Zignature Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Zignature canned dog food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Zignature product line includes seven canned 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.

  • Zignature Lamb Formula [U]
  • Zignature Turkey Formula [U]
  • Zignature Zssential Formula [U]
  • Zignature Duck Formula (4 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Whitefish Formula (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Kangaroo Formula (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Trout and Salmon Formula (4.5 stars) [U]

Zignature Lamb Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Zignature Lamb Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 43% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Lamb, lamb broth, lamb liver, peas, carrots, chickpeas, lamb meal, calcium carbonate, agar-agar, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, salt, suncured alfalfa meal, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, cranberries, blueberries, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%25%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%48%19%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 48% | Carbs = 19%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is lamb broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient lists 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 seventh ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The ninth ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

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 two notable exceptions

First, this recipe includes 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.

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 Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Zignature canned dog food looks like an above-average wet 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 43%, a fat level of 25% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% 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 wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas and alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Zignature is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

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Notes and Updates

06/01/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  • Diane

    Yes I am doing everything they say to do to help him. He should be ready in about a week for the second injection

  • Diane

    Hi Susan, I actually have the Trizchlor medicated shampoo for him and the Oxymed medicated rinse. The Trizchlor and Malaseb are pretty similar in their active ingredients. It does help a bit but not much:(

  • Diane

    Thank you Susan I will look into that. Yes I am concerned about the fat in the wet food. I know there is the calculation to do and unfortunately I never knew how to do it. He is still eating the Koha lamb right now but I believe the fat content is pretty high.

  • anon101

    Sounds good. I am glad you are working closely with your vet.
    Keep it simple.

  • Susan

    Hi Dianne, have you been using “Malaseb” medicated shampoo ? Malaseb is for allergies & yeasy bacteria on their paws & skin, Malaseb is excellent for red itchy swollen paws my boy gets red itchy paws & they swell & get hot after he eats raw or cooked chicken, also when he walks on wet grass & it’s been raining for a few days he gets his red paws, daily baths & soak his paws in the Malaseb soapy suds for 5 mins in a empty bath tub the Malaseb will really help Sams paws & relieve the itch & reddness…

  • Susan

    Hi Diane, if you are looking for a limited ingredient wet tin food. have a look at “Walkabout” there’s Goat, Kangaroo, Boar & Bushtail & Duck the fat is higher in the Bushtail & duck formula… but the other formula’s are lower in fat, 2% min just in case your dog may have problems with the higher fat that are in wet tin foods…. http://www.walkaboutpetproducts.com/ also here’s a calculator link save & use so you can convert the fat in wet tin foods to dry matter (Kibble) you’ll be very surprised with some wet tin food the fat can be very high, when you read 5% min fat that can be from 20-28% fat when converted to dry matter…..
    http://www.k-9kraving.com/resources/calculator.php

  • Diane

    Yes my vet said he would be able to digest that more easily so that is what he is on now and also Nulo limited ingredient Small breed turkey recipe dry food:) Thank you for caring

  • anon101

    I hope he continues to improve. Maybe the lamb is more bland and will agree with him.

  • Diane

    Hi Anon, thank you for asking. He is still licking his paws a bit after he eats. Unfortunately last weekend he was sick with bloody diarrhea so he saw the vet and was on medicine and is off the kangaroo and on lamb for now. He is doing much better as far as that goes. He should be getting his second Cytopoint shot this month.

  • anon101

    Update please! How is your pup doing?

  • anon101

    Have you tried Chewy dot com?
    Otherwise, go to the Zignature website, they are user friendly and will tell you where you can purchase Zignature in your area.

  • Mary Beth

    Hi, I love the Zignature dog food and so does my dog. It’s the only food that I’ve found that he really likes and it does not flair up his allergies. He likes the lamb and and the Zignature flavors best and they seem to be the best for his digestion. I have a question, I was buying the cans at a big box pet store but they started to not carry the two flavors that my dog likes and needs. I was told by the store clerk that there is a distribution problem with Zignature. Now I’m worried that I will have a hard time finding this in the store. Is there some type of problem with pet shops carrying this food, especially the lamb and Zignature flavors?

  • anon101
  • Diane

    My baby got his injection today! Fingers and paws crossed here that this helps him. My vet said do not change his food or anything right now, no treats either, no table food only his Koha kangaroo so I will do what they say:) Just wanted to let you know since you have been so concerned

  • Diane

    Thank you

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Yes, that is correct!

  • Diane

    Thank you. I have done so much reading on how to help my baby it is really insane, I think sometimes the more you read not knowing if they are reliable sources the more confused you get. Because I do not have the money right now to take him to a dermatologist I have to try something that may help him. I never heard of using colostrum. So many animals are suffering from severe allergies and atopic dermatitis its crazy.

  • Babslynne

    I Hope it works for your poor baby, It’s good that you’ve done your research so you know what problems to be on the look out for, have you tried or researched Colostrum? I hope someone on this forum has tried it and can tell us if it helped because I’m considering it for my dog, here is what I read about it: https://market.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/products/colostrum-38-k9?_ga=2.148793584.652095601.1502162532-228218958.1498154431 and also http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/colostrum-benefits-for-dogs/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Paid-Post&utm_campaign=5+Reasons+To+Give+Your+Dog+Colostrum&utm_content=5+Reasons+To+Give+Your+Dog+Colostrum+New+Leads&http%3A%2F%2Fwww_dogsnaturallymagazine_com%2Fcolostrum-benefits-for-dogs%2F%3Futm_source=Facebook……. but I can also see your point about advertising!

