Annamaet Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

Annamaet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Annamaet Dog Food product line includes six dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Annamaet Ultra (5 stars) [A]
  • Annamaet Extra (4 stars) [A]
  • Annamaet Option (4 stars) [A]
  • Annamaet Adult (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Annamaet Encore (4 stars)[A]
  • Annamaet Small Breed All Life Stages (5 stars) [A]

Annamaet Extra Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Annamaet Extra Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, sorghum, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)), rolled oats, dried beet pulp, menhaden fish meal, menhaden oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)), brewers dried yeast, flax seed meal, carrot, celery, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, lecithin, fat product (algae, source of fatty acids), salt, calcium carbonate, dl methionine, l-lysine, cranberries, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, oligofructose, Yucca schidigera extract, 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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 39%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient includes rolled oats, whole oats that have been rolled and flattened into flakes. Since they’re minimally processed, rolled oats are exceptionally high in dietary fiber and nutritional value.

The sixth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient includes menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich 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

The eighth 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.

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 six notable exceptions

First, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, this recipe includes an item identified as fat product, a natural food supplement made from algae and rich in the healthy DHA-type of omega-3 fatty acids.

Next, this recipe contains oligofructose, another name for fructooligosaccharide (FOS). FOS is an alternative sweetener probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

In addition, we also find 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 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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Annamaet Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

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 29%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Near-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 brewers yeast and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Annamaet is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Annamaet Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

10/26/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Lauren J. Schindler

    Hi I don’t know where you are in your dog food quest.
    My Westie, Nicky, had severe environmental allergies when we adopted him, as confirmed by the amazing allergist who treated Nicky. Nicky’s gone now, but here are a few things learned from our veterinary dermatologist:
    Most dog allergies are environmental. Some dogs respond to food elimination / novel protein diets because the novel protein kibbles have more essential fatty acids which aids treatment of environmental allergies. ‘Novel protein’ now means kangaroo/oat or rabbit/oat. Lamb, turkey, duck, fish … are no longer considered novel proteins in the US.
    Science diet makes the kangaroo oat food but you must get it from a vet.

  • Katelyn

    You are correct as deboned lamb is mostly water weight. Whereas a ‘meal’ is 300% more protein. I was just looking at the fact that there are more ‘meals’, herring and venison (further in the beginning vs just the chicken in the grain free.

  • Kayla Dunlap

    From my understanding using Chicken Meal instead of whole Chicken is more effective in terms of getting higher protein levels into the final product due to the higher moisture content in the whole Chicken. The quality is still there, in my opinion. I hope this helps.

  • Katelyn

    Does it seem like the grain-free formulas for Annamaet have a ton more meat than the grain inclusive formulas?

    First ingredients in the grain-free are
    Deboned lamb, lamb meal, lentils, chickpeas, venison meal, herring meal

    and then for this grain inclusive formula
    Chicken meal, brown rice, sorghum, chicken fat, rolled oats, dried beet pulp, menhaden fish mea.

    Seems to me you’re getting a lot more quality as far as meat goes out of the grain-free. Thoughts anyone?

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Nutrisca salmon and chickpea, as a base, see chewy dot com. I like to add a bit of a protein topper.
    I have been doing this for over 4 years now with good results, normal labs on all dogs, teeth good with daily brushings. Find a vet you like and go for the annual checkups.
    PS: Small breeds have horrible teeth, brush once a day, see youtube for how to videos.
    No free feedings (leaving food down) measured amounts twice a day, maybe a bite as a snack once or twice a day. That’s what I have found that works.

  • Brynn Wilson

    Hello, I have a Pomeranian-Yorkie Mix and she is just over a year old. We are switching over from puppy food and we cannot decide what to give her! She has not had any health problems. I want to ensure we give her a healthy life. What does everyone recommend for someone who is on a budget. Not super tight budget, but can’t spend tons of dog food. Let me know what you think is best for a female small breed!

  • Hana Spitz

    Do even the large bags have to Velcro closure at the top?

  • Kathi Crawley

    It has been two years and my havanese is doing great on the option formula!! I tried so many different brands of food in my local pet store and this is the one that worked for my Lola. She did not do well on any grain free foods because of her skin issues (yeast). Most grain free foods list one or more of the following ingredients: potato or sweet potato, honey, yams, peas, chickpeas, garbonzo beans and tapioca. My vet did research for me and advised me to stay away from grain free diets. Foods with whole grain brown rice, oats, barley, millet and two or more protein sources are recommended for dogs with yeast problems. I thanked my vet for doing some research because that is how I found Annamaet Option for my havanese.

  • Kathi Crawley

    It has been two years and my havanese is doing great – still feeding her the option formula!! I tried so many different brands of food in my local pet store and this is the one that worked for my Lola. She did not do well on any grain free foods because of her skin issues (yeast). Most grain free foods list one or more of the following ingredients: potato or sweet potato, honey, yams, peas, chickpeas, garbonzo beans and tapioca. My vet did research for me and advised me to stay away from grain free diets. Foods with whole grain brown rice, oats, barley, millet and two or more protein sources are recommended for dogs with yeast problems. I thanked my vet for doing some research because that is how I found Annamaet Option for my havanese.

  • Lee

    God bless you for saving Bobby. I know that when I look into Mack’s eyes that he is happy and that he knows he’s found his forever home. All we can do is save one dog (or kitty) at a time. I wish more people would rescue.


    P.S. I also fell for his floppy ears. 🙂

  • Bobby dog

    Thank you!!! Bobby is a rescue too. He was left on the doorstep of animal control early one morning. He was too young to be away from his mom so he needed a little extra care. Luckily they found a foster family to keep him until he was able to be adopted.

    I am glad to share what I have learned on DFA, through other research, and of course trial and error with Bobby’s help!

    Mack’s life is certainly better, never doubt that! He is really a handsome boy. I absolutely am a sucker for floppy ears. 🙂

  • Lee

    Thanks Crazy4cats. And he is just as sweet as he is beautiful…remarkable given the abuse and neglect he suffered.

  • Crazy4cats

    His color and markings are beautiful!

  • Lee

    Bobby is one lucky dog. Thank you for the education. Here’s Mack basking in the sun this past summer. I can’t help but think his life is better now that he’s not being abused or looking for food as a stray or even living in shelters for six months. He deserves the best, given what he’s been through. I’m really trying my best for him.

    Thanks again.

  • Bobby dog

    One thing, I wasn’t advising against feeding different recipes within a favorite brand. I am all for variety within a brand along with rotating in other brands. I rotate to a new brand with a different protein and carb after I finish a small bag of kibble. Then, if I go back to a brand I have fed in the past I try a new recipe. I keep adding to the list of foods that Bobby does well on feeding this way along with the other benefits I mentioned. You will find what works best for Mack, just keep it at a pace that is good for him.

  • Lee

    Thank you so much. I’m going to try it. We had Hannah on Nature’s Logic, so I think I’m going to try it next, mixing as you suggest. You are very kind to help me. Thanks again.

  • Bobby dog

    Yes different brands. Some dogs need more time to adjust to transitioning. Some dogs may never transition well due to health issues. Big changes are never good to start off with when deciding to feed a rotational diet. You currently feed him a very nice brand so I believe you will have a good chance of feeding a rotational diet to Mack.

    Feeding a variety and added health benefits aside, I believe these are important reasons alone to feed at least three different brands, not just recipes. Any dog food can have a recall, every dog food changes recipes, sometimes there is a distribution shortage and your food is just not available. Prepare for these unforeseen circumstances by choosing at least three different brands of food with different protein and carb sources. You can probably find a post from someone under most reviews writing about how they can’t find a food their dog will eat since the company changed the recipe or stopped making the food. You can avoid this through diet rotation; you will always have a food your dog eats and does well on.

