Zignature Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

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

The Zignature Dog Food product line includes seven grain-free dry recipes.

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

  • Zignature Turkey Formula [U]
  • Zignature Whitefish Formula [U]
  • Zignature Duck Formula (4 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Lamb Formula (4 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Zssential Formula (5 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Kangaroo Formula (4 stars) [U]
  • Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Formula [U]

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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
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 includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

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

The eighth ingredient is 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 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 32% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, 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 dry dog food using a moderate amount of named 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.

Zignature Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

05/17/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • anon101

    Earth to Houston: We have a problem.

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/helpdog-food-advice-for-yeast-thats-also-low-sodium/#post-104478

    There are discrepancies regarding the sodium levels that you posted.
    Are you affiliated with Zignature? If so, please post
    the correct sodium information.
    Failure to respond would indicate that you are not who you imply that you are by your avatar.
    Thanks

  • anon101

    Zignature is the best, don’t switch.
    Instead take your dog to the vet for a senior workup, dental exam/cleaning/extractions as needed. Periodontal disease is common in senior dogs and can cause pain and discomfort, not to mention systemic medical issues related to bacteria and infection.
    Zignature kibble is not large, if the dog is having difficulty chewing it, something is wrong.

  • anon101

    First. Has your dog had a dental exam recently?
    Very important.
    I have owned a few small breed seniors over the years, none of them required a small kibble. They had no trouble chewing anything unless they were suffering from periodontal disease. Once they had a cleaning and extractions as needed, they were fine.

    You could soften the food by presoaking in water overnight in the fridg prior to serving.
    Zignature is the best, I wouldn’t switch, and besides the kibble is not that large, something is wrong if they are having difficulty chewing it.

  • Susan

    Hi, if you love the ingredients to Zignature then look at “Canidae’s” Pure Petite Small Breed on page 4 & “Under The The Sun” they both have Chickpeas or Lentils…Canidae’s Pure Meadow, Senior is really good for aging dogs, it has Glucosamine & Chondroitin, Vitamin E, Omega 3 & 6 + Probiotics…

  • Sweetnurse

    Thank You! I love the ingredients in Zignature and didnt want to compromise that but needed something easier to chew. This seems like it will work!

  • Susan

    Hi, have a look at “Canidae” Pure Formula’s there’s Pure Meadow senior is really good for aging dogs Canidae’s kibble are small & VERY easy to chew & digest when you put 1 kibble in a glass of warm water the kibble is soft within 15mins, very easy to digest for older dogs. https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • haleycookie

    There are many grain free small breed foods, whole earth farm, taste of the wild, blue wilderness, merrick, tiki dog, etc. there are many more. But those come tot he top of my mind. If you go to your local petstore and ask someone should be able to guide you to something that applies. Good luck

  • Sweetnurse

    Is there a grain free dry dog food that is small in pieces. Our dog is 9 and usually eats Zignature Duck food and it seems like she’s having a harder time chewing it. Thanks

  • Sweetnurse

    Is there a grain free dry dog food that is small in pieces. Our dog is 9 and usually eats Zignature Duck food and it seems like she’s having a harder time chewing it.

  • Susan

    Yes that’s it the post I’m talking about, when I read this, Pitlove
    is saying, {I found that he “really
    like” any of the Hill’s Science Diet stew canned foods they just came out with not too long ago.} thats the new Hill’s Youthful Vitality 7+ & there’s a few more new Mature 7+ canned formula’s as well a Beef & Chicken stews but the fat is 20% in the Mature savory Beef stew..
    When I read Pitlove post last week I didn’t remember the first bit about her dog acting weird about food recently, I just remember her dog really liking the new Hills food & he was eating another food….which is a good thing as dogs age I really believe they should be eating a Mature/Senior formula when they turn 7-8yrs old, they have all the supplements needed for brain, joint health, vitamin C & E for a healthy Immune System & easy to digest ingredients, if its a premium food, I’ll still feed Patch his TOTW kibble for 2 of his bigger meals then I’ll rotate & try 2-3 spoons of the new Hills stew as long as he’s still eating his TOTW kibble his poos stay nice & firm when I rotate & feed something else smaller for his 12pm & 8pm meal.. I’m hoping Patch will feel better after speaking with the Hills Vet Nutritionist, Hills gave Patch a Hills Voucher & we are trying Hills Sensitive Skin dry formula that has Rice, Corn, Pork Meal & Egg, it has no beet pulp, no fish oil, no barley like the other Hill formula’s have & he’s not getting his acid reflux like he was when eating the Hills D/D Venison formula, he loves the new Hills Pork kibble, it digest easy & the cat even loves it & won’t eat her own food…

  • anon101

    One of my posts was double posted by error.
    Also, an inappropriate post was removed by the moderators.
    I never complained or responded to it.
    I believe it’s still an open thread?

  • aimee

    Susan,
    The thread is still there this is what Pitlove posted
    “My Lab was being weird about food recently and I found that he really
    like any of the Hill’s Science Diet stew canned foods they just came out
    with not too long ago. They come in larger cans, but are not very
    cheap. Still might be an option for you though.”

  • Pitlove

    Susan, I told you what I wrote. I did not use Youthful Vitality. I used the Hills Prescription I/D and W/D canned. 1 can of each and that was it. I know what I feed my dogs.

  • Susan

    I’m not joking, I don’t make stuff up, it was posted in the Forum section about 1 week ago, the lady posted her rescue dog “Lucy” had Heartworm & wasn’t eating, Lucy wouldnt eat then the dog ate some cheap wet tin food but the poster went nuts buying all types of wet tin foods & was feeding the poor dog everything making Lucy’s diarrhea worse, her dog had Giardia but poster never mentioned about her Giardia in her first posts & she was seeing a few different vets, then DFA closed her post down after Anon 101 had re posted her post twice that the poster had posted to me for me to read not to be re posted & reposted causing trouble…..

    I can’t find the orginal post to re read, Poster must of deleted it but I’m 100% sure you posted a post about feeding or trying the Hills Youthful Vitality Stew for your senior dog, it stuck in my head, I might get a bit of brain fog but I do not lie, I’ve been waiting to try the new Hills Youthful Vitality stew, cause Hills have given me $140 in Hills vouchers but my pet shop only has it for cats at the moment….

  • anon101

    I have no choice but to ignore certain posters.
    Raw carrots are good for dogs!
    They are a safe alternative to bones for something to chew on occasionally.
    Some dogs tolerate vegetables better than other dogs.
    Undigested carrot chunks are not a concern, the carrot is being used as a high fiber, low calorie chew toy/snack, not for it’s nutritional content.

  • aimee

    Hi Susan,

    Anon was quoting the author of the article in the link.. Alex Mayor

  • Pitlove

    Susan…. You are joking right? I’ve never fed him that let alone made a post saying I did. I’ve considered that food for him among others but never actually used it.

    Why lie about something like that?

  • Susan

    Hi Pitlove,
    don’t you feed Purina dry food to your dogs?? yet last week you posted in the Forum section you fed Hill’s Youthful Vitility to your senior boy & he loved it, isnt that rotating food??

  • Susan

    “A lot of dogs are fond of eating raw carrots.
    This is said to be a better substitute over conventional dog chews that usually come as a junk food that are loaded with high fat content and calories,”

    Who said this is a better substitute (Carrots) over conventional chew/treats??
    YOU
    maybe you have been buying the cheap & nasty chew/treats for your dogs.

    Where’s the high fat content & calories in Mussels, Sardines, Salmon, Tripe & Liver jerky, Broccoli, Blueberries, thin slices of Sweet Potato or Chicken, Turkey & Beef Baked very slowly in oven, these foods don’t cost much & make really good low fat healthy dog chew/treats that digest & dont come back out whole & un digest in dogs feces like raw carrots do…..

  • anon101

    I prefer to stick with the same brand of kibble (as a base) and often the same formula for my pack.
    Whenever I have tried something new I have noted adverse effects.
    I make sure not to overfeed, they are always eager to eat, even if it is the same old thing 🙂

  • Pitlove

    Hi stelz-

    Dogs thrive on routine and schedule and for many dogs (my own included) this includes food. I used to feed a rotational diet to the dog in my profile picture and it caused nothing but trouble. He would refuse to eat for days until he got a new food even when I will switching weekly and it was impossible to keep him allergies under control because I couldn’t isolate the cause.

    Assuming every dog wants variety is anthropomorphism and not necessarily indictive of the dogs true needs. For my pack rotational feeding does not work.

  • stelz

    Dogs get tired of eating the same thing all the time, just like us. I think most people rotate because they want their dogs to actually eat the food. I know I always have.

  • anon101

    “A lot of dogs are fond of eating raw carrots. This is said to be a better substitute over conventional dog chews that usually come as a junk food that are loaded with high fat content and calories, therefore giving no nutritional value at all. So when dogs need vital nutrients, carrots are very good snacks for them to munch on.”
    http://www.allthatisinteresting.net/are-carrots-good-for-dogs/ click on link for full article
    Check with your vet if you have any concerns 🙂

  • Susan

    “don’t be alarmed if you see carrot chunks in the feces (normal).”
    It’s not “normal” to see chunks of carrot in a dog feces, it means the dog CANT digest the raw carrot. Dogs don’t make the digestive enzyme Cellulase, so you need to either cook the carrot or blend in a blender to break the carrot down so dog can digest it….

  • anon101

    I agree, we prefer the whitefish but are trying the catfish next, then maybe the trout & salmon. I’m a pescetarian 🙂
    My neighbor likes the pork or turkey for her dog. All dogs are thriving!
    No rotating kibble brands for us. I’m sticking with Zignature and besides you can use the kibble as a base and add different toppers (a bite of chicken, scrambled egg etc) and a splash of water.

  • anon101

    If people want rotation all they have to do is change the toppers, a bite of chicken one day, scrambled egg the next….. 🙂
    I so far we like the whitefish and the catfish. I will try the trout & salmon next.
    My neighbor likes the pork and turkey formulas for her dog.

    I don’t agree with folks that switch around with different brands of kibble.
    For one thing it can take up to 2 weeks to find out a food doesn’t agree with them, then another week to stabilize.
    Also, some of us prefer to have only one bag open at a time.
    Many people use one kibble as a base with good results.
    I’m sticking with Zignature!

  • Susan

    The thing is people don’t rotate their dogs food, they seem to feed the same formula month after month then year after year, then their dog has food intolerances or some other health problem….
    Anon101 is proof of this she just feeds the Whitefish formula when Zignature has so many better proteins to rotate & feed…
    Does Zignature promote & write rotate between Zignature other forumula’s??

  • aimee

    Hi Zignature,
    While I appreciate the reply i wasn’t questioning the use of the supplement or the amount used but rather why the original poster, who has since removed the comment, did.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hi Aimee,

    Each of our formulas are made to be nutritionally balanced, so that means we may need to make small adjustments with the ingredients to ensure that we are that way. We don’t add ingredients just to add them, but rather because we need to in order to ensure we’re nutritionally balanced as per our nutritionist.

