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Ollie Dog Food Review

Dog Food Nutrition Reviews May 23, 2019
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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 dogs meals are delivered fresh meaning there are no artificial preservatives.

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

Quick Summary

I was very happy with how fresh and appetizing Ollie’s food looked as well as it being human-grade and nutritionally balanced ingredients. The packaging was simple and the half portions are just the right size for adding to my dogs kibble. If you want high quality, fresh food for your dog and don’t mind paying top dollar, Ollie maybe for you

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How We Tested:

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

Quick Picks (Flavors)

Hearty Beef Eats- Hearty Beef Eats 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, sunflower oil, and blueberries.

Healthy Turkey Feast- This turkey recipe is made using ground turkey, turkey liver, gizzard, thigh, and heart. There is also a combination of veggies like pumpkin, carrot, lentils, kale, blueberries, and coconut oil included.

Tasty Lamb Fare- This recipe is made with lamb proteins including lamb, lamb liver and lamb heart. Other ingredients like butternut squash, rutabaga, chickpeas, potato, and cranberries are also included.

Chicken Goodness- Chicken Goodness is a chicken-based recipe with protein from chicken, chicken gizzard and egg. Additional ingredients are carrots, green peas, chia seed, long grain rice, spinach, potato, egg, blueberries, and sunflower oil.

How Ollie Ranks

Rating:

  • Ingredients: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pricing:  4 out of 5 stars
  • Customization:  4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:  5 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars

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

About

Ollie is a pet food company that was founded by Gabby Slome, Alex Douzet, and Randy Jimenez in 2016.

This New York-based pet food company offers 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, while the beef is corn-fed and 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.

Getting Started

The sign up process begins with 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 dogs breed, if he has been spayed or neutered, his 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 other recommendations for your dog.

Ollie Account Set-up Process

Next you will choose how your dogs food will be delivered and they do offer free shipping.

There are two different options available; All Ollie – with 28 meals every two weeks, or Some Ollie – with 28 meals every 4 weeks. Ollie currently does not offer any kind of sample meals, but they do give prospective dog parents 50% off on their first delivery.

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 and slogan on it. Inside was 28 packs of food, to cover 4 weeks of meals, since I opted for the Mostly Ollie meal plan.

There was plenty of recyclable padding and dry ice to keep the food very cold. Each package is vacuum sealed for freshness and frozen.

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, a plastic scoop to serve, and a doggie certificate

Analysis/Review

Hearty Beef Eats

 

Hearty Beef Eats Ingredients

Beef, beef heart, beef kidney, sweet potato, beef liver, peas, potato, carrot, spinach, chia seed, dicalcium phosphate, sunflower oil, blueberries, calcium carbonate, fish oil (preserved with tocopherols), iodized salt, zinc gluconate, basil, rosemary, vitamin E supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 12%
  • Fat 10%
  • Fiber 2%
  • Moisture 68%

We started with the Hearty Beef Eats for this review. This recipe uses a large variety of beef ingredients including beef, beef heart, beef liver, and beef kidney. This mix of  high quality beef proteins is high in vitamins A, C, D, B12 as well as iron, niacin and folate.

The carbohydrate ingredients in this recipe are sweet potato, peas, potato, carrot, blueberry, chia seeds and spinach.

The large portion of potato and carrots, blueberry and spinach is beneficial to dogs who need fiber. This recipe contains no gluten or grains making it safe for dogs with allergies or sensitivities.

Other ingredients such as sunflower oil and fish oil are energy sources and fatty acids your dog needs. These two oils help your dog maintain healthy skin and coat.

Healthy Turkey Feast

 

Ingredients

Ground turkey, pumpkin, turkey thigh, turkey liver, turkey heart, carrot, turkey gizzard, lentils, kale, blueberries, coconut oil, chia seeds, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, cod liver oil, salt, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, potassium iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 11%
  • Fat 7%
  • Fiber 2%
  • Moisture 75%

This turkey recipe is made with protein sourced from ground turkey, turkey thigh, turkey gizzards, turkey heart and turkey liver. Turkey is a lean white meat that helps build muscle and is easily digestible. Turkey liver and other parts (giblets), are a good source Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Chromium and Copper.

The recipe also includes a mix of pumpkin, carrots, kale, blueberries and lentils which all provide a modest sum of carbohydrates and fiber. Here we see blueberries which provide antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals. Lentil’s are low-calorie, high-fiber and help dogs feel fuller when eating and while keeping blood levels from spiking too sharply after a meal.

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.

Cod liver oil is added for additional energy source and can help with your dogs coat and skin.

Chicken Goodness

Ingredients

Chicken, chicken gizzard, carrot, green peas, chicken liver, chia seed, long grain rice, spinach, potato, egg, blueberries sunflower oil, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fish oil, iodized salt, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, basil, rosemary, vitamin E, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 10%
  • Fat 5%
  • Fiber 2%
  • Moisture 72%

This chicken recipe has the lowest proportion of animal based protein, of the four recipes Ollie offers. The protein is sourced from chicken and egg, as well as chicken gizzard and liver. 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.

