Orijen Senior Dog Review

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Orijen Senior Dog Review

Orijen Senior Dog

Orijen Senior Dog Food

Orijen Senior dry dog food formula is specially manufactured to help your senior dog get the vitamins and nutrients he requires. Orijen Senior benefits dogs of every breed and size.

The ingredients are preservative-free, never frozen, and loaded with the animal proteins and fats that feed your older dog properly.

Cage-free chicken and turkey, nest-laid eggs and wild-caught fish are farmed or fished within Canada and delivered fresh each day.

With a varied selection of healthy vegetables and fruits like berries and kelp, your senior dog is supplied with a biologically proper quantity of proteins, fats, antioxidants and Omega fatty acids.


Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, turkey meal, boneless turkey*, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon, chicken heart*, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken cartilage*
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken liver oil
  • Carbohydrates: Red lentils, green peas, green lentils
  • Fiber: Pea fiber, fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, red delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary
  • Flavorings: Meat sources
    Preservatives: Preservative free, fresh ingredients
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: 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.

* fresh and preservative free

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 15 % (min.) 17 %
Fiber 8 % (max.) 9 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 43 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.5 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 1 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1400 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 1200 mg/kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

This dry dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels recognized by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Orijen Senior features a biologically suitable protein level of 38% to nourish your senior dog according to his requirements. In addition Orijen Senior includes non-rendered fats from fresh poultry, fish and eggs.

Omega fatty acids are essential for your dog’s skin, coat and immune and nervous systems.

Orijen fresh poultry, meats and fish provide a rich and natural font of glucosamine and chondroitin. This elements are crucial for maintain your dog’s joint health and mobility.

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.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: The animal fresh ingredients – boneless chicken, boneless turkey, whole herring, boneless walleye and whole salmon- are first-class sources of animal protein.

Chicken meal, turkey meal, herring meal and salmon meal represent concentrated sources of protein. Named meat meals are acceptable sources 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 valuable components. Whole eggs have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

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

Carbohydrates: This dog food is totally grain-free. There’s no corn, wheat or soy.
Lentils are a protein, iron and fiber source. Lentils are also a good source of carbohydrates.

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

Orijen does not specify how they produce chicken liver oil, but chicken liver is a named animal source of important vitamins and minerals. So it can be considered a quality ingredient.

Fiber: Pea fiber is an agricultural by-product. It is a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber resultant from pea hulls.

Fruits and vegetables: Green peas are moderately high in protein and also contain 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Orijen Senior Dog does not contain artificial flavors, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

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

Evaluating by its ingredients alone, Orijen Senior Dog seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Orijen Senior Dog food is an appropriate food for a younger senior dog but not for a very old dog. I would not advise this food for a thin or emaciated old dog since the fat percentage is relatively low. The majority of older dogs need to consume a larger amount of calories so they can maintain their weight.

Orijen Senior Dog main benefits:

  • First-class animal ingredients
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Grain-free and carbohydrate-limited
  • Marine-source Omega Fatty Acids
  • Botanicals help support metabolism, strengthen organs, and cleanse the body of toxins
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin aid the joints and improve mobility
  • Natural, regional ingredients
  • No preservatives

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

Orijen Senior Dog

Positive Aspects

  • Boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, turkey meal, boneless turkey, turkey liver, whole eggs, boneless walleye, whole salmon, chicken heart, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken cartilage
  • Chicken liver oil
  • Red lentils, green lentils
  • Fresh fruits and vegetablesBotanicals
  • Preservative free
  • Omega Fatty acids
  • Glucosamine and Chodroitin 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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