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Orijen Dog and Cat food

andiamo
February 5th, 2008, 09:09 AM
Anybody feeding Orijen Dog or Cat food?

I have been feeding my cats and dog with Innova products but would like to make a switch to Orijen as it is made in Canada and it seems to be a similar quality product.

Any input would be appreciated.

clm
February 5th, 2008, 09:53 AM
I've been feeding Orijen to both my dogs and cats. I mix it, can't afford to buy only it anymore, and I like to give the beasties variety so they don't tire of a food, so I mix it in with other kibble. It's a high quality food and all of my pets have done well on it.

Cindy

Stacer
February 5th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Yup, I've been feeding Orijen to my 2 cats for almost a year now, they love it. Their poops are smellier since eating it though. But everything else is great.

Love4himies
February 5th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Jasper eats Orijen as his main food, Wellness canned as a supplement, Sweet Pea eats Wellness and Go Natural canned as a main food, Orijen as a snack, Puddles eats Wellness canned as her main food, mixed with some water, and gets Orijen only as a treat at night or when she manages to tip over the bag and bite it open during the day:frustrated:.

All my cats love it.

Lukka'sma
February 5th, 2008, 11:14 AM
Lukka eats Orijen. Other foods that she was on just didn't agree with her (Innova, DVP, Eagle Pack).

rainbow
February 5th, 2008, 12:58 PM
I'm feeding Orijen to both my dogs and my cats...... they all love it and are doing great. :thumbs up

Purpledomino
February 5th, 2008, 02:53 PM
All of my dogs eat Orijen and have flourished on it. I do also top-dress with other fresh foods, canned EVO and tripe...but the Orijen is the main staple in their diets. Beautiful coats, less poops in quantity and size, and I haven't had any more ear infections in my Bullmastiff since switching to grain free. We're all very happy with Orijen, and the company is very willing to answer questions and back up their product. :thumbs up here as well!

bendyfoot
February 5th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Our three cats and two dogs are on Orijen as of this past fall (the dogs get the 6 fresh fish variety).

We are totally converted. We will never go back to other foods, barring a disaster of some kind.

Our animals have never been this healthy, EVER. We're getting all kinds of compliments about them lately.

It's pricey, but so, so worth it.

Kinguni
February 5th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Shabba (GSD x) is fed Origen as her staple. Our 2 cats have been fed Origen for the last 2 months, but are being transitioned to Wellness canned. No problems at all with this food. We haven't fed EVO.

~michelle~
February 5th, 2008, 07:21 PM
we used to feed Innova but switched to Orijen because it was canadian too:) the dogs and cats have done well on it they;re all shiny and soft:)

the gang
February 5th, 2008, 07:39 PM
one of my min pins is diabect and orjen is what he eats like the rest and loves it no grains no sugar good luck brenda and the pins :thumbs up

Winston
February 5th, 2008, 08:22 PM
Winston is on Orijen Fish and loves it! Solved alot of his allergy type issues...

Cindy

andiamo
February 8th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies. Much apreciated!!! :pawprint:

jtomlinson
February 11th, 2008, 10:47 AM
I have a 6 month old goldendoodle (50lbs) and he has been on orijen large breed puppy for months. His stool however is the consistancy of soft ice cream and he has at least 3 bowl movements a day which are very smelly. I don't think his stool should be like that. He is a healthy weight and gets 4 cups a day. He also has very itchy skin, no redness or dryness though. I give him artic vigour as a suppliment. I'm thinking of switching foods but not sure what to switch to, any suggestions? maybe the artic vigour is the problem? Does wellness make a large breed puppy formula? could he be allregic or just have itchy skin? Thanks :)

mika140
February 11th, 2008, 11:10 AM
I'm not too up on puppy formulas (as I have yet to own a puppy...but someday)....but I do know that Eagle Pack Holistic has a Large and Giant Breed Puppy formula, and Innova has a large breed puppy formula. I've heard great things from people who have used both.

