Communication on the DCM concern and the Current Facts

June 7, 2019

 

We are committed to pets being their happiest and healthiest

Zignature was created 8 years ago by pet parents with a passion and commitment to make the highest quality, most nutritious and safest pet food on the planet. Our goal and devotion is to continue to formulate the world’s safest pet food products that are nutritionally strong and provide a path for pets to be their happiest and healthiest.

Meticulously designed diets by a team of veterinary research scientists and nutritional experts

Interest in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and the ongoing FDA investigation into the long-standing pattern generated questions for us at Zignature and our valued pet parents. Our desire is to communicate our thoughts on the ongoing FDA investigation and share with pet parents, like you, the immense confidence we have in our meticulously designed diets formulated by Zignature’s thought leading team of veterinarians, PhD animal nutritionists and veterinary research scientists. Since the founding of our company in 2010, our products are exactingly formulated by this team to deliver you and your pets the safest, most nutritious pet products on the market and meet standards far above the industry’s AAFCO guide for balanced and thorough nutrition.  

Zignature products were not listed as part of any FDA communications on DCM

While Zignature products were not listed as part of any FDA communications on DCM,  we are hopeful that the  investigation will lead to one day learning its real cause.

Taurine levels in Zignature products are some of the highest in the industry

We remain confident that the pet products created by Zignature’s expert formulation team of veterinarians, PhD animal nutritionists and veterinary research scientists deliver the safest and most nutritious dietary standards available today. Our diets have always included taurine through meats and fish in all our products, which is important given that taurine is a meaningful nutrient dogs are sometimes unable to synthesize naturally. While taurine has always been included in our diets, new studies have shown that extra taurine is important for dogs cardiovascular health. Zignature further supplements all of its diets with extra taurine, providing some of the highest level of taurine available in the industry.

The FDA is not advising any dietary changes

The FDA’s most recent position is that DCM is scientifically complex and likely involves many components. The majority of factors talked about include long-standing genetic predisposition (largely in golden retrievers), appropriate diet of essential nutrients, and the ability for nutrients to be synthesized by a dog’s physiology.  In the most recent FDA update on 2/19/19, it said “The reports include dogs that have eaten grain-free and grain containing foods, and also include vegetarian or vegan formulations. They also include all forms of diets: kibble, canned, raw and home-cooked. This is why we do not think these cases can be explained simply by whether or not they contain grains, or by brand or manufacturer.”* The FDA also said, At this time, we are not advising dietary changes based solely on the information we have gathered so far.”

Thus, the FDA is not advising dietary changes based on the data it has gathered. From our own internal studies and the conclusion of many experts in the industry it appears that the real cause for the increase in DCM in dogs could take years to be discovered.

Zignature internal studies reveal no correlation to DCM

In parallel with the FDA investigation, our own third party internal studies found no link between our high quality pet food products and any of the other physical characteristics that correlate to DCM.

DCM was discovered 18 years ago in 2001 before 21st Century grain free diets

DCM is not a new problem with dogs. The connection between diet and DCM in dogs was first discovered in a paper published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2001.12 cases of DCM described in the paper were collected between 1997 and 2001, years before grain-free dog food became available and popular on the market this century.

We have great confidence in our naturally sourced grain-free diets

As we continue to have great confidence in our naturally sourced diets that meet the needs of dogs who suffer from allergies and grain intolerances, we are providing an exclusive line designed by our expert formulation team that is nutritionally sound and grain-inclusive. We feel as a partner to pet parents, it is important for us to listen to and understand our valued extended family, and offer a variety of pet food that most aligns with the needs of your pet family.

We will continue to do whatever it takes to keep your pet safe

We are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep your pet safe. If you have any concerns about DCM or other health issues, we encourage you to reach out to us directly at <INSERT EMAIL> so we can connect you with one of our resident expert pet nutritionists or veterinary research scientists to discuss together.

 

 

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