Ollie Dog Food Review (Cooked Frozen)

Ollie Cooked Frozen Dog Food Turkey Recipe

Rating:

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 related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Ollie Turkey Recipe [A]
  • Ollie Chicken Recipe [A]
  • Ollie Beef Recipe (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Ollie Lamb Recipe (3.5 stars) [A]

The Ollie Turkey Recipe was chosen to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Ollie Turkey Recipe

Frozen Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 28% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Turkey thigh, pumpkin, 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, manganese gluconate, copper gluconate, thiamin HCL

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis11%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%28%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%52%15%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 52% | Carbs = 15%

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

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

The second ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The next ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

Turkey heart is the next ingredient. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

Next, we find carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient is turkey gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The seventh ingredient includes lentils. Lentils 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 eighth 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, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium.

And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.

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 4 notable exceptions

First, we find coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.

Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.2

Because of its proven safety3 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.

Next, this food includes 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.

In addition, 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, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Ollie Dog Food Review

After studying its ingredients panel, Ollie appears to be an above-average wet dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Which means this product contains…

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.

Bottom line?

Ollie Dog Food contains both grain-inclusive and grain-free wet recipes that utilize a significant amount of named meats as their main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Ollie Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to this Ollie product line. If there are no recalls listed here, we’ve not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  2. Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754
  3. Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9.

10/27/2019 Last Update