Annamaet Grain Free (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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

Protein = 33% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 41%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%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

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

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.

Bottom line?

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.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

A Final Word

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However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

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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

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Annamaet Customer Service, 10/1/2010
  3. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  • Doxie Mom

    This is a great food. My dogs love this. Nothing sourced from China including vitamins. The owner is very nice and from my area and has had seminars at my pet food store. Top of the line food in my opinion.

  • H&N

    I bought the Manitok red meat formula and will be rotating it with Orijen 6 fish. Hopefully their next blood test will yield better results :)

  • DogFoodie

    Oh, I see, I thought you were saying that Annamaet was manufactured by a company called Zeal.

    I agree with BCnut, I also prefer a rotational diet. I also rotate proteins and binders and, like BC, I rotate between brands to ensure the widest possible variety of ingredients.

    Annamaet is a great brand. I’d use it if I could, but I cannot; as one of my dogs is fish intolerance and all of their formulas contain fish.

  • H&N

    It’s true about the sodium. Even the vet told me that. But I worry what the additional sodium would do to their kidneys (their BUN is slightly over, and CRE is borderline high)

    Thank you for recommending a rotation diet. It makes lots of sense to switch things round. I’ll definitely try that and see how things go.

  • H&N

    Zeal dog food (http://www.zealdogfood.com)
    I’ve been feeding my dogs Lamb Risotto for almost two years now. The latest blood test came back saying they’re slightly anemic, and their kidney’s may have problems (BUN over by 2; CRE borderline on the high side). Vet said it’s most likely the kibble (anemia) and them not drinking enough water (kidney).

    Recently a friend switched to Annamaet Manitok red meat for her lab. I read the review here and it looks like a good kibble. But my dogs kidneys aren’t that good, so I worry the additional sodium may cause further damage. theBCnut recommended a rotation diet, I think I’d try that and see how things go :)

  • DogFoodie

    Just curious…, are you referring to Annamaet Manitok? It’s my understanding that it’s made by Ohio Pet Foods. I’m wondering what Zeal, the New Zealand brand is that you’re referring to is about.

  • theBCnut

    All living things need sodium. A diet with no sodium will kill you much faster than a diet with too much sodium. So the inclusion of sodium doesn’t bother me at all, but sometimes its form does. You can try contacting the company and asking about sodium levels.
    I don’t know why they think they need to add a sweetener to this food, but its the sulfur compounds in garlic, leeks, and onions that are the problem, so I don’t think this ingredient is anything to worry about.

  • H&N

    Hi everyone! I’m thinking of switching to Manitok Red Meat formula (from Zeal, a New Zealand brand). I have some doubts though. My concerns lie with monosodium phosphate, oligofructose & salt listed in the ingredients.

    From Wiki, oligofructose is a sweentener extracted from fruits and vegetables, and that list include onion and leeks, which are off-limits to dogs. Should I be concern that this is added to the kibble?

    Monosodium phosphate, from what I find from the web, is a combination of the synthetic forms of phosphorus and sodium. Phosphorus can be found in many foods and it’s rare for humans to be deficient in this, and usually doctors would make the recommendation if a supplement is needed. I have no idea if dogs need it in supplemental form, but surely additional sodium is not necessary, right?

    And the salt, should I worry that the manufacturer add salt to the dry food? I don’t see it mention in the review and discussions. Am I being too paranoid? Any help is much appreciated!! Thank you!!

  • Bob K

    Heather – Try it and remember to transition slowly to a new food. Canidae and Taste of the Wild also have decent seafood based dog foods. It the dogfood is rated 4 or more stars, its worth a try if it is available and you can afford it.

  • theBCnut

    Dr Mike looks at all of the foods in a line, but picks a middling one to represent the line to discuss the types of ingredients that the company uses. If one of the foods is better or worse than the others, he will note, in parenthesis, what its rating is, after its name. If a food is very different so as to represent a different line, it will have its own review. Most of the time other than a change in protein type or some other minor thing, all the foods in a line share the same ingredients and quality.

  • Heathen Samm

    Haven’t tried this, but my 14+ yr old large mixed breed dog (described above, in a post), started displaying arthritis. He was missing steps and failing when he tried to jump up to his (my) bed. I read up on the interwebs, and found people were giving their dogs Osteo BiFlex (the human otc pill for arthritis, joint damage). Specifically, one of the highest endorsers came from someone who had a GSD. Within 2 weeks, my dog was no longer missing the steps. He’s 53 lbs, and takes 2/day, like a human. I break each pill into 4 pieces, and give him the pill surrounded by mashed up sardines, once around noon, the other after his evening walk.

  • Heathen Samm

    how can you evaluate an entire line (Annamaet Grain Free), using only 1 product? Are all products in this line exactly the same? After 13 years on Eagle Holistic Salmon, Sardine & Anchovy dry food, my low-content wolfdog/german shepherd-husky mix (depending on which State one lives), decided he wanted a different food. He started a boycott. But he did like the Annamaet Aqualuk Cold Water fish meal. Too bad it only gets an acknowledgement of its existence here. Not helpful at all.

  • theBCnut

    Also forgot to mention…those Seresto collars are terrible!!! Diarrhea is a common side effect, but that’s just what you see. If a collar around the neck caused intestinal distress, I have to wonder what it is doing elsewhere.

  • theBCnut

    I love Dr. Tim’s too!! And he is always available to talk about what might be best for your dog!!!
    As far as the comment about Nature’s Logic, there are some things on their website that don’t add up and they were questioned about them months ago and they said they would fix the numbers on their website soon, but there are still a lot of things that sound like they don’t have the nutrient levels to make this a longterm food. That doesn’t bother me, because I rotate foods all the time, but if you are looking for a base food, you want one that is as complete as possible.
    It doesn’t bother me for a food to have potato high on their list as long as the total amount of carbs is relatively low. Since my dogs don’t have issues with potatoes, carbs are carbs, whatever the source. As far as the body is concerned sugar is sugar, unless your dog has issues with a particular source or has an issue with carbs in general, then it still isn’t potato that is a problem. As I said, I rotate foods all the time, so if I’m feeding a food with potato this week, I’m not next week. I do have a dog that can’t handle grains, so in that case, of course, I avoid grains.
    I like the idea of limited ingredient diets, especially when you have a dog like mine that has multiple food intolerances. It’s hard to find foods that don’t stick in a little bit of something he can’t have. In fact, I currently have five different bags of food open, because he didn’t do well on them and my other 2 don’t eat them up fast enough. Fortunately, two of them will be gone within the next week. And the doorbell just rang, it should be UPS delivering 7 new foods to try. It’s just like Christmas. :-)

