Ziwi Peak Dog Food (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

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

The Ziwi Peak product line includes 6 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.

  • Ziwi Peak Venison [A]
  • Ziwi Peak Lamb (4 stars) [A]
  • Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Lamb [A]
  • Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe (4 stars) [A]
  • Ziwi Peak Tripe and Lamb (4 stars) [A]
  • Ziwi Peak Rabbit and Lamb (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

Protein = 41% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Venison, venison broth, venison heart, venison lung, venison liver, venison kidney, venison tripe, chickpeas, New Zealand green mussel, venison bone, dried kelp, sea salt, minerals (zinc amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, selenium yeast, manganese amino acid complex), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B1 supplement, vitamin B5 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%21%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%41%25%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 41% | Carbs = 25%

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 broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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. 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 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 eighth ingredient lists 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.

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 includes 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 contains 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
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Ziwi Peak 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 21% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-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 notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Ziwi Peak is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a notable 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.

Ziwi Peak Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/15/2017 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
  • Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for your suggestion.

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  • Crazy4cats

    Here is a link that may help speed up the process:

  • Cathy Koh

    Hey Dr Mike, could you please do a review on Nutripe Dog Wet Food? It is quite similar to ZiwiPeak.

  • Nomi

    Hi! Sandy. Thanks for reply. Yes I fed that has tripe in it.
    But this one was just like [email protected]@ smell. I did ask Ziwi via their site but haven’t hear from them.wonder if I got bad batch.

  • sandy

    Have you ever fed a dog food that has tripe in it? It smells pretty bad like something rotting. The smell is a cross between sewage and stinky sneakers. I feed mostly raw tripe and the occasional canned tripe.

  • Nomi

    I would like to hear about smell of Ziwi’s caned dog food.
    I got so stinky one.

  • bojangles

    Hi theBCnut,

    “One reason could be that Dr. Mike now gives more weight to animal sourced proteins and less weight to plant sourced proteins.”

    That can’t be the reason. If you read the review, Dr Mike states:

    “Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a notable amount of meat.”

  • Sharon Durham

    Hi Chris – I’m so sorry to hear that you had a bad experience when you contacted ZiwiPeak. We recently transitioned our North American customer service to the US office, and we would love to speak with you and see what we can do to regain your trust. Our US-based Customer Care Advisor is absolutely committed to providing caring and compassionate support. 877-464-ZIWI

  • disqus_X55ImBqUCP

    Hi ChiChi: The guaranteed analysis lists what we guarantee to be the minimum or maximum level of a particular nutrient in our recipes. The typical analysis is what an independent laboratory measured in a test sample. A typical can of our Rabbit & Lamb recipe contains 11% protein and 8% fat. We do not artificially adjust the fat content on our foods; these are the fat levels that naturally occur in the animals we use in our recipes. The major difference in quality and pricing between us and many other companies is that we don’t rely on grains, starches and other cheap fillers; our foods are over 93% natural meat and organs (on a dry matter basis) . We are very transparent and are happy to provide you with any additional information you need to make informed decisions about pet nutrition – please contact us at [email protected].

  • disqus_X55ImBqUCP

    Hi Chris, I’m sorry you had such a negative experience with our customer service department. ZiwiPeak USA has a new General Manager as of December 2015, and we are very focused on providing excellent customer service. I would be happy to send you coupons for our canned recipes. Please send your address to [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • sharron

    hi – i feed Lexee mostly can food, the odd time she will eat dry. Is it ok to include this dog food in her diet – she has been eating royal canin which she likes and eats and pure balance (tubs), also performatrin once in awhile – she won’t stay with one food for very long, so i have to mix it up
    Ziwipeak seems to be a different type of wet food compared to the ones i have been feeding – thanks

  • theBCnut

    One reason could be that Dr. Mike now gives more weight to animal sourced proteins and less weight to plant sourced proteins. As he revisits each review every 18 months, he is updating the rating to reflect this.

  • crazyaboutdogs

    Why is this now rated 4.5 stars rather than the 5 stars it has always received in the past?

