Kabo: Gently Cooked Dog Food

Kabo Dog Food

Kabo was founded in 2019 when two twin brothers, Vino and VJ’s dog named Kabo, fell ill to stomach cancer. Like every dog parent, they began searching for answers, realizing that many of her health issues could’ve been mitigated through diet and exercise. Since then Kabo has worked with a team of nutritionists and specialists to formulate several gently cooked diets for dogs.

Kabo Dog Food offers four different gently cooked diets that are balanced for both puppies and adult dogs. Recipes are all a single protein, and offer two grain-free and two grain-inclusive options (beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey). All of the diets are high in protein, and range in fat and carbohydrates depending on the recipe ( greater than 32% protein, between 4 to 32% carbohydrates, and 27-63% fat on a caloric basis).

OVERVIEW:

Company Responded to Questions Asked via Email: Yes, the company was contacted and the following answers we received on June 2nd 2021.

Who exactly formulated the Kabo Dog Food Recipes? Did you work with a particular consulting group, or a particular individual to formulate your recipes – if so could you provide the name of the person/group that did.

We work with a diverse team of pet nutrition experts to create our recipes. The flow usually begins with our in-house companion animal nutrition scientist who sets parameters for what we want in our formulation. Once the specs are set, we work with an external team of Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists and food engineers to optimize the diet for palatability, digestion and to ensure we meet AAFCO standards. 

Do you have anyone on staff with an animal nutrition, food science, animal science, or veterinary background? If so, what is their education level and experience in the field?

Yes! Andrea is our in-house companion animal nutrition scientist with a Master of Science in Veterinary Nutrition and Toxicology from the University of Saskatchewan. We also have an in-house Veterinarian with a graduate studies in Veterinary Pathology, Dr. Suzee Camilleri, DVM, DVSC and an in-house VetTech with over 15+ years of experience in small animal care at hospitals and clinics, Lorena Roderiguez Duch. This team works with external partners on the formulation to onboarding new customers so we can provide everyone an amazing end-to-end experience!

Where do you source your ingredients from? What do you require from suppliers as far as paperwork to ensure ingredient consistency? What testing do you do on ingredients coming into the facility? In particular, do you test for pathogens (salmonella, listeria, e.coli, campylobacter), mycotoxins, and heavy metals? If you do not do testing yourselves what type of certificates of analysis or third-party testing do you require on ingredients coming into the facility?

Ingredients are sourced from trusted, federally inspected Canadian suppliers. For every ingredient, we require a Certificate of Analysis, a Product Data Sheet, and a Letter of Guarantee. Furthermore, ingredients are audited upon arrival at our production kitchens to ensure they have nutritional integrity, are the correct temperature and there are to spec. The Certificate of Analysis that we receive for each ingredient has the test results for all pathogens, mycotoxins, and heavy metals. Both QA and Microbiology testing are done at 3 stages (supplier, kitchens and post packaging) to ensure consistency and safety so we can ensure that only ingredients that have passed all testing are used in our food. 

Where do you source your vitamin/mineral supplements? Do you require a certificate of analysis from suppliers of vitamin supplements?

We source our vitamin-mineral supplements from a local, human-grade, federally inspected supplier. We require the same paperwork for our supplements as we do for our fresh food ingredients (Certificate of Analysis, a Product Data Sheet, and a Letter of Guarantee). Similarly the vitamins and minerals are also tested at the kitchen and following production to ensure consistency and nutritional integrity.

Where is Kabo manufactured? Do you own your manufacturing facilities? Are any other pet foods or human foods manufactured at the same facility, if so which ones? How is the equipment cleaned between batches? If you use a co-packing facility or a facility that also manufactures other food items how do they prevent cross-contamination between batches?

Our food is manufactured in local human-grade food production kitchens in Ontario. The facilities are federally inspected and adhere to all of the same safety standards as any other human-grade food production facility.  Since our kitchen facilities follow CFIA and HACCP standards our cooking equipment is sanitized daily and whenever a new batch/recipe is being cooked. To prevent cross-contamination, only 1 protein is cooked at a time and the equipment is sanitized before a different protein can be cooked using that same equipment. Through production planning we are able to ensure consistency on exceeding best production practices.