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. Know what? I went with Dr. Tims. He has sugg Persuit and my dog is at the trainer’s in New Hampshire and the trainer said he’d transition him. I also do not think he has EPI (nor does the vet bec his symptoms are def not that). She was on the watch just in case he had an early onset of EPI. Dr. Tim agrees with me that the second bout of diarrhea is due to the solesto collar. The diarrhea started within 30 hours of that collar going on and he had ONLY had 1/4 cup of the new Hills Sens. Stom food mixed w 2 cups of the Hills WD Rx food. THAT did not cause vomiting and pudding diarrhea within 30 hours or less. Dr Tim’s food is great and many people have good luck on it. It is not loaded with unnec foods. I think the dog will do great on it. The trainer told me that he has NEVER had eating troubles and he was with the trainer for 7 or 8 months before he was delivered to me in NC.
    I would like for you to explain to me WHY you said what you did about Nature’s Logic (that you would not use it long term) because I want to learn.
    Also, I cannot understand WHY Annamaet has white potato as the 2nd ingredient in some of their formulas. I am far from being a critic but SECOND ingredient? Are you kidding?
    I am also staying away from foods that have loads of ingredients.

  • theBCnut

    Hi Nancy
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My personal life has been taken up with caring for an ailing family member, so I just haven’t had the time.
    Do you know if your dog is sensitive to any particular ingredient? I ususally recommend NutriSource as an easy to transition to food, but GSDs often have some digestive issues(EPI) that cause diarrhea no matter what you feed until you get them worked out, so it might be a good idea for you to get a good digestive enzyme for your dog no matter what you feed, and have your vet look into the possibility that your dog isn’t producing the enzymes it needs. I like Nature’s Logic(but not for a longterm food) and Annamaet, both.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I’ve never tried Nature’s Logic but I did use the Annamaet Salcha. My Dane loved it.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I think I’m going to transition my GSD onto Manitok. He’s 21 mos old now and had horrible diarrhea for 8 weeks from my trying to transition him to Origen and Acana. Actually I think the second bout of darrhea was caused by the SOLESTO flea and tick collar — omg so much pudding diarrhea unbelievable. But he is “well” now and I THINK I will do Annamaet or Nature’s Logic. The potato and peas worry me a little in Manitok but Ken at Annamaet said so many people have had great results with this food when NOTHING ELSE WORKED. My question: Any suggestions about getting some weight on the dog? He arrived in January at 70 pounds and is now at 63.1. I am horrified. He does not LOOK like he’s lost that much . But I feel like I need to get some weight on him!!
    Thoughts? THank you. And, Would Nature’s Logic Beef or Lamb be a safer, easier first “real” food and then rotate to the Manitok? THank you to those who have an opinion !

  • Nancy Calloway

    My vet checked mine out in January when this trainer delivered him. She thought he was unbelievable and wanted to know WHERE he came from. Beautiful nose and face. Is being trained in protection but he is so so sweet and gentle. Amazing dog.

  • Nancy Calloway

    He said these are the GSDs that do all their canine investigative work for the NSA – bombs etc… I thought they need to be investigating IN HOUSE for a while!

  • Nancy Calloway

    Mine is Czech Republic and everywhere I go people STOP ME he is so beautiful. Sable. Sweet as ever. He’s the one that transitioning him to Origen and Acana threw us off for 8 weeks. I’m on this thread because am thinking will put him on Manotok. Talked to KEN at Annamaet today. Said the NSA GSDs are all on Manotok and have been for years – and doing well. Any input? I had also considered Nature’s Logic. Comments?
    Thank you!

  • Nancy Calloway

    Read this post and wonder about your luck, experience w GSDs and Annamaet Manotok or Encore. What ELSE have your GSDs done well on? I am needing to find something for mine. Thank you.

  • Nancy Calloway

    The dog is in great health. No parasites… he is just HUNGRY but I do not want to OVER FEED bec that causes diarrhea. Scott at NL told me that. But man he needs to put on weight!

  • Nancy Calloway

    OKay then I need your input here. I am the one with the 20 month old GSD that has had all that diarrhea from trying to transition to Origen and Acana – diarrhea – vet – RX WD nasty food for 6 weeks. Okay. I am now finally looking for a great FOOD to settle down on. My dog lost from 70 pounds to 63 pounds during the last 8 weeks! On WD (low fat) and then Purina Pro Sensitive Stomach as transition. I THOUGHT I had chosen Nature’s Logic. Talked to SCOTT there (owner) he suggested Beef or Lamb for starters. I LOVE the non synthetics in the food and the non GMO. THEN I started looking at ANNAMAET but it has potato and peas which MIGHT affect my dog’s digestion…. You seem to know a LOT, what do you think? And thank you!

  • Nancy Calloway

    For the record, I talked to them today. The problem with the Manitok was that some of the ingredients sourced arrived at the manufacturing location and it was sub par. they did not use it bec they have higher standards. So there was a delay due to that. Not your normal event.

  • aimee

    As I look at the data from Nature’s Logic and then go to the source of the data, the USDA nutrient database, I see something interesting. The information is provided on a dry matter basis (which it should be) except for the millet entry which is reported “as fed” making it appear lower than what it really is. A bit devious huh? : )

    Another interesting thing also pops out. Nature’s Logic choose to use the millet entry for puffed millet cereal instead of the millet grain entry.

    So I look a little closer. The millet grain entry doesn’t report sugars but the millet flour does. Millet flour is essentially ground millet. The carb percentage for millet grain is 79.8%, millet flour is 81.8% and millet puffed cereal is 82%. So all pretty similar. But let’s look at the sugar percentages : millet flour 1.86% and millet puffed cereal .56%.

    We see that Nature’s logic has cherry picked some data. Their ingredient list doesn’t report they use millet puffed processed breakfast cereal. It reports millet, which is likely closer to millet flour entry.

    To put this in perspective the oft vilified corn is 82.8% carb and .71% sugars. So millet has about the same carb percentage as corn and has 2.5 X’s higher sugars than corn unless you use the millet puffed processed cereal entry at .56% which makes millet pretty equivalent to corn in regard to sugar content.

    Plant carbs are in the form of starch which is glucose linked to glucose linked to glucose. In other words sugar molecules linked together. The linkage my be straight (amylose), or branched (amylopectin). The ratio of the two forms is what determines in part if the starch is a high glycemic starch ( glucose units quickly broken apart and absorbed increasing blood glucose) from a low glycemic starch.

