Testimonials

We never tire of hearing about your experiences with your pets and our products.

We invite you to send us your story (and a photo) of what Orijen or Acana has meant to you or your pet. Be sure to send us your contact information too, because every month we'll be awarding a free ACANA or ORIJEN product to the most interesting submission.

For Dogs    For Cats    For Birds


Delwyn Abbott

My flock have been using Higgins Parrot Pellets for years now.

There was no problem converting to these pellets as quite frankly they are yummy and smell gorgeous and the birds think so too.!

I have also been using the Higgins Intune Formula and have been very happy with the results with hand rearing chicks....no fatalities and results being good healthy birds.  

I fully recommend this brand for all your Parrot needs.

 

Delwyn Abbott
Marilyn & Bob Storey

We confidently recommend feeding our dogs with Orijen and Acana products. We have been using it for the last three or four years and find that our Siberian Huskies and Dalmatian thrive on it. Whether  adventure walking through the Coromandel ranges, showing them at NZKC championship shows or competing in NZFSS dry land sled dog events. They are always in the best condition to achieve great results.

Our bottom line is the dogs health, wellbeing and performance, Orijen products ensures that.  

 

Marilyn & Bob Storey
Hayden van Hooff

The Higgins hand rearing formulas are ideal. It is a far more natural Hand rearing formula than others available on the market, as it is brown rice based rather than corn. After using the formulas for the past 3 years, I have noticed the birds wean in great condition and feather well.   

Hayden van Hooff
Hayden van Hooff

I have found that the birds love the food and gorge themselves. Having no artificial colours it is a huge plus and in general keeps the birds in great condition. I have found weaning the birds especially from the Higgins hand rearing formula, a breeze.

Hayden van Hooff
Deborah Watson

I have recently started Maisey on Acana – Maisey loves it and I have noticed an improvement in coat condition already.

Deborah Watson
Deborah Watson

I have recently started Trixie on Acana – Trixie loves it and I have noticed an improvement in coat condition already.

 

 

Deborah Watson
Sally Vella, Auckland

We have a 10 mth old puppy and have had various health issues with her since we have had her...

For example her eyes were always full of mucus particularly in the morning and even after clearing these they would still fill up.  Her coat had an odor was dull and flakey,  and her anal glands were not clearing when she went number 2’s due to soft stools this resulted in trips to the vet to have them cleared.  
After researching other alternatives as to what we were feeding her we came across the Orijen & Acana brands and after reading testimonials and blog sites we decided to give it a try.  We started with the Orijen Puppy and Junior biscuits and also tried the Acana six fish.
The results were amazing, within 2 weeks her eyes cleared up, her coat was not smelly and the “dandruff” was gone, her anal glands improved and she had more spring in her step and seemed a more happier and healthy dog all round.  After feeding times she was settled and satisfied.
We can definitely recommend this food to anyone thinking of a change, just a shame we didn’t discover it in the beginning!

Sally Vella, Auckland
Helga Hochhauser

We had adopted a rescue cat last year in July he was just 7 months old by then. 
Due to his unknown history we knew very little about him, but he had some very bad good habits, we think he must have been starved at some stage. 
He was very unhealthy for about 2 months with a very bad case of Giardia.
We tried a lot of different description food very expensive and very recommended, but we just couldn’t get rid of that parasite. 
So we started to research and found Orijen which was completely grain free. The information back then was that parasites feed on grain and it’s harder to get rid of them. So we tried. 
On top of it our little Loki was a very fuzzy eater, but from the first bite till now he is inhaling his food. 
With the help of medication and very healthy food he finally after 8 weeks had been given the all clear by the vet and he still enjoyed the food. 
He is a very active and crazy cat that’s why his name is Loki pretty like a god but full of mischief. 
His coat is soft and shiny no other food we tried could match his vitality or his fur till now.  
We instantly could see a different in his coat when he was given different dry food by a cattery again. For us it’s Orijen all the way, sometimes we also treat him with Acana but his favourite is still Orijen. He also loves the little dried treats he would jump very high for those. And the good thing those treats are still healthy and not just full of cheap grains. 

I highly recommended Orijen or Acana the best food we tried so far.

Thanks to the creators of this fantastic food!


Helga Hochhauser
Pare Tutemahurangi

Our 🐈 cat Dusty is a very fussy cat indeed and sometime refuses to eat so we recommend to buy ACANA, & now he loves eating. Hes more healthier and his coat looks stunning.
And now would like to trying our dogs on it. hoping it will help them too. Fingers crossed.
LOVE U ACANA.

