ZiwiPeak Dog Food
ZiwiPeak is a New Zealand pet food that produces air-dried raw food (similar to dehydrated food) and canned or moist foods for dogs and cats. According to the company, their foods are 100 percent natural. They call their food a “raw equivalent” diet, as close as possible to a raw, natural, wild diet without freezing or thawing. They say they use no preservatives, fillers or grains and nothing artificial.
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Who manufactures ZiwiPeak?
ZiwiPeak was founded by Peter and Kimberly Mitchell in New Zealand. The Mitchells are now in Carmel, California heading the U.S. part of ZiwiPeak. Geoff Morgan is the CEO in New Zealand. All air-dried food is produced in New Zealand. Cans for the U.S. and Canada are produced in the U.S. from New Zealand ingredients. Cans for other continents (Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand) are produced in New Zealand.
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ZiwiPeak Dog Food Reviews
ZiwiPeak’s air dried dog food is called ZiwiPeak ‘Daily-Dog’ Air-Dried Cuisine. It comes in beef, lamb, venison, and venison and fish formulas. According to the company, their foods are 100 percent natural and what they call a “raw equivalent” diet based on the wild prey meat diet. Foods are never frozen or thawed. The air dried process makes the dry food similar to a dehydrated food, although it’s not necessary to add water to rehydrate the food when you feed it. The company says they use no preservatives, fillers or grains and nothing artificial in their foods.
According to ZiwiPeak they use real meat, heart, liver, and kidney in their foods, so the 90 percent meat is a meat and organ meat diet. The remaining 10 percent of the food consists of ingredients such as cold-washed green tripe and bone, hoki fish in the fish formula and green-lipped mussels, with selected vitamins and minerals. The company says that the food is over 95 percent digestible for your dog. All of the ingredients come from New Zealand and they say they use food from farms with no antibiotics and where the livestock is grass-fed. The company says that all they add to the food, other than the meat and organs, are essential vitamins and minerals. Their foods are also GMO-free and they do not use products that contain ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, or other artificial preservatives; and their cans use food lining that is BPA-free. ZiwiPeak says your dog won’t need other supplements when you feed their food because their food contains everything a dog needs.
Foods are grain free and contain no potatoes. ZiwiPeak foods are also AAFCO approved and meet other certification standards for export.
Foods also contain green-lipped mussels. According to the company, New Zealand is the only country where green-lipped mussels are found. They are a big industry in New Zealand. Green-lipped mussels are recognized for providing glucosamine and chondroitin as well as omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
Protein in their air dried foods is around 37 percent and the fat is around 32 percent, give or take a little.
Obviously, if you like the prey diet for dogs, you’re going to love ZiwiPeak. Lots of meat and organs, no grains, and an emphasis on natural ingredients. This is an excellent food. We like the fact that ZiwiPeak provides full nutrient profiles for each air dried food on their site so you can see the nutrients in the food yourself. For instance, you should check the calcium to phosphorus ratio for each food closely if you are considering feeding one of these foods to a growing puppy, especially a large breed puppy. Some of the foods have ratios that are more appropriate for puppies than others even though the foods are AAFCO approved for all life stages. Do keep in mind that these foods are higher in fat, especially if your dog has any kind of problem with fat in the diet. But, overall, great foods.
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Our ZiwiPeak’s ‘Daily-Dog’ Air-Dried Lamb Cuisine Review:
New Zealand is famous for producing probably the best lamb in the world. Some dog food companies in the United States import their lamb from New Zealand. So, we were interested in learning more about a New Zealand dog food that uses lamb from the best possible sources.
We’ve already discussed the fact that ZiwiPeak uses meat from grass-fed, pasture-raised sources, so that goes for the lamb used in the food, too. The air dried food is made from 100 percent natural, fresh raw meat. Along with the lamb meat, the food contains liver, tripe, heart and kidneys from lambs. That’s 56 percent lamb meat and 34 percent organs from lamb, so a total of 90 percent meat and organ meat. Plus 3 percent of the food (minimum) is the green-lipped mussel discussed above which is a great for joints and as a source of healthy fatty acids.
On a dry matter basis the food contains 35 percent protein, 34 percent fat, 1 percent fiber (because it’s air dried which removes the moisture like dehydration), and 10 percent carbohydrates. In this case, the fat provides a lot of the energy for your dog that is often provided by the carbs in a typical commercial dog food. We would guess that dogs eating this food probably have a lot of energy to burn. There are 1102 calories per 8 ounce cup with this food. You need to keep in mind that it’s an air dried (i.e., dehydrated) food, so a little goes a very long way.
The first five ingredients in this food are:
- Lamb meat
- Heart and kidney
- Chicory inulin
Lamb meat is 59 percent protein, 36 percent fat, and 5 percent carbohydrates. It’s a good source of Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Selenium. It’s also a good source of omega-6 fatty acid. It’s a great meat for dogs.
