Which Ollie Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?
In this review… The Dog Food Advisor takes an in-depth look at Ollie Dog Food… as well as its ingredients, nutrient content and recall history.
Ollie Dog Food earns the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Ollie product line includes the 4 fresh cooked dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Ollie Turkey Dish with Blueberries was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient ContentProtein =
Ingredients: Turkey breast, kale, lentils, carrots, coconut oil, turkey liver, blueberries, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, iodized salt, calcium carbonate, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, iron sulfate, choline bitartrate, manganese gluconate, manganese sulfate, copper gluconate, vitamin E supplement, thiamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.1%
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||25%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||48%||22%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey breast. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.
And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.
The third ingredient lists lentils, which are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.
Because of its proven safety as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.
The sixth ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The seventh ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
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 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.
However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, cod liver oil is a fish oil known to be rich in both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and D.
And lastly, 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.
After studying its ingredients panel, Ollie appears to be an above-average wet dog food.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 25% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical cooked frozen dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils and chia seed, this still appears to resemble the profile of a moisture-rich product containing a significant amount of meat.
How to avoid them the first place
To start, “I always look for United States-sourced ingredients,” Wilhelm says. Its important to read the ingredients on the label, too. Look for whole foods such as fresh meats and vegetables versus byproducts such as “chicken meal” and chemical preservatives like BHA: the less processing, the fewer chances of there being an issue which could lead to a recall. Also be on the lookout for pet food made in meat rendering plants, which process animal by-product materials that can include euthanized pets. In terms of the pet food brands, smaller companies (like Ollie) tend to have a close relationship with their suppliers and there are fewer people involved in the process, Wilhelm says. “Most actually will talk about the process on their websites, because they are proud of their sourcing,” Wilhelm says.
What are the latest recalls on dog food?
DateBrand Name(s)Recall Reason Description01/04/2022Pure BeingPotential choking hazard12/23/2021Woodys Pet Food DeliPotential Salmonella12/01/2021LivaOne and BioLifePetPseudomonas aeruginosa10/27/2021Purinapotential of elevated urea levels6 more rows
Do vets recommend Ollie dog food?
Is Ollie dog food FDA approved?
What sets Ollie apart, the company says, is the ingredients in its food and how the food is tailored to individual dogs’ needs. All the food is prepared in a USDA- and FDA-regulated kitchen, which means it’s safe enough for humans to eat.
Where is Ollie dog food manufactured?
Is there a recall on dog food 2022?