Pare Tutemahurangi
Rhiannon Bensdrop

I love this cat food, I used to feed supermarket cat food and she wasn't able to eat the required amount she needed to keep a healthy weight she was throwing it back up and was starting to lose fur making her coat look very bad since switching over to Acana she has done so well her weight is great, her coat has been amazing and for a 12 year old she still looks like a baby


Rhiannon Bensdrop
Bronwyn Rae

Love Orijen Cat Food for our supreme boy Leo 😘Keeps him healthy, strong and a beautiful glossy coat.





Bronwyn Rae
Aimee Upson - Otago

Her coat has changed so much since we made the switch from Royal - she's developed a very lush thick undercoat, her first winter this year at 8 years of age didn't bother her at all!

Aimee Upson - Otago
Lulu Rupert, Wellington

So we’ve been using our litter for about a week or so now and are loving it! For the first time in a year, my kitties are actually covering their poop! There is NO smell whatsoever (a godsend, because usually they drop bombs and cause people to evacuate rooms). I love love how easy it is to scoop out the clumps; I’ve tried clumping litter before but it’s been pretty messy and awful (it clumps everything around it, including unsuspecting cat paws!) but this is just awesome, only clumps what it’s meant to. Best part of all- it doesn’t track! For the first time I’m not having to vacuum after each litter box trip! I’m so thrilled we got to try this and will definitely be repurchasing and spreading the word!!

Lulu Rupert, Wellington
Tashana Williscroft

Just thought you would like to hear a little bit about how amazing I think your products are and say a massive thank you! 
I have always raved about Orijen after switching my mini schnauzer X on to the original formula. She had always had trouble with keeping her weight down and I had tried almost every light or weight control food from popular brands yet I still struggled to get her looking in tip top shape despite being a competitive obedience and agility dog. So I finally made the switch to Orijen and was worried because it wasn't a weight control type food, but wow I wish I had made the change so much sooner! She dropped the fat and toned up and looked incredible with the energy and speed to match. I should also mention that her whole life she has never been big on meal time but from her first taste of your food has never once refused a meal! She is now 9 and retired due to being arthritic and having moderate hip dysplasia but people still ask me how many months old my puppy is and my vet is constantly impressed by her weight, muscle and coat condition and I put it all down to her nutrition, because in the last 9 years that is all I have changed. 
So like I said I have loved and supported Orijen/Acana for a while now but recently I have been even more impressed with what I have seen Acana do for my new puppy.
I recently adopted a huntaway mix from a rescue who had a rough start. When I got him home he was pretty thin his coat was a bit flaky and dull and he would only eat his food when it was mixed with wet food and hot water. As soon as I could I began the switch to Acana puppy and junior and we have hit a major turning point in just a few weeks! His sensitive tummy has settled right down and he nearly back flips for his dinner. During the time we were attending puppy preschool and by week 3 everyone was commenting on how amazing he was looking in particular his coat! I had put the skin issues down to losing his puppy fluff but I was wrong and I still cannot believe how shiny and glossy his black coat is! And I'm over the moon that I can no longer see his hip bones sticking up while he plays and instead nice muscle and happy fit puppy! I can't wait to see how he matures with such great nutrition and know he will be in perfect condition to start his own career in sports when the time comes.
Sorry for such a long winded email I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate being able to feed such amazing food to my crew and just what amazing results I have experienced with it from not just one but now 2 dogs with completely different needs! Thank you so so much you have definitely got yourself a lifelong supporter and advocate and to be honest I think the beautiful dogs let the food speak for itself! "
Thanks again 😊

Tashana Williscroft
Kylie Purgal - Palmerston North

Here is a bit of my journey with Valley since August 2017. It was around Feb/March 2017 Valley suffered a brain injury, we almost lost her but after a large dose of steroids she started to come right. August came and with weaning her off steroids she lost all of her coat, it was thin, wiry, dry and broken. I was feeding a raw diet and continued to do so until August 2018. Her coat was starting to grow back within this year but very slowly and we had a major set back in Jan 2018 with her injury again and once again we almost lost her. She is now on a low dose of steroids permanently. July 2018 and her coat started to fall out again, I was due with my second child in August and raw feeding became just to hectic with two small children so I decided to switch completely to Acana after talking about all other foods with Erin. 
By October we both noticed a massive difference in her coat, it stopped falling out, her colouring became darker and started to thicken. And now it’s been 6 months feeding her Acana and her coat is looking amazing, it’s thick, rich in colour, super soft and luscious. In parallel with feeding Acana I have also been professionally grooming her every 3/4 weeks to ensure her coat is looked after to the fullest.

