Annamaet Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Annamaet Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Annamaet Grain Free product line lists 5 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 Grain Free Sustain Formula [A]
  • Annamaet Grain Free Lean Low Fat Formula [A]
  • Annamaet Grain Free Salcha Poulet Formula [A]
  • Annamaet Grain Free Manitok Red Meat Formula [A]
  • Annamaet Grain Free Aqualuk Cold Water Formula [A]

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: Deboned lamb, lamb meal, lentils, chickpeas, venison meal, herring meal, canola oil, tapioca, field peas, menhaden oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)), carrots, celery, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, natural flavor, fat product (algae, source of fatty acids), 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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%37%35%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The third ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The next two items include venison meal and herring meal, two additional high protein meat concentrates.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

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.

The eighth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The ninth ingredient includes 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.

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 five notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, 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.

In addition, 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.

Next, this food 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 includes 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 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 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

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 lentils, chickpeas and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Annamaet Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

Those looking for a standard grain-based kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Annamaet dog food.

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Notes and Updates

10/22/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • 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 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?

  • Hana Spitz

    Thanks for your reply! He has victors grain free rated with “significant amount of meat”. They have 33% protein and they claim to have 75% sourced from meat.
    Is moderate more or less than notable?
    Annamaet has a 32/20 protein/fat that is grain inclusive.
    Sorry for all the questions… I mostly feed raw but I am trying to find a kibble I can keep on hand. Thanks in advance.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I think “notable” is about the 3rd or 4th highest rating on that score that Dr Mike has. It’s got 33% protein, though, so 85% of that is 28% of the recipe as a whole, which is less than others that he rates as “an abundance” or a “significant amount” of meat (Wysong Epigen is an example of the former, and Wysong Epigen 90 the latter, both of which have far more protein to start with than Annamaet)

  • Hana Spitz

    I don’t understand why this food only has a “notable amount of meat”. When I emailed the company they informed me 81-85% of their protein came from meat.

  • Amateria

    Our Rusty has pancreatitis but he doesn’t really appear to have it anymore hopefully I don’t jinx him yikes! Anyways boiled chicken with rice and veggies is what he eats as his main food whether he gets an attack or not, I figure it could work for your dog also to keep him on a bland like diet until you can switch him over to another food.

  • bpet

    I’ve got my dog on a prescription diet after a bout with pancreatitis. While his weight is down and his blood work is back to normal the rx food is terrible. Aside from the quality (or lack there of) it’s made his eye discharge pretty unmanageable, probably the grain. I want to gradually switch him over to this. I know all dogs are different but has anyone been in a similar situation and had good results?

  • theBCnut

    This review was last updated may, 2015 and they update reviews every 18 month, so they will be doing it soon. Dr. Mike really appreciates it when you let him know that there has been a formula change, so if you want to use the “Contact Us” widget at the bottom of the page and let him know, he’ll be glad you did.

  • Francesca G

    Please check the ingredients on Annamaet’s website for Manitok. They are different than what is being reviewed on this site.

  • Crazy4cats

    I like VetriScience probiotic supplements for my dogs too.

  • ChiChi

    Oh also, I’m not sure if you’ve tried this already or not, but maybe try feeding a grain inclusive food. Some sensitive dogs just don’t do well on grain free foods. I’m actually feeding my dog a bag of Annamaet right now, but one of their grain inclusive formulas (Option) and her poop has never been more perfect lol.

  • ChiChi

    Hi Judy 🙂 I’ve been using a brand called Vetriscience probiotics. It has helped a lot with my dog who has a sensitive digestive system. If the loose stools aren’t caused by any illness and it’s just digestion issues, plain canned pumpkin with nothing added is great for a quick fix. The probiotics can help but will take some time to “kick in”. The pumpkin might provide some immediate relief in the meantime.

  • Judy Sharp

    Just to ask what’s the name of the probotics you are feeding to your dog, I was told to give it to my GSD. because he always have loose stools?

