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Orijen vs. Acana

Chaser
November 22nd, 2008, 04:45 PM
In the hope of saving a bit of money I've been thinking of switching the dogs from Orijen to Acana Provincial (which is also grain-free) since I had heard the Acana was a fair bit cheaper. I went to my local Global/Ryan's only to find that for the same-size bag (30 lbs.) Orijen is $64.99 and Acana is $61.99. Not a whole heck of a lot of difference there. :shrug: I already have two bags of Orijen on one of their "Buy 10, Get 1 Free" cards, so I'm kind of thinking I'll just stick with the Orijen...

Has anyone found that Acana is much of a better deal at your local stores??? I had been expecting at least a $10 difference.....but as it is, I'll get a better deal getting a free bag of Orijen in a year than I will saving $4 every 1.5 months or so. Kind of disappointing :sad:

kathryn
November 22nd, 2008, 09:25 PM
Well, it's both by the same company. I don't believe Acana is highly available in my area, although I have heard of it. I really don't think it's much of a difference either way. Does the Acana have a frequent buyer card?

Just curious too, I wasn't aware Orijen had any frequent buyer thing. Is it only in Canada? Or only at the store you shop at? I work at a pet food store and I know Natura Pet (California Natural, Innova, Evo and Healthwise), Regal... um Breeders Choice (Avoderm and something else) and a few other people have buy X get X free. NP has the buy 12 get one free but some companies have buy 10.

Chaser
November 22nd, 2008, 10:13 PM
The frequent buyer program is through the store I shop at. I can do it with Acana too, but I've already got a start on the Orijen card so why waste what I've already earned :shrug:

I was under the impression that Champion had created Acana Provincial (grain-free) with the intention of it being a fair bit more economical than Orijen....but it doesn't seem to be, (at least not at this store), so I'm kind of wondering why they bothered?

kathryn
November 23rd, 2008, 09:16 AM
Hmm... well personally I don't like Orijen at all.. my cats absolutely hate it and it's one of the few foods that gives them tummy problems. I have a gabillion cats and they are like garbage disposals, but Orijen doesn't belong in my house apparently.

Um, are your prices in Canada dollars or no? I think your price for Orijen is pretty fair. A big bag for dogs at my store is around $75!

Chaser
November 23rd, 2008, 09:21 AM
IMO Orijen is #1 for my dogs :thumbs up They are doing SO well - no gas issues, Kailey is putting on weight, coats are so good I swear Chase sparkles :D So Acana is probably the only food I would have considered switching them to....but the price difference is so negligable I think I just shouldn't mess with a good thing. I just thought I could get more of a deal without sacrificing quality and wondered if any other Canadian members were getting a better deal anywhere else if they bough Acana :shrug:

(I am using Canadian $....and I do find Orijen expensive, but it's worth it so I guess I'll have to cut back somewhere else.)

angeldogs
November 23rd, 2008, 02:18 PM
I was going to switch to Acana and found it was around the same price as Orijin and was made by them i won't switch.jag had a real bad allergy to the Orijin after one week on Orijin i came home and he looked like one big swollen lump and eyes almost swollen shut.so i won't take the chance with Acana.
For the price difference i won't switch if yours are doing good on Orijin.

Purpledomino
November 26th, 2008, 08:15 AM
I had been buying my Acana (large breed) at a petfood store which had the buy 10 bags...get one free offer. Then it changed to buy 12 bags, get one free. They charged $47.00 per bag. I checked out another local petfood store (that I like better) and they sold the same size bags for $42.00, without the deal, which when you do the math is cheaper. :shrug:

I think it depends on the store whether or not they want to offer the free bag program, bother with the paperwork, and keep you on file for the rebate offer. It's also possible that they could jack up the price a bit to offset this. Check that out if you buy Acana or Orijen with the free bag offer. :D

Chris21711
November 26th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Our guys eat Acana Provincial, right now they are eating the Grasslands, Global here does offer buy 12 get 1 free, cost of a large bag is $62.99 considerably more than you are paying Purpledomino. I don't understand why there should be such a difference in the price. :confused:

Purpledomino
November 27th, 2008, 08:46 AM
Our guys eat Acana Provincial, right now they are eating the Grasslands, Global here does offer buy 12 get 1 free, cost of a large bag is $62.99 considerably more than you are paying Purpledomino. I don't understand why there should be such a difference in the price. :confused:

