Orijen Adult Dog Review

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Orijen Adult Dog Review

Orijen Adult Dog

Orijen Adult Dog

Orijen is known by manufacturing “Biologically appropriate pet foods from Fresh Regional Ingredients.”

They work on the belief that dogs should eat a diet that contains foods comparable to what they would eat on a natural diet in the wild.

Orijen Adult food is a dry dog food. It is loaded with the protein-packed meat ingredients including free-run chicken and turkey, whole eggs, wild-caught fish, and local fruits and vegetables.

These first-class ingredients, all sustainably farmed or fished within Canada, arrive fresh each day — so they’re preservative-free, never frozen, and overloaded with the animal proteins and fats which provides your dog a complete and balance nutrition.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: 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
  • Fat and Oil: whole herring, whole salmon
  • Carbohydrates: grain-free
  • Fiber: pea fiber, fruits and vegetables below are all considered fiber sources
  • Fruits and vegetables: green peas, red lentils, green lentils, sun cured alfafa, yams*, cheakpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, red apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, rosemary; Botanicals: licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory.
  • Flavorings: licorice root, angelica root
    Preservatives: All the ingredients signed with a * are fresh and preservative free. They use natural preservatives too, like mixed tocopherols.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Chicken liver oil , vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Enterococcus faecium

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 38 % (min.) 42 %
Fat 18 % (min.) 20 %
Fiber 5 % (max.) 5%
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 29 % (EV)
Omega 6 3 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 1.1 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1400 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 1200 mg/kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Orijen Adult dog contains 42 % protein on a dry matter basis. This is more than most dog foods. This level of protein is habitually fed to more energetic dogs.

This dog food includes 29 % carbohydrates on a dry matter basis which is low percentage. As you know carbohydrates are not essential nutrients for dogs. Orijen Adult Dog food is a good food if you want to feed your dog a grain free food.

Orijen Adult Dog includes 5 % fiber on a dry matter basis. This value is 1 % above the limit established by AAFCO. However, I believe that is not a problem because this value is due to the high content in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are required for normal growth and functioning of the cells, muscles, nerves, and organs. Orijen include these elements in its guaranteed analysis which is obviously a quality mark.

Glucosamine and Chodroitin sulphate improve joint health and are especially important to larger dogs. Large breed size dogs put more weight on their joints thus they are more prone to arthritis development.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: The fresh ingredients – boneless chicken, boneless turkey, whole herring, boneless walleye and whole salmon – are high-quality sources of meat protein.

The other first ingredients – chicken meal, turkey meal, and salmon meal – represent concentrated sources of protein. Named meat meals are good fonts of protein.
The salmon meal used in this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Chicken liver and turkey liver are organs sourced from specific animals and thus considered beneficial constituents. Whole eggs have an exceptionally high biological value.

Chicken heart is pure muscle — all meat. It is rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins. Chicken cartilage, a source of glucosamine and chondroitin which support joint health.

Orijen Adult Dog includes kibbles containing a generous quantity of meat.

Carbohydrates: This dog food is totally grain-free. There’s no corn, wheat or soy.

Fat and oil: The salmon and herring are good sources of omega-3 fatty acid which is excellent for your dog’s skin, coat, nervous system, and heart.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are moderately high in protein and also provide fiber. They are appearing in dog foods as a replacement for grains. Some dogs have trouble digesting them and can end up with diarrhea and other digestive problems.


There haven't been any good quality revisions on peas and nutrition in dogs, so this component may be seen as a controversial constituent.

Other fruits and vegetables (e.g cranberries, blueberries, carrots, pumpkins …) are fresh and high-quality sources of lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

Orijen also contains “botanicals” (e.g. licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory). Orijen argues that botanicals serve as stimulants and builders to strengthen organs and tissues, facilitate digestion and help remove toxins.

I am unsure about the real benefit from botanicals included in dog foods. I belief these herbs are not dangerous for your dog. However, if you would like your dog to gain from herbs, you should maybe consult with your veterinarian assistant and an herbalist.

Supplements: Probiotics (e.g. Enterococcus faecium) are used to improve your dog’s digestive and immune systems.

Selenium yeast is a natural yeast supplement. It is believed that this ingredient has anti-cancer attributes.

Chicken liver supplies vitamin A and other vitamins and minerals (such as thiamin, zinc, copper and manganese, and vitamin C …). I don’t know how Orijen does produce chicken liver oil, but chicken liver is a named animal source of important vitamins and minerals. So it can be considered a high quality ingredient.

Chelated minerals are easier to absorb. They are usually found in high-quality dog foods.

Orijen Adult Dog does not include artificial flavors, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Commnet

Based on the ingredients included in Orijen Adult Dog we give a 4.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Orijen Adult Dog main benefits:

  • 80% premium animal ingredients
  • 20% fresh fruits, vegetables and botanicals
  • Grain-free and carbohydrate-limited
  • Inclusion of Omega-3 Fatty Acids to support skin and coat
  • Botanicals to help support metabolism, strengthen organs, and cleanse the body of toxins
  • Chicory root decreases the risk of intestinal worms
  • Rosemary reduces allergies
  • Pumpkin offer fiber to assist gastrointestinal functions

Orijen Adult Dog’s protein percentage is very elevated. It contains a high amount of protein in the form of fresh meat and meat or fish meals. Additionally, Origen Adult Dog includes whole eggs, fruits, and vegetables which are valuable to your dog’s health.

As a completely grain free diet, like Orijen Adult Dog, is easy to digest on the canine digestive system. It is an appropriate selection for dogs with dietary sensitivities or allergies. Orijen is one of the high quality foods that include absolutely no grains like corn, wheat and soy.

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Orijen Adult Dog

Positive Aspects

  • 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
    Whole salmon, whole herring
  • Grain-free
  • Fresh fruits, vegetables and botanicals
  • Absence of artificial flavors, dyes or artificial preservatives
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate

Negative Aspects

  • Green peas, pea fiber


Available in: 5 lb (2,27 Kg); 15 lb (6.8 Kg); 28.6 lb (13 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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