Both my dogs (2 yrs and 10 yrs) are on Orijen right now. The 2 yr old GSD is doing great....the best stool he's had and very healthy. The 10 year old is still adjusting perhaps? I'm still deciding whether to switch her to something else after this bag. I really like their product, her stools are great, she's very healthy. But she's got this on and off bad breath that seems to be a digestion issue (I have consulted our vet). She's on bag # 2, so it's been about two months now. But she was on a more moderate grain-inclusive kibble just before this, and on crappy lots of filler, tiny amount of meat kibbles for the first 9 years of her life. So I'm trying to figure out what her adjustment period might be, or if I should just be switching her after this bag. Any ideas?

rainbow
February 11th, 2008, 01:15 PM
I have a 6 month old goldendoodle (50lbs) and he has been on orijen large breed puppy for months. His stool however is the consistancy of soft ice cream and he has at least 3 bowl movements a day which are very smelly. I don't think his stool should be like that. He is a healthy weight and gets 4 cups a day. He also has very itchy skin, no redness or dryness though. I give him artic vigour as a suppliment. I'm thinking of switching foods but not sure what to switch to, any suggestions? maybe the artic vigour is the problem? Does wellness make a large breed puppy formula? could he be allregic or just have itchy skin? Thanks :)


Grain free kibbles are high in fat so giving a fish oil supplement is adding more fat to his diet. It is probably too much for your puppy to handle and too much fat can cause diarrhea.

I would either cut back on the amount of supplement and introduce it slowly or else try Wellness CORE Reduced Fat formula.

rainbow
February 11th, 2008, 01:28 PM
Both my dogs (2 yrs and 10 yrs) are on Orijen right now. The 2 yr old GSD is doing great....the best stool he's had and very healthy. The 10 year old is still adjusting perhaps? I'm still deciding whether to switch her to something else after this bag. I really like their product, her stools are great, she's very healthy. But she's got this on and off bad breath that seems to be a digestion issue (I have consulted our vet). She's on bag # 2, so it's been about two months now. But she was on a more moderate grain-inclusive kibble just before this, and on crappy lots of filler, tiny amount of meat kibbles for the first 9 years of her life. So I'm trying to figure out what her adjustment period might be, or if I should just be switching her after this bag. Any ideas?

I think the longer the dog was on a crappy kibble the longer it takes for them to adjust. I have heard that it can take 3-4 months for this detox process. I'm presuming that since she has been to the vet that her teeth are fine. Are you giving her digestive enzymes?

mika140
February 11th, 2008, 03:30 PM
My 10 yr old's teeth aren't perfect, but the vet knows the condition of them and wasn't concerned about that. He's looking at it as two separate issues. We're still going to do a dental consult with their specialist, but they were pretty confident it's a digestion issue with the food. She's not getting enzymes because I wanted to make sure she could adjust to the food without them.

That makes sense that it would take longer to adjust if they'd been on a crappier food for a long time. I think I'll switch to their regular formula after this bag of senior and then if the problems persist, I can just switch at any time to a different food without worrying where we're at in the bag cycle. I'm just so excited to have Orijen for her that I don't want to give up too early if it's only a matter of adjusting.

Kinguni
February 12th, 2008, 05:46 AM
Shabba was fed Nutro Max Large Breed Puppy at the shelter, and we brought home a large bag with her. After a lot of reading we switched her to Orijen large breed puppy, and though her stool size shrunk, it really stunk, as did her gas. We switched her to Go Natural all life stages for 2 bags which cut the stink, but we were sold on grain free so decided to try her on Orijen again and this time less stink! One difference is that I threw out the bag of Pedigree MarroBone treats, of which she was getting a few a day.

However, she was still having some pudding poops, usually later in the day. We thought it was just due to her habit of ingesting what comes out the back end, but at her last vet visit for boosters (5 days ago) the vet gave us 2 doses of Interceptor, one to be given that evening and another 14 days after, in prep for heartworm season. Well, then next day her first poo had a juicy roundworm in it! We found the source of her pudding it seems. Today (Monday) was the first day I can remember when all of her stools were solid. We also invested in a long line so that we can remove her from where she poos before she can eat it, and she hasn't dined on poo since Saturday.

