- Quality of Ingredients - 10/1010/10
- Variety - 9/109/10
- Cost - 8/108/10
Ollie offers a great selection of HIGH quality recipes at an awesome price when comparing competitors; in addition, Ollie recently updated their packaging to be more sustainable while still remaining easy to use.
Myollie.com is a subscription fresh dog food delivery service that stresses the importance of providing real, quality food to your pup every meal time. The company’s biggest draw, however, is the state of the art algorithm that helps pet parents to get unique, personalized formulas that meet their dogs natural needs.
This is particularly helpful when switching from dry dog food kibble, as it can be tough to know how much fresh food you should give your dog. Ollie tells you exactly how many calories your dog should eat and will ship you perfectly portioned meals.
I received my package of Ollie very early in the day; I quickly opened the box and all of the food was VERY cold, which is always nice to see given the heat wave we were in. Ollie’s box and marketing materials are similar to The Farmer’s Dog – both have very cute and creative sayings stamped on the box. It really adds to the unboxing experience and makes it fun.
In addition to the 14 days worth of food in my initial order, there was a welcome packet containing detailed feeding instructions, an AWESOME rubber lid to cover the pre-portioned containers (we absolutely love their packaging – more on this below), and a complimentary bag of probiotic supplements to help make the transition to fresh dog food.
Ollie’s Quality And Ingredients
Ollie really prides itself on making use of high quality ingredients and believes that proper nutrition is the key to a long life for our pets. In order to help guarantee that your dog gets the nutrition he or she needs, the folks over at Ollie calculate a number of factors based on your pup’s breed and weight, among other things, and then sets up a customized set of feeding guidelines to match your dogs nutritional demands perfectly.
In order to help guarantee that every package of food ordered from Ollie’s is ideally suited for your pet, the company employs a number of canine nutritionists who oversee every step of the process. Those nutritionists have also helped to develop new and unique cooking methods that help to lock in nutrients but still preserve the tastes that your pets love, making sure that not only will your pet be healthy, but he will also be happy every time he sees his Ollie box arrive.
Ollie’s texture is definitely more ground up compared to all others we reviewed, including Pet Plate, NomNomNow, and The Farmer’s Dog. With that said, you can still see big chunks of the real food in there, which is not only a reassuring sign that this food is legit, but also because it forces your dog to chew a bit instead of inhaling it!
Ollie Wins the Packaging War
If you’re interested in fresh dog food delivery, it means you want the best fresh food for your dog but don’t have the time to make it yourself. And who can blame you! Since you’re recommended to feed your dog twice per day, convenience is a huge factor. Ollie’s creative packaging solution is miles ahead of the rest – here’s what we love:
- Each recyclable pack is very easy to peel – most other brands require scissors or a knife to open
- The included scooper (shown below) is specifically designed to scoop food out of the package, so it gets every last drop
- The dishwasher-safe leftover tray and lid prevents having to use saran wrap for leftovers or tossing it into ziplock bags
Sasha absolutely loves the beef recipe. Whenever she sees me pull one out of the refrigerator, she whines and drools all over the place until I finally give it to her.
She’s officially part of Ollie’s Clean Bowl Club – not a single speck remaining.
How To Get Started
Ollie doesn’t currently offer any kinds of samples, but they do give curious pet parents 50% off on their first delivery. For those that do decide to take that step and order a box, the signing up process begins with a series of questions that allow the company to get the best feel for what your pet needs. Everything from dog breed to whether or not your four-legged friend has been spayed or neutered is taken into account before users select what kinds of food their pet is currently eating (dry, wet, raw, home cooked, etc).
From there, the sites goes on to ask what your pet’s favorite protein is and then checks for any allergies. Once this is all entered into the system, the website then calculates a meal plan and gives the user a recommendation, as well as a series of other options to choose from based on what they think would be the best fit for their pet. You can also select how often you would like the food to be delivered, with three different options available (All Ollie, with 28 meals every two weeks, Mostly Ollie, with 21 meals every 2 weeks, or Some Ollie, with 28 meals every 4 weeks). As an added bonus, the company offers free shipping as well, a tipping point which just might lure in some pet parents offset by the high prices associated with many other delivery services.
