother, a new mother at that, and I am not home the majority of the day due to my job, so I just don’t have the time for it… I reaaaally considered homemade dog food, but, I just do not have the time. /:

  • Eddie

    Dr. Tim’s momentum is 94% meat protein. I have it in writing from the Dr. himself. Don’t know about the other formulas as I was concenred about getting the most calories in the least volume.

    You seem very concerned about your dogs nutrition (as I am). Have you looked at raw? That is really the only way to guarantee you know what your are feeding your dog. So much healthier than kibble. The best, most expensive kibble doesn’t come close to raw. With a little reading and education, you can feed raw for about $1.25/lb. or less and have a healthier dog. I’m not in a position to do full raw now, but he gets some raw and his eyes light up when he sees the raw chicken coming he way.

  • Dori

    That’s so interesting DogFoodie. They really are so different our little doggies. Katie can not tolerate grains and definitely has a major reaction to barley but is perfectly fine with millet. She continues to be a mystery. Marches to her own drummer I suppose or her purpose is to continue to keep me on my toes. One saliva allergy test I had done on her showed her to be very sensitive to all white fish. Guess what? White fish is one of the few things she has no reaction to whatsoever. Go figure?????

  • DogFoodie

    Sam, too. When he first reacted to barley, I did a little bit of research, and read that the protein in millet is very similar to the protein in barley.

  • theBCnut

    My understanding is that millet is an ancient grain rather than a pseudo grain. Micah reacts to it, even from the first time.

  • alexisleonalee

    That is really awesome lol! Maybe one day I can do that! Except, probably not… Not with the picky eater part of her lol…

  • Bobby dog

    He is doing wonderful, thanks. It took almost a year of elbow grease on my part and diligence with choosing food for him. He has a beautiful coat, skin, and no smell (other then when he rolls in gross stuff) no matter what time of year it is now.

    It worked out well because I think he might be the most budget friendly dog there is. I can feed commercial raw, canned, kibble, or homemade dinners for any meal at any time now. He makes it so I can take advantage of sales, great for my budget!

  • alexisleonalee

    Oh, thank you! She came with the name lol! She was rescued on Valentine’s Day of 2010, so, the rescue named her Valentine! I liked it, and the story, so I stuck with it lol. <3

    The biggest thing about Dr. Tim's that I like is the protein, and that for $64 I will have food for like 3 months lol!! That seems pretty awesome to me… But, the other two have multiple recipes, and my dog is a picky eater, who probably needs rotated recipes lol! Little brat…

    Aw! Poor thing… He sounds like he is doing good now at least??

  • Bobby dog

    Valentine is a beautiful name.

    Lol, I have never tried the “test.”
    I can only warn you to be careful, I somehow started enjoying picking out new kibble for Bobby to try and even have a spreadsheet to keep track of things! I recently have been sticking to feeding one kibble for three months at a time now. I used to buy small bags and would switch to a new brand when finished. Since I have a slew of foods to choose from I decided I really needed to see how well he does on each brand for longer periods. So far, so good.

    I was feeding Pedigree when I first came to DFA too. I had a half bald, itchy, smelly, flea infested uncomfortable little guy. His environment was part of the issue as well. My Vet suggested I look for another food along with some medical intervention.

    All in all it pretty much boils down to choosing a food you are comfortable feeding within your budget and most importantly your dog does well on. I have not tried Zignature or Dr. Tim’s and I think I fed Earthborn a few years ago, before I started a spreadsheet. I think you have a good selection to choose from.

  • alexisleonalee

    I just can’t imagine it being egg… It was only in one other food that she ate (that I remember), but, she didn’t have nearly the reaction she did while eating the Lamb and Rice Diamond Naturals recipe… It was AWFUL.. And of course I happened to be feeding it to her right before I gave birth, so I wasn’t even around to help her.. I felt so bad. Poor dog… She still doesn’t have fur in some spots because of the itching she was doing, and she is barely itching anymore. 🙁

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! I will have to read that in a couple minutes!

  • Bobby dog

    Here is a two part article by Holistic Vet Dr. Susan Wynn about grains that I came across while researching the subject: http://vetnutrition.blogspot.com/2009/05/are-grains-all-bad.html

    http://vetnutrition.blogspot.com/2010/03/grains-2-not-as-allergenic-as-you.html

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you, Bobby dog! I’ve been switching my dog’s food so much recently she probably doesn’t even notice anymore lol! Originally it was because I wanted better (she was eating Pedigree for the first few years, poor thing…), now I think it is cause I just like trying new foods lol…

    The only thing we had an issue with was Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice recipe. I’m thinking that was either because of the egg or millet. (Those were the only 2 big, main things, that were exclusively in that food, than any of the other foods I have fed her (that I can remember). But, egg was in another one that she did just fine on. So I’m thinking the only problem is millet.

    After some pretty extensive research, I am noticing some grains are actually filled with nutrients, so what harm could it do!? Currently, I am debating between Zignature recipes (so that I can rotate flavors, and it just plain seems like a good brand), Dr. Tim’s Kinesis (that wouldn’t be rotated, but, the price is really appealing, as well as the food quality, but an e-mail from Dr. Tim told me that the animal ingredients, the chicken, pork and fish are not free range, meaning most likely factor farm raised, and the fish is farm raised, not ocean caught, which was pretty disappointing to me… But, the meat ratio to plant ratio for protein is pretty wonderful… Same for Zignature, actually), and Earthborn Holistic Grain Free recipes (also for the ability to rotate flavors/recipes, and Earthborn Holistic seems like a pretty awesome company too! I am currently waiting on an e-mail from them). I went through all the “Best Dog Foods” on here, comparing the prices, protein/fat/carb ratios, and the ingredients, and these 3 seem to work the best for my situation! Hopefully Valentine likes at least one of them lol….

    Does that “test” of putting a little bit of each of your potential foods out, and whichever one your dog goes to is the one, actually work lol?

  • Dori

    It’s always possible alexisleonalee that she’s having a reaction to millet but it is pretty rare. It’s a pseudo grain and though one of my girls cannot tolerate any grains at all, millet doesn’t seem to bother her at all. There was a time when I was still feeding kibble that Nature’s Logic Sardine Formula was in rotation at our house.

  • alexisleonalee

    What if she is only doing it sometimes?! She only does it rarely, and when I tell her to sit, she sits good lol!

    (I’m sorry about your dog though, that doesn’t sound like much fun at all.. Sounds like it was figured out though, which is good?!)

  • Bobby dog

    Hi alexisleonalee:
    IMO the most important opinion is your dog’s! I feed grain inclusive and grain free kibbles as a base for my dog’s diet. I believe in rotational feeding, but have a few cats that don’t. They are doing fine on the very small variety they choose to eat.

