You are what you eat—and your pup is too! Yep, they’re more than love on four legs. Their bodies are amazing things that run, play, snuggle, snooze, and stretch to hang their heads out the window on every car ride. And for them to get the very most out of their life with you, they need the best nutrition to keep those bodies strong and tails wagging.
Of course, what counts as healthy and nutritious can be a confusing question for dog parents. It’s a wild, marketing-saturated world out there, and while you want to feed them the best, it’s hard to cut through the buzzwords to figure out what your pup really needs and what impact it can have on their quality of life. But don’t worry—this is what we make a day-to-day study of here at Ollie. And we’ve crafted a food philosophy that not only informs our recipes—it nourishes our dogs and yours. Because they depend on us too.
Here’s the quick guide to Ollie’s food philosophy, outlining what to look for, what to watch out for (and why), and what we cook up as a solution.
The pet food industry is too-often plagued with long ingredient lists, but your dog’s nutritional needs are ultimately based on just a few key elements:
Unfortunately, most of the kibble you’ll find on the market technically hits the baseline nutrient requirements, but it does so while overlooking a whole host of icky (and downright unhealthy) issues that accompany their ingredients and their processing methods.
It’s quite literally an unappetizing subject, so we’ll just touch on the key things to be aware of:
We know, none of this stuff sounds at all like what you want your pet to eat. Making matters harder to parse out, most pet food labels gloss over these gritty details with hazy buzzwords. It’s why we dug into the science behind what most brands do, comparing that with what all dogs need. And that’s how our philosophy was born: a recipe for goodness, health, and transparency. Right down to ingredients you can see.
The dog-loving team of experts at Ollie embrace some across-the-board values and standards regarding what belongs in dog food, then we tailor options and portions for your pup’s precise needs.
We do it right because it’s about more than ingredients … it’s about love and trust. Our four-legged companions eat the same thing daily, unlike humans. Which means they need to get all their nutrients in every meal. That puts a little pressure on us people to get it right for our pups. But don’t worry—we’ve worked it out. And it starts with the power of fresh food.
Ollie uses human-grade kitchens that meet the highest industry standards. Then we distribute our food all the way to your pup through our network of FDA-registered, temperature-controlled fulfillment centers for safety and freshness.
Ollie shines by human-grade food standards too. Your dog’s dinner meets or exceeds all FDA and USDA standards for human-grade food manufacturing, including USDA Process Verified certification.
“Feeding your dog a fresh diet is truly a powerful act of love and nutrition, helping your pup live his or her best life. The research is clear, and in fact we’re still just scratching the surface in understanding all the ways it gives them the best chance of a long, healthy life,” says Bridget Meadows, Head of Food at Ollie.
A fresh, healthful diet has been shown to deliver a whole host of benefits, including healthier skin and coat, a more diverse microbiome, more compact poop, and a leaner weight. That means you’re significantly upping your dog’s chances of a higher quality of life. Statistically, it adds up to increased longevity, too—healthy body weight has been linked to a 20% longer life expectancy for dogs (Salt, Morris, Wilson, Lund, & German, 2018).
“It really is simply about being a good pet parent. We all want to do right by our dogs, and they can’t speak for themselves. So we seek out things that are great for them, things we can trust. And it puts our minds at ease, because we’re taking the best care of them,” says Meadows.
The best deserve the best. Because, hey—with all the love they bring into our lives, it’s the least we can do.
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