ORIJEN Dog Food Review

ALL NATURAL DOG FOOD

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACANA AND ORIJEN?
1. MEAT CONTENT: ORIJEN is made with 75-80% meat, while ACANA has between 40 to 65%, depending on the formula.
2. FRESH MEAT: ORIJEN made with up to 50% of fresh meats, compared with ACANA which ranges from 9-30% of fresh meats.
3. FRESH MEAT VARIETY: ORIJEN features a minimum of 6 fresh meats, compared to ACANA which contains 3 different fresh meat ingredients. ORIJEN also features WholePrey ratios including meats, select organs, plus cartilage and marrow, all of which adds another Biologically Appropriate dimension to meat variety.
4. PROTEIN: ORIJEN foods range from 38% to 42% protein, while ACANA features protein levels of 25%-35%.
5. CARBOHYDRATE: ORIJEN diets for dogs have a maximum carbohydrate content of 25%, and 20% in the diets for cats. ACANA diets are typically in the 25-30% carbohydrate range.

ORIJEN Dog Food Review

Manufactured by Award winning Champion Pet Foods in Canada

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
  • REGIONAL RED Formula: Top Five = Boneless wild boar, deboned lamb, beef liver, deboned pork, lamb meal.
  • TUNDRA Formula: Top Five = Goat, Venison, Mutton, Bison, Whole Arctic Char

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.

HIGH PROTEIN MYTH DEBUNKED

Carbohydrate Limited

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.

Grain-free

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

Health-promoting Botanicals

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

Lola with her new bag of ORIJEN

Mineral Balance

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.

ABOUT TESTING

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.).

Visit ORIJEN HOME for complete information.

ORIJEN DRY DOG FOOD FORMULAS AVAILABLE:

  • TUNDRA:

    TO MIRROR THE RICH VARIETY THAT NATURE PROVIDES, ORIJEN TUNDRA FEATURES 4 FRESH RED MEATS, 4 FRESH FISH, PLUS FRESH RABBIT AND FRESH DUCK — ALL IN RICHLY NOURISHING WHOLEPREY™ RATIOS.

  • PUPPY:

    PUPPIES OF ALL BREEDS EVOLVED AS CARNIVORES, POSSESSING A BIOLOGICAL NEED FOR A DIET RICH AND VARIED IN FRESH WHOLE MEATS, WITH SMALLER AMOUNTS OF WHOLE FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND GRASSES.

  • PUPPY LARGE BREED:

    LARGE BREED PUPPIES POSSESS A BIOLOGICAL NEED FOR A RICH DIET OF FRESH WHOLE MEATS, WITH CALORIES AND MINERALS APPROPRIATE TO THEIR SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH.

  • SIX FISH:

    SURROUNDED BY ATLANTIC, PACIFIC AND ARCTIC OCEANS, AND BLESSED WITH VAST UNPOLLUTED LAKES, CANADA BOASTS A MARINE HARVEST PERFECTLY SUITED TO OUR PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ FOODS FROM FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS.

  • ADULT DOG:

    MOTHER NATURE EVOLVED ALL DOGS AS CARNIVORES, DESIGNED TO THRIVE ON A DIET RICH AND VARIED IN FRESH WHOLE MEATS WITH SMALLER AMOUNTS OF FRUITS, BERRIES AND GRASSES.

  • REGIONAL RED;

    ORIJEN REGIONAL RED REPLICATES THE DIVERSITY AND BALANCE OF FRESH MEATS, FRUITS AND BERRIES THAT DOGS WOULD ENCOUNTER IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, AND FOR WHICH THEY ARE EVOLVED TO EAT.

  • SENIOR:

    LOADED WITH FRESH CAGE-FREE CHICKEN AND TURKEY, NEST-LAID EGGS AND WILD-CAUGHT FISH, ORIJEN SENIOR IS BRIMMING WITH GOODNESS TO SUPPORT LEAN MUSCLE AND PEAK HEALTH IN SENIOR DOGS OF ALL BREEDS.

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FREEZE DRIED DOG FOOD FORMULAS AVAILABLE:

  • ORIJEN FREEZE DRIED ADULT FORMULA:

    EVOLVED AS CARNIVORES, ALL DOGS ARE BIOLOGICALLY ADAPTED TO THRIVE ON A VARIED DIET OF FRESH WHOLE MEATS, WITH SMALL AMOUNTS OF FRESH FRUITS, BERRIES AND GRASSES.

  • ORIJEN FREEZE DRIED REGIONAL RED FORMULA:

    ORIJEN REGIONAL RED IS BURSTING WITH ANGUS BEEF, WILD BOAR, LAMB, HERITAGE PORK AND BISON — ALL FRESH AND PRESERVATIVE-FREE FROM LOCAL RANCHES AND THEN GENTLY FREEZE-DRIED TO RETAIN THEIR GOODNESS AND TASTE.

  • ORIJEN FREEZE DRIED TUNDRA:

    ORIJEN TUNDRA FEATURES RANCH-RAISED VENISON, BISON AND ELK, CAGE-FREE DUCK AND QUAIL, AND STEELHEAD TROUT — ALL DELIVERED TO OUR KITCHENS FRESH AND GENTLY FREEZE-DRIED TO LOCK IN THEIR GOODNESS AND TASTE.

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