Simply Nourish Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Simply Nourish Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Simply Nourish product line includes nine dry dog foods.

Although each formulation appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we found no AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product website. So, it’s impossible for us to report life stage targets for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Simply Nourish Lamb and Oatmeal Adult
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Adult
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Senior
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Puppy (5 stars)
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed Adult
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed Adult
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy
  • Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato and Salmon
  • Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed Puppy (5 stars)

Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed Adult Dog Food was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal (source of glucosamine and chondroitin), oatmeal, brown rice, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, natural flavor, flax seed, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, salt, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium carbonate, sodium selenite, potassium chloride and choline chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fourth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.1

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The sixth ingredient includes tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

After the natural flavor, we find flax seed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Simply Nourish Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Dog Food looks like an above average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Simply Nourish Dog Food is a grain-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken or salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note some products may have been awarded higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

06/14/2011 Original review
11/25/2012 Last Update

  1. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  • Maryann Omalley

    The only reason my dog is dropping his coat is because he can not have dog food under 27 protien in food, as I said,this food does not have 30 protien or his coat would not drop.. he could be a protien tester for dog food..I have already started him back on his old dog food, and like clock work it will stop in a week, this food is not^ 30 in protien

  • theBCnut

    There are many reasons that dogs drop coat, but whatever the case it is evident that this food doesn’t work for you.

  • Maryann Omalley

    well i have been using the high protien, chicken and turkey, i can be assured that the protien level is not as high as the bag says, it states 30, my dog always will start to drop his coat under a 27 percent protien level, and guess what?he is dropping his coat, , two weeks on this food, and it is going back tomorrow, if i buy a high protien food that is what i expect it to be!!

  • Cory Hughes

    That was my thought. Thanks for that. I appreciated your insight.

  • Crazy4cats

    Sometimes the shots and the dewormer can make their stools a little soft also. I wouldn’t worry about it unless it doesn’t start firming up a few weeks or if it’s an off color after the final deworming.

  • Cory Hughes

    Ha ha thanks. He has been to the vet and has had his shots and dewormer. I also have to finish his deworming in a week with pills the vet gave me. his schedule seems to be good just the consistency of his poop. He has lots of toys and bones he is in love with so he doesn’t chew any of our stuff. He’s pretty smart.

  • Crazy4cats

    It’s not really that unusual for a new puppy’s poop to be a little soft for a while. He’s going through a lot of changes. But, if it relieves the worry to take him in with a poop sample, it wouldn’t hurt anything. My lab pups, who are 2 1/2 now, did come home with some parasites and I switched food for a few times before I knew what the problem was. However, their poop was either mustard colored or a little greenish. Has he been to the vet yet? I really don’t mean to worry you, because everything is probably fine. You have a lot of fun days ahead of you! Just don’t leave any shoes, slippers, or socks laying around, they love them! Actually, they love everything for a long time. LOL!

  • Cory Hughes

    Oh ok thanks for that. Well i took a couple days and switched over to the new food and my pup took to it very quickly. It’s all the same color and he seems to be happy and healthy. Just not sure if it’s something I should worry about yet or take him to the vet.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Cory-
    I’m assuming that since he’s only 9 weeks, you haven’t had him for very long. Did you switch foods from what the breeder was feeding? If yes, then sometimes this can cause some temporary digestive upset. It’s usually recommended to keep a new pup on the same thing the breeder was feeding for a while since they are already going through so many changes when going to a new home. You could try to add a little pumpkin to try and firm things up. Is the poop normal color? If the sloppy poops continue, you might want to take a sample to the vet for a fecal test. Sometimes young puppies can have some worms or parasites that can cause this also. And BTW, congrats on the new pup and good luck!

  • Cory Hughes

    I am using SN Large Breed Puppy and my puppy is getting the soggiest poops that are really hard to clean up. Is this normal or not? I’m not sure if it’s the food or if its just the fact that he is so young. He is a 9 week old Lab. Any thoughts?