Hope you enjoyed my story so far, this year will be the year to tell if her coat falls out again but so far it’s looking good and she’s (touch wood) hasn’t had a relapse for some months now.

Kylie Purgal - Palmerston North
Kylea Addy

We have only used about half so far as we didn't need an indoor litter box after that. It was really good, easy to use and clean up and Momo was happy with it also.




Kylea Addy
Aaron's cat, dotsie

Dotsie absolutely loves the Orijen cat food and that is the best kitty litter I've tried in 20 years!



Aaron's cat, dotsie
Jin Hwang

Hi Orijen, we tried the Orijen Six Fish for a month as you kindly sent us a sample pack previously. We are very amazed with the result and really appreciate your kind gesture! Such a remarkable result!

Jin Hwang
Andrea Blair, Taupo

My 12 year old cat Benny was always a grumpy, aggressive, unhappy fat cat that had a personality disorder. Now I’m not a cat psychologist, but she was the Mayor of Crazy Town! Benny was delivered to me after my sister, Bennys original parent, had my niece who was allergic to cats. And when my niece grew out of her allergy a few years later I suggested that Benny moves back home with them, but they decided to get a ‘nicer model’. So I had been suffering with ‘old happy face’, check out the battlescars, when about a year ago she started vomiting on the regular… all over the house…. at very inconvenient times… Yes, the gift of cat ownership was wearing verrrrrryyyy thin! So I took ‘sunshine’ to the vets and nothing seemed to be significantly wrong and that she may have just had a sensitive stomach.  The Vet suggested I try some different food to the supermarket stuff I had been feeding her – so I tried the Orijen Six Fish Cat food. Now food was a very high priority and focus for ‘her ladyship’ so I prepared myself for more scarring. On a side note, my leg, arm and hand modelling potential had truly been doused due to the continuous bloodletting from ‘chuckles’. So I prepared for the battle.  But within a short space of time, the craziness and panic around feed time cooled down. No longer was my legs getting torn to bits the moment I walked in the door after work.  ‘Happiness’ didn’t scoff the food anymore and I started to see a real change in her personality; more chilled out, less aggressive etc.  She stopped throwing up. And I even picked her up last week and held her for a minute (because I’m a glutton for punishment) and she didn’t bite me!! Not even a nibble!! So after nearly a year of using Orijen she’s lost nearly a third of her cat fat, her coat is shiny, her eyes are bright, she’s happier and she’s a much nicer cat to be around. And I don’t have to clean the carpet all the time, or wear personal protective equipment at home. So thanks Orijen for cheering up Benny and converting my home from a war zone to a happy place! 

Andrea Blair, Taupo
Nicky Hammond, Rotorua

After changing from Royal Canin six months ago I have noticed a huge difference in quality of coat, over all body condition and muscle tone...

...After breeding and showing  English Toy Terriers for several years I struggled to find a product that would provide enough protein and fat to suit the  high energy levels of my dogs.  
The change became more apparent after one of my girls Kasan whelped her last litter of puppies, the coats on the puppies are outstanding, the bitch held her weight and had more milk production than normal.  There was also a noticeable difference in the birth weights of the new born puppies, and the bitch did not loose her appetite after whelping.
I would highly recommend this product to other breeders as I have not found anything else that compares.

Nicky Hammond, Rotorua
Kevin Choi, Auckland

My Billy is doing wonderfully on Orijen Adult, his a year old Yorkshire Terrier and his coat is shiny, stool is excellent, overall health is excellent. All thanks to you. With lots of thanks and love.

Kevin Choi, Auckland
Scott Tizard,

Charlie developed a bad case of food allergies and we were unable to find suitable food for him ...

He was constantly scratching and itching and was never comfortable for long periods of time.  We tried all the common brands of food from the Vet but nothing helped.  He also became very picky about what he would eat and wouldn’t eat.   I spent hours researching on the internet and found via an American web site the Orijen branded food and managed to stumble across the New Zealand web site. I purchased a bag thinking that it might help but will probably be just like all the other foods we have tried ...How wrong was I. After just the first day on the new food Charlie was a different dog, no more itching, so much more energy and such a happy boy. We couldn’t be happier with the product. He obviously loves eating the food as he has never turned his nose up at it, the smile on his face at breakfast / dinner time is priceless. I have recommended this brand to many of our other dog owner friends.

Scott Tizard,
Philip Constantine , Auckland

My two Dobermanns coats are gleaming...