    As C4c wrote carbs bind kibble together. Every dog is an individual and may or may not do well with different carb sources. I don’t believe in feeding only certain carbs when it comes to kibble. Automatically eliminating foods without consideration for how your dog might do eating them does not provide much variety. You name it I have fed most grains, legumes, and potatoes that are used to bind kibbles these days. My dog has done well on all and I am able to provide a wide variety of foods in his diet. However, if my dog did not do well eating a certain carb(s) I would eliminate it without question. Your dog will lead the way for you! 😉

  • alexisleonalee

    So, after somewhat close comparison.. The only things that were in Diamond Naturals and not her other foods (as far back as I could remember) was millet and egg… But egg was in one other one that I don’t remember her having a reaction to.. Could she have a problem with millet??

  • Crazy4dogs

    That was how I noticed it on my 1st dog. His sit was always square and then became slightly off. It took us a long time for the vet to find it since it was a minor injury and this was many years ago when MRI’s were not easily accessible and $1k exploratory surgery was not a budgetary option. Of course, when the other knee blew, it became obvious. 🙁

  • alexisleonalee

    Oh shoot.. Really? My dog does this all the time, I thought she was just being cute!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Sometimes they don’t. A sloppy sideways sit is a good sign of a possible knee injury or joint problems.

    https://myvitalitychiropractic.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/puppy-sitting-aka-lazy-or-side-sitting/

  • alexisleonalee

    I don’t believe she has, unless she just didn’t show pain? But that sounds like something that requires a vet’s visit..

    Thank you!

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! I will look into that. (:

  • Crazy4dogs

    Earthborn could be another one to consider. It’s a family company. I use that as well.

  • alexisleonalee

    I was looking at those, but the grain free is way out of my budget..

    I really like the amount of protein in Zignature and Dr. Tim’s compared to Fromm..

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you’re dog has had any joint or ACL type injuries, he/she will have arthritis already starting. That’s my avatar’s story (torn @ 6 yo), although she’s now older as well.

    It’s easiest to link:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/367949-list-of-nightshade-vegetables-fruits/

  • Crazy4dogs

    I like Fromm and do use it in my rotation. Fromm 4 Star nutritionals actually has 2 lines. One is grain inclusive and the other is grain free.

  • alexisleonalee

    My dog is only 5, so it better not be an issue yet lol! What is the night shade family??

  • Crazy4dogs

    Years ago, one of my dogs had issues with grains, even the “good grains,” so I just feed all of them grain free, since they came in after I went grain free.

    I’m not sure how old your dog is or if arthritis is a consideration at all, but if it is you want to stay away from potatoes (not sweet) due to the fact that they are inflammatory. Anything in the night shade family are inflammatory.

  • alexisleonalee

    But don’t some grains actually contain nutrients too? So they can’t all be bad..

  • alexisleonalee

    I think this website isn’t fully helping me, because all the filler/carb ingredients are followed by “However,…..”, so that makes me automatically think it is a bad ingredient lol.

    I guess it probably all comes down to personal opinion at this point, huh..?

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! It’s probably just the oblivious part of me thinking that the ingredients look better.. I am trying to stay away from white rice though lol.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi alexisleonlee-
    All dry kibbles need a carb or starch ingredient to bind them together. In my opinion, it just depends on which carb your dog does best on. Whether it be sweet potatoes, peas, rice, etc. It’s actually nice to be able to have more choices. (but also more confusing!) As InkedMarie stated, not all grain frees or grain inclusive foods are created equal. I have fed both and surprisingly enough, my dogs seem to best when dried potatoes are the main starch. (this week anyway) Go figure? Good luck with your choice.

  • Pitlove

    IMO there is no reason to discriminate against grain free or grain. Dogs have no need for carbs and either way they are getting carbs. Tons of people think grain free is automatically better. It’s not to me. My dog does better with grain based foods. All they did with grain free foods is change the carb source, not eliminate them.

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t agree with that. Dogs don’t have a need for grains so why feed them? All grainfrees are not alike and not all grain inclusives are not alike.
    My brittany does great on Dr Tim’s grainfrees. It’s in my rotation of foods I like (also Farmina, Annamaet & Natures Logic, techniclly not gf but only has millet).

  • alexisleonalee

    I’ve heard that grain free should really only be used for dogs who truly have a gluten intolerance, otherwise it is pretty much a waste of money. Not sure about the truth to that.. Although, based on comparing ingredients recently, it seems like grain free uses better ingredients than grain??

    Hmm.. I wonder if it is worth a shot to try Dr. Tim’s…I read that the protein is 84% meat sourced, and I really liked that too. In the e-mail though, either Dr. Tim avoided the question or forgot to answer, but, he didn’t confirm that like I asked.. /:

  • Pitlove

    Yes the Four Star line is designed for rotation similar to Zignature. I feed the Gold line. My dogs seem to do better on grain than grain free.

    I really like Dr.Tims food. Unfortunately my pitbull did not like it so I didn’t feed it long term. It’s a small company, so that might be why they don’t go the more expensive sourcing route. I do know of a couple on YouTube that use Dr. Tims Kinesis for their 3 Huskies and they do excellent on it.

  • alexisleonalee

    I really like that Fromm is a family owned business. Doesn’t seem like there are too many of those in the dog food industry. But, there isn’t much of a variety. Although, they do have that Four Stars Nutritionals line… I believed that is a good line too??

    I found Dr. Tim’s, and I was really excited about it.. Sounded expensive, till I looked at the amount I was getting and how long that would last me! But then Dr. Tim responded to an e-mail and said that their fish is farm raised and that their chicken and pork is not free range, the fish especially made me kind’ve upset.. Farm raised fish is really unhealthy, from what I have heard..

  • Pitlove

    I feed Fromm (and NutriSource to my other dog) to my picky pitbull with skin problems and he does amazing on it, so I’m very partial to Fromm. I think they are one of the best foods out there and companies as well. They have been established for many years and have yet to have a recall. I think that would also be a fine choice.

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you so much!

    I didn’t even realize that for some stupid reason lol…

    It’s either this, Nature’s Logic or Fromm… Man the options are endless lol!

  • Pitlove

    Yes Diamond has been involved in a few recalls.

    It’s never too late to educate yourself and that goes for all facets of life. The most I knew about pet food growing up was don’t feed a food that’s different colors because its artificial coloring lol. Good place to start I guess!

    I think Zignature would be a fine choice of food

  • alexisleonalee

    Probably saved my dog from some runs lol!

  • Dori

    Glad if I was able to help.

  • Pitlove

    Not sure, but I have given thought to the quality of the meat being sourced being an issue.

  • alexisleonalee

    I will try and compare ingredients later and see what I can find! Is it ever just a brand thing for dogs rather than an ingredient thing??

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! That will be awesome! ☺

  • Dori

    Yes, just the same until you’ve done it a few times with the different proteins within that brand and eventually you’ll be able to switch proteins within the brand without having to transition.