  • Pam c

    Both are Petsmart exclusive brands. I’ve used simply nourish and I thought it was okay. At that point I hadn’t heard of any pest related issues.

    I just find it worrisome how many people are reporting moths, bugs, and mold? in sealed unexpired bags. I’m not sure if this has to do with storage at Petsmart warehouses or where the problem is originating.

  • dchassett

    I’ve never fed this food but I have had the privilege of having dogs in my life for most of mine and I will say that if you are brushing your dogs teeth (I brush my three dogs teeth twice a day as I do my own every day, but I am a bit ocd) and they are still experiencing bad breath then I would say that it may very well not be coming from their teeth or mouth but their guts. It may very well be a nutrition/belly issue and not a mouth issue. Generally if one has bad breath I think our first thought is teeth or mouth but it may be a stomach issue. I will admit that I mostly feed raw with the exception of The Honest Kitchen Zeal. When I was feeding kibble and brushing twice a day every day I was still having issues with one of my dogs bad breath. At least with my one dog who has so very many food intolerances and out right allergies. Once I changed them all to grain, soy, poultry and rice free diets and went to raw with, as I mentioned, The Honest Kitchen I have to say that not only did all bad breath go away, but all of their teeth including their back molars which are very difficult to keep plaque free are as white as white can be. I was truly shocked because I thought I was doing such a good job with their teeth before. My allergy/intolerant dog was scheduled for a teeth cleaning at the vet and I just cancelled it a couple of days ago because their is no need. Mind you I have only been feeding exclusively raw and THK for approx. 4 months now. Anyway, this is just my dogs and my experience it may not be true for all dogs, I don’t know. I’m a novice at raw feeding. But I’m a convert that’s for sure.

  • lisa

    I don’t have first hand experience regarding their teeth, but Simply Nourish is also a PetSmart proprietary brand.

  • Tc Stevens

    I feed my puppy their chicken and brown rice small breed, and on the bag I have I don’t see this ingredient, just “artificial flavor”. I have a different type, but its the same line, I’d hate to be feeding him anything not good. I put a lot of reading before choosing a food, and thought this looked like quality stuff.

  • Amy

    Does anyone have any thoughts on Simply Nourish vs Authority Grain Free. I have 6 dogs all but 1 (he has food allergies) are on Authority grain free but I’m wondering if this is better.I just feel weird about the fact that Petsmart produces Authority. My main worry is their teeth, I brush all of my dogs teeth twice a week but since they have been on Authority their breath just seems to smell worse and all of them are up to date on their dentals. Any idea if SN is better for teeth? Any info would be appreciated.

  • Donna

    Thank you so much for the response. This sounds especially disgusting. :-( My question though, is how did this food receive 4 out of 5 stars? Do alot of foods have this ingredient…is this a normal thing? I feel I have to switch to something else now, even though she is doing so well on this food. Any suggestions? Goldendoodle, 18 months old.

  • InkedMarie

    No, it’s not good. It’s a broth like substance that comes from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean & up decomposing animal tissue, exclusive of feathers, hooves, horns, teeth.

    They can get the animals most anywhere, such as 4D which is dying, diseased, dead or disabled, Roadkill, euthed animals and refuse from grocery stores & restaurants.

    You can probably get a better description than I gave you doing a google search.

  • Donna

    I had been feeding my dog Nutro Lamb and Rice and she was vomiting bile at least 3 times a week. I switched to the Simply Nourish Sweet Potato and Salmon about 2 weeks ago, She seems to like it alot and she has not gotten sick since. HOWEVER, I just saw something on the internet about an ingredient that I do not understand and I am hoping someone can explain it to me. The ingredient is “Animal Digest”. This ingredient is listed fairly early and on the ingredient list above it says “natural flavor” but on the bag, it says “Animal Digest”. Can someone please tell me what this is and is it good for my dog?

