OC Raw Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

OC Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The OC Raw product line includes eight raw dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

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 Lamb 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 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

Protein = 68% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 2%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis68%23%2%
Calorie Weighted Basis55%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

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Acorn squash
  • Beets
  • Parsley
  • Blueberries

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.

The last ingredient is spirulina, a species of blue-green algae. Depending upon its level of purity, spirulina can be a natural source of of additional protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and other antioxidants.

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 looks like an above-average raw dog food.

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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 68%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 2%.

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 an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

OC Raw is a meat-based raw product using a significant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Notes and Updates

05/03/2014 Last Update

  1. 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
  • Nancy Calloway

    No worries! I do it all the time. I asked you about it bec I need to know about all these helpful things and I thought PROFORM was something. Sounds good!
    I don’t always proof either. Cheers!

  • Betsy Greer

    Awesome!

    I had the Answer’s on hand, so you reminded me I needed to put it in the fridge and use it.

  • Bobby dog

    I didn’t even think to go to Answers website, duh. I followed the link to Swanson’s and after seeing the product I remembered I had a can in my pantry. It didn’t really have serving suggestions for dogs. lol Another treat for Bobby, thank you!!

  • Betsy Greer

    I just pulled out a carton of Answer’s goat milk and it lists the serving size as 4 ounces per day for dogs between 20 to 50 pounds.

  • Bobby dog

    How much goats milk would you recommend for a 40ish pound dog and how often do you feed your guys goats milk?

  • Betsy Greer

    Aww, Dori.

  • Dori

    Good to know Bets. Sounds like it would be good for traveling. The powdered version I mean. Although with Hannah in the condition she’s in I won’t be traveling anywhere for quite a while. Years I hope. I’ll gladly give up traveling if she’ll just hang on.

  • Dori

    I know exactly what you mean. It’s so weird cause sometimes like you said, I read back what I wrote and wonder HUH? WTF? I don’t even know how anyone could understand what my point was. And…..what WAS my point? :) The fact that I suffer from insomnia so I’m posting at all hours of the night without sleep doesn’t help either. LOL!

  • Nancy Calloway

    It’s totally fine with me. I am GRATEFUL for all the help and info. You may have been thinking Pro BLOOM and wrote Pro Form – WHO KNOWS but thank you for straightening me out many times. :)
    My GOOD NEWS is that I have found a store that stocks and orders ANSWERS and OC RAW. It’s a place on the interstate to and from the beach we often go to, so that’s fine. I’ll take a cooler and ICE! The woman said that OC is a GREAT RAW. One OPINION, yes, I know. It is also NON hpp. And there’s Darwin’s. Now for the dehydrated for traveling. Sev good choices there. And I JUST learned about a local Organic farmer who decapitates his chickens one day and brings them to a Farmers Mkt the next and that his chickens are beyond delicious. So I will go talk to him soon. I’ll tell him I want ALL the organs, right? How about the FEET? (I understand they are very good for the dog). I hope I can watch him EAT THEM!! Things are starting to come together.
    In GRATITUDE!!! Nancy

  • Betsy Greer

    There’s also powdered whole goat milk that you can even buy at Wal-Mart. Swanson has it even cheaper: https://www.swansonvitamins.com/meyenberg-powdered-goat-milk-12-oz-pwdr

  • Betsy Greer

    It may be auto correct doing its thing, too. It’s in charge of my device. Sometimes I look back at what I wrote and I can’t even figure out what I really was trying to say in the first place.

  • Dori

    Sorry Nancy. I really need to learn to proof read what I type before hit the post button. It is Perfect Form. There is no Proform. Just me typing and thinking of something else at the same time.

  • Dori

    Answer’s is a bit more difficult to find. Pro Bloom is shelf stable so you don’t have to worry about it going bad on you or having to use up the Answer’s container before it spoils in the fridge. I would assume that THK Pro Bloom would be more expensive in the long run. But I don’t really know. I have used Answer’s goat milk in the past because it is readily available to me at my local pet store. I don’t use it often, just when the mood strikes me.

