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Switching to Orijen...maybe?

Hi all, my 6 month old retriever mix is currently on Natures Variety Instinct (puppy)...and he seems to be doing well on it. Lately, I have been considering changing his food to Orijen because I've heard that its very high quality. Does anyone have any experience with Orijen? I'm also concerned that the protein percentage is higher than most other foods out there. Could that cause issues?

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The protein is higher because it contains much more meat, which is what 80% of your dogs diet should consist of! Orijen is the only dog food I know of that states the percentage of meat content in it and uses very high quality products. I believe it is the best kibble you can buy, but it is VERY spendy, which is why I do not use it.

Honestly, I think feeding raw would be healthier AND cheaper, but that is just my opinion. Look up some prey model raw articles if you're interested. I raised my dog on raw.
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The protein is higher because it contains much more meat, which is what 80% of your dogs diet should consist of! Orijen is the only dog food I know of that states the percentage of meat content in it and uses very high quality products. I believe it is the best kibble you can buy, but it is VERY spendy, which is why I do not use it.

Honestly, I think feeding raw would be healthier AND cheaper, but that is just my opinion. Look up some prey model raw articles if you're interested. I raised my dog on raw.
Thank you for the reply. The issue I'm concerned about regarding the protein percentage is if my dog will digest it well. I've heard it can be difficult for some dogs.
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Thank you for the reply. The issue I'm concerned about regarding the protein percentage is if my dog will digest it well. I've heard it can be difficult for some dogs.
Some dogs do have difficulty with the "richness" of Oijen because it is of such high meat content. If you have concerns, you could always look at Acana. It is made by the same company, but has a lower protein percentage. It is still an amazing food and if dogs have difficult with Orijen, they tend to tolerate the Acana better.
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Here in the UK I am looking at Eden - which is supposedly on a par with Orijen. But I also have concerns about the richness. Plus I don't want to feed exclusively kibble however good it is. So one meal will be home cooked which will also allow more variety and give me the chance to tailor nutrition to some specific health concerns.
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Our previous dog loved Orijen but we had to 'cut' it with an inferior dry food because (I swear) she could count her kibbles (lab mix) and as she aged and became less active needed a lower calorific intake.

Our current dog did not take to Orijen but liked the Acana. Wet food (or real meat - don't get me started) is her preference but for ease when travelling and my aversion to most wet foods we persevered with the dry food route.

She adores Ziwipeak but that is definitely too rich for her on its own so we add it to the Acana, adjusting portions appropriately. The other food she gets is NRG 'The Raw One', which is a dehydrated food. She likes this a lot, particularly when it is slightly warm, and it has the carrying advantages of kibble when travelling with the wet food texture for her.
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Have you looked at American Journey? It is new and gets five stars on Dog Food Advisor. I use Canidae Pure and am considering a switch b/c American Journey is $10 less per bag and gets better ratings, but I to am a little concerned about the higher protein content.
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Orijen is a good food but rather pricey....

I found a company that makes a food that is just as good and have comparable ingredients....it's a small company called Only Natural Pet. They are a paleo based/ inspired food, holistic, and totally made in the USA ...NO ingredients sourced from China. They are also a lot less $$$ A 25# bag of Orijen ranges from $78.99 ($3.15 per lb) to $95.99 on Chewy but the Only Natural 22.5# bags are $49.99 ($2.22 per lb.) to $61.99
I am very pleased with this food, both a nutritionally and budget wise kibble! OnlyNaturalPet.com Google it!!!

They also have a really good dehydrated food called MaxMeat it is pricey but in line with other dehydrated foods like Stella & Chewy's Molly LOVES the Lamb & Cod with Pumpkin!!
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YES DO IT!!! Orijen is the best dry food on the market, and it's not much of a price stretch from NV, and the quality is twice as good. Check out their website and read their ingredients and compare to any other high-end food and you'll be amazed at the fact that you can actually understand what's in Orijen and be happy that there's no added vitamins/minerals or other chemicals. I recommend Orijen almost every day (i'm a pet nutritionist) and I've had incredible results with my own dog and cat eating Orijen.
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Have you looked at American Journey? It is new and gets five stars on Dog Food Advisor. I use Canidae Pure and am considering a switch b/c American Journey is $10 less per bag and gets better ratings, but I to am a little concerned about the higher protein content.
The higher protein content thing is a myth-dogs thrive on high protein foods. And if it really bothers you /that/ much then you could always look at Acana which is made by the same company as Orijen and is identical in quality but has more fruits and veggies in it. And as far as the cost goes-this person is already spending $75 on NV, might as well spend it on Orijen which is twice as good in quality. Also Orijen/Acana are low-temperature dog foods which means that they won't kill your dog's immune system (it's the only low-temp dry food I know of that's on the market) and they supplement with fruits, vegetables, and live beneficial bacteria instead of chelated minerals and vitamins. Foods like Canidae, AJ, and pretty much any other dry dog food are cooked at very high temperatures and therefore get all the nutrients cooked out and then have to be supplemented with chemicals-its like...eating an overcooked steak with soggy vegetables and canned fruit and then having to take a multivitamin-it defeats the purpose of eating healthy foods.
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