The recipe also includes a mix of carrots, peas, rice, spinach, blueberries and potato which provides carbohydrates and fiber. Here again we see blueberries which provide antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals.

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.

Cod liver oil is added for additional energy source and can help with your dogs coat and skin.

Tasty Lamb Fare

Ingredients

lamb heart, lamb, butternut squash, rutabaga, chickpeas, potato, lamb liver, cranberries, kale, strawberries, dicalcium phosphate, iodized salt, cod liver oil, calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, taurine, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein 11%
  • Fat 9%
  • Fiber 2%
  • Moisture 70%

This lamb recipe has protein sourced from lamb, lamb heart and lamb liver. Lamb liver, is a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc as well as high in protein, fat and vitamin A. Lamb heart is a nutritional muscle meat. It is rich in iron and zinc, and is a great source of thiamin, vitamin B6 and B12, phosphorus, copper and selenium. Heart meat can be high in cholesterol.

The recipe also includes a mix of butternut squash, rutabaga, chickpeas, kale, strawberries, potato and cranberries which provide carbohydrates and fiber. The cranberries and strawberries are rich with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C, which help support your dogs immune system and decrease inflammation.

Here we see chickpeas which are considered to be a rich source of protein, potassium, magnesium, and folate, essentials for cell recovery and good health.

Cod liver oil is added for additional energy source and can help with your dogs coat and skin.

Taste Test

Ollie foods come in plastic packets that are fairly easy to open, unlike other fresh dog foods that you need a knife or scissors.

Just peel back the top of the packet and drop the food into your dogs dish. You can also opt for the cute Ollie dish to store the food and serve easily with the provided scoop.

My dog really enjoyed all four Ollie recipes and the bowl was licked clean in about two minutes, during 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.

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 and carrot, can be seen among the ground up beef.

The Downside of Ollie Dog Food

Ollie has only two main delivery plans. The “All Ollie” meal plan means you receive 14 trays delivered every two weeks. This could make for a crowded fridge. The second plan, “Mostly Ollie” is meant to supplement your dog’s meals with 28 smaller packs of food delivered every four weeks. This again could mean finding room in the fridge to store food.

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. Sure they use high quality human-grade ingredients but it will cost you.

Ollie Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Here are some common questions people are asking about Ollie Dog Food.

How Much Does Ollie Cost?

Price 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. A 60 pound dog like mine on the “All Ollie” food plan of Hearty Beef Eats, if you feed an All Ollie diet of Hearty Beef Eats, the weekly cost for 14 meals (one week of food) is $52.47.

That breaks down to $3.75 a meal. If you feed a “Mostly Ollie” diet of Hearty Beef Eats, the cost for 7 meals (one week of food) is $22.91, which breaks down to $3.27 a meal. Ollie does offer a discount on your first purchase.

Real, high quality ingredients aren’t cheap but shipping is free. Based on a fairly active and healthy 4 year old dog, your cost would be approximately:

  • 15 pounds – $28 – $32 weekly or $4 – $5 a day
  • 55 pounds – $59 – $66 weekly or $9 – $10 a day
  • 95 pounds – $96 – $106 weekly or $14 – $15 a day

What are the Health benefits of Feeding My Dog Ollie?

Feeding your dog a diet made with natural, real ingredients does wonders for their overall well-being as well as promote heart health, increase energy level, make their coat shinier, their breath smell better, improve eyesight and even impact poop (it should be more compact!)

Is Ollie Food Natural or Organic?

You can have all organic ingredients, but if they are processed so that they are shelf-stable, they lose most of their nutritional value and the food has to be supplemented. Ollie believes that the quality of ingredients sourced and the overall nutritional value of the food is more important.

How Long Does the Food Last After Delivery?

Atmospheric packaging is used to seal food trays so they’re airtight and keep the food fresh, without using any preservatives or chemicals. After you put it in the refrigerator, the food will be good to serve your dog for up to 14 days unopened, and up to 5 days after you’ve broken the seal.

Always remember to put the Ollie resealable lid on your tray after you’ve opened it to preserve the freshness. You can always put the food in your freezer, just as you would your own food that you want to preserve for a longer period of time. All you have to do is put it in your fridge to defrost 24 hours before you want to feed it to your dog.

Conclusion

I was very happy with how fresh and appetizing Ollie’s food looked as well as it being human-grade and nutritionally balanced ingredients. The packaging was simple and the half portions are just the right size for adding to my dogs kibble. If you want high quality, fresh food for your dog and don’t mind paying top dollar, Ollie maybe for you.

It is very convenient having food delivered right to your door step and being able to make changes to your dog’s meal preferences.

However, Ollie is not cheap and if you have a larger dog like mine (60 pounds), it could cost you around $10 a day. In the future, I would opt for the half size meals or take a few pounds off my dog for smaller portions to keep the price lower.

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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.
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