  • Dori

    Sorry, my post should have said Perfect Form. As usual, trying to do too many things at the same type. I just edited my post above.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Wouldn’t it be preferable to use ANSWERS fermented goat milk in place of Pro Bloom IF ONE COULD GET The actual goat milk?

  • Nancy Calloway

    I got “Pro Form” from your post several notches up from here — yesterday. There is the mention of PROFORM and I did not know WHAT that was so naturally I asked. IT says “I used Proform from THK while doing the transition to raw…” I had never heard of PRO FORM at THK and figured it was one more thing for me to know about, so I asked about it. Not a big deal. So it’s PRO BLOOM and Perfect Form! :) Lordy I have so far to go but thanks to patient people like you and the others I’m making it. :)

  • Dori

    THK does have a product called Pro Bloom. That’s a shelf stable goat’s milk in powder form. Its used as a digestive enzyme. I’ve never used it but I think that’s what you were thinking of when you mentioned Perfect Form and Pro Form. There is no Pro Form, there is a Pro Bloom (powdered goats milk)

  • Nancy Calloway

    One of these days I will FINALLY get it!! Thanks to great people on this website I’m getting the help needed. THANKS to ALL! :)

  • Nancy Calloway

    Okay, good. I didn’t know if there was a SECOND one called Pro Form. Thank you .

  • Dori

    The one that I am recommending to you from THK is PERFECT FORM.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Is what I thought. Thank you for confirming. And, while you are around dear Betsy, any fresh comments about OC Raw? I am feeling that this is probably a good food. Is it REQUIRED for the producers who use HPP to disclose it? I did not see it mentioned at their website, although it could be hidden somewhere. do you know? Thank you .

  • Nancy Calloway

    So – Dr. Mike, for your dog would you stay away totally from that particular lamb or would you only feed it occasionally, like twice a month so long as the dog is not overweight? Or would you search for a lamb that is not so fatty?

  • Betsy Greer

    The Honest Kitchen product you’re referring to is called Perfect Form.

  • Nancy Calloway

    BTW is PROFORM at THK the same as PERFECT FORM or do I have the name perfect wrong? IT’s in a 5 oz tube-ish container.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. Incidentally I just ordered some PERFECT FORM from Chewys last night. They also have VITAL ESSENTIALS TRIPE on SALE. I bought some of that. It’s freeze dried I think…

  • Dori

    That sounds like a fine way to transition. Everyone has their own way of doing it. Slow is always best especially when you have a dog that has so recently gone through these issues with diarrhea. You may find that you can go faster or if you notice his stools are a bit loose, just back off a bit. You can also add either a digestive enzyme or pure canned pumpkin to his meals while doing the transition to help his digestive track/gut. My girls transitioned to raw rather quickly but they were already accustomed to rotation with grain free kibbles. I used Proform from THK while doing the transition to raw. My dogs are small. If memory serves me correctly I was putting 1/4 tsp. in each of their meals for 3 or 4 days. If your dog has been on pretty much the same food for a while the transition usually takes a bit longer.

  • Nancy Calloway

    What I am mindful of is that my GSD lost those 6 pounds from March til June (From 70 lbs to 64) — all from the diarrhea when I tried to transition to Champion foods…. and then in a WEEK he got better but I bought that horribly toxic Solesto Flea Collar at the VET when I was leaving with a GSD who was pronounced “well” from the diarrhea attack. I was so happy and within 30 hours he was having the worst diarrhea EVER…. It took me sev days to realize it must be that collar. Once off he was totall on the mend… Very bad experience. So now his weight is up to 72 pounds and that is probably about what he would weigh had he not been through those experiences. So I am mindful about keeping the weight steady when he starts on raw. The only way I know to do it is to go so slowly from kibble to raw — meaning 1/8 cup of raw at a time and only every few days changing it up. Any thoughts?

