OC Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The OC Raw product line includes eight raw dog foods. However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- OC Raw Fish and Produce
- OC Raw Beef and Produce
- OC Raw Goat and Produce
- OC Raw Turkey and Produce
- OC Raw Rabbit and Produce
- OC Raw Chicken and Produce
- OC Raw Chicken, Fish and Produce
- OC Raw Lamb and Produce (3 stars)
OC Raw Turkey and Produce was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
OC Raw Turkey and Produce
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, ground turkey bone, turkey gizzard, carrots, apples, broccoli, spinach, acorn squash, beets, cod liver oil, parsley, blueberries, calcium carbonate, spirulina
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.2%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||68%||23%||2%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||55%||44%||1%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is ground turkey bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The third ingredient is turkey gizzards. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists by grinding up a consumed food. This item is a favored delicacy to a dog.
The next eight items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables…
- acorn squash
Amongst the fruits and vegetables we find cod liver oil, a fish oil known to be rich in both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and D.
The next ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, Spirulina is a species of blue-green algae. Depending upon its level of purity, Sprulina can be a natural source of of additional protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and other antioxidants.
And lastly, except for the Spirulina, we find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
OC Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, OC Raw Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 64% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 5% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a significant amount of meat.
However, with a fat to protein ratio of about 82%, the Lamb recipe may not be appropriate for every dog — and has thus been given a lower star rating.
OC Raw Dog Food is a meat-based product using a significant amount of named meats and fish as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
However, it’s important to note that many raw dog food products make no attempt to meet AAFCO nutrient profile guidelines to be complete and balanced for daily use.
For this reason, we recommend consumers become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of raw feeding before committing to long term use.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
09/14/2012 Original review
09/14/2012 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