Orijen Puppy food, manufactured in Alberta Canada uses only regionally available ingredients.
The parent company, Champion Petfoods also makes the Acana Brand foods including Acana Puppy and Junior using the same ingredients but in different amounts.
The company calls their foods BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ and defines this term as a class of foods the mirror the meat and protein rich foods that dogs and cats are biologically adapted to eat.
With a high percentage of protein to carbohydrates, this food will appeal to anyone looking for a grain free puppy food.
The carbohydrates found in
this food include red and green lentils and chickpeas, two low glycemic
carbohydrates. Low glycemic carbohydrates reduce blood glucose spikes
and prevent increased fat storage. This is especially important if your dog breed is prone towards obesity or diabetes.
The big difference between the Champion Petfoods brands, Orijen and Acana is cost and the percentages of protein and fat.
Orijen Foods are
higher in protein and fat and will cost more at the store. Acana is
slightly less rich, having a little lower ratio of protein to
carbohydrates and is usually less expensive.
Both types of foods are formulated to meet the nutritional needs of all life stages. Claims such as this mean that this puppy food could be feed throughout the life of the dog. Likewise, any of the adult Orijen foods would also be appropriate for puppies, pregnant dams, and weaning puppies.
Beyond those differences, both foods score extremely well using our matrix.
Sylvia, I believe you found a winner in this food. Please read on.
|Crude Protein (min.)
|Crude Fat (min.)
|Crude Fiber (max.)
||1.3 / 1.6%
||1 / 1.3%
Based on Sarah Irick’s scale for evaluating dog foods, Orijen Puppy food got a very impressive score.
Beginning with a score of 100%,
This food lost no points, but added
+5 points for Organic meat sources
+8 for additional protein sources
+3 points because it contains fruit
+3 points because it contains vegetables
+2 points for having hormone free and antibiotic free animal sources
+1 pesticide free ingredients
+5 endorsed by numerous organizations
+1 Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin
A look at the ingredients does not tell the entire story but in this case, the list of ingredients is very impressive.
Many items included in this product and all of the blends produced by the Champion Pet Food Company are unique and not found in most dog foods.
The company boasts
that their ingredients are of human grade quality, not an easy claim to
make in the pet food industry.
Consider the inclusion of the following uncommon ingredients:
These are the types of greens and roots that a dog might nibble on if given the opportunity.
Many dog foods include an array of ingredients that help the digestive product. You will see them listed as fiber, fillers, or ingredients with empty calories.
Champion Petfoods include
these digestive aids by utilizing natural ingredients that dogs may seek
on their own if given the opportunity.
Chicory and Licorice Root provide fiber and improve digestion. They also reduce insulin levels.
root and fenugreek provide the antioxidants and also support
digestion. Both of these additions also protect kidney function.
root and chamomile flowers are two more ingredients that help with
digestion. Both provide essential oils that can help heal wounds and
Peppermint and sweet funnel also calm the stomach by
improving the flow of bile and gastric juices. Food is only as good as
it is able to be used by the body. These ingredients facility the
uptake of nutrients so they can be used and not just passed through the
Marigold and rosemary are both rich in antioxidants and reduce blood sugar fluctuations.
Brown kelp provides a wonderful array of minerals and essential elements.
The percentage of protein in a given food is not the actual amount of protein found in that food. A calculation needs to be done to change it to a dry matter basis. Dry matter is what is left over after the moisture has been removed.
This food contains at least 42.2% protein.
Based on the criteria used to evaluate this food, I can unequitable recommend it as a very high quality puppy food. The down side to this food is that it is not available worldwide.
This brand is available in
many countries including Canada, the United States and United Kingdom
among others. It is also available from specialty internet companies
Yes and No. I have tried this food on my dogs and it passed their taste test. It is not, however, easily available where I am located and the cost is quite high. Used as a training treat may be all that I can manage at this time. As of this writing, this food costs approximately $5.25 per pound USD which is quite high for a dog food.
The other downside to using a very high quality premium food is that you must introduce it slowly. Dogs that are eating less rich foods may have some major GI problems for a while. Loose stools, frequent bowel movements, gas and occasional vomiting have been reported when switching foods.
If cost and availability were no problem, I would definitely switch my dogs to this premium brand!
No one food is perfect for every dog. While this is a high quality food for puppies, only the owner can be the ultimate judge.
You will know whether a food is right for your dog if he loves to eat it, has regular stools of normal consistency, enjoys health and vigor and has a shiny coat and healthy skin.
|Orijen Puppy - 5lb||
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