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DOGS AND CATS ARE BUILT LIKE THEIR ANCESTORS.
WE THINK THEY SHOULD EAT LIKE THEM TOO.

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

The gray 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.

In nature, fresh meat and protein-rich diets deliver peak health. That’s why ORIJEN foods feature 85-90% meat, and the highest fresh meat inclusions in WholePrey™ ratios, all of which mirror the way Mother Nature intended your dog or cat to eat.

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 AND FOODS MAKERS ALIKE. 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 which 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.
    • The saliva of plant eaters contains digestive enzymes that mixes with the food through chewing and helps break down 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. Compare that to plant eaters like the cow, which has four stomachs and eats constantly.
    • Because meat is easily digested (relative to plants) dogs and cats have a short, simple gastro-intestinal tract and a high concentration of stomach acid to break down meat protein quickly and kill bacteria associated with raw meat.
    • Carnivores have a stomach acidity of pH 1-2 (compared to humans at pH 4 to 5).

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 PROTEIN AND FAT FROM MEAT.

Award-winning ORIJEN reflects the evolutionary diet, nourishing your dog or cat as Mother Nature would, with high and various fresh meat inclusions plus smaller amounts of fresh whole fruits, vegetables and botanicals.

  • 85-90% meat ingredients – about 3 times that of conventional dog and cat foods
  • 2/3 of meats are included in fresh or raw form – unmatched by any other dry dog or cat food
  • 1/3 of meats are gently dehydrated at low temperature – richly nourishing and protein concentrated, prepared exclusively for ORIJEN to support protein levels that fresh meats alone cannot provide.
  • No rendered chicken or turkey meals – ORIJEN instead features dehydrated chicken and turkey
  • 38-40% protein from meat – ORIJEN is free of plant protein extracts or concentrates like potato or pea proteins, ingredients that are common in conventional pet foods.
  • All meat ingredients are from animals deemed fit for human consumption

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DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL FOODS THAT ARE MADE FROM HIGHLY PROCESSED INGREDIENTS, WE USE STATE-OF-THE-ART LOW TEMPERATURE (200°F) TECHNIQUES TO GENTLY STEAM-COOK ORIJEN, PRESERVING THE NOURISHING GOODNESS OF FRESH MEATS THAT YOUR DOG OR CAT INSTINCTIVELY CRAVES.

No Rendered Chicken or Turkey Meal: ORIJEN features dehydrated chicken and turkey — made from fresh poultry that is first deemed fit for human consumption, then air-dried at low temperature to provide a concentrated and rich source of protein.

Lamb, Beef and Pork Meal: Our dried red meat ingredients are specially prepared for ORIJEN, from fresh meat with bone, cartilage and additional liver, kidney and tripe — not the industry standard of waste bones and offal.

Fish Meal: Our dried fish ingredients are prepared from fresh, whole, wild-caught fish, gently air-dried at 200°F to provide a nourishing and concentrated source of protein — certainly not the industry standard of bones and trimmings.

2. UNMATCHED FRESH MEAT INCLUSIONS

UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER DRY DOG OR CAT FOOD ON EARTH, AUTHENTICALLY FRESH MEATS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR AWARD-WINNING ORIJEN FOODS, PROVIDING ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IN THEIR MOST NOURISHING AND FLAVORFUL FORM.

  • 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 and natural form.
  • 1/3 of meat ingredients are dehydrated (air-dried at low temperatures of 200°F) or oils, providing a concentrated source of richly nourishing protein that cannot be supplied by fresh meats alone.
  • No rendered chicken or turkey meals – instead we use fresh chicken and turkey meat, organs and cartilage, all deemed fit for human consumption, and then gently air-dry it at low temperature (200°F) to concentrate all its natural goodness.
  • Every meat ingredient that goes into ORIJEN is from animals deemed fit for human consumption – a rarity among North American pet food makers.

