Oma’s Pride Raw Mixes Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Oma’s Pride Raw Mixes product line includes four frozen dog foods. However, according to the company, none of the formulas appear to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles without additional vitamin and mineral supplementation.1
Because of its nutritionally incomplete design, the company advises this product “should not be fed as the sole component” in a dog’s diet.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Oma’s Pride Beef and Veggie Mix
- Oma’s Pride Chicken and Veggie Mix
- Oma’s Pride Lamb and Veggie Mix (2 stars)
- Oma’s Pride Turkey and Veggie Mix (5 stars)
Oma’s Pride Beef and Veggie Mix was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Oma's Pride Beef and Veggie Mix
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef meat, beef hearts, beef kidney, beef liver, broccoli, butternut squash, kale, beef bone
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.3%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||45%||47%||1%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||72%||0%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is beef heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The third ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.
The fourth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth item is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The sixth ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.
And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.
The eighth ingredient is ground beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
Although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally present nutrients on the company’s website.
Oma’s Pride Raw Mixes Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Oma’s Pride Raw Mixes 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.
However, it’s important to note the Lamb and Veggie Mix presents a fat content of a sky-high 67% dry matter fat content. That’s more than double the recipe’s 26% protein content. Hence, the recipe’s 2-star rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 46%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 4% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 111%.
Near-average protein. Above-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 69% of the total calories in this food coming from fat as compared to just 25% from protein, it would be inappropriate to award this product a higher rating.
What’s more, it’s unfortunate the company did not design any of its products to be in compliance with industry standard nutrient profiles.
Oma’s Pride Raw Mixes dog food is a meat-based raw product using a generous amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Recommended (but not as the sole component of a dog’s diet).
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.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content or the fat-to-protein ratio of each recipe.
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
06/16/2011 Original review
02/22/2012 Lowered rating due to new DFA fat analysis
12/29/2012 Review updated
12/29/2012 Last Update