Zach’s Dog Food

January 12, 2011  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Zach's

Zach’s Quality dog food products are corn-free and soy-bean free formulas that use only natural preservatives to guarantee the freshness and quality of every bite.  The company which is based in Breckenridge, Texas  is a relatively new player in the dog food industry.

There are currently five Zach’s dog food formulas available in the market— Zach’s Regular Formula and 27/15, Zach’s Chicken & Rice Formula, Zach’s Premium Puppy Formula,  Zach’s Premium Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula, and Zach’s Lamb & Rice Senior Formula.

Four of Zach’s Quality dog food formulas meet the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for all life stages while one is for maintenance.

The first five ingredients of Zach’s dog food formulas include a combination of protein and carbohydrate sources like beef meal, chicken meal, lamb meal, ground rice, oatmeal, grain sorghum, and ground barley.

Beef meal, chicken meal, and lamb meal are excellent sources of meat-based protein. These ingredients are meat concentrates and are much better sources of protein than fresh meat because they contain 300% more protein compared to fresh meat sources.

Other valuable protein sources include fish meal, dried egg, and chicken liver meal. Although fish meal contains substantial amounts of protein the species of fish and the preservative used can often dictate the quantity and quality of nutrients which are derived from the fish meal. The fish meal used in Zach’s dog food products does not appear to have used ethoxyquin, a preservative which has been associated to increasing risks of cancer. Depending on the source of fish and the species, fish meal can be a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are important nutrients needed in maintaining the integrity of body cells and tissues.

The carbohydrate component of the various Zach Quality dog food formulas include good energy sources like ground rice, sorghum and oatmeal.

Chicken fat is obtained by rendering. It is a process where fat is skimmed off the surface when chicken is rendered. Chicken fat contains linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid which is an essential body nutrient. Chicken fat provides better quality fatty acids than poultry fat because the species source has been specified and it has been preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid rather than BHA, a common preservative of chicken fat and is a suspected cancer-causing agent.

Except for ground rice, oatmeal,  grain sorghum, and barley are whole-grain energy sources. These carbohydrate sources also add digestible fiber to the diet which is essential in digestive health. These whole-grain sources also possess a low glycemic index which can help stabilize the blood sugar levels of dogs.

Some controversial ingredients in Zach’s Quality dog food products include beet pulp, brewer’s dried yeast, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), and garlic.

Beet pulp is often perceived by many as an inexpensive food filler however it is a good source of digestible fiber and nutrients which are important to the digestive system. Beet pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing.

Brewer’s dried yeast is a by-product when making beer. It contains about 45% protein and has been known to boost the functions of the immune system. It is also said to be an effective flea repellant. However, there are qualms about the incorporation of brewer’s dried yeast in dog food because it has been linked to hypersensitivity reactions in dogs.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex is a controversial form of Vitamin K because it has been associated with incidence of allergic reactions, liver toxicity and abnormal destruction of red blood cells.

Garlic has often been listed as one of the most common foods which should not be given to dogs because it has been linked to problems of the gastrointestinal tract and damage of red blood cells. However, there are those who believe that garlic is an excellent natural wormer and antibiotic.

Many dog owners have misgivings on the presence of common food allergens such as sorghum, corn gluten meal, and yeast in Zach’s dog food formulas. There are also those who are concerned about the below average amounts of protein.

Another negative feedback includes digestive upsets and ear problems in dogs whose diet has been changed to Zach’s from another brand of dog food.

Overall, we believe that Zach’s produces a medium quality dog food.

Please visit the links listed below for Zach’s dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Zach’s dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Zach’s Dog Food Formulas:

Zach’s Regular Formula & 27/15 Dog Food
Zach’s Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food
Zach’s Premium Puppy Formula Dog Food
Zach’s Premium Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food
Zach’s Lamb & Rice Senior Formula Dog Food

Zach’s Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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Should you have a concern regarding the diet of your dog, you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is the opinion of the author, and is presented solely for informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving professional veterinary care for your dog(s).
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