What post-manufacturing testing is performed on the Kabo Dog Food recipes? Do you test for pathogens, mycotoxins, metal fragments, guaranteed analysis, thyroid hormone, the full nutrient profile of amino acids, and essential fatty acids? Do your products undergo a “test and hold” procedure where the food is held for several days to wait for all quality control testing to come back before shipping it out to the customer?

Every lot of food that leaves the kitchen facility is rigorously tested before it is transferred to our fulfillment centres for distribution. Microbiology testing is done on a per batch basis (listeria, ecoli and salmonella), Guaranteed Analysis, Amino acid testing and Essential fatty acid testing are done to ensure accuracy and consistency of our products. Following the lab testing clearance, we conduct QA trials over 7-14 days to ensure quality assurance around product experience consistency. Following clearance from lab and QA testing, our lot is then released for distribution. 

Is the food you produce considered “human edible” by AAFCO standards or “human grade”?

In Canada, there isn’t clearance or legislation on making claims around human-edible pet food. However, we use human-grade ingredients and follow current “Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Human Food”. 

Have Kabo Dog Food recipes undergone AAFCO feeding trials? If not, do you have plans to do so?

Unfortunately in Canada, there are only a few facilities approved for AAFCO feeding trials and due to the pandemic timelines have been adjusted. However, all of our diets are all formulated to meet AAFCO standards for dogs of all life stages. They undergo lab testing and internal data collection to ensure consistency is met.   

Have you done digestibility trials on your diets? If so what are the Dry-Matter, protein, fat, carbohydrate ad percent calorie digestibility for each of your diets?

We have not done any in vivo or in vitro digestibility studies on our diets. We are working with the University of Guelph on some feeding trials to start in late 2021/early 2022, which will include in vivo digestibility endpoints.

Has your company ever had a recall? If so, what have you done to prevent this from ever happening again?

To date, we have not had a recall. We have a strict testing program in place that allows us to review all product thoroughly before distribution, which helps to avoid common recall issues. As well as a plan in place in case a recall were to occur. However, the nature of being direct-to-consumer allows us to produce product fresh and ensure higher safety measures than retail products.

RECIPES:

Luscious Lamb Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Lamb, Chickpeas, Potatoes, Squash, Beans, Kale, Broccoli, Chia, Sunflower Oil, Nutrient Mix

AAFCO Statement: Kabo Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages.

Balanced for both puppies and adult dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 15%
  • Fat: 12%
  • Fiber: 1%
  • Moisture: 69%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 48%
  • Fat: 39%
  • Carbs: 10%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 33%
  • Fat: 63%
  • Carbs: 4%
Savory Beef Kabo Dog Food Recipe

Savory Beef Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Fresh ground beef, Russet potato, Sweet potato, Carrots, Red apples, Green peas, Beef liver, Green beans, Nutrient mix

AAFCO Statement: Kabo Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages.

Balanced for both puppies and adult dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 10%
  • Fat: 5%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 73%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 37%
  • Fat: 19%
  • Carbs: 37%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 32%
  • Fat: 39%
  • Carbs: 29%
Tender Chicken Kabo Dog Food Recipe

Tender Chicken Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Fresh ground chicken, Long grain rice, Chicken liver, Carrots, Red apples, Green peas, Green beans, Dicalcium phosphate, Nutrient mix, Nutritional yeast, Fish oil, Sunflower oil, Sea salt.

AAFCO Statement: Kabo Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages.

Balanced for both puppies and adult dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 15%
  • Fat: 4%
  • Fiber: 0.3%
  • Moisture: 68%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 43%
  • Fat: 13%
  • Carbs: 43%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 41%
  • Fat: 27%
  • Carbs: 32%
Hearty Turkey Kabo Dog Food Recipe

Hearty Turkey Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Fresh ground turkey, Long grain rice, Turkey liver, Whole eggs, Carrots, Red apples, Green peas, Green beans, Dicalcium phosphate, Nutrient mix

AAFCO Statement: Kabo Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages.

Balanced for both puppies and adult dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 15%
  • Fat: 7%
  • Fiber: 0.4%
  • Moisture: 66%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 44%
  • Fat: 21%
  • Carbs: 34%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 35%
  • Fat: 40%
  • Carbs: 25%

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