    So while dicalcium phosphate is used in some of our products, the majority of them do not contain the ingredient. This includes our Catfish, Lamb, Kangaroo, Whitefish, Pork, Salmon, and Venison formulas.

    Like everything else, we ensure that we are using appropriate levels in our foods, specific to the needs of that formula and protein. This is so that we aren’t using excessive amounts of any ingredient, as excessive amounts of anything is bad. All of our formulas are thoroughly tested and are safe and nutritionally balanced. The health of the pet always comes first here, and we’d never intentionally put in anything that could harm our, or others pets.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hi Susan!

    Our food is a rotational diet, so if your pups are able to eat anything, you’re able to rotate through all the different formulas, which will give them all the different benefits of the various proteins, without additional fillers and other unnecessary ingredients! We highly encourage rotating to everyone as long as their pups aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients!

  • Susan

    Hi,
    if you have a dog with food sensitivitives & allergies, yes this food is good BUT if you have a healthy dog that can eat everything, why would you just feed the poor dog 1 meat protein, peas, chickpeas & alfalfa??
    Start rotating a few different brands to their diet with a different meat source & different ingredients or start adding fresh whole foods to your dogs bowl of Zignature so he’s getting a more rounded diet..
    Research shows when you add 2 spoons of fresh healthy foods to a dogs bowl of dry kibble you reduce their chances of getting cancer….
    How can a dog flourish just eating 1 meat protein, Peas, Chickpeas & Alfalfa, where’s the rest of the dog nutrition??

  • kinky twist

    I really wish y’all would stop leaving irrelevant comments. Post things that are relevant to the specific type of dog food , not what your vet prescribed and so forth. This is a very good top of the line dog food , very healthy and the company is excellent in making sure our pets get the best nutrients, do your reasearch people. Ok I’m done ranting good bye

  • caroline

    I fed Zignature Lamb for 2 of my 4 dogs they look sick now , I’m fasting them both for a few days, hope they get better, i can’t afford the vet at the moment, the other 2 dogs are on a no-name shop food they are fine for now

  • anon101

    The dog in question (previous post) always had fresh water available.
    Guess what, when I stayed home and observed him for a few days, I discovered that he never went to the water bowl. The other 2 dogs did.
    I had to add water to his meals, to be sure.
    I agree, it’s not just one thing that causes bladder stones.

  • Pitlove

    I agree that bringing the dog out more to urinate is important. If I am home my dogs go out every 4 hours. However on days that I am at work/externship they will have to wait longer. They both (3 and 10 years old) have never had crystals or UTI’s. I do agree as well that genetics can play a role. My point was that diet is known to play a role in crystal formation.

    The customer of ours I mentioned isn’t a breeder, she runs a rescue and is someone I’ve known on a personal level for 2+ years. Her dogs always have water available and do get let out frequently. Sometimes it is the food.

    Regardless other customers of ours have had their dogs doing very well on Zignature and I am glad that is working for your pets.

  • anon101

    All I know is that when I took my dog out every 2 hours during the day to urinate, added 1/4 cup of water to meals, all bladder stones, utis stopped.
    No matter what he ate, BTW he never ate Zignature.

    What you reported regarding the breeders dogs was second hand information, in my opinion. Not fact. Just your opinion on what you read on the internet. Who knows if those dogs were getting adequate hydration?
    Nothing to debate, I suppose anything is possible….
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Anon-

    A vet that examined and treated her dogs determined the cause of all 4 of her dogs development of urinary crystals to be the Zigature Duck dry food she was feeding. I thought this is what you advocate for? Trusting the diagnosis of a vet that has examined your dogs and knows their history. Sharing her experience is not a “negative comment”. No one is saying Zignature is a bad food, just that some dogs are having issues with it. Just because your dog does well on a specific food does not make it indicated for every single persons dog. It is important to understand how to tailor your dietary recommendations on here to the individual pets situation.

    Also it is incorrect to say that ONLY the reasons you listed can cause urinary crystals, as there is absolutely a dietary component to the formation of crystals. This is something we discussed and learned about in my A&P and Clinical Pathology classes when we discussed diseases of the urinary system.

    Also, what causes each type of crystal is a specific pH the urine is at. Each type of crystal forms at a different urinary pH. Hence why the prescription foods are indicated to correct the pH of the bladder and dissolve the crystals.

  • Susan

    Hi can you feed fresh foods, wet tin, freeze dried, air dried? dry kibble is last resort there’s so many healthier pet foods out there to feed, you have a very smart pup… Look at “Ziwi Peak” wet tin & air dried, your dog will love it, contact Ziwi peak send a email ask for some samples, explain she isnt eating dry kibble.. https://www.ziwipets.com/

  • anon101

    I wasn’t concerned.
    This is the other negative comment I was referring to
    “Also several customers at my work and folks online are having their dogs develop crystals in the urine while on Zignature. One customer of ours that runs a rescue used Zignature for her 4 personal dogs. All developed struvite crystals”.

    I know what causes crystals/bladder stones.
    Lack of opportunity to urinate at least every 4 hours, not enough water intake and genetic predisposition.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Our catfish are farm raised in Georgia so that we can monitor what they’re eating (which are GMO free foods). Knowing how catfish behavior is we made this decision and were very selective with choosing a farm to guarantee it’s humane.

  • anon101

    Regarding the catfish, someone over in forums voiced concern that catfish are bottom feeders and contain PCBs
    I assume the catfish you use are farm raised and safe.
    What say you?
    Here it is https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/having-trouble-picking-a-dry-and-wet-food-for-poodle-mix-input/

    Here is another negative comment that you may want to dispel
    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/large-and-giant-breed-puppy-nutrition/page/46/
    “Couple people posted on Facebook on a Cane Corso breeder page I follow about it after she said she was switching her dogs to Zignature from taste of the wild. Also on here there are some concerns about the sodium content on the food”.

    Thank you

  • Zignature Dog Food

    We appreciate your interest in our food! We are here if you have any questions that you might want answered.

    To answer your question, however, we offer other formulas such as Catfish, Kangaroo, Venison, Pork and many more!

  • anon101

    Zignature is an excellent food. My 2 small breeds are thriving on Zignature whitefish as a base, I add a little something like chopped cooked chicken, or scrambled egg and a splash of water (a lot of dogs don’t drink enough water) and dry food is DRY.
    I know, they are spoiled 🙂
    Zignature’s website is user friendly, go there if you have questions.
    I don’t bother with puppy food, for all ages should be fine.

  • Kenneth Baird

    I have a four month old mini pen who isn’t eating her puppy food. I was thinking about changing her to Zignature Lamb for all ages. Is their some other kind I should put her on instead?

  • Diane

    Thank you Susan!

  • Susan

    Hi here’s a conversion calculator you just add the protein% fat% fiber% & moisture% that’s written on side of tin. http://www.k-9kraving.com/resources/calculator.php

  • Diane

    I didn’t know how to calculate that but have been concerned it may be too high in protein for his little body. It does appear also that he is gaining weight. I like him to stay around 12 lbs. He will get weighed again when I bring him to my vet and if he has gained weight I will have to rethink this food plus I do worry about pancreatitis. He never had it but that does not mean he will not get it. I had him on Nulo dry and wet but he didn’t seem to like it and that has a lot of potato in it white and sweet. This food is driving me nuts. I should just cook for them and then I know exactly what they are getting.

  • Joanna Marie

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Susan

    I just converted the fat % in the “Koha” Kangaroo wet tin food, it says it’s 6.00% min on their site, when converted to dry matter fat (Kibble) & it’s 27.27% min best to email Koha they will give a more accurate conversion …..it’s a bit high if you have a dog with Pancreatitis or is prone to get Pancreatitis, the Zignature Kangaroo is 4%min-fat as wet matter when converted to dry matter it’s 18.18% min-fat.. still a bit high if dog has Pancreatitis..;

  • Diane

    Koha also makes Kangaroo which is a very good. I use that and the Zignature. You can also order the Koha wet right from the company if you can’t find it in the stores.

  • Susan

    Hi Joanna, the Zignature Lamb formula has Beet Pulp in it, it seems to be the only formula that has beet pulp in it, I wonder why?? the protein is 28% min but we don’t know how much of the 28% protein is meat protein & plant protein, the Kangaroo formula would be good if they didn’t add the red & green lentils to boost the protein % kangaroo is an expensive meat…
    If your girl is fussy go on Chewy & look for Barkworthies Kangaroo tails or the Kangaroo jerky give as a treat, this way you’ll know if she likes Kangaroo, have you tried a kibble or wet tin food that’s is Kangaroo yet? she’ll probably really like Kangaroo.
    The Zignature Zssential formula looks good, it has the most meat protein, if she is a fussy eater she might like more meat & it has the Lamb meal in it… Sometimes when a dog has digestive issues they become fussy cause food has caused pain…Keep your eye out for a kibble that’s Kangaroo, I looked on Chewy’s site & there’s “Wild Calling” Kangaroo Meal your girl would probably love it, Kangaroo is very healthy rich lean meat, dogs & cats love Kangaroo….. My boy has IBD & he does the best on “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb…it just has Lamb as the protein…

  • Joanna Marie

    Cool thanks 🙂 I’ll probably just get it to appease her. She’s fussy lol.

  • haleycookie

    Lamb tends to have a lower protein content and higher fat and based on how food is rated here that can bring the score down some. More lamb foods will have a lower rated on this sight then other protein sources. It’s a good brand of food I wouldn’t worry much about it.

  • Joanna Marie

    Why does the lamb have four stars? Wondering because my dog prefers lamb. I have a hard time getting her to eat food without lamb as the main source.

  • Debbie

    Zignature has been a blessing! My BC cannot tolerate anything with potatoes .. He suffered from food and environmental “allergies” I went thru many brands and Zignature works the best for him. Now, I also do some home cooking and add raw goats milk for the allergies and his coat is amazing and no more rashes and scratching! He has done great on the kangaroo and the duck, and now my chi eats it too!

  • anon101
  • Judy

    Thank You Jen. So good to have another experience testimony. Strange smell? I have experienced that with other foods as well and thought it was just me. I will surely have my nose on that one:))) Thanks Again.

  • Judy

    So GREAT to know and I do greatly appreciate that information and security. Blessings.

  • Susan

    Hi Jen that’s no good when they have a smell that comes either from the dogs mouth or body…..Is the smell coming from the mouth, if yes it could be your dog stomach & small bowel may not be working properly & cant digest the chickpeas, the chickpeas are 3rd ingredient in the Duck formula….I know this smell you speak of as it has happened with my boy, he has IBD, I stop feeding the kibble I was feeding when the smell was coming from Patches mouth first then his body had a strange odour…
    Can your dog eat Lamb?? Have you tried “Taste Of The Wild, Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb, ingredients are very easy to break down, a lot of dogs with stomach & bowel problems seem to do very well on the TOTW Sierra Mountain Lamb formula, it has Lamb as the only protein, sweet potatoes, potato pea & egg, the ingredients are easier to break down, Chickpeas & lentils are harder to break down & digest, chickpeas need to be pre soaked over night before you cook them, the kibble may be to hard to digestt & just sitting in his stomach longer that it should be then letting off a bad smell…. read ingredient list & pick a kibble with no chickpeas or lentils Zignature is very pea heavy….

