ZiwiPeak Daily Dog (Dehydrated)

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Rating: ★★★★★

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog air-dried dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The ZiwiPeak Daily Dog product line includes four air-dried raw 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 Beef Cuisine
  • ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Lamb Cuisine
  • ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Venison Cuisine
  • ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Venison and Fish Cuisine

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Venison Cuisine was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Venison Cuisine

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 21%

Ingredients: Venison - meat (includes up to 3% finely ground bone), venison - liver, lung, tripe, heart and kidney, new zealand green-lipped mussel, lecithin, chicory inulin, dried kelp, parsley, naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), vitamins: vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, chelated minerals: iron amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, zinc amino acid complex, selenium yeast, potassium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis34%26%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%31%21%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%55%16%

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.

We note that this includes ground venison bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.

The next five items include a series of nutrient-rich organ meats

  • Venison liver
  • Venison lung
  • Venison tripe
  • Venison heart
  • Venison kidney

Venison liver is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

Venison lung, heart and kidney are organ meats that are rich in protein and essential minerals and are low in fat.

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 seventh 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 eighth ingredient is lecithin, a waxy substance obtained from soybeans. Although it’s commonly used to make fats more blendable, lecithin is believed to improve a dog’s skin and coat.

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 three notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, 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.

And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Air-Dried Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, ZiwiPeak Daily Dog looks like an above-average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 27%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 79%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine is a meat-based air-dried raw product using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a wet product from the same company may wish to check out our review of ZiwiPeak canned dog food.

Special Alert

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

07/28/2010 Original review
04/17/2014 Last Update

  1. 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
  • pawsaddict

    Thank you for your reply. However, although many find it hard to believe, she does have many allergies to many foods, including multiple protein sources. She also cannot have many vegetables, grains, and preservatives in many kibble and treats. She has a form of IBD caused by her allergies (biopsy confirmed). Ziwipeak eventually did not work for her. We have to feed her a MBO only raw diet, mostly consisting of elk, bison, venison, and other quite novel proteins. As long as we stick to proteins that agree with her, we have no diarrhea, vomiting, ear infections, hot spots, itchy skin, etc. We do still have some runny eyes, but there very well could be environmental allergies at play as well. I agree with you that she is a carnivore, but that doesn’t mean that her immune system functions as it should. We are working on that and have made much progress.

  • Kim Millard

    Holy smokes… A dog allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, beef and lamb……. That only eliminates the protein source fond in 97% of all commercially made dog foods. I guess that still leaves salmon, trout, pheasant, venison, bison and rabbit but you’ll have to be a little more persistent finding them and more so making sure they aren’t mixed with one of the protein sources she’s allergic to. I find it kind of hard to believe that a natural born carnivore is allergic to that many protein sources though. The thing about Ziwi peak is that not only is it made of venison, but it’s very simple too with virtually NO carbohydrate source and no additives and fillers. You may want to see if that’s the source of your issues rather than the protein source. Some low-carb options in kibble I’d look at are Wysong epigen which is also made from venison and virtually no starch and Orijen 6-fish which is very low on the glycemic index and is composed primarily of protein sources not mentioned by you as possibly allergenic to your girl.

  • saya2

    lecithin which is soy-based.. not exactly sure on it though.

    Nevermined read few posts down and learned it could also be egg?

  • Cass

    Love this food to but its out of my price range at 130 a bag. I don’t think theres really anything else that I would compare it to.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Freeze dried is not the same, there is no heat applied.

  • Lauren Yee

    Actually, many raw food companies are using cold pasteurization (HPP) to sterilize their food. Instinct and Stewart does it with all their food and Primal does it with all poultry. These foods have the same or lower risk of carrying bacteria as kibble or canned food. The drawback is that all the good bacteria is killed but you can always add supplements yourself.

    Ziwipeak air-dries their food. If they do that at a high enough temperature, it will also cook the food and render it safe. I don’t know if they do, though. I’ve emailed the company so hopefully I’ll find out.

