ZiwiPeak Daily Dog receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The ZiwiPeak Daily Dog product line includes 5 canned dog foods, all 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 Lamb
- ZiwiPeak Venison
- ZiwiPeak Rabbit and Lamb
- ZiwiPeak Venison and Fish
- ZiwiPeak Tripe, Lamb and Venison
ZiwiPeak Tripe, Lamb and Venison was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
ZiwiPeak Tripe, Lamb and Venison
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb tripe, lamb meat, venison meat, venison tripe, green-lipped mussel, carrageenan, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, 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, 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||36%||27%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||51%||22%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb 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 second and third ingredients are lamb and venison meat. Lamb and venison are considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” the respective animals and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Both are naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fourth ingredient is venison tripe.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear 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 Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, ZiwiPeak Daily Dog looks to be an above-average canned dog food.
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 substantial amount of meat.
ZiwiPeak Daily Dog is a meat-based canned product using a substantial amount of lamb, venison and rabbit as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
07/30/2010 Original Review
07/09/2011 Review updated to reflect AAFCO info
04/14/2012 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 ↩