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Judy! No worries, none of our formulas reach even 1% sodium levels.

    Here is a list of all our sodium levels;
    0.7% Salmon
    0.6% Venison
    0.6% Kangaroo
    0.5% Whitefish
    0.7% Duck
    0.6% Lamb
    0.5% Trout&Salmon
    0.5% Turkey
    0.5% Zssential
    0.6% Catfish
    0.5% Pork

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. The last thing we want is any confusion from misinformation.

  • Jen

    I contacted Zignature last week also concerned about the sodium levels and they told me that the turkey and white fish have the lowest sodium compared to the salmon which has the highest from all of their different foods. My dog has been eating the duck formula for about a month and it has helped him with his stools as he had a big problem before but I believe I’m going to try the white fish now. Also does anybody notice a strange smell that comes from their dog after eating this? I don’t know if it’s just me or maybe it’s just my dog but he has a strange odor now

  • Judy

    Thank you love for ALL the information you provided and sure sounds like you have the experience and have sought these questions directly from the mfg. I greatly appreciate your thorough response which is most helpful.
    Best to you and your babes.

  • Susan

    Hi LunaLove,
    I’m pretty sure Chewy will stay the same & still have nice customer service & cheaper prices, the same people will work there a lot of big companies get sold & nothing changes they just have new owner…
    I would not buy any Pet Foods from Amazon there’s been a lot of complaints from people ordering their Pet Food on Amazon & their dogs becoming ill, having diarrhea their bags of pet food either had mold, spider webs, live insect & eggs in un opened kibble bags, some formula’s had old use by dates… Amazon isn’t a pet store, Amazon don’t specialize in this filed…but you probably know this 🙂

  • anon101

    Oh, well. There is always Amazon.
    My dog’s vet (specialist) recommends Amazon for pet food, shampoos etc.

  • LunaLove

    that really sucks!!! i hope they dont change how nice customer serivce is and all the things they sell and the prices!!

  • LunaLove

    i have been feeding this for 4 yrs now. i was told awhile ago from zignature through email that sodium was 2% with the protein i was feeding and immediatly got the protien that had the least sodium accordng to that certain email. if you read through all comments you will see many were told 2% sodium then zignature will say thats not the right amount. they say they havent switched formulas so im unsure how this mix up came about. my dogs like all formulas except vension never tried the kanagroo. this food and some formulas of fromm seem to be the only that my one dog can tolarate.

  • Susan

    Hi Laura,
    I wouldn’t buy any pet foods from Amazon, Amazon may be OK for other products but not Pet Foods, Specially if your boy has a very sensitive stomach/bowel, a few people have complained their dog’s are having bad diarrhea problems, when they were asked where did they buy their pet foods from use by dates were running out, it was from Amazon….Amazon wouldn’t have a big turn over so pet foods would just sit in the heat season after season…wait for the Zignature Kangarooo wet to come back into stock or ask a local pet shop can they order a few tins in so you can try it out…
    Being Kangaroo these wet & dry formula’s will probably sell out real quick being Kangaroo… I live in Australia & most our supermarket cheap pet raw & dry formula’s has kangaroo by product meat & our Grain Free premium Australian made dry kibbles only have a few formula’s that are Kangaroo, it’s weird, we do take our Kangaroo meat for granted……
    Marco Meats are the only exporters & suppliers of our Kangaroo meat, they breed & produce very healthy kangaroo meat, the owner was telling me their kangaroo meat gets check twice a week by inspectors & if any meat is bruised it goes for Pet food can’t be sold as human grade meat….. Our Marco Gourmet Game Kangaroo Mince for humans is sold in American shops, I know this cause a lady from California said she buys the Marco Gourmet Game Kangaroo mince & makes her IBD dog’s food so maybe you’d be best to look for the Marco Gourmet Game Kangaroo mince & do what I did when I first found out my boy has IBD, I was buying the Gourmet Game Kangaroo mince & making kangaroo mince rissole balls & baking them in oven they only take about 15mins & they’re ready then add your carb like sweet potatoes or an ingredient in the Zignature dry formula you know he can eat & make or own wet diet…
    Kangaroo is a very rich strong meat dogs & cats love it, Kangaroo is a very healthy lean meat & has NO toxins like fish & other meats would have…..
    Here’s Marco Meats site scroll down to the bottom & in the bottom middle is the Gourmet Game Kangaroo Mince you need to look for, you can send Gourmet Meats an email & it’s a family run business & the lady will email you back ask who & where in America buys their Gourmet Game Kangaroo Mince & sells it to the Public?
    Do know what we pay for this Kangaroo mince 500gms $8-$9, that’s all, it will be more expensive in America being Kangaroo but may work out cheaper then buying the wet tin foods & you will know what your dog is eating & your slowly introducing wet fresh cooked diet again….
    http://gourmetgame.com.au/products/kangaroo/

  • Laura

    This article explains the function and why sodium is a necessary mineral in a dog’s diet. http://dels.nas.edu/resources/static-assets/banr/miscellaneous/dog_nutrition_final_fix.pdf

  • Pitlove

    Thank you for promoting independent retailers. I work for a store that carries your product and my boss would be happy to know that reps from Zignature are making suggestions like this online. Very hard for us to compete with Amazon and Chewy now a days.

  • Laura

    Thanks for the info. I was feeding my dog the Nature’s Logic Sardine and he had tons of gastrointestinal issues before I recently switched him to Zignature Kangaroo and now he is doing much better.

  • Laura

    Thank you!

  • Laura

    I’m not a pet nutritionist or vet and can’t really speak with any kind of real knowledge about sodium content. All I can say is sodium is a necessary part of the human diet and it’s not always bad, so I would ask your vet about how much sodium dogs need in their diet. Just make sure you aren’t over or under feeding and make sure your pets have access to water at all times. Dogs actually do sweat at times through their paws. All I can say is that I’ve only seen positive results with my dog eating the Kangaroo kibble. My dog is sensitive to Venison.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Thank you so much for the kind words anon101!

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Thank you so much for sharing your success with our Kangaro recipe! Our friendly neighborhood retailers provide significant help such as loyalty programs and frequent buyer programs!

    Also, our social media team hosts contests regularly that provide our fans with many chances to win food! We are active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!

  • Zignature Dog Food

    You have my sincerest apologies Susan, after reading my response I’ve noticed the mistake.

    Our high fiber diet helps with promoting a healthy colon and also to help promote healthy and firm poop. Sunflower and/or our fish oils are what help keep a dog’s healthy coat of fur and skin.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    We have no definitive answer as to what course of action we will take, as this is still being discussed by our managerial staff. We will provide an update as soon as we have an answer, we apologize if this inconveniences anyone!

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello, Judy! Our sodium levels are within the AAFCO required amount for a healthy amount and we would be more than happy to inform you what the levels are for whatever formulas you might be interested in.

  • Susan

    Hi Zignature how does a high fiber diet promote healthy skin??

  • Judy

    Thanks Laura. Good info which I was not aware. I was going to try Venison as it is now hailed as hypoallergenic but was uncertain. I’m still worried about the sodium content of this brand from the comments I’ve read. Do you know how to tell?

  • Laura

    I agree to check with your vet. My vet told me that duck is like chicken now as far as food sensitivities go, meaning they are now seeing the same reactions to duck in dogs that are sensitive to chicken. It’s no longer viewed by many vets as a novel meat source.

  • anon101

    https://www.k9ofmine.com/best-low-sodium-dog-food excerpt below
    Generally speaking, most veterinarians use the following categories when discussing low-sodium diets (it usually easier to use the amount of sodium provided for each 100 calories as your unit of measure when comparing foods):
    Dogs with no sodium restrictions require food with at least 0.5% sodium content (>100mg sodium/100kCal)
    Dogs who require mild sodium restriction should be offered foods with between 0.35% and 0.5% sodium content (80 to 100mg/100kCal)
    Dogs who require moderate sodium restriction should only receive foods with between 0.1% and 0.35% sodium content (50 to 80mg/100kCal)
    Dogs who require severe sodium restriction should be offered food with less than 0.1% sodium content (<50mg/100kCal)
    While the AAFCO doesn’t address the maximum amount of sodium dogs can ingest safely, the National Research Council of the National Academies does. According to their guidelines, a 33-pound dog who burns about 1,000 Calories per day should not consume more than 2,000 milligrams per day. They do not explicitly state how to extrapolate this figure, as calorie consumption and body weight do not necessarily have a linear relationship.

    Copied from
    https://disqus.com/by/zignaturedogfood/
    excerpt below
    Zignature Dog Food • 3 months ago
    Here is the correct sodium levels for all of our Zignature formulas:
    Salmon-0.72%
    Venison-0.60%
    Kangaroo-0.67%
    Whitefish-0.51%
    Duck-0.70%
    Lamb-0.62%
    Trout & Salmon-0.57%
    Turkey-0.54%
    Zssential-0.52%

  • anon101

    I am very impressed with Zignature, if you go to their website and ask a question, they usually respond within 24 hours. I think the sodium is within normal limits, however, if your dog needs a special diet, check with your vet first.
    This is a quality kibble, try not to worry 🙂
    Ps: add a little water to the food, presoak, add a bite of something tasty.

  • Judy

    I ordered this food for the first time and waiting on it’s arrival.
    Reading the comments has given me concern because of the sodium issue. I have a 4 year old Angel Chihuahua who has a heart murmur and allergies so I ordered the DUCK formula which has always been my trusted ingredient for food sensitivities.
    I am currently feeding him the Primal Duck Raw Diet but he doesn’t eat enough and most days cannot use the bathroom.
    He is very finicky and has tiny teeth that interfere with him wanting to chew kibble. Again, I’m worried about the sodium content because I have to watch his sodium intake. I greatly appreciate anyone letting me know their experience with this formula and brand. He is allergic to fish oil or at least sensitive to it which I find strange. He certainly does not like anything fish. But does like Duck since he was a puppy. Thank You.

  • Laura

    My 20 month old dog has been having gastrointestinal issues for months and had unexplained weight loss. The vet thinks he may be showing early signs of IBD which has not been confirmed yet. Since I brought him home at 8 weeks I have always fed top quality brands with 4-5 star reviews. My vet suggested I feed him a novel protein such as Kangaroo but did not name any specific brand. He has been eating Zignature Kangaroo for a few weeks and has been maintaining solid stools and gaining back healthy weight. I am really happy to see these changes so quickly. I wasn’t able to find the canned Kangaroo on Chewy as it is currently out of stock but I did find it on Amazon. I only wish it wasn’t so expensive and/or they offer coupons periodically.

  • anon101
  • LunaLove

    What do you mean by they have been bought by petsmart? Do you mind if I asked you where were you hearing different things? Just concerned I feed zignature. Thanks!!

  • anon101

    Will Zignature still be available at Chewy dot com, now that they have been bought by PetSmart? I am hearing different things….

  • anon101

    Hi, I am pleased with the Whitefish kibble for my two dogs (one has allergies).
    Just curious, if you have the time to answer.
    A local pet supply store has the Pork and Catfish marked way down, I was tempted to try it. Has this item been discontinued?
    If so, why?
    Thanks in advance.