 ... they are both in top physical condition and fitness. We always get such positive comments about both the dog’s appearance. Super ingredients in this food – it is top notch – and they both love it!!  Very happy and would definitely recommend Acana – both the puppy and adult formulas.

Philip Constantine , Auckland
Debbie Shaw, Auckland

I am the mother of a young lady who has an Assist Dog through the Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust (PPADT) programme...

...I have been purchasing Orijen dog food since it first came into NZ and can honestly say it is the best dry biscuit I have ever used.  Having Border Collies it is essential to have a well balanced, protien rich food to provide them with all the nutrients and energy they need to work (on our farm) and compete (agility/obedience) plus remain level headed for the job of being an entrusted Assist Dog for my daughter at school.  
  
I would like to thank you all so very much for the amazing opportunity of being able to purchase your incredible dog food, we are truely grateful!

Debbie Shaw, Auckland
Simon & Jaws

About 3 years ago we started using Orijen as our English Bull Terrier had an allergy test...and he was allergic to everything, grain was the main thing and Orijen was the only product that was grain free. What a difference it made for him he goes to the forest with my husband every day and everyone asks "what do you feed him", because he is so shiny even though he gets so dirty!!!

Simon & Jaws
Kimberly Roberts, Gisborne

We have 3 Dobermanns, 2 Red n Tan and a Black n Tan, all bitches. Their coats always get compliments on how shiny and amazing they look, it truly is an amazing product and I have recommended it to a lot of people.

Kimberly Roberts, Gisborne
Jenny Nelson, Taupo

It is important to me as a dog owner and breeder to feed the best food available...

....Having studied all the dog foods available, it was an easy choice to decide to feed my Scottish Deerhounds ORIJEN dog food.  The quality and consistency of this dog food is second to none.  I also like the fact that the food sourced is sustainably farmed and is fresh and never frozen before manufacture.  My hounds love it and it means that I know they will perform to their best in the show ring and in the field.  Vanessa and the team at Orijen have great customer service, and I am always more than happy to recommend ORIJEN as the best cat and dog food out there.

Jenny Nelson, Taupo
Helen, Scott and Dex,

Up until a few weeks ago we were feeding Dex supermarket dog kibble ...

... as that was what she had been on at the adoption centre.  We knew we wanted to feed her something better but with so much choice out there we really didn't know what product to go for.  

After long investigations on the net we emailed Orijen and Vanessa sent out a sample pack for us to try (a decent size too) and answered all my questions.  While Dex does tend to eat anything and isn't fussy (there must be some Lab in there also!) we knew she enjoyed the Orijen as she ate that first when we mixed it with a cheaper brand.  She has had no problem with the transition onto Orijen from her other food and we have just purchased our first pack.  

While it is more expensive than the supermarket variety of kibble we at least know we are feeding her a better quality food and don't have to feed her as much.  Time will tell but we are happy so far with her reaction to it and and Orijen's prompt, efficient service.

Helen, Scott and Dex,
Dash, Upper Hutt - Wellington

Oh Dash, you’re the best......
Three-year-old black Labrador, Dash, achieved recently when he won the top retriever award at the recent National Gun Dog Championships.
Held at the South Auckland Trial Grounds, Tuakau, the event involved 60 dogs and their handlers taking part in a series of simulated shooting situations.
All breeds of gun dog were represented, including spaniels, pointers, setters and retrievers. 
Dash (real name Skinevalley Blackthorn) took part in the retriever events and was unanimously judged the top retriever at the event.
Needless to say, Dash is kept fully fit and healthy thanks to Acana Cob Chicken food. Moved to Acana and away from cereal based food and the dog have gone from strength to strength. With visits to the vets only down to routine visits plus less waste to pick up it’s certainly been a bonus. However the main reason to moving to Acana is the condition of the dog he is not only fitter but has good stamina being able to concentrate and work for long periods in the field. 
Cost is always in our mind but, purchasing the 17kg bag last 5 weeks and feeding two dogs twice a day its averages out at around $2.15 a day per dog, and for the performance I receive from my dogs I have no doubt its value for money. 


Will we be changing from Acana any time soon? NOW Would I recommend Acana? Yes

Dash, Upper Hutt - Wellington
Elizabeth Mallory, Hawkes Bay


I wanted to share about my Polaris. He's a 2 year old Labrador Retriever who has had chronic skin issues...