  • Carlyn

    That’s a really great food, but the price tag is quite high… I’d rather simply make my own raw diet for a fraction of the price, and use the excess money to donate food to shelters…

  • Ezra’s mom

    Try Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Lamb. Our pup is allergic to chicken and eggs and is very sensitive. We have had the best luck feeding him a combination of the Ziwi Peak and the Nature’s Variety (which is definitely less expensive!).

  • Ali

    I have 2 Shih Tzu’s and they both have severe food aversions/allergies to beef, duck, chicken, lamb, potatoes, turkey. I’ve tried the Natural Balance LID fish and sweet potatoes and they both do well on it. No more allergies. I have since switched to the Orijen 6 fish for dry and Evo Salmon and Herring canned and they both are still allergy free. I’m not saying that will work for your dog, but its an option to try.

  • Kikki

    Just wanted to share with those using Ziwi Peak that Dog.com is currently having 32% sale on it. Lamb 11lbs is only $85 and Venison 11lbs is $98.

  • Anna

    Thank you so much for checking into that! I really appreciate it!

  • HarleyMom

    I spoke with the co-founder and VP of Ziwipeak – she says they use a lecithin derived from natural sunflowers in the dehydrated food.

  • Harley Mom

    One thing you should do is have your Vet send a blood sample to SPECTRUM Labs for a spot allergy test. I just did that for my dog, Harley, and found out that EVERY food and treat I have given him since I got him a year ago contains something he is allergic to. He is allergic to beef, pork, soybean, barley, white potato and green peas. Spectrum Labs will also give you a list of commercial foods that should be tolerable as well as contact info for all the manufacturers. The test costs around $200. For me, it was worth every penny.

  • leowong

    Has Ziwipeak not been forthcoming?

  • pawsaddict

    Thank you so much! Just looked at the GPH website, and I am DEFINITLY going to order a kit right away. It would be such a relief to actually know what she is allergic to. Thank you again!!! I hope you get your answer about the lecithin very soon :)

  • Anna

    I understand your concerns. My dog has tons of allergies as well, including soy, which is why I had to stop feeding Ziwipeak until I can get a straight answer about the lecithin source they use. If you want to know for sure what your dog is allergic to, look up Glacier Peak Holistics. They have a non-invasive allergic test that can give you all the answers. It will make it much easier to pick a food that way, though it may still be tricky. Best of luck to you!

  • pawsaddict

    My lab puppy (almost 9 months old) has SEVERE allergies. I have been feeding her Ziwipeak Venison with great success, but it’s getting way too expensive (around $300 a month now….and she’s not my only dog). From what we have figured out, she is POSSIBLY allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, beef, lamb, and sweet potatoes. She has never eaten grains, so I don’t know if she would be allergic to those. I need to start supplementing her diet with a premium kibble to lower her food costs, and I was hoping someone out there could point me in the direction of a good food that may be able to keep her allergies in check. Thank you in advance!

  • Anna

    What type of lecithin is used in the air dried Ziwipeak? Their website FAQ says they use soy, but that they are trying to switch to a different source. But their Facebook page has a post from April 18th saying that soy is only in the canned. Has anyone been able to get a straight answer out of them?

  • Shawna

    I wish ALL vets were better educated on food and nutrition. Any food can become contaminated with salmonella. Many kibbles, as an example, have been recalled already this year due to salmonella contamination.

    Additionally, dogs are carriers of salmonella. It is a normal constituent of their digestive tract. They become ill if their immune system is weak or weakened or if they ingest large quantities.

    This is taken from the Merck Veterinary Manual

    “Dogs and Cats
    Many dogs and cats are asymptomatic carriers of salmonellae. Clinical disease is uncommon, but when it is seen, it is often associated with hospitalization, another infection or debilitating condition in adults, or exposure to large numbers of the bacteria in puppies and kittens, in which enteritis may be common.”