  • anon101

    I recently switched my dogs to Zignature Whitefish kibble as a base food and I am very impressed. Will try the Salmon and Trout next….

  • Susan

    Hi does your dog have Liver problems?? if yes, you need a special diet that is low protein & high in fat.. Zignature does not make this kind of diet, they are all high in protein & high in fat,.. also are you 100% sure your dog has food sensitivities & is itchy cause he’s sensitive to certain ingredients? It might be environment allergies…its very hard to work out, so keep a diary & write how he does thru the cooler months then how he does when spring & Summer come around, with environment allergies the dog is fine thru cooler months then itchy thru Summer months & its not the food.. Baths are the best for this, bath in “Malaseb Medicated Shampoo daily if needed, I bath weekly in the Summer months sometimes twice a week if the itch is real bad to wash off any pollens & allergens from outside, ask your vet about Cytopoint injections (CADI) has just come out & people are saying its a miracle their dog has stopped itching it last from 4 to 6 weeks, ask vet about it or find a vet that has it or Dermatologist…
    If your dog was doing OK thru the cooler months Winter then when Spring & Summer has come around your dog is itchy it may be Seasonal Environment Allergies,
    I have a dog with IBD, seasonal environment skin allergies & food intolerances & he’s the same the vet diets helped his IBD but the ingredients cause him to smell, itch & scratch but I think I may have FINALLY found a vet diet Hills D/D Venison & Potato for skin & stomach, that’s helping all his health problems, Hills D/D Venison is low in Protein-18.1% what ur dog needs & the fat is moderate to high at 16.4% you need a kibble with the fat over 16% -fat…. I would speak with a Hills vet nutritionist & a Royal Canine Vet Nutritionist, about a diet that will stop the skin problem & still help his liver, I’m not into vet diets but when they have Liver problems it’s not a good thing, the liver is the largest internal organ with many functions including the digestion & removing toxic substances from blood… Look for a diet that’s not high in protein under 20% & high in fat over 16%-fat, just read the vet diet he’s eating now what’s the fat % & protein % is & look for something that’s close as you can get…

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Lynn! Our limited ingredient formulas are great for pups with sensitive stomachs. Our high fiber content will help promote a healthy skin and coat, as well as sunflower oil and/or fish oils. We don’t use any chicken, grains or potatoes as well to avoid most potential canine allergens. If you are interested, we would be more than happy to send you some samples and coupons to give our food a try. All we would require is for you to message us on any of the social media platforms that we are presently on; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube!

  • Lynn Jones

    I need something for sensitive stomach skin and liver problems . Will not do prescription that’s why he has the skin problem.

  • anon

    I found it!
    Sodium levels (Zignature)Salmon-0.72%Salmon-0.72%
    Venison-0.60%
    Kangaroo-0.67%
    Whitefish-0.51%
    Duck-0.70%
    Lamb-0.62%
    Trout & Salmon-0.57%
    Turkey-0.54%
    Zssential-0.52%

  • anon

    I have decided to try Zignature Whitefish, my dogs have been doing well on Nutrisca Salmon However, with the changes coming up and all…..Whitebridge?
    Also, Chewy has been sold to PetSmart. Will Zignature be available at Chewy in the future?
    Also, if it isn’t too much trouble, could you post the sodium levels in the various Zignature formulas again.
    Thanks

  • Zignature Dog Food

    All of our formulas meet the AAFCO required amount of sodium for a healthy amount.

    Our lowest sodium containing formula is our Whitefish at 0.51% if you would like to give that a try!

  • Debbie Suckow-Kolko

    I am having the same issue of drinking more water then usual….but only after switching protein to kangaroo formula. We did ok with the turkey one but I was trying to see if my boy is allergic to turkey as well as chicken….not sure but maybe I will try the fish or go back to turkey

  • Debbie Suckow-Kolko

    I have to agree with a previous comment about high sodium content. We did ok with the turkey formula but switched to,the kangaroo and my boy is drinking and peeing so much now

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Lauren! This has honestly put giant smiles on our faces. We appreciate you sharing this amazing experience with us and are so happy your furry companion is doing better on our food!

  • Lauren

    Our 2 year old lab, who is a high end field trial dog, has suffered from stomach distress for almost his entire life. Not fun to have runny poo for two years. We have searched this entire time for a food to help him. Our vet suggested going to singular protein formula- not chicken. I bought the turkey yesterday and Hobbes has now had two meals, and for the first time in a very long time, has been solid… everytime. I never thought I would be so happy to talk about my dogs poop, but I know it is directly related to the food change. Thank you Zignature!

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Our chick peas are sourced here in the U.S.

  • Pitlove

    And what was the diagnosis? Azotemia? Only BUN elevated?

    Some have mentioned a high sodium content with this food which could explain the polydipsia.

  • InkedMarie

    When a dog food changes ingredients, they have a certain amount of time (i think it’s 6mos but not sure) to acknowledge it.

    It’s up to dog owners to check the ingredients of every bag we buy.

  • Danielle Arnold

    She’s has a full blood panel and a urine done, scheduled for an ultrasound next week,… it is the food once I took her off of the food the amount of water she was consuming drastically decrease by more then half.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Danielle-

    What was the testing done and what diagnosis was given. A 12 week old puppy with any kidney damage is likely congenital and not due to the food.

  • Michelle

    Where do you source your chick peas from?

  • Michelle

    So glad to hear yours are okay after all that! :O) No need to contact the company regarding the “old” formula, since Zignature was so kind to change the formula and not notify it’s consumer base and since I unknowingly fed her 3 big bags with the lentils, she cannot now tolerate even the “old” formula, so their stock just went back down since I had to return most of the 3,000.00 I bought. I will be donating the cans and 4lb bags to the food pantry, I returned the 13 and 27 lb bags already. On the hunt again….

  • Danielle Arnold

    Hello everyone I am also having an issue with this food the turkey formula and my poor 12 week old puppy having kidney issues! Very upset about this and the listed ingredients on the bag and website are different I’m currently taking my doggy off your food and pray we can reverse the affects that this has caused on her in her short life!

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It puts big smiles on our faces to see you’ve had amazing success with our food! If you ever some free time and would like to get in contact with us, please feel free to message us on Facebook! It’d make us so ecstatic to see some pictures of Buddy!

  • Susan

    Hi that’s great you helped & rescued a stray dog, what probably worked in the Zignature Trout & Salmon formula was the high Omega 3 in this formula.. when a dog has skin problems a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acid is needed, just make sure your rotate & try another Zignature formula with a different protein, so your dog isn’t just eating a fish kibble & is eating another protein as well…

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    https://www.mspca.org/angell_services/allergies-in-cats-and-dogs/ Excerpt below, click on link for full article
    Skin and ear infections are common problems
    As many as 60-75% of all pet visits to veterinary clinics and emergency hospitals in North America and Europe are for various dermatologic problems: itching; chewing paws; “hot spots;” ear infections; hair loss; or greasy, odorous, or scaling skin. Many of these recurring or chronic skin and ear problems are secondary to allergies.
    Dogs and cats can suffer just like their human guardians from allergies to food allergens and/or environmental allergens, and the numbers in both pets and humans are increasing in frequency. Allergies are mostly a life long ordeal for cats and dogs, and the secondary infections of skin and ears are often the biggest problem for our allergic pets.
    In dogs, we used to notice a certain breed predisposition (Cocker Spaniels, West Highland White terriers, German Shepherd Dogs and Labradors), but we have noticed a change in this pattern compared to 10 years ago. Today, allergies appear to be less breed-specific and affect as many as 15-20% of the pet animal population.

    Intradermal skin test (allergy test)
    Allergies to fleas, food, pollen and molds
    If we look at the different forms of allergies we encounter here at Angell Animal Medical Center, the frequency of flea bite-induced outbreaks are significantly reduced compared to outbreaks in the 1980’s and 1990’s largely due to the highly improved and effective spot-on treatment that most pet owners use regularly to prevent flea and tick problems. The total number of seasonal and non-seasonal allergy-induced skin problems is relatively constant in New England, and many of these patients can actually experience relief by addressing their life-long allergies. More and more dogs and cats are being allergy tested to identify the best treatment for these chronic allergies, and many of these patients today are successfully managed with either desensitization treatments and/or medical management options specifically put together for each canine or feline patient.
    It is important to note that food allergies are not something we can “test for” in veterinary medicine, so our Angell Dermatology staff help these patients by virtue of strict elimination diet trials and restricted diet ingredients in a combination with various other medical management options.
    If your pet has frequent ear infections, has discolored fur around the paws and lower legs, frequent problems with itchy skin, hair loss and/or scaling fur, greasy hair coat, and odor, consider contacting your primary care veterinarian, and ask if a referral for an allergy consult would be appropriate for your pet.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Glad that your dog is doing well, my neighbor’s dog with a sensitive stomach is doing well on Zignature as well.
    However, environmental allergies tend to wax and wane, especially if the allergies are seasonal….so don’t be surprised if/when the symptoms return. If that happens, I would recommend making an appointment with a veterinary dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.
    Also, don’t be fooled by mail in hair and saliva tests (scams).
    There is no cure for environmental allergies, but there is effective treatment, which tends to be lifelong.

  • Jenna Kemper

    I love you guys and cannot thank you enough for this dog food that literally saved Buddies life. Buddy and I both get so excited when it comes in the mail from Chewy! (Shout out to Chewy, you guys rock!) Thanks for making a delicious food that my sensitive guy can indulge on 🙂

  • Jenna Kemper

    This is by far the absolute BEST dog food in the entire world. I have spent thousands of dollars trying to find the right food for my stray dog I found on the side of the road. Covered in fleas, and the worst skin allergies I have ever seen, nothing worked. I tried, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Nutrish, Pure Balance, and just about every other dog food you can think of. I found someone who recommended Zignature on a bull dog forum. Zignature is fast acting, Buddy gets so many compliments on how soft and shiny he is, and he is SO EXCITED to eat it. THIS WAS THE ONLY CURE FOR HIS ALLERGIES. Meaning, I didn’t have to spend more money on allergy tests or pills. This saved us! I buy the trout and salmon, and this boy has never been so healthy. The vets always ask me what I feed him! Buddy is an 80 pound all white American Bull Dog and eats about a 30 pound bag every three weeks to a month. This dog food rocks and I will forever use this for every pup that crosses my path.

    P.S. The vet recommended Buddy be on prescription food (so expensive) but then I found this 🙂

  • Michelle

    Thank you I appreciate that, unfortunately neither one of mine can tolerate deer and fish is too oily for my Crohn’s boy ( upsets his GI and gives him diarrhea) and the baby is allergic to ALL white fish which is in all fish formulas unfortunately.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Michelle, we want to ensure you’ve exhausted every option. We do have another exotic protein which is our Venison formula. If your pups have sensitive stomachs and/or skin, our fish formulas contain a lot of omega 3 and 6 which is great for skin sensitivities. If you have any questions about our other formulas please feel free to ask anytime. Thank you!