That said, do look for other possible causes of soft stools. Perhaps take a step backwards temporarily from the grain free food to a good quality food with grain and then back again. It certainly can take 2 or 3 months for your pup to adjust to good food.

Kinguni
February 12th, 2008, 06:02 PM
Spoke too soon. Everything was mush today to make up for yesterday I guess. :shrug:

mika140
February 12th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Isn't that the way it goes :wall: I find that EVERY time I post something about great poop or tell someone just how wonderful my youngest has been doing stool-wise, the poop patrol comes along and messes it all up. I'm actually a little afraid to post anything about good stool anymore :crazy: But here's to good wishes that yours will have better poop tomorrow :D

Kinguni
February 13th, 2008, 05:29 AM
I think it's due to giving her Deter in hopes of curing her love of her own poo. Since we are supervising her at all times outside now and keeping a 30 foot line on her and then rewarding her for not eating it we'll skip the Deter and see if it clears up. I'm sure the cleaning out of worms isn't helping either though. Wait and see.....I just had her outside at 4:00AM with a near liquid poo. :yuck:

rainbow
February 13th, 2008, 03:07 PM
Crushed pineapple added to their food works for some poo eaters. :)

How old is Shabba? Are you still giving her the puppy formula? Does she get any salmon/fish oil supplements?

Kinguni
February 13th, 2008, 04:59 PM
How old is Shabba? Are you still giving her the puppy formula? Does she get any salmon/fish oil supplements?

:sorry: Off topic!

Almost a year old and getting the large breed puppy formula. We have been giving her fish oil supplements too, along with Acidophilus. Her lunch time poo today was mucousy diarrhoea (yesterday wasn't liquid) but the afternoon walk one was pudding. If it's the same tomorrow I think we be off to the vet with a stool sample in hand. I almost have to wonder if she hasn't had some giardia hanging out since drinking some field puddle water in the fall, or if what's left of the roundworms is bugging her.

I called the vet last Friday after Thursday's roundworm and they said simply to give the second dose of Interceptor as prescribed (2 weeks after the first) and then bring in a stool sample 2 weeks after that so if she's more normal tomorrow I'll stop worrying.

chico2
February 13th, 2008, 05:12 PM
My cats will not eat Orijen,but they don't eat much kibble period.
I was told by a lady who has a Pet-Value store,Orijen is NOT good for dogs,too much protein,but ok for cats and that the company is unreliable:confused:
But then I was told by a Global pet store owner,Orijen will not supply pet-Value for some reason.
However the members on this Forum with their animals doing well on Orijen,is proof it's a good food.

Kinguni
February 13th, 2008, 05:21 PM
Pet Valu tried to push their own holistic brand on us as the best when we were searching for a better food than Nutro for Shabba, even though it was more expensive than the other brands we were considering. I think the high protein myth for dogs has been well displaced now.

rainbow
February 13th, 2008, 07:18 PM
I think the high protein myth for dogs has been well displaced now.


Yes, it has....

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48372

rainbow
February 13th, 2008, 07:33 PM
:sorry: Off topic!

Almost a year old and getting the large breed puppy formula. We have been giving her fish oil supplements too, along with Acidophilus. Her lunch time poo today was mucousy diarrhoea (yesterday wasn't liquid) but the afternoon walk one was pudding. If it's the same tomorrow I think we be off to the vet with a stool sample in hand. I almost have to wonder if she hasn't had some giardia hanging out since drinking some field puddle water in the fall, or if what's left of the roundworms is bugging her.

I called the vet last Friday after Thursday's roundworm and they said simply to give the second dose of Interceptor as prescribed (2 weeks after the first) and then bring in a stool sample 2 weeks after that so if she's more normal tomorrow I'll stop worrying.

