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Ollie Dog Food Review

Dog Food Nutrition Reviews May 5, 2020
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Ollie Dog Food Review

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Ollie is a fresh dog food manufacturer that customizes meals using specific information about your dog such as breed, age and activity level.

Dog owners complete an online profile to select the ideal diet for their dog and it is shipped fresh every two weeks. Your dog’s meals are delivered fresh which means there are no artificial preservatives in this food.

Ollie fresh dog food is cooked at low heat, which preserves the nutritional value of the ingredients.

Quick Summary

I am impressed with how fresh and appetizing Ollie’s dog food looked as well as it being human-grade and having nutritionally balanced ingredients.

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How We Tested:

  • We purchased all of Ollie Dog Food recipes
  • We spent several weeks testing them on our dogs
  • We did not receive these product in exchange for a favorable review, they were purchased with our own money

Quick Picks (Flavors)

Beef Recipe – The beef recipe is made with beef proteins from beef, beef heart, beef liver, and beef kidney. Also other flavors included are sweet potato, peas, potato, carrot, spinach, chia seed, fish oil, and blueberries.

Turkey Recipe – This turkey recipe is made using ground turkey, and turkey liver. There is also a combination of added veggies like pumpkin, carrot, lentils, kale, blueberries, and coconut oil included.

Lamb Recipe – This recipe is made with lamb proteins including lamb, and lamb liver. Other ingredients like butternut squash, kale, chickpeas, potato, chia seeds and cranberries are also included.

Chicken Recipe – This chicken recipe is a chicken-based recipe with protein from chicken, chicken gizzard and whole dried egg. Additional ingredients are carrots, green peas, chia seed, rice, spinach, potato, blueberries, and sunflower oil.

Ollie Dog Food – Top 4 Recipes Reviewed

Product NameFood TypeProteinkcal/kg
Hearty Beef EatsWet12%1540 kcal/kg
Healthy Turkey FeastWet11%1390 kcal/kg
Chicken GoodnessWet10%1298 kcal/kg
Tasty Lamb FareWet11%1804 kcal/kg

Brand Score

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Overall Score
Pros
  • Meals are customized based on your dogs profile
  • Four different meal flavors available
  • Free shipping and delivered right to your door
  • Recipes overseen by a vet and are human grade ingredients
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to other fresh dog foods
  • Food comes frozen solid
  • Profile only accounts for allergies not health issues
Pros
  • Meals are customized based on your dogs profile
  • Four different meal flavors available
  • Free shipping and delivered right to your door
  • Recipes overseen by a vet and are human grade ingredients
Cons
  • Price on the high side as compared to other fresh dog foods
  • Food comes frozen solid
  • Profile only accounts for allergies not health issues
Ingredients
Pricing
Customization
Quality
Customer Reviews
Recall History
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About

Ollie is a New York based pet food company that was founded by Gabby Slome, Alex Douzet, and Randy Jimenez in 2016 to offer fresh, custom meals for dogs.

Ollie’s team is divided between New York and Pennsylvania, and their products are available for delivery in 48 states in the United States.

Prices start at around $3 per pound with the average price being around $6 per pound range, depending on the needs of your dog.

Ollie offers four dog food products, chicken, beef, lamb and turkey and they plan to expand their offerings to include cat food products in the future.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

Ollie pet food is designed with the help of a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that each recipe is complete and balanced in keeping with Association of American Feed Control Officials requirements for dogs. Each recipe is carefully made from sourced U.S based ingredients with the exception of the lamb, which comes from U.S. farms as well as Australian farms.

Ollie sources their meats from grain-free farms in the United States and their chicken is vegetable-fed and hormone-free, duck is cage free, however the beef is corn-fed but humanely-treated.

The vegetables are also farm raised and naturally sourced from U.S. farms. Recipes might include sweet potatoes, kale, peas, carrots, white potato, spinach, and squash.

The recipes are also vitamin enriched to add flavor, vitamins and minerals, such as chia seed, cod liver oil, salt, sunflower oil, and fish oil.

All of Ollie’s products are free from by-products, fillers, artificial flavors, and preservatives.

Ollie’s pet food is made in small batches and cooked at low temperatures in a USDA-regulated facility located in Pennsylvania. Every batch of Ollie pet food is lab-tested before being sent out to make sure there has not been any contamination. Their products are hand-packed and shipped fresh to ensure optimal nutrition and maximum flavor.

How Does Ollie Dog Food Work?

To sign up for an Ollie subscription you will be asked a series of questions that allow the company to get the best feel for what your pups needs.

You will be asked about everything from your dog’s breed, sex, age, weight, ideal weight, spay or neutered, body type, activity level, allergies and even the type of food he is currently eating.

