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Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food Review

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Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food Review

Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food

Orijen Six Fish Dog Food

Orijen Six Fish is a grain free formula made with salmon, herring and flounder, wild-caught whitefish, walleye, northern pike, and regional fruits and vegetables.

These world-class ingredients are preservative-free, never frozen, and loaded with the animal proteins and fats that nourish your dog completely.

If your dog is an affectionate of seafood thus Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food is the perfect choice. This is an omega 3 fatty acid dense and yummy food.

Orijen Six Fish includes sea vegetables, like kelp, that help to maintain metabolism, support the digestive system and internal organs, purify the body, and aid in the health of bones and joints.

Reflecting the nature of wild canines to search for grasses and weeds for medicinal purposes, this dog food includes botanicals such as chicory and licorice root, sweet fennel, calendula flowers and peppermint leaf to help protect the liver, tone the digestive tract and preserve a healthy immune response.


Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Whole salmon*, whole herring*, salmon meal, herring meal, Pollock meal, whole flounder*, boneless walleye*, boneless northern pike*, boneless lake whitefish*
  • Fat and Oil: Salmon oil, herring oil, canola oil
  • Carbohydrates: Red lentils, green lentils
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Chickpeas, green peas, pea fiber, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp*, rosemary, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory
  • Flavorings: Meat sources
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Enterococcus faecium, Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast

* 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 18 % (min.) 20 %
Fiber 5 % (max.) 5.6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 29 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.6 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  1.8 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1250 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin 1000 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

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.

This dog food formula meets the nutritional levels recognized by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Orijen Six Fish contains 42 % protein on a dry matter basis. This is more than enough for dog. In addition, this dog food includes 29 % carbohydrates on a dry matter basis. Carbohydrates are not essential nutrients for dogs.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are needed for normal growth and functioning of the cells, muscles, nerves, and organs. Glucosamine and Chodroitin sulphate support joint health and are especially important for larger dogs.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Salmon, herring and flounder are passed ‘fit for human consumption’. These protein sources are loaded with nourishing proteins and omega 3 fatty acids.

Northern Walleye, Lake Whitefish and Northern Pike are native to the freshwater lakes through northern Canada. These fish are also passed ‘fit for human consumption’ and are delivered fresh to the manufacturer. They are rich in nourishing proteins and omega 3 fatty acids.

Salmon meal is a dry protein source made from the meat and bone of salmon.

Pollock meal is a concentrated form of the protein contained in a rich whitefish native to the central and northeast coasts of the United States.

Carbohydrates: Lentils are a protein, iron and fiber source. They can be used also as a source of carbohydrates.

Fat and oil: Salmon oil is high in omega 3 fatty acid, precisely EPA and DHA. This oil is extracted from fresh salmon. Omega 3 fatty acids support skin and coat health, as well as DHA stimulates cognitive development.

Herring oil is another excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. It is the oil extracted from whole or parts of herring. Like salmon oil, it is important for healthy skin and coat, correct body function and greater learning of young puppies.

Canola oil is a controversial ingredient in dog foods. In fact it is a healthy option because it is mono-unsaturated and contains omega 3 fatty acids. However, some claim that its relatively high content of a toxin, erucic acid, may be a real cause for concern.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are high in protein and also provide fiber. However some dogs have trouble digesting them and can develop diarrhea and other digestive problems.

This dog food contains lots of fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach greens, carrots, apples, bartlett pears, cranberries and blueberries. These ingredients are fresh and delivered every day to the manufacturer. They represent high-quality sources of lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

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

Sun-cured alfalfa is a rich mineral food containing abundant amounts of trace minerals, and vitamins.

Kelp is another good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including iodine which is very important to thyroid function. It is a good antioxidant and has been known to be beneficial in helping to protect against cancer.

Rosemary is an excellent and natural preservative. It is a powerful antioxidant that may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.

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

Enterococcus faecium helps to maintain normal bacteria balance in the large intestine. It aids in digestion and reduces the incidence of diarrhea, contributing to colon health.

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

This food does not contain dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food we give a 4.8 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Orijen Six Fish Dog Food includes hand-harvested sea vegetables. These ingredients are rich in essential B vitamins, trace minerals including zinc, manganese, and selenium.

Fresh fish are a perfect source of DHA and EPA. These omega 3 fatty acids are vital for your dog’s immune and nervous systems. Fresh fish also provide a rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin, which are very important elements to your dog’s joints.

Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Regionally harvested fruits and vegetables
  • Includes six freshwater and saltwater fish
  • Guaranteed quantities of omega 3 fatty acids
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Grain-free formula
  • Boosted with antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Contains marine-source DHA and EPA omega 3 fatty acids
  • Selected botanicals help support metabolism, fortify organs, and purify the body
  • Calcium from alfalfa preserves strong bones

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

Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Boneless chicken, chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, boneless turkey, turkey Whole salmon, whole herring, salmon meal, herring meal, Pollock meal, whole flounder, boneless walleye, boneless northern pike, boneless lake whitefish
  • Salmon oil, herring oil
  • Red lentils, green lentils
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Botanicals
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin
  • Omega Fatty acids
  • Grain free
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Negative Aspects

  • Peas
  • Canola oil

Available in: 12 oz (340 g); 5 lb (2,27 Kg); 15 lb (6,80 Kg); 30 lb (13 Kg)


By | 2016-12-16T21:42:57+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Orijen Six Fish Dry Dog Food Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha
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.