ZIWI® Peak Venison Recipe, Air Dried Dog Food review

ZIWI® hails from the beautiful country of New Zealand. The company was founded in 2004 with a mission to craft pet foods in accordance with the ancestral diet, so our four-legged friends can achieve the protein-packed, nutrient-rich meals they need and deserve.

ZIWI® makes sure each of their recipes offers the highest-quality. As such, the company uses Z-TWINTECH™ air drying technology to preserve the nutritional integrity of the ingredients.

Unlike the average pet food, you will not find corn, wheat, gluten meals, and other controversial ingredients.

Now, let us closely examine the top seven ingredients that make up the ZIWI® Peak Venison Recipe for dogs.

The first ingredient, which has the lion’s share of the formula, is venison. Venison or deer meat has only a third of the amount of fat in beef, and it has fewer calories than chicken. But where venison is low in fat, it is rich in protein.

Another benefit of venison is that it is an excellent alternative for dogs that may have food allergies to common meats. Not to mention, our domesticated carnivores love this wild, festive-tasting meat due to its interesting aroma and texture!

Next in order are Venison organs: liver, lung, tripe, heart, and kidneys. American pet food giants often give organ meats the brush-off, but they provide a ton of benefits to our furry pals. Here’s why:

  • The liver is the most nutrient-dense of all organ meats. It is a powerful source of vitamin A, which is crucial for eye health. The liver also contains folic acid and iron to help prevent anemia.
  • While the idea of your pet eating a deer’s lung may not sound appealing, it is a good source of protein.
  • Tripe is also a source of lean protein containing an impressive amount of vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc.
  • The heart is an excellent source of coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that can help prevent certain heart ailments. It is also rich in folate, iron, zinc, selenium, and B-complex vitamins.
  • Kidneys are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties.

It is worth mentioning that although the liver and kidneys filter out toxins, they excrete those and do not store them. Moreover, ZIWI ensures these offal are not obtained from stressed animals.

Additionally, ZIWI included 3% green-lipped mussels in this recipe. These shellfish are unique to the pristine waters of New Zealand. Along with omega-3 fatty acids, they contain high amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin necessary for cartilage health.

Next up is lecithin, and unfortunately, this slightly hard-to-pronounce ingredient has stirred a little controversy among pet owners. The good news is that lecithin, which is often derived from eggs and seeds, is used in ZIWI® Peak formulas to support fat metabolism. By improving the digestion of fats, it unburdens the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder.

Chicory inulin is also added for its prebiotic fiber. As such, it provides nourishment to gut-friendly bacteria and promotes peristalsis to help prevent constipation and flatulence in dogs.

Last but not least is dried kelp. Rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, it helps combat oxidative damage brought by free radicals.

Furthermore, this recipe is fortified with vitamins and chelated minerals. Since chelated minerals are bound to amino acids, your pooch can digest them more efficiently.

As you can see, ZIWI® are not stingy with their ingredients. There is no need for artificial flavor enhancers because the food is packed with the good stuff. You won’t have to coax your pet to eat because the aroma alone tells all!

If you choose to make a switch to this food, you will have to expand Sniffer’s budget allocation because this kibble is two to three times more expensive than American premium dog food brands. On the bright side, I can honestly tell you that you are getting your money’s worth!

Ingredients

Venison – Meat (Includes Up to 3% Finely Ground Bone), Venison – Liver, Lung, Tripe, Heart and Kidney, New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, Lecithin, Chicory Inulin, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamins: Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Chelated Minerals: Iron Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Yeast, Potassium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate

Rating

Pros

  • All animal proteins are sourced humanely
  • Closely mimics a high-protein raw diet
  • This air-dried recipe can be stored for up to 21 months
  • Guaranteed 100% no artificial ingredients and fillers (grains, meat by-products, starches, etc.)

Cons

  • One of the most expensive dog food brands in the market

What does the fox our Taz say?

I am really happy when my buddy bring this food from store. I really like that. When I make some trouble, he always remind how expensive food is giving me 🙂

Taz rating: 5/5

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