  • Diane

    Oh me too! That is our main goal to help him feel better and be comfortable. Like you said nothing is without risk so we have to try to help him, we cannot just sit and do nothing. I feel he has been suffering now long enough

  • Diane

    Yes exactly! That is what my husband said also.

  • anon101

    Okay, I just want your dog to feel better.

  • Diane

    I have a good relationship with my vet and although the injection is fairly new I know that people are using it on their animals as a safe alternative to steroids and apoquel as this is not considered a drug and does not get processed through their liver or kidneys. I have to have faith in the research I have done and what my vet recommends. There is so much garbage on the internet I gave up reading about anything to tell you the truth, all it does is confuse people and so much of it is just not true. Nothing I have read as you Anon has helped me

  • anon101

    It is. No effective medication or treatment is without some risk.

  • Diane

    Oh I was not impressed with this doctors comments about this. I thought he sounded a little crazy. I don’t have many choices here. I know people that are using it on their dogs I realize every dog is individual and results may vary. I thought this was safer then apoquel

  • anon101

    The doctor is a quack. He is dangerous.
    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=Falconer
    Read the comments. Ask a question, nothing is being sold there, unlike the homeopathic sites.

  • Diane

    Yes I read this and it concerns me a lot

  • Babslynne

    Have you done any research on Cytopoint, I found this: https://vitalanimal.com/cytopoint-answer-itch/

  • Diane

    I really truly appreciate your help and kindness throughout all of this from the bottom of my heart:)

  • anon101

    You are welcome.

  • Diane

    Yes we also bathed him and his feet with a gentle shampoo as well. I need this swelling to go down and the redness and raw areas to heal.

  • Diane

    Yes I did call and the medicine should be in tomorrow. They go by their weight and didn’t have it for his small size. He got a half of Benadryl this morning and will get a half tonight. Thank you for caring:)

  • anon101

    Okay. Well, don’t be afraid to use the benadryl (as prescribed).

  • Diane

    I hope so and no she didn’t. I was going to call as I am sure there is something in the meantime he can take. She said to continue to give him a half of the Benadryl which is not doing anything from what I can see

  • anon101

    Excellent. I think you will be pleased with the results.
    Did the vet give him anything to keep him comfortable in the meantime?
    I hope so, if not, give her a call….

  • Diane

    I took Sam in and he was examined and I got his heartworm test. They had to order the cytopoint for his weight so it should be in this week and then I just bring him in for the injection. I hope it is in by Wednesday

  • Diane

    Yes, can’t wait any longer and since this is an option we need to try it and get him some relief. He is so uncomfortable and it is breaking my heart. Prayers this helps my baby:)

  • anon101

    Yay!

  • Diane

    Hi Anon, I am taking my baby this morning to the vet. He is really chewing his paws awful, they are all swollen. I am going to try the cytopoint injection as my vet recommended, just wanted to let you know:)

  • Diane

    Hi Sarah, I am taking my baby today to the vet. He is getting worse. Going to try the Cytopoint injection. You wanted me to keep you updated.

  • Diane

    Yes I will and thank you!

  • anon101

    That sounds reasonable.
    Keep us updated.

  • Diane

    That is ok. I think my vet told me the first shot is $150.00 plus his visit and if she does bloodwork. It is still less expensive right now then the specialist which is in excess of $1,000 for the first visit

  • anon101

    Sorry, I meant to say expensive, not too expensive.
    I would focus on care and comfort measures, such as the cytopoint (for example)

  • Diane

    I didn’t say the cytopointe was too expensive, I stated I believe we are going to try that. The specialist is way more expensive. Yes he is a senior and I don’t want to put him through too much. I have a lot of things to discuss with my vet when we see her

  • anon101

    “I have faith in my vet but if she is not going to listen to me and my concerns for my baby then I will see another vet if need be.”

    Here is the thing, you have expressed to your vet that you have financial limitations.
    Sure, there are a multitude of tests that could be done, but you have already indicated that the recommended treatment cytopoint for the dogs diagnosis of environmental allergies is too expensive?
    So why would the vet recommend more testing $$. Also, the dog is a senior, how aggressive do you want to be with treatment?
    Things to discuss with your vet.

  • Diane

    Thank you Sarah. I will definitely keep you posted and another woman on here that has been so helpful. I will research those conditions now. I have told my vet on more then one occasion that he is always hungry and thirsty, His urine is very strong also in odor we have noticed that. I have faith in my vet but if she is not going to listen to me and my concerns for my baby then I will see another vet if need be. He was never like this so this is all unknown to me. So very frustrating as you know when your baby is sick and you feel completely helpless. I will look up hypothyroidism and cushing’s disease in dogs and see if he has any other symptoms. I am hoping once I get my testing done for my hip next week, my husband and I can rush him into the vet and try again to get to the bottom of this.

  • Sarah

    The fact that your dog is always hungry and always thirsty REALLY seems like there is something else going on here. Yes of course this is not medical advice, and you should listen to your vet, but you should always keep in mind that your vet is one person and is human and is not all-knowing. My vet told me my dog was just having normal aging symptoms. I was convinced something else was going on, but she assured me there wasn’t. Then for something unrelated, he needed an abdominal ultrasound. Sure enough, they found extremely enlarged adrenal glands and later my dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s. I urge you to research hypothyroidism and cushing’s disease and see if any other symptoms seem to match. And please keep us updated! I’m emotionally invested in your little one now!