    I believe providing variety is is a healthy way to feed since each company uses different vitamin pre-mixes and other ingredients. If you decide to try rotation, try picking a brand of equivalent rating with the same or close to protein, fat, and fiber %’s of Annamaet. Start by adding a handful (or even less) of new kibble and reducing the old kibble by the same amount. Monitor stools and observe him for any digestive upsets. Feed these amounts for a week (or longer if needed) and if all goes well increase the new, reduce the old until you have completely transitioned. Take as long as necessary. As you continue feeding a rotational diet you will more than likely find you will need less time to transition. At this time Bobby needs no transition period. If there is any issue with a food we currently feed I have well over ten brands to replace it with. Here’s some info on diet rotation:
    Adding a spoonful of plain canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) to his food will help with loose stools. Here are some other products DFA posters have recommended:
    Firm Up pumpkin supplement (dehydrated pumpkin), Fruitables
    – canned fruit supplement, Honest Kitchen Perfect Form supplement,
    Gastriplex by Thorne, Vetri Pro BD by Vetri-Science, and Phytomucil by Animal Essentials

  • DogFoodie

    Nope, not too much. Any excess is simply eliminated by the body as waste. : )

  • Lee

    Many thanks. When you say, “different brands,” do you mean within the same Annamaet or do you literally mean different brands…Nature’s Logic, Annamaet, etc.? I’m not sure Mack would tolerate big changes…as a stray, he had to eat off the ground or whatever he could find. He can get diarrhea if he ingests something different…the dental sticks from VetriScience are the most recent example. So I am thinking of just rotating within Annamaet (or any other brand I settle on).

  • Bobby dog

    Well hello again! I hope you had a wonderful New Year with Mack.
    I am on the same food rotation plan DF follows. Bobby has only had the same brand a few times since I started food rotation over a year ago and has never had the same recipe twice. At some point I will settle on a semi-permanent rotation (maybe not). He does very well with rotating brands, proteins, carb sources, and toppers. I don’t even transition to a new food; he has a very healthy digestive system now. I had a huge supply of kibble samples a few months back and fed Bobby a new food each day for a month. I believe it is healthy to rotate brands, recipes, proteins, and carb sources (binders).
    Adding fresh meat to any kibble, GF or grain inclusive, is a healthy addition. If you haven’t already, down load the ABC diet that I posted for you previously. It is a perfect guide with an easy menu plan for adding fresh foods to any kibble diet.

  • Lee

    Thanks so much. So adding fresh meat to the grain-free Annamaet will not be too much protein? Thanks again.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Lee,

    I’m a rotator of not only proteins and binders, but brands also. Foods seem to have so many common ingredients within the same brand that I feel you get so much more diversity of ingredients looking for different brands.

    That said, I’m glad you’re happy with the Annamaet! And, yes, you can certainly add fresh, whole food ingredients to either the grain free or the Option.

  • Lee

    Dog Food Adviser and Bobby Bog…Mack’s dad back again. I am thinking about rotating grain-inclusive feed (Option Formula) and the grain-free version to avoid prolonged exposure to the same kibble binder. Does the grain-free have protein that would warrant NOT mixing in fresh meat to stimulate Mack’s appetite? Or would I be better off just staying on the Option? Thanks so much for answering my question.

  • diane

    My three yr old weimerainer has chronic pancreatitis. I recently switched him from the vet recommended food Royal Canin. Since he’s never had brewers yeast and rice yeast and the other ingredients in this food, he began licking and scratching. His poops were never solid. He was miserable. Now he is so happy with Annamaet grain free low fat lean recipe. I feed him several small meals a day. Not a water drinker. I mix this food with crushed ice and a little water. When he made his first solid poop in months, we celebrated. This is the best food ever!

  • Lee

    Thank you SO much for caring. Great suggestions! Thanks again.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Lee,

    I just want to add a couple of things Bobby Dog shared below in response to your questions.

    When offering Mack a raw meaty bone (RMB), keeping in mind that heavy, weight bearing bones are too hard unless he’s not an aggressive chewer at all. Generally, they’re not safe. Instead, you could offer him a consumable bone, like a turkey or duck neck or a chicken wing. Yes, I generally offer consumable bone outside our in a crate. Another great option to adding fresh whole foods to Mack’s diet of kibble would be to add some fresh raw or lightly cooked eggs, sardines and pureed vegetables in addition to the meats you already offer.

    Just remember to keep the extras to no more than 20% of Mack’s diet to avoid throwing off the nutritional balance of the kibble.

    Here’s a great little download (it costs $2.95) and will guide you in adding healthy Fresh, whole foods to Mack’ s diet:

  • Lee

    Thanks again for caring. We just continue to smother him with love.

  • Lee

    Thank you Hater and Molly’s mom. We’re planning to give Mack his first merry Christmas! Thanks again.

  • Lee

    Thank you, Dori. Poor Mack was sheltered for six months…nobody seemed to want him. It is their loss and our blessing. Thanks again.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I don’t blame you at all! It makes me sick that someone would harm an animal. They give us unconditional love. One day very soon he will hold his head up high!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    So very sweet! Happy he has found a good loving home!

  • Dori

    Bless you Lee for rescuing this precious dog! It is people like you that make this world a better place and easier to tolerate. There is so much evil that goes on. It’s heartwarming to hear that there are kind people out and about.

  • Bobby dog

    Okay, I understand. I suggest brushing regularly, but I am sure you will have to get him used to it. I think dental chews are better than nothing at all and it looks like you have picked brands with decent ingredients. Whimzees is another brand some regular posters use.

    One of the regular posters on here, theBCnut, gave me a tip about wrapping gauze around my finger and using either dog toothpaste, or Bobby’s favorite, organic unrefined coconut oil for brushing. I have been using this procedure on my cat.

  • Lee

    Our beautiful Hannah had dental issues…I think I’m still reeling from that terrible experience. I brushed her teeth for years, but she hated it. We tried to avoid putting her under for dental cleanings because she already had too many surgeries and procedures… the most serious and lengthy surgeries for paralyses from herniated discs. So I’m trying to avoid dental problems for Mack, knowing full well that dental cleanings at the vet are a necessity for overall good health.

  • Bobby dog

    I am a bad one to ask about dental chews; I don’t feed them. This one does not look bad and much better than most I have seen on the market. I don’t like the “proprietary blend” ingredient, but it is way down at the end. This one has some interesting ingredients like the probiotics.
    I haven’t bought store treats in a very long time. I mostly make my own treats. The recipes I use are very easy to make (or I probably wouldn’t make them much).

    Does he have dental issues? Or are you trying to avoid problems?

  • Lee

    He’s absolutely adorable. And so sweet and so gentle and so resilient after the life he’s led.

    When we call him, he approaches us with his head almost at ground level. It is heartbreaking to me. Little by little, however, he’s learning to trust us more and more, and there have been times when he comes with his head held higher.

    I am not a violent man, but, forgive me for saying, I would love to go into a locked room where there are no rules with the coward (cowards?) that beat him.

    Thanks for forgiving me.


  • Lee

    Many, many thanks for the info. Mack likes Terrabones. I just ordered a bag of Vetriscience Dental Dog Sticks to see if Mack likes them. The ingredients look pretty good (click on the ingredients button).

    What do you think? Thanks again for caring about us.


  • Bobby dog

    What a handsome boy! I love floppy ears. If you come across any chews that he likes, please come back and post. I keep looking for things Bobby might like, but so far I only found a few things.

    I rotate kibble and toppers. I top his kibble with canned, commercial raw, and lightly cooked fresh foods. How I feed is not set in stone. If Bobby ever has any health or other issues come up, I will adjust accordingly. So far it has worked out for him. Here’s some info about rotational feeding.