  • Pattyvaughn

    Cooked kibbles have been recalled a great number of times due to salmonella contamination. Frankly, I wouldn’t worry about salmonella since dogs are well equipped to handle it, just practice good sanitation for your own safety and ALWAYS wash after handling any dog food, just like you would if you were handling raw meat.

  • Jim ONeill

    It’s not freeze dried, it’s air dried.

  • little sweetie

    my dachshund likes ziwipeak venison, however my vet says that all freeze dried raw dog food may have salmonella in it. can this be true?l

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’ve also seen “generous” used on a review that had more meat than this one but less meat than another than was also using “significant”

  • LawofRaw

    No difference. They’re just 2 different words and descriptions with the same one meaning in this particular context.

  • Kim

    What is the difference between “significant” amount of meat and “abundance” of meat? Which is better?

  • annie

    so high protein should not be a problem. but except may cause weight gaining, should i avoid high fat content food ?

  • annie

    thanks. another concern i have about ziwi, is that is it got enough fiber for dog. i wouldn’t like feeding science diet unless no way else.

  • InkedMarie

    Unfortunately, I’ve had as many dogs eat poop as haven’t. They’re lacking nothing in their diet. Thy do it because they do and I just pick it up when they go.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Here, learn a little bit:

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/12/06/coprophagia-repulsive-pet-habits.aspx

    “Another cause for coprophagia in dogs is behavioral.

    Some dogs, especially those in kennel situations, may eat feces because they are anxious and stressed.

    Research also suggests dogs who are punished by their owners for inappropriate elimination develop the idea that pooping itself is bad. So they try to eliminate the evidence by consuming their feces.

    Another theory that seems to hold some weight is that coprophagia is a trait noted in all canines – wolves, coyotes and domesticated dogs – and arises when food is in short supply.

    Sadly, I see this most often in puppy mill dogs. Puppies who go hungry, are weaned too young, have to fight for a place at a communal food dish, or are forced to sit for weeks in a tiny crate with nothing to do, are at high risk of developing habitual stool eating behavior that becomes impossible to extinguish.

    Coprophagic behavior can also be a learned behavior. Older dogs with the repulsive habit can teach it to younger dogs in the household.

    Like a dysfunctional game of ‘monkey see, monkey do,’ one dog can teach the rest of the pack that this is what you do while wandering around the backyard.”

    Also, I’m not sure what your rant about where Ziwipeak is manufactured has to do with my statement about coprophagia.

  • J Santorelli

    I disagree with that statement and I have been dealing with animals and their appropriate nutrition for years. Also, those if you that think ziwi peak is manufactured in new Zealand, think again. The canned foods ate DEF manufactured in the US at performance pet products and that place also cans many of the garbage brands of foods. I was led on to believe by the owners of ziwi peak that ALL their products are manufactured over there. They claim they attend EVERY run at performance but provided me no proof of that. I don’t know about you but I don’t take any pet food companies word for anything. She claims the import all the ingredients from new Zealand to manufacture here which makes no financial sense either. So buyer beware! I THINK they still produce that air dried food in NZ but contact them to find out. Their food is the most expensive so obviously I want what I am paying for!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Poop eating can be behavioral, it’s not always a nutritional issue.

  • LabsRawesome

    Um, no. My dog was eating the cat poop because he wasn’t getting enough food, and was still hungry. I was transitioning them from a kibble based diet, to a canned/fresh food diet. I had not found the correct portion size. Once I added more food, he completely stopped eating cat poo. Because he was getting enough food and no longer felt hungry. Did you even read my original post? I pretty much explained the whole story.

  • J Santorelli

    your dog is missing something in his or her diet. that is typically when they eat cat poop or their own poop. IF they are eating the clay from the litter, then then dog may have some upset stomach issue and the clay will absorb toxins too. i suggest going to the health food store and buying green magma powder and mix a little in the food. if you do dry food, then get capsules. then you should see no more poop eating. and things take more than a day to work!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hard dry poop is normal for a diet rich in animal proteins, so unless it is a problem for your indiviual dog, I wouldn’t see this as a negative. And you’re right, there is no such thing as a perfect food, that’s why I rotate between a few different foods. I wouln’t feed Science Diet.

