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NOURISH AS NATURE INTENDED

OUR BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE: MIRROR THE QUANTITY, FRESHNESS, AND VARIETY OF MEATS THAT DOGS AND CATS ARE EVOLVED TO EAT.

The grey wolf (Canis Lupus) is the ancestor and closest relative of all domestic dogs (Canis Lupus Familiarius), sharing 97% of their DNA, while the Near Eastern wildcat (Felis Silvestris Lybica) is the closest relative of domestic cats (Felis Silvestris Catus).

Despite years of breeding, the internal workings and anatomical capabilities of domestic dogs and cats remain the same as their wild cousins, so it’s no surprise their food requirements remain the same too.

THE EATING ANATOMY OF CARNIVORES

JUST LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS, MODERN DOGS AND CATS HAVE ANATOMICAL FEATURES DESIGNED FOR A MEAT-BASED DIET – A FUNDAMENTAL FACT OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY PET LOVERS. THESE INCLUDE:

  • TEETH AND JAWS

    • A wide mouth for swallowing chunks of meat whole, with a single hinge jaw that lacks side-to-side chewing ability (unlike plant eaters that chew extensively, meat eaters seldom chew their foods).
    • Sharp, pointed teeth for grasping and shredding meat (not for grinding plants).
  • SALIVA AND ENZYMES

    • Because meat eaters don’t chew, and are not adapted to digest carbohydrates from plants, their saliva does not contain the digestive enzyme amylase.
    • Unlike plant eaters, meat eaters don’t chew or mix their food with saliva — they swallow chunks of meat whole. For meat eaters, the purpose of saliva is to lubricate the throat (not predigest food).
    • The saliva of plant eaters contains the digestive enzyme amylase that mixes with food through chewing, starting the breakdown of carbohydrates.
  • SHORT DIGESTIVE TRACT

    • In nature, carnivores seldom eat every day and sometimes as little as once a week. That’s why they have a large single-chambered stomach suitable for gorging and digesting meat later.
    • Because meat is easily digested (relative to plants) dogs and cats have a short, simple gastro-intestinal tract (compare that to plant eaters like the cow, which has four stomachs and eats constantly).
    • Carnivores have a high concentration of stomach acid to break down meat quickly and kill bacteria associated with raw meat.

OUR FIVE BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ PRINCIPLES

1. RICH IN MEAT AND MEAT PROTEIN

JUST LIKE THEIR WILD COUSINS, MODERN DOGS AND CATS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SHARP TEETH, A SHORT DIGESTIVE TRACT AND A BODY EVOLVED TO METABOLIZE MEAT.

Biologically Appropriate™ ORIJEN mirrors the evolutionary diet, nourishing your dog or cat as Mother Nature would, with unmatched fresh meat inclusions plus smaller amounts of fresh whole fruits, vegetables and botanicals, that’s why ORIJEN features:

  • Up to 90% MEAT | unmatched by any other dry foods and about 3 times more than conventional dog and cat foods, ORIJEN’s rich meat inclusions nourish the way nature intended.
  • 38-44% PROTEIN | ORIJEN derives its rich protein content from premium animal ingredients (not plants) – making our foods free of plant protein concentrates like potato or pea proteins, common in conventional pet foods.

2. UNMATCHED FRESH MEAT INCLUSIONS

UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER DOG OR CAT FOOD, ORIJEN’S FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS RIVAL MOTHER NATURE, SUPPLYING NUTRIENTS IN THEIR FRESHEST, MOST NATURAL AND NOURISHING FORM.

  • FRESH | 2/3 of the meats, fish, poultry and eggs are FRESH or RAW, so they’re brimming with proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals in their most nourishing form.
  • DRIED | 1/3 of meats are air-dried at low temperature (200°F), concentrating their goodness in highly bio-available form — compare to industry standard of waste bones and offal unfit for human consumption.

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MANY NORTH AMERICAN PET FOOD MANUFACTURERS RECONSTITUTE MEAT POWDER BY ADDING FOUR PARTS OF WATER, WHICH THEY LABEL AS ‘FRESH’.

ORIJEN is different. Our fresh meats usually travel from farm to kitchen within 3 days, and from kitchen to food within 2 days. Our three classes of meat ingredients are :

  1. FRESH: Refrigeration is the only way we preserve our fresh poultry, eggs, fish and meats — no preservatives, never frozen.
  2. RAW: Just like our fresh ingredients, only flash-frozen at peak season to preserve natural goodness – no preservatives.
  3. DRIED: Air-dried at low-temperatures (200°F) to provide a concentrated source of protein — no chemical preservatives.

3. AN ABUNDANT VARIETY OF FRESH MEATS

CONSIDER THE VARIATION IN THE NATURAL DIET: FISH TODAY, A DUCK OR GOOSE TOMORROW, FRESH EGGS THE NEXT. A RICH VARIETY OF FRESH MEATS IS A KEY PRINCIPLE IN OUR FOODS, PROVIDING A DIVERSITY OF ESSENTIAL PROTEINS AND FATS TO NOURISH DOGS AND CATS COMPLETELY.

This variety is lost in conventional dog and cat foods, which often feature a single animal ingredient, such as chicken or lamb, that’s highly processed and seldom authentically fresh.

ORIJEN is different. Loaded with up to 8 different fresh or raw meats, ORIJEN provides a richly nourishing diversity of proteins and fats that naturally support peak health.