Once this is all entered into the system, the website then calculates a meal plan and provides a recommendation, in addition to daily portions. You can also choose a plan that provides mostly Ollie, which is 50% or some Ollie which is 25% of a full subscription.

Meal plan for Sampson

Ollie currently does not offer any kind of sample meals, but they do give prospective dog parents 50% off on their first delivery. Depending on the size of your dog and how much food he needs your box may ship every two weeks or monthly.

After you have completed your dog’s online profile, chosen a meal plan and placed your order, you will be provided with a confirmation number and sent a detailed confirmation email. You will also be sent another email when your order ships, to confirm your order number, your delivery date and tracking number.

Most orders ship within 1 to 2 business days of ordering and shipping is expedited to ensure that your product arrives fresh. Finally, you will be sent an email when your box is delivered along with instructions on how to store the meals for maximum freshness.

If at any time you need to pause, skip, or cancel your orders, you can log into your account and do so. You can also update your dog’s profile at any time in the event there is changes in weight, activity level or even to try different meal flavors. Ollie will then update your dog’s meal plan accordingly.

Unboxing

Ollie pet food is shipped in a white cardboard box with the Ollie logo on it. Inside you will find Ollie dog food prepared in individual packs, with plenty of padding and two freezer packs to keep the product cold. Each package is vacuum sealed for freshness and the product arrives frozen.

Un-boxing Ollie Dog Food

There as also an instruction booklet for thawing, serving and transitioning your dog’s food. Also included is a rubber lid and container to store your Ollie pet food fresh, and a plastic scoop to serve.

Ollie Dog Food Recipe Analysis/Review

Beef Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein – 9% Min
  • Fat –  7% Min
  • Fiber –  2% Max
  • Moisture –  70% Max

Ingredients: Beef, beef heart, sweet potato, peas, potato, beef kidney, carrot, beef liver, spinach, chia seed, dicalcium phosphate, blueberries, fish oil, iodized salt, zinc gluconate, rosemary, vitamin E supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodide


We started with the Ollie Beef recipe for this review. Let’s look at the top 6 ingredients in this beef recipe.

  • Beef is a healthy protein for dogs being high in protein, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamins B12, B3 and B6.
  • Beef heart contains essential amino acids that help build muscle, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.
  • Sweet potatoes support a healthy digestive system due to high dietary fiber content. They are also low in fat and contain essential vitamins like B6, C, and A.
  • Peas are carbohydrates rich in dietary fiber and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. Some examples of these beneficial Vitamins are Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Potatoes are primarily a source of complex carbohydrates.They do contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need.
  • Beef kidney is a very rich source of vitamin A.

Turkey Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein – 11% Min
  • Fat  –  7% Min
  • Fiber –  2% Max
  • Moisture –  72% Max

Ingredients: Turkey breast, turkey liver, kale, carrots, lentils, blueberries, coconut oil, pumpkin, chia seeds, dicalcium phosphate, iodized salt, zinc gluconate, cod liver oil, iron sulfate, manganese gluconate, manganese sulfate, copper gluconate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, potassium iodate


This Ollie turkey recipe is made with protein sourced from ground turkey sources. Let’s take a look at the top 6 ingredients.

  • Turkey is rich in nutrients like protein, riboflavin, and phosphorous. It is low in calories but high in selenium and tryptophan both of which benefit the immune system.
  • Turkey liver and other parts (giblets), are a good source Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Chromium and Copper.
  • Kale is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains carotenoids and flavonoids which provide protections against cancer.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Lentils are low-calorie, high-fiber food that helps dogs feel full when eating and keeps blood levels from spiking after a meal. Lentils are a plant-based protein that could contribute to the protein levels in this food.
  • Blueberries serve as antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K to support the immune system.

Chicken Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein – 10% Min
  • Fat – 3% Min
  • Fiber –  2% Max
  • Moisture – 73% Max

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken gizzard, carrots, peas, chicken liver, rice, chia seeds, spinach, potatoes, whole dried eggs, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, blueberries, fish oil, iodized salt, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, rosemary, copper gluconate, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2)


The first ingredients in this recipe is chicken protein sources. Let’s look at the top 6 ingredients in this Ollie Chicken recipe.

  • Chicken is a good source of Omega 6 fatty acids which are good for the skin and coat, and has essential amino acids and glucosamine for healthy bones.
  • Chicken gizzard contains iron, minerals, and vitamins C, E and B. They contain glucosamine, which can help with cartilage and arthritis problems. They are also high in cholesterol.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
  • Peas are carbohydrates rich in dietary fiber and small amounts of beneficial vitamins. Some examples of these beneficial Vitamins are Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Chicken liver is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A. Chicken gizzards are rich in cartilage, protein, iron, zinc and Vitamin B12.
  • Chia seeds can slow digestion, helping with blood sugar regulation as well as tolerance of glucose in your dog’s body which can aid in weight loss or dogs who are diabetic.

