Dogs are silly. Sometimes they act like wolves, howling at every truck that drives down the street. Other times, we swear they’re furry humans showing off for our guests. The truth is, our dogs are more than just pets. They’re part of the family. We invite them to watch TV with us, we talk to them like a friend, and we play with them like our kids! We treat our dogs like people in so many ways, except when it comes to food. While we’re eating something real, they’re left with a dry bowl of indistinguishable triangles and bones we call kibble. Really treating our dogs like us starts with giving them better food.
Dog owners have different philosophies when it comes to food. But whether you’re serving kibble, raw meat, or homemade dinners to your dog, turns out you’re probably missing out on some prime nutrition. Like us, dogs need a fully-balanced diet that incorporates protein, fruit, and veggies, and is free of processed grains, harmful fillers, and preservatives: the stuff that’s too often in kibble. Another key factor of nutrition, I’ve learned, is variety. Your dog food might list nutrients on the bag, but the quality of the ingredients and your dog’s ability to absorb them is another question. It would be like eating a powerbar everyday instead of real food. Even though a power bar has all your “daily requirements” of vitamins and minerals, are you going to feel as good eating synthetic supplemented nutrition over the real thing, day in and day out? Not so much.
To get the right balance, we’ve got to go to the experts. Your vet might know general nutrition guidelines, but only a veterinary nutritionist (yes, it’s a real thing!) will know exact requirements for dogs of all breeds. That’s the advantage of Ollie.
Ollie is a fresh dog food delivery service that sends human-grade dog food developed by a veterinary nutritionist to your door every time you need it. It’s tailored exactly to the caloric and dietary requirements of your dog, and sent in perfect portions based on a dog profile that you complete online. Within a day or two, it arrives on your doorstep and all you have to do is scoop and enjoy, then store it in your fridge or freezer.
Each Ollie recipe is made with real ingredients like chicken or beef, peas, chia seeds, basil, and more to provide the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals that your dog needs. It’s all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about byproducts or fillers that can take a toll on your dog’s digestion: Ollie helps regulate all of that. It’s also grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and corn-free, so what’s left in the mix is just the good stuff.
Since our dog Gracie has a sensitive tummy and a grain allergy, we decided to give it a try. When our first box arrived, I found tupperware-style containers with rubber lids and a plastic scooper. I followed the instructions Ollie sent over on how to get started. During Gracie’s first week, I mixed the Ollie food with her old kibble to transition her from the old stuff to the good stuff. This way, it was easier on her stomach and she was able to adjust to the healthier food. Gracie loved it! I’ve never seen her get so excited about dog food. In fact, she gets as excited for her Ollie as she does about human food since it really is human-grade!
After a few weeks of a strictly Ollie diet, I’ve noticed Gracie’s coat has gotten softer and shinier, and she sleeps more soundly. No more sighing, heavy breathing, or constantly switching positions, which I was surprised to learn were symptoms of an upset stomach! Gracie seems to be happier and more satisfied too, and she doesn’t beg for human food as much anymore.
In our human world, it’s never been easier to access healthy food. And with Ollie, it’s never been easier to feed your dog healthy, too. Since you’re able to skip, pause, or cancel at any time, it’s a flexible service that can fit into any dog owner’s lifestyle. A healthy diet can help promote a healthy weight, which can extend your dog’s life. We all try to be healthy, and that involves keeping those around us healthy, too! You can check out their site for more details.
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