Ziwi Peak Air Dried Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Ziwi Peak product line includes 5 air-dried dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Ziwi Peak Beef (2.5 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Lamb (2 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Venison (5 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Tripe and Lamb (2 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Lamb (5 stars) [A]
Ziwi Peak Venison was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Ziwi Peak Venison
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison, venison tripe, venison heart, venison lung, venison liver, venison kidney, venison bone, New Zealand green mussel, inulin from chicory, dried kelp, sea salt, parsley, minerals (potassium bicarbonate, zinc amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, selenium yeast, manganese amino acid complex), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B1 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.3%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||29%||11%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||39%||53%||8%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 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 third ingredient is venison heart. 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 fourth ingredient is venison lung. Venison lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The fifth ingredient is venison liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The sixth ingredient is venison kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The seventh ingredient is ground venison bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The eighth 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.
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, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
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 includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Ziwi Peak Air Dried Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Ziwi Peak Air Dried 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 46% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 10% 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 an abundance of meat.
Ziwi Peak is a meat-based dry dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5.
However, with high fat-to-protein ratios noted with the Beef (92%), Lamb (97%), and Tripe and Lamb (97%) products, these 3 recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
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.
Ziwi Peak Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
04/17/2017 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 ↩