The Tucker Files: Orijen to Raw Diet?

Orijen (Photo credit: kennejima)

I was very excited when we brought our golden boy home and could switch him from the breeder recommended kibble to Orijen.  They seem like an excellent Canadian company with great practices, and I was sure I was giving our baby the next best thing to raw food.

As time goes by, I begin to wonder more and more about Tucker’s diet, and the fact that his poop is still huge and runny on a fairly regular basis.  Apparently we are feeding him a little more that the bag suggests, (we our feeding 70 lb tucker about 5-6 cups per day) but he is very lean and active.  We thought perhaps the over feeding was causing this, but how can we be sure? Also, Tucker’s poop smells much worse than any dog I have ever had, and just attributed that to a healthy diet, but I know for a fact when feeding Logan raw, he never had this problem.

We live in a built up neighborhood of nice homes, and during this heat wave, my neighbors have more than noticed the rancid smell coming from our yard.  As I am sure anyone who owns a dog can attest, cleaning up these “cow patties” is extremely challenging, especially in this hot weather. (think chocolate pudding, only stickier, and smellier!)  I find myself gagging and rinsing the area with the hose, but even with that, our yard smells like a cess pool.

My boyfriend and I have been seriously discussing switching Tucker to a raw food diet.  I know the benefits clearly outweigh the risks, its just a matter of taking that first step….I look forward to the days of no more patties…

Here’s a picture of the boy, taken today


6 thoughts on “The Tucker Files: Orijen to Raw Diet?

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  1. I feed Farley, my 4 year old wheaten terrier, Orijen. He’s 40lbs and eats 1 to 2 cups per day with a small amount of cooked meat added. He likes chicken and beef best. He doesn’t get treats during they day. My vet told me all dogs can be allergic to different foods, so maybe Orijen it’s just not right for yours. Good luck finding what’s right for yours.

  2. Sounds to me like you’re feeding him too much. Winston eats 2 cups a day (one for breakfast and one for dinner) and with his dinner, we give him green beans. Have you tried giving him something like green beans or carrots with his food? I hear its good for their digestion.

    And look at Tucker … aren’t you just the cutest dog ever?!?!?

  3. I realize this is a bit of an old post but our golden weighs about the same as yours 70-72 lbs and we feed him Orijen Red but he only gets 2 cups a day. He does half marathons with me so he is very active…..I can’t imagine giving him anywhere near 5 to 6 cups a day. Having said that Tucker doesn’t look overweight……just my 2 cents worth.

    We give all our dogs a large tablespoon of pumpkin puree with each meal. No only do they love it but it is supposed to be very good for digestion (Vet recommended it).

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