Monday, February 20, 2012

Orijen Dog Food Review


A review for Mr. Chewy’s 
Mr. Chewy’s is an online pet food company that sells dog/cat food, dog/cat treats, and other pet supplies.  Since I do not have the time to home cook my dog’s meals, I purchase top high quality brands of dog and cat food from Mr. Chewy’s.  Mr. Chewy’s is also convenient and ships directly to my house.  Mr. Chewy’s asked me to do a review on a dog food called Orijen.  I did try Orijen with my dogs and here is my review of this high quality dog food.
Orijen Dog Food:

Before trying Orijen, I had heard many great things about this brand of dog food.  I read the label and was impressed with the healthy ingredients in this dog food.  I am used to purchasing high quality expensive dog food because I like feeding my dogs the very best products.  So, when I was asked to review this dog food, I had to check it out first.  I am very particular about what I feed my dogs and had to make sure it was even worthy of my giving it to them in the first place.  Seriously, if it would have been a store brand or a low quality dog food, then I would NOT have agreed to try it and write a review.  
When I buy products for my dogs they have to pass a certain criteria.  The dog food must have healthy natural ingredients.  The ingredients CAN’T contain barley or flaxseed because I have one dog that is allergic to those items.  My dogs must love it and I have one Border Collie that is a picky picky eater.  I also monitor my dogs after they eat to see how they feel physically. 
Orijen passed the healthy ingredient test!  I liked that everything was fresh, deboned, fruits, vegetables, and vitamins/minerals.  Also, preservative-free is a plus!  
Ingredients: Fresh deboned wild boar*, fresh deboned lamb*, fresh beef liver*, fresh deboned pork*, lamb meal, peas, salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, fresh whole eggs*, fresh deboned bison*, potato starch, fresh deboned salmon*, pacific whitefish meal, fresh deboned walleye*, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, dried organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium. * DELIVERED FRESH, preservative-free and never frozen.
Orijen passed the dogs must love it test!  My dogs really did love it.  My finicky Border Collie would even work during training sessions for Orijen dog food.  He loved it that much.  My other two dogs just gobble down their meals when I feed them their Orijen and will also work during training sessions for this yummy dog food.  Well, I am assuming it is yummy because my dogs love it, but I did not eat it myself.  The ingredients seem to be of human grade quality and probably could be eaten by humans.  However, I am a vegan and do not eat any animal products, sorry Orijen.  My dogs were full of energy and did not have any digestion issues at all from eating this dog food.
Needless to say, I was very pleased with the Orijen brand of dog food, it passed my criteria and earned the Pam’s Dog Academy seal of approval.  
Get your bag of Orijen from today!  If you order your food and have it delivered you will have more time to spend with your best friend, YOUR DOG!  
Now get out and play with your dog!  Life is just too short and their lives are shorter, so enjoy every moment you have with your dog! 
Pamela Johnson, CPDT-KA, B.S., M.A. - Products (DVD’s & ebooks) - Information about my training methods, video, and more.


  1. No cereal grains at all?! Very impressive. Expensive?

  2. Orijen is the only kibble Siku and Presley can and will eat besides treats and cooked food.

  3. This is a GREAT post! I hope you not mind. I published an excerpt on the site and linked back to your own blog for people to read the full version. Thanks for your advice.

  4. The natural ingredients attracted me to Orijen. However the high protein level has almost cost my 17 lbs dog her life. It is much to high for smaller dogs. It sent my dog into liver shut down with enzyme levels 500 over normal levels. Please use caution when choosing this food. Consult your vet. I would not want anyone to go through what we have been through

  5. Penny, Thank you for your comment. It is good for people to know the cons of an item. I am sorry that you had to go through that! Take care,

  6. Like Penny, I tried Orijen about 5 years ago with my Westies and the older one (who was around 12 years at the time) ended up in kidney failure. Yes, my dogs loved the taste but you have to be careful with protein levels as I found out the hard way.

  7. Protein is not bad for a dogs kidneys unless they have a pre-existing problem. Your dogs kidneys already had problems and you made it worse by not knowing what you're doing.

    1. I have heard this is true for humans as well! Thank you for your comment as I am not a nutritionist and even though I am learning more about dog nutrition, I do not know that much about it. So, thank you for sharing your knowledge. :)

  8. Anonymous above me is right. High protein does not in and of itself cause liver/kidney problems.

    Furthermore, appropriate protein levels DO NOT vary depending on a dog's size. Smaller dogs do not need less protein than larger dogs.

  9. Thank you for your comment! I am not a dog nutritionist and really appreciate your expertise. :) Thanks!

  10. I don't have any idea on pet foods. But recently my brother brought home a little dog and I am worried about his food. But this post has provided very nice information about the dog foods and their overall effect. It will help me a lot.

  11. Food for thought (pun intended) . Dogs are descendants of wolves, coyotes, etc. These animals are carnivores . The argument that dogs need whole grains as part of a balanced diet is ridiculous. Why? Because up until the human created agricultural revolution , you wouldn't see a dog/wolf munching on a bagel . Nor for that matter prior to this moment in human history, dogs would not nibble on wild wheat or barley to get their daily "grain" quotient. A little common sense and knowledge should tell that protein has, historically made up the majority of a traditional k9 diet. Arguments that dogs need grains and cereals is absolutely ridiculous and misinformed.