The Grasslands is more costly than the original ACANA formula. I am feeding the ACANA large breed. :dog:

loveyadogs
November 28th, 2008, 09:55 AM
Hi there
Wee bazil gets smelly ears , (not infections or mites) and his coat looks drab and oily, he licks himself into a state.i have done a lot of research and have chaged him off science heinze food to Orijin as of this AM.
I bought small sample bags to see how it goes.I have three dogs.
One is a Senior, one is 6 and bazil is 3. His coat is a state and I feel bad, I know he is allergy to somehting in the food. I am hopeful this may make a differnce for him, and am watching clsoely to everything he has.
I put a little bit of warm water in it as they all are used to DRY and WET mixed and this only came in dry so the gal suggested some hot water
:pray:

Ielsrmf
November 28th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Hi there
Wee bazil gets smelly ears , (not infections or mites) and his coat looks drab and oily, he licks himself into a state.i have done a lot of research and have chaged him off science heinze food to Orijin as of this AM.
I bought small sample bags to see how it goes.I have three dogs.
One is a Senior, one is 6 and bazil is 3. His coat is a state and I feel bad, I know he is allergy to somehting in the food. I am hopeful this may make a differnce for him, and am watching clsoely to everything he has.
I put a little bit of warm water in it as they all are used to DRY and WET mixed and this only came in dry so the gal suggested some hot water
:pray:

One of my dogs are allergic to Orijen, didn't work for us so I hope it is ok since you know your dog is allergic to something, 5 fish was any better for him. Good luck!

zomo
November 28th, 2008, 11:04 PM
Hi there
Wee bazil gets smelly ears , (not infections or mites) and his coat looks drab and oily, he licks himself into a state.i have done a lot of research and have chaged him off science heinze food to Orijin as of this AM.
I bought small sample bags to see how it goes.I have three dogs.
One is a Senior, one is 6 and bazil is 3. His coat is a state and I feel bad, I know he is allergy to somehting in the food. I am hopeful this may make a differnce for him, and am watching clsoely to everything he has.
I put a little bit of warm water in it as they all are used to DRY and WET mixed and this only came in dry so the gal suggested some hot water
:pray:

Orijen has done wonders for Melvin who has allergies to grains. He was licking his paws endlessly and having recurrent ear infections. If you have switched to Orijen just make sure any snacks ex: (dog biscuits) that you give him are grain free also. Good luck sure hope he is feeling better soon

loveyadogs
November 29th, 2008, 07:44 AM
oh gosh
dog treats
oh dear I didnt think on that.what ones are good do you use?
also they do not like the food
I added some salmon into it (the juice form a can) and they scarfed it up. can i buy somehting to add to this????:pawprint:

Chaser
November 29th, 2008, 09:39 AM
oh gosh
dog treats
oh dear I didnt think on that.what ones are good do you use?
also they do not like the food
I added some salmon into it (the juice form a can) and they scarfed it up. can i buy somehting to add to this????:pawprint:

I would suggest starting a new thread for this question as it has now gone off topic.

babysweet
December 19th, 2008, 06:13 PM
The biggest difference in the Acana grain free is that instead of using strictly potato as a binder (which some animals have an issue with), the Acana uses potato, peas and pumpkin. So far, the response we have gotten from our clients (I run a rescue) has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the Grasslands.

Lots of people have even switched right over without much digestive upset.

The pumpkin serves as a great binder, unfortunately it's not an easy ingredient to source in large quantities and so raises the price of the food. However, it's a top quality binder and a great source of fibre with a great nutritional profile.

We've actually switched our guys from the Orijen chicken to the Grasslands Acana (about the same price). If you're purchasing your food from a Ryan's, you can continue your Orijen card with Acana, and you will get a free bag of Acana at the end.

The Acana Low Grain variety is their cheaper version (20% oatmeal) and is still what I would consider a top quality food. Oatmeal is one of the best grains, a great binder and causes very few allergies. Also, all ingredients (with the exception of the New Zealand Lamb) are from Canada.

To all those who have had issues with Orijen, I do suggest giving Acana a try. Start with the low grain Acana, and if things go well, try the Prarie Harvest, or the Grasslands/Pacifica if your guys have allergies.

