Zesty Paws Vs. Balanced Breed Multivitamins

Zesty Paws Vs. Balanced Breed Multivitamins

A dog multivitamin is essential if you want to go the extra mile for your furry friend’s health. A multivitamin will aid in the digestion of your dog’s current diet while providing nutrients they may not be getting enough of to help the dog’s overall health. From fur and nails to immune support, and proper nervous system functionality. 

At Balanced Breed, we provide an all-in-one multivitamin that is sure to be the best supplement choice for your dog. Today, we are doing a deep dive on why that is as we compare our multivitamin to our competitors over at Zesty Paws who have been growing in popularity in stores and online. 

Balanced Breed All-in-1 Multivitamin vs. the 8-in-1 Multivitamin from Zesty Paws:

difference between zesty paws vs balanced breed dog vitamins

Balanced Breed

Zesty Paws


Free shipping 365 days/year 



Transparent Packaging

You know the exact dose of each vitamin your dog is consuming. 

Vitamin Doses Unclear 

You won’t know if your dog is getting the correct amount of vitamins they need from this multivitamin.


Peanut Butter Banana (non-allergenic)

Peanut Butter


Chicken (supplements in danger of containing meat by-products)


Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon Oil

(highest quality source of Omegas)

Cod Liver Oil

Veterinarian Pharmacist Approved




Limited ingredient list we pack the most important vitamins for dogs in our product. 

Natural Ingredients

EVERY ingredient is sourced and manufactured in the USA in a cGMP facility.

No Fillers

No meat by-products, corn, wheat, gluten, soy, or dairy.

NO Chemicals, steroids, Xylitol, or Birch Sugar. 

Large list of ingredients that are unnecessary for the health and well-being of your dog.

Some ingredients are sourced outside of the United States; cheaper ingredients are used when outsourcing.  

Harmful fillers like pea flour were used in the 8-in-1 multivitamin.

From this table, it is apparent that there is a clear difference in what the two companies value in a dog supplement. 

Balanced Breed focuses on using the best in quality natural ingredients, with no fillers, and nothing harmful for your dog. While bigger companies like Zesty Paws often source their ingredients in a cheaper way, outsourcing some ingredients from other countries, using lower quality ingredients, and even adding harmful fillers! 

Zesty Paws uses pea flour in their multivitamin, peas have been indicated to be a leading cause of diet-associated canine heart disease. 

Zesty Paws takes a capitalistic approach in their company’s sales strategy. With a large product lineup, they want you to be buying multiple dog supplements from them. They used a cheaper source of omegas (Cod Liver Oil) because they want you to keep buying their original supplement for dogs, their Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil. 

Large companies often lose their values like why they started in the first place. In this case, Zesty Paws went in the route of making a less expensive product and losing value in canine health benefits, while charging more than their competitors. 

Now let’s look at the active ingredient list, you are going to see on the label of both Balanced Breed and Zesty Paws. Below we are going to go through the list of key ingredients of a dog multivitamin and why they are important for your furry friend’s health and finish with a side-by-side comparison of these ingredients for Zesty Paws and Balanced Breed. 

Essential ingredients for a dog multivitamin


is a naturally occurring substance in your dog's body for the purpose of keeping your dog’s bones and joints lubricated and working properly.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

is a natural supplement used as an anti-inflammatory for your dog's hip and joint health aiding and preventing arthritis. It’s also used as an antioxidant for other conditions and even some cancers.


improves your dog’s cardiovascular health

Folic Acid

is essential for your dog’s metabolic functions.  

Chondroitin Sulfate (porcine)

provides even more joint support!

Probiotic Blends

help your dog digest their food, absorb nutrients, and maintain a strong immune system. 


are important for providing energy, absorbing vitamins, processing hormones, reducing inflammation, and aiding brain and heart health for your dog. Omegas are great for promoting a balanced diet for anyone!

Vitamin C

is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates free radicals in the body of your dog and can even help with inflammation and cognitive functions. 

Vitamin E

acts as a defense against oxidation, when there are deficiencies your dog can undergo muscle degeneration and vision problems. 

Vitamin B Complex

is super important for a dog multivitamin. B12 aids in the healthy nervous system and brain function along with the development of blood cells. B6, B2, and B1  are important for your dog’s metabolic processes as they help dogs digest protein, carbs, and fat and turn them into energy.

The table shown below will compare levels of active ingredients in Balanced Breed and Zesty Paw multivitamin chewables. 

Balanced Breed

Zesty Paws










Folic Acid


n/a <50mg (vitamin blend)






500M CFU




Vitamin C


n/a <50mg (vitamin blend)

Vitamin E

20 IU

n/a <50mg (vitamin blend)

Vitamin B Complex

-B1: 2mg

-B2: 1.15mg

-B6: 1.35mg

-B12: 5mcg

n/a <50mg (vitamin blend)

*active ingredient measurements per single chewable multivitamin*


While Zesty Paws and Balanced Breed use similar doses for some ingredients, Balanced Breed is completely transparent in what your dog is consuming. Every ingredient has a purpose in the all-in-1 multivitamin and there is nothing to hide on the label. 

Zesty Paws also added active ingredients that aren’t a necessary part of the multivitamin. Active ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 and a digestive blend are put on the Zesty Paws label to wow the customers. In reality, a digestive blend is unnecessary with a probiotic as they both work for the same reason. The company could have used more probiotics, however, they decided to use cheaper ingredients from plants such as cellulose to make up for their lack of a gut health blend. Furthermore, they added Coenzyme Q10 in order to impress their consumer except they only have a small fraction of CoQ10 beneficial for a dog in this multivitamin. If you are looking to supplement CoQ10 for your dog’s cardiovascular health you are going to need a higher dose supplement which is what they want you to invest in with their numerous line of supplements. 

When it comes to introducing your dog to supplements, make sure you are buying from a brand that is not hiding anything on labels or trying to wow its consumer with branding and added ingredients that will turn your dog into a super dog. 

Buy from a company like Balanced Breed that has nothing to hide on its label. 

It will ensure you are buying the highest quality ingredients sourced from the best facilities, keeps their values of improving your dog's health, and costs less than the big brands.


  • Kia

    I think balanced breed is way better because its actually trusted by vets and not just the random internet.

  • Sarai

    Kick zesty paws to the ground ⚰️☠️

  • Maggie Griffin

    Balanced Breed has better ingredients than Zesty Paws there I said it

  • Tiffany H

    I am glad balanced breed makes a product that isn’t harmful for my dog!

  • Allen

    I hope zesty paws goes out of business

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