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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
After losing my dog to Addison's disease and extensive research into the related causes, I confirmed that what a dog eats can greatly contribute to its demise. What I didn't know was that even some of the "best" and most expensive dog foods can contain preservatives, toxins, and even euthanized animals in its ingredients. How can this be you may ask? Dog food is not FDA inspected. Orijen dog food is made in Canada under their version of our FDA. It is human grade food. We could eat it but I wouldn't suggest doing so. I did not find it in time to save my one dog but my second dog has made a remarkable transformation in her health. It may be expensive but the fact it is so dense and nutritious, you feed them less. I have absolutely no affiliation with this company, however; I highly, highly, recommend the product. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2008
Recent research has shown that senior dogs with healthy kidneys benefit from higher levels of protein. I fed my 12 y/o Great Dane "Orijen Senior" for about a year. His vet couldn't believe how young he looked and acted. Eventually, I had to switch to a different brand (which happened to have lower protein) because my dog was allergic to one of the ingredients in Orijen Senior. Since I switched him to the lower protein food a few months ago, he has exhibited visible muscle wasting in his rear end and has lost a great deal of vitality. I can no longer feed him Orijen Senior due to his allergy, but I intend to switch him to another Orijen product as soon as I run out of my current bag of non-Orijen food.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
I started feeding Bailey Orijen Senior about 1 1/2 years ago when I finally admitted she is indeed a Senior dog (she is now 11 yr old lab/shepherd X).

Prior to this food I have always fed Bailey the highest quality mass-manufactured dry food I could find (Never went down the road of Raw or any of those specialty diets). But I always felt the need to supplement with powdered vitamins etc...

The main reason I chose Orijen for Bailey's senior years is the fact they actually believe in a Higher Protein content for Seniors than what you typically see in dog foods made for older dogs. I never quite understood it - why reduce the protein just when muscle atrophy etc... is becoming a problem. Also, I loved the fact that Orijen's ingredient list can be read by and understood by an 8 year old... there are no funky chemical additives or weird conglomerations of pseudo food in this stuff... it is the real deal.

Bailey frequently is complimented by vets and others on her amazing healthy, shiny, full coat, her bright eyes, her clean teeth and relatively fresh breath. No one believes when I say she is 11 (she looks 6). She even has amazing poops (only a mother could love), and she absolutely loves this food - unlike most labs, she doesn't rush in a gobble her food down, she often won't even eat immediately (usually waiting for something good to 'fall' into her bowl) - but with Orijen, no need to doctor it up or make it taste better... I think she knows its good stuff!

Finally - as for price - I get the biggest bag. I kept track and 1 bag lasts my 55lb dog about 2 months... meaning each day of dining (she eats a little at breakfast and more at dinner) costs about $1/day..... that is NOTHING for the savings I believe I have had in vet bills etc... because Bailey does not have ear/eye/skin issues at all (usually caused by allergies and poor nutrition), her teeth are beautiful and she isn't even arthritic etc... so all the common areas for vet bills to happen - I haven't had happen (yet!)... Also, with lesser foods, if you do care enough, you usually supplement with vitamins; which costs more money... with Orijen - the nutrition and vitamins and goodness is built right in.

Orijen is simply the best and the cost <?> is more than worth it - happy, healthy pets... that's what its all about.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 19, 2010
Pet food has an immense range of quality that you can very roughly categorize into three levels. (1) super cheap food that's basically feeding your dog garbage (1-2 stars); (2) food that's a good compromise on price and quality, containing some ingredients that aren't ideal but overall a healthy product (3-4 stars); and (3) "price is no object" foods that make no compromises (5-6 stars). Orijen doesn't just fall into category 3, it's the best of it. It's expensive, but you will not find a better dog food anywhere. Period.

Orijen is a Canada-based company that raises its own chickens, employs its own fisherman to catch fish and deliver them fresh, uses whole eggs instead of dried egg products, and loads its products with the highest quality ingredients you'll ever find in dog food. It's good for your dog's muscles, heart, coat, skin, and is the most biologically appropriate dry dog food there is. Instead of grains for the carb content that it needs to form the kibble, Orijen uses highly digestible fruits and vegetables with nutritious antioxidants and vitamins.