    If you are interested in adding fresh foods to his kibble, check out this download from Steve Brown. I follow it for adding fresh foods to Bobby’s diet. What food and the amounts to add are listed according to your dog’s weight and what kibble you feed. I don’t feed an ABC day, I add fresh foods as toppers for a few meals:

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Awww, what a cute boy.

  • Lee

    We are lucky to have Mack in our family. Sometimes, before we go to sleep (Mack sleeps in our bed between my wife and me) I whisper to him that he’s safe and sound and that nobody will ever hurt him again. Many thanks for caring.

  • Lee

    Bobby dog…Thank you SO much. I like your idea of rotating between grain-free and grain-included. Good to know about the protein. Many, many thanks for taking the time to help me give Mack the best possible life. He deserves after what he’s been through…check him out living the good life now. Thanks again, Bobby dog..


  • Dog_Obsessed

    I would take Bobby dog’s advice on the food. I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for rescuing this dog!

  • Bobby dog

    What a lucky dog!!!!!!! I am not positive, but the Option formula more than likely gets 4 stars because it is lower in protein. I take ratings into consideration, but it is not a deciding factor. How well my dog likes the food and how well he does on it are more important for me.

    Grain free foods could be good for your dog if he has any inflammations such as digestive or joint issues. I rotate feeding grain inclusive and grain free. I see drawbacks to both varieties; grain free foods can be heavy in peas, potatoes, and legumes. At this time I rotate between both so my dog is not exposed to any single kibble binder for extended periods. However, I don’t have any experience with a dog that has been treated for Lyme’s so hopefully someone with knowledge in this area will chime in.

    I have a dog that stashes his “goods” for later too. He actually does not care for raw meaty bones or most other chews I have tried. He really enjoys Merrick Wishbone tendon treats. I feed them to him indoors, they aren’t messy or greasy feeling. He also likes tracheas, but they are greasy feeling (at least to me) so I save them for outdoors.–&age=All_Life_Stages

  • Lee Grenci

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Lee and I have posted here before while I was searching for a good dog food for Hannah, our Wild Boar Mini-Dachshund. She died in February at age 14 after a terrible illness. I still grieve for her. She was a special soul.

    We waited a few months and we decided to rescued Mack, a four-year-old Beagle mix…he’s very sweet, but he’s led a very tough life (more in a moment). We started feeding him the Option formula and mixing in wild salmon, organic ground beef, pork tenderloin, and breast of chicken on a rotating basis (when Mack arrived, he wouldn’t eat, so we started mixing in real meat to stimulate his appetite…it worked, and we haven’t stopped). Mack was abused (beaten), then abandoned, left to live as a stray, contracted Lyme disease, found, sold on Craig’s List, surrendered, and housed in shelters for over six months (yes, a very tough life indeed).

    I tell you all this because I want to get his food right. He’s had such a tough life.

    Question 1: Is the reason the Option formula only gets 4 stars is that it’s not grain free?

    Question 2: Would Mack benefit from a grain-free diet? He’s tested negative for Lyme after treatment, but I’m wondering if having had Lyme makes a grain-free diet more helpful?? He’s doing well on the Option diet.

    Question 3: I did some research on dental bones, and ended up ordering Terrabone. Mack loves them. There’s noting bad in the ingredients, but there’s also nothing great either. I realize this question is beyond the Food Advisor, but I would appreciate any guidance you might have. I should tell you that Mack resource-guards his bones, so giving him a raw knuckle or marrow bone because he tries to hide his bones in the furniture, and it would be a greasy mess if we got him a raw knuckle or marrow bone.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


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  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    My 3 girls have been on Annamaet Option for almost a month now. They love the food, and so do I. It is working fine for Laverne, too. I am also using the Endure supplement. So far, so good with that. I switched my cat to Annamaet, too, and she likes it! I will keep using this food, along with Fromm Salmon a la Veg and probably Mulligan Stew (at least their canned food). I hope I’m not jinxing us, but so far all is calm in this household lol!

  • WhoFlungDung

    My 10 year old Lab is a lively pup once again = I blame Annamaet 🙂
    Loving it!

  • dchassett

    How is your dog now? If she’s still having problems please make sure to give her grain free, white potato free and NO poultry. I had similar problems with one of my dogs and the vet wanted to put her on prednisone. I refused and thought it had to be something she was eating (I too suffer from allergies). I immediately switched her to grain free, soy free and white potato free. It took a little while for all the gunk to come out of her system. After two years I’m thrilled to report that unless I stupidly forget to check ingredients and let white potato get into her system it starts all over again. I immediately get rid of food (I keep all three girls on the same formula always) and switch to correct foods. I’ve recently started feeding raw and I am completely and totally blown away at how fabulous all three dogs are doing. I didn’t even realize that my other two dogs could also be helped on raw. Of course, raw is expensive to do solely so I use as toppers or deprive myself of something for myself and feed them more raw. Hope any of this helps. Let us now how your dog is doing.

  • carolk9s

    Please do have her thyroid checked, pronto! make sure it is the FULL panel, not just the T4.

  • Nicole Koepke

    you know what, I never thought of that. My vet never suggested that blood test.

  • Kevin Capper

    Have you checked her thyroid?

  • Kathi Crawley

    I started feeding this reviewed formula (Option) a few days ago. My little havanese has a sensitive stomach/skin issues and is allergic to chicken, lamb, potato and can only tolerate limited ingredient diets. So far so good, skin on belly is looking better and she is not vomiting!!! It has been difficult finding the right food and I am hoping that this food will work for her.

  • Betsy Greer

    Ah OK, I think we’re on to something now. : )

    Exactly which Annamaet are you feeding now and what were you feeding before. It does sound like you’re dealing with some sort of food allergy. And yes, it could be a combination of food and seasonal allergies. I know you said she’s eating chicken now. Was she eating a chicken based food previously? Was / is she eating grains?

    But, I would think that the gas was probably just more undesirable than anything. Annamaet is a good food. Have you tried using probiotics or digestive enzymes?

    BTW, one of my dogs is very sensitive to developing yeast and I just completely eradicated a yeast infection in his ear with Zymox Otic and possibly some supplements I was using, but the Zymox for sure. Have you tried that?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try giving her digestive enzymes for the gas and get her on a food with no chicken and no grains.

  • Nicole Koepke

    Prednisone due to skin allergies. Her belly lost its fur and the insides of the thighes. Also the biting of her pads. Note, she’s plagued w chronic ear infections. Shes been on purina one senior for 3 years and tired of the same routine of ear treatments and prednisone. The skin thing is seasonal, just like humans. However, was thinking het allergies glcould be food related as well. I just feel awful bc she is my baby.
    Pred started 3 weeks ago and we are weening off now per vet. One week ago we started the better kibble and the horrific gas started. No loose stool or patterns. Maybe finish the bag and if its not resolved, its probably that formula?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Could it be an allergy to chicken? Or grains?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Nicole,

    What’s going on with your pup that she’s taking prednisone? How long has she been on it in relation to how long she’s been on the Annamaet?

  • Nicole Koepke

    I know this is quality food, but I’m about to stop it due to the GAS! She’s on the chicken formula as recommended by our independently owned dog food entrepreneur. She’s a very young 10 year old with skin allergies. She is presently being weened off of prednisone.

  • Kathi Crawley

    Any idea why both selenium yeast and sodium selenite are in the ingredients?

  • Tinky’s mom

    some of the lines have prebiotics, however it is very good for digestion (the food).

  • Tinky’s mom

    some of the lines have prebiotics, however it is very good for digestion (the food).

