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Ollie vs Just Food For Dogs

Both Ollie and Just Food For Dogs provide premium dog food, but they have their differences. Just Food For Dogs has more products and specializes in meals for dogs with advanced health needs. Ollie offers a meal plan with healthy baked food to reduce costs, plus a vet Telehealth service.

In this review, we will compare two high-end fresh dog food companies: Just Food For Dogs vs Ollie.

Generally, we were impressed by both of these brands compared to your usual kibble. Both Ollie and Just Food For Dogs deliver premium nutrition with the use of fresh, human-grade ingredients—food good enough that you could eat it.

It’s like home-cooked food for your dog every day, but you don’t have to do any of the cooking! Each brand delivers food already prepared and formulated by vet nutritionists with all the essential vitamins and minerals your dog needs. The result is a healthy meal that both dogs and vets love.

Below, we’ll compare these two brands in key areas, such as ingredient quality, price, variety of products, and money-back guarantees. Let’s jump in.

In this comparison:

Ollie vs Just Food for Dogs: At a glance

Ollie Dog Food logo
JustFoodForDogs logo
PriceStarts at $2 a dayStarts at around $1.60 a day for fresh food
ShippingFree shippingFree shipping or local pick-up if you subscribe online
Promo discount50% off first order; First responders and medical staff get a 50% discount off their first three boxes.50% off your first order + 5% off recurring orders if you subscribe.
Protein optionsBeef, Chicken, Turkey, LambBeef, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Fish, Venison
SourcingChicken and beef from high-quality, human-grade farms in the US. Lamb comes from free-range farms in the U.S. and Australia. Produce, seeds, and oils are sourced from U.S. farmsMeals contain restaurant-quality meats and locally sourced produce that are fit for human consumption.
Other productsBaked, shelf-stable food in two flavors.
Free vet chat service via their app
Shelf-stable food, 7 treats; 5 supplements, 6 nutrient supplement blends for homemade food, specialized prescription diets, and cat food.
Partial Plans?Yes, a mixed plan of ½ baked and ½ fresh food is offered.No, but you can simply increase the amount of time between deliveries
Meals formulated by veterinary nutritionists?YesYes, along with board-certified specialists in dermatology and toxicology.
AccreditationUSDA-certified kitchen and meats, AAFCO certified for all life stagesBalanced to the National Research Council standards; Some meals meet AAFCO standards for all life stages, while others meet AAFCO standards for adult maintenance or intermittent feeding only.
Money-back guarantee?Yes. If your dog isn’t satisfied, Ollie will give a full refund for the initial box.Yes, full refund on your first purchase
Cancel any time?YesYes
Giving backOllie donates 1% of its proceeds to rescue organizations and shelters. They also regularly donate meals to rescue sheltersNo established donations.

There’s more to know! For more information about either service, check out our  Ollie Dog Food review or our Just Food For Dogs review. Or see our category-by-category comparison below.

Just Food For Dogs vs Ollie: Which fresh food is better?

Below we’ll see which brand is better in a variety of categories. We’ve assigned each category a point value based on its relevance to most buyers, so you can see which brand wins at the end.

Ingredient quality

We feel confident in the ingredient quality of both companies. They both use human-edible meats, produce, and other ingredients that are formulated into meals by vet nutritionists in a way that all the necessary daily vitamins and minerals are accounted for. Although the ingredients contain most of these essential nutrients within themselves, both brands have added a nutritional supplement to provide some of the nutrients that are missing. (To learn about dog food that is nutritionally balanced without the added vitamins or minerals, check out our Raised Right Dog Food review or, for a dry food option, our Sundays Dog Food review).

Just Food For Dogs’ and Ollie’s meals are prepared similarly. They gently cook their ingredients over low heat to preserve most of the original nutrients present in the ingredients. This is in contrast to how kibble is extruded at high temperatures, destroying the bioavailable nutrients. Also unlike kibble, this fresh food is processed minimally without fillers, artificial ingredients, meat meals, animal by-products, or other unwanted additions. The food is quickly vacuum-packed and frozen after cooking, so it can be shipped fresh to your dog without artificial preservatives.