  • annie

    um. the following day, the there is no more unknown particles presents in her urine.this food makes my dog happy and so much alert, but too risky. we put her on addiction dry kibble now. got powder ,stone like pool . it’s really about what they eat, i don’t know what happens to natural food nowadays .dog quite healthy, but i start not knowing what to feed next, cause every products seemed not so perfect. though i just want it to be normal and safe. my vet tells me, use science diet , gurantee to get normal pool, urine. but can we have a choice.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If her urine is dark, but still yellow, it means she is concentrating it a lot, and you might want to make sure she drinks more water until she adjusts. If it is brown, then you might want to have her urine checked to make sure she doesn’t have a kidney infection going on.

  • annie

    my dog used to eat kibble (with grain ones) the first day i put her on ziwi peak, she certainly not having enough, and ask for kibbles. the second day, she refused to eat kibble ( as i intend to mix the 2 together),the third day, she isn’t all that hungry. at first i was quite worried, as the qunatity i offer her ( from 30g to 20 g) reduced,and from with grain to no grain, she is really hungry, but on the third day, she is doing fine. but for another problem, i think i might have to switch back to kibbles, as she got dark urine with particles i don’t know what that is. of course i know meat is better for dogs, but maybe it is not the food for my dog. i got to say it’s good food, as my dog becomes very alert, and she likes it. if you were worry about the quanity, give her a little more and reduce it slowly, might work.or give her a few more day to try. good luck

  • annie

    my dog loves this food. she becomes so much alert, and i like their statement ” no suppliment ” need to be added. but same as when we feed additional dehydrate food, my dog gets dark yellow urine,and some small particles in it. and she drank less.after we stop feeding her previous dry kibble ( as it’s no longer available here), we can’t find her something suitable. she gets soft stool for same brand different products,but other problem occurred with other brand. so we go for ziwi peak. now seemed like i made it worse.anyone tried this food, is it a transition period problem, or is it too rich for my dog, so the urine like that? and also any recommendation ,good kibble, no soft stool for all age ?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    ZiwiPeak is appropriate for all life stages. The high protein content is beneficial for seniors because as dogs age they become less efficient at metabolizing protein, yet their dietary requirement for the amino acids protein requires doesn’t decrease. Seniors can actually require up to 50% more protein than adults. You may, however, need to monitor portion sizes due to the high fat content – just feed less if you notice she starts to gain weight.

  • annie

    your dog is small breed or large? my dog is 7. we brought ziwi vension today, but she has been on regular kibble for years,we were kind of worry about the high protein/fat content, i was curious is this food suitable for seniors. your dog is 9, it works well for her a.

  • Guest

    Hi Sharon, the other thing I forgot to mention that unlike pups (Yes would believe?) adult dogs are poor self regulators of how much they eat. Most of them always feel like they need more and more.

    A couple of things I’ll mention below in case your concern also lies with what you might be witnessing in your dog’s behaviour.

    When you see their primal instinctual behaviour of scrounging around for something else to eat or put in their mouths, it just also means that they are practicing their natural instinct in sniffing around, and scavenging for new and enticing, edible things, given the OK, by their superior sense of smell. My dogs like to eat off the ground certain seeds that have accidentally fallen when I have refilled my parrots’ feeders with parrot mixes. It satisfies their curiousity and is completely natural behaviour.

    Or you might also think that when your dog is eating grass, they’re either hungry or it’s a sign of ill-health. This is not the case. Dogs can eat grass for added roughage or fibre and even added nutrition. Like my dogs do, you might witness your dog selectively picking the younger shoots of grass as opposed to the older or larger in mass, ones. This is because the younger shoots have “a thin cell wall that can be digested, whereas older plant cells develop a tough, indigestible, lignified cell wall.” A quote from Dr. Bruce Syme.