Check out the first 6 ingredients in this product: Fresh deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato, fresh deboned pacific salmon (a natural source of DHA and EPA), herring meal. Meat, meat, meat, good carbs, meat, meat.

Compare that to the first 6 ingredients in Hill's Science Diet Adult Small Bites Dry Dog Food, which I just selected by picking the first large size that came up in a search for "hill's science diet dry dog food." Chicken, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal. Meat, grain, grain, grain, low-quality animal filler like beaks and feet, and more grain. It's loaded with grains that are cheap and known to be difficult to digest, often the cause of allergic reactions in dogs, and not nutritious.

If you want a good compromise product, go for something like Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul Dry Dog Food for Adult Dog, Chicken Flavor, 35 Pound Bag, a very good food that's a bit more affordable than Orijen. If you want the best of the best for your fuzzy-faced friend(s), get Orijen.

Final note: this is extremely rich food. Introduce it very slowly, even more slowly than you normally would a new food, and expect some loose stools during the process. We started with 1/6 new food and upped it by 1/6 every week, so we took a month a half to transition completely to Orijen. That helped a lot.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
About a year ago I decided to put my dog on a better food as she was (at the time) 11 yeas old and I want her to live the longest, healthiest life possible, much like everyone else, as she is not just a pet to me but also a daughter. I stopped at my local "mom & pop" pet food store and asked some questions. I knew little about the better brands as she's always been on grocery store brands. I was directed toward Orijen as it is one of the better brands out there, it's very high in protein, you can understand all of the ingredients and it's "so healthy, a human could eat it". Of course I bought it, and my dog loved it. Little did I know how damaging the food was to her, as quite honestly, she exhibited no symptoms. Back in January my dog had to be put in the ICU due to an accident. It was during that stay where the vet noticed how high her liver levels were. Her alkaline & phosphatase as well as her calcium levels in the kidneys were all very high as well. The vet put her on 3 different liver support medicines and we had to follow up every month with more blood work to reassess the situation. After the 3rd month, the vet was suspicious that cancer was present. When I hear that, I immediately did some research on the food. It was then that I noticed how high the protein content is and what that much protein could do to a body. I presented my research and concerns to the vet, who wasn't as convinced as I was. After the 4th blood draw, and still no changes, we made the mutual decision to wean her off of Orijen and on to Science Diet (although just about any other brand would have worked too). A month later after the switch, and my dog was presented with a clean bill of health. Her alkaline & phosphatase levels are still slightly elevated, but I'm told there is nothing to worry about now. We concluded it was the food that was damaging and slowly killing her, as she was deemed healthy at the start of feeding her the food, A few months prior to all of this, she went though a full work up in order to get her teeth cleaned.

I write this not to slander Orijen, I only want to educate others on my own personal experience. While it happened to my dog, that doesn't mean it will effect all dogs the same. Just please keep in mind, my dog showed no symptoms while on the food that anything was wrong. If it weren't for her stay in the hospital, we never would have known how much damage this food was causing her. If your dog is presently on this food, maybe a precautionary blood draw at their next exam would be worth your while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
This is a real long review and explanations, what i learned about proteins, etc. i listed my dog breed, age, hoping it'll be helpful. :)