  • Pitlove

    Zignature is considered a limited ingredient food so that’s why it doesn’t have as much stuff in it. Likely there was something in Diamond that is not in Nutro that your dog reacted to. Probably was not the lamb. Don’t forget it could be anything no matter how far down the ingredient panel it is.

  • alexisleonalee

    Would you transition like you do between brands?

  • alexisleonalee

    Just switch it like you would brands??

  • Dori

    Though the many of the ingredients within a brand are similar and may even read exactly the same with the exception of the protein they can and may vary in %. A dog not accustomed to rotating may have some gastro issues or may not. It’s best to switch slowly until your dog’s gut is accustomed to rotating even within the same brand.

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! I actually didn’t know that!

  • Dori

    It’s still best to transition slowly even within a brand if your dog is not accustomed to rotating foods.

  • alexisleonalee

    Thank you! The only major issue, other than itching was when I tried Diamond Naturals lamb and rice or something. I just know it was lamb. But, she is eating the Nutro Natural Choice lamb and she is doing fine, so I am not sure what it is.. This stuff seems to have a lot less ingredients though, and more ingredients I can pronounce lol, which makes me happy. And she is picky and likes variety! So if it is interchangeable, it would be perfect (hopefully)! Maybe it will help her skin issues…

  • Pitlove

    Yes they are according to their rep. Unless of course your dog can not tolerate something in the food.

  • alexisleonalee

    Does anyone know if the recipes of Zignature are easily interchangeable?? I’m really liking th idea of this brand… Contemplating between this and Fromm. Would be switching from Nutro!

  • GSDgrl82

    My dogs went completely bonkers for the kangaroo! Did you notice at all if the kibble has a green tint to it or is it just me seeing things??? 🙂

  • theBCnut

    Up at the top, 2 lines under the blue box, you’ll find this

    The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

    Zignature Turkey Formula

    Zignature Duck Formula (4 stars)

    Zignature Lamb Formula (4 stars)

    Zignature Zssential Formula (5 stars)

    Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula

    This review is for all of these formulas. Dr Mike chooses one that is neither the best or the worst to represent all of them to talk about ingredient type and quality issues. The star rating for the individual formulas is here, if the rating is different from the overall rating.

  • CONCERNED

    Why no rating for the Turkey or the Fish product?

  • CONCERNED

    Thats good the way they are pooping. Less meat will not hurt the dogs. Actually it is healthier for them!

  • Adrienne P.

    I agree with Storm’s Mom. Nature’s Logic Beef is part of our dog’s rotational diet. I’ve noticed that her stools are a lot smaller and very firm with the Beef formula. After she finishes this bag I will try out Zignature Kangaroo.

  • DogFoodie

    Ugh! I’m so sorry! I said that he said the probiotic, but I meant to say that he said digestive enzyme!

    For example, here’s the list of inactive ingredients from the Mercola digestive enzymes (note the last ingredient in the list): Inactive Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Betaine HCl, Papaya, Pineapple Stems, Porcine Pancreas.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Oh that’s interesting, I had no idea!! You really DO learn something new everyday!! 🙂 Thanks DogFoodie! 🙂

    This is the ingredient list for the one I feed (Holistic Blend.. it’s a Canadian company/brand), how can you tell whether it contains a particular protein or not? (or do we have to contact the manufacturer?)

    Probiotic proprietary blend 600 mg
    Lactobacillus acidophilus
    Bifidobacterium bifidum
    Bifidobacterium infantis
    Bifidobacterium longum
    Lactobacillus bulgaricus
    Lactobacillus casei
    Lactobacillus salivarius
    Streptococcus thermophilus
    FOS (fructooligosaccharides) 270 mg
    NAG (N-acetyl-D-glucosamine) 105 mg

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Taylor,

    You know, sometimes the probiotics and digestive enzymes can be the problem as well.

    I think back to the time Dr. Tim told someone, who was trying to figure out what their dog was having trouble with, that the specific probiotic they were using contained pork, which might be problematic for their dog.

    I might try seeing how they do without it for a bit.

  • Taylor F.

    Thanks for the suggestions, guys! They already get probiotics and digestive enzymes every day. 🙂

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, sorry about the explosion of posts after your original post! That happens on here occasionally 🙁 I’d still suggest trying Nature’s Logic.. my guy doesn’t have the poop frequency issue on it that Pitlove’s has…or Nutrisource, as Pitlove suggested. I’m also currently a huge fan of Holistic Select Grain Free (the fish one..it’s got a really long name) ..Storm’s on that one right now and we’ve actually reduced his poops/day by 1 on that one! (I live in a 3rd floor condo so I can relate to wanting to take him outside less frequently, if possible!) Earthborn Holisitic Grain Free would be another one too look into. I think all my other recommendations would be brands mainly found in Canada, so if you happen to be in Canada, too, let me know and I’ll provide some other suggestions.

    Have you tried probiotics and digestive enzymes to deal with the loose stool issue? They can work wonders on that sort of thing. What ingredients have been the triggers in the past?

  • Pitlove

    If you’re concerned about the volume that they are pooping, I’ll say that when I fed Nature’s Logic my dog was pooping 4-5 times a day.

    Now that we know that your goal is to prevent digesetive upset, have you looked into NutriSource? It’s an excellent food for dogs with sensitive stomachs. You could also add probiotics to the food and/or a digestive supplement.

    Also I apologize for how convoluted this whole conversation got. It was not my intention to even get into such a conversation with my original post and I’m sure that none of the comments that followed my post were even remotely helpful for your situation. Unfortunetly that happens a lot around here.

  • Taylor F.

    Okay, whoa, I nearly forgot about this post, and I didn’t expect to see all this from my few statements. To clarify: I am not necessarily looking for a food labelled as a limited ingredient diet, but I tend to look into them more for my dogs because they have had loose stools and other digestive issues in the past with certain foods, and I prefer to avoid any ingredients that could even potentially cause upset. For example, I heard wonderful things about Farmina and tried it, but my dogs absolutely could not tolerate it no matter what I did to transition them, or feed less of it. It was the first food that I actually had to throw out before finishing the bag because they had nonstop gas and diarrhea.

    I might have worded this wrong and was misunderstood, but I didn’t necessarily mean I wanted a higher protein percentage, I was just stating that Zignature appears to have LOTS of peas and pea protein – it’s like it’s mostly peas! Even though meat is listed first, it further goes on to list that it contains peas, pea flour, pea protein, and chickpeas. Is that where all the fiber is coming from? My dogs have almost finished a medium bag of it, and while their stools have been solid, they are pooping more than I have ever seen in my life (volume and frequency) lol. I live in an apartment and have to walk them and pick up poops – I think that if I had a yard it wouldn’t matter as much. One of my dogs actually pooped in the floor for the first time since he was a puppy while on this food. Overall, I think I will move on from it and yet again try something else. I have heard great things about Nature’s Logic and have been interested in trying it for them, but I’m worried that they won’t be able to tolerate its higher protein percentage. One of them is elderly – a very sedentary senior. The other is 1.5, but low energy and not super active.

