An update on Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
In July 2018, the FDA announced that they have begun investigating reports of DCM (canine dilated cardiomyopathy) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes.
More recently, on June 27th, 2019, the FDA also issued an updated press release which included a list of brands connected to DCM reported cases.
ARE ZIWI® PEAK RECIPES SAFE? ARE THERE ANY DCM CASES WHERE ZIWI® PEAK WAS BEING FED?
ZIWI® foods are safe. There were no reported cases where dogs showed DCM symptoms while being fed a ZIWI® Peak recipe.
I HEARD ZIWI® WAS LISTED IN THE FDA REPORT? WHY?
ZIWI® Peak was included in the FDA report twice; however, it was not because pet parents reported DCM issues. The opposite is true.
In both cases, the pet parent reported DCM symptoms while feeding another brand of food. Concerned, they switched from the brand they were feeding to ZIWI® Peak. In fact, one case reported that upon switching to ZIWI® Peak, the patient’s heart disease was resolved. See our FAQs below for more details.
ARE GRAIN-FREE FOODS SAFE?
Although the FDA is investigating grain-free foods, it’s important to know there is no scientific evidence that has connected DCM to any type of food, including grain-free foods. While the FDA is actively investigating a potential correlation between grain-free diets and a rise in cases of DCM, the concern appears focused on diets that utilize large amounts of potatoes, legumes and peas.
IN REGARDS TO DCM, HOW ARE ZIWI® RECIPES DIFFERENT?
Different from most grain-free foods, ZIWI® Peak’s raw-inspired recipes feature high inclusions of meat, is low in carbohydrate and free from unwanted carbohydrates, such as potatoes and lentils.
Our recipes feature up to 96% meat, organ and seafood inclusions ─ natural sources of amino acids, including taurine, important for heart health. More details about our recipes are available in our FAQs and on our website, which includes the typical analysis for each recipe.
At ZIWI, we have a relentless focus on safe foods that deliver peak nutrition. With the support of our in-house and third party nutritional experts, we’ll continue to craft foods that we hope will bring joy and peace of mind to pets and their human companions.
If you have additional questions our Customer Care team is also standing by to answer any of your questions.