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Old 07-19-2011, 06:30 AM
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Default Wanting to switch to ZiwiPeak..

I currently have Penny and Lion on Orijen kibble. I know it is a great kibble, but I have heard that ZP is the closest thing to a real raw diet. I have a few questions and concerns about it, for those that feed ZP:

Have you noticed a difference in your dog between feeding kibble and ZP?

How long do puppies need to be fed double? This is my main concern, I won't be switching right away because feeding double would be too spendy for me. (I am sadly a student on a very limited budget).

Do your chis seem hungry all of the time, since you are only meant to feed a tiny amount?

Do you add anything to ZP? (water, canned ZP, chicken, eggs, etc?)

Do you think it is worth the extra money? Orijen or Acana costs me $18-$22 a bag depending on which flavor I buy. The bag usually lasts a month. ZP costs $30 for a 2.2 bag here.

How many times a day should they be fed?
I currently free feed Orijen, since I am on a weird work schedule and am unable to feed at regular times. They both are a good weight, but I will have to switch to meals with ZiwiPeak. My schedule in the fall will allow me to be home at the same time every day.

Thanks for your input!
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$30 for a 2.2lb bag? My jaw dropped, literally. I thought Royal Canine was expensive at $40ish for a 10lb bag.
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$30 for a 2.2lb bag? My jaw dropped, literally. I thought Royal Canine was expensive at $40ish for a 10lb bag.
Yes, it is very spendy, but you barely feed any of it from what I have read off of the bag. A 6.6 lb dog gets a 1/2 scoop per day, which is not much at all.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:40 AM
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This is the best web price that I have found:
ZiwiPeak ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Venison Real Meat Dry Dog Food | PetFlow.com

I buy 3 2.2 lb. bags at a time and also get free shipping.

Truly, as one who has had my girls on a dozen kibble foods, this one is the "you get what you pay for" example.
NO fillers. Period. I'd contend if you removed fillers, I was paying more for some kibble food. This is the ONLY food that mine with chronic colitis can tolerate and she is 1000% better now on it. I was also shocked at the improvement in Ruby's coat (we got her at 14 weeks) once she was on it. She felt soft but nothing like Hope. I even asked here if color difference affected coat feel!
Seriously, her coat became shiny and now feels like velvet!

Right now I do not add anything to the food but I will. Cottage cheese, scramble eggs, cooed meats, etc.

You are correct about measurement. The girls get between 1/3 and 1/2 scoop 2x/day. I plan to feed them double until age 1. So, it is not measured like kibble. it is a very calorie and nutrient dense food.

I add warm water to their food. For Hope it aids digestion and Ruby is not a drinker and it is a way that I can get water in her.

No, they do not seem hungry. Again, do not let serving size fool you. Think if you ate the same size/weight/pound of steak or popcorn (toooooooo many foods still use fillers like corn). Which one would fill you up and "stay" with you longer?

Is it worth it? It is more than worth it to me. I have (NOW) very, very healthy girls. And they LOVE their food!!
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Thanks Karen for posting this That is a good deal...especially with free delivery. I usually get mine from Petfood Direct but their shipping is very $$$

I feed Raw but LOVE ZiwiPeak on lazy days I need to post some new pictures of Lacey and show some before and after pictures of her. She looks amazing now...beautiful soft, shiney coat
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Once they also offered $5 off any order. I think that it was a facebook deal. If they offer again, I will post.

When you feed ZP, how much are you feeding each?
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This is the best web price that I have found:
ZiwiPeak ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Venison Real Meat Dry Dog Food | PetFlow.com

I buy 3 2.2 lb. bags at a time and also get free shipping.

Truly, as one who has had my girls on a dozen kibble foods, this one is the "you get what you pay for" example.
NO fillers. Period. I'd contend if you removed fillers, I was paying more for some kibble food. This is the ONLY food that mine with chronic colitis can tolerate and she is 1000% better now on it. I was also shocked at the improvement in Ruby's coat (we got her at 14 weeks) once she was on it. She felt soft but nothing like Hope. I even asked here if color difference affected coat feel!
Seriously, her coat became shiny and now feels like velvet!

Right now I do not add anything to the food but I will. Cottage cheese, scramble eggs, cooed meats, etc.

You are correct about measurement. The girls get between 1/3 and 1/2 scoop 2x/day. I plan to feed them double until age 1. So, it is not measured like kibble. it is a very calorie and nutrient dense food.

I add warm water to their food. For Hope it aids digestion and Ruby is not a drinker and it is a way that I can get water in her.

No, they do not seem hungry. Again, do not let serving size fool you. Think if you ate the same size/weight/pound of steak or popcorn (toooooooo many foods still use fillers like corn). Which one would fill you up and "stay" with you longer?

Is it worth it? It is more than worth it to me. I have (NOW) very, very healthy girls. And they LOVE their food!!
It sounds like your girls are doing great on this food. I have 2 full bags of Orijen left, and then I will be making the switch. I think that by adding eggs, meat, etc. into the food, I can stretch the bag of ZP out a little longer. That should help keep the cost down, I hope.
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You definitely can "stretch" the ziwi like you described by adding eggs, meat, cottage cheese, etc. The biggest benefit I saw of using a food like Ziwipeak (we still use it on trips and on lazy days!) is reduced shedding, smaller stools, and healthy skin and coat as well as eyes (less tearing, boogeys). If you are comfortable, giving them a raw chicken wing 2-3 times a week will cut feeding costs too, AND help promote dental health
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