Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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  • Zignature Duck Limited Ingredient Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
  • Published on: January 26, 2018
  • Last modified: January 26, 2018
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Review Summary:

The first two ingredients are Duck and Duck meal, both a source of meat protein, which offers the essential amino acids a dog require. Following up are Peas, Chickpeas, and Pea Flour, which bolster the protein level but do not have a balanced amino acid profile compared to meat sources. For vegetables/legumes, there is Peas and Alfalfa Meal, which is good for other added nutrients. However it lacks other vegetables and fruits near the top of the ingredient list. The bottom ranked vegetables and fruits they list are too low to make a significant impact. The Sunflower oil helps make the healthy Omega-6 fatty content in this recipe relatively high. One more positive note is the fiber level is relatively high, which is good for the digestive system and other health benefits. Overall, this recipe is rated above average. The biggest factor holding it back is it lacks more vegetables / fruits near the top of the ingredient list.

Pros

  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher in Omege-6 fatty acid
  • Relatively higher in dietary-fiber
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Cons

  • No information on mineral and vitamin content levels
  • AAFCO Profile

    Growth and Reproduction Adult Maintenance No AAFCO Profile achieved
    For All Life Stages  –

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    Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    27% (min) 15% (min) 6.5% (max) 10% (max) 32.5% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

     

    Calories 425 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium  1.2%
    Phosphorus 1%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.9%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 6%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    Duck is a good start and source of protein that effectively covers each of the essential amino acids a dog needs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Duck meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with an effective profile of the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) offers protein (not balanced amino acid profile for dogs) and a variety of nutrients. They are also high in carbohydrates and this includes significant dietary fiber.

    Pea flour is a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    All 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).

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Unknown
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     

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