We'll be starting our new puppy on a mix of the Puppy & Junior and the Prairie Harvest. The Acana Grain Free is approved for all LifeStages, but I want to try out the Puppy & Junior personally. We'll use it alone for a few months, and then add in the Grain free. My poor test subject dogs. ;)

pieperd
January 22nd, 2009, 02:26 PM
We have always valued good quality dog food. With a lab that has ear infections and foot chewing issues, we've tried a few to figure out what is triggering the allergies.

Our first encounter with Acana was with their regular line. After 2 bags, there was not a difference in the ear and foot situation. Our second dog, who happens to be quite fussy, didn't like the taste of the food either. In doing some research, I felt that it was the grains but worried about the amount of protein. I chose to try the Provincial - Pacifica. We are very pleased. It has been 2 weeks, and her coat is looking really nice, and the chewing has drastically reduced. We are ending an ear issue, so we will see if this will last longer than a few weeks.

Our second dog, likes the taste of the food, and we don't have to use gravy to get her to eat. We also noticed that the hair loss has reduced. We tried a cheap brand before, and what we didn't pay in price, we paid in effort to clean up the hair.

rainbow
January 22nd, 2009, 02:57 PM
Our bag of Orijen is almost finished and as most of you know I have always raved about this food. :thumbs up

We will be switching to Acana Provincial for the next one just to give it a try so will do an update our results afterwards. :)

Chris21711
January 22nd, 2009, 03:42 PM
Our bag of Orijen is almost finished and as most of you know I have always raved about this food. :thumbs up

We will be switching to Acana Provincial for the next one just to give it a try so will do an update our results afterwards. :)

Why are you switching if they like Orijen :confused:

rainbow
January 22nd, 2009, 03:50 PM
Why are you switching if they like Orijen :confused:

Chase keeps licking his chops at night which I always thought was a sign of nausea but just recently found out that it can also mean heartburn caused by too rich of a food being fed so thought I'd try a lower protein kibble. :shrug:

jillybeanrocks
January 22nd, 2009, 04:10 PM
We had our cats and dog in our household on Orijen. The outdoor cat and Cooper, my Yorkie, were extremely gassy on it so we switched everyone to Acana. I mixed it all 50/50 until the Orijen is done and so far no problems :thumbs up We will probably continue everyone on Acana.

Chris21711
January 22nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Chase keeps licking his chops at night which I always thought was a sign of nausea but just recently found out that it can also mean heartburn caused by too rich of a food being fed so thought I'd try a lower protein kibble. :shrug:

It isn't really that much lower Rainbow, do you switch your flavours around? So far I have only given them the Grasslands and all seems good although Reb not the others seems to be getting goopy eyes, not excessive I only clean them once a day but I don't remember that happening before.

Today I picked up a bag of the chicken grain free for Iggy, Ethel said he hasn't been eating as well as he should lately, so gonna try this. It is a bit cheaper too, that's not the reason though. Do you find that sometimes Logan is iffy about his food, could it be Huskies..........?:confused:

clm
January 22nd, 2009, 08:11 PM
Why don't you try mixing the Orijen with something like Kirkland brand. Kirkland isn't the greatest, but far from being the worst and mixing with the Orijen will stretch your dollar a lot further. I had to do that after DH lost his job. The kibble isn't all they get, I do mix it with homecooked, but they like the mix.

Cindy

rainbow
January 22nd, 2009, 11:23 PM
It isn't really that much lower Rainbow, do you switch your flavours around? So far I have only given them the Grasslands and all seems good although Reb not the others seems to be getting goopy eyes, not excessive I only clean them once a day but I don't remember that happening before.

Today I picked up a bag of the chicken grain free for Iggy, Ethel said he hasn't been eating as well as he should lately, so gonna try this. It is a bit cheaper too, that's not the reason though. Do you find that sometimes Logan is iffy about his food, could it be Huskies..........?:confused:


I know it's only about 8% or 9% lower than Orijen but I would prefer to keep them on a grain free kibble they don't come any lower than that. I was feeding them the chicken based Orijen but I think I'm going to switch to the Acana Pacifica if the store doesn't have trouble keeping it in stock otherwise it will be the Prairie Harvest formula.