  • Spartacus “Spotapus” The Benga

    I would just like to point out, that the ingredients on their website are not the same as the ones listed on the cans. The first ingredient in every can is broth. In venison it is venison broth, same in venison and fish recipe, in rabbit and Lamb it is lamb broth, in beef beef broth and Lamb lamb broth, then the meat are listed. Not sure if that makes a difference in the rating or not, but thought I’d share.

  • Chris Miller

    I got a few cans of the Venison and Fish to try and my dog went nuts over it. However, I tried contacting support to see if they offer coupons an such so I know for future reference. The customer support that emailed me back got very rude and had an attitude problem. I shrugged it off and probably won’t ever be dealing with the company again.

  • ChiChi

    Yes, I’m talking about the new label on the cans. The guaranteed analysis has been changed…

  • On the website today, the Rabbit and Lamb recipe lists a guaranteed analysis of protein 9% and fat 6% and on the typical analysis says protein 11% and fat 7%.

  • ChiChi

    Ugh it seems all the good foods just keep downgrading. I bought a case of Ziwipeak (a mixture of three flavors) that have the new ingredient list on them, no carrageenan. Which is great. But I noticed the minimum amount of fat and protein has changed drastically for some of the flavors.

    For instance, the Rabbit and Lamb lists protein minimum 9.5% and fat minimum 9.5%. Yikes. I always avoid feeding foods that have equal or more fat than protein. It’s just excessive. Not to mention Ziwipeak keeps getting more expensive. For what? More fat? There reasoning for their constant price increase is that their ingredients aren’t cheap. I’m sure fat is VERY expensive…

  • Lis V

    Thanks for your reply. I have kept him on the dog food and didn’t switch him back to the cat food. The diarrhea issue is gone. I found out it’s one of the new treats that my husband was giving him that caused the diarrhea.

  • CIM

    I would not continue feeding your dog any cat food without asking your veterinarian. I believe cat foods are higher in fat, which can definitely be a health risk for a dog. Potentially SERIOUS health risks: Pancreatitis & Diabetes. I have a diabetic dog. It’s usually manageable, but always Type -1 (insulin dependent). My personal opinion is that I would never feed my dog CAT FOOD unless a veterinarian told me to do so. Sometimes a vet will Rx it for dog cancer patients, but even then there are canine specific foods available. I personally think it is a potential health risk & possibly a serious one so be cautious.

  • Lis V

    I just started feeding my Shih Tzu Ziwipeak. I started him on the cat food because my local store didn’t have the dog food. He did really well on the cat food.

    When my online order came in, I switched him to the dog food. Now he’s having diarrhea.

    Can I keep feeding him the cat food? The ingredients look almost the same. Just different minerals.


  • LawofRaw

    I fed my dogs Ziwipeak lamb tripe, venison and last night for dinner for a bit of a convenient change up, as they haven’t had it for a long time, and I tell you, just how they licked the stainless steel bowl clean as a whistle. Not something I would feed too often as the fat content is just a little too high for my liking and the protein could be a bit higher. But nonetheless, for a canned dog food, it really is amongst one of the most palatable for dogs.

  • foodle

    I am starting my 10-year-old, ten-pound Miniature Poodle on ZiwiPeak Venison Recipe. She only eats about 1/3 of the 13 oz. can of dog food and I am considering using the 6 oz. cans of CAT food instead. Someone from the company says they are “really exactly the same” except the cat has added taurine and extra liver. Does anyone have any experience with this?

  • InkedMarie

    Ignore my question about his name….what a handsome boy! I just love hounds.

  • InkedMarie

    Glad he’s doing we’ll! I’ve hd some seniors move in and act the same. Our newest gal is a senior, here two months but she’s taking longer. Not hard, just different. Nice to see her blossom! Keep us posted on your boy. What’s his name?

  • Dave’s Hounds

    This is Murphy – 10 year old treeing walker I recently rescued

  • Dave’s Hounds

    HDM I was also impressed because the joint supplement comes in a massive size so I can use for all three dogs (all seniors). I have ben using GNC for dogs stage 3 – they are great but as I said Murphy won’t eat them and I like to keep it easy for all three.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    Marie he is doing very well. He adapted quickly and it is like he has always been here. I don’t know what he has been through but he is always scared he is doing something wrong and cowers if you move quickly around him. He was at the vet last weekend to check the ear infections and the heartworm. The ear is coming along and the vet agrees that the slow kill method is best for the heartworm. I was impressed because she is an advocate of supplements including garlic to build his immune system, fish oil, joint supplements (plus turmeric) and probiotics. She was impressed with how much better he looked and his coat is soft and his eyes bright.