  • Crazy4dogs

    IMHO, I also think the sensitive stomach issue may be the reason for lower protein.

    I completely agree with you since I prefer rotating single protein formulas too. Maybe they’re listening! ; )

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, I’ve often thought that part of the problem is that LID is often thought of as for dogs with “sensitive stomachs” and other such issues, and presumably these owners would also not be interested in a “high protein” kibble because of the erroneous idea out there that “high protein” causes even more/other health issues. They’d likely be getting the idea to feed an LID from their vet, which we know often times will discourage “high protein” diets in the same breath.

    Personally, I would LOVE to see/feed a high protein, single meat meal (aka – for the purposes of this conversation – LID) …I’d perhaps feed several varieties of that food.. but I’m guessing there’s not a market/profit in it (yet), which is hugely unfortunate, imho.

  • Pitlove

    thank you. forgot to check the 4 star reviews for the other formulas.

  • Bobby dog
  • Pitlove

    Oi lol. I’m not sure where people are getting this whole thing about foods that don’t exist because I’m only talking about the ones that Mike HAS rated, which therefore DO exist…………

  • Pitlove

    Canine Cavier actually doesn’t have a single 5 star rated food, oddly enough. I always thought they did myself.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/dry/5-star/

  • theBCnut

    Dr Mike rates the foods that exist, not what could or could not exist. Yes, many/most of them do have lower protein levels, for whatever reason, but that’s because the manufacturers decided what level they were going to have, not because higher levels of protein could not be had.

  • Crazy4cats

    Looks like canine cavier might have a couple. It’s something I’ve not really looked in to.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Hmm, no people were “hung up on” 1 of the 3 sentences in your original post. Personally, I agree with the 1st and 3rd sentences of that post, but not the 2nd one for reasons already explained.

  • el doctor

    “Correct me if I’m wrong,”

    That’s exactly what aimee, Storm’s Mom and myself tried to do 😉

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    Neither aimee nor I ever said that “they” would not get get more animal protein from Zssential than Zignature’s LID diets because that statement is true.

    What we are referring to as being incorrect is your statement that;

    “its impossible for an LID to get super high meat content with just one single source of protein and that protein in the form of a meal.”

    And now that this conversation has become confusing, would you be so kind as to explain why “its impossible for an LID to get super high meat content with just one single source of protein and that protein in the form of a meal.”

    Thank you

  • Pitlove

    Because I was. Correct me if I’m wrong, but none of the 5 star foods are foods that are considered limited ingredient diets?

    edit: and yes this conversation really went in a direction it didn’t need to go in. what else is new..

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, you worded it funny to begin with. It sounded like you were talking about any Ltd. Ing. food, not specifically Zignature. Unfortunately, the OP is probably rolling their eyes at us all by now. Lol!

  • Pitlove

    Yes Zignature’s whole “thing” is that they are a (and I quote from the rep who taught our seminar) “true LID food”. Also they are certified low glycemic because they forgo the use of potatoes for peas etc. Yes my thinking was that they would get more animal protein from Zssential which is their only multi-protein formula, however Aimee and El Doctor insist that that is untrue.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi PL-
    I didn’t realize that the above rated foods were considered limited ingredient. They are not noted as being so on this site. However, I looked it up, and you’re right! They have a lot of ingredients to be considered lid in my opinion. So, anyway, in this case the op would get more animal protein if they go with the non-ltd, multi protein zssential recipe if they are going to stick with Zignature. Correct?

  • Pitlove

    I guess everyone is getting hung up on my use of the word “impossible” which is silly as it shouldnt be the sticking point of my message. So how about we forget that I said impossible. Dr. Mike seems to agree with my thinking however, as he has given foods like Zignature’s LID and Acana Singles lower ratings than their multi-protein counterparts. DFA does rate based on meat content, so I guess I was comparing this food to the 5 star foods that are considered meat based foods.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I think all that aimee and el doctor are saying is that you can have a high protein, single meat meal dog food. “High protein” and “single meat meal” are not mutually exclusive, in other words. I don’t often agree with aimee, in particular, but she’s right on this one. It’s not often that you see single meat meal, high protein kibbles (canned is much more common), but they do actually exist and, therefore, it’s not “impossible” as you claim. Even if they weren’t currently on the market, you can still technically make a high protein kibble from a single meat meal source…you just load up on that single meat meal in the recipe rather than splitting up that protein % between multiple meat meals.

  • Pitlove

    Lol. I’m really not concerned with whether or not the OP meant to feed an LID food or just stumbled on this food because it was appealing to her for her dogs needs. It’s not really revelent why she is using it. I was simply trying to explain to her that because this food is a diet that has limited ingredients for dogs with food sensitivities, it has lower meat content than Zssential.

  • Storm’s Mom

    ..which the OP may or may not know/understand/care about.

  • Pitlove

    Yes I understand that, however Zignature’s formulas (aside from Zssential) are LID’s.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I feed a few different “Lamb formulas” that are single protein.. again, doesn’t mean it’s LID or that I want or need to stay with it, it’s just what I’m feeding.

  • Pitlove

    She’s feeding the Lamb formula so I assumed she chose an LID food for whatever reason she may have.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I think this may have gotten off track when it started being about LID..which the OP never actually mentioned or talked about. They just wanted more protein from meat sources (rather than peas, pea protein and flaxseed) for a dog with a “sensitive stomach” ..that may or may not mean/require LID.

  • Pitlove

    The OP is concerned about the amount of protein in this food coming from peas and other carbohydrates and I was simply explaining to the OP that it is more common in an LID food for most of the protein that is in the food to be plant based. I’m also saying this based on what the rep from Zignature told me at my job. They formulated Zssential specifically to get a higher rating on DFA because their LID lines were lower rated due to not as much meat content. His words coming from the people at Pets Global.

  • Pitlove

    You’re still not following what me or the OP is saying and now that you’ve started in with your normal condesending tone I’m going to end the conversation.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Check out Nature’s Logic. No peas, protein or flaxseed, and all of the formulae have at least 30% protein on dry matter basis.

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    The only confusion here is yours.

    Your statement that;

    “its impossible for an LID to get super high meat content with just one single source of protein and that protein in the form of a meal.”

    Is wrong.

    It doesn’t matter what term (super high protein) you used to describe the protein level, or what the OP was looking for, or that Zignature’s LID diets are considered plant-based.

    Your statement is still incorrect.

    The fact is, that WHATEVER protein level you can achieve using multiple sources of protein, you can achieve using a single source of protein.

    So please take another look at your statement, and if you meant something else that’s okay, it happens to the best of us 😉

  • aimee

    I’m not following you well.

