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Review Summary

Ziwi Peak – Air Dried Venison is a high-quality air-dried dog food. Its nutrient profile consists of a very low carbohydrate proportion, an above average protein proportion and a very high-fat proportion. This nutrition profile is very satisfactory and suitable for the majority of dogs

It contains a small range of meat and seafood ingredients including Venison and Venison Organ Meat. In addition, this dog food contains minor quantities of mussels. These contribute a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin. It’s very high-fat content will make it extremely appealing and tasty.

The limited number of ingredients may make this food suitable for those with dietary sensitivities or allergies.

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Pros

Near Perfect Nutrition

No Grains, Vegetables or By-products

Contains Nutritious Organ Meat

Cons

Very Expensive

Full review of Air Dried Venison for Dogs by Ziwi Peak

Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs Packaging

Nutritional Analysis

The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.

Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs Calorie Breakdown Chart

Carbohydrate Content Analysis

Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 7% of Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs calories are derived from carbohydrates.  Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Dog Food.

This carbohydrate content is negligible and is likely to be close to 0% as this is an overestimate. The carbohydrate content of this dog food is extremely low because there are no vegetables, starches or grains present to contribute any significant carbohydrate content.

Protein Content Analysis

Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 42% of Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Dog Food.

This is an extremely high proportion of protein and far above the needs of even the most active dogs. Nevertheless, this additional protein is not completely wasted and can be instead burnt as calories. This protein is sourced from the Venison ingredients. Venison is a great source of protein and contains all the needed amino acids.

Fat Content Analysis

Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 51% of Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Dog Food.

This is a very high level of fat which will have the effect of making this food extremely appealing to your dog. The fat appears to be entirely sourced from the range of venison ingredients present which are an ideal source.

Disclaimer

Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.

Guaranteed Analysis – Ziwi Peak – Air Dried Venison for Dogs

Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.

  • Crude Protein (Min) – 45.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 25.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 2.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 14.00%

Ingredient Analysis

The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.

However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Venison
  • Venison Tripe
  • Venison Heart
  • Venison Lung
  • Venison Liver
  • Venison Kidney
  • Mussels

 

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • N/A

 

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

 

In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review

The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Ziwi Peak Air Dried Venison for Dogs contains seven sources of meat and fish.

The primary meat source present is Venison. Venison is considered a high-quality source of protein. Venison has lower levels of saturated fat than other red meats. It also contains a similar range of vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately, Venison does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Venison. However given that Venison is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

Venison Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.

Mussels are considered a high-quality ingredient.  Mussels are a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin. Unfortunately, Mussels contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the air-drying process leaving a lesser proportion of Mussels. Given that this dog food only contains raw meat and fish, the relative proportion of Mussels is unlikely to change after the air-drying process.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Full Ingredient List – Ziwi Peak – Air Dried Venison for Dogs

Venison, Venison Tripe, Venison Heart, Venison Lung, Venison Liver, Venison Kidney, Venison Bone, New Zealand Green Mussel, Inulin from Chicory, Dried Kelp, Sea Salt, Parsley, Minerals (Potassium Bicarbonate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Yeast, Manganese Amino Acid Complex), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B1 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid). Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols.

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