ORIJEN and ACANA Frequently Asked Questions

ORIJEN and ACANA Frequently Asked Questions2018-10-30T08:07:09+00:00

The Biologically Appropriate concept is Simple: mirror the freshness and variety of meats that dogs and cats are evolved to eat.

Nature matched the nutrients in whole prey animals to perfectly meet your dog or cat’s needs. ORIJEN WholePrey represents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that mirror the natural diet, and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic ingredients.

While there are many differences between ACANA and ORIJEN, both diets reflect our belief in the importance of providing diets that are Biologically Appropriate, using ingredients that are Fresh, Regional, and Never Outsourcing any part of the cooking or packaging of our Brands.

When comparing the 2 brands, let’s ask the 3 Meat Questions:

1. How Much Meat?
ORIJEN has 85-90% Meat, while ACANA foods have 50-75%.
2. How Fresh?
ORIJEN’s foods have 2/3 Fresh meats and ACANA’s have ½ fresh.
3. How Many Meats?
ORIJEN foods have up to 10 meats, while ACANA’s foods feature up to 5.
Put simply, ORIJEN and ACANA foods mimic the natural eating habits of your cat or dog with high fresh meat inclusions and low inclusion of carbohydrates. Although slightly lower in protein than ORIJEN, ACANA provides an unbeatable value and price point that makes Biologically Appropriate pet foods accessible to a wide range of pet lovers.

We choose our ingredient partners carefully, and we set quality and nutritional standards to meet our own food standards. In Alberta, and other areas of Canada we’re connected to regional farmers, ranchers and fishermen whose values match our own, that we are proud to name. These suppliers provide fresh and custom ingredients that are GMO free, and sustainably and ethically produced. Fruit, vegetable and botanical ingredients will be of table quality, and all meat ingredients come from animals deemed fit for human consumption.

Once opened, you can store your ORIJEN or ACANA in an airtight container. Some ORIJEN or ACANA bags may feature a re-sealable zipper function which can be used as well – if your bag does not have a zipper, then you can also tightly roll up the package to maintain airtight conditions after opening.
Refrigeration of ORIJEN and ACANA is not required. Store your ORIJEN and ACANA food in a cool dry place, with no direct sunlight. A storage temperature of 10 – 20 degrees Celsius is ideal. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures increases oxidation and reduces shelf life.
Dogs and cats are often fed the same food, which means a sudden food change makes it difficult for their digestive systems to adapt, which is why it’s important to introduce the new food gradually. Going slowly will give your dog or cat time to adjust to their new food and will also reduce the chances of digestive upset.
Start by mixing 25% new food with 75% old food. Slowly change the proportions over the next five to seven days by gradually increasing the amount of ORIJEN or ACANA and decreasing the amount of old food. At the end of this transitioning process, you should be feeding 100% ORIJEN or ACANA.