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Ziwi Peak Dog Food Review (Canned)

Ziwi Peak Beef Wet Dog Food

Rating:

Which Ziwi Peak Wet Recipes Get
Our Best Ratings?

Ziwi Peak canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Ziwi Peak product line includes the 3 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Ziwi Peak Lamb Recipe 5 A
Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe 4.5 A
Ziwi Peak Chicken Recipe 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 26%

Ingredients: Beef, water sufficient for processing, beef lung, beef kidney, beef tripe, chickpeas, beef liver, New Zealand green mussel, beef bone, lecithin, minerals (dipotassium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, zinc amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, selenium yeast, manganese amino acid complex), dried kelp, salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B5 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%25%26%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%48%20%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 48% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The next ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The fifth ingredient is beef 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 sixth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, chickpeas are a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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 Ziwi Peak product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, we note the use of 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Ziwi Peak canned dog food looks like an above-average moist product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 25% and estimated carbohydrates of about 26%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Which means this Ziwi Peak product line contains…

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a generous amount of meat.

However, with 48% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for pets on a low-fat diet.

Our Rating of Ziwi Peak Canned Dog Food

Ziwi Peak is a grain-free canned dog food using a liberal amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus receiving 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Ziwi Peak Dog Food
Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Ziwi Peak through March 2024.

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
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