I’ve heard about the FDA Report on DCM. Tell me more. | Ziwi Pets

In July 2018 the FDA announced they were investigating reports of DCM in dogs in relation to certain pet foods and in June 2019 issued a report which included a list of brands connected to reported DCM cases. There were no reported DCM cases in relation to feeding ZIWI foods.

More recently in June 2020 a scientific review of DCM in dogs found no evidence to prove the link between DCM and grain-free dog food. They noted that DCM is believed to be present in 0.3 to 1 million dogs in the USA and there has been no firm linkage between food and DCM.  At ZIWI we have a relentless focus on safe foods that deliver peak nutrition. For more information about DCM visit our blog. 

REFERENCE: Review of canine dilated cardiomyopathy in the wake of diet-associated concerns. Sydney R McCauley, Stephanie D Clark, Bradley W Quest, Renee M Streeter, Eva M Oxford. Journal of Animal Science, Volume 98, Issue 6, June 2020, skaa155. https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa155 

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.

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.

Can I trust ZIWI®?

At ZIWI, we have a relentless focus on safe foods that deliver peak nutrition. With the support of our in-house nutritional experts, third party veterinarians and nutrition experts at the Massey University of New Zealand, we’re committed to our path of crafting foods that are safe and give you peace of mind.

For well over a decade, dogs and cats have thrived on ZIWI® Peak recipes.  Designed to match their biological requirements, every recipe features high inclusions of meat, is low in carbohydrate and free from unwanted carbohydrates, such as potatoes and lentils.

Foods packed with meat and seafood that deliver the protein and the essential amino acids that dogs and cats need to thrive, we’re confident that our recipes deliver the ultimate nutrition. 

Dogs and cats are our passion too, so if you’re still feeling a little worried or have additional questions, our Customer Care team is standing by. We’re happy to help.

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How do you eliminate pathogenic bacteria in your air-dried foods?

Our unique twin-stage air-drying process preserves the nutritional benefits of our natural ingredients while eliminating pathogenic bacteria, such as salmonella and Escherichia coli (E.coli).

As part of our commitment to quality, we test all of our products to ensure they are safe and free of harmful pathogenic bacteria, prior to them leaving our kitchens.

What are ZIWI's regulatory standards?

ZIWI exports to over 30 countries around the globe and meets or exceeds all of their import regulations. Below are just a few of the regulator bodies overseeing importation of ZIWI products:

  • Ministry of Primary Industries (New Zealand)
  • FDA ( USA)
  • FSMA (USA)
  • CFIA (Canada)
  • FEDIAF / European Union’s published regulations (EU)
  • Permit to import into Australia
  • MARA (China)

What carbohydrates are in your canned food?

ZIWI® is committed to the health and well-being of pets, and continually strives to produce premium foods that provide the best and most natural nutrition possible.

Over the past several years, we have received numerous requests from consumers to remove tetrasodium pyrophosphate (TSPP) and agar agar (binding/gelling agents) from our canned recipes. As an innovative leader that values consumer feedback, we actively began searching for healthier alternatives to these ingredients. Part of the research involved feeding trials, which determined that most pets prefer canned foods with loaf-like texture. To achieve this consistency in canned foods containing large amounts of meat, some type of binder is required.

After evaluating many different binding ingredients, our extensive research indicated that the healthiest solution was using a small amount of chickpea. Chickpea has natural binding properties, is high in protein and provides digestive benefits for both dogs and cats. The inclusion of chickpea has only increased the carbohydrate content by an average of 1.8% on an as-fed basis, and only half of the total carb content is from chickpea. The balance of the carbohydrate was already existing in our recipes and provided by our meats and kelp.

Dogs and Cats thrive on a high-meat diet, so we have also increased the overall meat content in our cans. ZIWI® Peak canned recipes now contain a minimum 92% meat, organs, bone, and New Zealand Green Mussel (on DM basis).  The net result of these changes is an improved and even HEALTHIER formula, which we’re sure your pet will love!

Over what period should I transition from my old food to your food?

We recommend a gradual transition when changing your pet’s diet, to minimize the potential for digestive issues, and to allow your pet’s digestive system time to adjust to the high nutritional value of our recipes. Start with a small amount of ZIWI® added to your pets’ current food then gradually increase the amount ZIWI, while reducing the other food over a period of at least 7 days. Please refer to our transition guide.

Transitioning guide for dogs
Transitioning guide for cats

Do I need to add supplements when feeding ZIWI® Peak?

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.

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Gently air‑dried

Air Dried pet food

A modern take on centuries‑old meat preserving techniques, our Z-TWINTECH™ air drying technology locks in the goodness of our raw ingredients, creating ready-serve raw-inspired nutrition.

ZIWI Peak - ethical and sustainable ingredients source from the land and sea of New Zealand

Ethical & Sustainable Ingredients

Our free-range, grass-fed meats and local poultry are ethically raised under New Zealand’s Freedom Principles, while our sustainable seafood comes from the world’s top-ranked fisheries.

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Peakprey™ Recipes

Crafted for peak nutrition, with high inclusions of meat, organs, and seafood in authentic PeakPrey™ ratios – with added superfoods for a nutritional boost.

Air-Dried Scoop & Serve
Free-Range Farming
Ziwi Peak pet food with no grains
No Grains Sugars or Glycerins Added
Raised Without Added Hormones or Growth Promotants
Air-Dried Scoop & Serve
Free-Range Farming
Ziwi Peak pet food with no grains
No Grains Sugars or Glycerins Added
Raised Without Added Hormones or Growth Promotants