  • InkedMarie

    Both! Pick one, do a gradual transition, make sure the dog is doing well on that food. Them try the other.

  • Krystle Borelli

    Hi everyone,

    I can’t decide what I want to keep my shepherd on. I’ve tried multiple foods. Annamaet or Fromm? Any luck?

  • InkedMarie

    Annamaet is a very good food. I’ve fed Aqualuk but didn’t have that problem. I’m assuming it may be something not agreeing with your particular dog.

  • Mary L.

    I added Aqualuk to our dogs’ food, one of them couldn’t drink enough water, to the point where she was having accidents in the house. The problem stopped when I removed the Aqualuk from their diet. Obviously this is permanently out of our rotation, but still feel this is a good brand and wondered if anyone else had this problem?

  • FakingShock

    We feed this line to our cattle dogs along with NWN raw. Love the combination. Both very active and have had zero problems. Our breeder recommended it as she had just changed. It’s getting more difficult to find a quality kibble that hasn’t been bought out by some large umbrella company that could really care less about how their food effects our pets.

  • monkey

    I was just pointing out the gradual price increases. I still think it is a good food but i feel like the small dog owners are being hosed. The 15lb bag will take a while to go through when you have a small dog. Especially when you’re also using fresh and canned foods too.

  • Regina

    I feed Annamaet as well and noticed a change or 2 in the ingredients so I contacted them to ask the same question about the meat protein. They are constantly changing their ingredients to improve the food. The amount of meat they add to the food has stayed the same. I haven’t seen a change in cost here, it’s still around $65 for a 30lb bag of Salcha. My dog and cats thrive on their food and I trust them 100% on what they do. If cost is an issue maybe purchase the bigger bags? It will be less money per pound…

  • monkey

    I’ve been feeding this food for 2 1/2 years. At first it was $18 for 5.5lbs. Then they changed the formula a few months ago (added chickpeas – probably reduced meat?) and reduced the bag size to 5lb but kept the price the same. Now they are charging $25 for 5lb. Not sure what is going on over at Annamaet. I believe Dr Tims is a comparable food but his prices, ingredients, and quantity haven’t changed. I tried emailing Annamaet about the recent changes but haven’t heard anything so thought i would post here.

  • Pitlove

    So happy I ordered my 5lb bag of Dr. Tim’s already! Hoping they get the bigger bags back soon. Wonder what’s going on…

  • Kathy Niskala

    So true,but actually the online vendors are out of all the sizes…Mine always do well on the raw commercial diets..but my one Kees ,doesn’t do well rotating too frequent on the dry food is my problem,even with digestive enzymes and probs..also Dr. Tims is out of stock on Chewy’s.too….can always use Fromm in my rotation again too…

  • InkedMarie

    your original post didn’t specify what size you needed.

    This is one reason I tell everyone to have 3-5 foods that your dog does well on.

  • Kathy Niskala

    Thanks..I did..and they are going too……

  • Kathy Niskala

    Hi Inked Marie
    Petflow and Petfood Direct are also out of stock for Annamaet grainfree..I only order 15 lb bags..Amazon has huge bags or really higher prices…waiting to hear back from the company on what’s up..Chewy’s said it’s a production problem…..might have to rotate to something else..

  • Pitlove

    not sure if this is a GF food specific thing, but yes the 15 and 30lb bags of Dr. Tim’s that I’m switching my dog to are out of stock and have been for a bit now.

    If you use Chewy’s live chat you can ask them to email you when the size bag you need becomes available.

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t know where you’re looking but PetFlow, PetFoodDirect and Amazon all have the grainfrees.

  • Kathy Niskala

    Is anyone else having problems ordering any of their grain frees online,chewys and all the rest say it’s out of stock???

  • Kathy Niskala

    Your post ,is really not appropriate,for rating this dog food,this is an excellent food,for those that want to feed a commercial diet,we all don’t have nutrional degrees,and some people can do more harm to their fur kids,by feeding the wrong homemade diet,I rotate with Annamaet and rotate with commercial raw,and have talked to the founder of Annamaet, he has done his homework,intensively…I do trust this dog food…but do rotate with other 5 stars also..your add is a scare tactic that I have seen before …..