    Millet has plenty of starch (80-82%) and therefore has plenty of glucose ( sugar) just like potato does (84.4%) You said “Potato is high in starch which breaks down in the system as Sugar” and the same thing happens to the starch in millet. The starch is in a form that is quickly broken apart into separate glucose units and quickly absorbed. This is why the glycemic index of millet is high 101. Potato’s glycemic index varies on cooking method from lower than millet (80) to higher (121) when served hot. Cold potato though is much lower and sweet corn is 78.

    Natures Logic is leading you to believe that millet is “low carb low sugar” That is marketing! To lead you down that path they have manipulated the data in their favor. But the numbers don’t lie… there is nothing special about millet.

  • theBCnut

    Less carb is not no carb and carbs are sugar. Kibble uses carbs as a binder, no carbs, no kibble, period. You said zero sugar, not low sugar. Zero sugar in kibble is a dream. I don’t need to look up either of those foods, because I am already familiar with both, and am, in fact, feeding Nature’s Logic right now, which is a really nice food, but not zero sugar.

  • Kelley Dockx

    READ and Learn: http://www.natureslogic.com/foundations-of-natures-logic/
    Nature’s Logic – Better Than Grain Free
    Nature’s Logic uses gluten-free millet in its dry food as a binder. Proso millet is a short season, summer annual grass grown as a grain crop. The harvested grain is a seed enclosed in a hull that is typically white or creamy-white. By analysis, the Proso millet used by Nature’s Logic contains less carbohydrates and 80% less sugar than potato and tapioca and more than 90% less sugar than sweet potato and chickpeas, which are often used as binders in diets categorized as grain free.

    PlantCarbohydrate PercentageSugar PercentageTapioca99.63.7Potato84.42.9Sweet Potato88.5618.4Chickpea6812Millet800.55

  • Kelley Dockx

    Read below and then go to this website: http://www.natureslogic.com/foundations-of-natures-logic/
    Nature’s Logic – Better Than Grain Free

    Nature’s Logic uses gluten-free millet in its dry food as a binder. Proso millet is a short season, summer annual grass grown as a grain crop. The harvested grain is a seed enclosed in a hull that is typically white or creamy-white. By analysis, the Proso millet used by Nature’s Logic contains less carbohydrates and 80% less sugar than potato and tapioca and more than 90% less sugar than sweet potato and chickpeas, which are often used as binders in diets categorized as grain free.

    PlantCarbohydrate PercentageSugar PercentageTapioca99.63.7Potato84.42.9Sweet Potato88.5618.4Chickpea6812Millet800.55

    Sugar Percentage in Ingredients Used as Binders in Grain-less Diets vs. Millet

    (Sourced from USDA National Nutrient Database)

  • Kelley Dockx

    Dream??? Really? Look it up…Look at Wyson Epigen and/ or Natures Logic Dog Food.

  • theBCnut

    This is a nice dream, but simply not true.

  • aimee

    Hi Kelly,
    Here is glycemic index list from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org/docrep/w8079e/w8079e0k.htm

    The GI of Millett is quite high being reported as 101. Potatoes range from 80-121.Cooked and cooled potatoes are actually much lower just a few points away from falling into the low glycemic index category. Glycemic index varies depending on cooking preparation.

    The carb content of 100 grams millet is ~24% and potato is ~22% from the usda nutrient database.

    What information do you have that leads you to conclude that millet is a low starch low glycemic food.

  • Kelley Dockx

    Potato is high in starch which breaks down in the system as Sugar…the lowest starch binder out ther is MILLET. Some dogs need potato to help their stomach and solid stool. If you want low glyecemic food use Natures Logic as they use Millet, which means ZERO sugar.

  • Betsy Greer

    Annamaet has an interesting joint supplement that appears to be new: http://www.chewy.com/dog/annamaet-endure-dog-powder/dp/102789. Has anyone tried this?

  • Joy Windle

    Deerhound Journey was gassy on the Manitok but not on Aqualuk or Salcha. Try switching the variety.

  • ChiChi

    Hmm lucky indeed, don’t know what I would replace it with had I not been able to get it! Onyx doesn’t switch foods easily :)

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I just got a reply on their FB page regarding a question I asked and they said Manitok would be available some time late in February…? I guess you’re lucky you can get it now. :)

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Betsy, the only supply issue I know about currently is the Buffalo shipment they, themselves, rejected due to quality. Personally, I don’t mind them rejecting an ingredient if the quality doesn’t meet their standards. In fact, to me, it says they are more vigilant. I haven’t had any problem getting the food. Have there been problems in the past?

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Smells a little fishy, but not much. Darker kibble than the Option.

  • Betsy Greer

    I had considered trying Annamaet, but their supply issues are concerning.

  • ChiChi

    Oh maybe stores get it in faster, idk lol. My girl LOVES the Manitok and she doesn’t get excited for kibble much.

    How does the Aqualuk smell, like does it smell fishy? I know most people hate fishy smelling kibble but I actually prefer fish based kibble to smell that way haha.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    ChiChi….I have to buy mine online, and I just placed a few orders today for Annamaet and Manitok was still not in stock on the sites I used….Wag.com and Petfooddirect.com. Maybe because you can buy at a store it’s different, idk. Even though I said I wanted to use Aqualuk, I am actually using the Option formula. I just think it’s a better fit for my girls. They love the Aqualuk treats, though (and the food) and I may keep the treats in the mix. I haven’t fed the Manitok treats, yet.

  • ChiChi

    Strange, on their website it said the problem was already handled and stores should have it in stock. In fact, I just bought a bag of Manitok two weeks ago and the store I get it from is having no problems getting it in.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Usually food is dark when using red meats like lamb and buffalo, but I have also known some fish based foods to be dark, as well.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    HDM, I have a few bags of the treats. I have the Aqualuk and Manitok. I just started today giving them. I also have small bags of Aqualuk and Option food and am going to try to integrate the Aqualuk first into their rotation of Fromm Salmon a la Veg and Mulligan Stew. I really want a grain free in there. I know Aqualuk has peas and that might be a problem….we’ll find out lol. Btw, they are having a problem with supplying the Manitok food atm, so the treats are probably a problem, too. They rejected a supply of buffalo because it wasn’t to their standards and are looking for another source. Last I heard it wasn’t going to be available until sometime in Feb.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Has anyone tried Annamaet’s new treats? I just some in the mail. I don’t do biscuit type treats too often but these didn’t look half bad. From what I can tell the ingredients are essentially the same as the food (aside from a few minor differences) so I liked that seeing as I try to avoid “empty calorie” treats.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I agree with Caroline – it will depend on the dog. Many will tell you that white potato is “bad” and “should be avoided” but in reality (from a nutritional standpoint) it’s not really much better or worse than other carbohydrate binders used in kibble. For any starch used in kibble there are going to be some negative aspects and there are going to be some dogs that react to it. Starch binders are one of the (many) downsides of kibble – they’re a necessary evil. FWIW – no dog I’ve ever owned has had issues with white potato and I don’t believe issues with white potato are as common as some claim.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I have used the Salcha formula with great success. White potato is safe for dogs to eat. Some people choose to avoid white potato if their dogs are prone to yeast infections. However, I think it depends on the dog. My dog is ok with white potato but too much sweet potato gets his feet yeasty. I wouldn’t be put off by the potato. I say give it a try and see if your dogs do well on it.

