Orijen Dog Food Review

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Orijen Dog Food Review
9.5 Total Score
  • Well considered canine diet
  • Lots of meat and fish
  • Whole prey
  • Excellent ingredients throughout
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Orijen has a very loyal following. Manufacturer Champion Petfoods (who also make Acana) consider their facilities “the most technologically advanced pet food kitchens on Earth”. For our Orijen dog food review we’ll take a good look at all aspects of the food, and explain why it’s one of the best dry dog foods available in Australia.

Orijen Review

It’s easy to understand why Orijen has such a loyal following – the ingredients are fantastic. It also boasts one of the highest protein percentages of any dry pet food, and one of the lowest amounts of carbohydrates (the stuff that turns to sugars).

Orijen dog food review

For this review we’ll delve into the ingredients of Orijen Original as a benchmark for all in the range. It’s actually one of the easiest reviews to write, as the ingredients speak for themselves:

Fresh chicken meat (13%), fresh turkey meat (7%), fresh cage-free eggs (7%), fresh chicken liver (6%), fresh whole herring (6%), fresh whole flounder (5%), fresh turkey liver (5%), fresh chicken necks (4%), fresh chicken heart (4%), fresh turkey heart (4%), chicken (dehydrated, 4%), turkey (dehydrated, 4%), whole mackerel (dehydrated, 4%), whole sardine (dehydrated, 4%), whole herring (dehydrated, 4%)… drool!

It’s great to see such a focus on meat and fish, which is an ironic oddity in the pet food industry given dog’s are essentially carnivores. It’s also a rarity to see transparency with percentages of each ingredient. The above listed meat and fish amounts to 77% of the food!

Another wonderful fact about Orijen is they use whole prey. That means chicken is the whole chicken, inclusive of organs, just without the bones. This is so much better than many pet foods where the “chicken” content is whatever can’t be sold for human consumption (or in laymans terms – mostly carcass).

Orijen Dog Food Review

I task you to find another dry dog food in Australia which boasts such an incredible ingredients list. I don’t think you will. Meat, fish, and eggs amounts to 85% of the product, 15% vegetables, fruits, and botanicals, and 0% grains, potato, tapioca, or any other fillers. If all dog foods had ingredients like this we’d likely have a wonderfully healthy dog population.

The range of lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas would make a vegan salivate, and the plethora of fruits and vegetables would put a farmers market to shame.

There are no artificial substances, antioxidants, or preservatives in the product. It’s simply all good. Brilliant. Orijen dog food is absolutely, undeniably, highly recommended.

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Where to buy Orijen

Buy directly from the VeryPet website.

Must watch video!

The following video provides an overview of the Champion Petfoods facility where Orijen and Acana are made, highlighting the level of standards and safety of production:

Orijen Ingredients

The ingredients of Orijen Original dry dog food (as of April 2021) is as follows:

Fresh chicken meat (13%), fresh turkey meat (7%), fresh cage-free eggs (7%), fresh chicken liver (6%), fresh whole herring (6%), fresh whole flounder (5%), fresh turkey liver (5%), fresh chicken necks (4%), fresh chicken heart (4%), fresh turkey heart (4%), chicken (dehydrated, 4%), turkey (dehydrated, 4%), whole mackerel (dehydrated, 4%), whole sardine (dehydrated, 4%), whole herring (dehydrated, 4%), whole red lentils, whole green lentils, whole green peas, lentil fibre, whole chickpeas, whole yellow peas, whole pinto beans, whole navy beans, herring oil (1%), chicken fat (1%), chicken cartilage (1%), chicken liver (freeze-dried), turkey liver (freeze-dried), fresh whole pumpkin, fresh whole butternut squash, fresh whole zucchini, fresh whole parsnips, fresh carrots, fresh whole Red Delicious apples, fresh whole Bartlett pears, fresh kale, fresh spinach, fresh beet greens, fresh turnip greens, brown kelp, whole cranberries, whole blueberries, whole Saskatoon berries, chicory root, turmeric root, milk thistle, burdock root, lavender, marshmallow root, rosehips. ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Zinc chelate: 100 mg. Enterococcus faecium. NCIMB10415: 600×10^6 CFU.  

Orijen Guaranteed Analysis

The guaranteed analysis of Orijen Original dry dog food (as of April 2021) is as follows:

Protein49.6%
Fat33.5%
Crude Fibre1.5%
Carbohydrates *Estimated 9%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.

Orijen Dog Food Review

9.5 Total Score
Pushing the boundaries of dry food

PROS
  • Well considered canine diet
  • Lots of meat and fish
  • Whole prey
  • Excellent ingredients throughout