I think the diarreah might be due to too much fat in her diet. I've heard of this happening with some dogs that are fed grain free kibble which is high in fat content and fish oil supplements. Some dogs can't handle all that fat. :shrug:

Try stopping the fish oil capsules and if her poop firms up then re-introduce it slowly. If it gets mushy again then you'll know that's the reason.

It's a good idea to get her poop checked though for the roundworm and possible giardia.

Good luck :fingerscr :goodvibes: and start a new thread if you need to. :)

Tommysmom
February 13th, 2008, 09:15 PM
My cats will not eat Orijen,but they don't eat much kibble period.
I was told by a lady who has a Pet-Value store,Orijen is NOT good for dogs,too much protein,but ok for cats and that the company is unreliable:confused:
But then I was told by a Global pet store owner,Orijen will not supply pet-Value for some reason.
However the members on this Forum with their animals doing well on Orijen,is proof it's a good food.

Orijen isn't permitted to be sold in Pet Valu, although I don't know why. I had the manager of the Pet Valu near me tell me that Orijen's parent company had too many problems with their food, and that their supplier was awful and unreliable... that testing found bad things in their foods, etc etc... I couldn't believe the things he was saying, it just seemed that the more I didn't react the more outrageous it kept getting. I see this guy every day, and had really respected him until then. I don't know the official reason, but unfortunately I have now lost all respect for Pet Valu and take my business solely to Global/Ryans. They told me that Pet Valu isn't able to sell Orijen, but they didn't know why:shrug:.

All I know, is that my dog is doing great on Orijen, it's made the biggest difference in his health and I'll continue to feed it regardless of what Pet Valu says.

Kinguni
February 14th, 2008, 05:02 AM
I think the diarreah might be due to too much fat in her diet. I've heard of this happening with some dogs that are fed grain free kibble which is high in fat content and fish oil supplements. Some dogs can't handle all that fat. :shrug:

Try stopping the fish oil capsules and if her poop firms up then re-introduce it slowly. If it gets mushy again then you'll know that's the reason.

It's a good idea to get her poop checked though for the roundworm and possible giardia.

Good luck :fingerscr :goodvibes: and start a new thread if you need to. :)

Will start a new one if need be. We did stop the fish oil on Monday. However, I just (around 3:15AM) have her out for liquid poo. Consider that she normally sleeps from 10:00 or 11 until 8 in the morning. Looks like I'll be calling the vet, and when my better had gets home from work be taking a sample in to the vet. I don't think that can wait 3 weeks, and if it's giardia the Interceptor does nothing for that.

chico2
February 14th, 2008, 07:55 AM
Tommysmom, my 3 cats LOVE Pet-Values Performatrin Life Stages canned,so I have to go there,also other than bad-mouthing Orijen,I really like the storeowner.
I go to Global(quiet far away for me)and buy Chicken-Soup-For-Cat-Lovers-Soul,the owner,although he does not know me,orders it especially for me and 2 other owners,that's service:thumbs up
The truth is,a store owner will promote what they sell,it took a long time for Pet Value to even get Wellness.

rainbow
February 14th, 2008, 02:39 PM
Will start a new one if need be. We did stop the fish oil on Monday. However, I just (around 3:15AM) have her out for liquid poo. Consider that she normally sleeps from 10:00 or 11 until 8 in the morning. Looks like I'll be calling the vet, and when my better had gets home from work be taking a sample in to the vet. I don't think that can wait 3 weeks, and if it's giardia the Interceptor does nothing for that.

Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Kinguni
February 14th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:
Bland diet (1/3 boiled lean ground beef and 2/3 rice), sample collected and will be taken in this evening. Their concern is the mucous, although it's not there every time.