  • dchassett

    Does anyone know why Annamaet has both potato and tapioca? Everyone seems to love this food so I was hoping to add it to our rotation but some people have mentioned on other blogs that white potato is not good for dogs. Help please! Thanks

  • Pattyvaughn

    I had a beautiful black and red Czech import. He, unfortunately, had squirrels where his brain should have been. He had fantastic hips though.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Gotcha! Beautiful dogs. A friend of mine had 2 (american)- died young- 1 from bone cancer and 1 from hip dysplasia. My favorite vet tech at my vet has an all black from the Czech Republic- so big and beautiful. If I ever got one it would definitely need to be an import.

  • Pattyvaughn

    German Shepherd Dog, working import lines, not American yuck.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    I know this is old bit I’m just curious, what is your favorite breed with dreaded hip problems? So far there is no sign of hip dysplasia in my 7.5yr old Dane, just mild arthritis in his knees.

  • Ross C.

    My friend’s dog eats Manitok and was a basket case before, so it must be a good product. I saw this food while at his house this weekend and its the darkest dry dog food I have ever seen. Almost black.

  • GSDsForever

    I’ll add to this, from my own communications with the company . . . the fish is exclusively wild caught, reflecting high standards for ingredient sourcing.

    Very few companies insist on exclusively wild caught salmon, herring, other fish. So, kudos to Annamaet.

    Many very popular & hyped brands — Taste of the Wild, Orijen/Acana, and Nature’s Domain come to mind — use farmed and will not disclose how much is wild vs. farmed if they use a mix (an exception is Wellness, which is quite transparent on this issue, to the company’s credit).

  • Stefanie Bohannon

    I just got the ingredient info from them as I wanted to know for switching my own dogs where they come from.

    All
    of our ingredients are U.S. with the exception of our farm raised
    venison, low ash lamb and a few vitamins (which come from Europe). The
    venison we use is free range and comes from New Zealand. Because of
    chronic wasting disease found in deer in parts of the US, we cannot use
    venison from the US. The same for lamb, to be EU certified, the lamb we use
    has to come from New Zealand. All certified lamb comes from New
    Zealand, because scabies has been found here in the US and New Zealand has been determined to be scabies free.

    With
    our background in nutrition and our passion for dogs, using poor
    quality ingredients has never been a consideration for Annamaet. Thank
    you for your support of Annamaet Petfoods!

  • Guest

    I just got the ingredient info from them as I wanted to know for switching my own dogs.

    All of our ingredients are U.S. with the exception of our farm raised venison, low ash lamb and a few vitamins (which come from Europe).
    The venison we use is free range and comes from New Zealand. Because of chronic wasting disease found in deer in parts of the US, we cannot use venison from the US. The same for lamb, to be EU certified, the lamb we use has to come from New Zealand. All certified lamb comes from New Zealand, because scabies has been found here in the US and New Zealand has been determined to be scabies free.
    With our background in nutrition and our passion for dogs, using poor
    quality ingredients has never been a consideration for Annamaet. Thank
    you for your support of Annamaet Petfoods!

  • Sonja

    I have my cocker spaniel on the Lean formula because she has had pancreatitis in the past and the vet recommends a low fat diet but she is having HUGE amts of stool on this food and sometimes mucous. Anyone have this issue?

  • Karen Persuhn Bennett

    I have a diabetic, hypothyroid Labrador. His vet recommended the Annamaet Grain Free Aqualuk food and he is doing great. He is back to a healthy weight and his hair has grown back softer ans shineier than before he got sick. He no longer vomits and has regular solid bowl movements. I HIGHLY recommend this food.

  • Lynn

    Go to mercola.com and click on pets and search for digestive enzymes.

  • Lynn

    My global pet foods doesn’t carry it, in Orangeville. However, this wonderful store owner in Caledon East ( Petrific ) was able to get his distributor ( Topcrop ) to send him some bags of the Lean and Fit for his store. He said it was because I had called TopCrop so many times asking where I could buy the Lean and Fit for my dog with EPI. I guess they felt sorry for me and sent him a few bags. I picked it up the other day and am giving it a try. I like the fact that it soaks down quickly in warm water to mush which I need to feed my dog with her creon capsules. Topcrop is the Canadian distributor and if you call them they will tell you who in your area carries it or can bring it in. I was persistent and my persistence paid off. I really wanted to try this food. So far so good.

  • tashina1

    http://www.naturesfarmacywest.com

    I get all my supplements from them.

  • AJ

    Whats the difference between Annameat Aqualuk and Castor and Pulox grain free and poultry free version? Seems like C&P has more meat in it.

  • VanessaElizebeth

    It is a perfect food for dogs that have a weight problem and for owners who are looking for a healthy and holistic grain free reduced fat food for their companion dogs.sampleleases.net

  • Pattyvaughn

    Plain yogurt would be great for probiotics which are not the same as digestive enzymes, but Swansons is a great place for those too.

  • InkedMarie

    You beat me to saying Swansons!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m pretty sure Annamaet doesn’t source from China. Annamaet is a very reputable company that make high quality food. Just call them and ask – they have excellent customer service.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Plain yogurt would be good – I wouldn’t feed non-fat though, I’d go full fat or low fat. Kefir is even better if you can get that (typically has more strains than yogurt). Swansonvitamins.com is where I order a lot of supplements for my dogs – they have very reasonably priced quality products (I use human supplements and adjust the dosage accordingly, they’re generally cheaper and higher quality).

  • pansy648

    and forgot to add that I want to switch them to Annamaet. They are a local company but I am trying to find out where they get their ingredients from to hopefully prevent some of the issues that occur with imported ingredients.

