Some of you might not be aware that what you’re feeding your dog may be making them sick. What you feed your food is very important to your dogs overall health which hasn’t been many people’s minds until the more recent years – now you have more options than just Iams, purina and pedigree!
If you are not aware of the current issues I will link that below, this is one of the hundreds of news articles on this topic … http://globalnews.ca/news/1849645/lawsuit-claims-purinas-beneful-pet-food-is-killing-thousands-of-dogs/
I personally have been working in the animal industry for years – specifically in animal nutrition and I personally would never feed a dog food like that to my pets.
I will be highlighting some of my favourite dog food products now, this time I am focusing on Orijen and Acana.
I recently got this lovely puppy package from Orijen/Acana – don’t worry! I went to them to request featuring them on my blog (not the other way around)! This is a 100% real review and feature! I really love this brand and let me tell you why…
First we’ll start with the Orijen side of their brand… This is their 100% grain free side.
Orijen is 100% Canadian – as a Canadian this is very important to me. I love to support my country… Orijen isn’t just a Canadian brand name but it’s actually made in Canada and sourced in Canada. Be aware many high quality foods that say made in Canada/USA might not be sourced from Canadian/USA ingredjents!
Orijen is grain free, corn free, soy free… It’s really free of any of the things dogs (which are carnivores… With omnivore tendencies mind you) don’t get much benefit from. These foods are very meat based which is what dogs (and cats – they do make cat food as well) thrive on.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients…
If you take a look at the ingredients… You really only see animal products until the 17th ingredient down and most dog foods are made up from the first 5 ingredients… So a very meat dense food which is great!
Then you see lentils, green peas, alfalfa, yams, chickpeas, pumpkin, etc… These are all low to medium glycemic foods which doesn’t cause the blood sugar to spike like say corn would… Overall what this means is less fat storage and that they will use these carbs slowly so your dog has more energy throughout the day.
The last thing I wanted to say about Orijen dog food is that the animals used to make these foods are cage free/ranch raised/wild caught depending on what variety you choose.
Helpful hint: switch varieties often so your dog won’t build up an intolerance to a certain type of meat. We are seeing more and more dogs with chicken allergies as that’s all dogs have been eating for longest time:
I quickly want to mention Orijens treats as well. They sent me these ones…
They are freeze dried dog treats which are all natural. Plus the freeze dried process helps lock in nutrients since it doesn’t have to be cooked.
And as you can see these also have fantastic ingredients. No preservatives either.
Plus my dogs rather enjoyed them, they look kinda gross though. 😜🐶
Lastly lets talk about their other brand, Acana,
This is their food that does contain grains… BUT! They do not use high glycemic rice. They only use low/medium glycemic carbs that are easily digestible like oats and potatoes. They will also still have lots of energy and won’t have that sugar crash.
Acana like Orijen are made/sourced in Canada… As well as the animals used are cage free/ranch raised/wild caught.
Take a look at the ingredients…
Acana is definitely the more affordable option of the two and as long as your dog doesn’t have grain/potato allergies – would be a great food as well since Acana uses fantastic ingredients.
Now I did try to taste test these (with my dogs of course) but they honestly went for both of them with no actual favourite. But as you can see…
They really enjoyed them.
Now to finish off… I would never judge someone on what they are feeding their dogs, but I do feel that people should take a look at what they’re feeding their dogs. Read your dogs food bags and check out the ingredients… If you see by-products, corn, corn gluten, soy, Brewers rice… Anything like that – Look into other options! There are some great budget friendly foods out there that avoid these products.
Stay tuned for more product reviews!