  • Pattyvaughn

    Lots of foods don’t. There is some debate about how much good it does anyway. The way that kibble is warehoused is likely to activate and kill off the probiotics before they ever get to your dog, making probiotics just another marketing gimick.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Lots of foods don’t. There is some debate about how much good it does anyway. The way that kibble is warehoused is likely to activate and kill off the probiotics before they ever get to your dog, making probiotics just another marketing gimick.

  • Tobias C

    Why doesn’t this food have probiotics?

  • Tobias C

    Why doesn’t this food have probiotics?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m sure you are right about part of the reason being the red ingredients and lack of probiotics. The probiotics wouldn’t change my opinion because they don’t usually stay viable in kibble. The way kibble is made and stored usually activates the probiotics before they ever get to your dog and very little if any is left. So it is best to find one that has as many strains as you can find and add it just before feeding.

  • I have been feeding Annamaet Option (purple bag) to my dogs since the 1990s. I buy it at a local vet. I originally started buying(by mailorder from for my golden retriever who had food allergies. All my dogs goldens lived to be at least 13, the other dog a mutt was 16. My current dog Irish setter/golden mix does well on option, the vet was out of option and we substituted Aqualuk and he had gas the whole bag. It never went away! Some advice about dog food, I discovered years ago, while feeding the annamaet, I was low on money so I couldn’t get a 40 lb bag, so I went and bought a 20 lb bag of decent quality food from the local pet store and this dog ate on demand and was not fat or anything, but she ate the 20 lb cheap dog food in less time then she would’ve ate up 20 lbs of annamaet! So you really aren’t saving money or helping your dog, and it absolutely true that Annamaet since I’ve been using it in the 1990s has NEVER BEEN RECALLED, and none of my dogs have been sick from anything that could’ve even been remotely turned back to the dog food!!! They are also conscious of food sources for the food. My vet told me they were either thinking of changing and ingredient or did because of the source, I think they changed from catfish to salmon. 😉 The food smells pretty good, if I was really hungry and was out of food, I’d probably add broth or water and eat it myself! It does not have that grainy corn/wheat smell, bleck…

  • The four stars isn’t just about the meat protein I don’t think, isn’t it also because of the “red ingredients” and not having probiotics. I may ask Annamaet why it doesn’t have any! I have to give my dog a pill of probiotics, maybe he wouldn’t need it if it was in his food!

  • Hi Sam,

    As must be evident from my reviews, I likewise really like Mr. Downey’s designs, too.

    Since it is similar in design to its Annamaet sibling products, my rating for Encore is included within this same review.

    Also, you mentioned you feel we were “biased” in favor of grain free dog foods. And I can assure you, that is not true.

    The higher rating coincidentally enjoyed by so many grain free dog foods (including Annamaet Grain Free) is more related to the typically higher meat content found in many of these recipes.

    Hope this helps.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sally –

    If you read the top of the review, this is for the Encore formula. Ultra, Adult, Extra, Encore and Option were all rated 4 stars. Grain-free foods are not just for active dogs, that’s a myth. Most dogs regardless of activity level can benefit from a grain-free diet high in protein, moderate in fat and low in carbohydrates. Less active dogs just need to eat less calories than more active dogs, they don’t need different food.

  • Sally

    I’d love Rob to review the “Encore” formula and see where it falls. I have had great results using it. The owner Rob Downey seems to be a stand up guy who really wants to put out a quality food and seems to have a sound background in animal nutrition. The food is very well priced and I would love to see how many stars the dog food advisor gives it. It seems odd to me that very few foods with grains in them receive 5 stars on this site. Some of us do not want a grain free food if we don’t have really active dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m glad you found such a good food for a reasonable amount of money.  Four star is nothing to sneeze at, but it isn’t a five star food, not enough meat protein.  Most grain inclusive foods don’t make the five star level because they are high in carbs, low in protein.  The ones that only use a little grain still have room for adequate meat protein.

  • Susan

    I have just switched my puppy from Eukanuba which the breeder was using to Annamaet Encore.  I have had no problems with loose stools and she seems to like it alot.  I am paying the same amount for Annamaet but getting twice as much food, and of much better quality.  When I called the company the owner spoke to my himself and told me where all the ingredients were sourced.  In my opinion, this should be a five star food.  It seems rare to give a dry food a five star rating on this website without it being grain free. 

  • Hound Dog Mom


    Trifexis is a heartworm/flea preventative. I’ve dropped the Advantix and started using Sentry Naturals topical instead (no chemicals). The only reason I used Advantix during the summer in addition to the Trifexis is because of ticks – there are a lot of ticks in my area and I don’t want to vaccinate for lyme (my dogs and I go hiking in the woods daily during the summer). I haven’t found a tick yet with the Sentry Naturals and I know several people using Advantix or Frontline that  have already had their dogs test positive for lyme. I’ve researched Trifexis and feel it’s fairly safe (in comparison to other preventatives). In an ideal world I’d use no chemicals on my dogs, but I’m not willing to risk heartworm. I’ve seen too many dogs die from it at the shelter I work for and it’s rampant in the area I live in. But no vaccines (other than puppy boosters) and no chemical wormers for my dogs (I use diatamaceous earth). My dogs also do a 24 hour fast once a week in which all they get is broth with Animal Essentials Detox Tinicture.

  • Andrea

    I like the way your feeding your dogs, but I’m concerned about the Trifexis and the Advantix. I believe giving the dogs neem once a month replaces Trifexis. And I fixed the flea issue with Chincilla dust, Mad about Organics, Borax powder etc. and we have lots of fleas on the west coast. It is a bit more work, but no poison for my dogs. I personally also feed my dogs some raw and cooked vegetables, berries, meats etc. as well as Annaemat, Fromm and Orijen. No toxic vaccines or any other toxic medications. Great however, how you feed your dogs!

  • LabLady2

    Mike, you have done a great job. I know it can be overwhelming, especially with all the details you go into. It is a full-time job in itself!


  • Mike S and Sandy

    You two deserve a big “WELL DONE” for your work which is not easy to do. I get bored to death just going over our 4 formulas after a change in the formula to make sure everything is as it should be so I can’t even begin to imagine what you two are going through – and I don’t have to make any calls to get further info o confirmation.

    It’s a lot of work but keeping your reviews up to date has a lot to do with what separates your site from all the others Mike and makes you the best of the best.

  • Hi LabLady2,

    I agree. Rob Downey, the owner of Annamaet has always been responsive to my questions.

    Please be aware Sandy and I are currently in the process of updating over 600 reviews on the DFA website. And we expect to get to Annamaet very soon.

    If you click on the link in this comment, you can see how many we’ve updated just in the last 60 days alone.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • LabLady2

    I know it is hard to keep up with this, but Annamaet has changed their ingredients a litte since this review was last updated. They seem to keep up with research and try to improve their food. I would suggest if anyone is interested in any of Annamaet’s products to check out their website to get the current ingredients. If you have any questions, they will be happy to answer them. Not only is the owner a nice person, but he is VERY passionate about dog nutrition!

  • Toxed2loss

    Morning Sugar! Aside from slow type response, I’m lovin’ the changes. I can see pics now!

  • Shawna

    I like Brothers The best. I also use Merrick BG, Orijen, Acana and a few others. 🙂

    Since the changes made yesterday, I can no longer post or even read posts on my work pc.. Posting from phone (which I’m doing now) is too cumbersome. Will only be able to post from home when babies are away or sleeping. Charging my tablet right now..

    Mike S – are you trying to tell me something? 🙂

  • LA

    Has anyone tried Annamaet Option dog food?? Hey Shawna which dry dog food do you trust the most?

  • Toxed2loss

    Good to know! Thanks!!

    O.k. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!! GFETE

  • Shawna

    In pancreatitis you want to keep the fat to a minimum (sometimes only in active pancreatitis and sometimes forever).  Yet, you know I am a protein freak.  So, you can get that extra protein without the possibly problematic fat by eating the white only.