Logan has never been fussy with his food and has been fed a few different brands. My two previous sibes were never fussy eaters either. What was Iggy eating before the Acana?

Chris21711
January 23rd, 2009, 10:51 AM
I know it's only about 8% or 9% lower than Orijen but I would prefer to keep them on a grain free kibble they don't come any lower than that. I was feeding them the chicken based Orijen but I think I'm going to switch to the Acana Pacifica if the store doesn't have trouble keeping it in stock otherwise it will be the Prairie Harvest formula.

Prairie Harvest is that the chicken grain free (I have one in my truck but too lazy to go and look :cool:)

Logan has never been fussy with his food and has been fed a few different brands. My two previous sibes were never fussy eaters either. What was Iggy eating before the Acana?

I had all dogs on Merrick chicken before, then they got the runs - all of them, then Cocoa got it again, so I had my doubts about quality control - Ethel kept Iggy on Merrick though. Then I went to Acana Lamb and Apple, before I decided to go grain free, now everyone is on the Grasslands but Iggy has been losing interest lately so we got the chicken for him to try and see if it will get him drooling again.....not.....I think she babies him too much.

Funny you saying about Chase licking his chops, Skip was doing that, but seems to have stopped, I have noticed though that he licks his paws a lot at night, is that a sign of anything other than he thinks that they taste good?

Sib.HuskyMom
January 23rd, 2009, 12:55 PM
If you have switched to Orijen just make sure any snacks ex: (dog biscuits) that you give him are grain free also.

If you're having trouble finding grain-free treats in the pet store, you can always just make your own. It's super easy, doesn't really take much time, and that way you have full control over what's going in them. :thumbs up
You can just do a google search and I'm sure a million recipes will pop up.

In a pinch, I just give my dogs a little bit of fruit as a treat. Not too much though, or they'll get the runs :frustrated:
But a couple small apple slices (without the seeds) will always put a smile on their face. And their all-time, hands-down favourite snack - BANANAS!
The riper the better! :D

Luvmypitgirls
February 1st, 2009, 02:45 PM
I buy my Orijen at my local Global store as well, with gst I'm paying $73. and change.
The Ancana is only a couple bucks cheaper, and I too am on the buy 10 get one free program.

I cannot believe the difference in my dogs since going on the 6 fish and sea veggies Orijen.
Their coats are much improved already (i'm still mixing 50/50 with Kirkland until the Kirkland is used up), but the difference already is huge.
The one thing I have noticed is that their "flatuence" stinks more than ever! Pitties and Rotties, usually have bad gas as it is but holy hannah now it's bad enough to make us run outside on occassion!

Mgue
February 3rd, 2009, 12:01 PM
I also switched from Orijen to Acana - the Prairie Harvest one. Although it is only slightly less protein, it did wonders for my puppy. He now has MUCH less gas, and it is MUCH less smelly. And his poops are a bit firmer too.

Although it is only a bit cheaper for a bag, I noticed the bag says to feed less of Acana than I was feeding on Orijen. So that has saved additional money too.

Pepsi
March 2nd, 2009, 01:30 AM
I am feeding my dogs with orijen adult chicken as well, the result was exellent compare to kirkland, I used to feed. The noticeble differences after the first bag are more glossy coat, way less poop, and body odor. . but I bought them from a local seller for $63 (tax included) per bag~

Luvmypitgirls
March 10th, 2009, 08:42 AM
Orijen, is going up to 71.99 per bag, went to get some yesterday and noticed two bags at the bottom of the pile priced at 69.99, so I grabbed them. It's only a couple bucks difference, but a couple bucks is a couple bucks, especially in this economy.
Thankfully I only have one more bag to buy before I get my free bag.

Chris21711
March 10th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Orijen, is going up to 71.99 per bag, went to get some yesterday and noticed two bags at the bottom of the pile priced at 69.99, so I grabbed them. It's only a couple bucks difference, but a couple bucks is a couple bucks, especially in this economy.
Thankfully I only have one more bag to buy before I get my free bag.

