What is AAFCO?
AAFCO is an acronym for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. AAFCO is a non-profit organization that sets standards for both animal feeds and pet foods in the United States.
What are AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles?
In order for a dog food to be marketed as “complete and balanced”, it must meet the nutritional standards established by AAFCO.
These nutritional adequacy standards are defined by two nutrient profiles based upon a dog’s stage of life…
Growth and reproduction
What does growth and reproduction mean?
Dog foods rated for “growth and reproduction” are designed for puppies and pregnant or lactating females.
How can a manufacturer claim a particular product meets one of the two AAFCO nutrient profiles?
In order for any dog food company to claim a product is “complete and balanced” for a specific life stage, that claim must first have been validated in one of two ways…
Laboratory analysis only
Laboratory analysis plus actual feeding trials