Why did we choose Orijen kibble?
- The company’s Biologically Appropriate™ philosophy:
- This concept means they mirror the richness, freshness and variety of meats that dogs would naturally hunt in the wild, and for which they are evolved to eat.
- Foods feature exceptionally high inclusions of fresh whole meats, plus richly nourishing liver, tripe, cartilage and marrow, all in ratios that mirror the natural diet.
- High-glycemic carbohydrates and plant proteins are excluded
- Orijen’s ingredients are not the bulk commodity ingredients in conventional pet foods. Instead Orijen has ingredients that are sustainably raised within the region by people they know and trust.
- The ingredients are fresh, never frozen, or exposed to heat, chemicals, or preservatives.
- Foods are steam cooked in their own natural juices without adding any water.
- Never out sourced:
- The company is the developer and producer of Orijen foods. The food is prepared in the company’s kitchens in Alberta, Canada, and not owned by a marketing company. The company knows where and how the ingredients are farmed or fished, to every cooking, packaging and quality process.
- The company’s guarantee:
- If human or dog is dissatisfied with any ORIJEN product, you can return the original package and unused to the pet supply store where you made the original purchase for a full refund.
- The company’s production and quality assurance:
- At all stages of production and preparation, they utilize both Good Manufacturing Principals — a worldwide system for the control and management of manufacturing and quality testing of foods, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Analysis (HACCP) — an internationally recognized and systematic preventive approach to food safety.
- Quality management systems extend beyond their kitchens, going forward to the distributor partners and back to the ingredient suppliers.
- Meat ingredients are produced exclusively from animals classified ‘fit for human consumption.’
- Fresh meats, including chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beef, pork, wild boar, bison and lamb are produced within the company’s region in dedicated, federally approved facilities.
- The fresh regional ingredients truly meet the AAFCO definition for ‘fresh,” where refrigeration is their only form of preservation — no chemicals, no heat, no freezing.
- Frequent Buyer Program:
- In the U.S. and Canada the company offers a Frequent Buyer program through all of their retailers. Your retailer will be able to provide you with a Frequent Buyer card. Each time you purchase a bag, record the purchase on your card, and save your receipts as proof of purchase. After the purchase of 12 bags within a 24 month period, with a completed card accompanied by 12 receipts you will receive a free 13th bag of equal or lesser value from your retailer.
How do we feed Orijen?
Our dogs enjoy a variety of Orijen foods. We cycle them through about 6 bags of one variety, and slowly integrate them into the next. We feel as though this provides them with the greatest diversity of protein sources and ingredients. When we cycle from one variety to another, we are careful to start mixing 25% new food with 75% old food, slowly changing the proportions over the next five to seven days by gradually increasing the amount of the new variety, and decreasing the amount of the old variety. We adjust portions as according to each dog’s ideal daily “maintenance” amount (this can change throughout the year depending on the extent of their activity levels), always keeping in mind that a lean dog is a healthy dog! Limoncello and Hooch both started out as puppies eating the Puppy Large variety, until recommended by our veterinarian to switch to an adult food. The varieties we currently feed our pack are:
When do we feed Orijen?
Our dogs get fed twice a day, dividing total daily amount in to 2 equally-sized meals that are carefully planned time-wise in our day. GSPs are subject to bloat or torsion. Therefore, they should not be fed immediately after running or other demanding exercise, not should they be allowed to run or exercise for at least an hour after eating and drinking.
All information was taken from Orijen’s website