  • Sami

    We also just bought a bag of Simply Nourish and it has maggots inside! It’s crazy. We went back to Pet Smart and they didn’t mind us returning it. We’ll never buy another Simply Nourish ever again @_@

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Pam

    I also make jerky treats for dogs. As Patty said leaner cuts are better. If you want the finished product to be stable at room temperature for more than a couple of days then removing all the fat is the way to go. It’s the fat that will go rancid long before the meat if dehydrated properly.

    I make salmon with the skin on and pollock without the skin. Fish contain omega 3′s which are lacking in a lot of dog’s diets. Fish fillets like salmon and pollock have no fat to trim so you just slice them and dehydrate them.

    I also make chicken jerky using boneless skinless chicken breasts. They require some fat to be trimmed but not as much as most other cuts of meat.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Leaner cuts are better for dehydrating, but since you are storing the extra in the freezer instead of on the counter, it doesn’t matter. I use all kinds of meats, fish, pork, ground turkey, beef, you name it.

  • Pam c

    I make my dog homemade plain, chicken jerky. It tastes really good :). Excess jerky is stored in the freezer. I’ve been meaning to make her other types of jerky but I’m not sure what will work well because apparently leaner cuts are better for dehydrating.

  • JaketheMutt

    I had the same problem as well,I had to switch my dogs off of this food after buying 2 bags that were infested with maggot looking worms and beetles,unfortunately I left both bags in my car for a few hours while I finished up the rest of my errands,by the time I got home the back of my car was crawling with worms.I took the bags back to Petsmart,they said it was just a harmless beetle caused by storage issues(whatever that means) and it was perfectly fine for me to feed my dogs if I wanted,ugh absolutely not! Did you tell the Petsmart you purchased this food from about the ibuprofen?

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  • Kelly

    I just stopped feeding our 2 dogs simply nourish. They have been on it for a year and during that year I had one bag that contained maggots and moths in it. I thought it was maybe on the shelf too long, so I threw it out and bought them a new bag. Didn’t have issues for several months, then bought another bag and several moths flew out of the bag when I opened it (Fresh, Brand new bag). 2 days ago, on Christmas Day, I found 3 ibuprofen mixed in the food!!! Ridiculous! Be aware!

  • BeckyP.

    Allergies can happen with any food, it’s best to start out with a food that contains a SINGLE protein source, makes it much easier to find the allergen , the gas COULD be due to the Boxer being a short muzzled breed, they have a tendency to swallow a lot of air but it also could be a sign of food intolerance…diarrhea,gas,vomiting either as single symptoms or a combination could be a sign of food intolerance. Food allergy shows as itchy skin, scratching face,shaking of the head, ear infections, chewing on the feet etc.. A good food can have a lower Protein percentage if it contains quality protein source/sources, I would say anything over 23% Protein should be good but like I said lower protein percentage can be ok as long as the protein source is quality and highly digestable but watch Fat percentage, high fat CAN cause/aggravate Pancreatitis. What was the animal species the bone came from, that could be your indicator to avoid that species protein source in your next food purchase or it could’ve been a chemical on the product,lol, allergies can be difficult and a pain to figure out, good luck to you cause I have been switching foods for months trying to find the culprit for my dogs, you really have to take time to read labels thoroughly , I suggest making a written list of every dog food ingredient label that your dog has shown reaction with, than circle all the COMMON ingredients, I have found that is is EXTREMELY difficult to find a food that does not contain egg product, fish oils, multiple protein sources and chicken in some form or chicken fat and this combination I have found to be in most foods, One dog is allergic to chicken (she had pustules on her tummy and the inside of her thighs) stopped chicken and that went away, now she chews on her feet and my other dog has developed an allergy to I think fish, so I have been working on this for a while, I’m a Vet Asst and I know this kind of food elimination can work it just takes commitment but remember, they can also suffer from pollen and contact allergies…..Good luck to you, I hope this helped :)

  • Mike Sagman

    When we re-visit Simply Nourish in the not too distant future, we’ll be sure to update this review. Thanks for the tip.

