Zuke’s Ascent Natural Dog Food is packed with high-protein meats, fish or poultry and real, quick-dried vegetables and fruits using the Nature-Loc™ process. Each recipe is crafted in the USA using the Earth’s best ingredients, plus vitamins and minerals. And every recipe is made without corn, wheat, soy or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. Read more about the steps we take to ensure that Ascent provides balanced, elevated nutrition for all dogs for a lifetime of adventures.

Step 1: Sourcing Ingredients

We source only the best natural ingredients from the U.S. unless there's a better source that meets the strong quality standards we uphold (like lamb from New Zealand). We don't use anything artificial, and there are never any grains, by-products or fillers. We partner with sustainable suppliers whenever possible and ensure we're using only the highest quality ingredients through a variety of tests and data analysis.

Step 2: Balancing Nutrients 

We analyze every ingredient to identify the proper minimums and maximums of each to develop the optimum levels and ratios for peak nutrient absorption. One of the biggest misconceptions in pet nutrition today is that some nutrients are more important than others, like high protein or more fiber. This can lead to dog food formulas that are imbalanced, and when nutrients in your dog's food are out of balance, so is your dog's health. Some nutrients don't play nicely with one another and may cancel each other out, leaving our dogs without some of the key nutrients they need. Our expert product developers and board-certified nutritionist worked together extensively before we landed on the nutrient balance that every dog needs.

Step 3: Locking in Nutrients

Because natural ingredients are only as good as the nutrients inside, we take extra steps to ensure those nutrients aren't lost through processing. We use Nature-Loc to deliver more nutrition per pound by quick-drying vegetables and fruits through vacuum-pressurization at a low temperature. This breakthrough process locks in more of nature's goodness in a way that dehydration and freeze-drying just can't do. 

We also protect the probiotics in our Ascent Grain-Free Crunchy Blend using a proprietary technique to ensure they stay alive until they reach your dog's digestive system.

And we gently steam cook our Ascent Adventure Tender Blend in small batches in less than 10 minutes at 200 degrees with ingredients measured by hand to preserve nutrients and ensure total quality every time.

Nature-Loc Process:

Real vegetables and fruits

Rapid dried for 1–2 hours through vacuum pressurization

At a low temperature of 86–98.6°F

Locks in more of their natural nutrients