  • Dori

    If memory serves me, I believe HDM is one of the posters that does fast her dogs one day a week. She does give water on fasting day, maybe a broth and a RBM. I think that’s what I’m remembering. It’s late so my brain is a bit mushy right now. I’ve been following HDM for a couple of years. I’m sure she’ll answer your post herself when she sees it.

  • Nancy Calloway

    HDM I am reading through a LOT of the Raw five star foods available- to- me- in- NC. What you said about not mixing proteins makes sense. And organizing your days of the week and the two meals also. I like that. Q: What about Sunday? Fasting? Thank you.

  • SP

    There are other raw brands out there to try
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/raw/

    Perhaps try adding a bit of PURE pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling which has added spices) to bulk up the stools.

    You can get it at the grocery store or buy it here (in the link, scroll down to the Reviews for other people’s testimonies):
    http://www.chewy.com/dog/nummy-tum-tum-pure-organic-pumpkin/dp/35533
    http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Nummy-Tum-Tum-Organic-Canned-Dog-Food/556000.aspx
    https://primepetsupply.com/product/nummy-tum-tum-canned-dog-food/#pro_reviews

  • Marilyn Mitchell

    I recently started my dogs on O.C. Raw sliders (beef). As they were never on raw food before, I have been introducing it slowly, increasing by one or two patties every two days, mixed with their kibble and decreasing the kibble. We are now up to 6 patties and almost no kibble, but 2 of my 3 dogs have diarrhea. Should I cut back on the raw and give more kibble for a few days until their tummies stabilize, or just keep going with the raw until they get used to it?

  • Pamela Jeter

    Hi Karyn: Try Herbs Etc Allergy Relief System sold in Natural product stores. It is for humans as well as dogs and it works on all allergies! And it is safe. Call the company to ask about the dosage for your dog.

  • Joudee

    I foster and have small dogs as well seven of them. I feed them occassionally whole raw chicken backs! The small fragments in OC will not hurt your dog! It’s very good for them!

  • Joudee A

    I have used instinct raw for two years.. I stopped using the chicken because they always got the runs after I fed it. So they got beef. And sometimes they got the runs from it as well. I recently discovered this brand, I got the turkey, the fish the rabbit the beef the lamb. I have had absolutely NO problems with this brand. No diarrhea, smaller stools.. Exactly what stools should be like on raw food. I love it! It definately must have the right amount of bone in it!! DON’T Change it!

  • Eboix

    I’ve been feeding my 15lb Havanese this food for several months now, and I’m extremely happy with it! However, I do share your concern with some of the bone fragments. No matter what brand or formula I’m trying, I always check the food thoroughly, if I find any bone fragment that’s too large/sharp for my liking I just remove it. =)

  • lilipops

    I have feed several commercial raw complete patties or nuggets. My first experience with OC Raw was the Turkey sliders. I’m concerned with the size of the bone fragments in this food. I understand 10% needs to be bone but some fragments were sharp and bigger than a pencil eraser. This concerns me since I’m feeding to small (<10) dogs.

  • Betsy Greer

    Chicken and turkey are different proteins with different amino acid profiles.

  • thebarkingcat

    I forgot to add, chicken and turkey may be fine to mix as they are both poultry products.

  • thebarkingcat

    To be honest, I cannot be 100% sure of the cause, but I do know the holistic vet we found that was finally able to help us specifically told me mixing multiple proteins together is a big factor in developing sensitivities. Knowing what I know now, I too find it odd that dog foods have multiple protein sources, but I suppose a dog is either predispositioned to sensitivities or it isn’t.

    I finally elected the surgical option because the vet wasn’t sure what the cause was- he thought it was possible she may have ingested something that was causing a blockage that wasn’t showing on the x-rays. I chose the exploratory route rather than endoscopy because we could only go so far with the camera and I was positive that she hadn’t eaten anything. Turns out my hunch was spot on. When the biopsies were complete, the vet was shocked because in 25yrs he had never seen a 9m/o puppy with IBD. I love her to death, but it’s been a challenging 9 years.