  • Diane

    One good thing my vet has treated him since a baby when I first rescued him and she knows him. She has consistently said she believes that it is environmental allergies and because he is not really losing hair and going bald she did not think he needed to be on Apoquel. At our last visit she said there is the injection and to think about it. So I read about it and I think that is the way we will go. She is very considerate and knows I don’t have a lot of money being disabled so she really tries to be as conservative as she could be with both of my dogs. I believe this injection is fairly new so when I was last in with my little girl we discussed Sam and she suggested it. Like you said all these holistic approaches have not worked and I have wasted a ton of money and still have a dog that is obviously uncomfortable and miserable

  • Diane

    Yes they are. That I know. This is a serious condition and I worry so much of infection. When I take him to the vet I believe he is going to get the Cytopointe to see if that helps. If that does not help once I have surgery and could drive I can take him to a specialist if necessary if the injection does not help him. Yes he is getting older now and I just want him comfortable. You have been so very helpful to me with this problem with Sam. I am praying that the Cytopointe does help him that would be a God send

  • Diane

    Thank you! I will speak to my vet. I thought Sam was diabetic because he is always hungry and very thirsty but she tested him for diabetes and he is not. I can ask for these specific blood tests and also get a urine from him at home. It has been two years of hell trying to find out what is wrong with him. He was fine up until he was 6 years old. I think I have tried every food on the market but my vet said she does not believe its food allergies. They were both eating the Wellness grain free stews that is what they were on all their lives only chicken and beef and I didn’t give Sam the chicken. May just go back to that food for my little girl as she does not like the Zignature turkey LOL. He has to go in for his heartworm test so I will have a complete work up done at that time. Thank you for all of your help I really appreciate it.

  • anon101

    Environmental/seasonal allergies ARE a serious condition for some dogs. There is no cure, they don’t go away.
    But there are effective treatments. They tend to be lifelong.
    Wouldn’t it be best to go by what the treating veterinarian recommends?
    After all they go to school for the same amount of time as a medical doctor and your vet has probably examined thousands of dogs and has seen your dog’s condition many times before.

  • Sarah

    Thyroid is an easy test. Cushing’s is a little more involved. Neither would necessarily affect the CBC or serum bloodwork, which is the routine bloodwork that would be done. A lot of hypothyroid dogs do have increased cholesterol, but it may not have gotten to the point of a red flag. A lot of dogs with cushing’s have increased white blood cells and liver enzymes (ALP) and urinalysis often finds diluted urine, because cushing’s dogs tend to drink a lot. But again, it’s possible these levels were higher than usual but not to the point of being flagged. I always ask for copies of my dog’s blood work because sometimes things are borderline too high or low and doctors won’t even mention it. Thyroid is a super easy blood test and isn’t all that expensive, so it’s worth look. Cushing’s has more elaborate tests, but you can take a urine sample in and ask for a cortisol/creatinine test. Make sure your dog isn’t stressed when you collect the urine (best to do at home during a typical relaxed day.) A high cortisol result doesn’t always mean cushing’s is positive, but if the urine has normal cortisol levels, you can rule it out.

  • Diane

    No I haven’t as my vet never even brought those up. He has had blood work in the past that came back normal. No diabetes either. When I bring him in I can certainly ask her to test him for those problems. Yes I think the problems are bigger too then just environmental allergies as my vet as indicated every time I take him in. This never goes away:(

  • Sarah

    Have you had him tested for thyroid issues or cushing’s disease? Both of these can cause skin problems. Seems like the skin issues may be a symptom of something bigger going on with all the problems that you’re having.

  • Diane

    Exactly! That is for sure:)

  • anon101

    It’s not as expensive as going to the dermatologist, if it works they only need the shot every few weeks or months.

  • Diane

    Yes it is expensive as is the Apoquel so I have been trying to manage this with the same thing you are doing. I really appreciate your responding and all of your help

  • Pitlove

    Cytopoint looks promising, but since it is still new a lot of vets are seeing that in some dogs it works well and in others does nothing at all. Also it is expensive intitally because of the loading dose. I had considered either Cytopoint or Apoquel for my AmStaff, but both are very expensive options for me and we seem to be managing his skin issues with medicated baths, foot soaks and medicated wipes.

  • Diane

    Yes I am bringing him to our vet this week to possibly get that shot to see if it helps him. I have been having bad problems with my hip and unable to walk, just saw an orthopedic surgeon so that is why I didn’t take him in yet but I will if I have to hop there! The Cytopointe injection may help and that would be just awesome! I read it works with their immune system unlike drugs do.

  • anon101

    “My vet just recommended the shot called Cytopointe to see if that helps him but I have not gotten that done as of yet.”
    What is wrong with that idea? It may stop the suffering. It is prescribed for environmental allergies. Has no effect on food sensitivities which your dog may not have anyway.