...since suffering an allergic reaction to a Pork hock when he was 5 months old. 
When I say I've tried everything to help Polaris, I mean everything... holistic vets and treatment, steroids, antibiotics, multiple skin scrapings, vitamins, supplements, flea treatments (despite there not being any fleas), etc. He'd been to nearly a dozen vets in two different countries. The answer was always the same -- that he was a puzzling case and that they may never really find an answer. The best we could do was to try to make him comfortable using steroids, anti-itching medications and medicated shampoos.
Polaris hit his all time low February 6th of this year. He had raw sores all over his body. If you pet him, handfuls of hair came out. His tail was nearly bare from biting and chewing on it. In fact, the only time he wasn't scratching was when he was sleeping. But even at night, I'd wake up and hear him scratching and biting himself frantically. I had been taking him weekly for baths at our local pet store but he got so bad looking I was not only embarrassed to take him in, I was sincerely concerned that someone was going to report me for abusing my dog. It's been heart wrenching being unable to help him no matter what we tried.
A friend of mine happened to mention Orijen 6 Fish and the positive impact it had had on her dog. Polaris had been on several different high quality biscuits but had predominantly been a raw fed dog. Allergy testing had shown that he was not allergic to any of the foods he was eating. However, given my friend's success and feeling I was running out of options other than to put him back on steroids (which I didn't want to do), I put him on Orijen 6 Fish. 

Elizabeth Mallory, Hawkes Bay
Dogue de Bordeaux Club, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

The new owners are often so taken with the condition of the dogs that they have kept their new addition, and in some cases transferred their original dog some with on going skin issues as well, onto Orijen and are just amazed by the difference it has made to their dogs.  Not to mention a lot of Club members who dry feed were also impressed with the results they have when they put their Dogues on Orijen.  Also it works out more cost effective compared to other dry food brands, plus the added bonus it contains no grains, as you feed less than you do with other brands and know they are still supplying their beloved family member with a great nutritional food at an affordable price. 

Dogue de Bordeaux Club, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Dianne, Christchurch


When we first got our rescue Dogue she was very thin...

...our existing boy was on Orijen and seemed happy on it and he is a fussy old fella at 10 years. Hazel has slowly put on weight and like Yogi (our old fella) enjoys her meals and has a good shiny coat, fresh breath and has maintained and improved condition since we have had her. Hazel enjoys her food especially the Orijen and is picky when we are unable to obtain it locally. 

Dianne, Christchurch
Colin Whitley, Foxton

I have always been particular with their diet, especially trying to keep them in top condition for racing.  I have spent hours in the past maintaining them on a raw food diet.  This was not always practical when it came to having others feed them, traveling with them and kenneling them.  A racing friend introduced me to Orijen when they sponsored a sled dog race about 18 months ago, and I have been feeding it ever since.

Colin Whitley, Foxton
Bronwyn Main, Auckland

The real skinny on Orijen ...
My name is Bronwyn Main, and I am the proud Mum of 3 Burmese, 10 year old litter brother and sister (Bonnie and Clyde) and 5 year old Bertie. These are my babies, very spoilt, and very loved.  
I have a big interest in cats, as I show them, and am also involved in judging and also running cat shows.
I first became aware of Orijen , about 4 years ago, having won some at a cat show.  Like all food before it (prizes or free samples) I took it home and tried it.
The rest shall we say is history, 4 years on, would I feed my cats any dry food other than Orijen, absolutely not; and more importantly would my cats eat any other dry food other than Orijen, same answer absolutely not.

Bronwyn Main, Auckland
Takoda Staffordshire Bull Terries, Rotorua

My dogs all do a combination of jobs, Breed Showing, Agility, Obedience, Therapy work and Breeding. I have them all on Orijen and Acana.. My Show dogs on Orijen, Agility and Bitches in Pup on Acana Sport and Agility and the Puppies on Acana Puppy and Junior. 
 
All my dogs LOVE their food and have a beautiful shine to their coats, no skin allergies and stools are smaller, and with less odor than I have found on other foods.
 
The bitches in pup keep weight and energy levels all the way through pregnancy, whelp and lactation and keep their appetite, the pups also thrive on the Acana Puppy and Junior. 
 
Overall I find the dogs to be very happy, healthy and always keen to eat. The service is outstanding and website user friendly. What more could one ask.

Takoda Staffordshire Bull Terries, Rotorua
Laurel Hitchcock, Te Awamutu

Duke is the typical boxer - very affectionate, bouncy, loves runs at the park and beach, the typical clown who can always muster a smile from us! Duke likes to show off how fast he can run!

It’s great to finally have found a dried food on the NZ market that Duke absolutely loves (he hasn’t turned his nose up once!). He has been hard to keep condition on, but when we introduced Orijen - I noticed a difference in his weight within a week.

Laurel Hitchcock, Te Awamutu