    I have two other dogs and I specifically feed them one type of protein at each meal. They do not have food sensitivities, so I DO rotate proteins (they’re on Primal and enjoy a wide variety of meats) but I never feed them more than one source at each sitting. For my family, it isn’t worth the risk. My guys eat very well, so they have no complaints either. Best to you and your furry friends :)

  • Betsy Greer

    OK, so if I understand what you’re saying, you’re telling us that a food that contained multiple proteins within the same product; ie: chicken and turkey are both contained in Orijen Adult, is what caused your dog to have IBD?

    Why do you believe that caused IBD?

  • thebarkingcat

    I second this. I have a 9y/o Boxer that developed IBD at 9 months. I believe now that I was at fault because I gave her mixed proteins at each meal. After exploratory surgery and many biopsies, I finally had an answer for her terrible health- something I’ve dealt with for YEARS as a result of severe food sensitivities (I won’t be too graphic here, but you can use your imagination). After a few years of successfully feeding her Orijen’s fish formula, I switched her to OC Natural’s Turkey formula. She’s doing very well and she’s been mostly symptom free for a couple of years.

    I don’t say this in a judgy way- I just want to caution people. I’d hate for anyone’s pet to go through what my girl has gone through. In typical Boxer style she never feels bad for herself even when she nauseous as hell- probably because I’m the one dealing with the clean-up. :)

  • Karyn Kugler

    Thanks for the advice!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Karyn Kugler –

    This brand is worth a shot if you think it may help. I’ve never used it as there’s no where in my area for me to buy it but their ingredients look good and I’ve had a good experience with their customer service. I’d recommend starting with a more novel protein source (such as their rabbit, goat, turkey, fish or lamb) and keeping the dog on a high quality multi-strain probiotic supplement (if she isn’t on one already). If the allergies are environmental, the food may not help. Some things you may want to try to alleviate environmental allergies would be to use a foot bath to rinse paws prior to entering the house so allergens aren’t tracked in, supplemental vitamin c with bioflavanoids (vitamin c is a natural anti-histamine, quercitin is a bioflavanoid that is particularly beneficial for allergies), supplemental omega 3’s (omega 3’s are thought to ease allergies through their anti-inflammatory properties), perilla leaf (thought by herbalists to support normal histamine levels) or bee pollen. Allergies are an immune system response so it’s important to keep your dog’s immune functioning at its peak – I would recommend avoiding unnecessary vaccinations for an allergy prone dog and you may also want to consider an immune-boosting supplement such as colostrum (the probiotics will also help to boost the immune system).

  • Karyn Kugler

    Hi all. I’m strongly considering a switch to raw with my 50-lb pointer-ish-mix.. she has allergies that are no longer responding to top medications and now digestive issues that just don’t seem to stabilize regardless of enzymes/probiotics/ pumpkin/ etc. The vet’s advice is not working and actually made things worse.. She’s currently eating Great Life Grain/Potato free Salmon.. she was doing great for a few months… allergies controlled..perfect poops.. now for the past 2 months its been vomit, diarrhea, and itching… this is a tough time of year for her with allergies. So, I’m looking for advice on either this brand or another option. Thanks!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I wouldn’t do it too soon since she will be stressed from the move to your home, new environment, routine, etc. Sometimes that alone will cause GI problems and sometimes the stress can bring on demodex. Also Schnauzers are a breed prone to pancreatitis so be sure to research the raw foods and the fat content of the ones you are considering. Are you a member of an online schnauzer group? It might help to join one and see how other schnauzers are doing on a raw diet from people who own them. I would give her some probiotics and maybe even some colostrum supplement. You need to strengthen her immune system since she will also be getting stressed by vaccines. Just my opinion.