  • pansy648

    I just adopted two Boston rescues who are on Taste of The Wild.

  • Diane Kratz

    Where do you get digestive enzymes for a reasonable price? Would yogurt (plain, nonfat) be effective?

  • sisu

    For 6 months after a formula change dog food manufacturers can put the new formula in old bags. Contact Annamaet through their web site or by telephone. Give them the lot number to find out which formula is in the bag.

  • cm

    I just purchased the Aqualuk formula and I read catfish meal in the contents on the bag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Taylor/100004491600543 Sean Taylor

    They no longer use catfish meal in their Aqualuk formula and the peas are bumped up before the 2nd fish meal. Booooooo

    Top 5 before:
    salmon meal, potato, catfish meal, field peas, tapioca

    Top 5 now:
    salmon meal, potato, field peas, herring meal, tapioca

  • monkey

    Couple months on Annamaet Aqualuk and i am really impressed. Good
    everything. Definitely staying in the rotation now that i know it works.

  • NectarMom

    I don’t use this Brand food but we had gas issues and what seem to work for all 4 of my dogs is adding wheatgrass powder to their kibble and they actually love the taste of the wheatgrass.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Supplementing with digestive enzymes may help with her gas.

  • Michelle

    We have an English Bull Dog, this dog food has made her stools solid!! But the problem is she’s very gassy and well it smells up the whole house with her farts.

  • monkey

    Looks like it may not be agreeing with him. Email or call Annamaet and they might be able to help. Maybe try using another formula like Aqualuk. I’ve fed it and the poops were perfect.

  • Rat Doxie Mom

    We started transitioning our dog to the Annamaet Grain Free Salcha from Purina 1 Smartblend, and a couple of weeks into it we noticed that he was pooping more, A LOT MORE, to the point where he couldn’t hold it overnight and was pooping in the house. It’s not diarrhea, just increased volume. Isn’t a good quality food supposed to have the opposite effect? Is this normal during a transition?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hound Dog Mom did a ton of work to put that list together. Isn’t she great! I no longer have large dogs, but in the past I’ve had so many with hip problems that I’m sure were diet related that I swore off owning my favorite breed eve again. Having the excellent resources that HDM provided makes me dream of a day when I’ll have my favorites again.

  • smith10210

    I found this info which included there levels. I emailed Annamaet but still no reply. It list other foods appropriate for LBP maybe it might help some people in there choices. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AsBcSQ8_xK_ndDRkYWo3NmRSWEl4T1NuX290bG5ULVE&output=html

  • Pattyvaughn

    I always recommend choosing a few foods and rotating through them. No food is perfect, so feeding one for a while and then changing to a new one is one way of making sure your dog gets everything he needs. Between EarthBorn and NB, I would choose EarthBorn. And I know what you mean, information overload.

  • smith10210

    Thanks for the link. I saw on there FaceBook page they recommend there 25%/26% for LBP but dont give out any hard numbers. My 5 month old Rottie is currently on Acana Pacifica but the price just went past $70 a bag since i last bought it and am looking for something similar but less expensive. He seems to have less eye boogers with the fish but i could be wrong. Im looking at EarthBorn Coastal Catch or NB Fish. It gets tiresome reading all the comments about dog food and after awhile and i just become indecisive about what to try.

  • Pattyvaughn
  • smith10210

    Does anyone know what the CA/PH levels are in the food?. Is this food appropriate for a LBP?.

  • InkedMarie

    Do you know how long it would take him to rate each and every food from every line? Look at a line like Natural Balance, they have a ton of foods (too many IMO). As far as foods being recalled, that doesn’t make it a bad food. The Honest Kitchen recently had a recall, due to parsley. It’s a very good food, no way should it get a lower rating because of that. JMO of course.
    Shortcuts are correct, in some stuff, like the cardboard and duct tape in the Diamond plant. Not all recalls are due to a shortcut.
    I personally would like to see each food have a notation next to it that it had a recall and the info about the recall: date, what was recalled, why etc but again, Mike has a life that doesn’t revolve around DFA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515163480 Willard Rube Jackson

    Good day Mike! I noticed that you stated you are a dentist, but I was wondering if you have any formal training in animal nutrition? The reason I ask is that it SEEMS that your reviews are pretty genaric base on star rating rather than the each individual product. For exapmle you take one company and choose a line from that brand and rate the other lines almost the same unless the star rating is different. When I first came to this site your wealth of information helped me a great deal, but the information doesn’t give a clear indication of which food is good and which is bad.

    Secondly why are dog foods that have been recalled still holding a 5 and 4 star rating? I was under the impression that recalls mean the company is taking short cuts.

  • monkey

    On this food, my dog is producing the smallest stools she’s ever done. She’s only been on it for a couple weeks so too soon to comment on other stuff but that must be a good thing, right?

  • InkedMarie

    I know quite a few people feeding Annamaet and they are happy with it as well.

  • Orbit

    6 months on Salcha and double thumbs up. Simple well made food and none of the problems from other higher protein foods like constant drinking.

  • Wendy4819

    I have been feeding my little girl Castor and Pollux grain free and poultry free, Wellness Core Ocean formula and Merrick Duck and sweet potato. I pay attention to the ingredients in the dog treats as well. I make sure it doesn’t have chicken, eggs or wheat. The tear stains I just try to keep the fur around her eyes cut short to help illuminate eye irritation. Since she loves human food, I buy a can of Salmon or sardines and put a tablespoon and mix it into the kibbles. I have to feed her late afternoon because in the mornings she doesn’t care to eat (I guess she just isn’t hungry). She doesn’t eat much either 1/4 cup of kibble with the tablespoon of fish I add. She weighs 10 pounds, she is a small Shih Tzu while my boy is 15 pounds.

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  • Phurple0515

     may i know what you feed your shih tzus then? thanks :)

  • Wendy4819

     Hi, my two shih tzus scratched when they were puppies, my vet said it was normal they were just shedding puppy skin.  Both do not scratch anymore but my female can not tolerate chicken or egg.  I only feed them grain free dog food.  I do rotational feeding because the female is a picky eater.  

  • Jolieqe

    From various sites, I always thought a premium dog food’s first ingredient should be a meat source instead of a meal source? Can someone help me understand this? Heard good things about Annamaet but not sure about the meal….

  • Phurple0515

    my 3mos. shih tzu  tried the Annamaet Manitok and she loved it. but by the time she’s about to finish it, she was always scratching. so i tried to switch her to Annamaet Aqualok.  She is now on her 2nd week and seems like she doesn’t want to eat it anymore and seems like she scratches again from time to time.

