ZiwiPeak Daily Dog (Dehydrated)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Important Notice
See “Special Alert” Below

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.

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.

Special Alert

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

  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
  • Susan

    I emailed ZiwiPeak asking some questions about their Air Dried food… Two days later I received 4 samples of their Air Dried food & a letter with 15% off …. I found I had no problems ZiwiPeak answered all my questions…..

  • Kyle

    As someone who has been feeding Ziwipeak to one of our dogs for about six months now, I can say I’ve never had anything but great experiences with the food and the company. Our shih tzu had issues with blood in his urine two times, and we found that the cause was due to crystals. We were feeding him a good quality dry food, Acana, and the vet suggested that we put him on Science Diet. I already knew how bad Science Diet food was, so I researched a little and decided to make the switch to raw. According to Ziwipeak’s website, their food is supposed to be great for dogs with crystals, maybe due to the extra moisture compared to dry foods.

    I emailed Ziwipeak to see if they could send me samples of the different flavors (lamb, venison, beef) before we bought one, and a woman with a thick accent called (I forget her name, possibly Kimberly that people on here are referring to) and she talked to me on the phone for a half hour. I remember because we were walking our two dogs and I spent the whole walk talking to this woman. She explained how Ziwipeak is different from non-raw dry foods, and why it would be a good choice for us, and she followed up by sending a bunch of samples to make sure our dog liked it before we started giving it to him.

    This is the only time I’ve been in contact with someone at Ziwipeak, but she was very helpful. As far as the food goes, I think it is a high quality food. We rotate between Lamb and Beef, as the Venison and Venison and Fish are a little too expensive (Ziwipeak itself is already expensive, but the Venison and Venison and Fish are almost $10 more per bag). I’ve never had a mold issue in these six months, and I make sure to check all the time now that I’ve read some people have found mold on their food. I add a little filtered water to the food so our dog gets a little more moisture in his diet and he eats it right up. Lately, though, he seems to be getting bored with Ziwipeak by itself, so we started feeding Ziwipeak in the morning and Stella and Chewy’s or Primal frozen nuggets at night. It keeps him interested, but it makes things more expensive lol. As long as he enjoys the food and does well on it, we’re happy.

  • Jenny

    I’m really curious about the details of the “alert.” Did you speak with Kimberly Mitchell (co-founder I think)? What happened??

  • Marietta

    I’d like to make a comment about Ziwipeak”s customer service. I bought a bag of the venison formula from Doggiefood.com, but I didn’t open it until 4 months later. The food had an expiration date of 2016, but the food was moldy. I contacted Doggiefood.com and they said too much time had lapsed and they wouldn’t give me a refund or credit. I contacted Ziwipeak and they went above and beyond. I didn’t even ask for a refund, but they sent 2 new bags of food plus a bag of treats.

  • Peanut’s Mom

    Could this angry poster work for Ziwipeak? After reading the note about the rude service, I see a correlation. To write a post with such a tone of disdain and then make broad sweeping generalizations about the accuracy of every review throws up red flags for me. I value customer service above all else and so I was grateful that you added the note to assist us pet owners. Word of mouth is a very powerful thing and is exactly why companies need to engage in excellent customer service. It was even more shocking considering you give this particular food glowing reviews and are such a great resource to help pet owners but even you are treated rudely. The post from Maddy was so full of anger, it doesn’t sit well with me.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Maddy,

    The information and computations included in this review are all correct and based entirely on the figures reported by ZiwiPeak on its own website.

    All of your claims of errors in the data detailed in our review are due to your own failure to use any of the reference links we provided in “The Bottom Line” section of the review itself.

    These pages explain the important concepts of “dry matter basis” as well as the standardized scientific method we use to estimate the carbohydrate content of every one of the 1000+ reviews published on this website.

    So, please be sure to take the time to read the links included here about how we estimate carbohydrates when only the Guaranteed Minimums are posted by a manufacturer on its label.

    By the way, you are quoting figures from the “Typical Analysis” posted by the company on its website and then comparing those figures to the products Guaranteed Analysis.

    So, I have included a screen capture of that page as it appeared today on the ZiwiPeak website itself.

    Please note that ZiwiPeak reports its Guaranteed Analysis for its venison recipe as 34% (protein) and 26% (fat).

    However, please also note that it reports its Typical Analysis for the same product as 36% (protein) and 32% (fat). This is a significant difference. Each company chooses precisely how it reports its Guaranteed Analysis nutrient figures.

    As we clearly explain on our How to Estimate the Carbohydrate Content of Any Dog Food article…

    The more a company understates a food’s protein or fat content, the more overstated you should expect your estimate of its carbohydrate content to be, too.

    In addition, we also conclude that article with the following helpful statement:

    In closing, on the rare occasion the actual amounts for protein, fat and carbohydrates are reported by a company on its website, it’s always better to go with those figures instead.

    Also, regarding your criticism of the way we report ALL nutrient content throughout this website, it appears you might also not be aware of the proven benefits of mathematically removing 100% of the moisture when comparing all food products — as we correctly do throughout this website.

    So, please be sure to also read our link on this and every review that details the important scientific concept of dry matter basis.

    In any case, considering our 5-star “enthusiastically recommended” rating in this review, it’s difficult for me to understand how you could have passed on this excellent product.

  • maddy

    Hi. The carbs are clearly listed on the Ziwipeak website so you didn’t need to calculate them, and the figure here is incorrect – the carbs range from 6-10.6% depending on variety chosen (venison which you’ve chosen is 10.6%), not a huge 21% as you’ve somehow calculated. Venison also is listed as having 36% protein, 32% fat, and 1.4% fibre in the typical analysis. Did you check their website? Am I missing something? Are their websites incorrect and your figures more accurate as I can’t imagine you would ever do a review and not actually visit the websites, yet your figures are very different? If this is in fact a mistake on your part for the sake of those looking for a low carb dog food please correct this – I loved the look of Ziwipeak but 21% was way too many carbs so closed this page and tried to forget about it, but then later decided to go to their website and see if they had other varieties with less carbs and discovered this product you’ve reviewed here has HALF the carbs you claimed and is perfectly acceptable for my dog!! I nearly lost the opportunity to even consider this brilliant product due to this apparent incorrect calculation on carbs content! If this is your mistake I’m sorry but I can’t trust any of your figures and will have to look up every dog food separately you review to check values myself. For the sake of others please check your information here ASAP and update if appropriate. Thanks.