  • Michelle

    Sorry Susan, I am just now seeing your response, please forgive the delay. I agree, almost every dog food company has gotten on the lentil kick, it is getting impossible for those who have food sensitivities to find anything that our kiddos can tolerate!! I agree that they will lose customers over this, they have already lost me and once others notice the change they will follow. I love your profile :O)
    We can’t do the sweet potatoes here, glad your kiddos can do em!

  • LunaLove

    they are after a vet visit that cost me hundreds. but oh well they are ok. ive heard addiction a co worker has fed that to her dogs now for years. have you contacted the company about keeping or supplying you with the old formula? maybe there is a chance they can do something! you mean put one down like the people on here are bashing? lol

  • aimee

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m pretty sure I’ve read that piece before.

    For me the bottom line is that the various pathways that result in adverse food reactions are unknown. If it is unknown what the mechanisms are then it follows that a test to identify AFR can’t be developed.

    Additionally those specialists that deal with AFR’s do not find the test useful.

    The money would be better spent on doing a good food trial.

  • Michelle

    You may find this worthy of looking at:

    Benefits of Salivary vs Serum Food Intolerance Testing

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM

    Background

    Research in humans has shown that the key to delayed, or latent, or pre-clinical food sensitivity testing is the identification of the offending IgG or IgA antibodies and immune complexes in serum or feces, and the offending IgA or IgM antibodies in saliva. In fact, antibodies to food ingredients can appear in the saliva before the clinical or gastrointestinal biopsy diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease or “leaky gut syndrome” is made in human patients. Saliva testing can thus reveal the latent or pre-clinical form of food sensitivity. A similar elaboration of IgA or IgM antibody in saliva but not serum pertains to animals with latent or pre-clinical gastrointestinal disease.

    Delayed sensitivities are usually revealed as soon as 2 hours or as long as 72 hours after eating, which is the reason it can be difficult to connect the symptoms with a food or foods eaten as long as several days previously. There is a very high correlation between delayed food sensitivity and the amount and frequency of the food consumed.

    In serum testing, food sensitivity reactions in the gut lead to increased blood levels of IgA or IgG directed to these food ingredients. Similarly, the immune complexes being formed from food reactions in the blood adhere to red blood cells and these altered blood cells are then cleared by the body’s recticuloendothelial system in the liver and spleen. Individuals having more immune complex on their red blood cells are the ones who suffer from chronic food sensitivities.

    In saliva testing, deposition of food antigens or peptides in the gut has been documented in people and animals to lead to the production of IgA or IgM antibodies in the serum and in secretions such as saliva. In some situations, IgA or IgM antibodies to food ingredients appear in saliva but are not present in serum. So salivary antibodies serve as an indication of a general mucosal immune response and can be induced in people and animals without parallel antibodies being detected in serum.

    A good correlation exists between the saliva/ blood ratio of substances and salivary pH. Salivary flow rate and any existing pathophysiology of the oral cavity have also been shown to affect

    salivary distribution of substances. Saliva content of antigens and antibodies reflects the nutritional and metabolic status of the body, as well as the emotional, hormonal, immunological status of the individual animal.

    Examples in Animals

    Food sensitivity testing for common offending allergens and peptides in dogs can be achieved. The sensitivity and testing is for grains most often associated with inflammatory bowel disease and other symptoms of adverse food reactions – such as, but not limited to wheat and other glutens, corn and soy. These three grain types are among the major constituents (top 5 ingredients) that make up the bulk of standard commercial kibble fed to most dogs. Another common allergen in pet foods or animal food compositions is beef, and the testing and screening is also directed to but not limited to other meats, fish, dairy, eggs, other grains, botanicals, oils from seeds or fish, botanicals, vegetables, nuts, or fruit.

    A primary example of an immunologic food sensitivity or intolerance is sensitivity to wheat or other gluten foods, for example barley, rice, millet, and oats. In the Irish Setter breed, for example, wheat-sensitive enteropathy is an heritable condition. Immunological reactions to gluten foods causes atrophy of the intestinal villi and inflammation of the small intestine, which, in turn, results in diarrhea and weight loss from malabsorption of fluid, electrolytes, and dietary nutrients. Even though chronic or intermittent diarrhea and intermittent vomiting are the most common symptoms of this food sensitivity, there have been few studies of the prevalence of this condition in animals being presented to veterinarians with chronic diarrhea or vomiting or other common gastrointestinal symptoms. Furthermore, beyond costly measurements of serum IgE –mediated antibodies, there are no adequate methods in veterinary medicine to diagnose or noninvasively test for immunologic food sensitivities or intolerance. This frequently results in either no diagnosis or the missed diagnosis of an immunologic food sensitivity or intolerance.

    Despite this situation, many animals with gluten or other food sensitivity or intolerance do not have diarrhea or weight loss, but instead have other signs and symptoms such as vague abdominal pain, nausea, abdominal bloating, flatulence, chronic fatigue, constipation, poor growth and maturity, iron deficiency anemia, osteoporosis, seizures or other neurologic disorders, or even just elevated serum liver enzyme levels. Some animals may be asymptomatic.

    Furthermore, animals with gluten or other food sensitivity or intolerance may not have fully developed intestinal lesions. Therefore, the immunologic food sensitivity or intolerance of these

    animals may not be properly diagnosed using known testing methods, such as endoscopic intestinal biopsy and blood or serum testing. Additionally, these animals may present with other immunologic diseases such as the autoimmune diseases of skin, liver, joints, kidneys, pancreas, and thyroid gland, or microscopic colitis.

    Saliva testing for food sensitivity and intolerance in animals differs significantly from all other food allergen tests available for use in animals. It is highly reproducible and clinically relevant. In serum, the food antigen or peptide being tested, and any specific IgA or IgG antibody in serum bind to each other and then fix complement. In saliva, the food antigen or peptide being tested reacts directly with the IgA or IgM antibody in the test animal’s saliva.

    Delayed food-related sensitivities begin in the gastro-intestinal tract when the intestinal lining becomes hyperpermeable. This problem is known as “leaky gut syndrome” or intestinal dysbiosis, and is defined as an increase in permeability of the intestinal mucosa to partially digested protein macromolecules, micromolecules, antigens and toxins. The immunological reaction to these proteins or other molecules in the liver initiates and perpetuates chronic food sensitivity or intolerance. When the gut is unhealthy, the rest of the body is unhealthy. The disease process that ensues is typically chronic or intermittent and often involves the gut and skin, as well as internal organs such as the liver. Gastro-intestinal tract function is disrupted when the lining of the gut is inflamed or damaged. With a leaky gut, large food antigens can be absorbed into the body. The body’s defense systems then attack this antigen or antigens and the result is the production of antibodies against what was once a harmless, innocuous food ingredient. These IgA or IgG antibodies and immune complexes are formed in the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body where they can damage other tissues along the way. In saliva, these reactants are typically IgA or IgM.

    Comments on Saliva vs Serum Testing in People

    Saliva hormone or food antigen testing is a new technology. It’s been used only in the last decade and, therefore, is not yet widely accepted by the medical community. Saliva testing also is not readily available in many laboratories. Furthermore, there’s room for human error when gathering the saliva sample, as food or blood can easily contaminate the specimen.

    The good news is saliva collection is noninvasive, painless, relatively inexpensive and convenient for the patient. When comparing saliva and serum methods, published studies have shown a saliva sample is more accurate than a serum sample.

    For this reason, measurement of saliva IgA, IgG, and IgM antibodies against specific antigens of foods, intestinal bacterial and fungal flora is of considerable importance in the pathogenesis of immunologically mediated diseases, including food allergies or intolerance and autoimmunities.

    Secretory IgA is capable of functioning as a blocking antibody, which can create a barrier to certain macromolecules, bacteria, and viruses. The interaction with secretory IgA will not permit such antigens to interact with the mucosa and blocks their entrance and exposure to the gut-associated lymphoid tissue. This blockage permits the host to shield efficiently the systemic immune response, local immune response, or both, from being bombarded by many molecules. An additional role of secretory IgA is prevention of diffusion of food antigens into mucous membranes.

    Unlike the immediate effects of IgE-mediated allergy, the IgG and IgA-mediated food allergy and intolerance reactions can take several days to appear. Levels of IgG and IgA antibodies in the blood against different food antigens have been used for demonstration of delayed food allergy and intolerance reactions. Therefore, raised serum or plasma IgG and IgA levels of food-specific antibodies are often associated with food allergies. However, measurement of IgG or IgA in the blood may miss abnormal immune reaction to many food antigens. In one instance, it is known that oral or intragastric administration of dietary soluble proteins such as bovine gammaglobulin (BGG) and ovalbumin or egg albumin results in salivary IgA production, but not in any antibody production in serum.

    The deposition of antigens in the gut has been shown to lead to the production of IgA antibodies in secretion at sites distant from the gut, such as colostrums, lacrimal and salivary secretions in man and salivary secretions in rhesus monkeys and in rats.

    A general conclusion, therefore, is that the secretory immune system can be stimulated centrally and that precursors of IgA-producing cells migrate from the gut-associated lymphoid tissue to several secretory sites in addition to the lamina propria of the gut itself. Therefore, if antigens are injected into the submucosal tissues, they are likely to induce serum IgG antibodies as well as secretory IgA antibodies in saliva. However, if it is applied topically to the skin or to the intraepithelial tissue, secretory IgA is the main product, which is detected in saliva. The role of topically applied antigen in the localization and persistence of IgA responses has been demonstrated in several secretory sites, including the respiratory tract, oral cavity, gut and vagina.

    More Specific Information

    Saliva is a source of body fluid for detection of an immune response to bacterial, food, and other antigens present in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract. Indeed, salivary antibody induction has been widely used as a model system to study secretory responses to ingested material, primarily because saliva is an easy secretion to collect and analyze. It seems to be a general feature that salivary IgA antibodies can be induced in a variety of species in the absence of serum antibodies. This has been demonstrated after immunization with particulate bacterial antigens in humans that could selectively induce an immune response to Streptococcus mutans by oral administration of the antigen. This route of administration resulted only in antibody production in saliva and not in serum. Similar mucosal immune response in the form of saliva IgA did occur in monkeys, rabbits, rats, and mice after oral administration of Streptococcus mutans, Staphylococcus or different viral antigens and peptides.

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  • Michelle

    Sorry to hear that yours got sick on the Canine Caviar! :O( :O( I do hope they are better now? My boy ended up not liking it either :O( I hope you have been able to find something yours can eat also! My 10 yr old boy is trying Addiction Kangaroo, even tho he had a violent reaction with fresh peas when I made their food b4, he seems to be okay for now. The baby is eating up the old stock of the Zignature Kangaroo I have stocked up on. I may try to transition her over later to trying the Addiction as I don’t want to create an issue for her with it at a later time. I greatly appreciate your effort and concern, I will be checking out the “Gather”! You are correct, rather than to put one down we will try anything, that’s been my baby’s life story thus far :O)

  • Zignature Dog Food

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  • Zignature Dog Food

    Our food has always been AAFCO certified.

  • LunaLove

    is this food just now AAFCO apporved?