  • InkedMarie

    Outside of the above, how’s the new boy doing, Dave?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I love the Welly Tails supplements! I’ve used their joint supplement in the past for my senior and my new pup got the Puppy Smart Start until she was 6 months old. I think they have really great products.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    Yes Hounds will eat anything as we have found out many times over! However my new senior treeing walker will turn his nose up at some food while my other two swarm ready to eat his food. He loves ziwipeak and anything I add like sardines. Some kibble he will not touch. I don’t feed my dogs kibble much but when I do I add additional protein, fish oil fresh meat and probiotics/dgestive enzymes. He won’t eat his joint supplements so i switched to Welly Tails powder.

  • JellyCat

    Thanks Mia!
    I like ZiwiPeak products so I keep using them. My pup is eating substantially better after I added raw to his diet. When I don’t have time I would just give him some Ziwi canned and Ziwi dry. Otherwise I give him pre-made raw with Ziwi canned. Occasionally, he gets some kibble (Go grain free, Orijen, Evo), but not too much anymore as I’m seeing that raw and Ziwi is much better for him.

  • Mia

    Hi! My good friend has a shih zhu that had the same issues. She was frustrated and was at her wit’s end! Her vet suggested that she give her dog probiotics along with Royal Canine Prescription Formula kibble and canned foods. This diet has worked well for her dog’s IBD. She gets it thru her vet. I wish you and your dog all of the best:)))

  • Mia

    Hi! I’ve been feeding my 100 lb German Shepherd dog a portion of Ziwipeak airdried, ZIwi canned along with Ancana Pacifica Dry kibble. I then add a little water to the mix to hydrate the food. He’s been on this diet since he was 8 months old. Of course, body weight will determine the serving size:) Depending on how much exercise he gets that day usually determines the amount of feedings. He normally eats just once a day with just a easy one mile walk through the neighborhood. But if we visit the dog beach or park, then he would want a second feeding in the evening(usually it’s a quarter of the first feeding). You have to understand that this diet is very rich unlike the average dog diet. So this food will sustain them for a very long time. My dog is very lean and healthy. As long as you don’t see their rib cage, then you should not worry about them not getting enough nutrition from this food. Most dogs are overweight and end up with major health issues down the road. So a lean diet is the way to go! Your dog will never have a weight issue with this diet. Stick with it! if your dog doesn’t eat everyday on this diet, don’t panic. As I said before, this diet is very rich and will sustain him for a longer period. Sometimes my dog will skip eating for an entire day. This food is like broccoli for humans! The other cheaper diets are like burgers and fries! :)))

  • losul

    I maintain that my dog’s detoxification systems worked just fine before and after introducing raw meat to his diet, and he very understandably went through an adjustment period. There was nothing in the raw meat that made his systems suddenly start ridding itself of prior toxins, it’s been doing that all along.

    His body needed to adjust to undenatured proteins and increased proteins, increased urea output from breakdown of proteins and amino acids, and increased uric acids from breakdown of purines. Also probable is that his body was forced to deal with new bacteria, pathogens and microbes, all the while his own intestinal flora required adjusment and change, and his body built up new abilities to cope with the changes.

    If you want to call it detox, fine. But it wasn’t detoxing prior toxins, it was his body learning to cope with new and/or increased forms of toxins from the raw meat, that it wasn’t equipped with prior..

  • Pattyvaughn

    Usually if it’s both eyes equally, it’s some kind of allergy, fine particle airborn irritation, or he has something in his system that he finally has the necessary nutrition to get rid of. The fact that one eye is doing more than the other means there is something more going on with that eye. If it’s always been like that and it’s not from the food change coming into your house, then he may have an inward growing eyelash or something.

  • Pattyvaughn

    And you think the idea of detox is silly.