  • Diane

    Thank you! I know what you have said and I have read the blog and I appreciate your all of your help. I am not applying anything on him as I tried it in the past as the vet recommended and prescribed for him and it obviously did not work so he has to go to the specialist to get to the bottom of this problem. Hoping to get him there soon:)

  • Diane

    Thank you for responding. I really do not know if he is sensitive to peas. I am not sure if he even has a food allergy as I have had him on Koha kangaroo for over 3 months and his condition has not changed. I have done the medicated shampoo and foot soaks as well. I have to get him to a specialist. My vet just recommended the shot called Cytopointe to see if that helps him but I have not gotten that done as of yet. Not sure about it. He never had this problem before until two years ago and from a baby he did eat peas and on occasion spaghetti as he loved spaghetti and meatballs! LOL. I know table food is bad for him but he never had a problem. He does not get any table food now and only gets Stealla and Chewy’s rabbit patties as a treat, and a small piece of it. Some information on the internet truly is so confusing but I am not sure what kind of dermatitis he has. He chews and licks his paws raw and he has red spots over his eyes too and very dry, flaky skin. I really am beside myself:(

  • Pitlove

    Hi Diane-

    Unless your dog is sensitive to peas you do not have to avoid them to stop yeast dermatitis.

    It is a myth perpetuated on the internet (unfortunately by a vet too) that carbohydrates in the diet “feed” yeast on the skin. They simply do not. The yeast found on the skin in dogs is entirely different than the yeast found in the gut. Malassezia is found on the skin, whereas Candida is found in the gut.

    Malassezia naturally occurs on the dogs body, but with a healthy immune system is kept in check. Once the immune system is suppressed by some mechanism (allergies, hormone changes, long term use of steroids, parasites etc) the yeast begins to overpopulate. You must determine the primary cause of the immune suppression to control the yeast. Cutting out carbs does not fix the problem unless the dog is sensitive to the protein in those carbs.

  • anon101

    That is not true, please consult a veterinary health care professional that has actually examined your dog and stop listening to who knows who and all kinds of incorrect information on the internet.
    Don’t apply anything to the rash, paws, irritated skin unless a veterinarian that has examined the dog recommends it.
    This is not a do it yourself project.
    I will not respond yo you again, even if I see incorrect information.
    Best of luck.

  • Diane

    I just read in an article that peas, chickpeas, lentils all are a starch so I should avoid these. So I will have to return the Zignature kangaroo food as it does have peas in it. I will have to stay with Koha kangaroo because it has no carbohydrates or starches in it. Thank you for your help!

  • Diane

    Yes I purchased the medicated shampoo and I have also used an iodine foot soak. I just purchased Oxymed Rinse for him. He has spots over his eyes, in his ears, he scratches his face all the time but the paws are the worst. I stopped the Wellness food because it did have potato in it and potato starch. I have him on Koha which has nothing in eat not even peas. Purchased also some Zignature but was not sure about the peas but I don’t think they should bother him. Let me lookup Bragg’s I never heard of that. Thank you for your help I really appreciate it. I hope too that your baby is doing better as I know this problem really makes them uncomfortable:)

  • Brandi Comardelle

    Have you tried an anti-fungal shampoo or apple cider foot soaks? Your pup sounds like it may have yeast infection in his feet. My female dachshund has that problem. Potatoes and other carbohydrates should be avoided at all costs as these feed the yeast. Taking carbs out of the diet then killing the yeast with anti-fungal shampoo or apple cider vinegar(Bragg’s is my favorite) soaks are the best. You can look this all up online. This is a great page that has helped me a lot!

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/03/eating-these-foods-can-make-your-dog-itch-like-crazy.aspx

  • Brandi Comardelle

    Wolves will eat the stomach content in their prey to balance their diet out. Most prey animals eat roughage like alfalfa. These diets are physiologically tuned to meet a dog’s natural diet which is a lot like their ancestors the wolf.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Awesome! Thank you for informing me of this. I will check it out. Always like to find out more varietals of good healthy options to add to the rotation as one of my boys is very picky and have to change up quite a bit. I also add in the rotation I cook up meats and incorporate that in with the wet kibble every now and then. Also in rotation, in addition to Zignature canned, Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free Canned. Zignature I am very happy with as my boys are too.

  • Sarah

    I just saw some canine caviar at a pet store, and they must have switched canning facilities because it was definitely not Evangers cans anymore! Maybe something worth looking into. They also added a goat variety that my dog loves!

  • Diane

    Thank you!

  • anon101
  • Diane

    Oh I understand completely. I do use the medicated shampoo for him and the iodine foot baths which do help temporarily. I believe my dog also has a compromised immune system and he does get bacterial infections. So the foot soaks do help. I appreciate your help and input. My vet has been saying for sometime that they are environmental allergies but he has it all year round. Hoping to get him to a specialist but meanwhile I will soak his paws to keep infection away:)

  • Sarah

    Totally agree that medicated shampoos should be only used as a supplement to conventional medicine. My dog’s skin issues are bacterial due old age and compromised immune system, which is totally different from your case. I was just sharing that iodine and chlorhexidine baths (which are actually medicated and not homeopathic hocus pocus) really did help my dog’s bacterial infections as a SUPPLEMENT to conventional medications, which is his antibiotics when the infections start to get out of control. I never meant to suggest otherwise, and I think going to a specialist would be your best bet, since regular vets know a little about everything, but not a lot about any particular topic. Maybe you can find one who takes payment plans?

  • Diane

    Yes I bought the kangaroo I just never saw that listed as an ingredient. I am mixing it right now with the Koha which is potato free, pea free.

