Orijen for July

July 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm 2 comments

It’s been a while since the last post, partially because of a vacation but mostly due to my high tolerance for chaos.  I can turn down social events pretty easily but projects are irresistible.  Now that the dog wash is open and we’re closing in on the photo booth, and I’ve hired someone to manage the store, we might be able to catch up before Christmas.  Which actually starts the end of August…

Orijen is our featured food for July.  It’s made in Alberta, Canada, and ingredients are sourced locally to the facility.  That means two things to me: freshness and potentially purer ingredients than what can be sourced in the US. All Orijen’s lines are grain-free and ‘biologically appropriate’ (basically meaning true to the animal’s most natural diet).  Each of the recipes is high protein, no grain, & low carbohydrate, which is probably why the Glycemic Research Institute named awarded Orijen with ‘Pet Food of the Year’ for 2009-2010.  The primary protein is fresh fish (not frozen…they’ve also guaranteed no ethoxyquin, which is sometimes used as a preservative for fish), the carbohydrate sources are diverse (black currants, peas, cranberries, apples as well as potatoes), as are the red meats in the Regional Red (wild boar, bison, ‘heritage pork’ as well as lamb) and all the formulas use organic sea vegetables too.  Cat lovers, if you feed dry, you will appreciate the 6 Fish Cat … no poultry, no grain, but there’s an interesting array of botanical ‘tonic’ greens that are meant to support digestion and elimination.  All formulas are cooked at a low temperature to keep nutrients intact.

Orijen is manufactured in its own family-run factory.  Why does that matter?  It means they have a higher level of control.  I think the company has integrity and commitment.  Why?  First of all, the food itself became available before any marketing campaigns.  I still haven’t seen a major marketing campaign in fact. The inclusion of sea vegetable and tonic herbs…goes far beyond consumer expectation…these are still kind of ‘geeky’ ingredients that don’t translate to  higher sales, but no doubt cost to include, especially organic.  You can also see the concentration of each of the botanicals in their guaranteed analysis.  They aren’t required to do this; it’s an extra effort at transparency.  Check out the first 5 ingredients.  Orijen Adult Dog:  4 out of the first 5 ingredients (and 5 out of the first 6) are proteins.

You can check out the whole line on the Orijen website.  This food should definitely be considered in your rotation.  No cans unfortunately, only dry.  All at 10% off throughout July when you mention the Secret Sale.

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  • 1. page  |  July 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “Biologically appropriate” foods?! FISH??? For cats?

    Cats evolved in the desert, not at lakeside. Fish is not only NOT biologically appropriate for a cat, it is the number 1 protein allergen in diets.

    Our cat was diagnosed with a fish allergy when he developed a swelling on his lip. The veterinarian (who specializes in cats) knew right away what it was; there was no need to put him on an elimination diet to try to figure it out.

    “Biologically appropriate” food for cats would have mice, voles, rats, birds, small reptiles, and insects in it.

    However, since that would gross humans out, fish is offered up instead. Fish is an ingredient cat food manufacturers put into formulas because HUMANS are supposed to eat fish and they invariably anthropomorphize what’s good for them to what’s good for their pets.

    I guarantee you will never, ever find cats eating cranberries, sweet potatoes, blueberries, or seaweed, but I’ve seen lots of quackery dry food formulas with these very ingredients, and much of it on sale at Fetch.

    You really ought to be honest and just stick to dog food and supplies, as that is clearly what the store emphasizes.

  • 2. renaultf1  |  July 6, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I used Orijen 6 Fresh Fish in my winter food rotation and I can’t say enough good about it! My 2 adult dogs absolutely loved it (one is a picky eater, but not with this food). The food makes their coats super shiny and soft…and no dry skin. Even though the food is expensive, you feed less because it is so rich in nutrients so I think it all evens out. I’m going to try the red meat version for the summer…I’m sure they’ll love it.

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