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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Losing weight on Orijen

I started giving the boys Orijen Adult about a month ago and they both love it. I noticed that Kubrick wasn't doing his whole eating only 3/4 of the bowl in the mornings that he usually did - he's been scarfing it down like there's no tomorrow - he doesn't even spread it around the house, he'll keep his head in the bowl until every single piece is gone! I felt like that was strange but I have to admit I've been so busy the last month or so that I'm embarrassed to admit that I just recently realized this. So I went to feel for his ribs and he's lost quite a bit of weight! Hitchcock is also a bit skinnier than he was before. I thought Orijen was supposed to be a high calorie food so I was giving them a *little* less (like 6 kibble pieces less) than a cup per day (recommended amount for an active dog at 20lbs is 1 1/4 cups per day, Kubrick is 15lbs and Hitchcock was last weighed in two months ago at 11lbs - he's probably closer to 13 now. I'm going to up their intake tonight but I'm just wondering if anyone feeding Orijen has noticed the same thing? I think this is so strange as I was feeding Fromm's in the same amount and they were doing just fine and I thought Orijen was supposed to be fed in even smaller quantities...

Just wanted to add that they still get homemade jerky every day as well as 1 tablespoon wet food with dinner and some low-fat treats for Hitchcock (Kubrick gets it too) when he potties (not because he needs low-fat, just because I'm trying to use them up).


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Lina I had fed mine the Orijen for about 2+ months, mine did fine on it and they were only getting 1/2- 3/4 of a cup a day, but then my dogs range from 8lbs to 12lbs. So I would up their food a little and watch them closely I didn't like the Orijen food though because every one of my dogs ended up getting the most horrible tear stains.

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Neither Oliver or Comet would eat it
Tear stains
Heather was the only change you made- their food?

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yep, everything else stayed the same

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I was feeding Orijen. Dusty was losing a little which was good, and Indie was gaining after I started feeding her more. Their coats were great! Then they both quit eating it. I ended up changing to something else. The gal at the pet store thought that Orijen was maybe changing it's formula, but I never researched it.

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Heather, that's interesting re: tear stains! Kubrick and Hitchcock don't have that problem, though, as they both have dark faces. I haven't noticed any extra tearing either on them.

Sally, they do love the food, they just are losing weight - and they don't need to, so I will try to fatten them up a bit again.

Joelle, thanks for the feedback! I will up the amount a bit and see if they get back to normal. I haven't seen any other problems at all - their stools are perfect, their coats are great and everything else is the same, just the weight loss so I really think it's just a matter of giving them a bit more.


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Oliver and Comet would "push it" away and eat everything else in the bowl. Oliver used to get tear stain so I guess I should be happy he didn't like it

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Carolina it's so funny you posted on Orijen food for your boys. I have been meaning to ask if anyone else feeding Orijen has had a problem with tear stains. Ditto did not have weight loss when he was eating Orijen but the tear stains were sooooooo bad I actually took him to the Vet. to see if he had an eye infection. He has NEVER had any staining what so ever around his eyes or mouth. About 2 weeks after I started him on Orijen the staining around his eyes was unsightly. He has been off the food for 2 months and the tear staining has completely gone away. Orijen is supposed to be one of the best foods out there. I can't figure it out????
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Lucky Lina's boys will be fattened up !
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I think maybe I'LL eat it!

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