  • anon101

    My dogs are doing very well on Zignature Whitefish kibble as a base.
    I have not tried the canned food, because if I want soft texture I just presoak the kibble.
    I don’t know a lot about alfalfa, but I would assume it is used in minimal amounts.
    I would prefer alfalfa to the large amounts of potato fillers that are being used in a lot of dog foods. Cheap and fattening.
    This is not veterinary advice; consult your veterinarian.

  • Diane

    And why alfalfa meal when that is usually just given to horses? This ingredient throw me off. Thank you

  • Diane

    Your wet foods are packed at Pet Performance plant correct?

  • Diane

    I wrote to the company and they said their food is packed at Pet Performance.

  • anon101

    Sometimes they have cancellations…….tell them you need at least a 24 or 48 hour notice, and you don’t have to accept it.
    I think of it as a day trip once a year, I even bring my other dog along.

  • Diane

    Yes whatever we have to do we will do. We had a nice savings for them both but exhausted it all with all these vet visits and medicine and shampoos and food! There is nothing left! It is awful. I don’t like that feeling. We never go out and never leave them either so I don’t mind that, I will give up whatever is necessary, my husband has a car so it is all good

  • Diane

    I can certainly ask her. She has been our vet for a very long time, since I had my big boy who passed away so over 12 years she has been treating my pets. I told my husband we will have to travel as that is the closest one to our home, I double checked to see if any are closer I will check again

  • anon101

    I understand, I’m in the same boat. I gave up cable and hardly ever eat out anymore. We find a way.

  • anon101

    See if your vet can call the dermatologist and get him in for an appointment asap.
    My dog’s dermatologist is about an hour away, in the beginning you go twice, one month apart, then once a year (if stable) but I have found that specialists tend to return phone calls and will communicate with your local vet to advise should flare-ups occur. Good luck

  • Diane

    I do trust my vet but these are chronic and not just seasonal, it never goes away. I feel as you do that he needs a specialist. I know also that not all dogs respond to the treatment as I read that and my vet also told me that and said its expensive. Because I am on a fixed income on disability she knows I can’t really afford all of this that is why I put my car up for sale

  • Diane

    Yes I am going to call my local vet today to see if we can take him over today or tomorrow. He needs something right now to tide him over till we get him to the specialist. I figured it would be at least $1,000.00 in the beginning. Calling my vet now. I am sure she will see him as she knows how concerned I am over this

  • anon101

    Well, it’s up to you. If you trust your vet give it a try.
    I personally would prefer the expertise of a specialist.
    It depends on the severity of the symptoms too.
    If the symptoms are mild and only seasonal vs continuous and chronic…makes a difference.

  • anon101

    If he is that bad, you may want to call the vet and see if he recommends bringing him in for a shot of prednisone to stop the suffering.
    The cost of testing plus the initial appointment including whatever you need to start treatment could run anywhere from $600 to $1000, after that maintenance is about $300 every 5 to 7 months. These are ballpark figures and I am assuming that intradermal testing and allergen specific immunotherapy are recommended.
    As the dog responds to treatment the maintenance costs tend to decrease, in fact some dogs (not many) are even able to be tapered off.
    If your dog’s allergies are seasonal there may be less expensive solutions.
    Most vets have payment plans and accept credit cards.

  • Diane

    Oh that is ok I will read it. I will read anything that may help. I really appreciate all of your help, kindness and concern. I was truly at my wits end, I still am but maybe there is a light at the end of this tunnel

  • Diane

    I agree this is a serious disorder that is for sure. If it were mild, I think with everything we have done and tried even the elimination diet we would have seen results and we have not. My vet did recommend yesterday the shot Cytopointe. I was reading about it but again was not sure if it would help or mask the problems he is having. I worry so much about sides effects from drugs they give to our pets and he is so sensitive to everything. I have never felt so lost and so upset in my life. My dogs are my children as I was never blessed with human kids but I have been blessed with my two little rescues. They are yorkies and I know they tend to have problems, just never knew it would be something like this and so severe. I know he is terribly uncomfortable:(

  • Diane

    Oh thank you I will. Well the closest one to me is about an hour away from our house. Garden State Vet in Tinton Falls, NJ. Their are none in my area. I am getting ready to call them now. I do not get him any vaccines. I stopped them years ago. He is due only to get his heartworm test next month. My little girl had hers yesterday. I do not get them distemper, lymes, lepto,none of them. The only thing they get is rabies every three years because its the law and neither is due for that now thank God. The funny thing is he is 8 years old and never had these until he turned 6 and at first it was very mild but has gotten progressively worse. Right now we had to put the cone on him to stop him from licking as they are so swollen and red, my heart is breaking. I actually have my car up for sale so hopefully it sells so I have that money to put towards whatever care he needs

  • anon101

    This blog is a few years old but you may find something helpful
    http://www.allergydogcentral.com/category/allergy-stories/

  • anon101

    Let us know when you have made an appointment with a dermatologist, so I will feel better, lol (I remember how uncomfortable my dog was)
    Didn’t you say your vet had someone to refer you to?
    The testing is not as complicated as they say, we were in and out in an hour with a list of her allergens and a treatment plan with detailed instructions.
    Ps: If possible, I would avoid vaccinations for this dog, discuss with your vet. I think allergic dogs have a genetic predisposition but some vets think there may be a connection.

