Rated 5 out of 5 by AnchovysPal Dog with bad allergies doing great on raw, this + Green tripe
My adopted ABT/Boxer/Teacup Mastiff/whatever mix scratched and gnawed himself to the point he looked a little moth-eaten on his legs, belly and head/ears due to allergies. His ears smelled oily & his skin doggy-doggy. Worse, he was sort of grouchy all the time. Tried many grain-free, expensive, organic, one-protein source foods, you name it. Nothing helped. Now, I feed him raw and/or dehydrated using Dr. Pitcairn's allergy recipe and healthy powder and he's NOT scratching. When I'm out of fresh raw, I rely on this to tide him over without setting him back. He loves it mixed and re-hydrated with green tripe, also available here.
His coat is sleek, his skin and ears smell clean and neutral and he rarely itches at all. And he's a happier, sweeter pup all around. I'm amazed at the difference. At 75 lbs, I cannot afford to feed him this alone, but it is essential to keep my pooch happy, healthy and comfortable. I noticed no smell in this alone, but whoa Nelly, the green tripe I add is stenchy. Naturally, the dog LOVES the combo. Sigh.
August 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stellabella If my dog could do flips for it, she would!
I've never used freeze-dried food before, so this was new to me and my little dog. It comes in a patty that breaks easily, the directions said to break into quarters and soak in H20 for a few minutes. I didn't like the texture that way, so I've been breaking it up much smaller with my fingers. It's dry/crumbles easily, so that's not hard to do. I find if I let it soak longer than advised (I do it for about 10 minutes) and in much smaller pieces, it soaks up/fills out the bowl more and is easier for my little dog to enjoy. I have also found that mixing in leftovers (rice, various veggies, other meats) mixes up better and is distributed in the bowl nicely when the freeze dried is broken up into smaller pieces. My dog gets so excited while waiting for her food to soak, she runs in circles and can hardly contain herself. It is expensive, but with all the great ingredients, and as much as she enjoys it, I feel that it is worth every penny. I am going to buy more and probably half the amount I was feeding and mix in other leftovers to help stretch it out. People have complained about the smell, but I haven't noticed it unless you stick your face right in it. I will probably try the cat food next, as my elderly cat might enjoy these products too.
August 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Coco8 My dog loves this food.
I'm not usually one to write a review on a product, unless I have a strong opinion about it. My dog is a Mini Pinscher/Chihuahua mix, and has been incredibly picky about wet dog food. I mean, she is 8 yrs old and I haven't been able to get her to eat an entire "serving" of wet dog food, until now. She absolutely loved this stuff. After she finished it, she sat in the kitchen whining for more. I really recommend this product, especially for picky pups. Also, the smell isn't as bad as one would think it is. When you first start mixing it, from about a foot away, it smells oddly enough like graham crackers (both my roommate and I came to this decision). Up close it smells like ground meat. It's quick to rehydrate, its healthy for the dogs, it doesn't smell bad, and dogs seem to love it (according to my own experience and the other reviews here). You really can't go wrong with this dog food. Definitely worth the price and definitely worth a try if you're in the market for a new wet dog food.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happypup Healthy, Happy, Medication free dog!
I have a 5 year old Shar pei mix who has struggled with skin allergies for several years. He was on antibiotics and steroids for long periods of time. I was concerned about the long term effects of the meds. He was not a happy dog when he broke out and had to take meds. I tried high end 'grain free' dog food, which isn't really grain free. The vets solution was to keep him on medication for the rest of his life. After researching I came across Orijen. This was my last effort before changing to a raw diet. He has been on Orijen Tundra Freeze dried as well as Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Dog Food since March. He has not had one break out since changing to this food and treats. I add Omega oil to his food once a day as well. He is a much happier, healthier dog. Most importantly medication free. It is a bit more expensive but worth every penny. In the long run the vet bills and medication costs would have exceeded the cost of the food. He loves the food! I would highly recommend using any product Orijen produces. It is good quality and truly grain free.
May 3, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bedit My dog doesn't care for it
I have an extremely picky goldendoodle pup. He is 1 years old and I have a hard time finding food other than raw food that he will eat. He will also eat some 6fish orijen or the duck arcana mixed with the dehydrated nuggets from instinct or chewy. I was hoping he would like this nuggets from orijen, but he only eats it if I mix it with the chewy raw dehydrated nuggets.
July 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Linda This new food for my dogs seems great so far.
My 2 Shih Tzus are hard to buy food for, not because they're picky eaters, but because many foods will trip them into bladder infections. Having had lots of problems with bladder stones I don't want to take a chance. This food is very expensive but if it's as good for them as it seems, I'll pay the price. Any freeze dried food is expensive because of the process. Maybe with enough customers, the price will come down.
When they say reconstituting it with hot water is best, they mean it. Cold takes forever.
Overall, I think this is going to be a great choice.
June 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by RMG414 Fantastic Addition
I have fed Orijen to my year and a half old rotti mix and year and a half old yorkie mix since we rescued them when they were pups. I have been a dog owner my whole life and always been involved in nutrition, both personally and professionally. When I lost my last dog to cancer I swore I would do everything in my power to prevent that happening to my future dogs....at least what I could control. The nutrition. Dogs, like any other mammal, thrive when they are provided with a complete amino acid profile in their diets. The best way to achieve this is by offering them different protein sources. I use the Orijen Adult kibble as a base and gave my dogs raw beef, lamb, duck, rabbit, pork, bison, pheasant, salt and freshwater fish, chicken, venison and so on...if your dog has allergies this may not be possible. My dogs do fantastic and look fantastic on this varied diet. When Orijen came out with the Tundra food I jumped on it...my dogs love it, they get multiple protein sources and my freezer space isn't jammed with their food.
September 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Charlie Dry food
Seems good but too expensive for me my bog 60 lbs. I thought it was dry kibble.
June 22, 2016