Orijen Puppy Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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  • Orijen Puppy Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
  • Published on: January 13, 2015
  • Last modified: June 13, 2015
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Review Summary:

This dog food recipe is composed of many straightforward wholesome ingredients. By doing so there is a diverse amount of nutrients from natural sources. It offers multiple good meat sources at the top of the ingredients list that provides protein with all the essential amino acids necessary for a dog. Overall, this recipe is excellent.

Pros

  • Helpful amount of nutritional information listed
  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Relatively higher in Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Relatively higher in Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Relatively higher in dietary fiber
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    38% (min) 20% (min) 5% (max) 10% (max) 21% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 490 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 16 kIU/kg
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 400 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.3%
    Phosphorus 1%
    Selenium 0.9 mg/kg
    Zinc 200 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.6%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 1.2%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Boneless chicken
    2. chicken meal
    3. chicken liver
    4. whole herring
    5. boneless turkey

    Chicken, and turkey are excellent meat protein, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water. In addition to protein, herring offers  essential fatty acids too.

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Chicken liver is rich in various nutrition especially Vitamin B12 and Iron. It is a good source of protein too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Chickpeas offers protein (not balanced amino acid profile for dogs) and a variety of nutrients. They are also high in carbohydrates and this includes significant dietary fiber.

    Lentils offers protein, but the amino acid profile is not balanced for dogs. Also, it is high in carbohydrates, but this includes dietary fiber too.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, boneless turkey*, turkey meal, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon*, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, chicken fat, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pea fibre, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, brown kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, Vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeassh oil

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Orijen
    Location(s): Morinville, Alberta, Canada

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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