  • Diane

    Yes I am going to stop because you are right I have wasted a ton of money. Ended up donating it. I am afraid to use anything on him but water and of course when I give him a bath I use a mild oatmeal puppy shampoo. We have to definitely save our money for the specialist. I was just telling my husband about all of this. He said to me well we have tried everything and nothing is working. If he needs to see a dermatologist then we will take him. After I put that dermapaw on him I thought I was going to have to take him to the hospital, thank God we didn’t but never again. I certainly do not want to make it worse then what it is.

  • anon101

    Stop buying all this junk, save your money for the dermatologist appointment. They will have a list of products for you to buy that work in conjunction with other treatments. And, they will most likely tell you to stop using all this other stuff.
    We ended up at the emergency vet one time because I applied a little witch hazel to a rash on the dog’s chest resulting in increased irritation and redness.
    Just rinse the paws/feet off with plain water, nothing else.

  • Diane

    Yes I was thinking that as I have bought so many shampoos and creams and in face recently purchased Dermapaw. OMG it made him worse! I had to hurry up and get him in the sink to wash it off of him. He went crazy! I said to my husband that’s it, no more! God forbid it could have been burning him. He was relieved when I washed it off with his mild oatmeal puppy shampoo!

  • Diane

    Thank you! Oh God if it helps him believe me I will have no regrets at all. I just want him to feel better and get better:) Thank you for all of your help!

  • anon101

    The shampoos and creams won’t do much (if anything) unless used in conjunction with other treatments prescribed by the dermatologist.
    In fact I would refrain from applying anything to the rash, it may make it worse.
    There are other shampoos that are better (dermatologist will advise), now that my dog is stable, cheap puppy shampoo does the trick.
    I had a whole shelf full of shampoos and creams before we saw the dermatologist.
    Nothing worked till she started allergen specific immunotherapy.
    No steroids or other meds involved except for maybe an occasional prn.

  • Diane

    Wow I bought the Zymox cream and have been using that daily. I didn’t see the shampoo but I will call where I buy all my pet supplies and ask if they have it. I did buy Trizchlor medicated shampoo which has the chlorhexidine in it, we also wash his paws with that. I think he has had enough steroids as they do give him relief with the first couple of doses but as I have to wean him he is right back to licking and chewing his feet. I just soaked his feet in the iodine and water and will put the Zymox cream on him when his paws dry. I really appreciate all of your help, I truly do. I don’t think I have any tears left right now to shed as I have cried so much which is not helping him:)

  • anon101

    I did not regret taking my dog to the dermatologist. We enjoy seeing him once a year and I get a kick out of telling people my dog sees a specialist!
    I hope you make the appointment today, they have to be off steroids for a month? They will explain when you make the appointment. You won’t be sorry.

  • Diane

    Thank you I will do that and read all of your information. I believe you are right and I will have to take him to a dermatologist and get him tested so we can get to the root of this problem and try to help him. All this holistic stuff has been crap!

  • Sarah

    Ugh that does sound frustrating. I understand though. My dog has had his fair share of health issues and I’ve probably done hundreds of hours of research and definitely shed many tears. It’s also frustrating that most vets seem to be 20 years in the past with their medical knowledge.

    My dog has skin issues as well caused by cushings disease. It is mostly bacterial, but we have had good luck with Zymox enzymatic shampoo and conditioning rinse (this stuff is great for any type of skin issue and is very mild) as well as Douxo Chlorhexidine shampoo, which has ingredients that are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-yeast.

    I totally understand not wanting to use steroids long term. That stuff is bad news and can even cause Cushing’s disease in the long term. I avoid them like the plague since my dog already had cortisol issues. But sometimes you just have to decide if the potential negative long term impact is worth your dog’s every day comfort. By all
    means, keep going the natural route as much as possible, but there are times it’s not enough unfortunately. I learned this the hard way as my dog aged.

  • anon101

    Oh please, not homeopathic stuff!
    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=mercola

    I would go directly to a veterinary dermatologist. Get the recommended testing and some effective treatment options.
    Intradermal skin testing is the most accurate for identifying environmental allergies.
    Allergen specific immunotherapy is the most natural treatment and it is now available sublingual (by mouth).
    I wasted 1 year going back and forth to the regular vet, special diets, had a dehumidifier, air purifier, even a meat grinder that all went to the Goodwill.
    One visit to the dermatologist and she was on the road to recovery. Stable times 5 years. We only see the dermatologist once a year.
    I gave up cable to pay for the initial testing and it was well worth it.
    Go to forums and see my posts on allergies for more information.
    Use the search engine or click on my avatar.

  • Diane

    oh God yes I want to avoid Evangers completely! So many dogs are getting sick from that food and other companies use that same plant too

  • Diane

    Thank you Sarah. The Koha Kangaroo is just meat, there is nothing else in it, no potato, no peas, no chickpeas, nothing. I can look into the Wild Calling thought and try that. I have the iodine and do the foot soaks in between vet visits. I am actually going to do one today again. It is very frustrating and I am sure more for him. I will try what you said and thank you!

  • Sarah

    Oh one more thing. The rabbit and bison wild calling food is packed at Evangers if you like to avoid them, but the other varieties are packed at Simmons. They also have turkey which my dog LOVES.