  • LunaLove

    ok well this is all news to me because ive only dealt with companies making thier own food for my dogs. it makes more sense because i just contacted candiae wanting to try some pure formulas and they after 5 emails finally told me that they use multiple co packes one including diamond pet which to me is pretty concerning. ive heard great things about the company and thought they moved away from diamond pet.

  • LunaLove

    I am sorry that sucks!! it took a long time to find zignature for mine as well!! canine caviar made two of my dogs very ill and the only one that didnt get sick was the one that didnt eat it..someone suggested gather which i would trust bc its by petcurean they have a formula that has no meat i woudnt want to feed that but when you run out of options what can you do till you find something else that works? but now that i think of it im pretty sure it has lentils :/

  • Zignature Dog Food

    In regards to who you spoke with over email about the ingredient change.

  • Bobby dog

    That could be, TBH I don’t follow her. I just remember another Vet that I follow making comments on her work in a certain field which I was surprised about.

    I like Dr. Peterson’s site and blog for info on endocrinology. I found allot of useful info for my cat that has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism on his sites.

    Anyone who has a cat or dog with any such issues should check his site out:
    http://www.endocrinevet.info/
    http://www.animalendocrine.com/

  • Michelle

    Yes, the Zignature Kangaroo is the “only” thing I am able to use on them. Hope you find something w/o lentils, very hard to do. I contacted canine caviar re: kanga meat, they said they looked into it but are regulated against it in California :O( So unless someone else who is not regulated OR Zignature decides to make 2 formulas of their Kanga I am left with no options :O( :O( I already bought $3,000.00 of their old stock in 3 days for however long that will last these guys they eat 10 cups a day.
    Thanks for the kind words. I love danes too :O)

  • aimee

    I believe she’s best known for her work in hematology. In my own opinion I think she missed the mark regarding thyroid.

  • Bobby dog

    Not sure the procedure for her thyroid tests. She has done some respected research on this condition. I believe it’s the direction she has chose to focus on in the past ten years that is controversial in the Vet field.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    She does mail in thyroid testing too?
    Buyer beware……

    “Also, Dr. Dodd’s claims to be the leading authority on thyroid testing, but she says her assays for the thyroid tests are “patented” and won’t tell anyone how she is doing them. How can you really trust those results then?”

  • Bobby dog

    You’re welcome, hopefully your sleuthing skills will prove better than mine!!!

  • aimee

    Thanks Bobby dog!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Excellent discussion going on at that site.
    Hope it saves someone some money!
    Thanks for posting this.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi aimee:
    Whenever the Nutriscan topic is brought up I end up trying to find more info on the test samples sent in to Dr. Dodds; never can find much. I did find a site that posted correspondence from the ACVD Diplomat who sent the samples to Dr. Dodds for testing. Maybe this will help you track down more info on the subject.

    http://www.danesonline.com/forums/forum/great-danes-forums/health-and-welfare-forum/82928-very-interesting

  • Michelle

    Follow up this am, just got my babies thyroid results TgAA is 11!!!!!!! She is no longer autoimmune thyroiditis!!!!!!!!!

  • Pitlove

    Yes some companies use multiple co-packers. I would imagine that makes it much harder to keep track of any problems that come up. If you’re ever interested in a food/specific formula contact the company and ask them who makes their food and if they use more than one co-packer. If they won’t tell you move on to another company. I prefer companies that manufacture their own foods.

  • LunaLove

    For what occasion? I have contacted the comanpy many times.

  • LunaLove

    thank you for letting me know!! i have emailed the company with no response just yet. as i was worried about it being made multiple places bc like i said im not sure ifs thats normal or not.

  • LunaLove

    Zignature just said they didnt add them to any formuals except the kangaroo are you sure its not a different kind of dog food your talking about? theres so many kinds that could be easily confused lol and “Due to customer complaints, we are adjusting the Zssential formula to contain five proteins listed first on the ingredient list.” seems they changed that and since people dont like it they are trying to get back some customers which to me isnt a bad thing but rather a good thing.. but i agree im pretty sure my dogs dont do well with lentils so i look for food with out them!! which is pretty hard! I hope you find something that works for your pups! I love danes.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I have had excellent results with Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea kibble as a base. However, for my dog with environmental allergies, it is just a small part of her treatment, in conjunction with care from a veterinary dermatologist, allergen specific immunotherapy (desensitization).
    But I agree, Nutrisca is a good food. Whenever I try something different 🙂

  • Kelly Marie Bialeschki

    I have 4 dogs my Saint Bernard and basset hound have major allergies to it seems everything. My food recommendation is Nutrisca I feed my bunch the salmon and chickpea recipe. We’ve tried so many different brands and recipes it’s really quite ridiculous. Then I came across Nutrisca on my favorite website ever for buying anything animal related http://www.chewy.com and everything else is history. All the skin issues, diarrhea, excessive licking, yeast infections, ear infections all of it gone!! On top of all of my personal review of Nutrisca it’s rated a 5 star food on here (dog food advisor) you’ve got nothing to lose and your fur baby has everything to gain!!

  • aimee

    Hi. Michelle,

    Yes I sent to Glacier Peaks.. I should have put the name in my post.

    Skept vet writes about the nutriscan testing here. Roughly in the middle of the page. http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2015/06/canine-nutrigenomics-by-dr-jean-dodds-science-as-windowdressing/

    I found a response from Dr. Dodds regarding the results (can’t find it now Grrr) and she claimed that not enough sample was sent in and that the control samples caused problems with her testing … but all of this was after the fact.

    It made me wonder ….if she determined that the samples were inadequate and that an inadequate sample can yield false results why did she run them? Dr Dodds should have contacted the person who sent the samples in and requested a new sample. Instead she ran the tests and then when the results were questioned she claimed it was because of insufficient sample, Just seemed kind of weird to me.

    In any case glad your dog is doing well.

  • Michelle

    Thanks for your input, yes the sample you sent in was not to Nutriscan but to Glacier Peak Holistics. I cannot vouch for Glacier Peak Holistics as I have had no dealings with them. I do not see where you have any scientific proof for your claims towards her as your comment seems to imply the samples were sent to Nutriscan. And yes Dr. Dodd’s test is Nutriscan not Nutriscam. Although, I am not in total agreement with all of Dr. Dodd’s methods I must say her report on the food sensitivities for me (and others, and there is a large number who have sent in their dog’s saliva) have been quite accurate. In addition I did my own trial of food testing in addition to the results as I too was skeptical but as I said she was quite correct in her reports for several of us. I will continue to be on alert tho, thanks.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Would you be able to inform us which representative you were in contact with?

  • Zignature Dog Food

    We would also like to clarify that as of now, none of our formulas have lentils except for Kangaroo.

  • LunaLove

    i had my dogs on fromm lamb and lentils they did ok (before trying fromm they were eating zignature). they had more energy but there seemed to be something they couldnt tolaerate they were all itchy. and i say they did do ok but not great bc i have one dog that literally will vomit if she eats the smallest piece of food that she shouldnt have. she did not vomit once during transition. i was hoping to do rotating with fromm and zignature. she has been on zignature for years now and that seems to be the only thing she can have. so if they ever change the formula i would be upset.

  • LunaLove

    I emailed ziganture they said there is no igredient change.

  • Susan

    This is SOOOOOOO wrong Zignature should be fixing their web page & Chewys web page, I know the only way online pet food warehouses like Chewy can change the ingredient list the actual dog food company has to send them the new ingredient list, & ask for it to be changed….Has Zignature added the red & green lentils to all their formula’s?? People need to send Zignature emails & whinge, lentils are no good if your dog suffers with digestion problems, IBS & IBD symptoms….chickpeas when cooked are softer where lentil need to be soaked in water over night then cooked & then lentils are still hard to digest, I hate them as a kid my mum added lentils to our soup there’s red, green & orange lentils.. this is soooo wrong what Zignature has done do you know how many poor dogs with food allergies & food sensitivities are on the this food, I think Zignature will lose a few customers the new bags should have that the ingredients have been changed, so people can start to introduce slowly…. I will warn people on the dog issues & allergies f/b page… Lentils are cheap & easy to purchase like corn… Lentils are the new filler for Grain free foods, I buy kibbles with Sweet Potatoes & you don’t find too many grain free foods with Sweet potatoes any more…

  • aimee

    Hi Michelle,

    Discus did specify that I sent in a hair/saliva test so yes clearly not nutiriscam. I shredded the cotton from the Q tip in the kit and sent

    that in as “hair” and IV solution as saliva and got numerous “positives”

    In regards to nutriscam a vet dermatologist sent in samples from patients whose food reactions were known and samples from dogs for whom food reactivity was ruled out along with plain water as a control.

    All samples came back with the same sensitivity patterns. Perhaps the test has been improved since then.

    Troubling to me is that for years Dr Dodds had promised to bring forth data and publish showing the validity of the test but so far that has never occurred.

  • Michelle

    Thanks. Would be awesome for them to make 2 formulas, one for fur babies who can eat lentils and another for those who can’t. :O)

  • Pitlove

    Hi Michelle-

    They aren’t “catering” to AAFCO, they are legally obligated to be in compliance with AAFCO.

  • Michelle

    Thank you for that, greatly appreciate it!

  • Crazy4cats

    I think it is because everyone is on the grain free high protein wagon and lentils are most likely a way to do both without jacking up the price a lot. It’s too bad 🙁

  • Crazy4cats

    Sorry to hear what you are going through. I hope you find something that works for your furries.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I have no idea what you are talking about. All I can say is that I have had positive results by consulting a specialist and going along with the recommended treatment.
    Sorry, if your experience was different.
    Best of luck.

  • Michelle

    Great for you, mine was also tested the same way for environmental, came back tons of allergies, ex: mite allergy to all mites was in the 3000″s as you know 150 is significant, considered extremely high so 3000 would be..off the chart high. We did the allergy treatment (I was giving her shots) unfortunately they contained phenol a known toxin. I had requested no phenol, vet lied to me. After giving them to her for a year and getting worse I called the manufacturer who confirmed phenol was the preservative. I am so glad you are so knowledgeable but you haven’t been where I have been nor through what I have. I have the first dog who has autoimmune phemphigus the fatal one! And guess what she no longer has it!! I detoxed her and have been through He.. and back for her. Her autoimmune thyroiditis antibodies were in the 68+ last test a year ago was 17!!!! Just sent in new test last night, expecting her to no longer be autoimmune. So please get a life and pick on someone else who knows and has been through less than you have.

  • Michelle

    Blanket fiber @ Nutriscan, impossible. Get your facts straight so you don’t look like an complete id. Nutriscan requires a saliva sample.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I had one allergy test (intradermal skin testing) done for my dog by a veterinary dermatologist 5 years ago. The dog has responded to the treatment recommended.
    Treatment for environmental allergies is lifelong, no cure, just effective treatment.
    No further allergy testing has been needed.
    Ps: She tolerates a variety of foods, always has, as soon as her environmental allergies were under control.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    That’s nice that’s its working for you. One of the regular posters here, hopefully will respond.
    She sent in some blanket fiber or something like that for the test (one of the saliva/hair food sensitivity tests) and got a complete list of ingredients to avoid.
    Totally bogus.