Ollie

Ollie states that its USDA beef and hormone-free chicken are sourced from farms in the U.S., and its premium, pasture-raised lamb is sourced from free-range, reputable farms in the US and Australia. Ollie told us that more than 60% of its formulations are composed of meat; the rest of the meals consist of healthy starches, fruits, veggies, seeds, and oils, which are all carefully sourced from U.S. farms. Since we originally reviewed Ollie, it has changed the composition of its recipes, moving the organ meat down on the ingredient list, so we’re not sure these specifics are still accurate. However, this review reflects these updated recipes, and we’re confident they are healthy for most dogs.

Ollie’s recipes are prepared in New York in its USDA-certified kitchen, which has the same food safety standards as human food. Ollie has each batch of food tested by a third-party lab to ensure the caloric and nutritional content meets AAFCO standards.

Both Ollie and Just Food For Dogs attempt to make their recipes with vitamins and minerals in their natural state. For example, to include thiamine (Vitamin B) in their recipes, they add organ meat, such as beef liver, rather than depending solely on vitamin supplements. Not only does organ meat add Vitamin B, but it also contains a host of other important nutrients. For this reason, you’ll see it in every Ollie recipe and most of Just Food For Dogs’ meals.

Just Food For Dogs

Just Food For Dogs uses fresh, restaurant-quality meats and local produce that are processed to the standard for human consumption. The company is transparent in how its food is made; its kitchens are open to the public, and we’ve visited its Union Square and Upper West Side locations in New York City to check it out. However, the company doesn’t provide specifics as to where the “local produce” comes from. Another area we’d love for Just Food For Dogs to be clear on is if and how its food is regularly tested for pathogens.

On the other hand, Just Food For Dogs has done extensive research in the area of dog nutrition. In fact, it claims it’s the only fresh, whole-food company to have nutrition and digestibility studies completed at a major university and published in a peer-reviewed research journal. The study’s results indicate that Just Food For Dogs’ formulas improved specific health markers, are 40% more digestible than kibble, and produced 66% less fecal waste than premium kibble.

Further information on this research can be found in our Just Food For Dogs review, but the underlying conclusion was that real, whole ingredients are easier to digest and convert into energy with less food to pass through as waste.

Winner: Tie (+1 point each)

Both brands use USDA meat and produce from within the USA. We are not clear on how often Just Food For Dogs batch tests its food, but we can reasonably assume they have standard safety checks in place. This is important to us for food safety and reducing recalls. We like that both brands include organ meat, although Ollie includes organ meat in every recipe, which may give it a slight edge.

Fresh meal recipes

Just Food For Dogs offers seven fresh meal choices and usually has several interesting limited-time options. Fish and venison are unique proteins to Just Food For Dogs, and the latter is helpful for dogs that have sensitivities to more common meats. Ollie offers four protein options, but none that differ from Just Food For Dogs, although their recipes are different. Both offer grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes to suit your dog’s needs.

Ollie’s recipe selections

Ollie has created four tasty recipes with whole meat as the first ingredient, followed by a few plant ingredients, then organ meat. The recipes are finished with nutritionally dense foods like chia seeds, fish oils, or blueberries to pack in vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamins and minerals are added to balance and complete the recipes. Meals range in protein levels from 9% to 11% and also vary in caloric density. These meals meet the AAFCO feeding standards for All Life Stages.

Ollie recipes:

  • Beef recipe: Beef, peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, beef kidney, beef liver, spinach, blueberries, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, salt, fish oil, zinc gluconate, rosemary, vitamin E supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodide.
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: min 9%, Crude Fat: min 7%, Crude Fiber: max 2%, Moisture: max 70%; 1540 kcal ME/kg
  • Turkey recipe: Turkey, kale, lentils, carrots, coconut oil, turkey liver, blueberries, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, salt, calcium carbonate, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, iron sulfate, choline bitartrate, manganese gluconate, manganese sulfate, copper gluconate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodate.
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: min 11%, Crude Fat: min 7%, Crude Fiber: max 2%, Moisture: max 72%; 1390 kcal ME/kg
  • Chicken recipe: Chicken, carrots, peas, rice, chicken liver, potatoes, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, whole dried eggs, fish oil, blueberries, chia seeds, calcium carbonate, salt, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, rosemary, copper gluconate, choline bitartrate, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2).
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: min 10%, Crude Fat: min 3%; Crude Fiber: max 2%; Moisture: max 73%; 1298 kcal ME/kg
  • Lamb recipe: Lamb, butternut squash, lamb liver, kale, rice, chickpeas, cranberries, green beans, potatoes, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, cod liver oil, salt, calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron sulfate, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), manganese gluconate, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodate, folic acid.
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: min 10%, Crude Fat: min 7%, Crude Fiber: max 2%, Moisture: max 74%; 1804 kcal ME/kg

