ZiwiPeak Daily Dog (Dehydrated)


Rating: ★★★★½

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog air-dried dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis34%26%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%31%21%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%55%16%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 55% | Carbs = 16%

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.

This item also 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 40%, a fat level of 31% and estimated carbohydrates of about 21%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% 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.

However, with 55% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

ZiwiPeak Daily Dog Cuisine is a meat-based air-dried raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly 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.

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Notes and Updates

10/17/2015 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
  • Necromorph

    I have a diabetic miniature pinscher named Mitzie and I was searching for foods for her since I know how bad science diet is and didn’t want her to be on it. I directly emailed Shelley from Ziwipeak and asked if it was an option for a diabetic dog. I am very happy to say that Ziwipeak was an excellent option! Mitzie absolutely loves the beef!!

  • disqus_X55ImBqUCP

    I recently compared to the daily cost of feeding to the daily cost of feeding commercial raw ( Stella & Chewy’s Super Beef), and ZiwiPeak came out cheaper on a daily feeding basis. Plus, my dog loves it, and I don’t have to supplement, and water, thaw, refrigerate, etc.

  • disqus_X55ImBqUCP

    I have an 80 pound dog, and I use about half high quality kibble (grain free) half ZiwiPeak. My dog has shown huge improvement in itching and coat condition, has maintained an excellent weight, and absolutely loves his ZiwiPeak.

  • disqus_X55ImBqUCP

    this considering this product’s high digestibility (manufacturer claims 95%), it stands to reason that there will be a little waste (aka: poop). If the dog is healthy and has a good energy level, I would consider this a definite plus!

  • Cindy

    I think this is true. I had a problem on 2 different occasions but did not see any visible mold but there was definitely something wrong with the bag. My dog is not picky at all and will eat anything you put in front of her, so she probably just ate it anyway.

  • Cindy

    I have had a problem a couple of times with what I think was 2 spoiled bags. There was no mold on them though and they do seem to smell okay but shortly after opening (and feeding) a new bag (on two occasions) my dog became very sick – orange watery diarrhea with some blood in it. I wonder if the bag gets punctured somehow in shipment or something as it does say that the bag is only good for 2 weeks after opening it (even though the expiry date unopenend is a lot longer than that)?

  • Di Noon

    Every day & 1/2 with mine, not everyday. She is 4 & has been on it almost 2 yrs.

  • Joey David

    I’ve been feeding one of my dogs this food, the venison blend and he hasn’t been pooping regularly, maybe once every 2 days, is this normal, given that this has zero grains?

  • Kristin Ingeman

    I have 2 dogs, one is 89lbs and the other 55lbs and they tried this dog food when a friend brought it over, They are both somewhat discriminating eaters and they LOVED this food! The only problem is the cost and how fast I would go through a large bag – 11 scoops per day. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or methods of stretching the food by supplementing with good quality kibble? Thank you 🙂

  • Alison

    Hi, I work at a pet store and this is our go to treat, as it is high value, the picky eaters love it and the ingredients are great for our dogs with allergies

  • Jonathan Aranda

    I personally use it as my High value training treats. I feed frozen raw products. My dogs and the dogs I train love Ziwi as training treats.

  • Burke’sMom

    Anyone with a bigger dog (I have a 63-should be 67lb Labrador) feed Ziwi, use its’ treats, or supplement with it?

  • Pitlove

    this food is complete and balanced

  • Jenny

    Is this food only best to use a supplement or is it complete and balanced for a Yorkie?

