Zignature Zssential Multi-Protein Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Zignature believes in exceeding expectations in pet nutrition. Their products are formulated to serve your canine companions needs by delivering the highest quality, well balanced diets. With Zignature, you can be assured you are giving your canine the best! This Zssential Formula uses turkey, salmon, lamb and duck proteins, nutrient-dense legumes, healthy vegetables, and has antioxidants from fruits.

Key Benefits

  • Grain-free and multi-protein formula
  • Zssential’s Multi-Source Protein recipe is made from Turkey and Turkey Meal from the American Midwest, Salmon from the Northwest, Duck Meal from France, and Lamb Meal from New Zealand
  • Zssential is exceptionally high in protein, low in saturated fat, and is loaded with heart-friendly essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin B12 and Selenium, while being a good source of Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin and Phosphorus
  • Nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates
  • Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken

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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    27.0 pounds
  • Breed Size
    All Breeds, Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Gluten Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Low Glycemic, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info


Turkey, Turkey Meal, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Duck Meal, Pea Flour, Peas, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil (Preserved With Citric Acid), Natural Flavors, Salt, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil , 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, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols.

Caloric Content

422 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 32.0% min
Crude Fat 16.0% min
Crude Fiber 5.0% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 1.0% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 5.0% min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Daily Feeding (cup)
10 lbs or less 1/4 - 3/4
10 - 20 lbs 3/4 - 1 1/5
20 - 30 lbs 1 1/5 - 1 2/5
30 - 40 lbs 1 2/5 - 2
40 - 60 lbs 2 - 2 2/5
60 - 80 lbs 2 2/5 - 2 4/5
80 - 100 lbs 2 4/5 - 3

Transition Instructions

A gradual transition to Zignature for up to 2 weeks is recommended

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About Zignature Dog Food

Learning From Nature

Learning From Nature

Zignature took all of nature's best ingredients and added key nutrients to create a dog food with complete nutrition. In these Physiologically Tuned formulas, meat always comes first, and they've eliminated common allergy-inducing proteins and fillers that are hard to digest. These grain- and gluten-free recipes feature premium proteins, low glycemic carb sources and a limited number of ingredients. It's exactly what your pup should be eating—nothing more, and nothing less.

Meat-First Philosophy

The first ingredient in any list is the most important, because it tells you what the majority of the food is made of. Some commercial pet foods take the easy way out with high-starch carbs near the top of the list. In each of Zignature's dry foods, meat not only comes first, but also second. A quality animal protein source starts off the recipe, followed by a meat or fish meal for an extra helping of the amino acids your pet needs and the flavor he craves.

Recipe for a Happy Tummy

Recipe for a Happy Tummy

All of Zignature's formulas are free of the most common canine allergen—chicken. And that includes chicken eggs, meal and by-products. As hypoallergenic foods, both wet and dry formulas also avoid the usual sources of stomach upset, including gluten, grains, corn, wheat, soy and dairy. Zignature never uses binding agents that are full of simple carbs and starches; instead, these recipes have low glycemic legumes that deliver extra protein and fiber.

Simple Is Best

Zignature isn't just the diet nature intended—it's even better. They've improved on nature's recipe to give your pup the right amount of each nutrient, and they've done it with the fewest possible ingredients. Just like meals in the wild, these recipes are limited in content for easy digestion and less chance of food sensitivities. These limited ingredient diets have single protein sources, so they're easy to rotate to give your dog a taste of something new.

Simple Is Best
Only the Best Ingredients

Only the Best Ingredients

To create these nourishing dishes, Zignature gathered the best possible ingredients from trusted sources around the world. Trout, salmon and whitefish all come from the Pacific waters of the Northwest; turkey is raised in the Midwest; duck comes from farms in Western France; kangaroo is brought over from Australia; and venison and lamb are delivered from New Zealand farmlands. Healthy fruits and veggies are harvested from several North American farms based on the season.


Zignature makes nutritious formulas with no artificial flavors, preservatives or colors.

CHICKPEAS: Low-glycemic legumes that promote stable blood sugar and provide an excellent source of dietary fiber, extra protein and copper.

FLAXSEED: Derived from whole, ground seeds of the Flax plant for an outstanding offering of omega-3 fatty acids for coat health, plus soluble fiber for digestion.

ALFALFA MEAL: A natural grass that's rich in vitamins A and C, niacin and calcium, and it also makes a great source of protein and fiber.

SUNFLOWER OIL: Pressed from sunflower oil, it supplies the omega-6 essential fatty acids that your pet needs to maintain skin and coat health.

