OC Raw Dog Food Review (Raw Frozen)

Rating:

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

The OC Raw product line includes the 8 frozen dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Some formulas are available as bulk ground, patties, sliders or meaty rox.

  • OC Raw Fish and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Beef and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Goat and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Rabbit and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Turkey and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Chicken and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Chicken, Fish and Produce [A]
  • OC Raw Lamb and Produce (3.5 stars) [A]

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 denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis68%23%2%
Calorie Weighted Basis55%44%1%
Protein = 55% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 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 includes turkey gizzards. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists by grinding up consumed food. This item is a favored delicacy to a dog. Yum!

The next eight items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

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

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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.

Spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91 due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content.

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. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans. Cod liver oil also has vitamins A and D.

After the blueberries, we find 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 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 Review

Based on its ingredients alone, OC Raw Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.

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%.

Which means OC Raw contains…

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other raw dog foods.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing a remarkable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

OC Raw is a grain-free raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon their fat-to-protein ratios.

OC Raw Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this OC Raw brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  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
  2. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

04/11/2020 Last Update