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  • Crazy4cats

    Here is a link to find a store in your area:
    I don’t think that Chewy sells Victor, but Sport Dog, Amazon and Rocketpetz do, but usually at a higher price than if you can find it locally.
    I use NW Naturals mixed in their kibble a few days a week. They love it!

  • Kathy Niskala

    I have researched it..think I WILL order it on Chewy’s site….thanks..they are on probiotics and enzymes..but one still gets soft stools ..he does the best on raw..but think it’s too high in fat,the North West Naturals I use…will try the dry Victor’s next in rotation…….

  • Crazy4cats

    Have you taken a look at grain free Victor? My dogs do well on it and they have a tendency to have loose stools on other food.

  • ChiChi

    I’ve been trying out Canine Caviar for my girl (the flavors without chickpeas) regular peas don’t seem to be a problem for her though. So far so good! She enjoys it and her stool has been very small and firm since trying it.

    I got samples of Nature’s Logic too which is chickpea and lentil free. Fromm is a great food, I’d love to use it but I know a few of their varieties have lentils and chickpeas and unfortunately my dog hated the taste.

    I’m taking the advice of another poster here and put my dog on probiotics. She’s been on the probiotics for over a week now so in about another week I will try to introduce her to a food with chickpeas/lentils. I’ll come back to post my results as well 🙂

  • Kathy Niskala

    Me too..lentils and chick peas cause loose now what should we use,I do use Fromm..and commercial raw,Horizon Legacy also causes loose stools at times….need some good options????..

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m not sure what protein level you want but Earthborn Primitive Natural might work for you. I use that but a little less often because I have an arthritic dog and try to keep potatoes to a minimum. The Earthborn kibble is little. Also Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato might work. I don’t remember the Acana kibble size as I only used it a couple of times. Fromm Surf & Turf might be another option. Minimal peas, very small kibble. These are all grain free.

  • ChiChi

    Thank you, I will look into the Mercola.

    So far, she’s had the anal gland problem twice in the past year. Both times she was eating the grain inclusive Farmina, once on the chicken and once on the lamb. I really don’t think she has a problem with grains but I’ve been sticking with their grain free just incase. So far it hasn’t happened again.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Maybe a very quick spin in the blender or coffee grinder might be in order?

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’m in Canada, and the probiotics and digestive enzymes I use are Canadian and not available in the US, but a lot of Americans on here use Mercola. I think there’s another one that people have been talking about, so hopefully one of them will pipe in with a response too. Probiotics and digestive enzymes really can work wonders on a dog’s digestive system!

  • ChiChi

    I’ve tried warm water but miss picky says no lol! It will sit out and get soggy and I have no choice but to toss it. I do use canned food quite often though for that exact reason (added moisture). I even add some water to the wet food just to get extra in her. Not sure if softening the kibble will be enough as they are the definition of HUGE haha. I worry about her swallowing them whole, I can’t imagine it digests very easily eaten like that.

  • ChiChi

    I have never tried using probiotics or digestive enzymes but am always open to trying new things for her. Any suggestions for a specific brand?

    Maybe something like that would help with her new anal gland problem. Twice now she has randomly got an infected anal gland, pretty sure due to her poop being way too small and hard. I’ve been using pumpkin in her diet since an the problem hasn’t reoccurred which is good. Her digestive system seems to be getting very random though. Sometimes her stool is perfect, other times it’s big and a little sloppy despite nothing in her diet changing.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Have you tried adding warm water to the kibble to soften it? Adding a bit of canned food makes it even more interesting as they get older and lose some of their sense of smell. The warm water and canned food are actually beneficial to keep her more hydrated as she ages.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ok, I was just wondering if you tried putting probiotics and digestive enzymes in her food? May help with digestion, period (including those pesky chickpeas, peas, and lentils…interestingly enough, my guy had issues with chickpeas and lentils for a while..until the probiotics and digestive enzymes).

