German Shepherd Dog > Orijen food of the year (18 replies)
Orijen food of the year
by Goran D on 14 August 2010 - 22:32
|I think I will try Orijen, Incredible no one of the premium foods like Royal, Purina, Eukanuba was recommended I am suprised. Its impossible that there is no European food who is good enough, disapointed on Royal I always thought that its mercedes for dogs.|
I will take a look of Kirkland too hope I can find in Sweden.
by Goran D on 14 August 2010 - 22:35
|I forget too write that information I got is from dogfoodanalyse. It look like an objectiv site.|
by Heidi1068 on 14 August 2010 - 23:38
|In usa all the foods you mentioned are bottom shelf here. I feed mine "Wellness Core" and she does awesome on it.|
by aceofspades on 15 August 2010 - 00:47
|Cath if you go tp dogfoodanalasys.com Kirkland is not bottom of the shelf. It is actually staight down the middle. Not the best by any means but not the worst. It has no corn and no wheat. It gets a 3 star out of possible 6. Royal Canin gets a 2 star. Orijen is definitely no bottom of the shelf. it gets a 6 out of 6 stars, very few dog foods get a 6 out of 6.|
Why do you think that Orijen is bottom shelf?
by Doberdoodle on 15 August 2010 - 03:57
|Go raw! Dog food is processed and you don't truly know whats in it!|
by Doberdoodle on 15 August 2010 - 04:00
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by aceofspades on 15 August 2010 - 04:04
|Unfortunately not everyone has the ability to do raw. I would love to do it, but it's simply not practical to us so we feed kibble and whole fish and RMBs.|
Even something as simple as Chicken where I live is $10 per whole chicken and you don't get much better of a deal buying from a butcher. Short of raising my own chickens I couldn't do it. My husband hunts and the dogs get organ meat when we have it, and we buy beef by the side which includes bones and trimmings and the dogs get that, and hubby also fishes and we give whole fish to the dogs when we can.
I know for many feeding RAW is cost comparative to kibble, but where I live it isn't.
by noddi on 15 August 2010 - 07:38
|i,m with yu there Doberdoodle.have feed raw for many years now.more expensive for me ,now i,m down to 2 older females than when i had a lot more gsds,but would never go back to kibble.where do yu live Aceofspades,i live in the u.k.Carole S.|
by missbeeb on 15 August 2010 - 08:18
Fairly recently, (about 3 months ago) I started feeding "Duck Excellent" it's in frozen packs of 1kg and it's totally natural, Carol. If you google "Duck Dog Food" you'll get all the info on it... no idea why it's called "Duck"... there's no duck in it, ... maybe it means something in Belgian?
I first heard of it from some of the SchH guys... quite a few of them use it and I can understand why! Not only do the dogs LOVE it... it's a seriously good food.
by aceofspades on 15 August 2010 - 08:32
|Northern Canada. The city I am in is about 80,000 people but still fairly isolated, the next big center is 8 hours driving from where I live. Things are just more expensive here. Whole chickens are about $10 a bird and burger is a few bucks a lb. I also have a baby....who is all over the floor and I already wash it enough, if I fed raw I would have to wash it even more since a good 6 months of the year it is too cold for the dogs to be outside for too long at a time. Right now they have free choice to be inside or out because the doors are open, within the next few weeks the temps will start to dip below freezing and the dogs will be inside more than outside and my house is smallish for 2 adults, 3 kids and 3 dogs. We live on acerage so the dogs get tons of exercise outside, but spend a lot of time with us inside as they are part of the family.|
When my 14 week old came from the breeder he was on kibble, ground beef and goats milk. The goats milk alone was $7 for 2 liters. The new puppy will come on Orijen and goats milk and Orijen is about $80-$90 a bag here so I buy one big bag of it and feed that and in the last 1/4 of the bag I transition to Kirkland and then I add raw in whenever it's available....definitely through the fall and winter, especially if my husband has had a good hunting season, we will then have moose legs, liver, etc... and fish in the summer and until it runs out in the fall when hubby fishes, but we definitely do kibble at least 50% of the food the dogs eat.
Right now they are getting a 2l scoop of kibble in the morning and whatever they don't eat in the morning gets fed later in the day. 2 year old gets it agian in the evening and 14 week old gets offered again in afternoon and then what's left in the evening, and they get a good big RMB or salmon/trout almost every day right now.
