Rated 1 out of 5 by Katie New formula is awful
I fed Orijen for years and recommended the food all the time. However since the formula was changed and a new plant was built in USA, the formulas have gone downhill. Less protein and fat levels. Less calories per cup. More beans and peas added into the formula. I had a couple bags of the old formula left, so mixed a bag of the new formula in with it. My 4 dogs started acting like they were staving and started eating their poop, which means they aren't digesting the food well. Their coat quality went downhill. This is just a bag of the old and new formula mixed together! My shepherd didn't really want to eat the mixed food at first, which should of been a clue, and she is not a picky dog at all. The food is no longer worth the hype the brand gets. I spent a long time looking at brands and analyzing their formulas. I found one that I am happy with right now. My dogs like it and are getting the shine back in their coats. Will never feed Orijen again. The company got too big.
December 28, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by ChewyFan2016 Agree with other owner - change of size and formula NO GOOD!
Orijen Original Grain-Free Dry Dog food changed from 28.5 lbs bag to 25 lb bag (with the price adjusted): when we received the new 25 lb bag with our December AutoShip, besides the fact that it's a 25 lbs bag change, the quality of the chow has obviously changed as well: the kibble size is smaller, the texture (surface) is different (smoother now), color darker (more like molasses) and the quality/taste is surely different since my not-picky, always-like-food husky would not even show any interest to this food anymore (compared to before with the 28.5 lb bag, she would jump up and rush to her food bowl once she heard me open the bag at feeding time). Now she would eventually come by, smell around her food bowl and walk away without touching the Orijen Dry Dog food kibble at all, becoming inactive and mopey.
We intend to contact both Chewy and Orijen to get down to this. It might still be a better than average premium dog food, but with the price and what our dog is used to, the product might not be the way to go anymore.
December 29, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by NanaRoo NEW "Original" is NOT the same-Dog won't touch it
My 9 year-old German Shepherd Dog used to LOVE the Orijen Original, which was in the 28.6 bag, and the much larger bag before it was downsized. She's eaten it for at least 6 years. I was assured that the newer size was identical, except that the food was being made in several US plants rather than Canada & would use some local meats.
WRONG! This is NOT the Original. This food looks very different: kibbles are much smaller, much darker brown, different smell, which is quite bland and smells like cereal to me.
Cuervo used to ADORE her food. Lots of happy dancing at mealtimes. She will now go over 24 hours without touching it-sheer starvation will get her to nibble a few kibbles after 24 hours, then she will eat just a few bites and walk away.
There is NOTHING wrong with my dog, but there certainly is with this food.
I want my money back-$79 wasted. I hope the animal shelter can use it, because it is doing nothing but taking up space here.
December 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ashley Great So Far
Just finished switching our english lab pup over from her original puppy food. The breeder used Hills Science Diet so we kept her on it but decided to upgrade to a higher quality food once she switched over to adult, especially since she stopped eating her kibble unless she was really hungry. Now she's often drooling before I can put the dish on the floor and it's one of the most focused times of the day as she waits for me to say "ok" so she can finally dig in. We were a bit worried about how her digestion would react as she tends to have a somewhat sensitive stomach but she's done great on it so far. We transitioned over about 10 days and I did add a little spoonful of pumpkin with breakfast so that may or may not have helped a bit. Hopefully she continues to love this as it's great to see her so excited to eat her food. While it is pricey, I'm a big believer in your health starting with nutrition and getting as much quality as you can reasonably afford. And for now this seems to be a winner for us.
September 26, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by meowbaby Disappointed - No Advance Notice of Formula Change
Since I have both Orijen cat and dog food on autoship, Chewy sent emails to inform me that the original products are no longer available and new, smaller bags have been substituted (resulting in a price increase of approx $.50/lb). They failed to mention that the ingredients and source have also changed. Since it's standard to introduce a new food gradually to avoid stomach upset, advance notice of the formula change would have been very useful. Now Chewy is sold out of the old formula. Luckily I have one bag left so I plan to move-up my autoship to make a slow conversion. Other recent reviews indicate that some pets are having trouble with the new US based formulas and I'm left to wonder if this is due to a sudden change (pet parent unaware of new formula) or an actual problem with the product. Usually very satisfied with Chewy's exceptional customer service but not on this occasion.
December 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fido Seriously worth it!
I met Gunny, an 8 year old English Bull dog 10 months ago. I fell in love with him (and his man, immediately ).
Gunny has had hip surgery and suffers from arthritis . A weight issue exacerbated his problems. His mobility was limited to say the least .
A few hours of online research for a grain free dog food(the inflammation connection , I won't go into it....) led me to Orijen.
Less than 2 months later there are significant changes. We have a slimmer, extremely more active dog. Gunny runs now instead of trudging, he is satisfied with less food, his flatulence has reduced by at least half,YEAHHH!!! We have also noticed a big difference in coat condition. I had a grooming shop for 16 years, his shedding has reduced by at least 75% . I would recommend Orijen for that reason alone.
Needless to say we are thrilled with Orijen ( and still in love with each other, Gunny, his man and I!)
Now if we could only get my cat FIDO EARL to come around . But she IS a cat........
September 3, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Antoinette New Formula "Stinks" In Every Way!
I thought my search for a top notch dry dog food was over when I found Origen Original early last year. Then surprise!! Opened my last bag and thought there was a mistake.... The kibble was a much darker color with a strong fishy smell. My dog not only doesn't like it, but it no longer satisfies his appetite. Took online research to learn of the formula change. Wished I had taped it up and shipped it back for a refund or credit.
As a conscientious consumer, I expect "good" dog food companies to be upfront when they change their product. Origen is a company I will no longer support.
January 12, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aubitthehobbit Great product.
My pup never ate all of her food that we have always bought. Typical storebrands. The 1st she wouldn't eat certain colors. 2nd type she switched her color preference. The minute we opened the bag she was ecstatic and eager to eat. She emptied her bowl in minutes! I like this brand as she is a mini daschsund and we are attempting to keep her bones in good shape.
Now to see if my cats care for the same brand as they seem much more interested in her food now.
January 17, 2017