  • Michelle

    lol.lol yes and they levels continue to go up and say avoid, avoid, avoid…

  • Michelle

    Thank you, no confusion. I just absolutely hate that you changed the formula. Some of us have no option as to what we “need” to feed our kids. It becomes a choice of finding something they can tolerate or put them down for lack of being able to find something they can tolerate. It should be up to us as consumers what we need to feed our kids regardless of AAFCO’s stance. I have no choice due to rescuing them and them being over vaccinated through the rescue I got them from. We have blown through ALL other proteins including frog legs, alligator (yes, I was just as desperate then as now), even went through a period of beans for them. Just wish you would continue to make the “old” formula and a separate one if you want to cater to AAFCO. Companies who add more than one protein do us a great disservice b/c when our kids become allergic to one protein we lose ALL the other proteins in that…..
    So, no confusion here.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Nutriscan? Food sensitivities fluctuate. Did you read the fine print? They recommend that you repeat the test every year, lol

  • Michelle

    That is you, I have food tested my Danes through Nutriscan to find out what they can and cannot have thank you. Also, my body hates lentils and peas too.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Well, I pretty much lived on lentil soup all winter, red and brown. Guess what? My cholesterol level went down (no statins)
    My dogs thrive on Nutrisca.
    You guys are over analyzing this stuff. Find a vet you trust and go by what he recommends.
    That’s what has worked for me.

  • Michelle

    The newly added lentils are causing significant urinary issues for one of my Danes, the other gets diarrhea.

  • Michelle

    They have added in red and green lentils. This was the ONLY food my fur babies could eat. I have been going around town buying up as much of their “old” formula as possible. Hope the lentils don’t cause your problems, seems everyone wants to add lentils into the dog food nowadays.

  • Pitlove

    Nutrisca is only made by one manufacturer. Tuffy’s.

  • Francesca G

    If you log onto Petcurean.com they offer a $5.00 coupon. Every dog is different however I know you will not be disappointed in Gather. My dog is thriving on it.

  • Susan

    Hi if you click on this link below, then at the top click on “Our story” then “Our Journey”, there’s a video Ethos Pet Nutrition, Canidae is independently small family owned Business, started by 2 men who live on a Bison ranch in Wyoming America, they make small batches of food, with fresh ingredients off the local farmers, they do have their new Small Breed Pure, Bison or Salmon that has no potatoes or chicken..or there’s their normal limited ingredient Pure Formulas that have small size kibbles, my boy loves the Pure Wild so does the cat… http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Michelle! Firstly, we would like to apologize for any confusion this has caused you or anyone else. To clear up any misinformation, some of our original formulas were required to be reformulated by AAFCO to comply with their 2017 regulations for large breed puppies. Our Kangaroo formula was one of the formulas that was changed, Zssential originally had a total of four proteins listed first on it’s ingredient list. To comply with the new regulations presented by AAFCO for the large breed puppies it was dropped to three. Due to customer complaints, we are adjusting the Zssential formula to contain five proteins listed first on the ingredient list.

    We hope this has cleared up any confusion,

    Zignature

  • LunaLove

    thank you!! i have tried go! but they didnt do well on it. i have looked into gather and will try it soon but can not keep them on it all the time bc it is so expensive.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Hey, believe whatever you want. No guarantees with anything in life.

  • LunaLove

    I like Nutirsca but im not trying it. I would love to but I have read reviews about random peices of different kinds of dog food being in the bag and about plastic found in the bag. And that multiple manufacturs according to you..I know its all from the same company or assume it is but that to me is kinda weird unless thats normal?

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Nutrisca salmon and chickpea
    No potato, no grains, no this, no that
    Check chewy dot com
    PS: regarding environmental allergies, it is best if you consult a veterinary dermatologist.
    Go to forums and search allergies, see my posts. (anon101)
    Good luck

  • LunaLove

    thank you!! I am looking into the small breed pure lid grain free salmon..do you know who manufactures canidae? i would prefer to stay away from chicken and potatoes anyways so i havent gotten a test done..they didnt do well on fromm

  • Susan

    There’s 2 new formulas coming out, “Catfish” & “Pork” formula when you click link below then click on a formula the Pork & Catfish formula’s run along the top with all the other formulas, just click on the new formula’s to read their ingredients, Canidae has similar ingredients but uses human quality ingredients.. My boy does real well on Pork probably cause he’s never eatin Pork before in a kibble.. http://zignature.com/?page_id=333&lang=en

  • Susan

    Hi have a look at “Canidae” Pure formulas, Canidae has limited ingredients, look at their Pure Sea, it is for dogs with skin problems, very high in omega 3 what is needed for skin problems. read all formulas as they very with their ingredients… have you actually tested & done a food elimination diet to make sure 100% your dog is sensitive to Chicken & Potatoes? My boy has IBD & Skin Allergies to environment & food Sensitivities & Patch is doing really well on Canidae Pure Wild at the moment…I rotate when Spring/Summer is coming I start introducing a fish kibble cause it’s higher in omega 3 for the skin & then when Winter is coming I start feeding a Lamb or Pork kibble http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • LunaLove

    would you be able to list the new ingredients?

  • Michelle

    Heads up. Zignature has changed it’s ingredients in it’s limited diet dog foods, bag has the new additions but Chewy’s website and Zignature’s websites do not list the new ingredients. If your fur baby is all of a sudden having issues, check the ingredients out!

  • Francesca G

    I used to feed Zignature for years until my dog became very thirsty while on it. I’m currently feeding my 13 1/2 year old Cockapoo Gather by Petcurean. My dog is allergic to chicken and potatoes. I HIGHLY recommend this kibble. My dog is thriving on it and when you smell the kibble it does not have the typical fishy smell. Every piece of kibble is a different size as if you baked it yourself. You will not be disappointed with Petcurean. The only problem about the new Gather line is that it just came out in October hence it’s hard to find. Any top quality pet store can order it for you. It’s not cheap however IMO it’s worth it. http://www.petcurean.com/product/gather-wild-ocean-recipe-adult-dogs/

  • LunaLove

    thank you for your feed back!! is that normal for a couple places to make one dry food brand? i was trying to avoid sodium selenite but heard Selenium Yeast is better which is what nurtisca has yet it still has a lot of the minerals and things im just not sure is good.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Tuffys makes it, as well as Dogswell and Nutrisource and some others.

    Dogswell had some recalls back when, it had to do with jerky treats China?
    Nutrisca chicken kibble had a recall for possible salmonella a few years ago.

    All I can tell you is that my dogs do well on Nutrisca as a base about 5 years now.

  • LunaLove

    do you know who makes it?

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea is similar to Zignature (imo) Check chewy dot com for reviews

  • LunaLove

    hello i am wondering if anyone can help me out. i have been feeding this dog food for years now. i have tired other brands with no luck. i would like a suggestion for something similar to this food that comes from a trustable company. i dont want potatoes or chicken in it as one of my dogs is allergic. one of my other dogs has urinated alot since a puppy (even on other dog food brands) and so every couple months i get a UA and SDMA test that is supose to show early kidney disease. the levels have came back elevated and sometimes they are on the high end. one of my dogs also suffers from colitis and things in that matter. so i would like to roatate but my dogs are very sensitive as they each have thier own issues. i would be ok giving different brands to each however they all seem to do well on zignature just looking for somehting healthier for them.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    We would prefer to talk to you privately if at all possible. Could we ask you to contact us at [email protected] or on our Facebook page?

  • Francesca G

    Discuss what further? I do not feel comfortable posting my email address on a forum. I hope you understand.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Francesca, we would like to get in contact with you to discuss this further. Would you please provide us with your email address?

  • aimee

    A food can meet a claim of nutritional adequacy by meeting the profile or passing a feeding trial. It does not have to do both. Each method has advantages and disadvantages.

    A feeding trial helps to ensure the nutrients are bioavailable. A food can meet the chemical profile and yet fail a feeding trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1659568

    A feeding trial on the other hand ensures in the short run the diet is adequate. But because the trials are of short duration nutrient deficiencies may not always reveal themselves.

    My preference, especially during growth, is for diets that both meet the profile and have passed a trial

    In this case Natures Logic food doesn’t meet an AAFCO profile. The company did a feeding trial so that they can label the diet as complete and balanced. The diet passed and so it can be labeled as complete and balanced and Natures Logic is in compliance with AAFCO for that diet even though the diet doesn’t meet an AAFCO profile.

    The problem as I see it though is that Natures Logic is saying all their diets of that type are in compliance because one passed a feeding trial. But to do this the nutrient levels between the diets need to meet certain criteria. In the case given, according to the information from the company, Natures Logic should not be claiming AAFCO nutritional adequacy for the sardine diet because it neither meets the profile, has passed a feeding trial nor meets the criteria for the family rule.

  • Pitlove

    HI AImee-

    If a food passes a feeding trial and is not AAFCO compliant how does that work? I assumed that was part of why feeding trials were important.

  • aimee

    Hi Alex,

    As with many sites that are trying to be helpful, the information isn’t quite accurate. A tip off is that they don’t cite any peer reviewed sources for their claims. For example, instead of saying “some studies prove…” the author should cite the study.

    In regards to contributing to soft tissue calcification I suppose any one could say any source of calcium contributes to that since calcium is involved in calcification.

    Patients at risk of forming calcium containing kidney stones are advised to control calcium levels in the diet but the stone production is from other factors.

    The presence of Dicalcium phosphate on an ingredient list poses no medical concern when used appropriately. Where it could be problem is if the levels in the diet are exceedingly high for a particular life stage or patient with an underlying medical problem. But then that could be said of any calcium containing ingredient.

  • aimee

    Hi Pitlove,

    Natures logic claims to meet the AAFCO nutritional adequacy requirement via feeding trials. A diet which passes a feeding trial does not have to meet the min. required by the AAFCO profile.

    However, according to the information I have thus gathered Nature’s logic appears to be using the “family rule” incorrectly and I do not think some of the foods should be carrying the AAFCO statement for complete and balanced.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Francesca! High fiber diets are known to improve colon health and help with weight management. It can also assist in relieving symptoms of IBD (Irritable Bowl Disease).

    A dog relieving themselves 2-4 times is generally deemed healthy and shouldn’t raise concerns. We would like to point out that our Kangaroo formula is also a 4.5% fiber content. Salmon, Venison, Whitefish and Zssentials all have a 5% Fiber content.

    We want you to make the best decision for your dog, if that happens to be another brand we completely understand.

    We encourage your questions and understand your concerns. Thank you!

  • Storm’s Mom

    This is part of why I find what AAFCO does a bit odd…. why set levels that are apparently impossible to achieve using whole foods (ie naturally) and can only be achieved using synthetic ingredients?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Alex-

    The first and only time I ever spoke with our Champion rep in person, he explained to me that no matter what the company tried to do, they could not be compliant with AAFCO mins for zinc and copper without using a synthetic form. They attempted to do it using whole foods like they do for the rest of the vitamins and minerals, but were unsuccessful.

