Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Dog Food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Oracle product line includes four dry 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.
- Oracle Beef Formula
- Oracle Chicken Formula
- Oracle Grain Free Beef Formula
- Oracle Grain Free Chicken Formula
Oracle Grain Free Beef Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Oracle Grain Free Beef Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Freeze-dried beef, whole egg, chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, calcium citrate, flax seed meal, green beans, zucchini, broccoli, peas, beets, parsley, dried yeast, lecithin, alfalfa, dried kelp, dried ground fenugreek, dried ground fennel, dried ground ginger, dried ground peppermint, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, vitamin A acetate, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.4%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||45%||14%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||40%||30%||29%|
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.1
It should also be noted the meat used here has been freeze-dried prior to use in this recipe. Because of the gentleness of the process used to create this item, freeze-dried ingredients can be considered nutritionally superior to meat meals.
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The third ingredient is chicken. Another quality raw item.
The fourth ingredient includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fifth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is calcium citrate, the calcium salt of citric acid. It’s most likely used here as a preservative. However, it may also have been added as a calcium supplement.
The seventh ingredient includes flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The next six items include a series of nutrient-rich vegetables…
- Green beans
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 one notable exception…
This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 39% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 31%.
High protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effects of the flax seed meal and peas, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.
Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Dog Food is a meat-based dry dog food using a generous amount of beef, chicken and egg as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
06/14/2013 Original review
06/14/2013 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