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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.Read the Full Review Below
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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
Min. Protein 30.00%
Min. Fat 16.67%
Min. Carbs 45.56%
Max. Fiber 6.67%
Max. Ash 7.78%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 27.0%
Min Fat: 15.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 6.5%
Max Ash: N/A
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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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.
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.
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.
Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula includes no artificial colors.
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!
Zignature has a below-average number of recalls compared to other dog food brands.
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?
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.
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.