    I asked him how companies like Natures Logic were doing it and he said he had no clue. He said when Champion looked at NLs nutrient profiles they were deficient in zinc and copper so he had no idea how they were claiming to meet AAFCO.

  • Sydney

    Where it says “with just 1 added vitamin” and then zinc. If you see the name of a vitamin or mineral it’s synthetic. It says zinc therefore its synthetic. And it is not easier to absorb. Chelates typically are but not the sunthetic form as they are still isolates. Causing the body to pull the other cofactors from its own mineral reserves to then use the copper or zinc. Research synthetic vitamins in pet food.

  • Alex

    Copper Chelate is easier to absorb. There are Natural Zinc and copper in the ingredients that they use. I do not see where it says they use synthetic copper and zinc on their ingredients on their website.

  • Alex

    Aimee Here is the website that tells you it on it. https://www.munch.zone/15-ingredients-avoid-buying-dog-food/

    Dicalcium Phosphate

    Despite the danger, this problematic dog
    food ingredient can still be found in up to 25 percent of commercial
    brands. What is it for? It adds texture to the kibble, making it dry and
    hard. Dicalcium Phosphate
    is an ingredient to avoid when buying dog food because of the number of
    problems it can lead to. This ingredient cannot absorb water, making it
    nearly insoluble. In turn it acts as an alkalizer, contributes to soft
    tissue calcification, and from some studies is proven to lead to kidney
    stones. Do not let this ingredient become toxic to your pet.

  • Alex

    Here is the website that tells you it on it. https://www.munch.zone/15-ingredients-avoid-buying-dog-food/

    Dicalcium Phosphate

    Despite the danger, this problematic dog
    food ingredient can still be found in up to 25 percent of commercial
    brands. What is it for? It adds texture to the kibble, making it dry and
    hard. Dicalcium Phosphate
    is an ingredient to avoid when buying dog food because of the number of
    problems it can lead to. This ingredient cannot absorb water, making it
    nearly insoluble. In turn it acts as an alkalizer, contributes to soft
    tissue calcification, and from some studies is proven to lead to kidney
    stones. Do not let this ingredient become toxic to your pet.

  • Francesca G

    IMO it’s important that dog owners know the sodium level in their dogs kibble. Especially if you have a senior dog who has one faulty heart valve.My dogs cardiologist asked me what kibble my dog eats and what is the sodium %. I noticed that Gather, Petcurean, Orijen and Acana all list their sodium %’s on their websites.

  • Francesca G

    It’s probably the sodium however it can’t hurt to get a routine CBC though. Better to be safe than sorry. I spent $600 on doing every imaginable test which was negative (thank god). My Vet even made me record how much water my dog was drinking per day while on Zignature. Once I switched her kibble she stopped drinking as often. It was the sodium % in the Salmon and Trout. FYI the fiber content is high in Zignature and my dog used to poop 3-4 times a day. Since changing her kibble to Gather by Petcurean she only poops twice a day. Their fiber is only 4.5%.

  • aimee

    I don’t see that dicalcium phosphate in and of itself would cause kidney stones or liver failure. Is it that you are concerned about the ingredient or do you feel the diet is formulated with excessive amounts of the ingredient?

  • Sydney

    I don’t feed kibble. Orijen is close but they still use synthetic zinc and copper.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I prefer Nutrisca. However, my neighbor’s dog has been doing very well on Zignature.
    I had a dog that suffered bladder stones and needed emergency surgery. From what I could determine, the main culprits were genetic predisposition and inadequate fluid intake.

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Hello Angela, You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use
    this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen and Acana is Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Hello DM, You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use
    this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen and Acana is Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Hello Will, You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use
    this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen and Acana is Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Hello Aimee, You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use
    this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen and Acana are Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Hello Francesca, You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use
    this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen is Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    You do NOT want this food coming to Australia because you do NOT use this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too. Orijen and Acana are Best!

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Yes this food is very bad for your dog. Do NOT use this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too.

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    You may NOT use this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too.

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Do NOT use this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate
    in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    If the excessive water drinking continues, I would take them to the vet for lab work and rule out medical causes.
    Diabetes is one medical condition that can result in increased water consumption.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    We try and provide as much information on the website as possible, however Sodium is not one of our most frequently asked questions so other information took precedence. Again, we will gladly answer any questions you or anyone has and we apologize for any faulty information that was provided. If you have any more information on who you talked to so that we can make sure this doesn’t happen again, please, let us know.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    For how long have you been feeding them our formula? Any change in sodium can result in a high need for water consumption until they are transitioned to our food completely.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Susan! We ultimately plan on being purchasable around the world. We are working on it, however there is no time frame for exactly when it will happen and for that we apologize.

  • Larry “Harley” Harley Wilkenso

    Do NOT use this food at all by this company, it has Di-Calcium Phosphate in it that causes kidney stones/failure and liver failure too.

  • Susan

    Change kibble to another brand & see if they both continues drinking water… Have a look at “Canidae” Pure Formulas they have a few new formulas, look at the Pure Wild, Pure Land, Pure Sea, Pure Sky all have limited ingredients… http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • JC

    I started feeding Zignature Lamb to both my Danes. They have both noticeably increased water intake. My female acts like she is rabid for water. If its not the sodium what else in the food would cause them to both dramatically increase their water intake?

  • Francesca G

    Wouldn’t it be better to include the sodium % on your web site or on the bag? After all I received supposedly incorrect information as well as someone else when contacting your office in CA.

  • Susan

    Hi Zignature, will Zignature ever come to Australia? maybe just a few formulas like the new Pork, Catfish, Venison & kangaroo formula’s….I know we have very strict custom & quarantine laws with pet foods, buy we don’t have many single protein foods for dogs with skin allergies & food Sensitivities… We get Canidae Pure formulas & Life Stages formulas wet & dry but they’re always sold out by the end of the month & fat & protein % is too high…. Taste Of The Wild has their 2 single protein kibbles the Roasted Lamb or the Smoked Salmon the rest of TOTW formulas have about 3-4 different proteins in their other formulas & high protein & fat %, we get Holistic Select wet & dry & Artemis & we don’t get the Royal Canine vet diets with single protein & 1 carb formulas……we do have a few Australian made formulas but the fat & protein is too high when you have a dog with health problems like Pancreatitis & IBD…

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Catfish would be 0.63%
    Pork would be 0.54%

  • Sydney

    What about catfish ?

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Regardless of their name we sincerely apologize for your experience with our customer service team. We never want our fans or possible fans to have a bad experience dealing with us. Here is the correct sodium levels for all of our Zignature formulas:

    Salmon-0.72%
    Venison-0.60%
    Kangaroo-0.67%
    Whitefish-0.51%
    Duck-0.70%
    Lamb-0.62%
    Trout & Salmon-0.57%
    Turkey-0.54%
    Zssential-0.52%

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Thank you so much for the information, we’ll be sure to investigate this problem with false information being provided.

    We don’t withhold our sodium content from our website for any malicious reason, when handling the website we try to fit all the important information on it. Any information that isn’t shown on the website can always be answered by our representatives through our customer service or through our social media. If you have any questions about the contents in our formulas we will gladly provide it.

  • Sydney

    Even better lol! I def won’t be buying anything from Pets Global anymore.

  • Francesca G

    They do not include their sodium % on their web site or on any of their bags. No idea why they do this.

  • Francesca G

    I got the same information there as well. LOL

  • Francesca G

    May I ask why you don’t include the sodium %’s on your website?

  • Francesca G

    I spoke to a woman with an accent and I also spoke to a young millennial guy. Both people answer the phone. I hope this information is helpful.

  • Sydney

    They didn’t state their name. They also weren’t very pleasant

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Would you be able to provide us with the name of the representative you talked to? We would like to correct any false information being provided.

  • Sydney

    Lol your office.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Aimee! We would like to just clarify that our highest sodium content is 0.72% which would be our Salmon formula. The rest vary from 0.50%-0.72%. We apologize for any confusion.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Sydney! We would like to inform you of the correct sodium content for our Trout & Salmon formula, which is 0.57%. Our highest sodium content is our Salmon formula at 0.72%. If you are able, we would like to know where you obtained this information so that we can correct any false information from being given out.

  • Zignature Dog Food

    Hello Francesca! We would like to inform you and apologize for the wrong information you were provided. Our Trout & Salmon formula’s sodium content is 0.57%. Our highest sodium content is our Salmon formula at 0.72%. If you are able, we would like to know which representative you spoke to over phone. It would be immensely helpful so that we can correct any false information being provided.

  • marymorrison

    Who told you that people with arthritis shouldn’t eat potatoes? As a 44 yr RN, I’ve heard numerous dietician classes and instructions in the hospital for people with arthritis, and I’ve never heard that once.

  • Anthony DeFalco

    The extra water drinking is due to the seriously high sodium levels .with trout and salmon being the highest . I’m conflicted with trying this product. The reviews from dog owners with allergies are exciting. But my vet warned me the excessive sodium long term in the diet could lead to hearth problems in dogs

  • txn64

    Why don’t you just look on the bags online.

  • Susan

    I normally suggest adding tin Sardines as a topper if feed a kibble….

  • Beth Harris Bankston

    I never thought about rotating. Good idea. But with all the responses no one said to feed actual salmon, chicken or beef. I don’t know what people are afraid of. Its not cost because we spend a fortune on food. At least, those of us in this discussion.

  • Will Maer

    Where did you get that number? They gave me completely different numbers when I contacted them yesterday. These were the numbers they gave me for sodium levels:

    Salmon-0.72%
    Venison-0.60%
    Kangaroo-0.67%
    Whitefish-0.51%
    Duck-0.70%
    Lamb-0.62%
    Trout & Salmon-0.57%
    Turkey-0.54%
    Zssential-0.52%

  • Sydney

    I would NEVER recommend feeding anything where you see the actual name of the vitamin or mineral, such as “sodium selenite” on the label. This means that it is synthetic, man made in a lab, placing a tablet in your dogs food versus just getting that from a whole food source.

  • Sydney

    Zignature now has 2% sodium in their diets. Also keep in mind this is synthetic sodium, not even naturally occurring but made in a lab into a tablet and put into the mix. If you want a low sodium diet check out either Nature’s Logic or a raw food like Primal

  • Diane

    Nulo is a really good food if you want to look into that. Grainfree also

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    It’s safe, I agree. But, not necessary, unless the dog has a specific type of allergy, such as dust mites.
    There are other gentle shampoos that would do the trick. For example: https://www.chewy.com/veterinary-formula-clinical-care/dp/43540
    So, rather than go to a dermatologist and get a diagnosis and treatment specific for their pet, they spend more than they have to on shampoo. Malaseb is not cheap.

  • Pitlove

    Yes this is true, however given the gentle cleansing nature of Malaseb and having an understanding of what both active ingredients do, I find it is usually safe to recommend if a skin condition is present.

  • Susan

    Yes, online or I buy from Pet Shop a vet doesn’t have to prescribe Malaseb its excellent, do the weekly baths or every day if needed… join this Face Book group its called “Dog Issues, allergies and other information support Group” you’ll learn heaps & get your dog more comfortable… https://www.facebook.com/groups/240043826044760/