A. The Manufacturer's Name and Contact Information
Appropriate qualifications are either a PhD in Animal Nutrition or Board Certification by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN) or the European College of Veterinary Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN).
We are in constant contact with our consultants, a team including a Board-Certified, PhD Animal Nutritionist and Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists® certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN: now known as ACVIM- Nutrition; American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Nutrition) who lead the product development process from R&D and recipe formulation, to lab analysis, feeding tests, and licensing.
Is the recipe developed by an experienced pet food formulator (MS or PhD in Animal Nutrition), a veterinarian, or a pet owner/breeder/trainer?
Our recipes are formulated by Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists® and PhD Board Certified Companion Animal Nutritionists.
If the latter, do they meet AAFCO nutrient profiles by formulation or by analysis of the finished product?
Our recipes are formulated according to the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and are Complete & Balanced for All Life Stages and Maintenance. Recipes meet AAFCO nutrient profiles by formulation and by laboratory analysis of the finished product.
Breed Science recipes are prepared in state-of-the-art, USDA audited, SQF certified facilities in California.
Breed Science has stringent quality control processes from employee training, procurement of raw materials, to production, packaging, and distribution of the final product. A detailed quality assurance program is outlined which our suppliers follow. This quality is confirmed as our suppliers are thoroughly audited to ensure the highest quality standards, and each ingredient we use is USDA-certified for human consumption.
Specific quality control measures Breed Science employ include:
With these specific controls in place, Breed Science ensures every meal delivered meets the highest quality standards and are safe and appropriate for your beloved dog!
(Can they provide an average/ typical analysis, not just the guaranteed analysis which is only the minimums or maximums and not an exact number)? You should be able to ask for any nutrient - e.g. protein, phosphorus, sodium, etc. - and get an exact number. This should ideally be given on an energy basis (i.e. grams per 100 kilocalories or grams per 1,000 kilocalories), rather than on an ‘as fed’ or ‘dry matter’ basis which don’t account for the variable energy density of different foods.
Our guaranteed analyses for all products can be found on the our-food page. All our nutrient information is provided to our affiliate veterinarians to help with formulation, and we’re happy to share that information to you upon request.
Please visit the our-food page for a breakdown of caloric value (kcal/g) by recipe.
Are the results published in peer-reviewed journals?
All of our products have been formulated with Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists® and PhD Board Certified Companion Animal Nutritionists using their knowledge and expertise to develop the best that Breed Science can provide. While we currently do not have any published research, we are passionate about good nutrition and believe whole-heartedly in scientific research advancing our nutritional knowledge base. We are hopeful as we continue to grow, that Breed Science will contribute peer-reviewed studies that further advance pet nutrition and will provide them once available.
B. AAFCO Adequacy Statement
All over- the-counter foods should be complete and balanced. If the statement reads ’for intermittent or supplemental use only,’ it is not complete and balanced. That may be acceptable if it is a veterinary therapeutic diet and is being used for a specific purpose – e.g. in a case of severe kidney disease – but should be avoided in over- the-counter pet foods.
Yes, Breed Science is Complete and Balanced.
AAFCO provides nutrient profiles and feeding trial requirements for growth, reproduction, and adult maintenance, but not for senior/geriatric pets. A food that is formulated to meet the AAFCO profiles for all life stages must meet the minimum nutrient levels for both growth and adult maintenance.
Breed Science for puppies is intended for growth and complete and balanced for All Life Stages.
Breed Science for adults is intended for adult maintenance.
Labels may include one of two statements regarding nutritional adequacy: “[Name] is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog (or Cat) Food Nutrient Profiles for [life stage(s)].” (Analysis of food.), “Animalfeeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate [Name] provides complete and balanced nutrition for [life stage(s)].”(Feeding trial evaluation of food.)
Breed Science Adult is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.
Breed Science Puppy is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth and reproduction.