  • ChiChi

    Oh she doesn’t have any ongoing stomach issues. Those are just problems she has whenever I tried to introduce her to a food with chickpeas/lentils. Not sure why but her stomach seems to have problems handling it.

    Right now she is eating Farmina grain free which she is doing AMAZING on but I have to order it online as no store around me carries it or even uses any suppliers of it.

    Only problem is the kibble size is much too big for as she’s getting older and she’s small. She tends to just swallow larger food whole. is the only place that has it in small kibble size but they keep raising the price. Almost $40 for 5.5lb in some flavors! This is leading me to look for an alternative in case I can’t get this anymore.

  • Storm’s Mom

    What sort of things have you tried to sort out her stomach issues?

  • ChiChi

    Ugh you’ve got to be kidding me! I used to feed this food a little over a year ago and my dog did great on it. I recently was thinking of switching her back onto it due to having some problems with her current food. No way she can eat this now! I stay far away from foods with chickpeas/peas/lentils.

    A long time ago, I used to feed my dog Orijen and was very happy with that. Until they added chickpeas and lentils. After that, my dog just couldn’t handle the food. Constant loose stool and I’m assuming stomach cramps. She’d stand there hunched over and you could hear her stomach making all kinds of noise.

    All of the good foods keep changing and adding things my girl can’t have. I’m literally going to run out of foods that she can eat and that I can somewhat trust :/

  • Daniel

    Ingredient change! and no warning from the company, either. Here’s the new formulation:

    Buffalo Meal, Field Peas, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Venison Meal, Potato, Tapioca, Herring Meal, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E)), Canola Oil, Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Natural Flavor, Fat Product (Algae, Source of Fatty Acids), Lecithin, Monosodium Phosphate, DL Methionine, LLysine, Cranberries, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Oligofructose, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Kelp Meal, Vitamin E Supplement, LAscorbyl-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.

    Added chickpeas which are a big protein booster, potato switched from 2nd ingredient to 6th, replaced by peas which are also protein boosters. So I’m guessing less meat, same GA. Boo, Annamaet.

  • GSDsForever

    Yes, I think that is what most people think.

    It is troubling to me, as . . .

    a)I am very concerned for the welfare of breeds in which a *majority* any severe health issue,

    b)it is upsetting and sad as a GSD person that people don’t realize that the vast majority of GSDs they see are NOT properly bred GSDs from ethical show breeders, who breed according to the standard and health & temperament screen, OFA breeding stock — as when GSDs, Labs, Goldens are top 3 breeds in the country right now, that means anyone and everyone is breeding them (backyard breeders, puppy mills, pet owners), most without any knowledge or understanding, producing poor GSDs with CHD, temperament problems, etc., and

    c)people have incorrect understandings of how and when hip dysplasia and degenerative joint disease occur — not from a correct show “slope” in GSDs, not just naturally in old age, but beginning in dogs from 4-5 mos of age to 2 yrs not bred according to OFA guidelines (OFA for generations), then properly fed and exercised/rested/restricted in growth.

    Not one of my GSDs from a show breeder has ever had CHD. But I see a lot via rescue/shelter and in people’s pets. It’s SAD to me when people think a German Shepherd or a Lab just comes with a likelihood of CHD and sad when I see affected dogs who didn’t ask for this.

    There is no reason for bilaterately moderately & severely dysplastic, painfully crippled dogs to occur, if breeders would stop knowingly breeding dysplastic stock and/or not checking hips & elbows first. When breed clubs & breeders work hard at this, they can *dramatically* reduce the percentage dysplastic and increase the ones evaluated as OFA Good or Excellent.

  • GSDsForever

    Oh, you’re most welcome. Good luck to you and your doggie!

    Love those smart herding breeds!

