Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 10/10
Orijen Adult Dog is a high-quality freeze-dried dog food. Its nutrient profile is very satisfactory and consists of a very low carbohydrate proportion, an above average protein proportion, and a considerably above average fat proportion.
This will be suitable for the vast majority of dogs including those that are more active. It’s very high-fat content will make it extremely appealing and tasty.
The formula contains a range of meat and fish ingredients such as Chicken, Turkey, and Herring. In addition, this dog food contains minor quantities of a variety of vegetables. These contribute carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
However, the very large number of ingredients used in the recipe may make this food unsuitable for those with dietary sensitivities or allergies.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition Profile
High-Quality Poultry & Fish Ingredients
Full review of Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog by Orijen
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 13% of Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Dog Food.
The carbohydrate content is very low and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 27% of Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Dog Food.
The protein content appears to be sourced from the range of poultry and fish ingredients. Poultry such as Chicken is an ideal source of protein and provides the full range of required amino acids. While being above average, this protein content is not particularly high and may not be adequate for dogs who are overly active.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 60% of Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Dog Food.
The fat content appears to be from the poultry and fish ingredients. Poultry-based fats are very suitable for a dogs diet. This very high-fat content will make this dog food extremely appealing and tasty for dogs. However, this fat content does make this dog food unhealthy to consume in large quantities and may cause a dog to become overweight if poorly managed. The fish ingredients will provide Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are known to come with a variety of health benefits.
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 36.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 35.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 4.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.6%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.3%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 5.5%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.0%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Chicken/Turkey Liver
- Chicken/Turkey Heart
- Whole Eggs
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog contains eight sources of meat and fish.
The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the freeze-drying process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. Given that the majority of this dog food consists of raw meat and fish, the relative proportion of Chicken is unlikely to change after the freeze-drying process.
The secondary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin. Unfortunately, Turkey does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the freeze-drying process leaving a lesser proportion of Turkey. Given that the majority of this dog food consists of raw meat and fish, the relative proportion of Turkey is unlikely to change after the freeze-drying process.
Another fish source present is Herring. Herring is considered a high-quality source of protein. The Vitamin B12 is extremely abundant in Herring. In addition to this, similar to other fish, Herring is very rich in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Unfortunately, Herring contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the freeze-drying process leaving a lesser proportion of Herring. Given that this dog food only contains raw meat and fish, the relative proportion of Herring is unlikely to change after the freeze-drying process.
Chicken and Turkey Giblets are considered a high or average quality source of meat depending on their ingredients. Giblets are the innards of a bird and contain organs such as the liver or heart. These can contain higher quantities of vitamins and minerals than traditional meat cuts as well as high levels of protein.
Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a huge variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.
Another fish source present is Flounder, Flounder is considered a high-quality source of protein. It is known for being a particularly lean source of protein in comparison to other fish. However, it does contain high levels of salt and lower levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid than other fish. Unfortunately, Flounder contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the freeze-drying process leaving a lesser proportion of Flounder. Given that this dog food only contains raw meat and fish, the relative proportion of Flounder is unlikely to change after the freeze-drying process.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Pumpkin is a high-quality vegetable ingredient and a beneficial addition to a dogs diet. Pumpkin contains high levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. However, Pumpkin is probably best known for the Dietary Fiber it can contribute. This fiber can improve and regulate digestion. Finally, Pumpkin does not contain significant levels of plant-based protein. This lack of protein prevents Pumpkin being used solely to inflate protein levels like other vegetables, such as Peas, often are.
Squash, which is closely related to Pumpkin, is a positive addition to dog food. Squash contains high levels of Vitamin A and C similar to fruit such as Apples and Pears. In addition to this, Squash also provides a plentiful supply of Beta Carotene. Comparable to Pumpkin, Squash is high in fiber which can help regulate digestion. However, it is essential to be aware that Squash needs to have its seeds and skin removed to be suitable for dogs. The removal of the skin and seeds will take place during the manufacturing process of commercial dog food.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Orijen – Freeze Dried Food – Adult Dog
Chicken (ground with bone), turkey (ground with bone), whole herring, chicken liver, chicken heart, whole eggs, spinach greens, pea fiber, turkey liver, turkey heart, whole flounder, ground whole sunflower seeds, whole pumpkin, butternut squash, whole carrots, whole cranberries, whole blackberries, whole blueberries, apples, pears, plums, apricots, brown kelp, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, dandelion root, summer savory, peppermint leaf, ginger root, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate.
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