Lamb Recipe

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein – 10% Min
  • Fat – 7% Min
  • Fiber – 2% Max
  • Moisture – 74% Max

Ingredients: Lamb, lamb liver, butternut squash, kale, chickpeas, cranberries, potato, chia seeds, dicalcium phosphate, iodized salt, calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron sulfate, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), potassium iodate, manganese gluconate, thiamine hydrochloride, folic acid


This Ollie lamb recipe has protein sourced from lamb, and lamb liver. Let’s look at the top 6 ingredients in this lamb recipe

  • Lamb is packed with essential amino acids and is a good source of dietary fats. The red meat also offers up plenty of vitamins and minerals that support muscle development and healthy skin and coat.
  • Lamb liver is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A.
  • Butternut squash is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. It helps support your dog’s vision, immune system, colon, muscles, and more.
  • Kale is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains carotenoids and flavonoids which provide protections against cancer.
  • Chickpeas are considered to be a rich source of protein, potassium, magnesium, and folate, essentials for cell recovery and good health.
  • Cranberries in moderation, can improve your dog’s bladder health, reduce tartar and plaque buildup, fight bacteria, and help prevent cancer.

Taste Test

Ollie foods comes in plastic packets that are fairly easy to open, which I appreciate because some require scissors and making messes at dinner time. Before I could even peel back the top and get the food in the bowl my dog was sniffing it out.

The texture of the food looks thick and chunky but it doesn’t smell like typical wet dog food. Small chunks of vegetables, like potato, peas and carrot, can be seen among the ground up meat source in the recipes.

I started out giving my dog his old food mixed with Ollie to make sure there were no adverse effects. By day 10 he was at 100% and had no problems with any of the Ollie recipes. Ollie recommends the following feeding guideline:

Days 1-3 – serve 25% of the whole portion size of the Ollie food mixed with 75% old food
Days 4-6 – serve 50% of Ollie food mixed with 50% of the old food
Days 7-10 – serve 75% of Ollie food mixed with 25% of the old food
Day 11 & on – serve 100% of Ollie food

 

Sampson trying Ollie's dog food recipes
Sampson trying Ollie’s dog food recipes

My dog really enjoyed all four Ollie recipes and the bowl was licked clean after every meal. He did not seem to have a flavor preference and was equally excited every time I took out an Ollie meal package.

I should add that my dog will eat almost anything and is hardly picky but I can tell when he is really impressed. He never hesitated or sniffed the food before eating it, he dove right in.

The Downside of Ollie Dog Food

Depending on your dog’s delivery plan, you may receive quite a bit of dog food packages. This may take up a lot of freezer space which for some is precious real estate. These packages do take up space and should be frozen if not used within 5 days.

Ollie does not supply resealable packaging and any unused food will need to be sealed up and stored. They do provide a scoop and container with lid for storage if you want to transfer the food into that.

Ollie is expensive, especially if you have a larger breed dog. It is not the most expensive fresh dog food delivery service but it falls somewhere in the middle as far as cost. Of course they use high quality human-grade ingredients, but it will cost you.

Ollie Monthly Cost Comparison

DOG FOOD BRANDDOG SIZEMONTHLY COST
The Farmers Dog50 to 65 Pounds$ 205.00 to $ 240.00
Nom Nom50 To 80 Pounds$ 224.00 to $ 280.00
Ollie45 To 75 Pounds$ 210.00 to $ 260.00
PetPlate50 To 65 Pounds$ 180.00 to $ 224.00
Grocery Pup50 To 65 Pounds$ 260.00 to $ 280.00
Spot & Tango50 to 60 Pounds$ 252.00 to $ 275.00

Is Ollie Dog Food a Good Choice?

If you want a convenient way to get dog food right to your door then Ollie maybe for you. But it is much more than just a subscription service. They offer wholesome, fresh, natural ingredients with no fillers, artificial flavors, colors and by-products. They also offer different portion sizes which makes it more affordable.

Ollie’s food can help your dog maintain a more ideal weight, and keep him far from developing certain types of illnesses. Because they do not use soy, wheat or corn in their dog food recipes, you will not have to worry about sensitivities, allergies and/or digestive issues in your dog.

Would I Subscribe to Ollie Dog Food?

