What sets Annamaet apart?

Annamaet Petfoods, a family owned and operated company, is made in the United States with no ingredients from tainted sources.  Our products are holistic and GMO free as Annamaet maintains strict standards of quality control.  All meat and fish used in our formulas are passed fit for human consumption.

Annamaet products are separated into two different lines: our original formulas, and our grain free formulas.  All of our products are corn, wheat, and soy free.  New to Annamaet, our products now contain algae!  Algae is a stable and totally sustainable source of Omega-3 fatty acids.  

Our original canine formulas are made with low ash chicken, salmon or venison and healthy whole grains.  These products contain chelated minerals and optimum levels of Omega-3 fatty acids to help support the immune system.

Designed for optimum health, our grain free canine formulas can also help ear, skin and coat issues as well as chronic digestive problems.  Our Annamaet lean formula will help with your dog’s weight struggles, the biggest health concern in dogs today.  Annamaet also produces Canine Companion treats, a healthy grain-free treat, to accompany the grain free formulas.

Our original cat food is designed for all stages of a cat’s life.  Made with low ash chicken, it contains crab meal and herring meal for flavor.  The formula also contains cranberries for healthy urinary tract function. 

Our grain free cat food is also designed for all life stages.  Made with antibiotic and hormone free chicken and fish, this grain free, high protein formula stays loyal to the cat’s carnivorous background.

History

Rob Downey, President of Annamaet Petfoods Inc., brings to the Petfood Industry the unique combination of a broad scope of knowledge in the field of nutrition as well as a lifelong involvement with dogs. In addition, the tireless efforts of Rob’s wife and co-founder, Mary Jo, have brought Annamaet to the peak of pet nutrition!  This legacy of care and commitment can now extend into the lives of your pets in the form of Annamaet products.  

Rob has dedicated many years studying nutrition to improve the health and well being of your canine companions. His publications include: Downey, R.L., Kronfeld, D.S., and Banta, C.A., "Diet of Beagles Affects Stamina." Journal of American Animal Hospital Association, Vol. 16 (1980), pp.273-7.  In addition to Rob's expertise, Annamaet Petfoods has a board certified Verterinary Nutritionist on staff as well.

Annamaet was named after Rob’s mother, Anna Mae, who had a real soft spot in her heart for animals.  After months of formulating and testing, the first bag was actually sold on her birthday in 1986.

  • 1986

    Annamaet sells its first bag on November 21, Rob's mother, Anna Mae's birthday. Annamaet Extra & Ultra were the first formulas to be released.

  • 1987

    Rob and Mary Jo give birth to their first child, Sarah! She is currently Director of Marketing at APF.

  • 1988

    Rob makes his first drive up the Alaska Highway to race the Downey's sled dogs, Rolling Thunder Kennels, in Alaska for the winter. Rob would make this annual trek to their cabin in the Interior of Alaska for the next 20 winters, an 8,400 mile drive round

  • 1988

    Annamaet introduces Adult formula for dogs with slower metabolisms.

  • 1990

    Annamaet releases first feline formula - Original Catfood!

  • 1994

    Alex Downey is born! He is now Manager of Business Development at Annamaet.

  • 1995

    Annamaet Option was formulated as an “option” to our chicken based formulas.

  • 1996

    Annamaet begins a canine supplement line, first releasing Impact shortly followed by Glycocharge.

  • 2001

    The introduction of a canine supplement to support joint integrity, Annamaet Endure.

  • 2006

    Rob wins Gold Medals in both the 8 and 10 Dog Class for the 2006 International Sled Dog Racing Association season.

  • 2008

    Rob wins the Limited North American Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • 2010

    Annamaet's grain free line of formulas are released. All with names inspired by The Downey's time spent in Alaska.

  • 2011

    Annamaet introduces our Lean formula as a low calorie option for dogs with weight concerns.

  • 2013

    Annamaet releases its canine companion treats to supplement each grain free formula.

  • 2015

    Marine microalgae is added to all Annamaet formulas as a stable & sustainable source of Omega 3s.

  • 2016

    Annamaet Sustain is released as part of Annamaet's support of a more sustainable future.

  • 2017

    Following the success of Annamaet Sustain for dogs, Feline Sustain No. 29 is released after being reformulated 29 times to meet Rob's standards (as well as his finicky cat taste testers).

  • 2018

    Annamaet's Family Line is released! Ohana, Original Puppy, and Re-juvenate allow APF lovers to feed their dogs from day one through their golden years.

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Works by Robert Downey

  • Downey, R. L., Kronfeld, D.S., and Banta, C.A. "Diet of Beagles Affects Stamina." Journal American Animal Hospital Association, Vol.16 (1980), pp. 273-7.
  • Spoo, J.W., Downey, R.L., Griffitts, C., Horst, R.J., Levine, C.B., Childs, R.M., Wakshlag, J.J., "Plasma Vitamin D Metabolites and C-Reactive Protein in Stage-Stop Racing Endurance Sled Dogs." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Vol. 29 (2015), pp. 519-525. 
  • NRC, "Physical Activity and Environment." Nutrient Requirements ofDogs and Cats, National Academies Press (2006), Editor Bietz D.C.,pp 258-312, Chapter 11.
  • Wakshlag, J.J., Kraus M., Downey R.L., Vachhani P., "The Influence of High-Intensity-Moderate Duration Exercise on Cardiac Troponin I and C-Reactive Protein in Sled Dogs." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,Vol. 24 (2010), pp.1-5.
  • Kronfeld, D.S., Downey, R. L., "Nutritional Strategies for Stamina in Dogs and Horses." Proceedings, Nutritional Society Australia, Vol. 6(1981), pp. 21-29.
  • Kronfeld, D.S., Atkins, T. O., Downey, R. L., "Nutrition, Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise, and Stress." Nutrition of the Dog and Cat, Ed.Burger, I.H., Rivers, J.P.W., Cambridge University Press, 1989, pp.133-45.
  • Kronfeld, D.S., Downey, R. L., and Banta, C.A., "Stamina of Beagle is Influenced by Diet." Proceedings, American College Veterinary Internal Medicine, Seattle (1979), P. 105.
  • Huntingford, J.L., Levine, C.B., Mustacich, D.J., Corrigan, D., Downey, R.L., Wakshlag, J.J., "The Effects of Low Intensity Endurance Activity on Various Psychological Parameters and Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress in Dogs." Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 4 (2014)  pp. 134-44
  • Downey, R.L., "Heat Stress in Dogs." Howl, Vol. 5 (1989), pp. 6-13.
  • Downey, R.L., "Feeding for Winning." Hounds and Hunting, Vol. 76(1979), pp. 32-36.
  • Downey, R.L., "Musher (With a Difference!) With Leatha Braden." Siberian World, Vol. 3 (1979), pp. 3-8.