  • Sandy

    Finally, a commercial dog food that doesn’t give my dog diarrhea or gas or “poop butt”! Our Australian Shepherds do not have tails, and when they have a food(s) that doesn’t agree with them we have a disaster on our hands trying to clean up the, um, mess from the disagreeable food. I swear, SN is the only food besides the Honest Kitchen that has caused NOT one episode of poop butt! My dog’s coat is gorgeous, no allergic responses shown, he’s at a good weight, healthy, happy, and wonderful stools!! All that at a great price point. I think it’s more of a 5 star food personally! I should add that I mix it with Honest Kitchen’s Keen. Can’t beat that combo!! I’ll NEVER change if it means I don’t ever have to clean an Australian Shepherd’s butt again!! LOL

  • Sandy

    This is the jerky, not the dog food. I would never feed my dog ANY commercial jerky, no matter who makes it, after all the deaths and illness that these treats have caused.

  • SMC

    Beware!! Simply Nourish Chicken Jerky… We have a small dog that has had a very severe reaction to something and we believe it to be the Chicken treats. When the dog got better from his bad reaction ($1000.00 in vet bills), my wife went to give him a treat. She saw MOLD on the treat and thought the bag just wasn’t sealed. She then opened a NEW bag and lo and behold, MOLD! She took the two bags back to the pet supply store. In the middle of the store was a BIG display. My wife showed the manager her two bags and then pulled one from the display. You could see the MOLD through the window of the bag on display!
    Again, BEWARE!!

  • BeckyP.

    Advisor, you need to include Simply Nourish Healthy Weight W/ Turkey in this review…

  • Tiffine

    I just have a few questions about the Simply Nourish Sweet Potato and Salmon, we have always had smaller dogs and never really did any research on the food that we feed them…but we recently adopted a boxer puppy who is about 9 months old and we where told that we need to get a high protein food for him does anyone know if this food would have enough protein for an active dog like him? Also we were told the better quality of the food the less gas problems you have, anyone that has used this food do you notice less gas? and one more we were told that when you switch foods you need to make sure they don’t have a allergy to it ( we just spent the weekend at the emergency vet for an allergic reaction to a bone, so just a little bit worried) are there a lot of allergies to this type food?

  • heavymethod

    We skipped around foods a lot for our Mastiff the first year of having her trying to find a food that didn’t make her as gassy – theirs no cure for a Mastiffs gas comes with the breed. After switching between many of the top rated foods on this site we started feeding her Nutro since it curved the eye burning gas a little better than the others but our sweet baby later started scratching non stop and shedding very bad. After doing some reading that was a common occurrence with Nuto. Then we stumbled onto the grain free Authority from PerSmart. Still skeptical since it was so cheap we decided to give it a shot after all the good reviews. Itching was gone and shedding decreased dramatically. Now each time we go to buy more food we started mixing the big bags of Authority grain free with different “flavors” of Simply Nourish 5-6lb bags like Lamb & Oatmeal, Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato & Salmon, Chicken & Brown Rice, etc… She has done great with this change and method. Don’t need a gas mask as much anymore either.

  • reecifer

    My mastiff boxer mix loves this dog food.. was feeding him nutro and his chin broke out. Switched to simply nourish and his chin cleared up in less than a week.

  • Melissa

    My 16 week male lab puppy has been eating the puppy large breed and loves it! Our vet asked what we were feeding him because his coat is shiny and smooth. Very happy!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Protease, lipase, amylase, bromelaine, papain. You might see them listed as pancreatin. There are others, but those are the major ways you’ll see them listed.

  • Pattyvaughn

    No, that’s probiotics, but they are really important too.

  • Mandi Merlenbach

    Something like the cultures in yogurt. Lactobacillus acidophilus, I use goats milk yogurt because it is much lower in lactose which can upset their tummies.

