The first ingredient in any dog food list is the most important, because it tells you what the majority of the food is made of. In Zignature Zssential Multi-Protein dog food meat not only comes first, but also second and third followed by a fish or fish meal for an extra helping of the amino acids that dog needs.
Thus, Zssential Formula provides a combination of protein sources across the board to maximize the nutritional benefits that each type of protein has to offer. It brings together red meat, poultry, and fish to create a complete food for dogs. In addition to a wide variety of vitamins and minerals,
Zignature Multi-Protein Dry Zssential Formula also provides a nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables that rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants and fiber-rich low-glycemic carbohydrates. The added fruits and vegetables improve digestion, decrease bloating, promote regularity, and so much more.
Zssential Multi-Protein Formula combines four animal protein sources to create a comprehensive meal for your pet.
It includes Turkey, Lamb, Duck, and Salmon. Combined, these proteins create a meal that is low in saturated fat and loaded with heart-friendly essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin B12 and Selenium, while being a good source of Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, and Phosphorus to promote dog’s immune system.
Zignature Zssential Multi-Protein has no controversial ingredients and zero artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. We can say that Multi-Protein Formula eliminated common allergy-inducing proteins and fillers that are hard to digest. Without potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken, Zignature Zssential Multi-Protein dog food are ideal for pups with sensitivities and picky eaters.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. They make up about 80% of the total weight.
The first ingredient is turkey.
Turkey is an excellent protein source but raw turkey contains more than 60% moisture. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product’s weight. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is turkey meal.
Because it is a meat concentrate, turkey meal contains much more protein than raw turkey itself.
The third ingredient is salmon.
Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support the immune system, may decrease inflammation, and can keep your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy. It’s also a good protein source. Salmon is probably one of the most popular types of fish served in dog foods and is a common ingredient in high-quality dog foods
The fourth ingredient is lamb meal.
Lamb meal is produced by cooking and dramatically reduces the natural moisture of raw lamb. Because of that lamb meal contains much more protein than raw lamb itself.
The fifth ingredient is duck meal.
Duck meal is produced by a process which involves cooking duck until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, it remains a concentrated protein duck powder.
The remaining ingredients
Carbohydrates do provide important nutritional benefits, but they have to be of the right kind. Chickpea is low-glycemic legumes which promote stable blood sugar and provide valuable dietary fiber.
Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates and various vitamins and minerals. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber. Peas also contain a noticeable quantity of protein. While animal-based proteins are preferred over plant-based proteins, this protein is not insignificant and can contribute to a dogs diet.
Pea protein is extremely common in many mid-quality and premium dry dog food formulas and can often be as highly listed as the 3rd or 4th ingredient on the ingredient list.
Manufacturers with ingredients like peas try to boost the protein content in a cheap way to make up for a lack of meat-based protein.
But, the ingredients list show that this product derives most of its protein from animal-based sources so the presence of peas in the food is included in very minimal amounts
Many don’t recommend alfalfa as a meat replacement protein to dogs or cats. Is alfalfa meal good for dogs?
• Like soy, alfalfa contains phytoestrogens, which are plant estrogens that are well-documented endocrine disruptors.
• Alfalfa contains several saponins, which are glycosides with a foaming characteristic. Saponins are anti-nutrients, meaning they interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients.
But is to not worry about alfalfa as an ingredient, as long as it’s not in the top half of the ingredient panel. In this case using alfalfa as a phytonutrient supplement in small quantities, is no concern.
Alfalfa is rich in nutrients including; calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins. When supplemented, alfalfa can have some great benefits for dogs. Alfalfa is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be very useful for arthritis or joint pain. Senior dogs will see the most benefit from alfalfa. Also, Alfalfa is known to be a natural diuretic for dogs. Properties inside alfalfa help the kidneys to balance out urine that may be too acidic.
Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. that support a healthy immune system, heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin and coat and cognitive function.
Flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Anti-inflammatory properties of essential fatty acids (i.e. alpha-linoleic acid) that aid your dogfighting off skin irritants, could also help your dog’s joints and range of mobility, especially in dogs that suffer from conditions like canine arthritis.
The fiber in flaxseed is also beneficial and is a necessity for healthy and regular digestion.
Other ingredients :
Sunflower oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than flaxseed oils.
Beet pulp is an excellent source of fiber that adds bulk to the dog’s stool. Beet pulp is also a good source of energy that promotes colon health.
However, some dogs with a sensitive stomach or dysfunctional gastrointestinal tract may experience allergies or constipation. Excess dietary fiber can be linked to a feeling of fullness, bloat, and flatulence.
Nevertheless, there is currently little to no evidence suggesting that beet pulp is a bad or “controversial’” ingredient in dog food. Zignature® Zssential Formula uses small quantities of Dried Beet Pulp as a source of fiber.
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.
Limited ingredient, low glycemic formula
Meat First – First four ingredients are meat
No chicken, potatoes and grains
Made in USA
AAFCO-approved for all life stages
Zignature® Zssential Formula for dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages including the growth of large size dogs (70 lbs. or more as an adult).
High Quality Protein As #1 Ingredient
All Formulas Are Limited Ingredient
High-Quality Secondary Proteins
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
Not Fortified With Probiotics
Some people feel that beet pulp is unnatural.
Pet Weight / Recommended Amount
10 or less ¼ – ¾ cup
10 – 20 ¾ – 1⅕ cups
20 – 30 1⅕- 1⅖ cups
30 – 40 1⅖- 2 cups
40 – 60 2 – 2⅖ cups
60 – 80 2⅖ – 2⅘ cups
80 – 100 2⅘ – 3 cups
Turkey, Turkey Meal, Salmon, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Duck Meal, Pea Flour, Peas, Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Flaxseeds, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salmon Oil, Salt, Dried Kelp, Calcium Carbonate, 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, Cranberries, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate).
CRUDE PROTEIN 32.0% min CRUDE FAT 16.0% min CRUDE FIBER 5.5% max MOISTURE 10.0% max OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS 2.0% min OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS 4.5% min CALCIUM 1.2% max PHOSPHOROUS 1.0% max