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Ollie Dog Food Review Chicken Recipe (Fresh)

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Updated: April 18, 2024

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Our Verdict

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Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots is one of the recipes in the Ollie fresh-cooked dog food product line. This recipe is claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

37%

Protein

11.1%

Fat

43.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, carrots, peas, rice, chicken liver, potatoes, spinach, blueberries, eggs, tricalcium phosphate, chia seeds, salmon oil, salt, zinc gluconate, rosemary, copper amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline bitartrate, manganese amino acid chelate, thiamine hydrochloride, vitamin D3, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodide


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 10% 3% NA
Dry Matter Basis 37% 11% 44%
Calorie Weighted Basis 34% 25% 41%

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The third ingredient lists peas, which are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fifth ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The next ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

After potatoes, we find spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

The eighth ingredient lists blueberries, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The ninth ingredient is egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

And lastly, this recipe 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots appears to be an above-average wet dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 30%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical cooked frozen dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and chia seed, this still appears to resemble the profile of a moisture-rich product containing a significant amount of meat.

Ollie Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Ollie through May 2024.

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

Our Rating of Ollie Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots Dog Food

Ollie Chicken Dish with Carrots is a grain-inclusive, human-grade wet dog food that uses a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein… thus earning the recipe 5 stars.

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Highly Recommended

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

2: Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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