  • Butchroy

    I have looked on the Swedish Vallhunds rescue site! I love the breed, I have Butch (rescue from pit bull rescue) and we cannot have another due to his dog aggression, he loves his cats, so I can add cats, not really! seven is plenty. But when the day comes to adopt another dog, I want to rescue a Vallhund, an Irish Wolfhound and a pit bull that is cat and dog friendly. I have always had multiple dog families in the past. I read this sign and it hit me hard “Old age means realizing you’ll never have all the dogs you wanted to!” I hope I have enough time to have more!

  • InkedMarie

    We have friends with Elkies, I love them. Also have friends with a Berger Picard.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I think I might be able to beat the motley-ness of that crew! Boston Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Lancashire Heeler, Klee Kai, Papillon, German Pinscher, Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Norwegian Elkhound and Basenji are my current short list …although those last 2 are probably – realistically – only if I had a yard. Another SV is, of course, also a distinct possibility – they are wonderful dogs!!! If,that yard/land thing were to happen, Blue Picardy Spaniel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pyrenean Shepherd, Finnish Lapphund, and Saluki would be added to that list. Yes, I have a fondness of relatively rare breeds ;-)

  • InkedMarie

    The DDB was at my favorite pet store on Saturday. The owner was surprised I knew what Raina was. She said she was very shy but she sure loved me@

    the others were at a Fall Foliage Festival here in NH. You have a SV? I did not know that!

    My short list is: Boston and/or Frenchie, Tibbie, Irish Wolfhound, pitbull terrier, long haired Whippet, Clumber Spaniel. Yeah, I’m all over LOL

  • Storm’s Mom

    Wow!! How/where did all this awesomeness happen?!?! :-) Bostons are also on my short list (I’ve wanted one for as long as I can remember …and was pretty sure I was going to get one before I decided on Storm.. but once I discovered them, I just couldn’t give up the opportunity to have a Swedish Vallhund!! …another SV is also on my short list …it’s actually a very long short list haha) I love English Setters too (soooooo beautiful!!!) but not a very realistic choice for a condo dweller :-( ..maybe one day, if/when I buy a house with a large yard or land… :-)

  • InkedMarie

    Me too! I had a great weekend for dogs: met the tibbie, two Leonbergers, a Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, English setter, frenchie and two Boston’s!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Agreed! Tibbies are on the “short list” for my next dog :-)

  • InkedMarie

    Oh, I’m jealous, I love Tibetan Spaniels! I met one yesterday!

  • Jannarama in Arizona

    I have been buying the Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Sweet Potato & Salmon recipe dry dog food for my 2 dogs (Tibetan Spaniel, age 13 and Malchi, age 1) and it has really helped control the ‘itching’ my Tibby was getting from eating poultry. This is poultry free.

    Both dogs really enjoy this food, and will eat it dry, or mixed with the Simply Nourish ‘stews’ that I buy–(the seafood type, not chicken type due to the poultry allergy.)

  • Brittany Dean

    Seems to be a nice food! They seem to be very enthusiastic about it and their stools are very nice!~ (As weird as that sounds). I had them on the Chicken and Brown Rice adult food, not a bad cost, and they seemed to really like it, no ill effects either. I had them on Wellness Core prior to this, I must’ve gotten a bad bag because all 3 of mine came down with tummy ailments. Since PetSmart wouldn’t give me my money back, I got an in-store credit and decided to give this food a try.

  • Angel

    I checked online and you can order it from the pet website. Hope this helps. It was in stock earlier this morning.

  • Angel

    Forgive me if I sound stupid, but, what would digestive enzymes consist of?

  • CranberryCoco

    I think it’s limited ingredient diet(LID). It just means that there a fewer ingredients in the food. That can be good news for a dog with allergies :).
    Hopefully your little white feather is doing okay. Did you find a substitute until you can get more salmon and sweet potato?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You could try adding some digestive enzymes. Increased stool volume is usually an indication of poor digestibility.

