Manufactured by Award winning Champion Pet Foods – PET FOOD OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2011-2012
Glycemic Research Institute of Washington DC.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDING ORIJEN AS my # 1 Pick for BEST DOG FOOD:
My Orijen dog food review starts with:
About Orijen dog food ingredients:
- Food used in this product is fit for human consumption
- No Outsourcing (100% China free)
- Biologically appropriate (Orijen mimics the natural diet wild predecessors)
- Fresh and Regional Ingredients only
- NO Chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT, or Ethoxyquin )
Fresh and Regional Ingredients
Use of fresh regional ingredients, which are delivered daily to the production plant is the number one reason for this pick of best dog food.
The food used in Orijen has been approved “fit for human consumption,” by the Government of Canada.
Orijen uses free range poultry, wild caught fresh fish delivered daily, and free range red meats.
Fresh means no processing, never frozen, and preservative free.
Meat and Protein Rich
Orijen uses a “Top Five” Ingredients philosophy, meaning the first 5 ingredients in every kibble is animal based.
This is a high protein, No grain product, all in a Biologically Appropriate ratio of 80 percent meat, 20 percent fruits and vegetables, and zero grain.(80.20.0).
Orijen is meat concentrated, and protein rich, as by all scientific standards, and evolutionary history, as dog is a domesticated wolf.
Modern dogs of all breeds require a meat based diet mimicking their ancestors.
- ADULT Formula: Top Five = Boneless chicken, chicken meal, boneless salmon, turkey meal, herring meal.
- 6 FISH Formula: Top Five = Boneless salmon, salmon meal, herring meal, boneless herring, boneless walleye
- REIONAL RED Formula: Top Five = Boneless wild boar, deboned lamb, beef liver, deboned pork, lamb meal.
Some vets will tell you that high protein diets are harmful for your dog, but they are not educated in animal nutrition during veterinary school.
Multi-national and marketing companies for low protein, high grain based dog foods, of course want to keep this myth intact.
Today’s conventional pet foods are lower in protein and high in carbohydrates (40-50%).
As carbohydrates are not part of the natural diet, it should come as no surprise that carbohydrates are not required (in any amount) by dogs and cats.
Orijen takes this philosophy seriously, and have won numerous awards.
Orijen is free of cereal grains, and the carbohydrates are derived from fruits and vegetables.
Carbohydrates are limited to 20% of the overall product, to better match the natural diet.
Grain free for the specific reason that grains are not necessary, and used in lower end pet foods as a cheap filler, which ultimately causes long term illnesses and weight problems. (diabetes, allergies)
No Plant Oils
Dogs and cats are meat eaters. Fats from animals, not plants are essential for their peak health. Dogs are efficient at digesting animal fats, as opposed to humans.
Animal fat does not cause high cholesterol or heart disease in dogs, but metabolizes as useful energy, providing healthy skin and coat, healthy immune function, and regulates the inflammation processes.
Fruits and Vegetables
Wild canids including wolves, coyotes and fox eat fruit throughout the summer which provides vitamins, enzymes, anti
oxidants and phytochemicals. They also eat grass which cleans the digestive tract.
Conventional dog food features small fraction of fruit and vegetables (and high cereal grain content), Orijen features 20-25% of fruit and veggies.
Fruits and vegetables are also produced locally, and used fresh.
- Sweet Potatoes from Idaho
- Russet Potatoes from Southern Manitoba
- Red Delicious Apples from Okanagan Valley, B.C.
- Sun Cured Alfalfa from Southern Alberta prairies
- Cranberries from Fraser Valley, B.C.
- Organic Kelp from Vancouver, B.C.
- Green Peas from Saskatchewan
- Whole Carrots from B.C. and Alberta
- Tomatoes from B.C. and Alberta
- Pumpkins from Eastern Canada
- Turnip Greens from B.C and Saskatchewan
- Spinach from B.C
Botanicals are part of the natural diet, acting as tonics and builders to help strengthen organs and tissues in specific parts of the body.
Botanicals support the digestion process and help the body eliminate toxins by stimulating physiological processes, such as the cleansing of the liver.
The daily consumption of botanicals helps the body heal itself naturally, keeping it functioning in a healthy and happy manner
Orijen uses deboned meat specifically to moderate the calcium and phosphorus and keep the minerals naturally balanced.
Rather than relying on conventional or commodity meat meals as the source of animal protein, ORIJEN uses the highest ratios of fresh, boneless meats that are low in mineral content.
Chicken, turkey and fish meals in ORIJEN are custom prepared, especially for Champion Petfoods, to utilize a much lower ratio of bones to flesh, thereby reducing the mineral content and improving the protein quality.
No outsourcing of products, production or imported goods are used. (Absolutely 100% China free) Most companies still outsource vitamins from China.
CHAMPION PET FOODS conducts only those tests in which they allow their own companion dogs and cats to participate.
If it not OK for their dogs and cats, THEN IT’S NOT OK FOR ANY OTHER CATS AND DOGS.
They perform only non-invasive tests, which including palatability (taste).
Urine PH and digestibility (the latter through stool analysis only).
These tests are NEVER performed with dogs or cats kept in a laboratory environment (cages.).
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