What sets Annamaet apart?

Annamaet Petfoods, a truly 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.  All of our products are corn, wheat, and soy free.

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

Annamaet’s line of grain free canine formulas have helped many dogs dealing with ear, skin and coat issues as well as chronic digestive problems.  Our Annamaet Lean formula was designed to help with canine weight struggles.  Annamaet also produces Canine Companion treats, a healthy grain-free treat, to accompany our grain free formulas.

Annamaet has three different feline formulas designed for all stages of your cat’s life.  As with our canine formulas, we use chelated minerals to increase their utilization and support the immune system.  Our feline formulas contain herring meal for added flavor, as well as cranberries to support urinary tract health.

Annamaet is dedicated to a more sustainable future and the wellbeing of our environment.  Our commitment to sustainability includes not only our new packaging, but what’s inside the bag as well.  Annamaet now uses sustainable packaging, made with Bio-Flex™ materials that are specifically engineered to biodegrade in landfills.  During this process, green, renewable and sustainable energy is created.

Annamaet’s sustainable philosophy shows through our partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council, the Gold Standard for marine sustainability, to guarantee the use of certified sustainable fish sources in our formulas that are traceable back to the boat they were caught on.  Annamaet utilizes other sustainable ingredients as well, including solver carp and line caught Alaskan cod.

These beliefs have led us to utilize marine microalgae in our formulas as a sustainable form of Omega Three Fatty Acids to offset the amount of fish oil necessary for canine and feline health.


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 Veterinary 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.

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.


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.


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


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


Annamaet introduces Adult formula for dogs with slower metabolisms.


Annamaet releases first feline formula - Original Catfood!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).


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.


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.