  • Angel

    I just checked and you can order this food online if need be.

  • Angel

    I have a shipoo and have been feeding her this dog food for around two weeks. She absolutely loves it! But, I notice that she poops more since eating this food.Is that normal? It is hard and not runny and she doesn’t scratch like she used to either. I mix a tablesspoon of the canned fish,beef,or chicken stew with the dry. Just enough to keep it crunchy but give it a little more flavor.

  • White Feather

    I cant say enough about how well the SN brand has saved my dog! I rescued a Westie in Dec 2012. She was a mess! Had such severe skin allergies she was losing hair on her neck and hind end. Her ears were infected, and she had a terrible gastric issue. I switched her to SN Salmon and Sweet Potato limited edition… within a month all of her skin problems had vanished, and her ear infections are history! She loves this flavor! Unfortunately our local Petsmart can not keep this on their selves. I am wondering if there is a shortage due to the factory that produces it. It concerns me because of the “limited edition” label. We ran out of this about a week ago and they still cant get a restock on this. So, I switched to a vegetarian brand in hopes she would like it until the SN Salmon was restocked. She nibbled on it, and now refuses to eat. I was desperate and went to Petsmart yesterday, and found they also carry this in cat food. I don’t have the bag to compare their dog and cat food SN Salmon and Sweet Potato… thinking my dog would eat this if I added the SN soft food… this did not work out! lol I think my dog is stubborn! It doesn’t look like her food… I just hope Petsmart is going to be able to get this flavor back on their shelves! I will be buying a couple of their largest bags! I am a total believer in this product! I may have to resort in driving long distance to a Petsmart that has this on their shelves!

  • CranberryCoco

    I think the only way you’re going to be able to tell is by trial and error(with other foods). You can compare the ingredients to what s/he was eating before. I think you should try to eliminate chicken from the diet first. It might take several weeks to see a change.

  • somebodysme

    There are no grains, this is a very limited ingredient food. This food contains more sweet potatoes than it does meat though. Your dog could be allergic to the peas in the GF version. My dog loved the new GF food but unfortunately it contains peas which caused her to break out in a bad rash etc.

  • Megan

    Does anyone know if the Limited Edition Salmon and Sweet Potato flavor of SN is grain free? I read the ingredients and I didn’t see any mention of grains but I’m no expert. Right now, I’m feeding my pup the grain-free chicken flavored SN and he likes it but he will not stop itching! I thought maybe he had a grain allergy, but I think he might be sensitive to chicken too. I’d greatly appreciate it if anyone could tell me about the salmon and sweet potato flavor!

  • Julie

    Jan I agree with you. SN is easily available and reasonably priced. I think the SN LI Sweet Potato and Salmon kibble is a great starting point for someone to try if they suspect their dog has allergies. It’s grain free and white potato free. The canned SN LI Fish & Potato Stew is one to try also.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    This food is one of Petsmart’s private label brands. While is made for them (outsourced, as Petsmart does not own a factory), it is made by a company based in Utah, I believe. I really can’t remember exactly which company because it’s been quite a while ago when I found out. I don’t know about ingredients from China….possibly, but imho it’s a decent food.

  • suid

    SN seems to be a good food but I don’t like that it’s got Sweet potato as the first ingredient. IMO I would prefer a food for allergies like Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream ,Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch, or even Holistic Select Grain Free Anchovy Sardine and Salmon. For some reason which I’ve been doing my research it sounds like this brand is made by Petsmart. Which I don’t trust considering where they source there ingredients from IE like china.