  • GSDsForever

    I am not interested in debating supposed “virtues” of GMO products. Ditto for their purity, non-toxicity, and lack of poisons. I disagree.

    If you want to eat & feed GMOs, please be my guest. I will continue to avoid them, in favor of organic & non-GMO at great prices from trusted brands & suppliers.

    For Priscilla and those of us avoiding corn for our dogs anyway, GMO corn is neither here nor there.

    For anyone interested in the controversy over GMO corn & Monsanto, or continuing this side debate with Bob:

  • Bob K

    Not true – GMO products have fewer herbicides and pesticides, that is one of the benefits of GMO besides higher crop output which means lower food costs for consumers.

  • Crazy4cats

    Wow! The chart is very surprising to me. I usually think of German shepherds, golden retrievers and Labradors. Interesting…

  • Priscilla

    Thanks for all the info. Helped a lot. I will look into the names you provided.

  • GSDsForever

    p.s. Corn is just further problematic for being nearly all GMO & heavily contaminated/sprayed.

  • GSDsForever

    pbi —

    Corn is polyunsaturated Omega 6 rich (as is chicken) and as such very pro-inflammatory, in addition to other aspects making it inflammatory. It also competes with Omega 3 (which is anti-inflammatory) in the body, unlike other fats like saturated and monounsaturated. Watch out also for sunflower oil and safflower oil.

    Dogs need some Omega 6 as they cannot produce it on their own, but not in excess, and not as the primary fat. This is a problem not just in corn heavy foods, but most chicken based foods.

    It would be best to not assume anything in a fish based food, but to ask the company for the actual Omega 3 % (and EPA/DHA) and Omega 6 ratio. Fish meals can be included in foods with or without the oil component, and you will never know unless you ask for this information. Grass fed meats can also be high Omega 3. Plant based Omega 3s (canola, soy, flax) appear to boost figures, but are poorly converted and absorbed by dogs.

    Annamaet is a good company, but I would ask for the information not supplied on the website & bags.

    Timberwolf, Zignature, Acana/Orijen, and some other brands have high Omega 3 in at least some foods, and it is fish vs plant based. Timberwolf’s formulas are ALL high Omega 3 and anti-inflammatory, and all fish is 100% wild caught while the game meats are grass fed/pastured free range.

  • GSDsForever

    Corgis are actually commonly affected with hip dysplasia. Most people are not aware of which breeds have the greatest prevalence of CHD.

    Here is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals chart for breeds (AKC and otherwise):

    The two top afflicted breeds are bulldogs (63%)and pugs (80%). The majority of dogs of these two breeds are dysplastic.

    By comparison, 18% of all GSDs are, less than Cardigan Welsh Corgis and about the same as Pembroke Corgis. Of course the prevalence goes way down in dogs produced from OFA’d breeding stock following the OFA guidelines + proper care during growth.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Priscilla-
    Where I’m not totally anti-corn, I certainly would not want it to be the main ingredient in what I feed my dogs or cats. For a dog with hip dysplasia, you will want to feed the most anti-inflammatory ingredients possible. Do you give him any type of glucosamine supplement? How bad is his dysplasia? Is he in pain? Hopefully others with more experience will chime in. I have two large breed dogs and have not had any joint issues yet. (fingers crossed) I regularly feed them Victor grain free joint health kibble with various toppers. I figure the extra glucosamine can’t hurt for my big dogs. However, for a dog with issues, an additional joint supplement would most likely be in order. And yes, definitely get the guy on a more species appropriate food!

  • Priscilla

    Thanks for your reply. I am searching and trying to learn all I can about dog food. I have had other dogs but never knew how important a dog food is. I always bought what I thought was the best. Never had a problem with my chows and shepards(sp). But having this corgi I have learned to pay more attention. I have learned to do just as you said. Don’t go to 5 star from 1 star and to transition slowly. What do you think about corn? A vet told me it is bad for hips.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Priscilla-
    A corgi with hip dysplasia. That’s not common. I’m sorry to hear it. But glad to hear you are going to improve his diet. While I have never fed Annament to my dogs, it seems to be a great food. It might be a bit of a jump to go straight to a 5 star food from what he is eating. I’d either take it real slow transitioning or move to a 3 or 4 star food first with Annament as your goal. I think corgis are super cute. Good luck!