Tommysmom
February 14th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Tommysmom, my 3 cats LOVE Pet-Values Performatrin Life Stages canned,so I have to go there,also other than bad-mouthing Orijen,I really like the storeowner.
I go to Global(quiet far away for me)and buy Chicken-Soup-For-Cat-Lovers-Soul,the owner,although he does not know me,orders it especially for me and 2 other owners,that's service:thumbs up
The truth is,a store owner will promote what they sell,it took a long time for Pet Value to even get Wellness.

Global is called Ryan's here, they do the same thing for me... they order in my Solid Gold and the owner/manager has been so wonderful helping me out with cookies, treats and foods that don't contain any chicken fat. She was on vacation a few weeks back in the US and found a new kind of cookie that Tommy could eat, and ordered it in for us as soon as she got back - how can you beat that kind of customer service!

chico2
February 15th, 2008, 06:56 AM
Tommysmom,you cannot,what bums me out,is that he's never even seen me before and still does it for me.:thumbs up
He just needs me to call a week before I need the CSFCS.
I wish Rens Pet Depot,where I've gone for at least 12yrs and bought everything,from catfood to birdseeds,corn for Squirrels etc.would give me that service,but the son is now running the store,what a difference:yell:if only a few people buy the product,he'll take it off the shelves.
I guess it's called progress,but it often leaves customers by the wayside.

BeagleMum
February 15th, 2008, 08:14 AM
I was feeding Spencer & Sydney for about 4 months and they did not do well on it. Spencer had actually dropped down to about 23lbs (17 inch beagle) and I could not get him to gain any weight back. He was even up to 2 cups a day (which was double the amount of what he was getting on Fromm 4 Star) and nothing. I was also advised my many people (vet, behaviourist, books I read) to lower the protein % in his food because of his severe separation anxiety. I know that a lot of people don't agree that they are linked at all but it's not like they were doing well on it anyway. I now have them on Merrick and they are doing well on that one.

Orijen seems to be hit and miss, I have heard of dogs doing great and then others will shed horribly, get runny eyes and in my case, lose a lot of weight. It is a good quality food and if it can work for you then that's awesome, unfortunately, it wasn't for us.

Kristin7
February 15th, 2008, 11:37 AM
I can't find Orijen anywhere but my dog has done well on California Naturals Lamb and Rice and now is on Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato. I think the only food he didn't seem to do well on was Evo RM, he was all jittery and wired all the time... I do like the idea of feeding grain free though, so will probably switch him again sometime. I like to feed him a variety (he can be picky), and often top his kibble off with some wet food or green tripe, which he LOVES. True that what is good for one dog is not always good for another even if it is high quality food.

My dog eats poo too :yuck: esp seems to like 'poopsicles'. I think he learned this from his neighbor dog buddy. I had thought at one point switching his food had helped but he is doing it again now that things are good and frozen. On the other hand, maybe was feeding him a different brand back then. Really, I should be keeping a food diary on all my animals, so I know what works and what doesn't... sometimes it is hard to remember as they each have their own little issues and they haven't always been on the same brands all the time.

Kinguni
February 16th, 2008, 04:50 AM
Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

I started a new thread - http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=49519

GSDog
February 22nd, 2008, 10:08 PM
I was feeding my GS Iams for the pass 4 months and now he's on Orijen which he loves. But I went to this webpage:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

and they say there is too much protein for puppies. I went through the whole food bank and whatever is for puppies thats suppose to be the best food all says not good for puppies cause of the protein. :shrug:

Im just wondering if i should continue now with the food. Not cause its not good for the dog i know its one of the best but is it really going to damage him cause hes still a pup or its blown out of proportion :shrug::shrug::shrug:

rainbow
February 22nd, 2008, 11:12 PM
It's not the protein you have to worry about...it's the calcium and phosphorous. I posted a thread about it before....I'll go see if I can find it.

rainbow
February 22nd, 2008, 11:15 PM
Here's the thread....

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48372

Kinguni
February 23rd, 2008, 02:47 AM
Is he doing good on Orijen? Then keep him on it! After 6 months of age it's not generally thought to be an issue, and rainbow pointed you in the right direction for information.