Just Food For Dogs recipe options

As with Ollie, Just Food For Dogs’ recipes start with a single protein. Most of the recipes contain organ meat, providing essential B vitamins and minerals. Protein levels are similar but slightly lower, ranging from 7% to 10%. Recipes are formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced with the addition of a nutrient blend.

The ingredient formulation of each recipe creates a unique nutritional profile. As a result, Just Food For Dog meals vary a bit more from one another in protein, calories, and fat content than Ollie’s meals do. The benefit of these meals being different is that they can cater to the needs of different dogs, such as those who need low- or high-fat diets or high- or low-protein meals. Just Food For Dogs has gluten-free and grain-free selections and options for dogs with food sensitivities.

If you don’t know which meal your dog would gobble down, try the brand’s sampler pack, which includes all the standard fresh options. A few additional meals will come and go off the menu, such as a vegetarian option, Shepherd’s Pie, and All-Day Breakfast.

It’s important to note the intent of each recipe. Some meet the AAFCO standards for Adult Maintenance. Two meet the standards for All Life Stages: Fish & Sweet Potato and Chicken & White Rice. Large Breed Support is exclusively for dogs 50 lbs. or more, and others are for intermittent feeding only, like a special occasion meal.

Just Food For Dogs recipes:

  • Chicken & White Rice: Chicken Thighs, Long-Grain Enriched White Rice, Enriched, Spinach, Carrots, Apples, Chicken Gizzards, Chicken Liver, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 8% min, Crude Fat: 3% min, Crude Fiber: 1% max, Moisture: 72% max; 43 calories per ounce
  • Beef & Russet Potato: Ground Beef, Beef Liver, Russet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Green Peas, Apples, Safflower Oil, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 8.5% min, Crude Fat: 7% min, Crude Fiber: 1.5% max, Moisture: 72% max; 44 calories per ounce
  • Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni: Ground Turkey, Whole Wheat Macaroni, Broccoli, Zucchini, Carrots, Turkey Liver, Cranberries, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 10% min, Crude Fat: 4% min, Crude Fiber: 1.0% max, Moisture: 69% max; 49 calories per ounce
  • Fish & Sweet Potato: Alaskan Pacific Wild-Caught Cod, Sweet Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Safflower Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 7% min, Crude Fat: 2% min, Crude Fiber: 3.0% max, Moisture: 82% max; 26 calories per ounce
  • Lamb & Brown Rice: Ground Lamb, Long-Grain Brown Rice, Spinach, Cauliflower, Carrots, Lamb Liver, Blueberries, Safflower Oil, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 7.5% min, Crude Fat: 5% min, Crude Fiber: 1.5% max, Moisture: 72% max; 42 calories per ounce
  • Venison & Squash: Ground Venison, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Cranberries, Safflower Oil, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 9% min, Crude Fat: 2% min, Crude Fiber: 1.5% max, Moisture: 82% max; 25 calories per ounce
  • Large Breed Support: Ground Beef, Long-Grain Brown Rice, Beef Heart, Carrots, Green Beans, Beef Liver, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil, Nutrient Blend, Glucosamine And Chondroitin
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein: 9.5% min, Crude Fat: 10% min, Crude Fiber: 1.5% max, Moisture: 65% max; 56 Kcals per ounce

Winner: Just Food For Dogs (+2 points)

For the average dog, either brand is a great choice. But, if you are looking for more protein options, to feed a large dog, or you need a specific type of diet, Just Food for Dogs will probably have better options. If you’re looking for the brand with the most protein content, Ollie would be the winner, or you could check out two other protein-packed options: Raised Right or A Pup Above dog food.