  • JellyCat

    losul, thanks for your reply!
    I’m almost convinced that the eye problem is because of the food. I’m not going to change his food as there is nothing else that he likes, except I will try to transition him to raw at least once a day.
    If the problem persists then I will probably do allergy testing. He may be allergic to my ferrets or cat too, who knows.

  • losul

    When I first started feeding my dog raw, he started getting eye bugars. One eye was noticeably worse, and the white part of the eye was reddish. I had to clean the bugars at least a coupla times or so a day. After about 6 weeks his eyes completely cleared up, It’s rare now to ever have to wipe any small bugars away at all,, and his eyes are clear and sparkling.

    I never reported it to a vet, I just attributed it (rightly so, or not) to adjusting to the new raw food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yes, 118 F!

  • JellyCat

    Thanks for the info.

    Do you mean 118 ºF?

    If so, I did dry the meat under higher temp. I will try to go lower 🙂

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Heating food over 118 degrees destroys enzymes. Vitamins B1, A, D, C, E and pantothenic acid are heat sensitive. Lysine, phenylalanine, Threonine, Histidine, Tryptophan and Methionine are heat sensitive amino acids. As long as you keep everything under 118 degrees I’m sure most of the nutrients and enzymes will remain intact.

  • JellyCat

    Thanks Hound Dog Mom,

    So far I’m able to feed him and he managed to put some weight on. I also try to make his food more nutritious, for example I give him raw quail eggs 2-3 times a week. I’m not opposed to feeding him something other than kibble. Hi is mostly eating canned now with only small amount of kibble as I was hoping that he would eventually get used to kibble.

    I’m trying to offer him some raw meat but he would only try a small amount. He likes what we cook to ourselves, but I don’t like an idea of cooking for a dog. I would rather feed him raw.

    I do make him treats that he loves. I essentially make dehydrated meat jerky from heart, lever and chicken. I cut the meat and leave in dehydrator over night at 65 or 71 Celsius. He loves this; however I’m not sure how nutritious that is. I’m worried that cooking substantially reduces nutritional value of meat. Do you know of any resources that I could read to get an idea what temperature I should cook at to preserve enzymes and vitamins in meat?

    I never had a food problem before as well 🙂 all of my monsters are good eaters.

    Also, I was kind of thinking that eye problem might be connected to food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Would feeding him something other than kibble be an option? Such as all canned, dehydrated, fresh pet, home cooked, raw, etc.? Most picky dogs like these types of food. Another option (not sure if it would work) if he likes treats/puzzles – I make “kongsicles” for my dogs and they love them. I layer high quality kibble and canned pumpkin in their kongs, freeze them and they get them as dessert. It’s fun for them to eat. Maybe if you layered kibble and something like Tripett instead of the pumpkin he’d enjoy it. I know it’s just a treat for my guys, but maybe for a little puppy it’d be enough to be a meal. Or maybe even put kibble through a food processor and mix it with Tripett so he can’t pick out the kibbles? A dog refusing to eat is one thing I’ve never had to worry about with owning hounds, they’ll eat anything lol

    Not sure about the discharge, I’ve never had any issues with eye discharge other than the normal bloodhound eye boogies but I found this on Dr. Becker’s site. I’m sure someone else will have some better input about the eyes.


  • JellyCat

    I need some advice.

    I feed my new rescue puppy Ziwi canned food as well as Orijen puppy (new formula) and EVO red meat dry. He is picky as far as kibble and canned goes and it took me a while to find a kibble and canned that he would eat. He didn’t like Orijen puppy (old formula) and he would refuse Blue Buffalo puppy canned, Evangers canned, Merrik canned, Evo canned etc. He loves Ziwi but it must be freshly opened, if I cover the can and leave it in the fridge until the next day, he would not like it that much even after warming it up in hot water, not even microwave, and my fridge doesn’t smell. This makes it really hard for me to feed him. So i have to be creative as he is a puppy and he is somewhat skinny. Triplett works but he would only eat triplett. He goes as far as spitting out kibble after leaking off goodness that he likes first 🙂

    The problem is he has a “leaky eye”. There is a discharge form both eyes but one of his eyes is worse. Because I clean under his eyes often I know that some days are better the the other. Also, when I just got him his discharge was a lot worse. He was fed a mixture of kibble like Go, Orijen, Royal Canin and some other kibble that I cannot identify (but definitely not purina and pedigree). The shelter is food conscious and does not feed foods of a very poor quality.

