Zoe Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Zoe Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Zoe Dog Food product line includes six dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Zoe Small Breed Chicken, Quinoa and Black Bean [M]
  • Zoe Medium Breed Chicken, Quinoa and Black Bean [M]
  • Zoe Small Breed Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato [M]
  • Zoe Medium Breed Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato [M]
  • Zoe Large Breed Chicken, Quinoa and Black Bean (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Zoe Large Breed Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato (3.5 stars) [M]

Zoe Medium Breed Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Zoe Medium Breed Turkey, Chickpea and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 50%

Ingredients: Turkey meal, deboned turkey, green peas, brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural chicken flavour, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, flaxseeds, chia seeds, eggs, calcium carbonate, salmon oil (source of DHA), carrots, blueberries, cranberries, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin A supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, inositol, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid], minerals [zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, dl-methionine, lecithin, chicory root extract, yeast extract, choline chloride, l-lysine, rosemary extract, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus helveticus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%16%50%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%33%44%
Protein = 23% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 44%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The second ingredient is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 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 brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find 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.

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, flaxseed is 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of chia seeds, edible seeds nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

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.

Zoe Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Zoe Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

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 27%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 50%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas, flax and chia seeds, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Zoe is a plant-based, dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.

Zoe Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/03/2017 Last Update

  • sharron

    she is doing fine – i use the royal canin dry and mix wet with it. thought i would give her a change of taste by trying her on the Zoe turkey wet food – there isn’t an issue here, wanted to find out what other people thought of the Zoe wet food since it isn’t on the list of wet foods

  • InkedMarie

    I thought your dog was doing well on whatever food you last had her on?

  • sharron

    hi – has anyone tried the Zoe wet food, if so, what are your thoughts on it.
    Thanks

  • Riya Malhotra
  • bishal paul
  • Parag Karagwal

    you notify latest news so very thnx

  • Eldee

    I like the fact that Walmart carries a premium dog food now. It’s not priced to kill, which is a good thing for dogs everywhere

  • sharron

    hi – i bought a bottle of omega 3 liquid at the vet’s this morning and i made up a mixture of her dry and wet food for the day and measured out the appropriate amt of the omega 3 she should get for the day and mixed in it really well, she just finished eating and she ate it all – she didn’t eat breakfast

  • DogFoodie

    Great idea!

  • DogFoodie

    I bought a set of those stairs to put next to my bed. My little dog goes up that way, and although I tried to convince her to come down that way, she still jumps. She’s a little hyper though. Maybe something like that might be useful for Lexee.

    Be careful about adding too much oil, too quickly. It could cause some loose stools. Ease into it. Remember also, oil has a lot of calories. About 123 calories per Tbsp.

  • sharron

    sorry but another question – isn’t shortening the walks and taking her out more be the same as giving her the 3 walks/day 20 mins each but go at a slower pace than we were before

  • sharron

    thanks for the tips – it’s hard to keep her still sometimes, she’s quiet during the day and rips around the house at night off and on – i think jumping off the bed may have caused the soft tissue damage – it’s quite high – i get up before she does, so i’m downstairs and she might get up maybe 1/2 hr later – so i will have to start taking her off the bed in the mornings when i get up – also i bought a bottle of grizzly krill oil tonight, i pumped some on to her food but too much came out and she didn’t like it – will try again in the morning and make sure i’m more careful – thanks for replying, appreciate it

  • DogFoodie

    Maybe swimming, when it warms up, would be a good exercise choice. Watch her portion too, Sharron, since you’re having to cut back on exercise a bit, you don’t want her to gain weight – to which you know she’s prone. Gaining weight would be bad right now. Also, make sure she’s not jumping down from things; ie: sofa, chair, beds. Just some thoughts, but you probably already thought of all of that. 🙂

  • sharron

    was at the vet’s after work today and she said to keep lexee on the RC gastro and keep an eye on her leg – if it flares up again, then to bring her in – she said the arthritis isn’t severe and she go for quite awhile before it flares up – i have to keep her walks shorter but more of them and no strenuous play such as running etc

  • Babslynne

    Instead of fish oil I give my dog Krill oil, MegaRed Joint Care, it does not smell or taste like fish and you only need one small pill a day.