Other products

In addition to fresh food, both brands offer a few additional products and services.

Ollie

Recently, Ollie created a dry, baked food option. Like the fresh food, this baked food uses the same high-quality, human-grade ingredients to formulate each recipe. These ingredients are baked at low temperatures to preserve more nutrients than the process used to make traditional kibble. And you can expect this food to be free of the same unwanted preservatives, artificial ingredients, and fillers, such as corn, soy, or wheat.

Ollie’s baked food is available in chicken or beef recipes. Both baked recipes meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO for All Life Stages, so that means it’s great for puppies all the way up to seniors.

Ollie has also recently introduced OllieHealth, a free telehealth service for those who subscribe to an Ollie food plan. This telehealth plan offers access to knowledgeable veterinarians via the Ollie app, so you can ask questions about preventative care or other everyday topics. It’s especially helpful if you have a non-emergency concern and you don’t want to pay the vet visit fee to ask your usual veterinarian. You can choose an instant live chat 17 hours a day, 7 days a week, or you can schedule a video call.

We aren’t aware of any other food company offering this service, and it’s a pretty significant perk since these services can cost around $24+ per month on their own from services like Pawp. You may also find them included with certain pet insurance policies, such as Lemonade Pet Insurance.

Lastly, Ollie offers an app to make managing your dog’s membership easier. Here, you can manage your account, update your pup’s box (e.g. recipes, delivery date), talk with vet experts in OllieHealth, get updates and notifications on your box’s arrival, and more.

Just Food For Dogs

Just Food For Dogs also offers a convenient shelf-stable meal, called  PantryFresh, in four recipes: chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb. It is also formulated with the same 100% human-edible ingredients as the fresh food and cooked at a low temperature to preserve the nutritional value and flavor. This food is not dry like Ollie’s, however. It is a wet food sealed inside a box that resembles a small broth box.

Just Food For Dogs offers the following additional products:

  • Vet-support recipes: These 12 meals are formulated to address specific health issues, such as join support or digestive sensitivities. Some of these meals require you to upload a veterinarian’s prescription, while others don’t. Available in Fresh Frozen and PantryFresh.
  • Treats: Eight single-ingredient and mixed-ingredient treats made to be tasty and help meet a variety of dogs’ needs (e.g. low fat or high protein).
  • DIY homemade kits: Six nutritional supplements that ensure all essential vitamins and minerals are accounted for in homemade food.
  • Supplements: These six supplements help support healthy bodies by addressing issues such as joint care, probiotics, and skin and allergy care.
  • Custom meals: For a fee, Just Food For Dogs will work directly with you to create a custom meal that meets your dog’s specific health needs.
  • JustCats Food & treat: There’s a Fish & chicken meal and a Salmon snack—just for cats! Learn more in our Just Food For Cats review.

Winner: JFFD for food products, Ollie for telehealth (+.5 point each)

Plain and simple, Just Food for Dogs offers more products. A distinguishing quality that separates them from not just Ollie, but most fresh dog food brands is that they offer the vet-support meals that nourish dogs’ specific needs. This is why we rated it the best dog food for IBD.

However, if you’re happy with one of the standard meals or the option for baked food, Ollie lets you chat with veterinarians on demand. Many businesses charge at least $20 per month for this type of service, and Ollie is the only pet food service we know of that offers this for free.

Addressing allergies & health issues 

During the brief onboarding questionnaire, both Ollie and Just Food For Dogs ask you to enter information about your dog’s allergies and weight to give a rough idea of their health. This information is used to determine which recipe will be most beneficial for your dog.

Depending on what your dog is allergic to, either brand may meet your dog’s needs. Ollie has Lamb for allergy-prone dogs. Just Food For Dogs offers lamb, venison, and specialized meals, such as Joint and Skin Support.