Not saying I will never be in a position to be able to do raw 100% of the time, but right now it just won't work. Plus this summer we spent over 50% of our time at the lake with no freezer and not enough refrigerator space to keep things cool enough. When I'm alone at the lake with the kids and dogs, kibble is soooooooo much easier and hygenic since I can't safely keep raw cold enough. My dogs have all done exceptionally well with Kirkland so although at times I feel guilty for not doing Raw, I just have soooooo much on my plate being the main parent of 3 kids and 2, soon to be 3 dogs, sometimes something just has to give, and right now this is it.
by Katz22 on 15 August 2010 - 10:15
|I feed my dog Orijen, she's doing extremely well on it so far.|
She came to me weaned on Hill's Science Diet and I put her onto Eukanuba. Eukanuba she eventually hated, went on to Royal Canin which she also eventually hated. Followed with Eagle Pack, until that was discontinued by the supplier so now she is on Orijen.
Orijen and EP are the only foods she would willingly eat and have a good coat with, otherwise she'd scratch and itch like crazy despite being flea-free. I give her plenty of meaty bones and chicken pieces, occaisionally tinned fish. It's very hard to find cheap, quality fresh food for myself let alone her. Also as I flat and we travel a lot due to my work (Air Force) it's simply not practical for me to feed her raw.
It's impossible to find most of the highly recommended foods from this and other sites in NZ, so I'm extremely pleased I can get Orijen. Feed what works for your dog, if you're thinking of Orijen, I would certainly recommend it because my dog is doing very well on it.
by noddi on 15 August 2010 - 11:57
|hiya Misbeeb.yes i have tried Duck and yes it is a very good raw food.the dog food company which i use for my minces does carry it.Atm.i feed AMP.frozen nuggets in the mornings with fresh organ meat,cottage cheese or boiled/scrambled eggs or pre.biotic yoghurt at lunch and RMB (CHICKEN CARCASS,LAMB RIBS,PORK RIBS)in the evenings.treats are 1 charcoal bonio each and Fish4dogs treats(2 each)per day.may see yu at the british sieger.hope yu are keeping well.Carole S.|
by missbeeb on 15 August 2010 - 12:29
Hi Carol, Yes, will be at the Sieger. I'm just starting mine on the natural diet thing... so far, I'm liking it and so is Jimmy! I expect I'll largely stick to the Duck, but with raw chicken treats etc. I do give the fish4dog treats... dogs love 'em, but dear God, what a smell lol.
by Koach on 15 August 2010 - 13:50
| I also feed Orijen for large puppies and Kirkland puppy feed. I mix one 30 lb bag of Orijen and the 20 lb bag of Kirkland. I believe this makes for a decent nutrition plan and cost a little less than using Orijen alone. An alternative would be to use Acana dog food. It is made by Orijen but a little less expensive. |
Living in Canada I get the Orijen 30 lb bag for 67.00$ + taxes CND and the Kirkland for 18.00$ CND.
by aceofspades on 16 August 2010 - 03:44
|We pay $32 for 40lb bag of Kirkland at Costco and Orijen is about $75-$80 for 30lb bag. I'm in Northern BC.|
by Koach on 16 August 2010 - 11:03
| Hi Aceofspades,|
The prices I quoted were for a area about 50 clicks north of Montreal.
by SitasMom on 16 August 2010 - 16:02
|Our male needs to eat 6 cups of Kirkland to stay fit, but only needs 4 cups of Orijen. |
Since we started feeding Orijen he has filled out, his coat is glossy, his BM's are solid and he actually likes to eat.
Yes its expensive, but it works for this dog. Kirkland and/or Nature's Domain works very well for our other dogs. Except for our old diabetic Aussie, she is doing very well on Purina One - Senior. She likes it and no potatoes.....
It all depends on the individual dog and what they do well on.
by DannyJ on 16 August 2010 - 17:28
|i have fed orijen for a couple of years and was pleased with the results, but you can also look at the sister food the acana no grain formulas. cheaper, very comparable but my dogs consistently have done better on it. i believe reason is not as rich and high in protein.|
for me its the best food out there, and i have tried all the high end foods. i have raised probably 5 litters on it now and stool is always consistent in pups.
by aceofspades on 16 August 2010 - 17:38
|Thanks, I will check out Acana. |