  • Joseph Bonanno

    Any issues with there deer shank? These are shank bones sourced from New Zealand deer raised on grass-fed pastures. We have taken the shank bone, which is full of nutrients and marrow, and wrapped a beef oesophagus over the top. The bone is then naturally air dried to retain its goodness in a shelf-stable form. – See more at: http://ziwipeak.com/product/deer-shank-bone/?is_iframe=1#sthash.FX40iQF1.dpuf

  • Susan

    Fat %, look at the fat % & buy the one that has the least amount of fat & see if there’s a difference, have you tried K-9Natural freeze dried Venison It’s only 18.5% fat, also the Green Lamb Tripe has 18% fat & feed the tripe instead of the probiotic, http://www.k9natural.com/product-information/dog-food-range-au.html

  • Kyle

    We were on Ziwipeak for more than six months and he did pretty good on it, but we got off a couple of months ago because he was having loose stools. I don’t know if the Lamb formula bag that we had was contaminated, but after a few days of really loose stools with that bag, we returned it and went back to Acana. Ziwipeak may have been too rich, but his poops were never great on it, even with Primal raw goats milk once in a while. He does much better on Acana. A

    As far as urine, we bought a cranberry powder supplement on Amazon and give it to both our dogs a couple of times a week. It’s supposed to be great for them.

  • Shayla


    I am so glad you wrote about your dogs issue with blood in the urine. I have two miniature schnauzers who are apparently the top breed for stones. One has had surgery and the other just got a uti with blood so I am now on high alert to find a better dog food!

    I absolutely oppose science diet as well and have been racking my brain on what to do.

    Have you notice any bladder issues or noticed any positive changes for the stone issue with this food?

    I just bought a bag of ziwipeak beef and I am hoping for the best! Any suggestions would be great!

  • SweetSydney

    I haven’t had any problems with ZiwiPeak’s customer service. Kimberly has generously sent me samples of their air dried food, and 3 cans of ZiwiPeak. I didn’t even ask for samples. I only asked if ZiwiPeak would be appropriate for my 15 month, 3.5# Yorkie. She has followed up with me, to see if my Yorkie likes it. So, I agree with everyone that has had good experiences with their customer service-it’s not fair to put up a “Special Alert” stating you recommend dog owners that value customer support and brand trust to consider your troubling experience when thinking about purchasing this product.

  • Sidtharthan

    I face the same issue. Both my dogs used to eat K9 natural and their stool was small and hard. Subsequently I switched to Primal freeze dried and the Ziwipeak. Since switching from K9 their stools have been soft and pretty stinky. They’ve been having Ziwipeak for a few months already and there has been no improvement with respect to their stool quality.

  • Kim

    I have a question…I have tried this food because one of my pugs has significant protein intolerances and the quality coupled with limited ingredients is very impressive.
    He and another have been on this food for about 10 days yet their stools are formed but very soft. They do get probiotics. I would have expected stools similar to feeding raw as I have done for ages.

    Do I need to give them more time? They are on lamb…would beef be less rich? Venison is out due to intolerance.


  • My dog won’t touch the mouldy food. About 500g wasted. As I said earlier, can’t remember the seller. I suppose I could try Ziwi Peak themselves? Will report back …

  • I had the same problem with the lamb product (dog food), but not with the venison and fish. I haven’t contacted the seller because I bought it at Crufts and can’t remember who from!!!

  • SandyandMila

    Doggiefood.com is close to where I live, so it’d be convenient for me to just drive to their warehouse and chose from their vast selection but I’ve had issues with their items being past the best by date and others here have as well. It’s really too bad but glad Ziwipeak was able to help you. 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    I rotate between foods all the time. My dogs are all rescues from different areas & different ages. The healthy gut is a key factor.

  • Dog Mom Lori

    It may not be true for all dogs but it is true for some dogs whether they have a healthy gut or not.

  • Dog Mom Lori

    Curious as to how your Poms are doing on the ZP? Let us know when you have a minute. 🙂

  • Dog Mom Lori

    I agree 100% Alison! Nothing but great things to say about ZP food and their customer service!

  • Alison

    I don’t really think it is fair to put a special alert out for a one time dissatisfaction with the customer service as you can see there are lots of people who have had positive experiences. I myself have only ever had amazing customer service from Ziwipeak. Plus it is an amazing kibble and the review shows that.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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