My dogs were on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon before Orijen. Nothing was wrong with previous food. Reason why i wanted to try out Orijen senior is cuz it seemed like human grade ingredient quality compared to all other premium dog food. Plus it has tad little more protein, little less fat and about same carb than Blue Buffalo Wilderness, but most importantly, seemingly better quality. At first I was hesitant (besides expensive price..), because I kept reading and hearing mixed things about High Protein for dogs and kidney problem for espcially senior dogs. I ultimately found out that what dogs need is High QUALITY protein, not just 'high' protein. And even high protein won't normally cause issue for regular healthy senior dogs generally. If your dog already has kidney issue or other underlying problems, then you have to be careful and regulate accordingly as it can be aggravated. Long story short, I've concluded for MY dogs (every dog is so different) i'm going to try even higher quality/portion protein diet than blue buffalo, which came down to Orijen. If you're switching from low-mid protein to high protein diet such as orijen, i think you should switch out food much more gradual and longer than instructed by manufacturer. My dogs were already on high protein Blue Buffalo, so it wasn't big deal to switch out with orijen to its standard instruction. Not all dogs are able to handle high protein i think, and unfortunately it's basically 'trial and error' with our beloved pooch's diet.. All we can base our knowledge on dog food is just from personal experience and some studies done by other companies and labs without much solid conclusions, and rather their 'suggestion or tendencies'. :( Also, I am not much of believer about feeding dogs like how wild wolves eat. I am believer of balanced fresh quality meal. Plus wild wolves have a lot less life expectancy than domesticated dogs, and dogs have adapted to living with human and eating food given by human. At the end of the day, dogs are happy whatever you give them... But i just want to do my best and try to keep them healthy and live a long time!

Anyhow, One of my dogs has a lot of age related skin issues (she is Beagle+Italian Greyhound). She has a lot of papillomas developing past 2 years and I was told it's just due to age and immune system. She recently had gone through some surgery and we had a lot of papillomas removed since she was already under anesthesia. But few new papilloas started developing right away and rapidly. Most of her past papillomas never really reduced in size, just a tad maybe. Well, within a week of starting Orijen diet, all of her papillomas started reducing in size significantly!! I was so surprised. Also, her already ultra soft coat became..super duper ultra softer. My another dog (Border Collie + Labrador) always had semi-soft/rough coat, and her coat has become soooo silky soft after starting orijen. They love the food so much. Kibbles are soft and easily breakable, which i like for my senior pooches.

So far, I am happy with what Orijen food is doing for my dogs. My two dogs each have different problems of their own. Beagle mix (11 years old) has lots of skin issues, lipomas, but sturdy stomach and healthy internally. Border Collie mix (8 years old) has extremely sensitive stomach and a lot of allergies, she is the actual reason why i started switching out to premium food awhile ago due to her stomach. They are both high energy dogs. I had my share of trial and error, and for all i know I may be switching food for them again due to some other reasons in the future (like new allergy or something). But as of the moment, it's been 1 month since i switched the food and both dogs seem healthier, shinier, better than ever before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2010
Even though this is one of the more expensive dog foods; I think it really helped my dog. Her coat is shiny and she has more energy than when I adopted her from the shelter. Granted my dog is a picky eater, she will usually inhale this food if I give to her without any supplements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
The product always comes very quickly. My dog just loves it and it has helped her lose weight, which is what she really needed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
First let me say that I have been a rottweiler owner for 21+yrs and have never had any issues with any of my dogs. I started the transition to Orijen senior 3+wks ago and for the first half of that it went great, once i got above feeding 50/50 is when the problems started. My dog began vomiting - not full vomits, just vomiting in her mouth that she would swallow. The big problem is she would do that, then hack like something was stuck in her throat and then the last time - she must have aspirated her lungs with it partially causing breathing problems. So, in order to rule out causes, I pulled her completely off the Orijen and the symptoms stopped. She has a slight yeast problem on her belly and i was using a talc type powder on her too at the time which i also stopped. Thinking it was really the talc and that she was inhaling it causing her to hack and vomit, i waited a few days and then started the transition back to Orijen again - NOPE, it was the orijen that was causing it. Again, more than 50/50 mix and she'd start vomiting again.

My transitions to new food are always gradual and over weeks, I have emailed orijen to see if there are any issues with the food today so we will see what they say, otherwise, be careful with your pooches, theyre bellies may not agree with the food. NOTE: my dog loved the food!! She would almost knock me down to get to her bowl hahaha. Wish I could have stuck with the food.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
this pet food has more fresh meat then any dog food i know of and best of all manufactured in canada.read the first five ingredients. plus no crappy grain fillers (like science diet). negative is its hard to find and expensive.
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