    I love the effect on her on Annamaet coz she gained weight without being ‘fat’, but I’m really not sure where the tear stain, scratching is coming from.  Also, why it seems she doesnt want to eat much of it since last night.

  • Walterwoods57

    There have been sled dog peoplein Canada using Annamaet for 25 years. Anyone up there will get the best prices from them.

  • Storm’s Mom

    So, it turns out that Annamaet is available in provinces that have Global Pet Foods (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, apparently) but they are still working on a distributor for BC.  Pretty expensive though, almost $50 for a 15lb bag! Hmmm..

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ooooh that sounds promising!!!! Thanks!! I’ll definitely contact Annamaet and get to the bottom of this!! :-)

  • InkedMarie

    No, sorry I don’t. This is the post though:

    “I was stocking up on food today and saw for the first time ever Annamaet Salcha, Aqualuk, Manitok and Lean in a Canadian major chain. Just wanted to share for those who want to try it. Not sure when this happened but it is the first time I have seen Annamaet in Canada. Further, the pricing was crazy cheap?! Half the price of comparable products. A small 5.5lb bag was $10, couldn’t find bigger bags at the store I went to. Wonder if it’s a bait and switch?”

    I have no idea what your major chain is but can’t hurt to call and ask!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ooooh, I’ve been waiting for this news for a loooong time!!! Granted, I’m in BC so if/when Ontario gets it, it’ll likely still be years before we do :-( ..but still, there’s hope!!! Do you happen to know which retailer it was? (incase it just happens to be a national chain..)

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t know if this is new news or not but someone another forum, who lives in Ontario Canada, saw Annamaet in a canadian retailer….thought someone here might want to know

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Jeanine –

    This is how Dr. Mike describes egg product in his reviews:

    “Dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free
    eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even
    come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.”

  • Jeanine

    What is egg product or liquid egg

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    AgilityAce,

    Because of its mean-spirited implication that I’m not qualified to interpret dog food labels, I’ve deleted your last comment. However, rest assured, I’m re-posting every word of it here:

    You said, “Mike, you are a dentist. Isn’t that right?”

    And you are a dog trainer? Isn’t that right? Do you truly believe that makes you qualified to rate dog foods more than me? Or anyone else?

    Judging from your previous comments, you have absolutely no understanding of the importance of factors like dry matter basis – or recognizing plant-based protein boosters when comparing the meat content of canine recipes.

    Unless I’m missing something, my reviews of over 650 dog food brands representing more than 2,900 individual recipes qualify me to read and interpret these labels.

    In addition, I – unlike you – have a doctoral level education which includes advanced training in (human) nutrition.

    However, as I candidly state (and minimize) on my About page, “…none of my education or my 30+ plus years in the practice of dental medicine should be considered a precondition for writing and editing the Dog Food Advisor.”

    As you cowardly hide behind your anonymous identity, we have nothing else to go by. Yet although I know nothing about your formal education (which appears to be minimal), I already know much about you as a member of this community – as well as your lack of manners.

    AgilityAce. I don’t mind you challenging my ratings. I welcome the constructive guidance. However, in your case, when you attack someone because of your arrogant belief they’re not smart enough to help folks read and interret a pet food label, then you’re not welcome here.

    The First Amendment gives you the right to express your rude opinions on your blog – not mine.

  • Agilityace

    Mike, you are a dentist. Isn’t that right?

  • LabLady2

    Well-stated, Mike! :-) 

    I don’t know if it was on your site, or another, but I remember reading to look for the first listing of oil. The quantities beyond that are relatively insignificant to make a difference. The important ingredients are before the first listing of oil.(paraphrased…)

    P.S. Your site has provided me with a wealth of information that has helped me make decisions about what to feed my dog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanv21 Bryan Van Dusen

    Sounded like another shill for some “other” pet food company.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    AgilityAce,

    You said, “You don’t understand pet food labeling”.

    Did you actually take the time to read this (or any) one of the hundreds of reviews on my website?

    Perhaps it’s you who doesn’t understand pet food labeling.

    The pre-cooking weight-based analysis of the government-regulated label published here is based upon the food industry standard of mathematically removing 100% of the moisture from a finished product.

    This standardized method is known as dry matter basis. And there’s a link to an article I posted on this important topic in every dog food review I’ve posted.

    In addition, I now also include energy-weighted data for each product. This can be found in the yellow dashboard area of each report.

    Regarding Annamaet Grain Free, please note that based upon dry matter only, what I describe as a significant amount of meat here is probably closer to an moderate amount of meat for a kibble.

    That’s because a notable amount of protein is also contributed by the field peas found in the fourth position of this recipe.

    I invite your opinion. However, claiming I “don’t understand pet food labeling” is probably a fairly significant error in judgement on your part.

    I would appreciate if you would please take the time to read and understand my reviews before you post any further opinions regarding the accuracy of my reports.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanv21 Bryan Van Dusen

     I don’t believe it’s so much as “which is better”, but rather “which one doesn’t cause allergies in my dog”. However, chicken is usually the main culprit when it comes to allergies. I’d go with a limited ingredient dog food that is grain-free. Many brands have a variety of that available. Fromm, Natures Variety Instinct, California Natural, and Natural Balance come to mind.

  • aimee

    Successful but not well known is prob a better description.. No it wasn’t Mayo… It named the hospital at the end of the movie and even had the dietition who actually treated him on in the post movie message.

    Yes I knew of it  and the movie was pretty accurate. I believe when older the son was able to be phased off the diet.

  • Agilityace

    It doesn’t matter how many ingredients are listed all that matters is how much and what form. You don’t understand pet food labeling. The Annamaet GF Salcha for example has 4 or 5 animal meals spread out, every one of them a dry meal. Potato is second, which is a “wet ingredient”. The amount of potato is overstated due to labeling protocol. The peas are dry so much lighter. You can juice the label with a laundry list of wet and dry protein ingredients and still not have as much protein as a food with one. Let me give you an example:

    “Chicken meal, brown rice flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (a natural source of vitamin E) and citric acid), herring meal, dried beet pulp, dried whole egg, flax seed meal, dried chicken liver, salmon oil, porcine plasma”

    Take a guess what the protein, fat & carb count is?

  • LA

    so my question is  what protein source (turkey, lamb or fish ) is better for a dog with an allergies??? 

  • Shawna

    Was it Mayo Clinic?  That’s what comes to mind..