Finally, after setting everything in motion, the prepackaged meals come ready to eat right to your door. And as one final perk, the company also provides users with a resealable tray lid and a custom serving scoop, to help guarantee that the right amount of food goes into your pets bowl every time.
While we’re suckers for awesome company branding (and Ollie did an amazingly creative job in this aspect), what we (obviously) care about most is the quality of food. What screams high quality dog food more than human grade ingredients? Ollie makes our list of best dog food.
Q&A with the Ollie team
We had the privilege to sit down with Ollie’s executives to hear a little bit more about their company and where they see the fresh dog food industry to be in a few years. Take a read through to learn a little more about their vision.
Q: Where is Ollie dog food made?
A: Ollie’s fresh food is made and hand-packed in the USA. We partner with a veterinary nutritionist to formulate our nutritionally-balanced recipes in accordance with AAFCO standards. All of our food is cooked in small batches in our USDA-regulated kitchen.
Q: Where are Ollie Ingredients Sourced?
A: We carefully source our ingredients from reputable farms in the U.S and Australia. Each partner must go through an extensive certification process to become a supplier. All of our food is made only with whole, human-grade ingredients. We never use fillers, byproducts, artificial flavors, or preservatives in any of our food. We only use USDA-certified meats in our recipes; our chicken, beef, and turkey all come from farms in the U.S., and our lamb is sourced from farms in both the U.S. and Australia. All of our fruits and veggies are from U.S. farms.
Q: What Sets Ollie Apart From Competitors?
A: We know pup parents have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to feeding their dogs. With a booming pet obesity rate of 56% in the U.S., many brands are stepping up to the plate to provide healthier alternatives to over-cooked, over-processed kibbles. Ollie has taken this a step further by providing a personalized and holistic approach that is beneficial to all dogs but tailored to the needs of your dog. Ollie is not just about feeding healthy ingredients but offering a nutritionally balanced and properly portioned diet based on a dog’s unique health needs. Each pup parent receives custom feeding guidelines along with their food to help establish a healthy and consistent routine. Starting at $2 a day, Ollie is also one of the most inexpensive options within the fresh dog food space.
Q: What Type Of Growth Do You See The Fresh Pet Food Industry Having?
A: Over the past few years there has been a major shift in the way we think about health and wellness. This new focus has also extended to the pet community as studies become available around the impact of diet on our pets’ wellbeing. Fresh food, in particular, has been shown to extend a dog’s life expectancy by 20%. Additionally, a fresh diet can help reduce and prevent a wide range of ailments and diseases caused by malnutrition, effectively reducing the financial strain put on pet parent racking up vet bills. This being said, we believe the growth of the fresh pet food industry is just getting started and Ollie will be at the forefront of this movement that places the health and wellness of our pets above convenience.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant uptick in demand for Ollie’s fresh food as safety and reliability become chief priorities for pup parents across the country. Throughout these challenging times, we are focused on continuing to provide high-quality, nutritious food that our community can depend on.
Q: After last year’s DCM findings, why can prospective customers feel confident with your dog food?
A: The 2019 studies that found a potential link between grain-free diets and DCM in dogs shook up the pet food industry for good, but even more so changed the way consumers thought about their dog’s food. While this conversation is much more complex than grain-free vs grains, it does highlight the importance of a balanced diet, something that is already ingrained in Ollie’s mission to provide nutritionally complete food for dogs. What is in a dog’s food is just as important as what is not, and Ollie works closely with our veterinary nutritionist to continue to evaluate the nutrient levels in each of our recipes to ensure they provide the proper nutrition for dogs at all life stages. Our pup parents can rest assured that Ollie’s fresh food offers complete nutrition using real, nutrient-dense meat as a primary source of protein along with fresh fruits, and vegetables, plus vitamins,and minerals essential to promoting healthy functions in dogs. Ollie is proud to have received the highest five-star rating from Dog Food Advisor based on both the quality and safety of our food.