ZiwiPeak Air Dried Dog Food Review: How It Helped My Dog
Finding the right food for your dog can be challenging.
When I first got Carl there was a period of trial and error to find the right dog food that worked for him. We both learned from those experiences.
The mistakes made ultimately led to me learning about air dried dog food. The search ended with me finding what I believe to be the best air dried dog food available on the market today.
The company is called Ziwi Pets.
They’re a relatively unknown and based out of New Zealand. However, they’ve been rapidly growing thanks to their quality products.
In my experience their flagship product, ZiwiPeak Air Dried Dog Food, is the best option on the dog food market.
By sharing my story I hope that other dog owners can avoid some of the issues that I first struggled with. Let’s begin!
Realizing There Was a Problem
In the weeks prior to bringing Carl home, I did hours of research. I was confident that my preparation would serve me well.
However, I very quickly realized that no amount of research can really prepare you for all the changes that are about to happen to your life.
One of the earliest problems I ran into was trying to figure out what type of food worked best for Carl. At first, I continued feeding him what his breeder was giving him.
However, at the time the brand only offered 30-pound bags of food or more. This was an issue for me. For some, this wouldn’t be a problem, but with limited storage space in my apartment, this wasn’t a practical solution.
This curveball meant I needed to find a new brand that worked for both Carl and myself.
The search and my subsequent mistakes began at the typical chain pet-store in my area. In hindsight, I wish I would have done more research on the dog food industry.
My lack of knowledge on the industry really held be back at that point. Someone working at the pet store suggested a grain free option. After a few days, it was very clear that Carl wasn’t enjoying the food, or eating in general, and the change worried me.
Carl happy after eating :)
Going To The Veterinarian
I scheduled a veterinarian appointment for a check up with Carl. I thought it would be a good idea to ask their opinion on dog food.
I was surprised to learn, after a few tests, that Carl had coccidia, which is a relatively easy to treat puppy parasite. They suggested a treatment plan to take care of his coccidia, and they assured me that Carl would make a speedy recovery.
Now I was tasked with figuring out a new option for his food. I asked the veterinarian what she thought about the brand I was using, and if she had any suggestions she could offer me.
She didn’t have anything complimentary to say about the brand I was using. Then she suggested that we switch to a prescription option to help with digestive issues during the treatment, and then gradually switch to a puppy formula made by Royal Canin.
At this point I was confused. Since I hadn’t done my own research I was left making decisions based off of recommendations by an employee of a pet store or my veterinarian.
Looking back at that moment, I was overwhelmed with the situation. Due to the pressure of the situation, I decided to take her recommendation as fact.
The Struggle to Find Answers
Carl was completely coccidia free after a week and had a totally normal appetite. I was relieved and thought I was out of the woods.
If only it were that easy.
Carl’s interest in his new food was very short lived. He was eating, but it was obvious that his food wasn’t agreeing with him.
After a few weeks, he started vomiting bile or dry heaving at least once a week. Other than that, he was completely normal, and within minutes after vomiting, he would want to play.
I wasn’t sure what was going on. Part of me thought that he was just a baby, and babies throw up sometimes.
After a few more visits to the vet, they couldn’t find anything wrong with him. I thought maybe he was chewing parts of the rugs in my apartment, so I replaced them.
I adjusted his feeding times. I even gave him small snacks throughout the day, thinking he was getting too hungry in-between meals.
Again, no changes.
This really started to worry me and I decided to take action.
After only a few minutes of research, I knew I had to find a different option. I was determined to find a new solution for Carl.
Finding a Solution in ZiwiPeaks Dog Food
It became clear that I needed to go into research mode. I had to find a better food for Carl.
As I started to dive a little deeper into my research I noticed a small company from New Zealand that I hadn’t heard of called Ziwi Peak. They were selling a type of dog food that was made using the process of air drying, which again I had never heard of before.
After reading some info on ZiwiPeak’s website, it honestly sounded too good to be true. ZiwiPeak’s philosophy and the concept of air-dried dog food started to seem like an attractive option for me.
Their food is composed of 98% fresh meat (bones, organs, and seafood), and that’s something I can fully get behind. I decided to give air-dried dog food a try.
For the first time, I actually knew exactly what was in the food that I was giving Carl.
How ZiwiPeak is Different
The idea of an air-dried dog food comes from a centuries old technique to naturally preserve meats.
As its stated on the ZiwiPet website.
“Our modern method stays true to this artisan approach, while eliminating the need for artificial preservatives, sugars or glycerines. Our slow, gentle, twin stage air-drying process crafts a food that is as nutrient-dense and digestible as a completely raw diet but safe, clean to handle and can store for up to 21 months.”
The concept of going back to basics was really refreshing to me in this instance. A simple comparison of the ingredient list of the respective brands that I’ve tried illustrates the story perfectly for me.
On one side you have a chemistry textbook, and on the other, you have natural ingredients.
The process of air-drying eliminates the need for any sort of binding or preservation agent. There isn’t a single dry kibble on the market that can compare to the nutritional value offered by this air dried dog food.
Air-dried dog food gives your dog the majority of the benefits of a raw food diet, with a lot less work for you. It doesn’t require artificial fillers or binding agents. This fact alone gives ZiwiPeak an advantage that even the best dry kibble on the market can’t compete with.
“All of our natural ingredients are sourced from the green, free range farms and blue, pristine oceans of New Zealand.”
Ziwi Peak is dense in nutritional value, ensuring that each bag will last longer than your typical dog food. The serving size details compared to an average bag of dog food illustrates just how different this product is.
After Changing to ZiwiPeak
Since making the change to ZiwiPet products, Carl has had zero incidents of vomiting bile or dry heaving. He went from vomiting upwards of multiple times per week to not having a single incident in over 6 months.
He actually enjoys his new food so much, that I’m able to use his food as a training reward. For me, the biggest change has been my peace of mind.
At one point I had puppy pads tucked away in every corner of my apartment. It’s a huge relief knowing that Carl’s health has improved since making the switch.
Check out ZiwiPeak Dog Food here.
I typically buy the 5.5 lb bag or larger because it’s a much better value over the 2.2 lb option.
Keep in mind your dog will need less air dried food compared to traditional dry kibble. A 5.5lb bag of this food will last Carl at least 25% longer than the same sized bag of traditional dry kibble.
While I talk a lot about ZiwiPeak in this article the bigger take away is simple.
If something is upsetting your dog don’t be afraid to do some research, try new things and fix the problem yourself. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to take care of your dog and make the best decisions for them. No one knows your dog better than you do, not even your vet.
I hope my story can help you with whichever problem you and your K9 companion might encounter. Ultimately, I want the best life for Carl and I wish the same to you and your dog.
Let us know if you give air dried dog food a try. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.