Acana went up in price too, now for the Grasslands it is $64.99 a bag (I get a 10% spca discount on anything I buy in the store), the owner said that all kibbles are rising in price.....what else is new :frustrated:

rainbow
March 10th, 2009, 06:36 PM
Well that news just sucks. :sad:

I have to go buy some tomorrow so hopefully the store still has some old stock left. :fingerscr

Pepsi
March 10th, 2009, 10:40 PM
wow, 69.99 that should be orijen 6 fish rite? is alot cheaper in toronto here.

auntielola
March 11th, 2009, 07:43 AM
I just finally made my decision about what to switch my large breed pup to yesterday (after a month of debate, 5 different foods in 3 months!) arrk...we'll be switching him to the Acana this w/e. (he's on Performatrin Ultra right now). I'm hoping his diarrhea will be less although there is less fibre in the Acana so it might not help! Can't get worse! He had to take a Pepto Bismol this morning :P ....Where I am, north of Toronto, Acana is 55$ a bag (same as blue buffalo) and Orijen is 65$. I have four kids and can't do 65$ a bag! I'm glad to learn about the Global free bag business though. Funny about such a price difference though :(

Chris21711
March 11th, 2009, 10:19 AM
I just finally made my decision about what to switch my large breed pup to yesterday (after a month of debate, 5 different foods in 3 months!) arrk...we'll be switching him to the Acana this w/e. (he's on Performatrin Ultra right now). I'm hoping his diarrhea will be less although there is less fibre in the Acana so it might not help! Can't get worse! He had to take a Pepto Bismol this morning :P ....Where I am, north of Toronto, Acana is 55$ a bag (same as blue buffalo) and Orijen is 65$. I have four kids and can't do 65$ a bag! I'm glad to learn about the Global free bag business though. Funny about such a price difference though :(

From what I understand, less fibre should help his diarrhea. $55 a bag, I'm north of TO also and haven't seen any Acana for that price, even the ones with grain cost more I think. :confused:

kandy
March 11th, 2009, 11:29 AM
after a month of debate, 5 different foods in 3 months! I'm hoping his diarrhea will be less

Wow - 5 different foods in 12 weeks? You should transition to new foods slowly or it will cause digestive problems. If your pup is intolerant of something in the food, you should compare the ingredient lists on the foods you have tried to see what ingredients they have in common and look for a food that does not have those ingredients. Most experts say that it takes at least 2 months of exclusive feeding to see any benefits from any particular food.

Pepsi
March 11th, 2009, 12:36 PM
switching 5 different food in 3 months, maybe thats the reason it caused diarhea. I used to buy orijen chicken at global for $66+tax, but now I am buying from a local guy for $60 no tax per bag. I used to pick up at his home. that's even cheaper than the acana provincial.

Luvmypitgirls
March 11th, 2009, 10:42 PM
wow, 69.99 that should be orijen 6 fish rite? is alot cheaper in toronto here.

Yep orijen 6 fish, was 69.99, now 71.99, I wonder why it's so much cheaper in Toronto?

I'm thinking about keeping them on Kirkland Orijen mix, for economic reasons for the time being. Kirkland is still better than a lot of other brands, and to help extend the Orijen I feel it's a good option. I just can't afford 75 bucks a week right now, feeding straight Orijen.

Pepsi
March 12th, 2009, 12:33 AM
Yep orijen 6 fish, was 69.99, now 71.99, I wonder why it's so much cheaper in Toronto?

I'm thinking about keeping them on Kirkland Orijen mix, for economic reasons for the time being. Kirkland is still better than a lot of other brands, and to help extend the Orijen I feel it's a good option. I just can't afford 75 bucks a week right now, feeding straight Orijen.

well, compare to the average price in toronto, you are actually paying a dollar less. If memory served, Orijen fish should be at $72.99+tax and chicken at $66.99+tax in most Global or Pet Valu chain, cuz they want to maintain a good margin of profit. but you may always find them somewhere cheaper.

I used to feed kirkland too before I feed orijen chicken,although the orijen cost twice as much as kirkland, however, I feed them half as much as kirkland.
In fact, their appearance changed alot.