    One method of checking that your dog is of an appropriate weight, other than the obvious such as a vet checkup, or the uniform stated weight range for certain breeds etc, is to simply look at your dogs sides and ribs. Can you see any or feel any with out digging in with your fingers. If not, then that is also a good indicator that your dog isn’t underweight, but not necessarily, overweight.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Seizure meds made my epilepsy dog start stealing food and raiding the trashcan. My JRT will do anything at any time to get any scrap of food anywhere. She even reaches through the bars on her kennel and picks up any food dropped outside it and maneuvers the food back into her crate.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I thought that she was on one RC or another regularly and the Acana was what she tried to get her dog to lose weight. I’m very confused…

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Exactly – they don’t need to be full. In some respects dogs are lucky in that they aren’t able to exercise will power. They have to eat what’s put in front of them. So, for an overweight dog, this should be a good thing. I’m sure people would have a much easier time losing weight if they had someone to pre-portion their meals and they could only eat their allotted amount for the day. On the flipside, it’s a bad thing that dogs can’t exercise willpower when they end up in the hands of individuals who make poor nutritional choices for them (overfeeding, feeding vegetarian or vegan food, feeding low quality food, etc.). Luckily for my dogs their meals are all pre-portioned and healthy…so they can’t eat junk food or get fat. :)

  • InkedMarie

    Most dogs will eat anything. I haven’t met many dogs that turn down food. I responded earlier to this poster that why do dogs need to be full?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Well, you can’t tell if a bloodhound is hungry because they’ll eat anything, in any amount, at any time. Personally, I could not care less if my dog is hungry or not. If I’ve got a dog that’s skinny I’ll feed them more at meals and more snacks between meals. If the weight on my dog looks good I keep doing what I’m doing. If my dog is fat (I’ve never had a dog I owned become overweight, but I have several overweight dogs at my shelter that I’m in charge of feeding) – I say who cares if it’s hungry or not, it’s going to eat what I give it and not get a single bite more (regardless of how hungry it “acts”).

  • LabsRawesome BS Detector

    When I switched my 2 dogs to canned/fresh foods, one way that I knew my Springer was still hungry, he started raiding the litter box. Which was something he hadn’t done in almost 3 years, (he ate “cat treats” from the litter box as a young puppy) So that is why I started adding a small amount of kibble back into their meals, and he completely stopped his disgusting behavior. :)

  • LabsRawesome BS Detector

    I noticed that too. You need to give a food more than one day, to know if it’s going to work. Unless the dog is having a severe reaction. I can’t keep track of the daily, sometimes twice a day changes in foods/stories either. Lol.

  • aimee

    I think that is a really valid question. I would guess if they are scavenging as a new behavior that could be an indication.

    Brooke is always on the look out for food, but I don’t consider that due to hunger. However once as a drug side effect she was food crazed! She was moving furniture and tried to get into the bird cages to eat he seed. I considered those new behaviors as a sign that she was experiencing “hunger”

  • InkedMarie

    I still want to know how humans know their dogs are hungry.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’ve noticed the same thing. I’ve quit responding to her lol. She’s on one day saying she’s feeding one thing and asks for advice – then is on the next day with a whole new story.

  • aimee

    Hi Patty,

    I think she was only on the Royal Canin for a day or two?? I think she was primarily on Acana Regionals or Light and Fit. I don’t know… I lose track. It seems Sharron reports that Lexi is being fed a different food every few days.

    I tried ZiWi Peak some time back for Jack and I didn’t like the consistency.. kinda felt like greasy cardboard to me LOL. I wondered about fat stability as well.

  • InkedMarie

    This is a serious question: how do you know your dog is to filled up? A good number of dogs eat and eat til they got sick; that doesn’t mean they’re hungry. Who said dogs have to be filled up? They’re no different than us, we have to be satisfied, not full.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Considering the vast difference in quality between this and what you were feeding, I would assume that her body doesn’t even have what it needs to handle this. Her body is used to producing what it needs to handle Royal Canin, right? This stuff is worlds away from that. She probably needs probiotics and digestive enzymes added to her food no matter what you change her to, but especially with such a huge change in quality. Give them for a couple weeks. The ones in a human health food store are fine.

