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

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Give your pup the protein-packed meal he deserves with Zignature’s Zssential Formula Small Bites Dog Food. This crunchy canine kibble is crafted with turkey sourced from the American Midwest, salmon from the Northwest, duck meal from France and lamb meal straight from New Zealand. But the wholesome goodness doesn’t stop there because this limited ingredient recipe also has other beneficial ingredients like chickpeas, flaxseed, peas, dehydrated alfalfa meal and sunflower oil. This food is not only low in saturated fat, but it also has low-glycemic carbohydrates and offers your favorite furry friend plenty of vitamins, minerals and healthy omega fatty acids. And it provides an excellent source of riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and phosphorus for the high-quality nutrition your dog deserves.

Key Benefits
  • Features turkey, salmon, duck and lamb protein making it a great option for dogs with allergies to other proteins, like chicken.
  • Limited ingredient and free from gluten, corn, soy, tapioca, potatoes, grains or chicken.
  • Delivers a complete and balanced diet for dogs, from puppies to adults.
  • Crafted with nutrient-rich flaxseed, dehydrated alfalfa meal and legumes like peas and chickpeas.
  • The smaller kibble size is specially designed for smaller dogs.

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  • Weight
    4.0 pounds
  • Lifestage
    Adult, Puppy
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Low Glycemic, Chicken-Free
Nutritional Info

Turkey, Turkey Meal, Salmon, Lamb Meal, Duck Meal, Chickpeas Flour, Pea Flour, Peas, Chickpeas, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil (Preserved With Citric Acid), Salmon Oil, Natural Flavors, Choline Chloride, Salt, Cranberry Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate), Taurine, 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), Dried Kelp, Blueberries, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols.

Caloric Content

4,047 kcal/kg; 415 kcals/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein32.0% min
Crude Fat18.0% min
Crude Fiber4.5% max
Moisture10.0% max
Calcium1.4% min
Phosphorous1.0% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids6.5% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids1.8% min
Taurine0.2% min
L-Carnitine40 mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions
WeightDaily Feeding (cup)
Up to 10 lbs1/4 - 1/2
10 - 20 lbs1/2 - 1 1/4
20 - 30 lbs1 1/4 - 1 1/2
30 - 40 lbs1 1/2 - 2
40 - 60 lbs2 - 2 1/2
60 - 80 lbs2 1/2 - 3
80 - 100 lbs3 - 3 1/4

Note: Feeding amounts may vary by breed, activity level, temperament & climate.

Puppies: Feed up to 2 times per pound of body weight over adult levels.

Pregnant Females: Minimal increase needed during first 6 weeks. Weeks 7, 7 & 9 increase up to 25%.

Lactating Females: Immediately after whelping, nutritional demand increases by 50% compared to maintenance levels. During peak lactation (around 4 - 5 weeks), increase feeding up to 300% of regular intake. Feed in 3 equal meals per day.

Transition Instructions

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

About Zignature Small Bites

The Natural Choice for Small Dogs

The Natural Choice for Small Dogs

Zignature knows that amazing things come in small packages. That's why they created Zignature Small Bites—because your little one deserves the same flavor and nutrition as the big guys, but sized just for her. These grain-free recipes feature the same premium proteins and limited ingredients as the original formulas, packed into smaller kibble that's easier for little dogs to chew and digest.

Recipe for a Happy Tummy

Just like Zignature's first formulas, these small bites are designed to be hypoallergenic. They're modeled after your tiny pup's natural diet, which means they avoid common allergens and fillers, including chicken, gluten, grains, corn, wheat, soy and dairy. Zignature worked to improve on nature's recipe to give your pup the right amount of nutrients with the fewest possible ingredients.

Recipe for a Happy Tummy

Only the Best Ingredients

Your dog deserves to eat as well as you do. So, Zignature gathered ingredients from trusted sources around the world. They use fish from the Pacific waters of the Northwest, duck from France, lamb from New Zealand farmlands and more! Combined with healthy fruits and veggies from North American farms, plus added vitamins and minerals, Zignature Small Bites create a well-rounded, delicious meal.

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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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely great

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    My dog is going on 2 yrs old . I’ve tried a couple different brands of food , from dry to wet and this by far is the only dog food that my fur baby is excited to eat . She bounces around waiting for me to fill her bowl. I don’t know if it because of the small petite bites or the flavor all I know is that she loves the food , and gobbles it right up. This is definitely a win . She would usually eat about a half a bowl a day this previous food , sad I know . But now she’s at 2 bowls a day and finishes them completely. A+ from me . Thanks guys

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Have to buy the bigger bag!!

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    My mom and I really saw the difference in our dogs. Normally the other dry foods we give our pug would make him itchy and he would only poop once a day in his walks. However, with this food, he's not as itchy and he's pooping every time we would take them out for their walks. My mom really enjoyed the difference in his behavior from scratching incessantly with other food brands. The doctor had recommended other protein-based food other than chicken and beef and we decided to go with this one. He is allergic to everything! I'm just glad this food helps his food allergies :)

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Low salt food

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    My dog has been diagnosed with a heart problem so when I went looking for a food that met requirements and Zignature was recommended. My dog loves the turkey and pork and we are doing the multi-protien this time. We have had great results with Zignature so far- her blood work came back and she is in awesome condition! An added plus is her poop is smaller and solid.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Underrated brand

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    This brand is among the many with great ingredients. it doesn’t contain any or many controversial ingredients seen and best of all, even my picky terrier is eating it. I find myself becoming a repeat buyer because this is the along brand he’ll eat.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    We've used Zssentials for years

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    My terrier has eaten the Zssentials for quite a few years but has not been the best eater. I stumbled on the "Small Bites" by accident at my pet shop, and I must say the pup eats better with these small bits. Apparently he does not like to chew the large chunks of kibble.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Dog Food on the Market!

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    When I opened the bag of the Zignature Zssential formula, the dog food smelled like real, quality food! My dogs love the flavor of this specific formula. The packaging is top quality as well. Zignature’s dog food bags are sealed air tight and preserved properly for the consumer. You can also compare this brand to others on the market-Zignature has them beat with quality and price. Since I have started buying Zignature for my dogs, I have not bought any other brand. It is top quality dog food that my pups love! I highly recommend!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for 3 pound papillon!

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    It's always a struggle to find a kibble that works for tiny mouths. My 5 year old Papillon has been on a raw food for years but it was getting hard to find after moving. I've since switched him to this which he enjoys and has no trouble eating, so now he eats what the big dogs eat! This kibble is smaller than a pea and puffs to a nice soft texture when warm water is added. I often find myself throughout the day grabbing handfuls of this to use as training treats as well due to the perfect size!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for small dogs young and old.

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    I have a two-year pom and a 16 1/2-year-old pom. They have always shared food and it was tricky to find something comfortable for both to eat. My dogs love this brand and most of the flavors. My dogs have sensitive stomachs and there has never been a problem trying a different flavor.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Kibble my dog finally likes!!

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    I’ve been feeding this to my dog for a few months now. We switched over from another brand after a recommendation by the lady in charge of dog food at our groomers. I have a little bichon/poodle mix and his stomach seems to be sensitive to certain kibble, he wouldn’t eat it, or he’d have bathroom issues. This has been very easy on his digestive system. He had zero bathroom issues during the switch over of food, and now eats all of his food every day. Before he would only eat the topper. I do add a scoop or so of Stella and Chewys on top of this for him.

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    My two pups (min - pins) are allergic to chicken...most foods have some type of chicken byproduct... I researched and found Zignature...,they have the small bites, lamb and mixed protein without any chicken... I dampen it... put some grated cheese... they love it!!!

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