We at ORIJEN are passionate about feeding our dogs fresh ingredients, designed to mirror the richness, freshness and variety of meats that they would naturally hunt in the wild.
Dogs and cats are evolved to derive their energy from animal proteins and fats, not carbohydrates from grains. By better matching the natural diets and anatomical physiology of dogs and cats, higher-protein, lower carbohydrate foods better promote their peak health and conditioning.
How often should I feed my dog?
We recommend that you feed twice daily. Simply divide the amount suggested on the feeding guide into two meals, spaced eight to twelve hours apart. You may need to adjust portions as you learn your pet’s ideal daily “maintenance” amount. It’s also worth keeping in mind that a lean pet is a healthy pet!
Why does my dog still seem hungry?
While many pet foods have feeding guidelines printed on the package, every animal is different, so the guides really are just that. Many pets, particularly dogs, have large appetites and will eat all you feed them. As some pet foods are highly palatable, you need to be careful not to overfeed.
Obesity at any age can cause serious health issues. While your dog may seem hungry, their body condition is the best gauge of how much to feed. Keep a close eye – if she or he looks too thin, feed a little more, and if they’re carrying too much weight, scale back a bit.
A common result of over feeding is loose stools – this can be corrected by lowering the amounts fed during the day. If you’re still having problems, speak to a pet food specialist or your vet.
Should I use treats?
We all love to give our dogs a treat. However, treats should be given in moderation and represent ten per cent or less of your dog’s daily food intake. The rest should come from a nutritionally complete feeding programme. When using treats frequently, such as during training exercises, try to use the smallest pieces you can.
What should I look for in a dog food?
You should ask three meat questions when buying a dog food: How Much? How Fresh? How Many? How much meat is in the recipe, how fresh is the meat used and how many different types of meat are in the food.
Every product in the ORIJEN pet food range contains at least 85% meat, with 90% meat in our freeze-dried food. Our recipes feature exceptionally high inclusions of fresh whole meats, plus richly nourishing liver, tripe, cartilage and marrow — all in ratios that mirror the natural diet, while excluding high-glycemic carbohydrates and plant proteins that simply don’t belong in the diets of dogs and cats.
ORIJEN is incredibly rich and varied in fresh meats, which means amino acids and fatty acids are provided naturally, without artificial supplements or synthetic ingredients.FIND OUT MORE