    I think what el doctor is saying and I’m agreeing with is that a limited ingredient meat based high protein diet with a single meal can be made. Multiple meals are not necessary.

  • Pitlove

    However Zignatures LID diets are still considered plant-based foods meaning most of their protein is coming from plant protein. I believe the OP was looking for an LID food that was obtaining most of its protein from animal meat. Also I suppose there is confusion here because the term “super high protein” is subjective to the individual.

  • aimee

    Hi Pitlove,

    I’d agree with el doctor. The percent protein in the meal or meals used and the amounts used, in combination with the other ingredients will determine the final protein percent of the diet. The number of meals used isn’t a factor.

  • Pitlove

    Yes, my statement is completely correct, which is why Zssential is given 5 stars while the other LID formulas are not. Same reason why Acana Regionals is given 5 stars and Acana Singles is 4 stars.

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    You said;

    “Unfortunetly its impossible for an LID to get super high meat content with just one single source of protein and that protein in the form of a meal.”

    I know you mean well, but your statement is false. Whatever meat content you can achieve by using multiple meat meals, you can achieve by using one meat meal.

  • Pitlove

    If you are interested in higher meat I’d go with the Zssential formula as its their multi-protein line. Unfortunetly its impossible for an LID to get super high meat content with just one single source of protein and that protein in the form of a meal. I’d say the positives about Zignature are that its low glycemic and does not use potatoes.

  • Taylor F.

    I recently started my dogs with sensitive stomachs on the lamb formula. The biggest issue I have with this food is the high amount of peas, pea protein, and flaxseed… I wish there was more protein from meat. It also has so much fiber. My dogs aren’t gassy and their stools are formed, but they are pooping so. much. And in large volumes… At least they’re not having gas and diarrhea!

  • Niky Bond

    Not 100% sure. All the vet said was “you should change your food right away.” I guess I got so caught up in it I didn’t ask what was causing the issue. When I contacted Zignature they were not helpful or sympathetic at all. I can e-mail my vet and once I get a response I will let you know!

  • Niky Bond

    They may be a high quality dog food but I am just sketched out by how they treated me. They don’t even handle their own refunds. The bag says “satisfaction guarantee” but I had to ask for it after about a week. My dogs are pretty picky and stopped eating Taste of the Wild. I contacted them and within the day the contacted me back apologizing and saying they will look into it. They also told me to send in my receipt and they would issue me a refund ASAP. I wish my dogs would have continued eating that–they were nice.

  • Renée Murray

    What is in the food that’s causing those symptoms?

  • Renée Murray

    Words can barely explain how happy I am with Zignature! I give my dog a cup of the dry Trout and Salmon formula along with a spoonful of the wet Duck or Zssential formula twice a day.

    He is diabetic AND picky when it comes to dog food which is a terrible combination when meals have to be coordinated with carefully timed insulin shots. This is the only (healthy) food I can get him to eat without putting up a fight.

    He is a spaniel mix, so he naturally has awful allergy symptoms: yeasty ears and paws; crusty, itchy, pustules all over his skin… The vet told me to cut out chicken and beef,give him benadryl, and use medicated shampoo, but this hardly helped my poor pup.

    He has been on Zignature for 2 months now and I am AMAZED that after 2 and a half years of battling with his “crusties,” his skin is completely crust-free! I just bathed him and expected to find hidden patches under his fur because I could not believe that the food alone would make them all disappear. I was wrong! He has ZERO crusty patches on his skin.

    I’m so happy he has finally gotten relief from all those uncomfortable itchy sores and now people can pet him without getting grossed out by the scales and flakes! This is a MIRACLE FOOD!

    I also want to note that they are the only brand of canned food that I have seen that does not contain carrageenan. If your dog eats canned food and had gas, stomach upset, allergies, etc. it’s worth doing a little research on carrageenan and switching to a brand like Zignature that doesn’t use it.

  • Kimberly Crowe

    Thank you for your review! I am looking for a food to switch my dogs to and the second thing i do is read the reviews. I certainly dont want to be feeding them anything from a company that can not even say a simple “i’m sorry” Although, saying “I’m sorry” is admitting that you are wrong and I am sure they don’t want people thinking they did something wrong. I will not be switching to this food!

  • Niky Bond

    I’ve had my dogs on the trout for about a month and both developed struvite crystals and possibly bladder stones from the food. When I reached out to Zignature I didn’t even get a sorry!

    One dog is a 40lb Catahoula/boxer mix (3yrs) and the other is a 35lb Catahoula/staffy mix (1yr).

  • Well I have two dogs who compete for whatever the other one has, so all I needed to do was put it in one bowl and they both decided it was the hot new thing.

    Try mixing in caned pumpkin with the food for a few days. It’ll make it more interesting to them, while also easing the digestive change.

  • DrJoe

    Totally understand. I love my dogs and want them to have high quality food. But farm raised fish and GMOs are two totally different things. Farm raised fish are fed horrible food with all sorts of chemicals. However I appreciate your good intentions and that you’re not someone who will just buy kibble n bits because it’s cheap and convenient. If you truly want to stay away from all GMOs, you better stay clear from all grocery stores! Much luck,
    A fellow dog parent

  • trying 2 get it right.

    Thank you for that information. I prefer to stay away from farm raised fish and GMO soy/corn/sugar beets just to name a few of the round-up laden seeds. I won’t eat them so I don’t want my dog to eat them either.

  • DrJoe

    Not to sound condescending, but I think there is a horrible misunderstanding of what GMO means. GMO is not necessarily bad. In fact, genetically modified foods came to our rescue during the potato famine, and countless other droughts and famines. Did you know the seedless grapes you buy are genetically modified? Seedless watermelon? Easy peel oranges? All “GMO” means is humans “bred” these products to have certain qualities like being seedless, ability to withstand drought, etc. Kind of like how people breed dogs to be small, big, shaggy, smooth, pointy ears, floppy ears, etc.GMOS have saved millions of lives over the years and is nothing new to the 21st century. This GMO craze is just another marketing ploy to get you to spend more money. These are the same people (eh hem…Whole Foods) who will sell you a $7 bottle of asparagus water because its natural, organic and “jam packed with anti oxidants”. You’d be better off just eating a piece of asparagus.

  • Kay Jay

    My dogs wont eat the Kangaroo…… 🙁 I was so excited about it… did it take some times for yours to start eating it?

  • Pitlove

    the rating is based on ingredients only, not the individual success or failure each dog has on the food.

    glad this food is working well for your dog. It is an excellent food.

  • I love the service this site provides, but sometimes it misses the point. Zignature is a limited ingredient dog food, which has helped may people identify and work around specific pet food allergies. It feels like my Terrier/Akita mix goes crazy scratching herself if she’s in the same room with anything chicken or foul related. Zignature Kangaroo has helped immensely.