  • Brigita

    Hello every one. Soon I’ll become first time dog owner. Puppy is going to be 8-9 weeks old (miniature Schnauzer). Can I start switching breeders Royal Canin kibble to raw diet the first week I’ll bring her home ? Or it’s better to wait a little ?

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  • InkedMarie

    Thank you!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s preferable to feed a single protein at each meal (or at the very least a protein group – i.e. all poultry or all red meat). If you feed your dog chicken and beef, but combine the chicken and beef at every meal rather than feeding chicken for a day/beef for a day (or a week or whatever), you’re essentially feeding the same food at each meal – it’s the same concept as why someone shouldn’t feed the same kibble at each meal, just in terms of raw food. It’s fine to feed one a breakfast and one at dinner, or one for a day the other for a day, etc. Also if you’re mixing proteins and a sensitivity occurs it would be more difficult to determine what the sensitivity is to. In the wild a dog would eat only on protein source per meal. My dogs get a single poultry protein for breakfast and a single red meat protein for dinner and never get the same breakfast protein or dinner protein two days in a row – so at the moment it’s chicken for breakfast mon/wed/fri and turkey for breakfast tue/thur/sat, pork for dinner mon/wed/fri and beef for dinner tue/thur/sat.

  • InkedMarie

    Hmmm…I was told by the person who told me about Hare to mix the proteins. Wht about those of us who feed two meals; it’s not good to do one protein at breakfast, another at dinner?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Nicole –

    It’s great that you’re giving your dogs variety but – imo – it would be a better idea to not mix the proteins. Feed beef for a few days, then chicken for a few days, then fish for a few days. This way your dog isn’t getting exposed to the same exact proteins every day at every meal – it’s good to give you dog a break from certain foods. Some believe feeding the same foods each day make dogs more susceptible to developing sensitivities to the food.

  • Nicole

    Now that OC Raw comes in ground form I buy a bag of chicken, a bag of fish and a bag of beef open all 3 bags and mix them all together this way my dogs are getting a little of everything at each meal. Very happy with this product

  • Shawna

    I raw feed too and agree with HDM and Patty. My dogs get a new protein (and brand for that matter) about every two to three days.

    Raw feeder and veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker feeds a different protein every single meal and rotates between 14 different proteins before feeding the first again (she wrote that on a post in her forum before it closed).

  • http://www.facebook.com/fran.c.wickham Fran Cohen Wickham

    My dogs really love this food, and I find it very convenient and easy to feed. I switch up proteins on a daily basis and have never had an issue.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My dogs eat raw – I change the proteins up often. Currently they get beef for breakfast Monday/Wednesday/Friday and chicken for breakfast Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. They get turkey for dinner Monday/Wednesday/Friday and pork for dinner Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. I’d say change proteins as often as you want – the more variety the better.

  • Pattyvaughn

    They say when you first start to feed raw to feed the same protein for a week, then add a second protein. Now that I’ve been feeding raw for a while, I feed a different protein every time I feed.

  • Jennifer Robinson

    If I feed my dog this raw food is it ok to change the meat like one month rabbit and the next beef?

  • Psboyer

    I have used OC for some real problem issues in many dogs of various ages and breeds,every problem was solved or greatly improved. I am sure the other brands are good I have just had amazing results with OC.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    The lower rating in any report I write is never due to the sole fact an ingredient is sourced from lamb. It’s typically because that lamb ingredient contains too much fat.

    As I mention in this review…

    “However, 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.”

    That much fat is simply too high to ignore. Hope this helps.

  • SOVIDA

    I THINK THE LAMB HAS A LOT OF FAT AND WHY THE 3 STARS..MANY OF THE FOODS MIKE REVIEWS I SEE HE ALWAYS GIVE THE LAMB OF THE PRODUCTS…3 STARS..

  • Christine L

    I am so thankful to hear you gave this food five stars!!!! My pugs love it and I have seen a great improvement in their skin and health! It’s interesting you have the lamb 3 stars my girls didn’t do well on that!!

    Thank you for taking the time to review this food!