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What is the Difference Between ORIJEN and ACANA Pet Food?

We get the question a lot of the differences between ORIJEN and ACANA pet food. Although they're by the same manufacturer Champion Petfoods, the food content in both brands is vastly different.

One of the easiest ways to distinguish the differences between ORIJEN and ACANA is to use a simple MeatMath formula that is made up of 3 simple questions:
1) How Much Meat?
2) How Much Fresh Meat?
3) How Many Meat(s)?

By referring to the 3 simple MeatMath questions above, you will able to distinguish the differences between ORIJEN and ACANA.

Before we get started, here's a fun fact, Champion Petfoods has a different meaning for the term FRESH and RAW when it comes to their ingredients.

FRESH: ORIJEN and ACANA fresh meats refrigeration is the only method of preservation.

RAW: ORIJEN and ACANA freeze fresh meats at peak season to lock in their natural goodness – no preservatives.

Find the Difference with MeatMath

Every ORIJEN and ACANA food bag would have the information to the 3 MeatMath questions. Below are the differences between ORIJEN and ACANA when the MeatMath questions are applied:

ORIJEN

How Much Meat? 85% - 90% Meat Content.

How Much Fresh? 2/3 Fresh or Raw and 1/3 Dehydrated Meat. (No Meat Meals)

How Many Meat(s)? Up to 6 different animals in WholePrey Ratio.

ACANA

How Much Meat? 60% - 75% Meat Content.

How Much Fresh? Up to 1/2 Fresh or Raw and 1/2 Meat Meals.

How Many Meat(s)? Up to 5 different animals in WholePrey Ratio.

ACANA pet food ingredients content.

ORIJEN pet food ingredients content.

Base on the MeatMath questions, you will find out that ORIJEN pet food uses the highest meat content, fresh or raw meat, and diversity of animals in a food bag.

On the ingredient list, you will also see that the top 10 ingredients found in ORIJEN pet food are all meat ingredients. For ACANA pet food, up to top 5 ingredients are meat.

This would also answer why ORIJEN pet food price is slightly higher than ACANA.

In summary, both brands use the same ingredient sources, however, ORIJEN contain higher meat content, uses more fresh or raw meat, and more diversity of meat ingredients than ACANA.


WholePrey Diet

You will see a lot of the word WholePrey Diet when it comes to ORIJEN and ACANA pet food. The term WholePrey Diet simply means that they use the whole animal ingredients which include the meat, organs meat, and cartilage.

Each of the body parts of an animal contains essential nutrition which includes protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and more.

MEAT provides protein, fat, vitamins A, B, D, and K, copper, chromium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc — all in highly bio-available forms.

ORGANS liver, kidney, tripe, and heart provide a richly concentrated and highly bio-available source of virtually everything dogs and cats need to thrive — including essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and amino acids.

CARTILAGE AND BONE provide a rich source of minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium — all in natural and easily absorbed forms.

ORIJEN and ACANA pet food wholeprey diet.

No Long List of Synthetic Supplements

With the inclusion of WholePrey Diet, you will not find a long list of synthetic supplements in ORIJEN or ACANA pet food as most of the nutrients were derived from the ingredients.

Both brands are slow-cooked at 90°C which also helps to prevent the minimal loss of essential nutrients.

With the inclusion of wholesome ingredients and a gentle cooking process:

  • ORIJEN contains up to only 2 supplements.
  • ACANA contains up to only 6 supplements.

Read the ingredient list and you will love it!


ORIJEN & ACANA ALL PROMOTIONS

Now we have gone through a simple explanation of the differences between ORIJEN and ACANA pet food, you might not want to miss the special bundle promotions for both brands and they're all here at our online pet shop including the exclusive Food Rotational Feeding Mix & Match bundle deal.

If you have more questions about ORIJEN and ACANA, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer your inquiries.