  • Crystal

    I’ve been feeding Simply Nourish dry and canned to my dogs for over a year. I have 3 chihuahuas. Ages 5 months, 3 years, and 7 years. And a German Shepherd mix who is 14years. The puppy and GSD get their life stage food. The adult chihuahuas get small breed adult. I have noticed a change in their coats and skin since feeding this. Especially my 3 year old chihuahua who has food allergies (grains likely). They cleared right up on this food. And of all the foods I tried, this is the first they go RUNNING for! They don’t leave one kibble. The overweight ones have lost the weight they needed too. I recommend this food all the time. It is not “THE BEST”, but for the price, it is a very good food.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Oh gosh, not at all!! I was just pointing out to the original poster that the food wasn’t “amazing” because the poster would’ve likely seen the same results and her dog would’ve been “cured” with any chicken-free food.

  • ScoobyDoobyDoo

    You really seem to have some sort of Simply Nourish vendetta.

  • Betsy Greer

    Glad you found something that works great for your dog.

    Just curious though, same ingredients, same kibble size, presumably same GA… so what exactly are you paying $2.00 more for?

  • Danniedla

    My 15lb feist chihuahua mix rescue went through a few different dry foods and stomach problems until we found Simply Nourish small breed! She eats it and has stayed healthy. (knock on wood). I just don’t understand why the small breed kind is $2 more than the regular food of the same flavor. The ingredients appear to be the same and the kibbles are the same size. I still stick with the small breed one though, and just buy it when it’s on sale. We are very happy with this!

  • Dona

    Looking for low sodium food for my small dog with kidney disease. Do you have information on sodium content of Sweet Potato and Salmon or other dry food by Simply Nourish?

  • Storm’s Mom

    If this is the only food without rice, barley or peas you have found, you have not been looking very hard!!! On another thread, you mentioned an allergy to lamb, but even still, there are a TON of (better) options available without those 4 ingredients than just this food!! I am sure there are a number of us who can provide you with a list, if you’d like. Let us know..but regardless, please do your research!!

  • rosesanlilacs

    The Limited Ingredient version of this brand only is the only dry dog food that my dog can eat on the market because of his allergies. This is the only one I’ve found that does not have rice, barley or peas….I’m just grateful its out there.

  • Shawna

    I may have misunderstood or misread but isn’t that similar to what Patty said?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I could never live with myself if I let my neighbors child burn to death because my dog was more important to me. I would be sad and feel guilty that I couldn’t do more for my dogs if they were to die in a house fire, but I would die if I let my neighbors kid burn. Sorry, I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one, big time.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I wouldn’t, if it would be risking my life, I have 2 kids who needs me, not to mention all my other critters, who would go to the pound if I was dead. How responsible would that be?

  • Pattyvaughn

    No, you didn’t misread it. I even gave an example.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Shawna-
    I think anyone would go after their own human family member first. I know I would. I think that’s human instinct to protect ones family first, before strangers and their family. After all, I would suspect that if someones kid was drowning and so was the neighbors kid, they would go for their own first, then go back for the non family member. Its just the nature of the beast.
    My point it, this human nature to protect ones own family first is not dissipated by the fact that those family members may be of the non human variety. In a nutshell, if my house is on fire and so is the neighbor’s, I am getting my husband and fur family to safety FIRST before I come down to help the neighbor. Is this putting the value of my dogs lives ahead of the neighbor’s human life? Yup. But one could also say the same for those who spend top dollar on vet care and food. Money that could be going to help starving homeless kids.

  • Shawna

    I read Patty’s post differently. I took it to mean that the “mentally” unstable person is one that values their pet/s more than their human child/children. Not that those who choose not to have human kids are mentally unstable. Maybe I misread it?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I completely understand where you’re coming from. I don’t have or want kids either so my dogs get treated like my children. I’m mentally healthy (I think lol).

