The new and recently reformulated Orijen Dog Food product line should be available in local retail stores sometime beginning the week of November 15, 2010.
Of course, since Orijen is one of the Dog Food Advisor’s top-rated products, many readers have expressed genuine concern regarding the nature of the new recipes.
And in many cases, when recipes change, so can a dog’s response to a new food.
Orijen Dog Food’s New Recipes…
Five Notable Changes
After studying the new formulas, we note five changes…
First, there appears to be more meat in each product. The recipe has changed from 70% meat to now 80% (75% meat for Senior and Regional Red).
Secondly, more of that meat is now fresh. At least 40% of the product’s meat component is from fresh raw meat (as opposed to meat meal). That number is increased slightly to 45% for Orijen Regional Red.
Thirdly, fresh liver now adds more variety. Chicken liver had been added to nearly every product… with the exception of beef liver (Orijen Regional Red) and no liver (Orijen Six Fish).
Next, the top five ingredients in each recipe are now completely animal based. In addition, much of that meat is now boneless… making the product lower in mineral (ash) content.
So, unlike many other high meat dog foods, Orijen guarantees calcium and phosphorus maximums for all its formulas.
And lastly, reported protein content has dropped by 2% to reflect the products’ fewer meat meal concentrates for the previous figure.
The Bottom Line
All things considered, none of Orijen’s new recipes appear to have been designed to save cost but to increase the overall quality of what was already a top-tier product.
So, those concerned about the new formulas, Orijen still merits our 5-star rating.
All three of our Orijen reviews have now been updated to reflect the new formulations. You can read more about these dog foods here…
If you’ve already been feeding an Orijen product, there’s probably no need to transition slowly to the new food. With similar protein and fat, the new recipes haven’t changed enough to merit any special precautions.
However, if you’re switching from another brand, it’s important to transition gradually to any Orijen product. Start with 25% new food and gradually increase to 100% over 5 to 7 days.
11/20/2010 Original report
12/04/2011 Removed reference to low glycemic index