On another note, Shabbado is doing great on Orijen now with 3 solid movements a day now that she's been de-wormed. We're training her away from eating her poop through close supervision, either on a leash or a 30 foot line if we're playing in the yard. Once the snow melts we'll train her to go in one area of the yard.

A side note: Shabba loves her kibble so much that it also makes a great training treat! I carry a handful in my pocket for walks and when playing in the yard. She'll drop the ball consistently yet! :laughing:

jtomlinson
February 25th, 2008, 08:45 AM
I am wondering if it is okay to mix two dog food together? My puppy was on orijen large breed puppy and had softer stools so i was going to switch to wellness puppy but is not for large breed. I have been mixing the two together and my puppys stool is looking good. I was thinking of keeping him on a mixture of the two. Is this okay?

geisha
February 25th, 2008, 10:08 PM
I wouldn't hesitate to feed your pup that way. There are different ways to feed your pup kibble. Rotating between different brands is a good way to mix things up a bit. IMhumbleO mixing is also okay:thumbs up. How old and how big is your pup now?

Tommysmom
February 26th, 2008, 12:13 AM
I am wondering if it is okay to mix two dog food together? My puppy was on orijen large breed puppy and had softer stools so i was going to switch to wellness puppy but is not for large breed. I have been mixing the two together and my puppys stool is looking good. I was thinking of keeping him on a mixture of the two. Is this okay?

:shrug:I mix two kinds together for my pup... he likes it, he does well on both of them, so I don't mess with the program LOL. No harm in mixing at all as long as your pup does well on the foods you're giving.

jtomlinson
February 26th, 2008, 09:12 AM
Miller just turned 7 months and is 64lbs. I'm thinking of trying him on innova, just in the middle of doing some research. i'm a little hesitant with wellness as it is not specially formulated for large breed puppys.

GSDog
February 29th, 2008, 04:56 PM
I started to feed my pup Orijen and today went to the vet for his 3rd shot and he advise me to get off the puppy food cause my dog is grown way too fast and start adult food. He will be 5months old in one week and already weighs 70lbs. Said he has a bit of joint problems cause he press on his elbows and the dog whinned. THen i told the vet well if you press on my elbows i will yell too...Then he said before getting him neutered we should have an xray done for his hips. NOw all of that got me thinking cause i know the parents of my dog had NO joint or hip problems cause they both had xrays done. So i called the owner of my dog cause he raises K9's for RCMP, S/R dogs for others etc etc....I would trust him more for an opinion. First the owner said Orijen has 42% of protien with is too much for a pup...All dogs should not exceed 25%. Bigger the dogs hard it will be on them for any joints later just like Humans...So now im just wondering whats out there that has NO grain or gluten and 25% of protein...I was talking to my son in Alberta and he said there was a special document on TV on dog food and he was saying Alpo was on dog food that put melamine in it...yes the stuff you do cupboards with "Melamine Cupboards" he also mentions that you should see the other crap they put in dog food and its all a scam...He mention that one of the spokewoman that did the show said "I cant mention names but I feed my dog Kibbles and Bits" hmmmmmm makes you wonder at times what to give your dog...

The owner of my dog said he doesent keep any GSD more than 100lbs cause he gets rid of them. They are way too big and should never be that weight. He likes to see a few ribs on his GSD or any big breeds. So all this to say, im clueless with all this dog food and too much protein in dog food...

mika140
February 29th, 2008, 08:31 PM
How long have you been feeding the Orijen Puppy? From what I've read, bone growth issues have more to do with mineral content (ash, etc), and not as much with protein amount. You could always check out the info on Orijen's website or if it's not there, write to the company with your concerns. I've found that they have been very helpful when I've had questions. But in the end, no matter what the answers are, you have to go with a food you're comfortable with.

