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Old 01-02-2012, 07:15 PM
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I'm currently feeding totw and I found a store that sells it that's not overly priced..is it worth the price difference between totw..also is it better than nature's variety? Those who fed orjin or have fed it, did you like the results, and if you switched from totw to orjin did you see better results?
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:42 PM
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I switched from TOTW to Orijin (both the fish flavor), and will be going back to TOTW when I run out in a few weeks. I saw no difference in her in any way, except she had slightly worse stools (eternally soft). Since Orijin is $80/bag compared to $40/bag for TOTW, it's a no brainer for me.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:27 AM
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Orijen is a good food, but its also a rich food. If your dog has a sensetive stomach it may not work for you. If TOTW is working for you I would just stay with that, or try Orijen and if it dosn't work for you can switch back.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:01 AM
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I fed Acana Wild Prairie to my dogs (made by same company as Orijen) and my dogs did really well on it, I switched because of financial reasons.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:17 AM
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Atleast for now the money isn't an issue, I just want to know if its worth the cost. Also what other foods would you recommend, I tried nv and they loved it, I just want to try orjin because its something they haven't tried before. Also idk exactly the name of it, but I saw this dog food, it was a green bag and it was very "organic" and fairly priced, anyone know what I'm talking about and is that food any good? I think it had a golden retriever on the front.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:18 AM
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I just want to put them on a good food, I know totw is good, but if I can put them on an even better food, I just want to know which one.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:25 AM
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I really liked orijen. Now I am Canadian so its cheaper for us than many of the american imports.

I think its much closer to a raw diet (due to it being 'rich' a raw diet is high in fats and proteins and low in carbs) so it worked well on my dogs who have all been raised on raw. Sadly due to financial reasons I am not feeding raw or orijen. Of all the kibbles its been my fave for all my dogs.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:24 AM
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I think Orijen and Acana are definitely above TOTW in terms of quality control, production, company, etc. TOTW is a Diamond food which some are uncomfortable with. I prefer Champion since they manufacture their own food. With that said, if your dog does terrible on Orijen, but does amazing on TOTW, then obviously TOTW is a superior food for you and your dog.

I prefer Acana over Orijen though - I'm just not sure if the richness, very high protein of Orijen is necessary for most pet dogs. It seems like it may be a bit TOO much of a good thing for some dogs. After a few months of feeding lower protein/lower fat/grain inclusive foods to Jackson, I noticed a big difference once I started Acana again. He ate Acana for over a year, we did a few months of TOTW, then he had a little GI issue (due to somethng else) so we switched to the lower fat foods for a bit, but are on our 2nd bag of Acana again. His hair is softer to touch, shinier, not as dull (he had also started 'shedding' a bit and he's a non-shedding dog, since back on Acana - no more!), I can see more muscle tone on him, poops are good - he gets the occasional soft poo while we are on walks but only on walks and he's always done this, so I dunno.

Anyways I love Acana. I don't think it's any worse than Orijen, in fact sometimes I think it's better, and it's cheaper. So it works for us. I plan on keeping him on this again, as well as trying their new formulas coming out (grain inclusive) and then also adding Fromm grain-free into the rotation.
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Out of those options, I definitely prefer Nature's Variety Instinct! TOTW has tons of potato in it.

I will never feed or recommend Orijen again, as Gonzo was eating it (and only it) when he got hemorraghing gastroenteritis. I also know 2 people whose dogs got HGE while eating Orijen. I feel it's way too high protein, not that raw isn't, but kibble is dense, dried protein. They also put fish in Orijen that is super high in mercury, so high that people are forbidden to catch them in Canada.
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