Annamaet Dog Food Reviews (Ratings, Recalls, Ingredients!)
About the Company
Annamaet is a family owned and operated company, now into their second generation. Their main office is in Telford, Pennsylvania.
Robert Downey is the company founder and CEO. He named the company after his mother, and they sold their first bag on her birthday, in 1986. I think that’s a really touching detail that says a lot about who they are as a business.
Annamaet Pet Food is a leader in the science of pet nutrition
According to Downey, the Annamaet company focuses on nutrition, science and quality control. He’s not just a businessman either. He spent seven years studying both canine nutrition and exercise physiology, doing graduate work. That definitely impresses me.
Peer reviewed journals publish his company's studies regularly, and that’s been the case for over 30 years. They were even cited in the 2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, so they’re obviously a leader in pet and dog nutrition.
Annamaet still makes their dry dog food’s original line, as well as grain-free recipes. There are multiple formulas for specific needs, but none of their products has corn, wheat or soy. They also make dog treats and supplements too.
Annamaet varies the recipe and the protein content of their dry dog food according to different life-stage, size, breed and activity level profiles:
Adult for seniors and less active dogs with antibiotic-free chicken — 23 percent protein, 10 percent fat.
Encore for more active dogs with antibiotic-free chicken and fish — 25 percent protein, 14 percent fat.
Extra for athletic and working dogs or bully breeds with low-ash chicken — 26 percent protein, 16 percent fat.
Option with wild salmon and free-range venison — 24 percent protein low, 13 percent fat.
Ultra for puppies, performance dogs and small breeds with antibiotic-free chicken and fish — 32 percent protein, 20 percent fat.
Small Breed with antibiotic-free chicken and fish — 32 percent protein, 20 percent fat.
Lean Grain-Free half the fat of other grain-free recipes — 30 percent protein, 7 percent fat.
Aqualuk Grain-Free with wild salmon and herring — 30 percent protein, 16 percent fat.
Salcha Grain-Free with low-ash chicken, turkey and duck — 30 percent protein, 16 percent fat.
Manitok Grain-Free fresh, red meat — 30 percent protein, 16 percent fat.
Sustain Grain-Free with fresh meat and sustainable fish — 33 percent protein, 13 percent fat.
The baked, dog treats also have named protein sources and are grain-free:
Salcha with low-ash chicken, turkey and duck.
Lean with less than half the fat, made with chicken, duck and herring.
Aqualuk with low-ash meat and high quality fish.
Annamaet Dog Food Reviews
Their dog food reviews are positive across all the choices they offer. The ingredients are high-quality, and the recipes are healthy. With continuing scientific research, they improve their products and come out with new formulas based on market demand. I’m quite confident in recommending their dog food. There’s bound to be a healthy choice for all dogs in the Annamaet Dog Food lines.
Annamaet dog food formulates their own vitamin and mineral package for dogs, made completely from chelated minerals. They increase how much our dogs can absorb and strengthen their immune systems too.
Their pet products are made in the United States, without ingredients from “tainted sources,” like China. The meat and fish are even graded as fit for human consumption, which is above regular, pet industry standards.
I look for between 18-25 percent protein, and 10-15 percent fat, the standards and set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). All Annamaet's dry food recipes fall in the correct range for healthy, dog nutrition, and there are a lot of protein source options for owners who have pets with specific needs too.
Optimum levels of Omega-3 fatty acids are clearly an important part of all their products with natural, sustainable sources like Algae, as a recent innovation. Omega-3 supports our dogs’ immune system, and Annamaet adds DHA and prebiotics too.
L-Carnitine is also included for its benefits to our dog's Fat Metabolism. It also helps maintain lean muscles and healthy brain function as well.
Not only has Annamaet developed a sustainable protein, dog food called Annamaet Sustain® in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), but they also collaborate with Integrative Veterinary Innovations, LLC, and the Pet Sustainability Coalition. By increasing sustainable fish, meat, and novel botanicals in their products, it shows that the company takes ingredient sourcing very seriously.
Annamaet dry dog food has a 10 percent moisture content, which is fairly typical, but dogs evolved to get a diet of 70 percent moisture from their prey, to keep their kidneys and other organs in good condition. Annamaet doesn’t make canfood, so that moisture must come from elsewhere for optimum health.
Their dry dog food is also more expensive than bargain pet food likes, but I'd expect that with human-grade meat and fish.
Annamaet Dog Food Recall History
There hasn't been an Annamaet dog food recall in the last two years. Since they test their products and ingredients in independent labs and have done so since the company started, that’s exactly what I’d expect. It definitely gives me a lot of confidence in the safety of their products for the future too.
I like how the Annamaet company even caters to the little needs of dog owners, for example by making their dry dog food bags easy to use with handles and zippers. That kind of attention to detail is something I really appreciate. Small family-owned companies have a special place in my heart. I’m much more likely to go out of my way to buy them, compared to big, corporate machines. I think the quality will always be better and that they care more.
The fact that the founder and CEO has a substantial background in science and dog nutrition is perfect. I couldn’t hope for better, and that leadership shines through with the recognition of their papers and research. They aren’t just following the science, they’re helping set nutritional standards. They’re even doing it in an increasingly sustainable way. That’s amazing!