    I didn’t have to deal with leaky eyes problem in the past and his vets were not very helpful. I would appreciate some thoughts that would help me decide on a course of “treatment” and feeding 🙂

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  • ARK

    Betsy:  I also rotate the Ziwipeak canned with Hound & Gatos and Nature’s Variety Instinct grain-free canned.  He likes all three but the Ziwipeak is his favorite but when money runs short, I get the others.  For some reason, all of my Collies have done well with transitioning to other food.  It may be the breed.  I don’t really like the RC Vet HP Formula kibbles and know that there are other great kibbles out there, but I keep him on it because it keeps his allergies/skin problems in check and he like it as long as it has a canned topper.  I tried the RC HP canned, but that didn’t go over very well.  I think it’s the meat in the other cans that has the smell/taste.  I also give him a tude of Revolution every month as heartworm and flea/mite protection.  The frontline broke him out. 

    What type of dogs do you have and what are there names?

  • Sounds like you’re giving him a good variety.  His system is obviously healthy as he apparently tolerates transition quite well. 

    I’m curious, what canned food were you giving him before (or are using on the days that you don’t use) the Ziwipeak? 

  • ARK

    Betsy, thanks for the comment, but so far no gas and/or runny poops.  For dinner, he gets 2 cups of Royal Canin Vet HP Formula and a can of Ziwipeak.  For breakfast, he gets 1 cup of the RC kibble and a couple of Pure Wellness jerky treats crumbled in with the kibble.  Alaska seems to be fine. 

  • We love Ziwipeak products, too.  Just FYI, this is a very nutritionally dense food ~ a little goes a long way.  Depending on how much he ate, if your collie isn’t used to it, be prepared for some gas and / or runny poops.    

  • ARK

    I just fed my Collie a can of the Ziwipeak Rabbit and Lamb over his dry kibble and he gobbled it up.  When I open the can, you could smell the freshness and it looked so good.  I guess this canned dog food was a hit and I’ll be ordering more.  

  • Brit

    To clear things up…

    Taken from http://www.ziwipeak.com/zpintl/nzl/faqs.shtml

    Does ZiwiPeak have Bone content in our Food?Fri, Feb 18th, 2011 12:39:13 amZiwiPeak’s meat we use is mechanically recovered off the bone and contains 3% fine bone, we also recover the marrow, soft cartilage during the meat recovery process.This makes ZiwiPeak the perfect food.

  • hounddogmom12


    According to the ingredients listed on ZiwiPeak’s website for their canned food, the product does not contain bone. Also, no canned product will contain bone because canned products are cooked and cooked bone is very dangerous.


  • jsan

     yes it does

  • Sue

    I’ve been trying to find a dog food that is not associated with a company involved in past or present recalls.  The following site has been helpful just as the dog food advisor, Mike Sagman, has been.  I learned about the mergers of companies and roads sometimes lead back to Diamond Foods.  It’s amazing.  Even foods I should be able to trust now lack my confidence. 
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  • monkey

    Report it to ziwipeak, i have seen similar complaints on dog forums. They need to know about this..

    Also, if you feed the airdried kind as well, make sure you are buying from a respectable store as it needs to be stored properly or the fat can turn rancid.

    Those are the 2 major complaints i have seen.

  • hounddogmom12

    I would report that to the company because ZiwiPeak is not supposed to contain bone…

  • Sue

     Could you please tell me more about bone pieces in the Ziwipeak?  That doesn’t sound good at all.

  • Guest

    I tried the rabbit and lamb one and my dog loved it, but I don’t feel comfortable feeding my 3 pound Yorkie this food because it has bone pieces in it. These pieces could get stuck in this intestine and cause a lot of trouble. It’s too bad because I think he really loves it. I wish they didn’t include bones in there though.