    The missing half star feels pedantic in light of what this product actually sets out to achieve.

  • Myzteziz

    That’s great to hear.

  • Gwen Myers

    I switched to the trout and salmon because of my dashchund’s allergies. He rarely breaks out anymore.

  • Jane

    Just a note. The Zssential Formula is not a limited ingredients formula because it is comprised of a few meats.

  • Jane

    Boxers are notorious for skin allergies. I just put down my female boxer 4 months ago. She also developed cancer. I know the pain.

  • Jane

    Whitefish is the other new flavor. I went into the pet store yestereday since I saw the Zignature truck deliver this brand. I picked up 2 samples and my dog loved it. The next day, I received an email about 25% off this food as a promotion. So I bought 1 bag of Trout & Salmon and 1 bag of the Essentials Flavors. My dog loves it.

  • Myzteziz

    I have 2 Dachshund’s who I have been feeding Fromm for the longest time doing really well on it. I ended up finding out that my female’s urine ph levels were to alkaline and she was getting struvite crystals….without any uti. Even the male’s ph levels were a tad to high on Fromm. Fromm does have a target ph level of I believe 6.5 if I remember what they told me when I contacted them about it. Theirs was above 7. There is more to it then just the food of course, but I was told I should find a low calorie, grain free and potato free food with lower calories for my female to help with the crystal issue. I was also told to add a cranberry supplement.
    I asked Fromm if they had anything that matched what I was looking for and the Whitefish and Potato was the only one that came close. The food has grains in it as well as potatoes. I fed it and saw no difference in ph levels. Their stools were also less firm because of the grains. One thing with Fromm is if you look at their ingredients a lot of them are alkaline. Very few are acidic. I don’t know if one formula over the other is more balanced with acidic and alkaline ingredients, but I would assume so as they are said to all have a target ph level of 6.5. It just didn’t work for me so it was time to switch.

    After doing a lot of research and not finding any food without potatoes in it, I came across Zignature which is potato free, grain free and lower in calories all depending on the formula. There’s also of course limited ingredients so there’s not to many alkaline ingredients in it.
    I now feed the kangaroo formula and both are doing well on it. ph levels are normal (company said their target ph is 5.5 so lower the most other brands) and have used the trout/salmon one before. Both of their stools are firm, perfect color, etc..
    The fiber levels are a big higher in their foods which is good especially when needing to watch weight and firm up the stools.

    I have read some other posts about Copper Proteinate being in it. Most dogs foods have either copper proteinate in it, copper sulfate or both. The AAFCO requires it in order for the food to be considered complete. Zignature only has copper proteinate which is better then copper sulfate. Some other top brands such as Fromm have both and like Fromm some don’t even list it on their ingredient list. They just list it as “minerals” so if you are worried about it being in any food contacted the company because just because its not listed in the ingredients, doesn’t mean its not in it.
    If the food is listed as complete then it is in it.
    If you are considered with the amount, drop them an email and they will reply back with it for any of the formulas. I do know that the Trout and Salmon is 16.5 mg/kg and the kangaroo 12.7 mg/kg.

    Zignature doesn’t list any pro biotics, but from what I know they are useless in dog foods as they die off by the time your dog eats the food anyways so better to add one if needed.
    I know many others who have switched to Zignature and are doing well on it.
    I defiantly recommend it personally especially if you have Dachshund’s like I do. lol

  • Myzteziz

    Honest Kitchen is great food, but it has one of the most debated ingredients in it…..garlic. Something people have to decided for themselves on.

  • Myzteziz

    It’s unfortunate what happened to your dog, however I doubt the copper alone caused it. Sounds like there was already an underlying issue there. Did you happen to have a blood work profile done prior to going on the food at any point for anything else? Copper Proteinate is way better then Copper Sulfate which is inorganic and not as easily absorbed. A lot of dog foods have copper sulfate or both copper sulfate and proteninate in it as the AAFCO requires it in order for the food to be considered “complete”. Even Fromm which I feel is one of the best foods on the market has both….yet they don’t list it in their ingredients. They just list “minerals”. Their website has a page which lists exactly which minerals go into their food and they are both listed.

    I contacted Zignature about 2 of the formulas and the copper proteinate levels. They are really good at replying with answers. The Trout and Salmon is 16.5 mg/kg and the kangaroo 12.7 mg/kg. No idea about the turkey one. I honestly don’t know if those numbers are high or not, but I would assume it’s not for the typical dog. I know other dog foods have levels in the 17 mg range. If the copper did cause the liver damage the next question would be why the body was retaining it and not absorbing it properly. I will be testing both of my dogs in a few months to see what their levels are at. Not because I’m feeding them Zignature, but because they are both taking NSAID’s for back issues. Previous tests show normal liver’s, but now that I am on the food I will be curious to see if anything has changed with feeding it on top of the medication. I was feeding Fromm prior to Zignature and considering they have both versions of copper in their food I do feel a bit better knowing Zignature only has one.

  • Erin

    My dog is 4 years old and has no food allergies but was a picky eater. I knew I wanted to give my dog the best food since I try and give myself the best. After research and talking with my local dog store (not a chain) I tried several high end brands. Thanks to ample samples given to me. Of the brands my dog liked zingature the best. She has been chomping down ever since with no issues. I switch up favors sometimes after I read that it’s not great to always have the same proteins for long periods of time. She does great with all flavors and loves them all.

  • tdog

    They have a kangaroo flavor now!

  • disqus_ldM0XsRpQf

    Copper Proteinate appears to be 16th as part of a mixture of minerals. It appears that the formula contains 35 ingredients.
    Zignature Turkey Limited Ingredient Formula Ingredients per label: Turkey, Turkey Meal, Peas, Pea Flour, Chickpeas, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Citric Acid), Pea Protein, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Dried Beet Pulp Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Salt, Chorine Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Poteinate, Cobalt Proteinate), Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,
    Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Blueberries, Carrots, Cranberries, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols.

