Zignature Zssential Formula Dog Dry Food

Zignature Multi-Protein Dry Zssential Formula

If you’re looking for a dog food that contains no artificial colors, preservatives, or unknown meat ingredients, then you can’t go past Zignature Zssential Multi-Protein dog food.

Zssential Formula provides your dog with multiple essential protein sources such as red meat, fish, and poultry, to create a complete healthy diet for your canine friend.

Zignature Zssential Formula not only uses a wide selection of essential vitamins and minerals, but also provides the perfect ratio of fruit, vegetables, and fiber-rich low GI carbohydrates combined with powerful antioxidants.

The added fruits and vegetables improve digestion, decrease bloating, and promote regularity, all of which lead to a healthy and super happy dog!

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Zssential Multi-Protein Formula combines 4 animal protein sources to create a comprehensive meal for your dog.

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 is ideal for pups with sensitivities or are picky eaters.

Top 5 Ingredients

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Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight, which makes up for about 80% of the total weight.

1. 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.

2. Turkey meal

Because it is a meat concentrate, turkey meal contains much more protein than raw turkey itself.

3. 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

4. Lamb meal

Lamb meal is produced by cooking and dramatically reduces the natural moisture of raw lamb. Because of this, lamb meal contains much more protein than raw lamb itself.

5. Duck meal

Duck meal is produced by a process which involves cooking the duck until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, it remains a concentrated protein duck powder.

Remaining Ingredients


Carbohydrates 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.

However, the ingredients list shows that this product derives most of its protein from animal-based sources, so the presence of peas in this food is very minimal.

Alfalfa Meal

Some people 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.

However, don’t be alarmed by this, as it’s not in the top half of the ingredient list. In this case, using alfalfa as a phytonutrient supplement in small quantities is no concern to your dog.

Alfalfa is rich in nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins. When supplemented, alfalfa can have some great benefits for your dog.  Alfalfa is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be very useful for dogs with arthritis, joint pain, or hip dysplasia. 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

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 your 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 quality dog foods.

Key Features

  • Limited ingredient, low glycemic formula
  • Meat First – First four ingredients are meat
  • No chicken, potatoes and grains
  • Made in the 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
  • Grain-Free Carbohydrates
  • 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

Final Thoughts

Zssential Multi-Protein Formula dog food is a super healthy choice for your dog’s diet. Used by many dog lovers (including myself), it contains great nutritional benefits, without any nasty chemicals that you might find in low-quality dog foods. Perfect for dogs of all ages.

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