WHEN WE SAY FRESH WE MEAN IT!BA-topten-icon

MANY NORTH AMERICAN PET FOOD MANUFACTURERS RECONSTITUTE DRIED MEAT BY ADDING FOUR PARTS OF WATER TO ONE PART MEAT TO PRODUCE A ‘MEAT SLURRY’, WHICH THEY CALL ‘FRESH’.

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

  1. Fresh: Refrigeration is the only way we preserve our fresh poultry, eggs, fish and meats — no preservatives, never frozen.
  2. Raw: The same as our fresh ingredients, only frozen – our wild-caught fish which are not available fresh year round are flash-frozen, without preservatives, at peak season to lock in their natural goodness.
  3. Dried: Prepared from fresh meats deemed fit for human consumption and air-dried at low-temperature (200ºF) to provide a concentrated source of Biologically Appropriate protein — no BHA, BHT or 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 BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE FOODS, PROVIDING A NOURISHING DIVERSITY OF ESSENTIAL PROTEINS AND FATS.

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, from ranch-raised red meats, free-run poultry, whole nest-laid eggs and whole wild-caught fish, ORIJEN provides a richly nourishing diversity of proteins and fats that naturally support peak health and conditioning.


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
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Monkfish
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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 ARE NO VITAMIN OR MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS, SO WOLVES AND WILDCATS MUST DERIVE THEIR COMPLETE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS NATURALLY, BY CONSUMING WHOLE PREY ANIMALS.

ORIJEN WholePrey represents the evolution of our Biologically Appropriate™ philosophy, mirroring the diet that dogs and cats evolved to eat over thousands of years, and incorporating a nourishing balance of fresh meats, organ meats and cartilage in ratios that reflect the natural diet and deliver nutrients naturally.

Because ORIJEN foods include WholePrey™ ratios that naturally provide almost every nutrient your dog or cat needs, there is simply no need for loads of synthetic additives in our foods. Furthermore, these natural nutrients are in highly bio-available form from our meat ingredients.

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IN HER INFINITE WISDOM, MOTHER NATURE MATCHED THE NUTRIENTS IN WHOLE FISH, FOWL AND GAME TO PERFECTLY MEET THE DIETARY NEEDS OF DOGS AND CATS, CREATING A POWERHOUSE OF NUTRITIONAL GOODNESS.

ORIJEN incorporates muscle meat as well as organs and cartilage in ratios that mimic Mother Nature and deliver nutrients naturally and completely. That’s why you won’t find long lists of synthetic supplements in ORIJEN foods.

  • MUSCLE MEAT provides essential protein and fat as well as fat-soluble Vitamins A, B, D and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc, all of which nourish as nature intended.
  • ORGANS including liver, kidneys, tripe and heart are a richly concentrated, natural and highly bio-available source of virtually every nutrient that dogs and cats need to thrive, including heavy doses of B vitamins plus vitamins A, D, E and K, minerals such as phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, healthy fats and amino acids.
  • EDIBLE BONE AND CARTILAGE offer a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium in natural form that your dog and cat’s body can easily absorb.

5. CARBOHYDRATE AND GLYCEMIC-LIMITED

DOGS AND CATS HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BIOLOGICAL REQUIREMENT FOR CARBOHYDRATES, WHICH IS WHY ORIJEN LIMITS CARBOHYDRATES TO 20%.

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. And that’s good news for carnivores. While protein is essential, dogs and cats have no requirement for carbohydrates. In fact, for dogs and cats, carbohydrates are ‘empty calories’ that provide little nutritional value beyond their controversial energy potential.

That’s why protein-rich and carbohydrate-limited ORIJEN features low-glycemic carbohydrates including lentils, chickpeas, fresh whole pumpkin, butternut squash and a variety of fresh greens and fruits, limiting the potential for fat storage.

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, chickpeas, pumpkin, squash, carrots, apples and pears enter the blood slowly, reducing the potential for fat storage, promoting stable blood sugar levels and lean muscle mass.

COUNTING CARBOHYDRATES | 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 value (GI) of the carb, which is how fast it is absorbed into the blood stream.

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