You want the absolute best for your dog, right?
I’ve researched dog foods for years, and I’m pretty sure Orijen is the best dry dog food available in Australia right now – by a country mile.
And in this review I’ll tell you exactly why!
Yes, the price is on the high side, but you’re paying for the health of your dog for years to come.
According to Dr Palmieri, Associate Professor in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Queensland, “1 in 3 dogs experience cancer in their lifetime”.
Those stats are alarming, and I’m sure with proper research we’d know the truth about poor quality dog foods and the illnesses they may cause. It’s a reason I avoid most dog foods like the plague.
So yes, Orijen may seem expensive, but you’re paying for your dog’s health and wellbeing.
I know many of us simply can’t afford to feed such a dog food exclusively, but you don’t want to do that anyway – variety is good, and feeding Orijen alongside a cheaper dog food or fresh food is always an option.
Even if it’s out of your price range, there’s still loads we can learn from Orijen – like what really should be in dog food.
Let’s take a look at those ingredients, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same as I do about Orijen dog food.
Orijen dog food review
Sorry, I probably sounded like a salesman in the intro, so lets get back on track and take a look at the ingredients.
These are copied directly from Orijen Original, labelled as “Biologically Appropriate”. They 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%)… and so it goes on.
Does that sound better to you than dog food made of wheat, corn, and by-products, dusted with “vitamin and mineral powder” from some foreign country, with artificial preservatives?
It sounds 1,000 times better to me.
To top it off, two thirds of meat in Orijen dog food is fresh (refrigerated, with no preservatives), and the other third is air dried (a great way of retaining nutrition).
38% protein and 18% fat is excellent. Low (and unnecessary) carbs!
That’s one of the highest amounts of protein of any dry dog food in Australia, if not the highest.
There aren’t any artificial substances, antioxidants, or preservatives in Orijen either. It’s simply all good, well considered, and great for your dog.
I could waffle on all day about the benefits of all those whole prey ingredients, how they’ll benefit the health of your dog and give him a wonderful, glossy coat to impress other dog owners…
But I don’t need to.
Just consider your dog a carnivore (easy to do when you look at those jaws), then look at those ingredients.
Sounds like a good fit, doesn’t it?
Hopefully we’re on the same page at this point, but this is what others have said about Orijen dog food:
Dog Food Advisor: 5 stars (out of 5).
All About Dog Food: 95% Nutrition Rating.
Consumer reviews on Pet Circle are also, at the time of writing, all 5 stars. It seems to be the case wherever you look.
I’ve fed Orijen to my dog, and even the look and smell of the kibble shows how different it is from others.
Where to buy Orijen
Orijen vs ACANA
It’s worth mentioning the differences between Orijen and ACANA as they’re both made by Champion Petfoods.
Orijen is the most premium of the two, with the better ingredients. As many can’t afford or aren’t willing to pay such a price for their dog food, Champion Petfoods have ACANA as the more affordable option.
ACANA is a good brand in it’s own right, and still up there with the best (Champion Petfoods have standards). If Orijen is out of your price range, then I’ll refer you to the ACANA review.
Common questions about Orijen dog food
Will Orijen make my dog fat?
Orijen has a high protein and high fat content from whole-prey ingredients, but as canines process protein and fat more efficiently than humans this may not lead to excessive weight gain. You may find a high-carbohydrate dog food, or lack of exercise would lead to weight gain.
If I feed my dog Orijen for his whole life, will any supplements be required?
Orijen offers better nutrition than many dog foods, which means the need for supplements is less likely. That said, there is no reason a dog should be fed one product for his whole life, and although supplements may not be necessary unless the dog shows a health issue, they may still be beneficial.
Is Orijen a good food for a dog with a sensitive stomach?
Orijen may show an improvement in digestive health, but it is important to understand the underlying cause of a sensitive stomach. If diet is the underlying cause it’s worth evaluating the diet to date for problematic ingredients. This may be grains such as wheat/cereals, a specific protein source such as chicken, or additives/poor quality ingredients in the previous diet. If the sensitive stomach is in fact diet related, positive results may be seen on Orijen dog food within a couple of weeks.
How much Orijen should I feed my dog (or puppy)?
A dog or puppy would need less Orijen than a regular dog food to meet their nutritional needs. That said, all dogs are different, with differing activity levels. In the case of a puppy you may find they go throw phases of eating a great deal or very little, which ties in with their growth spurts. The Feeding Guidelines may give you a rough idea, but you will likely find it varies.
Is Orijen good for puppies?
All Orijen formulas meet AAFCO requirements for All Life Stages, which means they meet the nutritional requirements for puppies as well as adult dogs. In addition there are two puppy formulas available – regular and large breed puppy.
Orijen dog food and heart disease – should I be concerned?
You often hear discussions related to grain free or boutique dog foods and a rare condition Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). This is in regard to an investigation by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of America) which was subsequently dropped due to lack of findings. There is more information here.
Have Orijen dog foods been recalled?
According to Champion Petfoods there have been no recalls of Orijen pet food products. This has been the case since 1985.
How Orijen is made (video from Champion Petfoods)
The following video provides an overview of the Champion Petfoods facility where Orijen and Acana pet foods are made, highlighting the level of standards and safety of production:
The ingredients of Orijen dog food (Orijen Original):
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 dog food (Orijen Original):
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 24%|
Orijen dog food review updated 31st May 2022
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The ingredients of Orijen dog food are excellent. The brand has a fantastic reputation spanning decades, with the dog food sold worldwide. Highly recommended.
- Well considered canine diet
- Lots of meat and fish
- Whole prey
- Excellent ingredients throughout