In fact, Just Food For Dogs offers several therapeutic recipes to meet the needs of dogs with complex health issues. Many of these meals require a prescription because they are formulated by vet nutritionists to address problems such as liver or kidney disease, digestive issues, or low-fat needs. Custom meals for specific issues are also available but come with additional fees. More detailed information on these prescription and therapeutic diets is available in our full review.

Winner: Just Food For Dogs (+1 point)

Ollie can help with basic dietary issues, such as avoiding gluten or a certain protein. Just Food For Dogs has more protein choices and also has crafted meals to meet the needs of dogs with advanced health concerns. 

Customizability & supplemental meal plans

With Ollie, you can opt for their “Mixed Plan”, which is a 50/50 combination of their baked food and their fresh food. This plan helps keep food costs down while still providing your dog with a healthy diet.

Ollie’s customer service team is available to help you with questions you may have when choosing food for your dog, and they’ll check in again a few days after you receive the food to see if there are any issues or if you are seeing any unwanted weight gain or loss. They will change your meal portions and recipe choices accordingly.

Another advantage of Ollie over Just Food For Dogs is that you can receive a variety of meals in each order free of charge. Just Food For Dogs only ships full boxes of one recipe, so if you would like to mix recipes from day to day, you’ll need to order another full box of food.

As we discussed earlier, Just Food For Dogs offers completely customized meals to meet the needs of dogs who require a specialized diet to meet their health needs (for a one-time formulation fee). And if you want to change the meal your dog is eating, you can make that adjustment in your account.

Winner: Ollie for mixing; JFFD for customizing (.5 point each)

Our dog loves variety, so we like that we can choose up to four recipes per order with Ollie. And the Mixed Meal plan keeps costs lower allowing more dogs to eat well.

But if your dog needs a custom meal due to acute health issues, Just Food For Dogs may be your best choice.

Price

Your price largely depends on how much food your dog requires. But other factors, like the type of food or the recipe you choose, also determine your price. Pet owners with a medium-sized dog will pay somewhere around $6 a day for fresh food with either brand, but you can see more specific prices in the table below.

Ollie prices vary slightly between recipes; their beef recipe appears to be the lowest price option and turkey recipe appears to be more expensive than other choices. Also note that if you order the mixed Baked & Fresh meal plan, your prices for Ollie will be lower than what’s reflected in the table.

Be aware that Just Food For Dogs’ prices vary substantially by recipe. The Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni recipe is the lowest-priced fresh food meal we have come across. The Large Breed Support meal is also priced lower than other options (but is only available for dogs over 50 lbs). In contrast, the Venison & Squash meal is one of the most expensive meals we have found in fresh dog food.

If you choose the Just Food For Dogs Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni or their Large Breed Support meal, Just Food For Dogs will most likely be less expensive than Ollie. However, it’s a toss-up on the other protein options. Either way, it’s easy to run a quick quote from each company, so you can compare the prices of the meal you want. The quote is free and you will not need to provide any card information. Just use the buttons below to secure your discounts.

Here are some price quotes for various sized dogs and various fresh food recipes. Since Just Food For Dogs’ prices vary so much by protein, we provided an average price range. If you want pricing information on Ollie’s Mixed Plan (combination of baked & fresh), see our guide: How Much is Ollie Dog Food? Likewise, check out our guide to Just Food For Dogs prices to learn about the cost of specific recipes.

Ollie priceJust Food For Dogs price
6-lb. Yorkie male$3.14 day / $22 week$1.61–2.13 day / $11.27–14.91 week
25-lb. Pembroke Welsh Corgi male$6 day / $42 week$4.81–7.09 day / $33.72–49.63 week
60-lb. Catahoula Cur male$9.85 day / $69 week$6.99 per day (Large breed Support meal)
$8.03–11.07 day / $56.19–77.47 week
For the chart above, the same information was entered for both food delivery services, such as breed, age, health, and delivery location. The prices only include the traditional, fresh recipes.

Winner: Just Food For Dogs, but it depends on the recipe you choose (+1.5 points to JFFD; +.5 points to Ollie)

Overall, we found Just Food For Dogs prices are better, but that’s if you choose the Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni or Large Breed Support meals. Ollie and Just Food For Dogs are priced similarly for other meals and mid-sized dogs. Try comparing a price quote for your dog from each company. It’ll only take a few minutes and there’s no obligation to purchase.

