Originally Posted by ihartgonzo
Well... my dog almost died of HGE and cost $3000 in vet bills while eating only Orijen senior. Not even any treats. I also personally know 3 people whose dogs, from age 6 months to 5 years, nearly died of HGE symptoms on Orijen. Personal experiences shape your opinions. But the fact is - BB has been around much longer than Orijen and serves many more customers, and I've yet to hear of a bad experience with the food or a recall. And the ingredients speak for themselves. Far from crap food.
With HGE having so many known causes and even some unknown causes, to blame it specifically on a diet without knowing for sure seems an odd bias. In fact, there are many instances of HGE where the symptoms were treated by switching to Orijen or other high-end dog foods.
I could be that Orijen played a role in it for your individual dog, but I highly doubt that something in their ingredient list was the root cause. Day to day, I hear a lot more dogs having reactions, diarrhea and other related issues from BB than I ever do Orijen. It could also be because I don't recommend Orijen to everyone out there. It's a great food but it's certainly not for every dog. My co-worker's old Staffy had terrible gastric issues on Orijen Senior, so he moved to Acana Senior and is doing great.
Also, we've had some serious concerns brought up to us about Orijen/Acana from time to time by customers, and Champion's customer service has always been nothing but gracious to us. If they aren't sure why the problem happened, they log the problem and credit the customer for the food bought.