  • sharron

    Good Morning everyone
    fed lexee this morning the ziwipeak, about an hour later she brought it up along with yesterday’s – i guess it’s too rich for her?

  • smitty

    Hi sharron,

    If you go with feeding raw then 2 to 3% of your dog’s body weight is what is usually recommended for a 4 year old yorkie/chihuahua mix. 2% is usually to lose a little weight, 2.5% is usually to maintain weight and 3% is usually to put on a little weight. Monitor your dog’s weight at least weekly until you have determined the right amount of food for Lexie.

  • Guest

    Ok. There’s no answer that fits all and it’s going to be a case of trial and error in finding that suitable diet for your cross breed toy class dog. But at least you’re on the right track. I have my doubts about Ziwipeak anyway and as mentioned, it’s probably better to use it as an occasional treat for your pooch.

    As a general guideline, start by feeding your dog about 4 to 6% of its body weight, per day. Feeding raw foods of course. processed pet foods like corn ridden kibble and can foods have their own guidelines so the 4 to 6% is based on feeding a raw diet. But when I say raw, it is rfeferingg to actaul raw state and not air dired. Anyway, good liuck with finding that ideal diet.

  • sharron

    Hi
    Lexee is a yorkie/chihuahua – 4 yrs old
    i don’t think this food is going to work – she’s hungry and it isn’t filling her up like the owner of the pet store said it would. if i feed her more she is going to gain the weight back that she has recently lost – she wasn’t obese – about 1 – 1 1/2 lbs and she has lost a lb.

  • Guest

    Ohhh I’d imagine your dog would Ziwipeak jerkies. My dogs love anything raw including air dried raw, which I will usually give at treats. Problem with Ziwipeak, is that it isn’t as filling as they make out. I suspect there’s more carbs and fat then they claim.

    Ziwipeak isn’t cheap either. I think it suits better as treats then main meals. Have you tried raw meaty bones obtained from butchers and supermarkets? Adding such with cut up offal makes a better more nutritious meal and also more full filling for your dogs as well. You’ll finds that you won’t need to feed her like human 3 x day meals, but rather once to twice at the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hi Sharron,

    I agree with Patty. I would ease her into the ZiwiPeak. Three small meals per day are much more easily digested without as much risk of gastro upset and loose stools. When I only had one small dog, I was feeding Orijen and Ziwi Peak and would’ve loved to have continued the Ziwi Peak, but couldn’t afford to feed it to both my Cavalier and a 75 pound Golden Retriever pup, too!

    I used both the air dried and the canned ZiwiPeak interchangeably. I would think once Lexee is used to the food, she’ll be able to switch back and forth also.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, you can. She may need to get used to it, but that getting used to having different things helps their gut to become healthier and stay healthy.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It may take her a couple of weeks to get used to the new portion size, Dogs do get used to eating a certain amount of food. One of those feeding may need to be increased to 1 1/2 tablespoons so you are feeding her enough, but I would wait to make that adjustment until you see how she is doing on the food.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try adding a digestive enzyme and maybe probiotics until he has adjusted to the new food. It took my dogs a couple of weeks for their system to adjust, now they have great stools once a day, sometimes twice.

  • sharron

    sorry – another question – can i alternate her meals with the dehydrated and the can ziwipeak?
    thanks again

  • sharron

    well i’m giving ziwipeak air dried a try – bought a bag this afternoon – the calculator on the ziwipeak site says to give lexee 1.7 oz/day – i gave a 1 tbsp = .5 oz – and she is still hungry. i feed her 3 x a day – so i figured out i would give her a tbsp 3 x/day which works out to 1 1/2 oz. should she be still hungry – she was on royal canin – liked it, ate it, but it doesn’t agree with her – i think it’s the wheat.
    thanks

