Orijen Freeze Dried Dog Food Review

Kirby enjoys Orijen freeze dried treats so we were excited when Chewy.com sent a package of their freeze dried meal made with 100% natural meat (and nothing else) for him to taste test.

Who Is Orijen?

Orijen and Acana Pet Foods are made by Champion Petfoods in their own state-of-the-art pet food processing facility located in Morinville, Alberta, Canada.  Their award-winning BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ nutritional philosophy is based on feeding dogs and cats according to their evolutionary adaptation to fresh meat and protein-rich diets. Dogs evolved as hunters over thousands of years to operate on an almost exclusively meat-based diet with the physical structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system scientifically classifying dogs and cats as carnivores.

The Product Line

Orijen Freeze Dried Dog Food is a meat-based raw product using a notable amount of species-specific meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein   There are three to choose from: Adult Dog contains poultry and fish, Regional Red contains angus beef, wild boar, lamb, heritage pork and bison, and Tundra contains liver, tripe, marrow and cartilage.

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The Freeze Dry Process

Unlike conventional pet foods which are cooked at high temperatures, these freeze-dried foods are prepared without cooking to retain the natural properties of the fresh ingredients. First they flash-freeze the ingredients to lock in their goodness. Then, using extremely low temperatures (-50°C) and special pressurized chambers, the 18 hour freeze-drying process converts the frozen water directly into vapor without creating any liquid.

To rehydrate, break the medallions into small pieces, place in a bowl, and pour 1/4 cup warm water over the top.  Wait 3-6 minutes and serve.


What Are The Ingredients?

We received the Adult Dog so I’ll focus on it.  Notice the first five ingredients are meat followed by vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  I like that they use mixed tocopherals for preservation.

Chicken (ground with bone), turkey (ground with bone), whole herring, chicken liver, chicken heart, whole eggs, spinach greens, pea fiber, turkey liver, turkey heart, whole flounder, ground sunflower seeds, pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Imperator carrots,  cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears, Red Heart plums, Tilton apricots, brown kelp, mixed tocopherols, chicory root, dandelion root, summer savory, peppermint leaf, ginger root, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate.

What Did Kirby Think?

Final Word

Dog Food Advisor gives it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.  The cost is $12.99 for a 6 oz bag containing 12 medallions or $31.99 for a 16 oz bag containing 30 medallions.  Kirby weighs 15 lbs so he should get 3 medallions but, since he gets a small handful of kibble in the mornings, I only give him 2 medallions. This would also be a great product to have in the pantry for those days I forget to take something out of the freezer or to throw in his travel bag for a road trip.  Chewy.com has it in stock now with fast delivery service! 

Disclosure:  Kirby the Dorkie is a member of the Chewy.com Blogger Outreach Network. We receive the products to review each month and are not compensated in any other way.  Our opinions are solely based on our experience with the product which we approve.