  • Sarah
  • Sarah

    Try a food that is JUST meat if you are having potential food allergy issues. I would recommend wild calling. They have novel protein sources as well like duck, rabbit, bison, and even alligator! This would be a true elimination allergy test since it has only meat and vitamins/minerals as ingredients. I’m very sorry your pup is having issues. I know how frustrating it can be. You could also try a diluted iodine foot soak. iodine is wonderful because it kills yeast and bacterial infections, that may be a primary or secondary issue due to the licking. You could try adding Epsom salts to the foot soak as well. I would rinse the feet well though if you use salts so it doesn’t have a laxative effect if your dog licks it off.

  • Diane

    Yes I was afraid of this. He just started this two years ago, he never had allergies. He licks and chews his paws to death. He finished the prednisone and antibiotics but I do not want him on that for the rest of his life. I had a feeling changing the food to a different brand would make no difference. We thought he had an allergy to chicken and beef that is why I was told to put him on kangaroo. It is three months now and no change so I don’t think it is food. We do wash his paws whenever he comes in from outside. I even purchased Trizchlor medicated shampoo to see if that helps but he does not seem to be responding to that either. It breaks my heart because I know he is in agony with his feet. I read yesterday this is a life long problem. My vet did say she could refer me to a dermatologist but then recommended trying the Cytopointe injection to see if that helps him so today I am very confused as to what we should do to help him. I suppose I can put him back on the Wellness food he was eating since the food has nothing to do with this. Thank you for your help and your time I really appreciate it. I came home from the vet yesterday and just broke downing crying because I am at a loss as to what to do to help him:(

  • anon101

    Zignature is an excellent food, however as your vet confirmed it will do nothing for environmental allergies. It’s unlikely that the food is causing his issues based on the treatment your vet is suggesting.
    The Zignature whitefish kibble is my current favorite.
    If your dog does not respond to treatment from the regular vet within a reasonable amout of time and the pruritus has been going on 1 year/4 seasons or the symptoms are severe.
    I suggest going to a veterinary dermatologist.
    There is no cure for allergies but there is effective treatment, it tends to be lifelong.
    Also, I’m sure your vet mentioned this, but make sure you rinse your dog’s paws off with plain water and towel dry ever time he comes in from the outside.

  • Diane

    Koha has limited ingredients and is made at Performance Pets but it is a bit pricy. I have had my one dog on the kangaroo for allergies but I am concerned about its high protein as he is a little dog.

  • Diane

    I was going to try this food as I have my one dog on Koha Kangaroo because he has allergies. He has been eating it for 3 months and his paws are still red and raw and he is still licking and chewing them terribly. I read Zignature Kangaroo does not have flaxseed, not sure if that is the culprit or not. Was going to try it but was not sure about the alfalfa that is in it. Looking into the turkey also as an alternative. So confused and frustrated. My vet has now suggested Cytopointe an allergy injection as she believes he has environmental allergies vs. food. Koha is $4.50 a can and I don’t mind spending the money if it was helping him but it is not. Thank you for your help.

  • LunaLove

    i know each dog is different but i started to feed two of my three dogs canine caviar. the two that ate it were extremely ill and the one that didnt eat it was fine. i know it was the dog food so i wont recommend to anyone! ive been using zignature for years with no problems. i was just trying to find somthing to roatate and thats why i tried canine caviar in the first place. that was a mistake.

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  • Sarah

    Add Canidae and Weruva (Kobe and Kurobuta) to the list of evil Evangers cans. Other Weruva varieties are awesome quality though and packed in Thailand with human grade ingredients and lots of strict safety procedures. My dog and cat have both been enjoying them, which is why I was outraged when my dog’s Weruva turkey and kurobuta ham turned up in Evangers cans.

  • Sarah

    Yay! Looks like a good option then. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Hello, received email back from Precise Pet. The Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free Canned food. Responded with Simmons is the cannery out of Emporia KS.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    The Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free may be a new product line? I don’t believe it contains any rice?? Anyway in response to the dry kibble I feed both to my dogs. I do add either water or broth to it and top it with wet food/meats. Acana is a reputable company and never had any recalls. They only produce Orijen and Acana dry foods. Wish they produced a wet food as I do trust them. I was contemplating the Ziwi Peak but decided against it for one reason or another. I wish you can buy smaller quantities at chewy.com as I would like to mix and match and try out some of these first.. Thanks again for the help and tips.

  • Sarah

    I never looked into them because their formulas contain rice and I prefer completely grain free foods. My dog doesn’t digest rice very well in his old age. Let me know what you find out, though! It will be good info for future pups!

  • Sarah

    Oh I understand the frustration very well. It’s really difficult to find info because companies don’t like to advertise that they let other companies make their food. However I am so dead set against anything Evangers after finding a piece of sharp metal inside one of their canned foods. Inexcusable. If you ever have a question, feel free to send me a message or respond on here and I will try to help you do detective work. When in doubt, just email the company and ask them directly where they pack their canned food. If they don’t answer or say they dont disclose such information, it’s a no go for them. I would also start asking if they have used Evangers in the past and when they stopped using them, because like with Canine Caviar, they still have some Evangers packed foods out there that aren’t expired yet and still be sold. I also forgot to mention, you asked about PetKind, they make Tripett and I know they used Evangers because I have gotten their food before and recognized the can. Tiki Dog I have never tried because I don’t like to feed my dog any grain including rice. I know that company is based in Thailand and has a history of not responding to emails. Ziwipeak I never fed because I believe it is a raw food, which some people swear by, but I personally do not want to risk feeding my dog something contaminated with bacteria since he is elderly and might be more affected by it. Keep up the good work! You must be a good dog momma! May I also ask why you choose to feed a dry food? Of course it is less costly and more convenient, but dry kibble is known to cause kidney damage over time by utilizing water in the dog’s body to break down the food. It can cause a constant state of dehydration, especially in cats who don’t drink as much as dogs. If dry food is what you would like to continue feeding, maybe add a little water or low sodium bone broth to it to help combat the dehydration issue? Wishing you and your pups good health!