    From what I remember from the movie, it was very successfull even back then but wasn’t as well known — thank you Internet..  Didn’t the mother have to do some serious research at the library even to learn about it??  It’s been a while, I need to watch the movie again.. :)

    I also remember the son (real life son) was in the movie in the parade (from memory) and years and years after the diet change not one more seizure!!  AMAZING!!!

    Were you aware of what was going on?  To your knowledge, was the movie pretty true to life?

  • Shawna

    Some kibbled dog foods are cancer causing simply because of how they are cooked — even the good ones.  In human nutrition they now know that over cooking starches and proteins cause them to become carcinogens. 

    Dr. Demian Dressler DVM of the Dog Cancer Blog feels that kibbles can be the same.  He writes about in this article titled “Dog Food:  Is There a Cancer Risk”

    http://www.dogcancerblog.com/dog-food-is-there-a-cancer-risk/

  • LabLady2

    Thanks, all.

    It’s all so overwhelming when you try find the right food — the amount of protein is as important as is the source of the protein. The good source is meat, of course. And, if the first few ingredients are from a meat source, it is good. What I have found with Annameat food is that the first ingredient is a meat source, the second is either brown rice or corn… The only one with a meat source second is for “performance” dogs.

    A friend’s vet believes that the increase in canine cancer is due to the dog food. I believe that as well. That is why she only feeds her dogs organic meat from her farm. There is no regulation in dog food, so it’s hard to know exactly what you are getting, even with the better stuff. But, I am hoping that by staying with a more natural food, I’ll have better luck. Even some of the so-called good food, though, has been recalled at one time or another. (Just like some organic human food.)

    My vet said I should give it a little more time to see if my dog adjusts to Salcha. So, I’ll see how it goes. She has been on other “natural” food for many years, I am just trying to find a better one. We lost one lab at 9 years, (my dog’s brother). Other than her genetic disorders, my dog is doing well at age 13.

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    Hi, LabLady2,

    As HoundDogMom says, your older dog’s system is probably conditioned to a lower protein level and a less rich food might be more suitable.  You might want to look at the 4-star foods, many of which are 4-star not because there’s anything bad with the ingredients, but due to the lower protein.  Hope you find something everyone likes.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You know I graduated from a tech school with one of the top engineering programs in the country (for the record I’m not an engineer, my degree is in global supply chain management and project management) however the popular saying among the engineer majors was always that as long as an employer sees you have a degree in engineering they know they can train you for anything. So I think an engineer would be very capable of grasping canine nutrition. :)

  • Aimee

     That treatment was considered very controversial at that time but as I recall it was being done at conventional hospital with a RD???. I believe it is more accepted now because of its success.

    The character “MarJean” in the movie was based on my cousin who was a close friend and neighbor of the family. I took riding lessons at that family’s home.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hound Dog Mom, you are VERY correct!!!!!! I don’t know how dogs even lived before the invention of highly processed food pellets!!! I’m surprised they didn’t all die of malnutrition, without mans intervention, and adding in synthetic vitamins and everything! LOL. 

  • Shawna

    I was not aware of Kronfeld..  I pulled up Lew Olson PhD Natural Nutrition and she actually quotes from Kronfeld.

    “He states that high quality proteins in percentages as high as 54% can actually kill bacteria in the kidneys and create an acidic condition that is healthier for these organs. This would be helpful for urinary tract infections and other bacteria in the dogs system. (2)”

    She goes on to quote another

    “Similarly, Dr Bovee’s research in the mid 1970’s concluded that high protein levels were more advantageous to dogs with deteriorating kidneys.
    He reported that the kidney function was much better in dogs fed a diet of 54% protein than 27% protein, for up to two years in his studies. (This study is in complete opposition to the recommendations of the NRC (National Research Council) for low protein for dogs with renal disease.) The same studies concluded that high percentages of protein in the dogs’ diet also help to kill bacteria in the urinary tract. (3)”

    I’m not seeing where they are recommending much different then Brown.  I’m also curious why an electrical engineer wouldn’t have the brain power to learn nutrition.  I am a bookkeeper by day..    However most think I’m pretty knowledgable about dog diets..  http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/protein/

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You’re right, I’m sure the long list of studies cited in the back of his books are fabricated. And isn’t it such a shame canines didn’t begin to eat proper food until the invention of highly-processed-kibbled-carbohydrate laden meal replacements hit the market?

  • Agilityace

    He was/is purely a promoter. There is not one bit of science in any of his “work”. Brown is an electrical engineer by training. If you want to learn read Kronfeld/Downey on protein requirements not Steve Brown. You would get the same quality information from the Easter Bunny.

  • Shawna

    Hmmm, I came on this kinda late but are you suggesting that 21 to 23% protein is adequate because a formulator of a dog food kibble uses that amount?

  • Shawna

    That was a VERY powerful and moving movie!!  I don’t think I’ve cried so hard at a movie before or since watching it!!  It’s been many years..  I should rent it and watch again.. :)

  • Marie

    Yes, I am. And that movie seems interesting- I read the synopsis and am a bit taken aback – why everyone seems to think the mother (in the movie plot) is putting her child in danger over a simple diet change and everyone else wants to pump him full of powerful drugs and even maybe crack open his skull and put electrodes in his brain. Sad that a dietary approach was/is considered “radical” in the wake of all that. Conventional medicine just has to get their way first, huh?

    It’s pretty cool you know that family though.

  • aimee

    Hi Marie,
    RU referrring to the ketogenic diet?? If so take a look at  “First Do No Harm ” with Meryl Streep. I know the family that movie is based on. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Agility Race,

    I’m sure the guy who makes Annamaet does know more than me. :)

    However this information isn’t coming from me. It is derived from an immense amount of research done by a man named Steve Brown. Author of “See Spot Live Longer” and “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet.” And his studies are based on mother nature. His diets are modeled after the actual diet of wild canines, which is what dogs ate for thousands of years before the recent invention of kibble. Check out his website http://www.seespotlivelonger.com or read one of his books and you may be able to learn a thing or two about what dogs were born to eat (hint: it isn’t in the form of highly processed grain-based kibbles). :)

    p.s. if you want to see the science behind it, just check out the long list of studies cited in the back of his books.

  • Marie

    I’ve read that a high-fat, low carb, medium protein diet works very well for preventing seizures in humans and cats.

  • Agilityace

    Show me the science verifying your claim? I think the guy who makes Annamaet, who is internationally known, probably knows a bit more than you. JMO

  • Shawna

    Hi LabLady2 ~~ I agree with Hound dog mom..