  • Susan

    Gee that’s no good, your better off cooking that way you know what your dog is eating, if you get sick of cooking have a look at The Honest Kitchen Zeal fish diet….Grain free, low in carbs, high in protein low in fat, also low in sodium I hope your boy gets better real soon http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/zeal

  • Jackie Burfield

    Hi Everyone. I have something I would like to report about Zignature Kibble Dog Food…specifically the Turkey Formula. My 8 year old Cocker Spaniel – Atticus – is an allergy dog…I have tried numerous foods from raw to high end kibble. The last food I had him on before the Zignature Turkey was the Raw Instincts Limited Ingredient Rabbit, of which he was on for quite a while and doing pretty good but his poops were always somewhat runny (I would always use baby wipes on his butt after he was finished doing his business). After reading the great reviews about Zignature and the 5 * rating, I thought I would give it a try. His scratching, etc. were the usual but what I really loved was that his poops were nice and firm and solid. I bought the 25 lb. bag so fast forward to where he is about 3/4 of the way through the bag…and then disaster hits to put it mildly. I got up a few weeks ago on the Sunday morning and let him out of his crate…went out for a pee and poop, of which I thought were normal. He came back in and usually he is dancing and telling me to hurry and get his breakfast. This morning he didn’t….he was sitting quietly off to the side. I put his food down and nothing. I then went to fix his crate pad and he had been sick all over it through the night. The rest of the morning he was very lethargic and then sick again around 1 in the afternoon. I took him out for a pee and it was pretty much an orange colour. I gathered him up and went into the emergency vet where she looked him over. He did have a bit of a fever and was given a shot for nausea and home we went. I then took him to our regular vet the next morning and left him there for some tests. I called around 1:30 and the vet said it is his liver – the readings were all very high. He said to come in around 4 as they would keep him on some IV fluids with meds for the afternoon. I went in later that afternoon and was sent home with 4 different meds for him and I also contacted Dr. Jean Dodds and she said to put him on her liver diet, which consists of cooked whitefish, potatoes and either sweet potatoe or brown rice. I did the brown rice. I also took him back into the vet the next day as they had suggested to come in for more IV fluids to flush his system. So $1,000 later, he is back to his normal self I would say and his medication will be gone tomorrow. I honestly have to say I think it was this dog food as that is the only thing that changed. I would not recommend this dog food at all.
    Also Dr. Jean Dodds said it may have had something to do with the copper that causes the liver to go like this so I had already thrown the bag out so do not know what the copper content in this kibble is.

  • Shea

    Well I have been transitioning her to the new food for a week. She doesn’t seem to like it at all. I have to top it with wet food, baby carrots or banana to get her to eat it. The pet store I got it from is so far out of the way so I don’t want to waste my time and gas to go exchange it. The formula I got was Trout and Salmon. To me, it smells really bad. She did get an upset stomach a couple of days ago. I’m thinking about changing her to something milder soon. I’m not knocking the product. Its just not the right food for my dog.

  • Melissa Ashley Barnett

    This food is it, Trout and Salmon. One of my doodles has severe allergies both food related and environmental. We went no chicken, then no grain, to Zignature finally within 6 weeks on this food there was a considerable difference. She has now been on it for over 2 years, and her allergy medications have been significantly decreased. All in all this food seemed to do the trick. Highly recommended!

  • Shea

    Thanks so much for your advice! Maybe I will truly find out if she has an allergy to chicken or not.

  • Dori

    I would slowly, very slowly as it appears she’s been on chicken for the better part of her life, to a different protein. Stick with grain free. It’s very important that you read the ingredients carefully as a lot of foods that say that are Beef, Bison, whatever, will have chicken fat, chicken meal, something like that in the ingredient list. Sometimes pretty far down the list. Yep, I’d go with the fish so long as their is no poultry of any sort in the ingredient list. My allergy girl cannot tolerate anything with feathers, no fowl, whatsoever regardless as to where on the ingredient list it is. It took me a long time to realize that just because it said what the deemed the protein on the bag they would have something else in it. Once you figure out if it is the poultry that is her issue and have found a food that she does well on you can then find another food with the correct ingredients for her and you can slowly transition her to another food. You can eventually feed her different foods in rotation which, in my experience, appears to be the best method of feeding. The healthier her gut becomes (at least 70% lies in the gut) the more easily she will be able to transition from food to food. But never the food she is intolerant of. It’s also then great to rotate with different brands also. If a food is recalled, then you will already have other foods in your arsenal that you can immediately switch to without have gastro issues. Also every manufactures ingredients, supplements, what have you will be a bit different so that nutritionally speaking if one is lacking in something she’ll pick it up with another food. If a food has too much of some too little of another, it balances out in the long run.

    EDIT: I just reread your post and see that you’ve fed her other proteins before but you should look up on line, or in the pet food store, if those foods you were feeding had any poultry in them at all.

  • Shea

    I’m sorry I didn’t give specifics. She’s been on nutrisource for about 5 months now. She first had the chicken and rice, bison, and now the grain free chicken. Before nutrisource, she was on Diamond Naturals small breed chicken and rice. She has had this bag of the grain free chicken for 5 weeks but the scabs just recently came up the last couple of weeks. Any kind of food that she’s been on, she has always licked her paws though. That would be for the last 7 years. The vet recommended her take benadryl for the paw licking, but it didn’t help. I did research and thought a fish protein might help with her skin problems. I’m going to keep her on a grain free diet consistently this time to see if everything will clear up. In the past, she has tried other proteins from other brands such as lamb, beef and bison. Any advice will be appreciated!

  • Dori

    How long have you been feeding the Nutrisource Chicken? What was she eating before this food? Have you always fed her chicken? When did the scaling and paw licking start? All answers we’ll need in order to help you out with suggestions. Grain free is good though.

  • Shea

    My small terrier has recently developed a few small scabs on her back and has always licked her paws. Right now she is on Nutrisource Chicken grain free. She is close to being done with this bag and I received a sample of Zignature Trout and Salmon. I wanted suggestions on a good food for skin problems. This food looks great! She may have environmental allergies though that could be causing the scabs.

  • Crazy4cats

    If you are an Editor’s Choice member, you have access to a list of EC brands that have some GMO free lines. I was happy to see that the kibble I am currently feeding is on it. But, you are right, not very many are foods are!

  • Julie

    If you want GMO free foods you’re going to have to stay clear of foods made in the USA. I do like this food, it’s a best seller in my store but it’s not GMO free. Most USA Food products are full of GMOS. American made dog food is regulated by AAFCO and quite frankly, AAFCO is a joke. Foods from New Zealand and Italy are GMO free and much MUCH better quality. They simply have better standards of food health than we do. Try N&D by Farmina! GMO and synthetic preservative free. “Some” Orijen and Acana can claim GMO FREE but not all. Those are great foods too. Unfortunately though, the best dog foods down from outside the USA.

  • Kathleen

    Per Zignature website: Are Zignature® products manufactured in the U.S.? Yes, all Zignature® products are manufactured in the United States.

    Where do we source our ingredients?
    We get our fresh ingredients from the best sources around the globe. Trout, Salmon and Turkey from the United States, Lamb from New Zealand, Duck from France, Kangaroo from Australia and Whitefish from North America. In addition, our Fruits and Vegetables are from North America, with our Vitamins and Minerals from North America and France.

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • SPQ589

    They said that
    Tuffy’s/KLN in Minnesota makes the dry food and Performance Pet in South Dakota
    makes the canned food. You can email them or call if you want more
    information. They were very open with me.

  • Mr.Z

    Zignature is made in California!

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

    The PO Box address in the Virgin Islands is what they used for trademarking.