I am impressed with how fresh and appetizing Ollie’s dog food looked as well as it being human-grade and having nutritionally balanced ingredients. The packaging was simple and the half portions are just the right size for adding to my dog’s current kibble. I would subscribe to Ollie because it does offer high quality, fresh food and gives me the option of smaller meal plans.

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Also Read:

Best Fresh Dog Food Service : Nom Nom vs. Ollie vs. Pet Plate

Nom Nom Dog Food Review

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

How much does Ollie dog food cost?

The cost depends on the size of your dog and meals selected. It is calculated by how much food they need based on the exact number of calories they need to consume daily, which dictates your subscription cost. Here is an estimate of what it will cost:
A 15 pound dog - $28 - $32 weekly or $4 - $5 a day
A 55 pound dog - $59 - $66 weekly or $9 - $10 a day
A 95 pound dog - $96 - $106 weekly or $14 - $15 a day

Where can I buy Ollie dog food?

You can buy Ollie dog food by subscribing at myollie.com. Once you answer the questions about your dog, choose a plan, the food will be delivered right to your doorstep.

Where is Ollie pet food located?

Ollie pet food is located and made in a USDA-regulated facility located in Pennsylvania.

Is Ollie pet food cooked or raw?

Ollie’s pet food is made in small batches and cooked at low temperatures. Every batch of Ollie pet food is lab-tested before being sent out to make sure there hasn’t been any contamination.

Can you heat up Ollie pet food

Ollie recommends thawing food in the refrigerator and serving it. Heating up fresh dog food can destroy nutrients in the food but if it needs to be warmed it is best to let it sit in hot water prior to serving.

Amy

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
6 Comments
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    Jill Corrigan

    You mention that their meat is grain free, but then go on to say that the beef is corn-fed. Corn is actually not a vegetable, but rather a grain, so your statement of grain free isn’t quite true. Grass-fed beef is the only true non-grain beef on the market.

    • Amy

      Amy

      Our information came from Ollie's website directly. Yes, corn fed beef can lead to problems in some dogs but Ollie does not use grains in the recipes directly. Here at Pup Junkie we provide you with the facts and you can decide if the food reviewed is right for you and your dog.

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    Sherry Walters

    I ordered the trial food, started it gradually but I found my 2 Schnauzer’s would not eat it. The pictures show the consistency is like ground beef, in reality it is a glob of gooey stuff. It also has peas in it, I have read a number of places that peas (or any lentils) are being researched to the possibility of causing cardiomyopathy in dogs. I sent an email saying I wanted no more delivered, then got 2 huge separate boxes, one for my 2 yr old schnauzer and one for my 9 month old. Shortly after I received it I got a notice that my email was undeliverable... now I have all of this dog food I’m my freezer that my dogs won’t eat... I still try it, but they will go a day or more and not eat, rather than eating it. I am throwing a lot of expensive dog food in the trash! I would like my money back... DO NOT Do Do NOT DELIVER ANYMORE. I ordered the trial food, started it gradually but I found my 2 Schnauzer’s would not eat it. The pictures show the consistency is like ground beef, in reality it is a glob of gooey stuff. It also has peas in it, I have read a number of places that peas (or any lentils) are being researched to the possibility of causing cardiomyopathy in dogs. I sent an email saying I wanted no more delivered, then got 2 huge separate boxes, one for my 2 yr old schnauzer and one for my 9 month old. Shortly after I received it I got a notice that my email was undeliverable... now I have all of this dog food I’m my freezer that my dogs won’t eat... I still try it, but they will go a day or more and not eat, rather than eating it. I am throwing a lot of expensive dog food in the trash! I would like my money back... DO NOT DELIVER ANYMORE.

    • Amy

      Amy

      Hi Sherry I'm sorry to hear your dogs do not like the Ollie food. However, we reviewed the food and are not employed by Ollie. This website is a separate entity all together, but we did forward them your comment in the hopes it will help you with your issue. If emailing them at [email protected] did not work for you, maybe consider calling their Canine Care team at 1-844-886-5543.

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    Bree

    I love Ollie food for my Yorkie. It is not gooey, but rather more like a pate. It is perfect for us, easy to prepare and I can manage the 2 month supply in my freezer. My pup is not a water drinker, so I add her daily requirement to her meal, making a soup of sorts. She laps up the water/gravy and then eats the food that remains. I supplement with small amounts of high quality kibble to support dental health and this also allows her to use puzzle toys. The peas , lentils, and chia offer additional protein, along with meat and veggies, I am very happy with this product. I appreciate your review and agree completely. This is a good choice for Yorkies, in my opinion.

    • Amy

      Amy

      Hi Bree Glad to hear your dog likes Ollie food!Thanks for sharing your experience.

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