Discounts

Right now, Just Food for Dogs offers free shipping, 50% off your first purchase, and 5% off every subsequent purchase when you sign up for their Autoship program. Ollie offers free shipping and 50% off your first purchase, but no recurring discount.

Winner: JFFD by a hair (+1 point)

Both brands offer the same introductory discount, but if you’ll keep purchasing the food in the future, Just Food For Dogs offers an additional 5% off all future subscription purchases.

Portioning

Portion sizes are based on the information you provide in your dog’s profile, such as your dog’s breed, weight, and activity level. This caloric amount is carefully calculated by vet nutritionists and usually varies slightly depending on the brand.

If you find your dog is gaining or losing weight unintentionally, reach out to Ollie and they can adjust the portion size. Just Food For Dogs has standardized pouch sizes, so you’ll just need to add to or cut back on your dog’s portion. They suggest adjusting your dog’s portions in 5–10% increments until they reach their target weight.

For both brands, a single pack is approximately enough to feed a 30-lb. dog for the day. Measure the appropriate serving size that is provided in your account. Ollie makes portioning easy by providing a measuring scoop. Plus, Ollie makes storing any leftovers easy with a high-quality reusable food container they send with your first order.

I noticed that the Just Food For Dogs meals differ from one another in caloric density, protein content, and fat content. This variance means that your dog’s portion size may be different from one meal to the next. For example, your dog’s serving size may be ½ cup per meal of a calorically dense meal like beef, but ¾ cup per meal of a lean protein like fish. This diversity in each meals’ nutrition profile benefits dogs who need specific nutrition, such as lean protein meals for dogs with pancreatitis. But it also means you’ll need to do a little more work when dishing out your dog’s food.

Winner: Either (+.5 point each)

Portioning is similar in both, but Ollie may have a slight edge by providing a measuring scoop and more consistent portion sizes.

Packaging, sustainability & storage

We like that both brands make attempts to be sustainable in how they ship the food. Just Food For Dogs’ packaging is completely recyclable or compostable. The food arrives in insulated cardboard boxes filled with plenty of dry ice to keep the food mostly frozen until you arrive home.

Ollie’s insulation liner is made of recycled and biodegradable jute, while Just Food For Dogs’ insulation panels are made to be compostable or dissolvable under running water. In an effort to be eco-friendly, Just Food For Dogs only ships full boxes of food.

Ollie and Just Food For Dogs packs are similar in volume, with Ollie’s being slightly shorter and thicker, about the size of two or three stacked smartphones. Just Food For Dogs come in 18-oz. or 72-oz. packs. The 18-oz. packs are larger, roughly the size of a small iPad. Both are flat, stackable, and easy to store in the refrigerator or freezer. You should always store most of the food in the freezer and thaw the next day’s portion in the fridge overnight.

The food is vacuum-sealed in plastic packaging, so there’s no need for synthetic preservatives. Both tops of the packages peel off easily. 

Neither of the packs is individually labeled with the dog’s name and feeding instructions like The Farmer’s Dog does. This is convenient if you’re feeding more than one dog. But the feeding instructions can be found within each box or in your account online.  

With Just Food For Dogs, your shipments will only consist of food. Feeding guides can be found in your online account. With your Ollie food, you’ll receive a feeding transition guide, feeding and storage instructions, and a resealable Ollie “puptainer” and scoop. The container comes in handy when storing leftovers.

Winner: Tie (+.5 point each)

Both companies focus on making the shipments as sustainable as possible. We like that both food packs are recyclable. Ollie has a slight edge in storage because of the high-quality container they provide with your first shipment, but Just Food For Dogs allows for the longest interval between shipments, which is more sustainable.

Shipping

Both Ollie and Just Food For Dogs offer free shipping (with a subscription) and flexibility in adjusting your delivery frequency and location in case you travel. They ship to any of the lower 48 states. Orders can easily be paused or skipped, and you can cancel any order prior to it being processed.

