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AWARD-WINNING, BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ DOG FOODS
DOGS EVOLVED AS HUNTERS — THE STRUCTURE OF THEIR TEETH, JAWS AND DIGESTIVE SYSTEM SCIENTIFICALLY CLASSIFIES THEM AS CARNIVORES, EVOLVED TO OPERATE ON AN MEAT-BASED DIET.
Yet witness the current trend of ‘holistic’ dog foods that are grain-or-potato based, contain little meat, exceed 50% of carbohydrates, and feature myriad synthetic supplements to make up for the natural ingredients missing in the first place.
THE BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ CONCEPT IS SIMPLE: MIRROR THE BALANCE AND VARIETY OF FRESH AND WHOLE MEATS THAT DOGS AND CATS WOULD NATURALLY HUNT IN THE WILD AND FOR WHICH THEY ARE EVOLVED TO EAT.
Our Biologically Appropriate™ foods contain the same high and various inclusions of whole meats that Nature evolved dogs and cats to eat, while excluding ingredients such as high glycemic carbohydrates and plant proteins that don’t belong in the natural diet.
By better matching the foods that dogs and cats are evolved to eat, Biologically Appropriate™ ORIJEN promotes their peak health, no matter what breed, age or life style.
IN HER INFINITE WISDOM, NATURE MATCHED THE NUTRIENT MAKE-UP OF WHOLE FISH, FOWL OR GAME TO PERFECTLY MEET THE NEEDS OF DOGS AND CATS.
WHOLE PREY IS THE EVOLUTION OF OUR BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ MANDATE; INCORPORATING NOURISHING MEATS, ORGANS, CARTILAGE AND MARROW IN RATIOS THAT MIRROR THE NATURAL DIET OF DOGS AND CATS.
In the wild, dogs and wolves thrive on whole fish, fowl or game, including nutrient rich organs for vitamins and minerals, muscle meat for protein and fats, and bones and cartilage for the calcium and phosphorus needed to nourish their bodies.
Compare this to today’s “scientifically formulated” foods that are carbohydrate based, contain little meat, and are loaded with highly processed grains or plant-based proteins. Read their packages and you’ll find lists of the synthetic amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed to replace nutrients missing from their ingredients in the first place.
ORIJEN Whole Prey mirrors the diet that dogs and cats evolved to eat over thousands of years — a nourishing balance of meat, organs and cartilage, all of which dramatically reduce the need for synthetic ingredients in ORIJEN foods.
MEAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL CARNIVORE DIETS.
Unlike conventional pet foods, 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.
NO SYNTHETIC ANIMO ACIDS: ORIJEN is free of L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Taurine or L-carnitine, all of which are present in conventional pet foods due to insufficient fresh meat content.
LITTLE ADDED FAT: Because our fresh meats are also naturally rich in fat, there’s little or no rendered fat in ORIJEN — just like protein, fats are present in our foods naturally.
ORGAN MEATS WERE ESSENTIAL IN THE ANCESTRAL DIET LONG BEFORE MAN CAME ONTO THE SCENE, AND OUR PETS’ WILD COUSINS OF TODAY CONSUME ORGAN MEATS FIRST DUE TO THEIR RICH SOURCE OF NOURISHMENT.
ORIJEN’s fresh liver, heart and tripe ingredients provide a richly nourishing source of vitamins A, D, E and K, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid and minerals, all of which dramatically reduce the need for synthetic additives.
All of our organ meats are delivered fresh from our region and are exclusively from animals passed fit for human consumption.
EDIBLE BONE, MARROW AND CARTILAGE ARE NATURALLY PRESENT IN OUR FRESH MEATS, WHICH MEANS ORIJEN IS NATURALLY BALANCED IN CALCIUM, PHOSPHORUS, GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN.
That means you won’t find any synthetic minerals such as Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Potassium Carbonate or Potassium Iodide in ORIJEN, and no added glucosamine or chondroitin either.
These nutrients are naturally present in both our fresh ingredients and foods.