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liver and kidney problems
on September 18, 2013
According to blood tests our Maltese dog, after a month and a half of Orijen, has abnormally high liver enzymes. A quick Google search of "Orijen liver damage" yields numerous results. You will notice it is even a search suggestion as you're typing it in.
The consensus seems to be that these problems are caused by the high protein content of the food. Many of the cases describe liver failure after a few months of Orijen. Thankfully we caught it relatively early before it got to this stage.
It may well be a great product for some, but please check the dietary requirements of your particular breed by body mass. We bought the product with the best reviews on the market without checking this fact.
In our defence, despite these potential dangers, the Orijen packaging reads "For all breeds and life stages", has a chart to determine correct dosage (which we used) and is covered with reassuring writing such as "NOURISH AS NATURE INTENDED", "brimming with goodness to nourish your dog completely" or "Loaded with the protein-packed fish ingredients (80%) your dog is evolved to eat".
Please do your research and if you are already feeding it to your dog, I strongly suggest you have blood tests done like we did.