FDA Report on 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.
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.