Ziwi Peak for Puppies


By Dr Linda Simon, MVB

Feeding a New Puppy

There is no doubt that bringing a new puppy home is a truly magical time. The sweet scent of their fur, the pitter-patter of their paws and those delightfully wet puppy kisses. However, it can be an event that is both exciting and daunting. One of the first hurdles we are met with is what to feed our new bundle of fluff. For most, they are rehomed at about eight or nine weeks of age and have been weaned by their breeder. Many will even come with a small bag of the food they are used to eating. While owners assume that this is the food they should then eat for life, it may not be the best quality source of nutrition. It is important that you choose a diet that will help them grow and develop optimally and will give them the best start in life.

Remember, not every puppy food is made to the same standard. If you make the decision to feed your puppy Ziwi Peak; an optimal diet for dogs at any life stage, it should be a straight-forward transition.

Why is Ziwi Peak such a good choice?

Ziwi Peak diets are formulated for dogs throughout their lifetime, including puppyhood. So, you once you are happy that this food suits them you will never have to change their diet again. This award-winning food ticks every box and is a premium product you can be proud to offer your pet. Not only are all of the ingredients sustainable and ethically sourced, the meat is 100% free range.

The meat used is also free of growth promotants and hormones. Clever air-drying technology is used to lock in the nutrients of the raw ingredients so there is no need to use artificial preservatives. Traditional kibble is normally cooked at high temperatures which can negatively alter the nutrient profile of the ingredients.

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.

Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Dog Food

Transitioning to a New Food

Little pups are sensitive critters and often develop upset stomachs if their diet is changed abruptly. To avoid this from happening, we need to make changes slowly; over a period of 7-10 days. This means that on the first day they are fed about 90% of their old food mixed with 10% of Ziwi Peak. We should watch closely for any symptoms such as vomiting or lethargy.

As long as all goes well, continue to slowly increase the amount of Ziwi Peak given day by day. If your puppy does develop any symptoms, take a step back and slow down the food changeover. Before too long, your beloved pet will be fully transitioned on to one of the best puppy foods on the market.

Click here for a detailed guide on transitioning your puppy to Ziwi Peak.

How Much Ziwi Peak Should I Feed my Puppy?

The amount of food a growing puppy needs is variable and will depend on a number of factors. Calorie requirements change with age, breed, activity level and even a dog’s unique metabolic rate. To make things simple, Ziwi Peak have an easy-to-use calculator tool on their website. Once you know the amount to offer, be sure to use kitchen scales to weigh out the food accurately.

TOP TIP: Feeding calculators provide guidelines and the amount given may need to be tinkered with depending on the individual. Monitor your puppy’s growth rate, body condition score and activity level to ensure they are being fed appropriately. If in doubt, consult your vet.

How Often Should I Be Feeding My Puppy Ziwi Peak?

Typically, when a puppy is brought home it will be on four evenly-spaced meals a day. This can be decreased to three meals at about three months old. By the time your pup is six months, two meals of Ziwi Peak will be sufficient. Some owners choose to feed their dogs two meals throughout their life while others may eventually reduce this to one meal.

Owners often worry if their pup declines a meal but this is rarely cause for concern. As long as they are happy and active, it may be that they are simply not very hungry. Take the bowl away and offer their next meal when due. By this time, they should be more than happy to chow down.

Remember not to spoil your beloved pet’s appetite with too many chews, dental sticks and treats. Doing so can mean that your puppy isn’t hungry at meal times and may start to refuse their meals. This puts them at risk of nutritional deficiencies. Of course, an occasional treat is fine and an important part of training but try not to overdo it.

The Nutritional Needs of a Puppy

Puppies have specific nutritional needs and cannot simply be fed a regular adult food. They must be fed a diet specific for puppies or one that is suitable for all life stages such as Ziwi Peak.

  • The calorie requirements of a developing puppy can be more than three times higher than their adult counterparts. They must have a nutrient dense source of food to provide them with all of the energy they need.
  • Depending on the breed of dog and their activity levels, it is accepted that a puppy needs at least 22% protein (and usually a lot more).
  • While fat may be a ‘bad’ word in the human world nowadays, they are an essential building block for a puppy’s development. Fats are needed for brain maturation and can encourage healthy skin and a glossy coat.
  • Pups need a carbohydrate source to provide them with energy, though should avoid excess amounts which could lead to fat deposition.
  • Vitamins and minerals may be tiny but they sure are mighty! If any are lacking, a puppy can become seriously unwell. Calcium and Phosphorous are particularly important and need to be provided in the correct ratio for proper bone development. Failing to do so can lead to lifelong joint disease.

Ziwi Peak is the ideal choice for puppies; providing all of the above (and much, much more).

    • Ziwi Peak diets are well-known for being impressively nutritionally dense. This means that when your pup eats a little it goes a long way. Giant and large-breed dogs will especially benefit from this.
    • With protein content always above 40%, puppies are given the opportunity to develop strong and healthy muscles.
    • While all Ziwi Peak diets contain carbohydrates, the amount is limited to ensure puppies develop into fit, well-muscled adults rather than podgy pooches.
    • Ziwi Peak understand how vital it is to provide growing dogs with enough Calcium and Phosphorous as well as the appropriate Ca:P ratio.

Which Ziwi Peak food should I choose for my puppy?

The great news is that each and every Ziwi Peak Food is a great choice for your puppy, as all are nutritious powerhouses! You may wish to mix and match to determine which is the biggest hit with your dog. Or, why not simply plump for the one that sounds the best to you? Here are some suggestions:

  • Little ones prone to digestive upsets such as vomiting and/or diarrhea should consider giving Ziwi Peak Lamb & Tripe Recipe a whirl. Tripe is highly digestible and nutritionally dense; an ideal protein source for young puppies. To read more about the benefits of this food, have a read of our article Tripe for Dogs: The Forgotten Superfood.
  • Those suspected to have food sensitivities may wish to try the Ziwi Peak Lamb Recipe. Lamb is renowned for being a meat that is well tolerated and is the unique protein source in this diet.
  • Pups with lackluster coats and dry skin would likely benefit from the Ziwi Peak Mackerel and Lamb Recipe. This recipe is positively brimming in omega 3 oils.
  • If you are really struggling with your puppy’s food allergies or intolerances, Ziwi Peak Venison Recipe can often be a good solution.

Ziwi Peak Provenance

New to Ziwi Peak’s Range is their premium ‘Provenance’ selection of recipes. Provenance meals feature five sources of fish and meat in each dish. As with their other foods, they are suitable for all life stages including puppyhood. The Provenance range showcases the very best of New Zealand using locally sourced ingredients such as green mussels and kelp.

These delicious meals are highly palatable and the ideal choice for a pup who may be a little fussy, or perhaps just deserves to be spoiled. They are perfect as a complete meal that your puppy is sure to polish off. Similarly, these diets are tempting enough to be used as a topper. If you choose to feed your puppy Ziwi Peak, you may wish to try them on the Provenance range first to tickle their taste buds. Or why not wait until they are a little older and more of a ‘flavour connoisseur’?

When deciding whether to feed your puppy Ziwi Peak or a traditional kibble, the choice really is a no-brainer. Meal times will soon be a time to enjoy as your dog happily polishes off their bowl, smacking their lips. Your bond is sure to strengthen when you feed your puppy Ziwi Peak’s tasty recipes.

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Dr Linda Simon is a practicing vet in West London who qualified from UCD, Dublin in 2013. She has special interests in dermatology and canine nutrition. She is kept on her toes by her mischievous Cavapoo Raffie.