Liver (from lamb) is an organ meat and it’s full of vitamins. It’s 63 percent protein, 33 percent fat, and 4 percent carbs. It’s a good source of Thiamin, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Selenium.
Tripe (from lamb) is the third ingredient. Most tripe that you buy in the United States is from cows. Tripe is the lining of the stomach and it can come from different animals. It’s used in human cooking around the world – though not so much in the U.S. Raw tripe (not the bleached stuff in cans) is stinky and juicy and dogs love it. Tripe is also highly nutritious. It’s a good source of protein, fat, and many of the same vitamins and minerals that are in lamb meat; but it also has digestive juices – it is the stomach lining, afterall.
The fourth ingredient is the heart and kidney from lamb. These organ meats are considered offal. Today many people in “advanced” countries would throw them away when preparing meat but our ancestors were wiser and knew that these organs were some of the best parts of an animal to eat. They are very rich foods and packed with vitamins and minerals for good nutrition. They are excellent foods for your dog. Raw diets – and a raw equivalent diet like ZiwiPeak – make good use of organ meats. In raw diets organ meats such as liver, heart, and kidneys are used in smaller amounts than the meat portion of the diet and that’s what we find here in this food. They are too rich and too nutrient-dense to eat in large amounts at each meal.
The fifth ingredient is chicory inulin. Inulin is a dietary fiber (fructan) and prebiotic that comes from the chicory root (among other sources). It has become a popular addition to many dog foods in the last few years because of its prebiotic properties.
The food also contains fish oil – a good source of omega-3 fatty acids; kelp, a good source of trace minerals such as iodine, and chelated minerals which are usually found in better dog foods.
There’s much to like in this food, especially if you like the raw equivalent diet. We think this is a very good food and we like the fact that there are just a few ingredients in the food. We also like the fact that all of the ingredients appear to come from excellent sources and there is no heavy processing here. Highly recommended.
Where can you buy ZiwiPeak?
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You can buy ZiwiPeak dog food from many online retailers such as Chewy.com, Petflow.com, Amazon.com, and Petfooddirect.com. You can also find it at some pet food retailers, especially in larger cities.
Thank you for your very helpful information. We are picking up our 8 week old golden retriever puppy in two days and after lots of reading are planning to gradually switch her from the dry kibble she is currently on to Ziwi Peak. I am confused though as you commented that we should check the calcium to phosphate ratios for puppies, I’m not sure about what this should be and which of the Ziwi Treat range would therefore be best for a puppy. I’d be most grateful if you could offer further advice on this.
Your new puppy sounds very exciting! I’ll try to be clearer about the calcium to phosphorus issue, especially for puppies.
Calcium and phosphorus are both essential to dogs but the foods that are low in calcium can be high in phosphorus. Foods that are high in calcium can contain a lot of phosphorus. So, getting the ratio right can be tricky. Meats are high in phosphorus but not particularly high in calcium. This is okay for carnivores in the wild because they are also eating the bones of their prey which provides the right amount of calcium. When dog food companies make their formulas, they have to work around these issues, especially if they use a lot of meat protein in their formulas.
The standard calcium to phosphorus ratio for dogs is about 1.2 parts of calcium for each 1 part of phosphorous (1.2:1). However, this can vary depending on life stage and other factors. During a puppy’s peak growth period, for example, calcium needs can range from 1.0-1.8 and the phosphorus needs can range from 0.8-1.6 (percentage of these minerals in the diet). An older puppy, who is not growing as fast, would typically have calcium needs ranging from 0.8-1.5; and phosphorus needs ranging from 0.6-1.2 (percentage of these minerals in the diet).
There’s very little danger that dogs or puppies will have a deficiency of calcium or phosphorus today because of the way that pet foods are packed with vitamins and minerals. But some foods can have too much of a mineral or the proper ratio can be off.
Too much calcium is bad for puppies because it can lead to osteochondrosis/bone problems, hip dysplasia later in life, and generally cause problems with your puppy’s growth. If you’re feeding a good puppy food that is properly balanced, you shouldn’t add calcium to it such as yogurt or cottage cheese because these foods can upset the balance.
It’s also advisable to feed your puppy measured meals instead of free-feeding. There’s a good article about that issue as it relates to calcium and phosphorus here: https://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/Developmental-orthopedic-disease-in-large-breed-pu/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/804547?contextCategoryId=49912
People with large breeds need to pay particular attention to the calcium to phosphorus ratio because their puppies grow so fast. They also continue to grow for a longer time than other puppies. They can be especially prone to skeletal problems if the calcium to phosphorus ratio isn’t right.
I hope this helps and I haven’t confused you more. Just look at the calcium to phosphorus ratio on a bag of food (or the company’s web site), especially if you are feeding a food with a high meat content.
My dog has been on Ziwipeak Venison her entire life (she just turned 7) and recently developed VERY soft stools. She has been thoroughly tested for parasites and bacteria–both negative. How can I firm up her stools (I don’t want to switch foods because she is highly allergic to most dog food ingredients).
we tried ZP last fall with the same result. Our allergic pup did better w allergies, but both our dogs were pooping sludge so we started mixing it half and half with other foods.
From what I’ve read it sounds like perhaps the recipe changed last year? so sorry for your pup. we are trying to figure out what to do next.
My 13-year-old dog is going through the same thing – soft stools which had progressed to bloody diarrhea – because the potato & venison food from Royal Canin was suddenly discontinued because the deer farm has a muscle wasting disease. I haven’t been able to buy the food since January 2017. You might try Pro-Pectalin which comes in a gel form and also chewable tablets. It is available at chewy.com and was recommended by my vet. Amount given by weight of the dog and it is NOT prescription. It worked within a few days to begin hardening up the stool. It was described by the vet as a sort of Pepto Bismol for dogs and I’ve had great success with it.
Judy I would try switching proteins in the ziwipeak maybe your dog is developing an issue with venison. Our dog has just been diagnosed with IBD. So we are making the switch to the ziwipeak venison. We were told to switch to a protein she has never been on. We had her on limited ingredient rabbit
I currently use several Ziwi Peak dry products. My dog is aging and gaining weight due to becoming inactive. Currently using Venison and Lamb. What do you recommend for weight loss?
I would feed a little less of the Ziwi and add a can of low sodium green beans to the food. That is what my holistic vet had me do for my older, inactive dog and she did great
I started Ziwi a couple months ago for my pit bull with allergy/sensitivity issues. It was the recommendation of her holistic vet to switch to raw, but the frozen raw diet he recommended didn’t sit well with her, so I started looking at alternatives. ZiwiPeak has been wonderful and she finally has a full coat again. My only complaint is how costly it is, although it’s understandable for the value of the product. To give you an idea of the price, my dog weighs 55 lbs. at her best. An 11-lb bag of ZiwiPeak lasts her about 22 days or so and costs $125-$160 depending on the formula and where it’s bought from. This is more than double the cost of feeding a high quality dry kibble brand. So just be warned – you most likely will love the benefits ZP has for your pet, but if you’re feeding a medium or large dog, it’s going be a big hit to your budget.
How much would I feed a 10 lb. schnauzer and. 6.5 lb. schnauzer of venison and fish?
We love ziwi peak! I have a 10 lb. and 7 lb. schnauzer! Currently alternating from venison and beef! Their fav is the beef! Just want to let everyone know that the very first bag I received was molded and, of course, not knowing how it was suppose to smell fed it to my dogs! They both started throwing up! So I started researching and called the company also! Through my research this has happened at times due to the freshness of this product! If the bag may have been punctured, or sealed with air still in it, it can cause the food to deteriorate rapidly! Anyway, they quickly replaced it no questions asked and ship time is very quick! I also discovered that once the bag is opened it is only good for apx. 9 weeks due to there being no preservatives added! So if you have a small dog you may want to order the smaller bags for freshness!
My two yorkies have been on ziwipeak for the past two years. There are some issues with the product that is leading me to lose faith. I have tried to call the company but I haven’t had a callback. There has been numerous times I had to return the product cause either was old and dry or moldy. My question is since new Zealand doesn’t have regulations for posting expiration dates on their products how does US determinates that?(since the sticker in the back gets on the product once it arrives to united states!) I just got another pack yesterday that says expires 12/17. How a nonpreservative product can have such a long shelf life? Its really concerning.my babies are my life I want nothing but the best for them. I truly hope I get some answer soon. I went through alot of trials w their diet as they r extremely finicky so the idea of switching their food is not very pleasant. I appreciate any helpful hints.
Are your yorkies still on ziwipeak? I was thinking of switching over from Stella and chewy, they are very very picky. But the mix reviews make me nervous.
Didn’t the original post say the US food was made from New Zealand ingredients in the USA? I have a tiny shih tzu puppy and have just started feeding him ziwi peaks. He’s doing well on the food, although I’m in New Zealand and getting my ziwi peaks in smaller bags for freshness.
The wet foods are made in the USA from NZ ingredients. The air dry products are produced in NZ & shipped.
I NEED TO KNOW WHICH ZIWIPEAK WET FOOD I CAN USE FOR MY SENIOR STAFFIE – 7.5YRS OLD. PLEASE RESPOND AS SOON AS YOU CAN AS I AM DESPERATE TO GIVE HER THE BEST FOOD I CAN.