WSAVA statement

A. The Manufacturer's Name and Contact Information

This allows a member of the veterinary team or the pet owner to contact the manufacturer to ask the following questions:

Breed Science

129 SE 7th Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33483

Email us at

1. Do you employ qualified nutritionist?

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. 

2. Who formulates your foods and what are his/her credentials?

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.

3. Are your diets tested using AAFCO feeding trials or by formulation to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles?

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.

4. Where are your foods produced and manufactured?

Breed Science recipes are prepared in state-of-the-art, USDA audited, SQF certified facilities in California.

5. What specific quality control measures do you use to assure the consistency and quality of your ingredients and the end product?

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:

- Training controls: All employees involved in production of Breed Science products maintain yearly training on good manufacturing training, general food safety training (including allergen cross contamination), food defense training, personal hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) training, and product traceability.

- Cleaning controls: Sanitation protocols to prevent microbial or allergen contamination within food production facilities are performed on food equipment and utensils at a minimum of once daily. Appropriate sanitation schedules are maintained, and results recorded. Sanitizers are used in food contact areas to kill microbes, with concentrations and results recorded. Regular environmental testing is also performed and includes food contact and non-food contact areas, as well as personal protective equipment.

- Measurement controls: Measuring devices (eg. scales, thermometers) are calibrated according to maintenance recommendations to maintain precision of the specific equipment. Records are maintained to verify appropriate calibration processes and frequencies.

- Raw material controls: All raw materials (ingredients used in the formulas) are examined thoroughly and must meet inspection prior to accepting them for use in Breed Science products. Raw materials are then stored in appropriate manners for the specific ingredient. All records are maintained for raw material receiving and storage conditions.

- Production controls: All ingredients are verified as correct prior to and during use, then mixed and prepared according to established protocols. The products are packaged and sealed according to the facility system and are checked after sealing at a minimum of every 15 minutes. Products are cooked in appropriate methods per a food safety plan, and temperature is monitored throughout the cooking cycle until a minimum 165oF is reached. Once appropriately cooked, products are cooled within established time limits and cooling temperatures to maintain product safety and nutrient integrity. Finished products are tested for various bacteria including Listeria, Staphylococcus, E Coli, and Salmonella, as well as yeast and mycotoxins. Results of testing must be negative or absent prior to release of product. All records are maintained regarding production processes to verify pathogen lethality process has occurred.

- Storage & shipping controls: Maintenance of internal temperature is verified after appropriate time in cold storage and transport of product follows strict timing and temperature protocols to maintain product safety and nutrient integrity. All records are maintained to facilitate product traceability.

- Nutrition controls: Our finished products are tested via an external laboratory to guarantee that nutrients essential to your dog’s health are found in appropriate amounts in their food. Laboratory testing is performed regularly to ensure essential amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins are found in appropriate amounts. These laboratory results are provided to our consultant team of Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists® and PhD Board Certified Companion Animal Nutritionists.

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!

6. Will you provide a complete nutrient analysis for the dog food in question?

(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.

7. What is the caloric value per gram, can, or cup of your foods?

Please visit the our-food page for a breakdown of caloric value (kcal/g) by recipe.

8. What kind of product research has been conducted?

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

In some countries (including the US), the AAFCO adequacy statement is included on the label. This statement confirms three important facts:

1. Whether the diet is complete and balanced.

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.

2. If the food is complete and balanced, what life stage is it intended?

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.

3. If the food is complete and balanced, how did the company determine this?

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.