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zellko 10-02-2015 10:37 PM

Orijen ?
I bought a trial bag of Orijen. Both dogs love it, BUT can't really manage the big kibble size. Do any of you feed it and what do you do? I don't see a small dog version. I've thought of pulverizing it in the blender.

SinisterKisses 10-02-2015 11:53 PM


Weird that your guys are having a hard time with the kibble size though. Finley has eaten their puppy food, which has the same size kibbles as their other varieties, since he was bout 8 or 9 weeks old and a tiny 1.5lbs. It slowed him down a bit at the time, as he was used to a much smaller kibble, but he had no problem with it. Now, at four months old and 3.7lbs, he doesn't even chew half the time lol. Gizmo has no problem with it either, and he's 5lbs.

You could try adding a bit of warm water to it to soften the kibbles, which will make it easier to chew.

Not sure what the variety the trial bag you have is, but I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend their Six Fish version over the regular adult :D

Onyx 10-03-2015 12:14 AM

I feed a wide variety of foods, Orijen Tundra kibble included. Onyx has absolutely no problems crunching right through them. She has tried all of their different flavors.

The only thing I can think of is to soak it in warm water, which was already suggested. If you pulverize it you will be left with a dry powder which might be even more uncomfortable to eat. I would recommend adding warm water to that too anyway.

MMS 10-03-2015 11:32 AM

I have fed Orijen. My dogs love it. It is actually their working dog line, though, and has too high protein for long term feeding to your standard pets. We only use it when we are doing a lot of hiking.

If you want the same quality for long term feeding, I suggest Acana - same company, just a lower protein line for your typical house dog (and I believe the kibble are smaller).

zellko 10-03-2015 12:24 PM

Thanks for the good info. Think I'll just use it for training treats. Acana was too high protein for Mickey so Orijen may not be the food for us. The kibble size of Wellness Core, Merrick, and the even tinier Wellness Toy breed suits him better. Was hoping to add another quality kibble to our rotation. Mickey insists on variety. lol

Chiluv04 10-03-2015 12:27 PM

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Yep, I know of others who digs didn't do well on Orijen and Acana because of the higher protein content. If you can, take at look at Fromm, the kibble a are teeny weeny and just the perfect size for tiny Piper.

zellko 10-03-2015 12:37 PM

I've tried several varieties and mine aren't crazy about Fromm. Too bad, it's sold right around the corner from us by a great private pet store.

Chiluv04 10-03-2015 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by zellko (Post 2291290)
I've tried several varieties and mine aren't crazy about Fromm. Too bad, it's sold right around the corner from us by a great private pet store.

Awww that is too bad, it's the only one I know of with teeny tiny kibble a. Merrick is the only other that has small kibbles just a tad bigger than Fromm.

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