  • bill calhoun

    I’d like to give a big HOOY

    AH to ZP’s Nigel (client executive relations). I’m having an issue with my miniature schnauzer and ZP Venison. Nigel has answered all of my email concerns within 24-hours and guided me through a lengthy but, critical journey to figure out whats up with my little billy junior. BJ was originally on Honest Kitchen–great food as well but, pooping out all that solid mass lead me to believe there really is a lot of carbs they DON’T need–ZP has BJ pooping once every morning. Previously he went twice in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. His poos, now, are like soft serve ice cream. Nigel of ZP has helped me lessen the amount of food as they mention too much too soon can lead to this. However, unfortunately, its still an issue. Is anyone else having this problem with high protein foods or raw diets? Any suggestions as to what may be going on?

    Thanks

  • Joy Tong

    ts only $128 for 11lb bag @ petfoodstation.com with their 10% off discount with code AUTO65 which is always offered if you google petfoodstation code – shows up retailmenot.com

    Free shipping too. To make this last, I feed my 3 shih tzus this for dinner only and Acana/Orijen kibble during the day.

  • InkedMarie

    Really? Thank you!

  • leowong
  • InkedMarie

    ok so this wouldn’t be appreciated by my little toothless gal, she seems to prefer smoother stuff. Ground raw is fine but she had a harder time with the Grandma Lucys.
    How’s the foster pup doing?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s like strips of jerky.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I also rotate Nature’s Logic canned – it is a good food

  • Dave’s Hounds

    it is like thin square pieces of beef jerky but not as soft. I normally add water even though it does not absorb. I prefer the canned

  • leowong

    A scoop is 2 ounces (weight). Divide the size of your bag by the feeding recommendation in ounces to get the number of days in a bag. Each piece is a half-inch square wafer. I feed ZiwiPeak and Nature’s Logic, dry and canned.

  • InkedMarie

    Hey Dave, is the Ziwi Peak air dried chunky or smooth?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Everyone needs a hobby.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I eat pretty healthy too (most of the time) but for me it’s just kind of whatever sounds good at the time or whatever looks fresh at the grocery store – don’t put a whole lot of thought into it. For the dogs I’ve got everything all written out and pre-planned weeks into advance – I calculate out the cost per serving, calories per serving, etc. Everyone thinks I’m nuts (maybe I am) lol

  • Pattyvaughn

    Index card files are a wonderful thing!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    I definitely put more thought into my animals food than my own, but I do make sure I eat a variety of fresh foods.

  • InkedMarie

    Can you tell me where on the site is to see ow long a bag will last? I see a feeding calculator. Do you feed this? Is it smooth or chunky?

  • InkedMarie

    Not a dummy at all ! We all start somewhere. Me, I take notes

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah prepping raw can be kind of a pain, but I’ve got such a routine down now it really doesn’t take all that much time and thought. And truth be told I probably do put more time and thought into my dogs’ meals than my own, lol!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I have three bloodhounds – 68 lbs, 75 lbs, 110 lbs. They’re also extremely active. Feeding this to a single small dog wouldn’t cost nearly as much.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I rotate through ziwipeak for second meal. I spend a fortune on my dog food but I would never be able to take he time for raw – I don’t take that kind of time for myself

  • http://www.facebook.com/mah4angel Mary Alida Hornaday

    WOW how big are your dogs???? I only have one and he’s a ten-pound silky but… that is quite a lot of money.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I priced this out at one time (to feed a combination of the air-dried and canned) and it came up to over $1,000 per month for my three dogs. I currently feed all three raw for about $400 per month. This stuff is definitely higher quality than kibble, but at that price it’s I don’t see any point in feeding it. If someone has that kind of money they should just feed raw.

  • leowong

    You can use their calculator to see the daily Ziwipeak ration and how long a bag will last, then compare that with the recommended feedings of other brands and their comparable cost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mah4angel Mary Alida Hornaday

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, that makes sense! And you’d feed your dog far less then a traditional kibble then, I’m sure. Thanks so much! You guys are seriously so great! I feel like such a dummy.