See “Special Alert” Below
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine product line includes five 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 Lamb
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Rabbit and Lamb
- ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine Venison and Fish
- 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, liver, tripe, heart and kidney, green-lipped mussel, carrageenan, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, nicotinic acid, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, minerals: zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, manganese sulphate, copper sulphate, sodium selenite
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 includes 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 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 next two ingredients include 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 carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
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 one notable exceptions…
The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality 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 meat-based grain-free wet product using a notable amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Unfortunately, in conducting our research and on more than one occasion, our communications with the company’s owners proved to be frustrating.
The owners were notably unhelpful. And as we asked questions, we were treated with an attitude of discourtesy and arrogance entirely inconsistent with a quality pet food company.
For this reason, we recommend dog owners who value customer support consider our disappointing service experience when thinking about the purchase of this brand.
A Final Word
The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.
The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.
We rely almost entirely on the integrity of the information posted by each company on its website. As such, the accuracy of every review is directly dependent upon the quality of the test results from any specific batch of food a company chooses to publish.
Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.
Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.
However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.
For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".
Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.
In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.
To learn how we support the cost of operating this website, please visit our public Disclosure and Disclaimer page.
Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.
Notes and Updates
10/14/2013 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 ↩