    In kidney disease you want to reduce the amount of phosphorus in the diet based on the stage of the disease while still trying to keep the protien high.

    Per nutrition data website—one whole and raw, large egg has 95.5 mg of phosphorus and 6 grams of protein.

    That same egg with yolk removed has only 4 grams of protein but also only 4.9mg of phosphorus.  So you could add a lot of quality protein without a lot of phosphorus.  Cooking it will lower the quality of protein but one could still feed raw and just add a whole food supplemental source of biotin.  Extra B vitamins should be supplemented in KD when there is excess urine output anyway — loss of water soluble vitamins :).

  • Toxed2loss

    Hey babe,
    I only mentioned removing the yolk because it was “trendy” there for a while when they were falsely saying cholesterol was bad. But would you mind elaborating on why it’s removed in these two situations? 🙂

  • Shawna

    PS — I can only think of two reasons to remove the yolk.

    1.  Feeding a dog with pancreatitis
    2.  Feeding a dog with late stage kidney disease

  • Shawna

    I LOVE nitrate free bacon!!!  And, eat my eggs over medium (yolk runny, whites not).. 

    Dr. Mercola and Dr. Josh Axe both eat their daily egg raw, in a smoothy..  I know it is healthier but the only way I will eat my egg raw is the one that comes in the Dairy Queen milkshake — infrequently of course :).

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Hey patty… Sometimes I scramble them, sometimes I fry them, sometimes I break the yoke half way through cooking and do “semi scrambled” in the pan, sometimes I mix in broccoli… How ever I cook them, I almost always throw some mustard on the finished product! Oh, and I always sprinkle with organic powdered garlic before cooking. No added salt though. =)

  • Pattyvaughn

    OK I’m dying to know how you cook your eggs when you eat them with mustard. People think I’m weird about mustard, but I’ve never had it on my eggs. I’m ready!

  • Dog Food Ninja

     Ahh, so the avidin isn’t a problem at all for us humans who cook our eggs?  Even still, as Toxie said, there are too many good things you leave out of an egg when you remove the yoke… Not the least of which being the calorie rich fat!!!  I eat two eggs with mustard most mornings and that manages to hold me until lunch.  Sometimes I throw in two strips of Coleman’s Nitrate free bacon too… I can’t live without the occasional bacon!  🙂 

  • Shawna

    You ARE fast 🙂  The only thing I can add — avidin is a glycoprotein.. 🙂  Oh, and — IF someone just wants to feed the whites only (say if they need low fat or low phosphorus — phos is high in the yolk).  Anyhoo :), if someone wants to just feed the whites they can lightly cook them (til just opaque) to deactivate the avidin…

  • Toxed2loss

    LOL, yes Speedy, you win! That’s it. I don’t ever eat just the whites. The yolk is where the most nutrition is.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I win!!!  lol just kidding, but I think I happened to find the answer from hounddogmom12 over on the Brother’s thread…

     “There is something called avidin in raw egg white that prevents the dog
    from absorbing biotin (an essential b vitamin). If the whole egg is
    being fed this isn’t a problem because there’s enough biotin the the
    yolk to counteract the avidin. However, if one dog is getting the yolk
    and one is getting the white that could be a problem.”

    Is that exactly what I was thinking of?  Probably.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Okay, toxie, you mention that egg whites are a good source of lecithin.  I have read at some point that there is negatives of eating just the egg white without the yoke.  Something about the fat and protein interaction maybe?  I don’t remember… 
    I ask because occasionally at the store I have someone tell me they give their dog egg whites only and I doubt that is as healthful as whole eggs.  Shawna, you may know this one too!  who wins the fastest answer??  😀    

  • Shawna

    Yeah, I think you got the probiotics covered :)…  Love Answer’s goat milk!!!  Can’t get it in my area but countin down til I can.. 

    I give Audrey several glandular products (because of her kidneys)..  Feeding glandulars can actually prevent damage to the organ being given to (obviously not an issue in a healthy pup)..

    I make my own supplement mix and change it every new batch.  One batch might have some spirulina, burdock root powder, variety of seaweeds, dandelion root powder etc added to half a container of enzymes.  Next batch I might use barley grass, wheat grass, beet root etc added to the enzymes.

    Luckily, I don’t have to use any preventatives with my crew 🙂

  • Toxed2loss

    Not that they do, just that some one might want to ask. I said, Regular butchers do. Not that Bravo does.

  • Addie

    Hey Shawna, someone on the Bravo thread mentioned the meat being much more red than before, and Toxed said they could be using carbon monoxide to make it appear that way? I’ve never had any issues with Bravo, and know you feed it, so just wondering if you know anything about it? You can just reply on that thread if you have any ideas

  • hounddogmom12

    Yes, give 1/4 C. pureed organic fruits & veggies every morning (I rotate weekly). And I’m a huge tripe fan (well maybe I’m not…but my dogs are), my dogs get tripe every other night for dinner and I use Answer’s goat’s milk a few days a week so I suppose the probiotics are unnecessary.

    I do use Trifexis once a month year round and Advantix monthly during the summer only. I fast the dogs Sundays to detox. Monday – Saturday they get fed breakfast and dinner. Sunday they get a recreational bone first thing in the morning and a detox broth in the evening – I add 1 tbs. Honest Kitchen’s Ice pups and 40 drops Animal Essentials Detox Blend (Burdock, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Red Clover, Alfalfa, and Licorice) to 1 C. warm water. So they go 24 hours without solid food.

    I feed a variety of foods but I do like a whole foods trace nutrient supplement. I’ll look into the G.O. supplement. If I don’t go with that I’ll try to simplify and just add a little spirulina or bee pollen once a day. 🙂

  • Alex

    Why are you then not tell TOX2LOSS stop accusing me of posting under a differrent name on Great life, while I never have, why are you not talking to him?; i believe I have a right defending myself, as you are buddies it seems attacking someone here and trying to come up with bad things which are false, absolutly ridicilous. You guys and LAB opened a can of worms and then you guys complain that the can has been openend, don’t open the can! Grow up!

  • Shawna

    Hey hounddogmom 🙂

    The product you linked to has so many ingredients I have to wonder if anything in there is concentrated enough to be of significant benefit??

    Have you looked at Pet GO.  It is 100% glandular (whole food)..  Doesn’t get more species appropriate then that :)..

    I know you feed organic, free range muscle meat.  Do you add organs, veggies/fruits/nuts or anything else besides meat and bone?  If you have said I can’t remember…  I’m 45 and my mind is going —– uhhhgggg…

    If you are feeding raw tripe regularly you really don’t need extra probiotics especially if you are also feeding a prebiotic — like garlic. If not feeding tripe Mercola probiotic (as Toxed mentioned 🙂 are really good.

    I like enzymes for even raw fed dogs but I can’t say they are truly “necessary” — just beneficial..

    Milk thistle if you use monthly preventatives etc.

  • Dog Food Ninja

     Lab’s last post was five hours ago, Alex.  FIVE HOURS.  You have been posting nonsense nonstop.  At this point, I don’t care what your original intent was, I’m just tired of seeing your posts.  You are fishing for a fight now, so this is the last post I’m addressing to you, because it is beneath me to continue to feed into your game here.  Everyone else that is posting here please join me in ignoring anything posted by Alex that isn’t related to dog food.  Thank you, drive thru.   

  • Alex

    yah, ganging up against me.

  • Alex

    I don’t know who yentl&jack is and I have never posted under this name.You are obviously Labs friend, and how do you know he has let it go? He kept pushing and pushing, and would refuse to let it go, you are obviously bias. All I did is defend myself, which I’m entitled to, – I love other forums where people are actualy respectful and not buddies with each other.

