Frequently Asked Questions:Specific Pet Needs
Can ZIWI® help my pet shed less?
All ZIWI® Peak air-dried and wet foods include 3% New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids. Better than highly processed fish oils or inappropriate plant oils, Green-Lipped Mussel is a natural and bioavailable ingredient that may reduce shedding and keep your pet’s skin and coat soft and healthy.
Is ZIWI® suitable for diabetic cats and dogs?
When feeding a diabetic dog or cat, it's important to consider the amount and type of carbohydrate in the food. Many of today's pet foods are low in meat inclusions, high in carbohydrate and often feature unwanted high glycemic ingredients, such as potatoes or tapioca starch.
Just as the natural diet, ZIWI® foods are low carbohydrate and feature high inclusions of meat,organs and bone ─ with no added high glycemic ingredients.
While our foods should be appropriate for your diabetic dog or cat, with any medical condition we always recommend you consult a trusted veteriarian or nutritionist to ensure you've made the best choice for your pet.
Can ZIWI® reduce my pets stool volume, stool smell and excess flatulence (gas)?
Often dogs and cats have large, smelly stool or excessive gas is because their food is highly processed featuring excessive carbohydrate or fillers such as grains and potatoes. Many of these ingredients are not properly digested or metabolized by your pet, and pass through, undigested. The fermentation of these foods in your pet’s digestive track produces excessive and smelly gas.
Don't pets need dry kibble to keep their teeth clean?
No, kibble isn't needed to keep your pet's teeth clean. As carnivores, dogs and cats have a single-hinge jaw; designed to swallow food whole, rather than chew. Kibble often offers little to no benefit for the removal of tarter or plaque as they aren't designed to chew it.
For good dental health, it's best to take our cues from Mother Nature. The natural diet is free from excessive carbohydrate or sugar, so it's best to feed a food rich in protein and low in carbohydrate. Also in nature, dogs and cats consume and chew on bone - nature's toothbrush. So in addition to feeding a low carbohydrate food like ZIWI, we recommend you offer your pet raw or air-dried bones. Ask your pet specialty retailer about our air-dried bones ─ a natural and delicious way to keep your pet's teeth clean!
Is ZIWI® appropriate for pets with urinary tract issues, crystals and stones?
Dogs and cats are carnivores and designed to eat meat. Foods high in grain and starches are alkaline, which impacts the pH level of the urine, also making it more alkaline. This could potentially lead to the formation of struvite crystals or stones. Feeding a food that is high in meat─ rich in protein and low in carbohydrate, will make the urine more acidic. An acidic urine is normal for dogs and cats and promotes urinary health; likely to prevent the formation of crystals and stones. In addition to a protein rich food, it's also important your pet gets plenty of moisture in their diet.
ZIWI® Peak's air-dried foods are appproapriate for urinary health as they are high in meat content (96%) and ultra low in carbohydrate. ZIWI® Peak's wet foods can also be beneficial to your pet as they are not only high in meat inclusions and low in carbohyrate, they are also rich in moisture. A natural and delicious way to introduce additional moisture into your pet's food!
With any medical condition, we recommend consulting with your trusted veterinarian or nutritionist to ensure you make the best choice for your pet.
Will ZIWI® Peak be suitable for my kitten, puppy & my senior cats or dogs?
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 kittens and puppies as young as 6 weeks of age and is also suitable for senior cats and dogs.
What recipe would you recommend if my dog or cat has skin issues or Allergies?
ZIWI® Peak recipes are all limited ingredient diets and are high in essential meat & meat proteins. They are grain free, soy free, & potato free. We offer a variety of proteins that can be fed exclusively or rotated. In our experience, many skin & allergy issues are often food related as many pet foods are made from highly processed ingredients and fillers such as grains and potatoes, and may contain artificial colors or flavors, carrageenan, chemical preservatives, added sugars, gelatine, & glycerine. As these are not natural ingredients the dog or cat would choose to eat they can often be the underlying cause of the skin and allergy issues.
Will the Green Lipped Mussel in ZIWI® Peak help with my dogs Arthritis?
All ZIWI® Peak recipes include a minimum of 3% whole green-lipped mussels. Green lipped mussels contain high levels of natural glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega 3 which may be helpful in improving mobility and reducing joint inflammation in dogs with Arthritis. Green Lipped mussels contain the following nutrients:
- 0.05gm/100gm Glucosamine
- 0.13-0.14gm/100gam Chondroitin Sulphate
- 1.265gm/100gm Omega 6
- 0.995gm/100gm Omega 3 (Our Mackerel and Lamb recipe contains higher levels of Omega 3 at 2.674gm/100gm)