GSDog
February 29th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Oh its only 3 weeks that ive started with Orijen...i know its not because of that food that my dog is big cause he was big before 3 weeks ago too..lol

but here is a good webpage of all the best dog food and cat

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

and the best would be in the 6star section and it does tell you 42% is too much for a puppy ..have a look you will see...

rainbow
March 1st, 2008, 03:10 AM
It is NOT the protein you have to be concerned about. It is the calcium and especially the phosphorus content that matter. There is a thread somewhere here about it......I'll go see if I can find it.

rainbow
March 1st, 2008, 03:14 AM
Here is the thread. Click on all the websites for further information....

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48372&highlight=orijen+calcium+phosphorus

gypsy_girl
March 1st, 2008, 09:28 PM
Petcurean has a new food NOW! that is around that protein level. Here is the link http://petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=160
I have recently started using it with one of my dogs, who is kinda lazy, but I wanted Grain Free less calories, and I like that it's render free (my dog like the taste too)

kittykat6923
April 4th, 2008, 10:49 PM
I have recently adopted two shorthair male cats. Jasper & Jinx. Jinx is about 10 lbs and Jasper is over 15 lbs. They are eating Orijen dry cat food and love it. They hardly shed any hair. Their fur is shiny and very soft. As for the bathroom business.....they use the litterbox less, it is less smelly, and smaller firmer stools. I feed them less food than regular pet food brands. I am really impressed with Orijen.....my only concern was I have also heard really good things about Go! Natural cat food-grain free formula.......

I just wonder if this is a better product as it seems almost identical to Orijen....

Anyone have any good/bad news about either Orijen or Go Natural cat food?
:crazy:
All feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I should also comment that even though these pet foods appear to be more expensive.....they are not in the long run as you should find that your pet will eat less......you don't have to feed as much as you would with the cheaper brands and the health benefits are amazing and so worth it.

Good luck to you all finding the right food for your beloved pets!!!

rainbow
April 4th, 2008, 10:57 PM
I have been feeding my cats Orijen for almost a year now. We have had no problems and they both love it. Go Natural is also a good quality food but I "think" it is more expensive.

clm
April 4th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Cat's like variety, there's no reason why you can't feed both. I'd get a trial size of the go natural first to make sure they like it.

Cindy

TobyinSelkirk
April 5th, 2008, 08:55 PM
I'm new here and I am hoping someone will be able to give me some help!

I have a 4 month old Cairn Terrier who is about 9lbs I would say and has been on the Orijen puppy food for 2 months now, since the day I got him home! But what we are having is some of the most nasty :yuck: smelling dog farts I have ever come across!! His poo is soft also and stinks as well.

Should I change his dog food? I really, really don't want to since I love this food for him but when the dog smells more then the baby with a poopy diaper, its gross!! I've lowered the amount I give him and still stinky. Should I try the adult? Or what about the other dog food thats made in Saskatchewan, Horizen? What is causing it????

gypsy_girl
April 7th, 2008, 07:56 PM
I compared the GO! to Orijen and the GO! uses chicken meal first and Orijen chicken meat.
The Orijen has botanicals too, but not sure what I think about that for cats!
JMHO

KJQ
November 5th, 2008, 10:53 AM
An old post I'm replying to but in case anyone else is reading it, our golden retriever has been on Orijen for about 6 months and doing very well. Yes, his BM's are pretty potent as some have noted, but his health is the main thing. He used to be on Iams and would occasionally turned his nose up at it, but since the switch to Orijen he's eaten most meals. He is very active (we run him at least 10 Kms a day) and eats 3 cups in the morning and 3 cups at supper time.