    I will also mention that I have a dog that was born with kidney disease (she had symptoms as early as 6 weeks old but wasn’t “officially” diagnosed til she was a year old)..  Anyhoo, my kd dog, Audrey, has been on a HIGH protien raw diet her whole life and is still in EXCELLENT health.  She turns six years old on the 30th of this month..

    The raw foods I feed her range in protein percentages from about 45% to 53%..  In fact, they now know that kidney dogs need MORE protein not less..

    Also, they now know that “senior” dogs actually can need up to 50% more protein then adult dogs as they are not as efficient at digesting..

    Twenty-one to twenty-three percent protein is just asking for trouble in my opinion…

  • Hound Dog Mom

     LabLady2,

    Actually the ideal is 49% of calories from protein, 44% from fat, and 6% from carbs. What you are stating is the AAFCO standards, the AAFCO standards are based on the bare minimum required to survive – not to thrive. And vets actually have little training when it comes to nutrition, you would be better of doing some research yourself and visiting someone who specializes in animal nutrition or a holistic vet – trust me anyone with training in nutrition wouldn’t be suggesting 21 – 23% protein…I think even I eat more than that and I’m not a carnivore like a dog! :)

  • Sharon Ours

    Hi
    I just read that your dog has seizures.  I am not telling you that FRR would help your dog.  But I have had several dogs that some of them was having as many as 3 seizures a day even with medication and after changing to FRR they quit having them.  The latest was a Pug. I tell everyone that asks me if the food will help their pet that I cannot tell them it will but it is worth a try.  So far it has helped them.  I just want only the best for them.  If you would like any information on this just email me.
    [email protected] or 304 6@frontier:disqus 13 9088

  • LabLady2

    My dog is a 13 year-old (70 lb) lab. She does not have a medical condition that
    would require she be on a protein-restricted diet. (She does not have kidney
    issues.) She does have seizures and myelopathy. Sometimes she acts like she is 2 years old, and sometimes 82… But, most times you wouldn’t know she was 13.

    Here is what I found online as the recommended percentage:

    Puppy or lactating dog – 28%

    Adult dog – 18%

    Performance dog – 25%

    Racing Sled Dog – 35%
     
    Another site said 25 grams of crude protein for a 33 lb adult dog.
     
    So, I don’t think the 21-23% is far off. (Plus, I trust my vet.)

    I did find that the Annamaet Adult Food is 23% protein, so I will see if I can find that in my area.
     

     

  • Hound Dog Mom

    LabLady2,

    Does your dog have a medical condition that is causing your vet to believe she’d do better on a low protein food? Because 21-23% protein is not enough for a healthy dog.

  • LabLady2

    As a follow-up to my last post… I checked with my vet. He told me that the amount of protein should be 21-23%… All of the 5-star food that I find on this site is 30% and above…. So, I am back to the drawing board to find a good, natural food for my dog…

  • LabLady2

    This food did not agree with one of my dogs. She pooped a lot and ended up with blood in her stools. the vet had me put her on rice and chicken for a few days to see if it was the food. Sure enough, everything cleared up. I guess it was too rich for her. The other dog didn’t seem to have a probolem. When I put a handful of this food and Science Diet, all 4 of my dogs went for the Science Diet…

    I am still looking for a good, natural food.

  • Chris McCourt

    I would also, like to know how your dogs do. Look to add something knew to the rotation for the pups that is good quality.

  • InkedMarie

    Will do, he’ll be on just Aqualuk for his afternoon meal on Monday or Tuesday.

  • LA

    InkedMarie – let me know how your dog does on the Aqualuk – I was thinking of trying two of girls on their Option Food – it has no beet pulp, potatos.   Two of girls get constipated from beet pulp.

  • InkedMarie

    I’ve just started one of my dogs on the Aqualuk over the weekend, hope he does well with it. 

  • Lisabart31

    I figured they may be overwhelmed because with the recall, it is making so many people resort to the better brands with a good reputation. :) I did buy sample size bags and they are here and my dogs LOVED the food!! 

  • melissa

    Lisa-

    I have never had a problem reaching Champion. I left a message and had a call back within 3 business days.Perhaps they are overwhelmed with calls right now from Diamond customers jumping ship : )

  • Lisa

    Hi Ashley, it is funny you mention that. I have a small beagle, very small, she should be about 15-16 pounds, and when I put her on Taste of the Wild she gained 4 pounds so fast!!!! I am using Annamaet next. They have the best customer service I ever encountered! Acana has the worst. For a top quality food they should be much better about returning calls and answering emails. I know so many people who have been waiting for call backs for over a month and keep calling and emailing and no one returns the call. It made me think twice about using Acana. Thats for sure. I called them 3 times in the last month and emailed and not once did someone get back to me. Annamaet customer service has been more then helpful to me for my dog with allergies. I am going to try the Aqualuk. Good to know, thanks. :)

  • Lisa

    I think it may say on the Website but if you call, they will give you all that info, they have awesome customer service. The best I have seen yet. 

  • Kaiser_hero

    Does anyone happen to know the calcium/phosphorus ratio for this food? My baby is a goldie and im worried those levels could be too high , as they sometimes can be in high protein/meat foods

  • Ashley

    I’ve been moving up in dog food brands since getting my dog (started at Eukanuba, went to Nature’s Recipe, then Taste of the Wild, now Annameat). My dogs are enthusiastic about Annameat. They aren’t the biggest poultry fans in general so Salcha isn’t their pick, but they absolutely scarf down the Manitok and enjoy the Salcha. After getting my dachshund neutered he put on about two very stubborn pounds (which is a lot when you weigh 16). Even with meal feedings and exercise he couldn’t lose the weight on Taste of the Wild. He’s been on Annameat about three months now and he’s lost all of his weight and seems very healthy.

    Very enthusiastically recommend! I saw they have a low fat option now, however it’s poultry based so I don’t think my dogs will like it as much ;-(

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  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Pat… Not sure about this one. I see no claims from the manufacturer that it would be.

  • Pat Fainor

    Is this dog food good for a dog’s digestive system?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Cindy… It means potatoes are apparently the main ingredient in this food. Unfortunately, after cooking, most (but not all) kibbles are plant based. If you want a meat based dog food, you’ll need to find a canned or raw product.

  • http://www.bernernewf.wordpress.com Cindy

    I bought two bags of this food, the chicken and fish, they were quite pricey. What does potato based mean??? Shouldn’t it at this price be meat based?
    Cindy