Annamaet Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Annamaet Grain Free product line lists four dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Annamaet Grain Free Lean Low Fat Formula
- Annamaet Grain Free Salcha Poulet Formula
- Annamaet Grain Free Manitok Red Meat Formula
- Annamaet Grain Free Aqualuk Cold Water Formula
Annamaet Grain Free Manitok Red Meat Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Annamaet Grain Free Manitok Red Meat Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb meal, potato, buffalo meal, field peas, tapioca, venison meal, menhaden oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)), herring meal, canola oil, carrots, celery, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, natural flavor, lecithin, monosodium phosphate, dl-methionine, l-lysine, cranberries, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, oligofructose, salt, Yucca schidigera extract, kelp meal, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, l-carnitine, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A acetate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, choline chloride, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, betaine anhydrous, iron proteinate, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||33%||18%||41%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||37%||35%|
The first ingredient in this dog food lists lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The second ingredient lists potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient includes buffalo meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fourth ingredient is peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The sixth ingredient is venison meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
The seventh ingredient is menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.
What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not as likely to be exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deep water species.
The eighth ingredient is herring meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With four notable exceptions…
First, we find canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while some condemn it as an unhealthy fat.
Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.
Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.3
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
In addition, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, this recipe also contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Annamaet Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Annamaet Grain Free looks like an above average dry dog food.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 33% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Annamaet Grain Free Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a notable amount of named meat and fish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
The Grain Free Lean formula is notably low in fat making it an especially interesting weight control product.
Those looking for a standard grain-based kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Annamaet dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
10/03/2010 Original review
06/27/2012 Review updated
11/03/2013 Review updated
11/03/2013 Last Update