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Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

by Zignature
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March 7, 2019
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Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula is a mid-priced dog food with exceptional quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. However, It has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat, but the meat and fat quality is excellent. Zignature has a below-average number of recalls compared to other dog food brands and was very transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs highly recommends this product.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
No Corn Wheat or Soy, Grain-Free, Limited Ingredients, Gluten-Free, Low Glycemic
PACKAGE
4, 13.5, 27 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Pets Global

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has a good amount of protein but is high in carbs, which is lowering the fat content somewhat and making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low. They are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts, however, very high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 30.00%

Min. Fat 16.67%

Min. Carbs 45.56%

Max. Fiber 6.67%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 27.0%

Min Fat: 15.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 6.5%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture:10.0%

Calories

Calories

425 Calories per Cup

This product has a relatively high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. If your dog has fair to low activity levels, you may want to feed less than the labels recommend amount, since high-calorie foods like this are often feed to more active dogs who require a higher amount of daily calories. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
96%
40
Total Ingredients
0
Controversial Ingredients

Duck, Duck Meal, Chickpeas, Pea Flour, Peas, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Flaxseed, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavors, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate), Vitamins (Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Blueberries, Carrots, Cranberries, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Calcium Carbonate, Copper sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate).

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 controversial ingredients in the food, perfect.


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Duck
    Duck is a waterfowl and generally a healthy dog food ingredient that provides nutrients like protein, fat, iron, zinc, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorous. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein).
  • Duck Meal
    Duck meal is a healthy dog food ingredient that provides nutrients like protein, fat, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. Duck is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Chickpeas
    Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) are a legume that provides nutrients such as protein, fiber, folate, iron and phosphorus. They are generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Pea Flour
    Pea flour is produced by heating or roasting peas. This allows for greater nutritional value because it gives greater biological access to protein and starch. Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

  • Peas
    Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

‍‍Controversial Ingredients

No controversial ingredients were found in Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula - this is excellent.


Country of Origin

Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula is made in the USA, that’s great because of the rules and regulations that exist in the United States.


Meat & Fat Quality

The meats and added oils in this dog food are clearly shown on the food label. We see Duck, Duck Meal, and Sunflower Oil as major sources of protein and fat. It’s great when dog foods specify which species the ingredients come from.


Artificial Preservatives

This product contains no controversial preservatives. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula includes no artificial colors.


Artificial Flavors

Just like for artificial preservatives and colors, this product also does well when it comes to  artificial flavors. That means it doesn’t include them at all. Fantastic!

Recalls

Recalls

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Brand Recalls

Zignature has a below-average number of recalls compared to other dog food brands.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
97%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Zignature is owned by Pet Global and did not respond to the first email, but they did respond to the second email that was sent one week later. After one additional follow up email they completely answered all questions.  

Does Zignature have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

We contract a full-time off-site PhD, Animal Nutritionists as well as a professional team of several Food Scientists, Organic Chemists,  DVM's with BSM Partners. We also

use regulatory experts and nutritionists. Gary Crosslin, PhD, Nathan Thomas, David Pere. Dr. David Dzanis, DVM, PhD, Contracted Regulatory Expert.

Knowing who the specific professionals are working on the product is very insightful and inspires confidence in the product and brand.


Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

All of our diets are formulated with the full support of BSM Partners. Credentials include Master Degree in food service, Organic Chemistry, PhD, Animal Nutritionist, & DVM's.  

Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

Our diets are tested by both, nutrient profiles by formulation and by analysis of the finished product.


(Follow up email answer)
Yes, we do the AAFCO feeding trials.

The first response felt too generic and could have meant anything. We asked for clarification and the follow-up email was very specific.


What country are your products manufactured?

USA

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

You would need to contact the manufacturing facility directly in regards to visiting the facility.

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

Pets Global requires all our manufacturing partners to test all ingredients that go into the making of our products. All products are tested prior, during, and after production

Not a very detailed answer, but it does provide some insight.  

Does Zignature (Pets Global) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

Our dry recipes are manufactured with our partners in Perham & Brainerd Minnesota. Our canned formulas are manufactured with our partners in Mitchell, South Dakota.  

Do any parts of your product come from China?

None of our ingredients come from China.  

Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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