CaptainOlimar
November 6th, 2008, 04:10 PM
I've noticed really smelly poops as well. We are using Orijen cat food for our three adult cats and six kittens. I'm happy to hear we aren't the only ones having this issue. Two of cats currently have tummy troubles so I'm glad to hear the smelliness could just be the food. If they are healthier I can live with the smell. I really like that Orijen is made in Canada.

zomo
November 6th, 2008, 10:55 PM
I have a 6 month old goldendoodle (50lbs) and he has been on orijen large breed puppy for months. His stool however is the consistancy of soft ice cream and he has at least 3 bowl movements a day which are very smelly. I don't think his stool should be like that. He is a healthy weight and gets 4 cups a day. He also has very itchy skin, no redness or dryness though. I give him artic vigour as a suppliment. I'm thinking of switching foods but not sure what to switch to, any suggestions? maybe the artic vigour is the problem? Does wellness make a large breed puppy formula? could he be allregic or just have itchy skin? Thanks :)

Just noticing that you said you feed Orijen and your puppy eats 4 cups a day.Melvin weighs 65 pounds and eats 3 cups a day. Are you feeding the recommended amount ? If you are feeding over the recommended amount that might be your problem.

Kalou
June 4th, 2010, 08:18 AM
I am thinking of switching to Origen or Acana.

I can't afford to buy canned cat food, is the dry Origen/Acana still a good food?

When people say that they are using both dry and canned cat food how much of each are you giving?

Thanks!

Jeff Ovington
June 9th, 2010, 12:03 AM
I switched from Nutro Ultra to Origen about 5 or 6 months ago
the reason being I eat wild game I figure my dog should eat wild game.
and the bottem line is no matter how hard one chooses to shop and choose a healthy lifestyle you can't get any more organic than eating wild.
That goes for fruit and veggies as well.

crazykewl
July 7th, 2010, 04:03 AM
We bought the largest bag once for my pit bull and Shepard/black lab mix... it did amazing things for my pitbull but made my black lab gain a bunch of weight she can't handle (bad hind legs, she was hit by a car last year which shattered her right hind leg and hip)

CoppersMom
July 9th, 2010, 07:08 PM
My dogs (a 3 year old lab and a 6 year old lab mix) have been on Orijen for about a month now. I've been very happy with it so far. We just finished up a bag of Regional Red and are trying Six Fish. They run or hike with me daily and the lab does agility, so they are pretty active dogs. They are both eating about 2 cups a day total, split into two meals.

Initially their poops did smell a lot worse, but that has gotten better. Consistency was initially a little soft, but nothing abnormal, and it is firm now. With my lab mix I have actually noticed less gas from her now that she is eating a grain-free kibble. They were on California Natural Lamb & Rice before. The lab has food allergies to the big four (wheat, corn, soy, and chicken) but hasn't had any issues with the Orijen flavors above.

tigereye
July 10th, 2010, 08:23 AM
i used to feed my dog orijen until i found out about all the problem they have. First of all it is too many calories and will make a lot of dogs be fat, have soft stool or have gaz. Not all, but a if you do the ratio, more dogs have problems going on it than any other holistic dog food. My holistic vet told me. He deals with all these brands.

You have to watch out for large breed dogs, especially in pups. Too much protien. I know what everyone is going to say, but it is true. These companies all pride themselves of as being as close to feeding RAW food (which is the best by the way). Not even RAW diet has that much protien or fat. Check it out for yourself. Only working or highly active dogs should be on it.

Regional red uses PORK in its diet and sell for so expensive for about the same money by EVO RED MEAT much better ingredients. Or for less money and a bit less protien 32% use Taste of the Wild Bison.

Orijen is a 4 year old brand and they have been playing with the ingredients even with ACANA. They have changed the ingredients 3 time up to now without telling anyone. Also how about the whole Australia thing, they never gave a clear answer of what happend. I mean they tried to excuse themselves, but I question their excuse. Don't other brands go their going through the same process, I didn't hear thier brands killing animals. Also check out what they replied to this store owner who found bones that looked like magets in the food. http://www.dogforums.com/5-dog-food-forum/27683-orijen-concern-please-read.html

or how about the problems they are constantly having http://itchmoforums.com/your-problem...o-t9873.0.html

My problem with them is that they are unreliable and the never apologize for their mistakes, just make excuses.

I just heard that they got sold to a big company now and might change the ingredients again. Not sure yet, but just heads up.