Zignature Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

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

The Zignature Dog Food product line includes five dry recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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

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

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

Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With four notable exceptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zignature Dog Food
The Bottom Line

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

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

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

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 33% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 41% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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

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

Bottom line?

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

Highly recommended.

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

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Notes and Updates

11/17/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • GSDgrl82

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

  • theBCnut

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

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

    Zignature Turkey Formula

    Zignature Duck Formula (4 stars)

    Zignature Lamb Formula (4 stars)

    Zignature Zssential Formula (5 stars)

    Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula

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


    Why no rating for the Turkey or the Fish product?


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

  • Adrienne P.

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

  • DogFoodie

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

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

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

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

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Taylor,

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

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

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

  • Taylor F.

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

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

  • Pitlove

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

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

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

  • Taylor F.

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

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

  • Crazy4dogs

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

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Bobby dog
  • Pitlove

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

  • Pitlove

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


  • theBCnut

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

  • Crazy4cats

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • el doctor

    “Correct me if I’m wrong,”

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

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

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

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

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

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

    Thank you

  • Pitlove

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

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

  • Crazy4cats

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Crazy4cats

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Storm’s Mom

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

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    The only confusion here is yours.

    Your statement that;

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

    Is wrong.

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

    Your statement is still incorrect.

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

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

  • aimee

    I’m not following you well.

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • aimee

    Hi Pitlove,

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    You said;

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

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

  • Pitlove

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

  • Taylor F.

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

  • Niky Bond

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

  • Niky Bond

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

  • Renée Murray

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

  • Renée Murray

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kimberly Crowe

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

  • Niky Bond

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

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

  • http://www.huntingcows.com Ian Armstrong

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

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

  • DrJoe

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

  • trying 2 get it right.

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

  • DrJoe

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

  • Kay Jay

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

  • Pitlove

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

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

  • http://www.huntingcows.com Ian Armstrong

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

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

  • Myzteziz

    That’s great to hear.

  • Gwen Myers

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

  • Jane

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

  • Jane

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

  • Jane

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

  • Myzteziz

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

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

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

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

  • Myzteziz

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

  • Myzteziz

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

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

  • Erin

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

  • tdog

    They have a kangaroo flavor now!

  • disqus_ldM0XsRpQf

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

  • Susan

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

  • Jackie Burfield

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

  • Shea

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

  • Melissa Ashley Barnett

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

  • Shea

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

  • Dori

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

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

  • Shea

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

  • Dori

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

  • Shea

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

  • Crazy4cats

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

  • Julie

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

  • Kathleen

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

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

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • SPQ589

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

  • Mr.Z

    Zignature is made in California!

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

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

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

  • SPQ589

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

  • disqus_kKvUBUNBZ1

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

  • Nancy

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

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

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

  • Linda Neff

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

  • JaclynAnn

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

  • Ashlan

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

  • booboo2323

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

  • Bobby dog

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


  • trying 2 get it right.

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

  • Mr T

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

  • Dan Walker

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

  • Dog_Obsessed

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

  • Dog_Obsessed

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

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

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

  • theBCnut


  • theBCnut

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

  • Dog_Obsessed

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

  • Dog_Obsessed

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

  • DogFoodie

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