Chewy.com sent me a new food to try out! This time, it was Orijen Tundra Freeze-Dried Dog Food!
I was really excited when I heard about this food. I've always loved Orijen as a brand and this food is supposed to be as healthy as feeding your dog a raw diet! How cool is that! All the health benefits, but a lot less work/mess. I was beyond intrigued...
Sounds awesome, right?? And I thought the ingredients in the Tundra variety (there is also Adult Dog and Regional varieties) sounded so exotic and different for a dog food! Venison? Steelhead Trout? Elk? Sounds delish ;) Gibson (and Hadley) loved the freeze dried bison treats that I reviewed a few months ago, so I knew he'd like this food.
So I figured the food would be similar to the treats.. just some little kibble shaped freeze dried food. So imagine my surprise when I opened the bag to find this:
I was all like, "whaaaa?" I grabbed the bag and searched for some directions on these things. So apparently you put the medallion in a bowl..
And then some warm (not hot) water to it to rehydrate the food so your dog can enjoy it's flavor to the fullest. You stir for 3-5 minutes and then it looks like this:
I probably could have stirred it for a bit longer, but I was lazy and Gibson was dying of hunger ;) So, I gave it to him..
And it was gone in 2 seconds ;)
He loves it and I think it's a great food if you have the money and are patient! The 6oz bag that I received sells for $14.99 and contained about 12 medallions. It says a dog that is 24lbs (Gibson is 28ish) needs 5 3/4 'medallions' a day. So, that's about $7 a day to feed your dog. I'm sure the price goes down the larger the bag that you buy though. I am not sure how it compares with feeding actual raw meat to your dog either.. Could be a bargain!
Also, I'm not sure I'd want to spend 3-5 minutes 'preparing' Gibson's food. He can barely handle it when I stop to add his enzyme powder! Although, again, I'm sure that seems like a piece of cake compared to preparing raw meat for your dog on a daily basis.
So, overall, I think this is a really great dog food option. Especially for those who feed or are interested in feeding a raw diet!
3 days ago