  • Meg K

    I was just reading thru the comments and think I might try the Rabbit and Lamb.  I have a 2 1/2 year old shih zhu with IBD and she is not able to have anything with beef, chicken or grains.  I have given her the air dried vension which she would only eat if it was in her kong but just recently she got sick and now she is refusing to eat it.  I am having a hard time finding something that she can eat that doesn’t upset her tummy.  My vet keeps suggesting prescription food but my dog is so picky she will not eat it and I don’t really want to give her that stuff.  Is anyone familiar with IBD in dogs and have any ideas of what foods would work?

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  • Mary Lou

    Dave’s Hounds ~ just gave Dupree his first bit of Rabbit and Lamb.  First he was scratching the cabinet (not cool), and then he was trying to knock his bowl out of my hand (also not cool).  Rabbit must be a dog’s delight.  He will have to learn better manners for this one.  A winner for sure!  : )

  • Dave’s Hounds

    The rabbit and lamb is also a big hit with my coon hounds

  • Smithac3

    My Shihtzu loves the rabbit and lamb. She can’t have any chicken or grains. So glad I had her try it. She gobbled this stuff up.

  • Mary Lou

    Dave M ~ glad to hear you like this food. So far, I am quite impressed. I am using it in the AM, and Stella and Chewy’s Duck in the evening. When the Stella and Chewy’s is gone, I am thinking of going straight Ziwipeak for awhile to see further results. He is one happy boy! 🙂

  • Dave M

    Mary Lou I use the Ziwipeak air dried with ziwipeak canned for PM feeding – they absolutely love it. I still use kibble in am for convenience. I think Ziwipeak is one o the best foods out there for dogs.

  • Mary Lou

    For the past two weeks I have been feeding the Ziwipeak Lamb air-dried. I decided to add a little warm filtered water. It smells so good, and the pup loves it!! His coat is softer and fluffier than I think I have ever seen it. I began adding some of their canned lamb a few days ago. According to the label, there is NO flaxseed oil. He is in love with this food. My husband mentioned this morning that Dupree doesn’t seem to be scratching much at all. I think we have found a miracle food! 🙂

  • Layla

    Thank you Monkey! Don’t know how I missed it.

  • monkey


    scroll down a little and you will see “ZiwiPeak ‘Daily-Dog’ Moist Can Cuisine” with picture of the big dog cans under it. There they list the ingredients for their 4 canned formulas.

  • Layla

    Hi I was wondering how the heck you found the individual ingredient list to each flavor of this brand of canned food lol. I looked all over the Ziwipeak site and can’t seem to find the ingredient lists on any of their food. If you or someone else could post the link to this that would be great. Thanks.

  • Hi Monkey… OK, thanks. Got it. I don’t know how I missed the Guaranteed Analysis when I checked it before. But I finally found it within the ingredients list for each product. I’ve added Original Pet Food Company to my To Do list. Thanks again for the help. 🙂

  • monkey

    Here you go Mike http://www.originalpetfood.com/products.htm

    The site is horrible.

  • Hi Shano-o… Unfortunately, I’m unable to locate complete product information (complete nutrient information, Guaranteed Analysis) for this product on the link you included in your comment. So, I’m currently unable to review this brand. Wish I could be more help.

  • Shan-o

    I was wondering if someone can do a review on Original pet food’s products. http://www.originalpetfood.com/

  • Sasha L

    Gina K
    ZiwiPeak is made in New Zealand.

  • Gina K.

    Where is this product made? You should include that info on all of your reviews. Thank you very much!

  • Dave M

    The dogs really enjoy it Ziwipeak – I feed them Carna4 dry in am and I feed them high quality canned at dinner and Ziwipeak is on the rotation.

  • Gordon

    I have had my dogs try the canned venison Ziwi for dinner now, for the first time, and they licked their bowls squeaky clean. Their resultant stool was as good as always. I don’t find that its guar gum is any thicker than any other canned dog food I’ve seen in the past. Contrary to some having commented so.

  • Gordon

    I thought I’d post here that today, I purchased my first tray of 12 x cans of the Venison formula. After always thinking highly of this brand and formula, I can finally testify soon, whether in practice, smell, stool results etc etc, if it is as good as on paper. I went in store and was surprised to find it’s cheaper than getting on line. Woohoo. Another step to phase out kibble and compliment my raw feeding regime.

