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Feeding

Frequently Asked Questions about Feeding

Ziwi Peak foods are complete and balanced for all life stages and all breeds. We do not recommend adding supplements to your pet’s diet unless specifically recommended by your veterinarian.

We recommend feeding your pet twice daily. We suggest talking with your veterinarian to determine the best feeding schedule for your pet.

There are differing opinions on the topic of rotating proteins. If you decide that it is the best option for your pet, we recommend a gradual transition between proteins, to minimize the potential for digestive upset. Please refer to our transition guide.

Transitioning guide for dogs
Transitioning guide for cats

For optimum health we recommend you feed 100% Ziwi Peak. However, if you wish to feed Ziwi Peak with another food such as raw meat,  kibble, freeze dried, cans or any other food type you can at any ratio you like. Ziwi Peak can be fed in many different ways as your pet’s sole daily food, as a nutritious topper on your existing food or as a tasty treat.  

Ziwi Peak feeding guidelines are consistent with AAFCO recommendations, which are based on the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats. This is a compilation of scientific research done on dog and cat nutrition and is the reference book used by professionals worldwide. 

Ziwi Peak foods are formulated to meet the unique needs of each species. Ziwi Peak dog foods do not meet the special nutritional needs of cats; therefore we do not recommend feeding cats our dog recipes.

Ziwi Peak’s unique, twin-stage air-drying process results in highly nutritious, shelf-stable and ready-to-feed product that does not require rehydration. If you choose to add water to your pet’s Ziwi Peak, we recommend that any unused portion be disposed within 4 hours to minimize the risk of microbial growth.

Ziwi Peak Good Dog Rewards are extremely nutritious and are fabulous for training your dog and rewarding good behavior. We recommend you consider all treats your pet is given each day, and adjust the feeding amount accordingly to compensate for the additional calories being consumed. 

Feeding a raw meat diet comes with some challenges, mainly the inconvenience of having to prepare and thaw in preparation for your pets meal and as well as the “yuck” and hygiene and risk factors of handling raw meat. Ziwi Peak air-dried is a complete and balanced food which provides all required nutrients, eliminating the need for expensive supplements. Additionally, it is over 95% digestible and extremely nutrient-dense, meaning you feed less, and your pet absorbs more of the nutrition. Our twin-stage air-drying process eliminates the risk of pathogenic bacteria, providing a shelf-stable product with the scoop-and-serve convenience of feeding straight from the bag.

Once opened the bag should be used within 8 weeks. To determine the size bag your pet will consume in 8 weeks, we recommend using our Feeding Calculator, to determine your pet’s daily serving. 

Dogs and cats are satisfied when their nutritional and calorific needs are met. During the transition period, your pet will gradually adapt to the physical sensation of being less full, but you can be assured that they are receiving everything they need for optimal health and vitality. We recommend dividing the daily serving amount into two or three feedings during this time. If you pet appears to be asking for more food, we recommend you resist the urge to overfeed and offer them some extra affection or play time instead. Remember that Ziwi Peak is extremely nutrient-dense, so less is required to provide the correct amount of calories and nutrients. 

All of the Ziwi Peak air-dried and canned recipes are complete & balanced. They meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages, including the growth of large breed puppies. Ziwi Peak can be introduced to puppies as young as 6 weeks of age and is also suitable for senior dogs.

Our Ziwi scoop (which is included in all Ziwi Air-Dried bags) holds approximately 2oz / 56.6g of product. For cats and small dogs weighing less than 5kg, we recommend you weigh the Ziwi Peak Air-Dried pet food on an accurate scale to minimise risk of under or over-feeding.

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