Overview

If your pup enjoys a little crunch to their lunch, Ollie’s newly released baked dog food may be for them. Ollie is a national service that delivers freshly cooked, human-grade food tailored to each dog’s nutritional needs. In 2016, Ollie’s founders set out to disrupt the premium pet food space by shipping portioned fresh dog food meals to dog parents. Using an algorithm, they calculate each dog’s daily energy requirements to manage nutritional needs and moderate portion sizes. Now, Ollie uses third-party USDA-inspected kitchens to produce both their baked and their fresh meals.

A veterinary nutritionist formulated Ollie’s recipes to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO dog food nutrition profiles for all life stages, including growth of large-size dogs. 

Ingredients

Ollie uses carefully sourced, human-grade ingredients to manufacture their dog food in a United States facility. High-quality, meat-based proteins top Ollie’s ingredient list.  Ollie diets are preservative-free and contain no fillers, such as corn, wheat, or soy, to create a strong foundation for your pup’s diet. Ollie offers two baked recipes that will satisfy your pup’s palate.

For the beef-loving pup

Ollie’s hearty Baked Beef and Sweet Potato Recipe is made for pups at every life stage. Ingredients include:

  • Beef — Beef is the first ingredient in this robust recipe, but Ollie didn’t stop there. Beef liver, one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, is also included and provides iron, folic acid, zinc, and vitamins A and B.
  • Sweet potatoes — These delicious tubers are highly nutritious and packed with fiber, antioxidant nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Oats — Whole-grain oats contain vitamin B and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote healthy skin and help your pet maintain their luxurious coat.
  • Chickpeas — These powerful peas, considered a superfood (i.e., high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals), can help your pup regulate blood sugar and support eye health.
  • Carrots — Carrots aren’t only for rabbits. These root vegetables are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin A, and are great for your pup’s peepers.

For the chicken-loving pup

Ollie’s Baked Chicken and Carrot Recipe will satisfy poultry-loving pup palates. Similar to their beef recipe, Ollie’s chicken recipe contains sweet potatoes, oats, chickpeas, and carrots and is packed with protein, antioxidants, and fiber. The first ingredient in this decadent diet, though, is chicken. This recipe also contains chicken liver and eggs.

Special claims

Minimally processed

Most dry dog food is made using an extrusion process that involves cooking the food at extremely high temperatures, which can remove vitamins, minerals, and flavor. Ollie uses low temperatures to slowly cook their baked dog food in small batches to preserve nutrients and taste.

Human-grade ingredients

According to the AAFCO, to label a food as “human-grade,” all ingredients must be edible and safe for human consumption. Ollie makes their food in human-grade facilities with natural ingredients, and they test each batch to ensure the food is safe and nutritionally adequate for dogs. They also use a metal detector to screen every batch for foreign material.

Superfoods 

Superfoods are rich in compounds, such as antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids that some consider to be beneficial to a dog’s health. To promote canine health, Ollie uses many superfood ingredients, including spinach, blueberries, and fish oil.

Pros and Cons of Ollie Baked Dog Food

Pros:

  • A board-certified veterinary nutritionist helped develop Ollie’s recipes, which are formulated to meet AAFCO requirements for dogs in all life stages.
  • Ollie uses detailed information, including breed, activity level, and spay and neuter status to calculate each dog’s daily caloric needs. Ollie’s algorithm then recommends an appropriate portion size for your pup.
  • Each food batch is tested to ensure it is safe, nutritionally adequate, and free of foreign material.

Cons:

  • Ollie’s products are not available without a subscription.
  • Ollie baked food is available in only beef or chicken recipes, so their products may not be appropriate for dogs with beef or chicken allergies or sensitivities.
  • Ollie used a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to help develop their recipes, but they do not currently employ a veterinary nutritionist.

Information as of 6/30/22