  • Hi Sharron… Other than my reviews and ratings, there’s not much more I can say about these products. If a manufacturer claims a dog food meets AAFCO profiles as complete and balanced for the specific life stage of your dog, then I would feel fairly comfortable to feed it every day.

    However, to learn why many experts recommend changing brands and recipes regularly, please be sure to visit my FAQ page and look for the topic, “Diet Rotation for Dogs”. Hope this helps.

  • Gordon

    sharron – If I may chime in. IMO, it sure is OK to feed your dog this food on a daily basis. It’s even better to alternate with other foods like raw, and raw meaty bones.

    I have not had my dogs try this food, but on paper and reputation, I personally believe this dog food to be the best canned brand in the western world.

  • sharron

    Hi Mike

    would it be ok to feed Ziwipeak canned dog food on a daily basis. Lexee is currently eating Addiction dehydrated. She simply refuses to eat dry. Also Addiction dehydrated is a decent food right?

    Thanks alot

  • natalie


    the can we just had was venison. i know what you are talking about and i think u r right. we have had other canned food that had a little ljelly like substance. but this was extremley thick and it was in between the can and the food, from top to bottom. i am sure its fine, ziwi peak seems like a great company.

  • sandy

    Referring to the flax seed/oil a couple posts ago – the Orijen Paper starting at page 18 states that plant based omega 3’s are not as readily bioavailable for use in the canine body. Plant based omega 3’s are ALA (short chain fatty acids), and would need to be converted to DHA and EPA to be absorbed in dogs but dogs are not adapted to do this conversion in their bodies so it is just not useful or bioavailable. The best source for omega 3’s are from an animal source such as fish.

  • J.J.

    Natalie –
    In my experience, that is common with canned food. What protein source is the food? When chicken, turkey, etc. fat & juice cools above a certain temp (around room temp) the fat coagulates and resembles a jellylike substance. We always see some of that substance when we are cleaning up the thanksgiving turkey or a roasted chicken after the meal is over. I believe the substance you are referring to is similar.

  • natalie

    we got this last week and our boys love it. there is a pretty thick jelly like coating around the entire inside of the can, its basically wrapped around the food. i was wondering if mike or anyone knew if this is supposed to be eaten. maybe its the carrageenan?

    i am trying to get a hold of ziwi peak to find out.

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  • Meagan

    Dawn-Thats what I figured, but I just wondered where her research is about it not being good. I love when people leave comments but do not tell us why or where they got it from. I to believe it makes my dogs coats beautiful. Thanks for researching it. 🙂


    all i can say…its wrong! flax is excellent for dogs..my dogs would shed like crazy dry dull fur dandruff…i give them flaxseed meal and or oil and WOW gorgeous gorgeous coat skin and NO SCRATCHING AT ALL!
    Ive researched and researched (yes im a research addict sorry to say but I LOVE DOING IT) and no where does it say DO NOT GIVE TO DOGS! i would say over 85% of dog foods dry/wet have flax in it if it werent safe we would be having gazillion dogs very ill!….and our wonderful Mike here would state it was bad too! :O) My beagle eat raw….i give flaxseed oil right on their raw bones and raw frozen food they love it!!

  • Meagan In Iowa

    Geneva- Where do you get that information about flax seed? Thanks

  • Hi Bruno… I’m not aware of any issues with warming the contents of a canned product in a microwave. Just be sure not to overheat the food. We also mix a canned food with Bailey’s kibble. He (too) loves it. We refer to this method of serving as “topping”.

  • Bruno Catro

    Hi! Do you know if this canned dog food can be warmed in microwave before feeding? It’s dangerous for some reason? And about mixing it with orijen kibble, there’s is no problem on that? That’s because my little yorkie just eat kibble if i mix it with canned, and a little warm! Thank you

  • Flax seed and flax oil should not be fed to dogs. It provides no EPA or DHA, only ALA which is of questionable value. Flax is also very high in phytoestrogens and can adversely affect reproductive function.

    I use the Ziwipeak dry and love it….it contains no flax.