Orijen has a high inclusion of meat ingredients, and for good reason. Ask yourself–when was the last time you saw a wolf munching on corn on the cob? Ridiculous, right? They’re carnivores, and although our domesticated pups can and are willing to eat carbs, that doesn’t mean that their diets should be primarily composed of cheap carbs (wheat, corn, corn gluten, etc.). They have a 30-page scholarly document, The White Paper, backing up their research and philosophy for their dog food ingredients. And yes, this nerd read every single inch of it.
Unlike mass-produced dog and cat foods which are full of fillers, Orijen is produced in small batches from natural, unprocessed ingredients. Never frozen or exposed to heat or chemical preservatives, their fresh meats arrive daily from local farms in Canada. (That means their food doesn’t travel hundreds or thousands of miles before cooking. It’s FRESH!) The kibble is cooked and packaged in their own processing facilities in Morinville, Alberta, Canada. Their ingredients and foods are also ethoxyquin-free. Ethoxyquin is typically used as a preservative in fish ingredients, and as a pesticide. Yuck!