Pick Your Pup's New Zignature Meal

Fish Crude Protein (Dry)

Poultry Crude Protein (Dry)

Meat Crude Protein (Dry)

Zssential Multiple
Crude Protein (Dry)

Trout & Salmon: 30% Turkey: 27% Lamb: 28% Turkey,
Salmon, Lamb
and Duck: 32%
Salmon: 29% Duck: 31% Kangaroo: 26%  
Whitefish: 29%   Venison: 27%
(dry only)

About Zignature

Zignature pet food takes its cue from nature, and then fills in the nutritional gaps for meals that are Physiologically Tuned to help your pup thrive. It's made in kitchens in Minnesota and South Dakota with the help of nutritionists and food scientists to ensure complete and balanced nutrition. Ingredients are responsibly sourced and selected not just for their health benefits and nutritional value, but also because they have the smallest environmental impact. All of this adds up to formulas that are great for dogs and good for the planet, too.

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    My little girl was eating wet food and after researching different dry food this one was everything I was looking for. Now would Charlestyn eat it? When I received that chewy box in 2 days after I ordered it I would see if she would eat it. It was a success! She loved it! She cleaned her bowl. It has everything I wanted and did not have anything I did not want for her. She is my baby and I only want the best for her.

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  • Picky eater loves it!

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    I was searching for a great quality food for my GSD. His previous food had cornmeal as a filler, gave him very loose stool, and some days I had to sit on the floor with him and urge him to eat. When we started transitioning to this food, he didn't hesitate when i said "time to eat!". He seems to have less shedding and his stool is much more firm. A big bonus is that he eats less food because it is of better quality.

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  • Best dog food hands down!!!

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    I was very impressed with everything about this site and with the dog food as well! It's was very easy to order everything on here and my shipment got to my house super fast, I was so shocked! this is hands down the best and healthiest choice for dog food! My puppy is now gaining healthy weight and going to the bathroom without diarrhea. She's getting so strong and big and we know it's because of all the nutrients she's getting from this dog food! Definitely recommend to all my friends and family! Thanks Zigniture!

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  • Amazing!!!!

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    I went through several brands of food before I made this one our pick. I am very pleased with the quality and many flavors to pick from. My dogs love it. I usually feed them the turkey but this was one of the featured picks from chewy influence program this month so I tried a different flavor. We received this product free of charge from chewy for our honest review and it is honestly one of the best foods we tried and we tried some other high name brands but didn't compare. This food also gets high ratings. If you are thinking of trying a new brand I would recommend this one. Thanks Chewy

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  • Pet & Parent Approved!

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    I have tried SO many foods for my picky and allergy sensitive lab and have yet to come across a food I love more than Zignature! Previously, our dog wouldn't go more than 2 days without turning his nose up at his dish. But with the Zssential formula we have gone through several bags of food and he is still excited to eat! I'm hoping this keeps up.

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  • Zignature Dog Food

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    My Beagle/Coonhound mix was on Orijen initially but had terrible diarrhea. I did a chat conversation with one of Chewy's representatives and she suggested the Zignature brand. After reading the reviews on this brand I gave it a try. My dog Libby loves it and her stools are normal plus no more gas issues after a week of eating it. I'm so pleased with this company and how they help with issues you may have. We are now on auto-delivery which is so nice to not have to go to the store to pick up. I'm sure we'll be customers for the next 14+ years. Kudos Chewy!!!

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  • Mini Schnauzer Loves it

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    My Mini Schnauzer was going through terrible allergies around his eyes. So much so that I thought he had mange. I took him off his old food and started him on Zignature Salmon and Trout. I didn't notice much of a difference, but I figured the Salmon and Trout couldn't hurt him so I kept him on it. He liked it anyway. Eventually, I grew tired of the fishy smell (I was also putting a squirt of salmon oil on his food) so I decided to try this combo. He absolutely loves it! And he doesn't smell so fishy. His coat is much shinier now too.

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  • Great for allergies

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    My pit bull has food and environmental allergies. Keeping her allergy free is extremely difficult. She is a picky eater which is a challenge. I am extremely happy she loves the flavor of this food. Her skin looks great, less itching, no more hair loss and the nasty bumps are gone. Cosmo has some allergies but not as severe as my pit. I can feed them the same food instead of two different brands as I did in the past. That was very costly. The best part is mixing zignatues can food with the dry and my babies love it!!

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  • Sweaty socks smell

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    Our breeder recommended this brand after she and a trainer evaluated numerous brands with their puppies. After changing to the above recommended brand we noticed both Platinum golden retriever puppies, one 14 months and the other 4 months, were smelling like sweaty feet. There was no evidence of ear infection or yeast infection of paw pads. We bathe the puppies every Friday and the odor remains. When we switched back to Purina Savor the smell was no longer present. I have wondered if the protein level was too high.

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  • Great ingredients, great food

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    I've been looking for food that would not only have great ingredients, but would also be a hit with my dogs. They are EXTREMELY picky and get bored with food quickly. I've probably tried 10 different kinds of dry food and after a week they would refuse to eat it or within the first few days causes them to have an upset stomach. They've been on Zignature for about three months and haven't had a problem eating it. They look forward to meal time and actually finish their whole food. Also this food hasn't given them ANY stomach problems. German Shepherds are known for having very sensitive stomachs.

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