  • Priscilla

    I just got a full breed corgi with hip dysplasia. 3 yrs old. The previous owner had him on Purina Dog Chow light and healthy. First ingredient is corn! And a rating of 1!. I’m disgusted. I told this guy a year ago about corn being bad for the hips. My question is, would this dog food be a good pick for my corgi? Thanks for any advice.

  • Heathen Samm

    I bought the Annamaet Grain Free Aqualuk Cold Water Formula via mail order. He had been eating this for 2 years back in NYC. A 30 lb bag is about $30 more when it’s shipped to the Pacific Northwest. But it lasts for a long time. We should eat as well.

  • Heathen Samm

    My dog eats Annamaet Grain Free Aqualuk Cold Water Formula. The Vet says the salmon has omega (3’s? don’t remember), which help with inflammation. He’s 15+ (but we didn’t have him for the formative early puppy stage, he was a rescue and we got him at 2 1/2 months), gets human Osteo biflex (2x day) for arthritis. He has trouble getting up, but walks fine.

  • AKM

    Our vet recommended we stay on salmon for now and begin w eliminating his treats w other proteins and grains as a first step. He’s currently on grain free fromm and removed off of grain free instinct due to gas and stool issues. Further steps will be taken w elimination and change of proteins if skin rash doesn’t get better w current medicated wipes and removal of treats.

  • DogFoodie

    Do the fish based foods help? Maybe you should consider an alternate protein source if the foods aren’t resolving his intolerance issues.

  • AKM

    I have a 4 month French bulldog that has allergy issues and I’ve had him on several salmon based high quality grain free dry foods, eliminated treats, using medicated wipes and he’s under vet care for his minor skin irritations. I am considering switching to Aqualuk cold water formula but noticed the increase in protein from generally around 27% from other high quality brands to 30+% with Aqualuk. Any information on appropriate protein count is greatly appreciated. Any information on experience with Aqualuk and dogs with food allergies is also appreciated.

  • Alexandra Kimbrough

    If you can’t find any samples of the Annamaet Lean, I’d suggest trying the Annamaet Lean treats and seeing how your dog likes those. The treats are the exact same formula as their dry food.

  • Alexandra Kimbrough

    Annamaet’s grain-free Lean formula has just 7% fat, which is very low.

  • Bobby dog

    Before feeding any food I would also contact the company that makes the food and ask what the maximum % of fat is if it is not listed on the label; most just list the minimum.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Earthborn has a Weight Control formula that is grain free and low fat (7%). That might work for you depending on how low fat the vet wants you to go. Otherwise you could mix this formula with another food to bring down the fat level.

    If you type in Suggested Low Fat Dog Foods on this site in the search box, there are many recommendations.

  • Sally Plummer-jones

    Hi my German shorthaired pointer has just had a really awful bout of pancreatitis and now need to change his diet completely to low fat diet nightmare please help

  • lkb1975 .

    Hi all I always use dog food advisor for years now love it. Need some advice. My French bulldog Mack, who has horrendous allergies is now on Manitok not having problems with allergies anymore as he has been an Apoquel since Aug 2014. But he has gained 7 pounds while he has been on this food since May. I give him under the recommended amount he has always weighed a healthy 28 lbs now he weighs 35 lbs. If anyone has tried the Lean formula of Annamaet or has some advice that would be very helpful… I am just a concerned mommy because he is 8 years old and the weight is not good for him. Thanks again in advance 🙂 Sincerely, Laurel

  • 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 (
    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:
    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:
    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

    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: 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… and 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.

    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.

    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 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

    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

  • 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). 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  •  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”

  • 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..

  • 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 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


    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

    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 [email protected]: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


    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


    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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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?