Ziwi Peak canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Ziwi Peak product line includes 7 grain-free, canned 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- Ziwi Peak Lamb Recipe [A]
- Ziwi Peak Venison Recipe [A]
- Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe (4.5 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Rabbit and Lamb Recipe [A]
- Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Lamb Recipe [A]
- Ziwi Peak Tripe and Lamb Recipe (4.5 stars) [A]
- Ziwi Peak Free Range Chicken Recipe (4.5 stars) [A]
Ziwi Peak Venison Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Ziwi Peak Venison Recipe
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison, water sufficient for processing, venison tripe, venison liver, chickpeas, venison lung, venison heart, venison kidney, New Zealand green mussel, venison 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|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||18%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||39%||38%||24%|
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 water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third 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 fourth ingredient is venison liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is 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 sixth ingredient is venison lung. Lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.
The seventh ingredient is venison heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The eighth ingredient lists venison kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
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 use of 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.
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 Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Ziwi Peak dog food looks like an above-average canned 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 43% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Ziwi Peak is a grain-free, canned dog food using a generous 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.
Ziwi Peak Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
12/11/2018 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 ↩