  • Toxed2loss

    I think I recall you asking Shawna about probiotics ? If that was you, I use the mercola one too.

    So many of the kibbles are already fortified, and you rotate. So I’m thinking you are already doing a great job. More is not necessarily better. Whole, raw meats, animal fats & proteins and cooked, puréed veggies are going to be your healthiest sources. IMO a lot of extraneous products are just hype. :-}

  • hounddogmom12

    Well I give a whole egg every morning so they should be good with lecithin. 🙂

    I’ll use up this jar then let the search for a new supplement begin!

  • Toxed2loss

    You’re still bringing it up. You keep saying you want to move on, but you don’t. You keep feeding the fire. I notice labs has let it go… Hmmm telling.

    I also noticed you posted nearly the exact same comments as Yentl & Jack Jones on the Great Life thread. Interesting.

  • Alex

    I see you are bias; I said it yesterday I want to move on, I moved on and he or she kept on going, so I defended myself only. But I am moving on, to other forums where LAB doesn’t participates and I’m left alone with attacks.

  • Toxed2loss

    The best source of Lecithin is egg whites. Eggs are also an excellent source of phosphotydyl choline, serene, etc. And many more vital nutrients!!!

    I wouldn’t use that product. There’s a lot in there that isn’t the best thing to give your dog, and a lot thats unnecessary. IMO :-}

  • hounddogmom12


    So it would be best for dogs to avoid lecithin? I’m a little concerned because I’m currently using this supplement for my dogs:

    It contains “pure lecithin.” I knew that lecithin could be a soy derivative and I generally try to avoid soy…but then I read it was just a fatty acid so didn’t think it would be a problem. Maybe I’ll switch supplements when I’m done this jar.


  • Toxed2loss

    Alex, everytime you mention what Labs did, YOU aren’t letting it go… If you really are a nice person, you can prove it by “never” mentioning it again, and making sure every post you make contributes in a positive way to the community.

    Labs is a proven member of this community, so it’s up to you to prove yourself. :-}

  • Alex

    Have you done on a hike yet with your dog? He or she needs you!

  • Alex

    It said Simon earlier while I typed in Alex, now it says Alex again, not my fault all of this confusion!

  • Dog Food Ninja

     Okay, okay, Alex, let’s let it go.  Labs, are we good here?  Can we let this go so Alex can stop wasting posts trying to prove innocents?  lol  🙂 

  • Toxed2loss

    Exactly!!! GFETE

  • Alex

    Below is again an example how my posts on 12:12 and 12:15 was posted by a computer error as simon, I pointed out it should say Alex, as I typed in Alex and not simon, and now it comes up as Alex again. An issue of this site, nothing else!

  • Dog Food Ninja

     Gotcha.  So what you are saying is that the lecithin carries all the same basic problems that I already hate soy for.  🙂 

  • Alex

    I agree, and nothing on my part was malicious at all! You can read great posts of mine, and it is all about dog food, I’m trying to help people with information nothing else. I think the accusation is ridicilous as nothing like this was intended. LAB would not let it go, and kept on arguing, I stated many times, just leave me alone! I’m here to discuss dog food, nothing else. so lets’ just move forward and forget about it.

  • Toxed2loss

    Soy contains genisteine, an estrogen analog. Soy lecithin contains it too. If its “purified” enough to remove all naturally occurring “impurities” the solvents, themselves, remain in the product. The solvents are toxic.

    But back to estrogen analogs and soy. The International Soy Symposium has reported increased risk of reproductive cancers in both men and women linked to soy consumption. Soy and soy product use (internal & external) leads to early onset puberty and gynomastica (breat development in males), reduction in muscle mass development, greater incidence of fat deposits, senile dementia 5 years ahead of your peers, and advanced signs of aging, 5 years ahead of your peers. There’s more, but isn’t that enough?

  • Toxed2loss

    Excellent post and the right tack DFN!!!

    If it was unintentional Alex (& anyone using that IP) should get with Disqus and figure out exactly what’s going on. And focus on the forum, not the past.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Okay, so lecithin is a fatty acid.  What is the problem with it?  What does it do to the body that we would wish to avoid?  

  • Dog Food Ninja

     I wasn’t saying Labs crossed the line, you misinterpreted my post.  You see, if you didn’t post under multiple names intentionally, then fine.  But in the past, we have dealt with people doing just that and “ganging up” so to speak.  So you’ll have to excuse some of us to being quick to recognize a multi-poster and getting upset a little too quickly.  If your intents were not malicious, then I see no reason to continue to argue about this subject and lets talk about dog food!      

  • Alex

    well, then why don’t you read his many posts under Diamond naturals where he crossed the line, or she.

  • Alexandra

    I will disagree with you 100% about Labs. They have been on here for a very long time and has never done what you accuse them of.

    Labs has always been very helpful.

  • Alex

    Correction: I am Alex! I did not say I’m Simon and now this post is coming up as Simon! My son is Simon! This is a computer clinch!!!Lab kept acusing me of multiple personality disorder, but again: I posted as Ales and this site did not properly take my name!Not my fault, and no big deal LAB!

  • Alex

    I absolutly agree with you!Lab crossed the line not just on this forum.He or she has been very abusive,harassing and offensive.He or she went off on people not caring what this forum is all about.All over he or she is going after people while this forum is about exchanging information,not making others wrong and attacking them as he or she has been doing on this forum all over.I stated repeatetly I want to be left alone and he or she would not stop with mean marks.

  • 102Sparki

    You have not been part of this since the beginning. It was obvious that LabsRawesome used several different identities to substantiate his accusation against people here.

  • Toxed2loss

    Morning DFN!
    The Industry standard for lecithin is soy (according to Phillip-Morris, “the lecithin people.” their representative told me that if it doesn’t designate a source, it is safe to assume its from soy.

    Equal Exchange chocolate is lecithin free, as is Rapunzel’s. Yumm!

  • Alexandra

    Too funny Marie!!!!!

    Why are exclaimation marks sooo offensive!?!?!??!?!?

    How many constitute fraud!?!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

     102Sparki, aka Alex, aka DogsOntheHill, aka Peter, aka Sandra, aka Laura. It is PRETTY obvious that I can’t post under any other names, because I have an avatar. DUH. If I were to post under a different name the picture of my Lab would show up. FYI I emailed Dr. Mike, so you will be dealt with soon. Seriously what do you get out of playing these stupid games?

  • LabsRawesome

    OMG! Marie. ROTFLMAO !!! You are hilarious!!! 102Sparki actually believed that you are suspicious of me. LOL!!! Check the post. HAHAHA. Caps and fraudulent & racist exclamation marks?! TOO FUNNY!!!

  • melissa


    I have to agree with what you said, lol.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    Hey Toxie, what’s te story with lecithin? I avoid “soy lecithin” in dark chocolate, but the lecithin here has no identifier before it. You suppose it’s made from soy regardless?

  • Pugsonraw


    This is the funniest thing I’ve read on here yet!  That just made my morning….

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I find racist exclamation points offensive, but I’m fine with the fraudulent ones. But anyways, let’s be nice, everyone. We see this stuff gets us nowhere over and over. Unless you just find it entertaining. Then do as you will. What dog food is this again? Oh yeah. Mid 20’s protein and a buncha rice? Not impressed. Anyone here to read about this food, may you see that I am unimpressed with it. That is all.

  • Johnandchristo


    fraudulent and racist exclamation marks. Plus caps.
    somebody do something, lol.

