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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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||31%||21%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||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.
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.
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.
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 company.
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
04/17/2014 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 ↩