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.

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

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
  • 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.