Zoic Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Zoic Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Zoic product line includes three grain-free dry dog foods.

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.

  • Zoic Farm Fare [A]
  • Zoic Seven Seas [A]
  • Zoic Magic Marsh [A]

Zoic Seven Seas was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Zoic Seven Seas

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 32% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Cod, herring meal, turkey meal, sweet potato, peas, lentils, chickpeas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), tapioca, menhaden fish meal, dried peas, natural flavor, potassium chloride, inulin, dried blueberries, dried pumpkin, dried spinach, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis32%16%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%33%39%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 39%

The first ingredient in this dog food is cod, a marine species of fish native to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America.

Although it is a quality item, raw fish 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 herring meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, herring 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 is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

The sixth ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas and lentils contain about 25% 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 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.

The ninth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The tenth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

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 three notable exceptions

First, we find dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

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.

Zoic Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Zoic 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 33%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

Above-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, lentils and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing at least a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Zoic is a grain-free plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of fish, chicken and turkey 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.

Zoic Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/15/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials