|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|Available from||Pet Circle|
|Related||Eureka (Australia), Absolute Holistic (New Zealand)|
You’re probably reading this review because you’ve heard ZIWI Peak is an amazing dog food – one of the best in Australia in fact.
As a brand with an excellent reputation worldwide, it’s undoubtedly a top pick for the health of your dog, but it’s understandably one of the most expensive dog foods you can buy.
If you’re on a budget don’t worry too much, as there’s no reason ZIWI Peak can’t be a part of your dogs diet, for an occasional meal, mixed in with a cheaper dog food, or even as a training treat (yep, it’s great for training, and I used it to train my collie!).
It’s worth mentioning we have an excellent competitor to ZIWI Peak in Australia, and that’s Eureka – with a new-fangled deliver-to-your-door service. It’s worth checking out that review as well, especially if you’d rather support an Aussie company.
For the ZIWI Peak dog food review we’ll take a look at the Venison recipe, but they’re all equally as good.
ZIWI Peak dog food review
What the marketing says
On the ZIWI Peak website for the Venison recipe they say “Loaded with free-range venison, ethically raised on pastures of lush and native grasses in the remote valleys of New Zealand’s South Island.” Doesn’t that sound delicious?
If that doesn’t sound good enough, let these facts resonate:
- 96% Meat, Organs & NZ Green Mussels.
- Free Range Grass Fed Farming.
- No Antibiotics or Growth Promotants.
- No Grains, Sugars, or Glycerins Added.
When you know most dog foods on the market are bags of grain with token amounts of poor quality meat remnants preserved with chemicals then that makes ZIWI Peak dog food an absolute godsend.
Thankfully the marketing of ZIWI Peak really tallies with what the ingredients and analysis really say about this dog food, so let’s delve in a little deeper…
What the labelling really says
Most dry dog foods sit around 22% protein, 10% fat, and a hell of a lot of carbs. ZIWI Peak in comparison boasts a minimum of 45% protein, 23% fat, and in true raw diet style next to no carbohydrates or sugars whatsoever. Even with higher protein dry foods you find they’ve bulked up protein with stuff like peas or corn, but there’s none of that rubbish here. It’s literally all meat, organs, green-lipped mussels, and a range of vitamins and minerals to ensure your dog doesn’t miss out on anything. Many raw feeders turn their nose up at the insanely stinky yet incredibly nutritious tripe, but even with this ZIWI Peak have you covered.
Air-drying rather than baking at high temps into a kibble is a huge bonus. It retains nutrients and greatly extends shelf life with moisture removed. It’s worth noting meat content is mostly water, so what you’re left with after air-drying is all the important stuff – keep that in mind when comparing the price to fresh meats inclusive of water, as 1kg of Ziwi Peak is equivalent to around 3kg+ of fresh meat.
Green-lipped Mussels are a fantastic inclusion and a tell-tale sign of a quality product. They’re native to New Zealand, and a fantastic source of omega fats for a healthy skin and coat as well as a proven anti-inflammatory for joint health.
There’s no trickery used on the labelling, so you get exactly what it says on the tin. I don’t need to delve into the benefits of each ingredient as for a carnivorous animal as they speak for themselves: Venison, Venison Tripe, Venison Heart, Venison Lung, Venison Liver, Venison Kidney, New Zealand Green Mussel, Venison Bone.
It’s simply brilliant.
This is such a convenient alternative for those who wish to feed raw but simply don’t have the time. It’s more expensive than other dog foods, but you’re buying a food which is way over and above your average kibble. It’s mostly meat which is much more expensive than the fillers we find in other foods, and this does somewhat justify the price.
ZIWI Peak dog food is definitely recommended, so definitely buy a bag and give it a go even if it’s just for treats.
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ZIWI Peak dog food review summary
With so many people raving about raw food for dogs, yet so much complexity and uncertainty feeding such a diet, dog foods such as ZIWIPeak air-dried offer a wonderfully easy solution which is complete, balanced, with all nutrients required for a dog to sustain a very healthy existence. The trade off is price, with ZIWIPeak being one of the most expensive dog foods on the market. You can argue you get what you pay for, or you can look at it as most other dog foods are cheap, for a reason.
If you have a small dog, or if you’re super wealthy, then price won’t be as much of an issue. If like the rest of us you have to run a tight ship, or if you have a pack of big hungry labradors, then ZIWIPeak can still be fed as a treat or topper. Even if you just use ZIWIPeak as training treats (which they’re great for!), then you’ll still be contributing to the health of your dog.
Give ZIWIPeak a go!!
The ingredients of ZIWI Peak dog food (as of January 2021):
Venison, Venison Tripe, Venison Heart, Venison Lung, Venison Liver, Venison Kidney, New Zealand Green Mussel, Venison Bone, Lecithin, Inulin from Chicory, Dried Kelp, Minerals (Dipotassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Yeast), Salt, Parsley, Preservative (Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid).
The guaranteed analysis of ZIWI Peak dog food (as of February 2021):
|Crude Fibre||(max) 2%|
|Carbohydrates *||Barely any whatsoever 👍|
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ZIWIPeak dog food is one of the best you can buy in Australia
- Astounding quantity of meat and a very convenient alternative to raw.
- Expensive (although justified by the amount of meat and absence of fillers).