Grain Free vs. Freshly Made Dog Food


It seems the after-effects of the no-carb craze that pervaded the diet and weight loss community has finally spilled over into the diets of our pets. At first, we were excited about grain-free dog foods entering the market for our allergic or intolerant dogs. However, things quickly got out of hand as pet owners whose dogs had no allergies to grain jumped on the bandwagon.

Many pet parents with overweight dogs believed that putting their dogs on grain-free diets would lead to healthier and leaner dogs.  Paleo, gluten-free, low-carb, now grain-free? Dog food manufacturers hoped this new dietary thinking would carry over to consumers with pets.


The gossip that grain-free dog food is better is an unhealthy misconception. Commercial grain-free dog foods packed with fillers and additives as well as premium grain-free dog foods with alligator meat, won’t help your dog maintain a healthy weight or avoid health problems. It can cause them. Look for brands like Ollie that care about the health of your dog, not just your wallet.

Grain isn’t the enemy. Shady ingredients like Propylene glycol and Butylated Hydroxytoluene are. The unregulated dog food industry’s cruel and unforgiving manufacturing process shaves years off pets’ lives. Grain-free brands contain more carbs than traditional dog foods and use a starchy binding agent in their dry food. Recently, some grain-free brands have even been linked to canine heart disease resulting in numerous deaths.

By law, nutrition fact labels must list ingredients in order of weight. While protein should be the first ingredient, grain-free dog foods tend to list low-quality meats and byproducts. You’ll have to search outside your local pet food aisle if you’re looking for transparent companies that don’t contain fillers and preservatives.

Freshly Made Dog Food

You wouldn’t want to eat processed food out of a can or bag for your entire life would you? Neither does your dog. That’s why we recommend freshly made dog food. Voted InsiderEnvy’s number one dog food of 2019, Ollie makes dog food with a purpose.

Handmade in small batches at USDA regulated facility, Ollie dog food is precisely customized to your dog’s specific breed, activity, weight, and allergies. Ingredients like chicken liver, spinach, and blueberries work together to improve digestion, skin health, and coat. Formulated by a team of specialized veterinary nutritionists, Ollie offers grain-free and single whole-grain formulas. Long grain rice is healthier than wheat or soy and provides a natural source of nutrition unlike the artificially sourced vitamin and mineral premixes all commercial dog foods use.

While generic companies cook dog foods at high temperatures destroying any nutritional content, Ollie prepares dog food at low temperatures preserving nutritional value and making meals easier for dogs to digest. Ollie’s ultra-premium ingredients are ethically sourced, pasture-raised, and hormone-free so you can feel good about where your dog’s food is coming from. You can check out the quality and source of every single ingredient right on the website. Pre-portioned and delivered straight to your door, Ollie also helps promote healthy weight and in turn, a longer life.


The Winner? Fresh is always better. Nutritional balance is key to happy and healthy dogs. Avoid cheap grain-free commercial foods that are packed with chemicals and preservatives that may be harmful to your dog. Commercial dog foods and premium dog foods containing additives and fillers can aggravate symptoms, not help them.

Update: Ollie is extending a limited time offer to our readers. Receive 50% off your first box of Ollie.

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