Why don't you try the chicken instead, and is cheaper. although it is a mainly chicken flavor, but it also contains lots of fish ingredients.

jeanie35
March 15th, 2009, 01:18 PM
I have just joined the forum and was searching for a good dog food other than the prescription (my dog will NOT eat it) as she just had surgery for bladder stones. She is 3/1 shih tzu, jack russell.
I had not thought to check the snack ingrediants....
I give "Tuesday" baby carrots for her snacks mostly as do not her to get fat.
SO does anyone know a good dog food to protect against bladder stones?

kathyskye
April 21st, 2009, 09:21 PM
I have just joined the forum and was searching for a good dog food other than the prescription (my dog will NOT eat it) as she just had surgery for bladder stones. She is 3/1 shih tzu, jack russell.
I had not thought to check the snack ingrediants....
I give "Tuesday" baby carrots for her snacks mostly as do not her to get fat.
SO does anyone know a good dog food to protect against bladder stones?

The prescription diet from your Vet would have caused more problems and your dog is smart to have avoided it. Vets make around 40% profit off the Hills prescraption diets they sell. So please, if anyone reads this, do not feed your dog Science Diet Hills.. it is made from very poor ingredients which will cause more harm to your pets because of the undigestible fillers like corn that it contains.

Look for foods that are labeled "Human-grade" because in Canada and the U.S. there are very stringent rules about foods that are to be labeled human grade. This will ensure your pet has super high quality food.

My Bichon at one time, when I first adopted him, would pee blood occaisionally. His old owners were feeding him Merrick's, which is excellent food, but it had rice in it. When I switched him to grain-free Orijen (also excellent), the peeing blood stopped! When I allowed his old owners to watch him, have him visit their place, they fed him kibble with rice in it. Although the kibble was very high quality, he would come back to me the next day peeing blood. This happened 5 times out of the 6 times he slept over there!! I noticed that after I stopped letting him sleep over he would never again pee blood. I did a lot of research and found that Bichons are susceptible to urinary calculi (stones) and putting two and two together, it made me see that grains were what was causing stones to form.

This may not be the case with your dog, but I would say switching to a grain-free human grade kibble like Orijen is worth trying. It will take a little while but I think that you will notice a difference.

happycats
April 22nd, 2009, 06:13 AM
I don't know, but this site doesn't recommend Acana, although I can't find the "provincial" . Orijen is rated as one of the best :shrug:


Acana http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=898&cat=4
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=903&cat=5
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=906&cat=5


Orijen

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=915&cat=8
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1284&cat=8

Luvmypitgirls
April 22nd, 2009, 05:37 PM
I stopped feeding the Kirkland, I'm now mixing Orijen 6 fish with the Orijen chicken.
Orijen 6 fish has come back down in price to 69.99 at Global here in Airdrie, I think because we recently had a PetPlanet open up and their Orijen was 69.99.
I finally got my free bag yesterday, I was a lil upset cuz their computer was only counting one bag of two. I buy two bags every two weeks. I've been on the breeder program (NO I'M NOT A BREEDER), since January. 4 bags a month (sometimes 6) and I just now got my free bag:frustrated:
Better late then never I suppose.:rolleyes:

rainbow
April 22nd, 2009, 07:13 PM
I don't know, but this site doesn't recommend Acana, although I can't find the "provincial" . Orijen is rated as one of the best :shrug:

The Acana Provincial line is 5 star rated by them ....

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php/cat/3


A few of the original Acana formulas have been discontinued ....don't know if the ones you referred to are or not. :shrug:

ckat916
July 12th, 2010, 01:54 AM
I stopped feeding the Kirkland, I'm now mixing Orijen 6 fish with the Orijen chicken.
Orijen 6 fish has come back down in price to 69.99 at Global here in Airdrie, I think because we recently had a PetPlanet open up and their Orijen was 69.99.
I finally got my free bag yesterday, I was a lil upset cuz their computer was only counting one bag of two. I buy two bags every two weeks. I've been on the breeder program (NO I'M NOT A BREEDER), since January. 4 bags a month (sometimes 6) and I just now got my free bag:frustrated:
Better late then never I suppose.:rolleyes:

Could you tell me how hard it was to get on the Orijen Breeder program?

