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ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine product line includes six canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Beef (4 stars)
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Lamb (4 stars)
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison (5 stars)
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Rabbit and Lamb (5 stars)
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison and Fish (5 stars)
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Tripe, Lamb and Venison (4 stars)
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison meat, venison liver, venison lung, venison tripe, venison heart and kidney, new zealand green-lipped mussel, olive oil, dried kelp, agar-agar, taurine, vitamins - niacin supplement, vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D2 supplement, minerals - potassium chloride, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin D2 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||27%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||51%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Venison is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is venison liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is venison lung. Venison lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The fourth ingredient is venison tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.
The fifth ingredient includes venison heart and kidney. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The sixth ingredient is green-lipped mussel. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.
The next ingredient is olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, agar agar is a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine
Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine looks like an above-average canned product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a notable amount of meat.
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine is a grain-free, meat-based wet dog food using a notable amount of meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Unfortunately, in conducting our research — and on more than one occasion — our communications with this company’s management proved to be frustrating.
When we asked questions, the owners treated us with an attitude of discourtesy and arrogance entirely inconsistent with our passion for transparency — one of nine important rules for identifying a quality pet food.
For this reason, we recommend dog owners who value customer support and brand trust consider our troubling experience when thinking about the purchase of this product.
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Notes and Updates
04/15/2015 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