  • sharron

    yorkie/chihuahua

  • LabsRawesome

    What kind of dog is lexee? My Dachshund swallows the large fish oil pills with no problem. My dogs get a mix of canned & dry. I do not open the pills. I just toss one in and mix the food a little.

  • sharron

    thanks for your comments – but lexee does not like fish, won’t eat it and i have tried more than once to get her to eat it

  • sharron

    thanks – the vet gave me 3 capsules to try
    she said the capsules are too big for lexee to swallow even though the ones she gave me are for small dogs – she would choke trying to get one of these down and i’m not even going to try

  • edison papa

    Forget the oil supplements. Studies have shown that not all oil supplements are worth it. Especially since you have no idea how long this oil has been in these supplements and the omega 3 does degrade over time. Why don’t you feed your dog natural fresh fish like mackeral or salmon cooked once a week. That would be more than enough omega 3 for the week

  • DogFoodie

    Another supplement you might consider would be turmeric, which helps with inflammation.

    Here’s some information for you: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/turmeric-dogs/

    You could look for a krill oil supplement, which is frequently much smaller than a fish oil supplement. Then, you could give it to her whole and just pop it into her gullet.

  • LabsRawesome

    Did you ever try not opening the capsule? I give my 3 fish oil, but I do not open them. Idk it’s worth a try.

  • sharron

    thanks so much

  • Storm’s Mom

    I would suggest just feeding her what she’ll eat on its own and then try feeding her the omega 3 supplement separately. Don’t combine/mix the two.. you don’t want to get into another situation where she starts rejecting food. If she rejects the separate “feeding” of omega 3 that’s not that big a deal, and there are lots of creative things you can try to entice/trick her into getting it into her system (bits of cheese, tripe, or cat food have worked every time I’ve had to do give Storm some sort of med/supplement).

    A last resort option would be to see if there’s an Omega 3 supplement you can dilute into water.. although, that’s risky because you definitely don’t want her rejecting water because she realizes there’s something else in there…although I’d be surprised if she did (that generally means you’ve mixed in too much).

  • sharron

    does anyone know of another can food other than hills j/d – she doesn’t like it and won’t eat it – i need a food that is high in omega 3 – i mixed in an omega 3 capsule (not the whole capsule) with the royal canin gastro low fat can and she wouldn’t touch it – threw that out and gave her just the food without the omega 3 and she ate that – thanks

  • sharron

    thanks so much – quick question, i promised myself that i wouldn’t ask any more questions about dog food but this one i think needs to be asked because i don’t know – is there a can dog food that is appropriate for arthritis other than Hills J/D canned – thanks

  • DogFoodie

    Oh, Sharron! That is great news! You got this. 🙂

  • sharron

    great news everyone – it’s not cancer – oh there is a god!!!!!!! – lexee has soft tissue damage and arthritis – just had to share

  • sharron

    hi – haven’t heard anything so hopefully tomorrow – i’m wondering, if the results come back showing that it’s just arthritis, she should be on a food with less carbs? – i’ve been feeding her the canned royal canin gastro intestinal low fat which she eats without any issues – she will eat dry as long as it’s not a daily basis – please note that the reason i ask is due to her arthritis and i am trying to avoid future flare ups, it has nothing to do with Lexee not eating – thanks

  • sharron

    i’m so grateful for all the support – thanks so much!!!!!!

  • sharron

    thanks!! – she’s on meds for inflammation which i think have kicked in – just got back from a walk and she did just fine

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m glad to hear she’s doing better. I hope the xrays show just the arthritis when the radiologist looks at them!

  • DogFoodie

    I would be too, Sharron. Not knowing is horrible.

  • sharron

    good god me too!!!!! – i have had the worst headache since being at the vet thursday night

  • theBCnut

    I sure hope it’s nothing more than she stepped wrong or something of that nature!