Winston
July 12th, 2010, 05:52 AM
We have a program in Ontario for anyone where you buy I think its 10 bags and get the 11th free? or it may be buy 11 get the 12th free? You are not required to be a breeder its just a purchase program throught the various stores that sell Orijen.

cassiek
July 13th, 2010, 12:18 AM
Same here, most of our pet stores just keep track of when you come in and I think it's the 11th bag that's free... not sure, but you don't need to be a breeder to take advantage of it.

tigereye
July 13th, 2010, 08:14 AM
It is most expesive in Quebec Orijen and Acana (i guess because of the little sticker they put on) it is 12 bags 1 free too. I guess Champion pet foods plays favortism of where you are from. It is cheapest in the US.

DoubleRR
July 13th, 2010, 02:51 PM
I have been feeding Orijen for a couple of years. It did go up for a period last year, but is now down at approximately $60 again for the big bag. It lasts my two---90 lbs and 11 lbs---for three weeks. The $45 bag of cat food lasts my two cats three months. All four animals do very well on it.

cell
July 13th, 2010, 06:19 PM
For the people worried about your loyalty collection have you checked to make sure its not interchangeable with Orijen and Acana, they are made by the same company. The place I get food has a loyalty which is actually through the company not the store, they have little ACANA/ORIJEN envelopes that they put your receipts and bar codes in and send it off for their free bag. If your loyalty is through the store not the Company then you can always ask.

ckat916
July 13th, 2010, 11:07 PM
I stopped feeding the Kirkland, I'm now mixing Orijen 6 fish with the Orijen chicken.
Orijen 6 fish has come back down in price to 69.99 at Global here in Airdrie, I think because we recently had a PetPlanet open up and their Orijen was 69.99.
I finally got my free bag yesterday, I was a lil upset cuz their computer was only counting one bag of two. I buy two bags every two weeks. I've been on the breeder program (NO I'M NOT A BREEDER), since January. 4 bags a month (sometimes 6) and I just now got my free bag:frustrated:
Better late then never I suppose.:rolleyes:

Orijen is one of the most expensive foods here in the States around $60-$65 for 30 lb bag. The reason I want to know about the breeder program is the 6th bag is free, obviously better than the 11th

ckat916
July 20th, 2010, 01:52 AM
Orijen is one of the most expensive foods here in the States around $60-$65 for 30 lb bag. The reason I want to know about the breeder program is the 6th bag is free, obviously better than the 11th

Just to update, I received my Breeders Discount Card from Champion Foods. All I had to do was register!! Anyways, the program is Buy 6 bags get the 7th one free. The only down side is you have to buy ALL 6 bags at once! You can buy either the 13.5 kg or 7 kg size.

browntown
September 8th, 2010, 05:29 PM
I had been buying my Acana (large breed) at a petfood store which had the buy 10 bags...get one free offer. Then it changed to buy 12 bags, get one free. They charged $47.00 per bag. I checked out another local petfood store (that I like better) and they sold the same size bags for $42.00, without the deal, which when you do the math is cheaper. :shrug:

I think it depends on the store whether or not they want to offer the free bag program, bother with the paperwork, and keep you on file for the rebate offer. It's also possible that they could jack up the price a bit to offset this. Check that out if you buy Acana or Orijen with the free bag offer. :D

First. I work for a store that offers the buy 10 get one free, and this perk is offered by our supplier. We take a small hit on the cost, but we get reimbursed approximately 80% of the wholesale cost of the bag. To us, 20% is worth the customer loyalty.

Second. We're given a range of acceptable prices to charge for ALL of the brands we carry. This range is given to us by the food company themselves, is usually a range of $3, and we're expected to fall somewhere within this range. This prevents companies from undercutting each other, because when this difference is only $1, it's easier to justify shopping where you like, rather than for the best deal.

Third. I don't know about every other store, but tracking a customer's food purchases is just part of the job, we don't charge extra for it, and we don't jack up our prices because of it.

Fourth. Most food companies do buy 10 get 1, but early this year, Wellness and Eagle Pack/Holistic Select implemented the change to buy 12 get 1. To compensate for the change, they offered every customer who was currently feeding either of those brands one free bag, no matter how close they were to earning one, just to ease the blow. Fair, IMO. Some customers had literally just bought their first bag the month before, and got a free bag off the bat.


I personally handle all of the customer food tracking/loyalty credits for the two stores that I work in. I'm not sure if any of the information I provided clears up any of the pricing questions from above, but the bottom line is that the retail store only forks out a small portion of the cost of the free bag that you receive. It's a very small price to pay for loyal customers.