BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ FOOD FOR ALL LIFE STAGES
FRESH FREE-RUN CHICKEN AND TURKEY, WILD-CAUGHT FISH AND NEST-LAID EGGS
ALL DOGS EVOLVED AS CARNIVORES AND POSSESS A BIOLOGICAL NEED FOR A DIET THAT’S RICH AND VARIED IN FRESH WHOLE MEATS.
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NOURISH AS NATURE INTENDED
Your dog shares his eating anatomy with the gray wolf – which means he’s evolved for a diet rich and varied in fresh meat, protein and fat – not highly processed carbohydrates and starches.
Crude protein (min.) 38 % Crude fat (min.) 18 % Crude fibre (max.) 4 % Moisture (max.) 12 % Calcium (min.) 1.2 % Phosphorus (min.) 0.9 % Omega-6 fatty acids (min.) 3.3 % Omega-3 fatty acids (min.) 0.8 % DHA (min.) 0.2 % EPA (min.) 0.2 % Glucosamine (min.) 700 mg/kg Chondroitin sulfate (min.) 600 mg/kg
MEAT AND PROTEIN RICH
Made with 85% premium meat ingredients, ORIJEN Original features a richly nourishing and Biologically Appropriate™ protein level of 38% to closely replicate your dog’s natural diet.
RICH IN ANIMAL FAT
Animal fats are essential for peak health. That’s why ORIJEN Original features naturally occurring, non-rendered fats from fresh poultry, fish, and eggs.
DHA AND EPA FROM FRESH FISH
Fresh saltwater fish are a Biologically Appropriate™ source of DHA and EPA, which are essential for your dog’s immune and nervous systems. DHA and EPA are not available from plant sources, such as flax, coconut or sunflower.
Your dog’s natural diet contains few carbohydrates. That’s why ORIJEN is free of high-glycemic ingredients like potato and tapioca, and contains less than half the carbohydrates of conventional dog foods.
GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN
ORIJEN’s fresh poultry, meats and fish provide a rich and natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, so no synthetic sources are added to ORIJEN foods.
YOUR DOG IS UNIQUE
YOUR DOG IS UNIQUE AND HIS FEEDING REQUIREMENTS WILL VARY WITH HIS ENVIRONMENT, AGE AND ACTIVITY.
That’s why we suggest starting with the guides below, and then monitoring his weight and adjusting portions as needed. Feed twice daily and remember always to keep fresh, clean water available.
ORIJEN Original provides more calories from protein and fat and fewer from carbohydrates, providing a calorie distribution that mirrors the natural diet, reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Metabolizable energy is 3940 kcal/kg (449 kcal per 8oz. cup) with 39% from protein, 20% from vegetables and fruits and 41% from fat.
OUR BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ PHILOSOPHY
THE GRAY WOLF IS THE ANCESTOR AND CLOSEST RELATIVE OF ALL DOMESTIC DOGS.
While years of breeding have produced hundreds of ‘different looking wolves’, the internal workings of wolves and dogs remain unchanged so it’s no surprise that their food requirements remain the same too.
Our 5 Biologically Appropriate™ principles are simple and mirror the freshness and variety of meats that dogs are evolved to eat.
All dogs have sharp teeth and a body designed to metabolize protein and fat from meat. ORIJEN is designed to nourish your dog according to his biological needs.
- 85% meat (2/3 fresh or raw and 1/3 gently dehydrated)
- 38% richly nourishing meat protein
- 100% of meat ingredients from animals deemed fit for human consumption
- NO rendered chicken, turkey or other meat meals
- NO plant proteins extracts or concentrates (potato or pea protein)
- NO high-glycemic carbohydrates (tapioca, potato, rice)
- NO glutens or grains
Fresh meats are the foundation of award-winning ORIJEN foods and our kitchens are specifically designed for.
- 2/3 of the meats are fresh or raw, supplying your dog with essential nutrients in their most natural and nourishing form.
- 1/3 of meats are dehydrated at low temperature for a concentrated source of nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone.
- ORIJEN is free of rendered chicken or turkey meals, which are replaced with dehydrated chicken and turkey.
In nature, dogs benefit from an assortment of meats. This variety is often lost in conventional dog foods which typically feature a single animal ingredient such as chicken or lamb that is highly processed and seldom fresh.
That’s why award-winning ORIJEN Original features a rich diversity of fresh meats in Biologically Appropriate™ WholePrey™ ratios to nourish for peak health:
- Fresh free-run Cobb chicken from Kentucky farms
- Fresh free-run turkey from Indiana farms
- Fresh and whole nest-laid eggs from Kentucky farms
- Fresh, whole yellowtail flounder, Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring wild-caught from New England’s Atlantic waters
Mother Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet a carnivore’s dietary needs since predatory animals like wolves and wildcats, consume the whole animal.
WholePrey™ represents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating fresh meats, organ meats and cartilage in ratios that mirror nature and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic supplements.
The WholePrey™ diet is a nutritional treasure:
- Meat – essential for protein and fat as well as Vitamins A, B, D and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc.
- Organs – densely packed with virtually every nutrient your dog’s needs to thrive including vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and amino acids.
- Edible Bone – a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium in natural form your dog’s body can easily absorb.
While dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrates, conventional dog foods still contain large amounts of high-glycemic carbohydrates such as potato and tapioca, which are often cited as a leading cause of obesity and diabetes.
Biologically Appropriate™ ORIJEN Original is a protein-rich and carbohydrate limited food featuring lentils, chickpeas, squash, greens and fruits which release sugar slowly, dramatically reducing the potential for fat storage.
IS YOUR FOOD BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™?
Dogs evolved as hunters – the structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system scientifically classifies them as carnivores, evolved to eat a meat-based diet. They require high concentrations of meat, high inclusions of fresh meat, and a rich diversity of meat.
Biologically Appropriate™ foods mirror the natural diet and are able to answer 3 meat questions:
- ORIJEN leads its class in premium meat inclusions.
- All from animals deemed fit for human consumption.
- 2/3 of meats are fresh or raw and loaded with goodness.
- 1/3 is dried at low temperature for a premium protein source.
A variety of meats in WholePrey™ ratios supply nutrients naturally, dramatically reducing the need for synthetic supplements.
- Free-run chicken
- Free-run turkey
- Wild yellowtail flounder
- Whole nest-laid eggs
- Wild Atlantic mackerel
- Wild Atlantic herring
ONLY 1 SUPPLEMENT – ZINC
In nature there are no synthetic supplements, so dogs and wolves derive their complete nutritional needs naturally, by consuming whole prey animals.
That’s why ORIJEN Original features richly nourishing ratios of meat, organs and cartilage provide a concentrated source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs to thrive, naturally. So you won’t find long lists of synthetic supplements in any of our foods – only zinc is added.