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    I was just also looking into Precise Holistic Complete Grain Free Canned. I contacted company through email. Will let you know outcome unless you already know about that brand?

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Thank you so much for your response. It is so helpful and very much appreciated as I have been pulling my hair out trying to find healthy wet/meat foods for my boys. It is so important to me to feed them nutritional healthy good quality foods and ingredients! Thank you. Keep in touch I would definitely like to hear any news you may find out.

  • Sarah

    None of the brands I suggested are packed at Diamond, either. I don’t trust them with all the recalls. Wild Calling is packed at Simmons (except for rabbit and bison), Zignature is packed at Performance Pet, Holistic Select is packed at Simmons and American Nutrition.

    I just got a response back from Bravo! and they said they are packed at Performance Pet! Another good one to add to your rotation. I’m very impressed by ingredients in Bravo canned food.

    I got an answer back from canine caviar and they said that they are packed at American Nutrition. I’m wondering if they recently changed plants, because I have gotten canine caviar before and it was DEFINITELY an Evanger can. You can tell their cans apart because they have a very tough lid that’s difficult to pull back. Also the date stamped on the bottom is curved and the lettering they use is a bunch of dots. It has the same dotted lettering on the side of the box if you get a whole case.

    Other Evangers brands that I’ve come across are Party Animal, Tripett, and Addiction (not sure about the ones that are marked from New Zealand.)

    I don’t worry about fat ratios so much. Good quality meat based foods will be higher in fat naturally. As long as you don’t have a dog who currently has pancreatitis, it’s not a concern. If you are still concerned, look on websites for the guaranteed analysis and choose flavors that have lower fat percentages.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Thank you. I am pretty particular and picky too. I have been driving myself crazy on picking another couple of canned brands that are grain free, with good ingredients (no fillers and questionable ingredients) and healthy and of course not too much fat. I feel it is so hard to actually find out who actually makes and manufactures certain brand foods. So far I am hearing that Canine Caviar, Wysong, Against the Grain, are all Evangers. Are there any others to add to the list that you may know??. I also want to stay away from Diamond Food Manufacturers. By the way, what fat to protein ratio range do you usually stay in on a regular food rotation. Always want to avoid the Pancreatitis. Thank you for your suggestions, I will certainly look into those. Haven’t done complete research yet but was going to check into Tiki Dog, PetKind??? If you have any feedback on those, please let me know. I definitely will be adding Zignature to my rotation. I have two dogs. One of my dogs is very picky. So he may love a certain food one day but may not want to eat it the next or even a few days later. so I need to switch it up with him more regularly on the soft food. Thanks again.

  • Sarah

    Read my above response as to good canned foods. Unfortunately, Canine Caviar is canned at Evangers.

  • Sarah

    Coincidentally I was just researching this now!! I’m the pickiest person when it comes to canned dog food: grain free, no carageenan or other questionable ingredients, and nothing canned at the Evangers facility. My favorite canned foods that I use are Zignature, Holistic Select, and Wild Calling. Wild Calling USED to be canned at Evangers but switched to another facility. However, their Bison and Rabbit ARE STILL CANNED IN EVANGERS, so avoid them. I’m looking into Bravo! line of canned food currently. I just emailed them. I will let you know when I get a response as to where they are packed.

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    I have been feeding my dogs Acana kibble. And now looking for other wet and/or canned meats to top. How is Canine Caviar? I have used some of the Weruva. But unfortunately, I use to feed my dogs some of the Evangers products before I started reading and researching more on that company and I am not comfortable with Evangers at all.. Need help finding a healthy topper to my kibble..

  • Lorna Fairbrother

    Do you know a complete list of foods made by or manufactured by Evangers? I would like to stay away from that at all costs. I plan on adding Zignature to my rotation but would like to know some other great healthy brands not by Evangers or Diamond foods. Thank you.

  • DAWN

    You can buy it from Chewy.com. I do every month (autoship)

  • Karen Georgia

    You can get the Kangaroo on Chewy.com for about 40+ dollars for a case but it’s fifty dollars on Amazon! Maybe it’s less expensive elsewhere. It’s a great food though.

  • Molly & Spencer’s Mom

    Zignature canned is a firm part of my rotation. Both do well on it and no Carrageenan.

  • Sarah

    Just got this food in the mail. I’m very impressed with the quality and protein content. I’m also so happy to have found a good wet food that is NOT manufactured at Evangers. And my dog LOVES it. This is my new favorite brand!

  • Pugsonraw

    I wanted to try the Kangaroo wet food/dry kibble and just found out its not available for sale in CA…. I guess they banned the import of kangaroo starting in Jan 2016. Oh well, on to finding something else!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I added the Zssential to my girls rotation of canned food. Both girls are doing great on it! It’s very easy to mix with kibble.