  • 102Sparki

    Thanks, Marie,  you are right on the money!We have here someone who is using abusive language (Lab), making fraudulent posts and accuses other poeple of doing something he is the only one doing; which is actually violating the rules on this site! It is pritty obvious that Lab himself has posted several posts in support of his own agenda.On other posts he (or she as she or he told as he or she was)was very abusive and kept harassing people while not allowing and respecting their own opinion. He would call people names and was very disrespectful.This site is supposed to be there to share information not to act inappropriate and harass people or make fun of them in a bad way.

  • Marie

    You know, you might be right. It is suspicious the way Labs occasionally uses all caps in her/his posts and follows them up with several fraudulent and racist exclamation marks.

  • Shawna

    OMG Marie!!!  No one can make me laugh as hard as you can!!!!  LMAO!!!

  • Marie

    Good luck with that whole searching for positivity thing without the capacity to discern a joke.

  • 102Sparki

    I find it very suspicious that you think Lab is a woman how can you know that without knowing ‘her’ or being her or without being bias in this situation,while Lab has violated all the rules.I am obviously not the only one who is offended by her or his posts which without a doubt violate the “rules”. He or she keeps harassing everyone and uses inappropriate language.I will move on to a forum which is more friendly and positive,I don’t want this negative talk in my life!

  • Marie

    Are you saying Labs is racist, suggestive and/or fraudulent ?! Good sir (madam? I don’t know, this is the internet) I take exception to you singling out our dear friend Labs – as her (his? I guess?) handle clearly states the term ‘Awesome’, and as such, she is above reproach.

    Also, I’m FAR more suggestive, abusive, and fraudulent (the later being a pretty wicked awesome adjective to use to describe oneself ) than LabsareAwesome, and I DEMAND, sir, the recognition I deserve.

  • 102sparki

    Actually nowhere I see that ‘policy’,you are referring to,but I see the following rule LabsRawesome keeps violating while his posts are all over this website,it states under the rules:
    “Is illegal, threatening, defamatory, abusive, harassing, degrading, intimidating, fraudulent, deceptive, invasive, racist, or contains any type of suggestive, inappropriate, or explicit language”:Clearly LabsRawesome has been very rude,abusive and harassing in his posts all over to people.

  • 102sparki

    LabsRawesome and affiliates:Actually nowhere I see that ‘rule’,you are referring to,but I see the following rule LabsRawesome keeps violating while his posts are all over this website,it states under the rules:
    “Is illegal, threatening, defamatory, abusive, harassing, degrading, intimidating, fraudulent, deceptive, invasive, racist, or contains any type of suggestive, inappropriate, or explicit language:Clearly LabsRawesome keeps violating the rules as he attacks people consistently and used intimitating degrading language.On one site you put a person down,and keep harassing them,and on another instance I have seen a post where he is degrading in his acts.He is very rude,abusive and harassing in his posts all over to people.

  • Shawna

    I’m definitely seeing a VERY similar style of communicating between this poster and one that goes by a different name as well..  I didn’t see it at first but now that Labs has drawn my attention to it — I am seeing it.  Like Addie states – that is clearly against the owners rules.

    I’m not saying you ARE the same person as the other poster that has the same style but I can see why Labs thinks so..

  • Addie

    She doesn’t ban people, but using different names when you’re the same person is clearly against the website’s policy.  

  • 102Sparki

    LabsRawsome,I have seen your posts all over this site and I find your posts especially when you go after people very disturbing.Are you somewhat affiliated with the site that you can now ban people from this site?I don’t get it with you.On other posts you were very rude!I’m done reading your posts!

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Simon, you have a very funny way of spelling “knibbles” just like “Laura” on the Diamond thread. Please stop playing around. Stop making all these posts under different names. YOU WILL BE CAUGHT AND BANNED FROM THIS SITE.

  • Simon

    You are right, when you switch food, do it slowly over a period of 2 weeks also. However, I have seen dogs switch to certain foods, such as Fromm at any time without transition time and they did great; the better the food the easier the transition. I don’t think Pedigree is a high quality food, so I believe a more healthy food is better for the dog, and like someone said, switch it around some, like you could give 50% ammaenat and 50% Fromm or Pinnacle or Vet preferred or whatever you chose. Also I would add a little bit of can food once in a while or home cooked meals. Merrick has great cans which are BPA free.

  • Lisa

    I have not tried Annaemat myself, but researched alot so I’m enough curious to try it myself. I find the ingredients very good, but also like Health extension Vet prefered. I find it important to rotate the food some, you can rotate it within the lines or you can give 2,3 foods eather one bag after the other or mix them even. This gives your dog variety and helps with defecency in the food, or if there are toxins present, at least the dog is not getting it all the time. Dogs also can get allergies if they always have the same food. I also find one should give them some fresh food once in a while too. I mainly give my dog the Fromm as this is also a USDA inspected facility and very high quality; great digestion! I then add some Verus and Orijen. I’m open to try more foods, but I’m cautious as too many times I thought a food was great, such as Great life, and then the knibbles had hair and bone pieces on it, the company no integrity etc. So I’m very picky and find it is a good idea to switch some, but if you have found a great food, use it as your base.
    I emailed however Annaemat and Vet preferred Health extension and so far I got no answer, while Fromm has excellent costumer service.

  • Alex

    Hi Lisa, my Schnauzer always got allergies on grain food, but not on the Fromm dog food with grains! What that tells me it is about the ratio/quantities in grains they use! It needs carbs to digest the protein, carbs can come from grains or veggies, but if there are too many carbs/grains, dogs get likely allergies or it can turn into sugar and cause diabetes later on. I would stay, stick with the good companies, and you will be fine! (Somethimes some companies use lots of grains as a filler)I give both grain and grain free foods, such as Fromm, some Orijen, and I’m trying right now verus, i tried everything else; many foods out there but not many which have pure high quality, human grade ingredients, no hidden preservatives etc. Verus has lots of grain too, but I use it in combination with the Fromm and my home cooked meals, so they will be fine, their lamb is from NewZealand, that is what I’m excited about, and their ingredients are pure. In other words, I don’t think it hurts to use some foods with grain-in moderation. Grains have great nutrients, such as B vitamins, which is healthy too.

  • Lisa

    Thank you!! I really appreciate the info. I will definitely start using can food. They both love can food. 🙂 a lot of the can foods are free of her allergens which is even better. Do you have a few brands of can you prefer?

  • I feed raw which is high protein and above average fat.  I also feed kibble with at least 30% protein and also include Wysong Epigen on top of that.  Mine are indoor, low metabolism, lap-dog pugs ages 4 to 10.  But all dogs are different!!

  • Lisa

    I know Acana pacifica has peas, but I heard so many good things about it from people who have dogs with severe allergies and nothing else worked. Maybe just the better quality food will be enough. I hope. I just picked up a bag. I will give it 3 months as long as no major reactions. 

  • Lisa

    Thanks Sandy, they contain her other allergens. That is why I am so stuck with taste of the wild. Looks like Timberwolf added peas. The others have some form of chicken or turkey which are her high allergies along with corn. I appreciate you taking the time to give me the info. I did try the honest kitchen and she vomited. I have another question, I did not try the peak protein, but she is a medium size beagle, on the smaller side and she is not overly active. Is the higher protein ok? Thank you so much, your so helpful to me. 

  • These are pea free:  Merrick Before Grain, Honest Kitchen Zeal and Embark, Canine Caviar, EVO red meat and white meat, Epigen venison, Grandma Lucys Pureformance, Natures Logic, Great Life Grain Free and Nutro Natural Choice GF Tukey, Pinnacle Peak, Timberwolf, Canidae  Single Grain  Protein Plus.  These are grain and free.

  • Lisa

    I am having a hard time finding a replacement to Taste of the Wild pacific stream. I think she is reacting to peas which is in a lot of the other grain free formulas. I spoke to Annamaet and he said to try the option but she has never done good on any grains and I have tried many. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.

