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While it can be tempting to feed your precious pup homemade food, it’s not recommended by most vets. Your dog needs a complete and balanced diet to live its very best life, but that doesn’t have to consist of just kibble or wet food from a can. A handful of subscription-based dog food services deliver fresh, human-grade food customized specifically with your pup’s health and nutritional requirements in mind. One of our favorites is Ollie, which Dr. Carly Fox of NYC’s Animal Medical Center recommended on our Best Dog Food List and Kitchn’s own 40-pound furry tester loved. Her human parent was so impressed, in fact, that even she “was basically ready to eat this food.” That’s how good it is!
To start, Ollie has you take an intensive doggie quiz that includes questions about your dog’s age, weight, breed, activity level, and health, including any allergies. Next, you select one, two, three, or all four of the listed recipes, with the option of switching up proteins and specifying how much of your pet’s diet will come from Ollie (25 percent up to 100 percent). After that, you’ll get an estimated delivery date of when your first package will arrive. The box is packed with ice and insulation to keep it cold until midnight on the day of delivery, which means you don’t have to worry about rushing home to put items away in the fridge or freezer. Bonus: Ollie’s packaging is recyclable and compostable.
What Makes Ollie Stand Out from the (ahem …) Pack?
Unlike competing services that offer just three protein options, Ollie offers four: beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb. And each recipe is also packed with fresh ingredients like butternut squash, pumpkin, spinach, kale, sweet potato, lentils, chickpeas, blueberries, and fish oil, giving your canine companion the right balance of vitamins and minerals. (No wonder our tester was ready to dig in!) The veterinary nutritionist-approved recipes are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO, meaning the food is appropriate for growing puppies as well as adult dogs of all sizes and breeds. Since the ingredients are fresh, it’s particularly gentle on sensitive tummies.
Meals arrive pre-portioned in vacuum-sealed packs. Your first box includes a rubber airtight “pup-tainer” with a lid, a matching serving spoon, and a booklet that explains how to store the food (in the freezer for up to six months or thawed in the fridge for up to five days). And since most vets recommend gradually switching your dog’s diet, Ollie has thoughtfully included custom feeding guidelines and directions to ease the dietary transition. Our tester also noted that each package includes more than one meal, so you can easily divide it into smaller portions and serve it for lunch and dinner.
And Now for Even More Good News …
While Ollie’s meal options start at $27 to $31 per week depending on the recipes you choose, Kitchn readers can score a whopping 60 percent (!!) off their first boxes from now until November 21. Delivery is always free, and Ollie will also throw in free treats to make your dog’s day that much more paw-some. Simply click here to place your order, and upgrade your pup’s mealtimes with fresh, unprocessed food. After all, with the thousands of cuddles, tail wags, and wet kisses you get, doesn’t your best friend deserve something special?