Ollie ships your food on your chosen delivery schedule (up to six weeks at a time), and you can expect it to arrive on the same day of the week. This schedule may change, however, if there is a major holiday or inclement weather. Ollie will contact you in the event that your delivery schedule changes. 

Just Food For Dogs also delivers routinely, about every four to five weeks. But it can be delivered weekly to every eight weeks. They deliver Monday through Friday, but not on the weekends. Remember, they only ship full boxes of food, so if you have a tiny 6-lb. dog, you’ll still receive seven 18-oz. food packs. So, ordering weekly may overwhelm a small freezer space.

If you need food quickly, you can choose to pick up your Just Food For Dogs order in their own brick-and-mortar retail kitchens, at Pet Food Express (California), at Petco locations nationwide, and inside veterinary clinics and hospitals. Order online in advance and select “Free Local Pickup” at checkout. 

Just Food For Dogs allows purchases without a subscription, but you’ll pay a flat $10 shipping fee with every order. Ollie does not allow purchases without a subscription. We found that Just Food For Dogs’ Autoship program is a much better deal than its one-off purchase option. You get free shipping, save 50% on your first order, and save an additional 5% on recurring orders (and then there’s the bonus that you don’t have the task of shopping for dog food!).

Winner: It depends (+.5 point each)

It depends on what is important to you. If you have a small freezer and a tiny dog, you’ll want to look into Ollie’s shipping options. But both brands offer weekly and free shipping. Just Food For Dogs also offers free pickup if you happen to live near a store that stocks the food. 

What are my other options?

If you’re still not sold on either Ollie or Just Food For Dogs, there are several other brands that are worth checking out.

Nom Nom offers individually portioned dog food in four recipes, beef, chicken, turkey, or pork. The fresh, human-grade ingredients are slightly less ground than other brands, so you can see real pieces of vegetables in your dog’s food. Nom Nom also offers a few gut health kits and supplements, which you can purchase separately from your subscription. You can learn more in our Nom Nom Dog Food review, our Nom Nom vs Ollie comparison, or our Nom Nom vs Just Food For Dogs comparison. We also want to call out that you can get an exclusive 60% discount on your first box through the reviews linked above.

The Farmer’s Dog is another premium fresh food company that creates human-grade dog food. They have similar protein flavors to Nom Nom. We like that their food packs are custom-labeled with your dog’s name and specific feeding instructions, which is a big help if you have multiple dogs. The Farmer’s Dog competes with the other brands in the area of price. It would be worth taking a few minutes to get a price quote to see which brand is the best deal for your dog.

Unlike Ollie and Just Food For Dogs, all of The Farmer’s Dog’s recipes are grain-free.

You can learn more about this particular brand in our The Farmer’s Dog food review, our Farmer’s Dog vs Ollie comparison, and our Just Food For Dogs vs Farmer’s Dog comparison. As with Nom Nom, The Farmer’s Dog has offered our readers an exclusive 60% discount on your first box.

The Farmer's Dog

The Farmer's Dog

  • Fresh, human-grade dog food
  • Automatic shipping, so you never have too much or too little; cancel any time
  • The Dog Tale readers get 60% off their first delivery

Overall winner

13 total points
Just Food For Dogs9
Ollie4

Based on our 13-point scale, Just Food For Dogs is the winner. It wins because it offers more recipes, especially for dogs with acute health issues. And some of these recipes are cheaper than most.

However, we have fed both of these foods to our dogs, they loved both, and we feel confident recommending either of them. By choosing either Just Food For Dogs or Ollie, you’ll ensure your dog gets some of the highest quality, premium dog food available.

Which is best for you may come down to the smaller details and the needs of your specific dog.

Here are some reasons you may choose Ollie:

  • To mix recipes in each order
  • To reduce costs by having a Mixed Plan of baked and fresh food
  • To feed a puppy (all fresh and baked recipes are suitable)
  • 3rd party batch testing to ensure food safety
  • Free telehealth service

You may choose Just Food For Dogs if you want the following:

  • Discounted meals (Turkey & Whole Wheat Macaroni and Large Breed Support)
  • Meals that support your dog’s general or specific health concerns; or a custom meal
  • Treats, fresh cat food, or supplements

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