  • Lisa,

    Sometimes it’s not the grain but what comes with them that causes the problems.  Also some dog breeds are gluten sensitive which are in grains.  Some dogs don’t do well with all the carbohydrates that come from grains (or potato) as carbs are digested by amylase which canines do not produce alot of naturally as they are designed to digest meat. And then some dogs seem to do just fine.

  • Lisa

    Are grains good or bad? I am so confused in what I read. Was looking into option for allergies but most allergy formulas are grain free. The way it was explained to me is dogs can react to a grain in one food like barley, but not another because they have different grades. Thanks

  • Esandak1123

    Changing foods is always scary especially since he has been on the same food since a puppy. Vet said to slowly transition him to the new food so both dogs eat the same food. I know he will eat anything. He’s a good eater 🙂

  • Mark

    Our lab lived for 15 years all on this food

    Great ingredients and the owner of the company answers your concerns.

    When we get our next lab we will continue to use this awesome food!

  • Esandak1123,

    Oh…since I change my dogs foods all the time, I guess I didn’t understand your question.  Is there a reason for not switching him?  Just because he is 7 is not a reason to not change foods.  Would you eat the same meal for the rest of your life?  Are you saying that he has eaten the same food all 7 years? If he has, then a very slow transition would be needed.  My dogs eat different foods every bag so I guess your question just didn’t make sense to me and I have 4 yr olds, a 7 yr old and a 10 year old.  My reason for changing foods is to give them a variety of amino acids from a variety of different meat sources – beef, fish, chicken, bison, duck, rabbit, etc.

    So…there is no reason to not change your dog’s food just because he is 7.

  • Esandak1123

    Yes i know that. 🙂 Just not sure if I should switch my dog’s food since he is 7.

  • Esandak1123,

    Looking at their website, looks like the Encore is also for adult dogs.  The 7 yr old should be able to eat it. 

  • Esandak1123

    I have a question. I have a 5 month old puppy who is on Annameat Encore Dog food. I have a 7 year old Maltipoo who was eating Pedigree since a puppy and is eating Pedigree-corn free as an adult. I am thinking of switching my 7 year old to Annamaet so both dogs will eat the same food. Any opinions or advice?

  • Gretchen

    My 9 year old rescue boxer has always been prone to allergies and lately had been losing fur, smelling bad and had dandruff – on high end dog foods (fish).  I switched him to Annamaet Aqualuk – fish, no grain.  He has been eating Aqualuk for a few months – he looks great and has tons of energy.  Definitely worth the price!

  • Deanna

    I am choosing Annamaet Adult because from their website, it says this formula is designed for older dogs or dogs with slower metabolisms. My one dog is 8, and the other has a very slow metabolism. We’ve even had him tested for a thyroid problem because he’s fat, and we don’t over feed them. The vet says he has a slow metabolism. Hopefully this food will be good for both of them!

  • ss

    Annamaet is an excellent food. You will find people that use it never switch. The Adult formula is fine for a regular pet but Extra, Encore & Ultra for other dogs. The grains frees are excellent foods, perhaps the best grain frees on the market.

  • Deanna

    We are going to buy a bag of Annamaet Adult tomorrow (the store gave us a sample… a fairly large sample… and the dogs seem to like it and tolerate it well). We were feeding Diamonds Naturals, and they liked it, but did not tolerate it well. Very loose stools and terrible gas. We switched to Fromms Gold, which they also like, but the store we got that from just raised the price again, so I started looking for something else and came across Annamaet. So hopefully it will go well, but so far so good (at least with the sample).

  • Laurie M.
  • Carol

    Where does one go to purchase this dog food?

  • Smitty

    You did find a winner. Small batches, exclusive food at a fair price.

    I started using it when it was being sold in 10lb foil “test” bags with just a white sticker on it. It wasn’t even on the market yet.

    Orijen can’t come close to that food in terms of quality, design and long-term results.

  • Claibourne

    I just switched from Taste of the Wild to Annamaet Salcha (poultry). My Belgian Sheepdog (1yr) was not eating much of anything, but I think we found a winner. He is loving his food and, since my dogs generally don’t chew their food, the tiny kibble is terrific. I add a little raw diet (frozen nugget based), some plain yogurt and a little hot water…..

  • Jonathan

    Brendan, weight gain (and loss) are nothing more than a function of calories in versus calories out. This food has 448 cal/cup. Purina Fit and Trim has 320 cal/cup. All that means is that if your dog is 65lb’s and needs 1313 calories per day, then he would need 2.93 cups of just Annamaet, or 4.10 cups a day of Purina’s filler-laden junk. So it’s cheaper and more healthful to feed less of a good food than more of a crappy food! Just have a look at Mike’s dog food calculator.

  • Brendan

    I have been mixing the anameat fish oil food with purina fit and trim, I just read the review on fit and trim, does anyone have any advice on another food to mix this with? i need something to help watch my Lab greyhound mix’s weight. He is almost a year old and I just want to watch his weight and keep him a healthy speedster instead of an over weight slump like my neighbors lab.

  • Laurie M.

    Just wanted to say, I think highly of the Annamaet dog food line and the company itself. I have fed my dogs the Encore formula and am pleased with the results.

  • Hi Andy… The entire Annamaet product line here gets our 4-star rating. I wouldn’t lower one just because it has corn rather than brown rice. Sure, sometimes there are significant differences between products within a brand. But unless that difference is truly distinctive for a specific recipe (what we refer to as an “outlier”), we don’t assign it a special rating.

  • Andy

    Hi Mike,

    I would really appreciate your advise on something, at a glance would your give Annamaet encore 4 stars as well, and what about the adult, I am guessing based on the corn (though not much) the adult might only be a 3 star, I could really use your expertise on this!!!

  • Hi Andy… Both white and sweet potatoes can be considered good vegetable ingredients. But not when their quantity becomes excessive enough to serve as an alternative to solid meat content.

  • Andy

    Hey which is a better Potato or sweet patato?

  • sal

    The new Annamaet grain free diets are amazing. I just picked up another 40lbs. It is still in limited release and being sold in plain bags.

    Been raising dogs for a long time and this stuf delivers the goods.

  • Hi Sal… Thanks for the tip. Let me know when the new Annamaet grain-free product is released (on the website) and I’ll get to work on a review.

  • sal


    I was able the get “Salcha” one of the new Annamaet grain-free diets through a sled dog racer that I know. The foods will be released next month.

    Chicken-Turkey-Duck, looks like a winner. Will start it today.

  • Hi Sal… Once again, great detective work. I see this note from the company is indeed on the Annamaet website. I’ve now removed all references to menadione in the review. Thanks for the tip.

  • sal

    you should like this from Annamaet. Also he is putting out 3 grain free foods.

    Menadione Concern?
    Due to concern expressed by many of our loyal customers concerning the safety of Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfate (MDB), source of vitamin K activity, Annamaet Petfoods removed it from all of our formulas beginning July 2009. Any product with a best used by date of July, 2010 or more recent will be MDB free.
    You will not notice the removal of MDB from our ingredient panel right away, because if we upgrade our products, by law we can use up existing packaging. We print bags in 60,000 production runs, because we are concerned about the environment we will use up all existing packaging and labels before you see the change on the bags.

  • Hi Sal… I selected Option to use for our “example” because it was more representative of all the recipes in the overall Annamaet product line. Ultra was at the very top of the brand’s products for meat content… and that means it wouldn’t have been the most “typical” Annamaet product.

    Option is a “great chow”, too… not just for allergies. If your dog is exceptionally “active”, then Ultra would be your smarter choice. In any case, this is a nice product line.

  • sal

    cool you reviewed Annamaet buy why didn’t you feacture Ultra?
    Option is for allergies.

    Ultra is a great chow.