Frequently Asked Questions
What sets Zignature® apart from other pet foods?
Unlike many commercially available pet foods which contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates as their first or second ingredient, Zignature® recipes are based on a limited ingredient, meat first philosophy. Meat or fish is always the main ingredient, backed by animal meal or fish meal as the second ingredient. And we only use low glycemic carbohydrates such as Chickpeas and Peas that also provide needed fiber. Our foods are guaranteed to contain only the finest wholesome ingredients, with no cheap fillers, providing superior nutrition and minimizing potential allergies.Why are meat protein and meat and fish meal so important as the first 2 ingredients?All Zignature® recipes are based on a meat first philosophy because dogs are carnivores, and require high-quality animal protein to thrive. The first listed ingredient in any pet food is vitally important, because there’s more of that ingredient than any other. Not only is meat the first ingredient in all our recipes, it’s backed by meat or fish meal as the second ingredient. Compare this to many well-known pet foods that use cheap, high-starch carbohydrate fillers as their first or second ingredient, and you’ll quickly see why Zignature® offers your pet the correct nutrition for enhanced vitality.
Where do your ingredients come from?
We get our ingredients from quality sources around the world. Our Trout, Salmon and Whitefish come from the Pacific Northwest; Turkey from the Midwestern United States; farm-raised Duck from Western France; Lamb from the farmlands of New Zealand; and our Kangaroo comes from Australia. In addition, our fruits and vegetables are from farms across North America, depending on the growing seasons; our Vitamins and Minerals come from both North America and France.
Are Zignature® products manufactured in the United States?
Yes, all of our recipes are manufactured here in the United States.
Where are your kitchens located?
We develop and craft our recipes with our nutritionists and food scientists and make our products in Perham, Minnesota, and Mitchell, South Dakota.
Why are Zignature® products ideal for pets with food sensitivities and allergies?
Because every one of our recipes are free of the most common canine allergens: Corn, Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Chicken and Eggs. Our limited-ingredient, nutritionally complete diets feature quality meats and high-grade animal meal as the first and second ingredients, with no cheap fillers like high-glycemic carbohydrates commonly found in other pet foods, even those claiming to be ‘premium.’
My dog is allergic to chicken. Does Zignature® contain any chicken, chicken fat, chicken meal or chicken by-products?
No Zignature® recipes contain any Chicken, Chicken Fat, Chicken Meals or Chicken By-Products whatsoever.
Why is it important that Zignature® contains no corn, grain, wheat, soy or dairy?
This is essential to your pet’s well being, because Corn, Wheat, Soy and Dairy have all been identified as potential canine allergens.
Why is it important that Zignature® contains no potatoes?
Potatoes have been identified as a high-glycemic carbohydrate for dog food. Zignature® only uses low glycemic carbohydrates such as whole Chickpeas, and garden Peas which also provide valuable soluble and insoluble fiber.
Zignature® may be healthy, but will my dog like it?
Loaded with meats your dog craves, such as Duck, Lamb, and Turkey, our recipes aren’t just highly nutritious, they’re delicious as well. And we guarantee it. If your dog doesn’t eat it, simply return the bag or can for a full refund.
Does Zignature® contain any artificial flavors, preservatives or colors?
No, and it never will. The ingredients in our recipes are fortified with a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals for complete canine nutrition.
**How will Zignature® affect my dogs stool? **
No matter what food you were previously feeding your pet, you should notice a difference in your canine’s stool quality. It should become more firm and smaller in size by the third day of feeding Zignature®.
What makes Zignature® a low-glycemic food and why is this important?
All of our recipes are free from binding agents that are high in the simple carbohydrates and starches found in many pet foods, even those claiming to be premium. Instead, we only use low glycemic ingredients, such as Chickpeas to bind our food. These legumes also provide necessary soluble and insoluble fiber.
*Do you do perform any invasive animal testing in developing your products?
No, and we never will. Our company was founded on the basis of providing the best possible nutrition for your dog, from responsibly sourced ingredients. Like you, we treat pets like family members. To fine-tune our recipes, we conduct trials where our food is fed to pets. This is done in a comfortable, stress-free environment for the animals.
Is Zignature® easy to rotate between flavors with my sensitive canine?
Because Zignature® products are formulated to have similar nutrient profiles it is a great rotational diet. If your dog is sensitive to certain proteins we recommend that you try to stay within protein groups with your rotation (fish with fish, poultry with poultry, meat with meat, etc.)*Please Note: Our diets are not intended to treat or address the specific needs of any particular medical condition. Please contact your vet for information regarding specific medical conditions.
How long is food good once it’s opened?
Due to Zignature’s high meat content; once Zignature’s dry food is opened, it should be consumed within 90 days. When wet food is opened, it should be consumed within 3 days. All Zignature® products should be stored indoors, preferably in a re-sealable container, or in the original packaging rolled tightly to maintain an airtight seal. Refrigeration is not required for dry food. For ideal storage, keep your canine’s food in a cool, dark, dry room with a temperature between 40 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Zignature® foods have a maximum shelf-life of 18 months after packaging before expiration. Do not use after expiration date.
What is AAFCO and is Zignature® AAFCO approved?
AAFCO stands for Association of American Feed Control Officials. Zignature® recipes are formulated to meet all the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. This certifies that Zignature® is a nutritionally complete product that can be fed to your pet as its sole ration without adding any other substance except water.
What if my pet doesn’t like Zignature®?
All of our recipes have been carefully crafted and tested to be as delicious as they are nutritious, and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. But if your dog doesn’t agree, you can return the unused portion with your receipt for a full refund.
Does Zignature® make cat food?
Not yet, but we’re currently developing recipes for our feline friends. Until then, we recommend Fussie Cat, a high quality cat food line made in human-grade plants which is also produced by Pets Global.