    Did they tell you where in the USA they are manufacturing their food? I think we all would like to know. 😉

  • SPQ589

    I was wondering about this since I feed my dogs Zignature. I contacted them through the website http://www.zignature.com that says the PO Box is California. They said http://www.petsglobal.com is not their website but http://www.pets-global.com is their website that is under construction. They said all their food is made in the USA.

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

    Like everyone else, I’m also researching to see who manufactures this food. This is what I found…Zignature is trademarked by Pets Global and with a PO Box as an address in the Virgin Islands. Pets Global is also a marketplace with manufacturers in China. I find this pretty interesting…

  • Nancy

    Our soon to be 9 year old Boxer was very healthy and thriving for years while on Chicken Soup dog food. Our vet said to continue whatever we were doing because she was obviously doing very well. All that changed almost 4 years ago when she received a Bordatella vaccination. I’m not one to bash vaccinations, just sharing our experience. Within 2 days of the vaccination, Maggie was in a serious health crisis. She developed a fever, nearly lame back legs (which later became stronger but she was left with a really bad limp), and uncontrolled shaking and after numerous tests, absolutely no medical reason could be found for her symptoms. The specialists absolutely refuted any relationship between her symptoms and the vaccination, but that’s something we’re in disagreement with.

    ANYHOO, all that to say that whatever all this was from, Maggie at this time also developed severe allergies and started itching, biting, scratching, chewing, licking, what have you. She also developed a highly sensitive stomach, became a very finicky eater, sometimes refusing to eat at all and then choosing to eat grass and vomiting as part of her feeding ritual.

    We have been on a search for a dog food that would help Maggie ever since then. And it has been an ongoing challenge. I’ve lost count of the number of foods we’ve tried. Three weeks ago we returned to the pet food store because after having made another switch in dog food, Maggie’s itching became even more intense, with her shoving and dragging her face in the couch and on the floor. The young lady at the shop recommended Zignature and after much discussion we settled on the duck formula. We chose to immediately switch over and did not taper her feedings, as we have always done in the past. For the first time since all this began, Maggie has eaten every morning and night, is not eating grass or vomiting and the itching is very minimal and has almost stopped. All I can say is, I’m one happy mama and I sure hope this continues! This has been a long, difficult experience not only for Maggie but for us watching her go through so much agony.

  • Linda Neff

    I have to question the validity of Vanessa’s statement as their website has an image of the USA flag and the Hong Kong (governed by China although with high autonomy) flag.

  • JaclynAnn

    Does anyone know who manufactures this food? I know it’s made in the USA but what plant is it being made at? Changing from TOTW to either this or Fromm. Staying clear of diamond from now on. Wasn’t a fan in the first place my girl just happened to be on it already when I got her. Now TOTW is unable to produce the wet food.

  • Ashlan

    My pit bull Zoey is 3 years old. She was a rescue so I did not have a lot of information on her medical and allergy back ground. Like most pit bull breeds she does have a food allergy. First, I was feeding her Evo which is a high protein food almost 80% protein. Evo had 2 recalls come out and Zoey did get very sick. My local pet food store, they are highly knowledgeable, recommended zignature. I was apprehensive due to she was already sick, she has a high allergic reaction from food and I would be going straight to another brand without aclimating her to it first. Zignature is an amazing product and she loves it. It did not make her sick and helped her recover from the other brand which had the recalls. Zignature is a great quality food and my baby Zoey can not wolf it down fast enough! I highly recommend this product you will not regret it! I am defiantly a lifetime customer with Zignature : ) !!!

  • booboo2323

    My chocolate Lab will be a year old in 1 week. Had 3 uti’s between the age of 2 months and 6 months. Put him on Duck and he hasn’t had another uti. This was the last one I tried (4 other top foods first) His coat is super shiny and he is doing/acting great! He tested that he had slight kidney failure. Vet is going to recheck him shortly. It’s rare but he is hoping he outgrows this. My puppy had green, slimy, smelly poop on all the others I tried (Nature’s variety LID Rabbit, Annamet aqualuk, wellness core) Found EF Ferment preabotics in them and Duck does not…poop is good! UTI’s are gone so far! Love this food. Vet said to go with around 25 protein, .5 phorphous, 5.0 ash and .2 magnisum. This was one on the only foods I found ( Horizon Pulsar Fish is another one but I haven’t tried that one)

  • Bobby dog

    Hello:
    Visit their website and also check out their FAQ page. If you don’t find the information you are looking for, call them or send them an e-mail.

    http://www.zignature.com/

  • trying 2 get it right.

    Is the salmon wild caught or farm raised [which is not healthy] – same
    with trout – also are any of the other food products GMO? I want my dog
    to have healthy food not food filled with poison from chemicals like
    Roundup in the seeds or sprayed on crops.

  • Mr T

    This is a great food for sensitive pets. Our Cockapoo is 10, was always dealing with red,
    itchy skin on his groin and paws. Tried lots of different limited
    ingredient foods with various results but always at least some itching.
    Started with Zignature about 2 years ago and his skin was clear after about
    6 weeks and has been ever since. Have used all formulas, he likes them
    and we love not having him lick and chew any more. Also got rid of the
    red yeast streaks in his muzzle. Can’t imagine switching. Our other dog
    gets tired of it, though, so we rotate her with Wellness or Orijen.

  • Dan Walker

    I have a 2 year old Swiss Mountain Dog/ Siberian Husky mix, through trial and error I discovered that he had intolerances to just about every meat protein other than fish. I have tried different brands including nutrilife, canidae, wild calling, acana, orijen, blue wilderness, and fromm (all fish based lines grain free or otherwise) and I have to say that the Zignature salmon and trout line is my preferred food for him at this time. Of all of the brands mentioned above this is the one brand that not only cured him of his paw gnawing, but also made him have stools that were of a healthy consistency and didn’t inflame his anal glands. I would recommend this line to anyone who has a pup with a sensitive stomach like my dog has and can only eat fish based foods.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I noticed the same thing in Wellness CORE with potatoes. Lily hasn’t had potatoes besides in toppers for almost two months though, so I’m not as worried about that.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks! Lily is still on an elimination-ish diet, so I was hesitant to try that many protein sources at once. At some point I really hope to try it

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    My last bag of food was the Zignature Zssentials. It’s rated 5 stars and has more meat in it. Molly did not do well on it though so it won’t be in my rotation. I have added the Zssentials canned to my rotation. Both my girls do great on that!

  • theBCnut

    Yes!!!

  • theBCnut

    There is definitely a huge amount of protein in there that is not from meat. I would actually be surprised if there were more meat protein than plant protein in this food.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I guess it’s probably a bad sign if they do that.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, thanks. I guess it probably doesn’t matter that much for me, because I would only be feeding it as part of a rotation, but it still sort of jumps out at me as “eek!”

  • DogFoodie

    I, like Sandy, would suggest asking the manufacturer. Frequently though, they’ll indicate that the information is proprietary.

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