  • sharron

    hi – lexee appears to be doing fine – no limping, using her leg all the time and even running so far – i’m hoping of course that it’s just the arthritis |(woohoo spelled it right) that was acting up – she also has arthritis in her leg – this is the leg that she broke when she was about 8 months

  • theBCnut

    It was only about 6 months. I don’t think I would do it again.

  • sharron

    Hi – how long after the amputation did you have to put your dog to sleep

  • sharron

    thanks so much

  • DogFoodie

    It’s good you’re so observant, Sharron. Whatever news you receive, I’ll pray for the best for Lexee. I know Lexee is your heart. My prayers for peace for you.

  • theBCnut

    This was back before they were doing chemo and radiation in dogs, so for one dog amputation of his front leg. The other dog had it up in her hip so amputation wasn’t an option. She wouldn’t have been a good candidate for it anyways, since we found her on the interstate with a shattered front leg. We had to have her PTS our first Christmas after we got married. In fact, she was the reason we got married.

  • InkedMarie

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to read this.

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  • sharron

    thanks – what options were you given when you got the diagnosis

  • theBCnut

    Sorry to hear about Lexi. I hope the radiologist gives you better news. I’ve lost 2 dogs to bone cancer and it was horrible.

  • sharron

    hi pitlove – hope things are going well for you
    i wasn’t going to post ever again but i thought why not – it certainly won’t be like it was before
    i have things figured out food wise and we are doing just fine in that dept. the possible bone cancer makes the food issues i had very lame
    thanks

  • sharron

    thanks to all for your best wishes – right now i’m really stressed mainly due to not knowing – i don’t think it’s going be good news, her vet was quite concerned after seeing the x-ray – i thought it was arthritus (doesn’t look right) anyway she wasn’t walking on it which is why i took her to the vet, she still isn’t using it

  • Pitlove

    Sharron-

    Firstly, I’m glad to see you back…but not in this way…with this news. I am so sorry. I truly hope it is not cancer as the others have stated. Please continue to post and keep us updated.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Hi sharron, I too am so sorry to hear about Lexee’s health scare.. I echo the sentiments of others in that I hope that whatever is going on with her can be dealt with by your vet and/or you, and she has a speedy recovery. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi sharron,

    I’m so sorry that Lexee is having some issues. I surely hope the diagnosis is for something that can be taken care of, but you have my best wishes whatever happens. I am hoping for a good outcome for Lexee! 🙂

  • Babslynne

    Just for the heck of it you could give her VetriScience Cell Advance 880, some of the comments say it helped with their dogs cancer, even though I am doubtful I would try anything if my dog had cancer as long as it did no harm. My prayers are with you and Lexee.

  • Shawna

    I’m so sorry to hear this Sharron. I hope it isn’t cancer. There are things that could help but may not be fast acting enough depending on the type and speed of growth of the cancer. You’ll know more once properly diagnosed.

    In my opinion, even if it is a slow growing cancer that isn’t spreading, a simple change in food won’t cure the cancer. Supplements need to be added, environment needs to be addressed and so on.

    There are foods, however, that definitely can help. Oncologist Dr. William Li has a TedTV talk called “Can we eat to starve cancer” discussing foods that can help kill certain cancer cells. Vet Dr. Demian Dressler discusses how kibble MAY contribute to the formation of cancer (depending on how and how long it is cooked). The article is titled “Dog Food: Is There a Cancer Risk”.

    I would definitely listen to the advice given to you by your vet.

  • aimee

    Sharron,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Lexee. I sure hope it isn’t cancer …

  • sharron

    sorry but i didn’t know where to post this – just got back from the vet and Lexee might have bone cancer in her front leg – it’s 50/50 and i won’t know for sure until next week when the radiologist reads the x-rays. I might be getting ahead of myself here but i’m wondering if there is certain food she should be on – just wondering if anybody knows
    thanks

  • sharron

    i’ve been feeding this for about the past 3 months and i’m quite pleased with it – certainly a a couple steps up from royal canin

  • chichimom1

    i have been alternating between the chicken and turkey small breed for about a week and she is doing very well on it – i think it’s a good food – at least for her it is – anyone have any thoughts on it