HERITAGE RED MEATS

Raised on local farms and Appalachian ranches in the heart of Kentucky’s ranching country, using nature’s simple recipe of fresh air, clean water and natural grasses, our beef, bison, lamb, mutton, pork and goat are delivered fresh or raw each day, so they’re preservative-free and brimming with goodness and taste.

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Angus Beef
Kentucky Farms

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Wild Boar
American Ranches

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American Bison
Kentucky Ranches

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Grass-Fed Lamb
Kentucky Farms

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Grass-fed Mutton
Kentucky Farms

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Yorkshire Pork
Kentucky Farms

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Boer Goat
Kentucky Farms

Antibiotic-free | Grass-fed | Delivered fresh or raw | Deemed fit for human consumption | WholePrey ratios


FREE-RUN POULTRY & NEST-LAID EGGS

Raised free-run on regional farms by people we know and trust, our Cobb chicken, Muscovy duck, free-run turkey, free-run Quail and whole nest-laid eggs are all deemed fit for human consumption before arriving at our kitchens fresh each day, so they’re full of nourishing proteins and fats.

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Free-Run Cobb Chicken
Kentucky Farms

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Free-Run Muscovy Duck
Kentucky Farms

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Free-Run Turkey
Indiana Farms

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Free-Run Quail
South Carolina Farms

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Nest-Laid Eggs
Kentucky Farms

Antibiotic-free | Free-run | Delivered fresh or raw | Deemed fit for human consumption | WholePrey™ ratios


WILD AND SUSTAINABLY-CAUGHT WHOLE FISH

Unique to ORIJEN, our fresh and whole saltwater fish (not the industry standard of minced fish frames) are wild and sustainably-caught from New England’s cold Atlantic waters and are deemed fit for human consumption prior to arrival at our kitchens.

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Atlantic Mackerel
New England

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Monkfish
New England

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Acadian Redfish
New England

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Alaskan Cod
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Atlantic Herring
New England

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Yellowtail Flounder
New England

Wild and sustainably-caught | Delivered fresh or raw, and whole | Deemed fit for human consumption

4. WHOLEPREY MEAT RATIOS

IN NATURE, THERE IS NO NEED FOR VITAMIN OR MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS, AS WOLVES AND WILDCATS DERIVE THEIR COMPLETE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS NATURALLY, BY CONSUMING WHOLE ANIMALS.

ORIJEN WholePrey™ mirrors the foods dogs and cats evolved to eat over thousands of years, incorporating a nourishing balance of fresh meats, organ meats and cartilage in ratios that deliver nutrients naturally.

ORIJEN foods naturally provide almost every nutrient your dog or cat needs in highly bio-available form, so there’s no need for long lists of synthetic additives.

SUPERFOOD FOR DOGS AND CATS

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ORIJEN INCORPORATES MEAT, ORGANS AND CARTILAGE IN RATIOS THAT MIMIC MOTHER NATURE, CREATING A POWERHOUSE OF NUTRITIONAL GOODNESS. THAT’S WHY YOU WON’T FIND LONG LISTS OF SYNTHETIC SUPPLEMENTS IN ORIJEN FOODS.

  • MEAT provides protein, fat, vitamins A, B, D and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc — all in highly bioavailable form.
  • ORGANS liver, kidney, tripe and heart provide a richly concentrated and highly bio-available source of virtually everything dogs and cats need to thrive — including heavy doses of essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and amino acids.
  • CARTILAGE AND BONE provide a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium — all in natural and easily absorbed form.

5. CARBOHYDRATE AND GLYCEMIC-LIMITED

DOGS AND CATS HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENT FOR CARBOHYDRATES.

Although carbohydrates are recognized as a leading cause of obesity and diabetes, Pet Lovers are seldom aware that most foods exceed 50% carbohydrate. Worse still, conventional foods feature fast carbohydrates, such as rice, potato, tapioca and starch, compounds that are quickly absorbed by dogs and cats and can cause blood glucose to spike and promote fat build up.

CARBOHYDRATE VERSUS PROTEIN

The relationship between protein and carbohydrates is simple: if one goes up, the other goes down. That means the more protein there is in the food, the less room there is for carbohydrates.

That’s good news for carnivores. While protein is essential, carbohydrates are ‘empty calories’ that provide little nutritional value beyond their controversial energy potential.

Loaded with meat protein ORIJEN limits carbohydrates to 20% from low-glycemic carbohydrates including lentils, fresh whole pumpkin, butternut squash and a variety of fresh greens and fruits.

NOT ALL CARBOHYDRATES ARE CREATED EQUAL

The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrates based on their effect on blood sugar.

  • High-Glycemic or fast carbohydrates such as tapioca, potato, rice and corn digest quickly, causing blood glucose to spike and fat storage to increase.
  • Low-Glycemic or slow-release carbohydrates like lentils enter the blood slowly, reducing the potential for fat storage, promoting stable blood sugar levels and lean muscle mass.

GLYCEMIC LOAD

The Glycemic Load (GL) is a measure of how food affects your pet’s blood sugar levels. It is calculated by multiplying how much carbohydrate is in the food, by the Glycemic Index (GI) value of the carb, which is how fast it is absorbed into the blood stream. All ORIJEN foods are low glycemic, limiting glycemic load to GL 1.5.d

BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™
FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS
NEVER OUTSOURCED