  • Shawna

    I would too Melissa. And I’m sure Patty would also. However if my grand daughter and Audrey were in a burning house, I would go after Phoenix first. I would hope and pray to make it to Audrey in time. And if I didn’t make it to her in time, I’d be haunted and guilt ridden for life. But I would still go in after Phoenix first. I think that is all Patty is trying to say.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Marie you hit the nail on the head – my grandmother calls her dog “baby” and it’s a little yorkipoo that pees and craps all over the house and won’t go outside and she carries it all over as if it can’t walk. I babysat it the other day and every time I tried to take it out it just tried to climb up my leg then the second I get it inside and turn my back for a second there was poop and pee all over my carpet. Grrr…

    I call Gertie my baby girl but she definitely doesn’t get carried around the house and she goes to the bathroom outside lol

  • Julia Bulia

    I believe that is true about the chicken. One of my dogs had an ear infection in both ears on a dog food with chicken. The vet said the chicken was probably the culprit. However, this dog has had major food issues over the last year and for 4 months I had to cook for him–chicken and rice. He didnt have them with that. But it’s not an exact science. It could have been something else. Two of my dogs eat the chicken and rice formula of SN and love it and are thriving on it. This particular dog gets blue buffalo turkey and potato grain free and is doing great on it. It can be exhausting finding the right food.

  • somebodysme

    Yeah I know, I want to try and feed my dog some raw chicken too because she loves it. I have to get this food trial behind us first though. A friend was telling me also that kibble chicken and raw chicken don’t necessarily react the same as far as allergies. Right now, I have her on Earthborn Holistic grain free Coastal Catch. She has only been on it a few days so it’s too soon to tell, plus she’s on medication for the itch so that’s also keeping any itch at bay. It is OK as far as digestion goes.

  • InkedMarie

    I know what thats like, one of mine reacts to chicken. I was hopeful that, like alot of dogs with chicken reactions, he’d be okay with raw chicken but no such luck. What is your dog eating now?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Well, considering I am first aid, cpr and AED certified, chances are pretty good, lol.

  • losul

    That’s an admirable quality. Hopefully then you would do the same for a fellow human being or child.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Shrug. I would run into a burning building to try and save one of my crew.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Whoa Melissa!! That is NOT what I said!! I said that while they are hugely important in your life, only a mentally unhealthy person would make their importance equal to a human child. If it was between my dog that I love, and the life of a complete stranger’s child, the child wins, that is how important a human child is. If it is between my life and some child, I would give my life, I wouldn’t give my life for a dog.
    I totally agree, people can call their dog what they want, I said “I don’t care if you call your dogs babies”

  • Melissaandcrew

    wow. If I were a person to take offense, I would at this. So because I don’t have kids(by choice) call my dogs my family, furkids, babies etc and refer to myself as mom and hubby as Dad, I am somehow mentally unhealthy? ROFLMAO.
    People can call their dogs/cats etc what ever they want, and I don’t think the offense came from Marie’s sentiment, but rather the need to post it in response to some one who feels otherwise, as if they are somehow ‘wrong” for using those terms.

  • somebodysme

    With all the off topic discussion about calling dogs a baby and all…I’d like to get back on the subject of Simply Nourish and say that other than my dog’s apparent allergies to chicken…she absolutely loved the grain free version of this. She had perfect stool and by that I mean firm and NO SMELL. There was no gas or any sort of gastric issues. She was scratching like a mad man on this. I took her off Pro Plan Savor chicken thinking it was the grain but once she started eating Simply Nourish grain free chicken…her skin broke out in scaly itchy rashes. Her allergies were much worse on SNGF. So sad because she loved it so much. I believe the food is worth using if you dog isn’t allergic. It is not all the cheap though. Petsmart guaranteed this food and I got 100% of my money back!

  • InkedMarie

    for crying out loud, no one said I was angry. I have a few pet peeves but not angry about them. I’ll be honest, I probably hate the baby terminology because, in real life, the people I know who call their dogs “babies” are the ones with toy dogs who don’t ever get outside unless it’s because they get loose, get held by the owners most of the time & do their pottying inside the house.

  • somebodysme

    To you, the idea that dogs aren’t like babies is NOT ODD because that is your line of thinking….to us people that think of our dogs as our babies…to be angry and peeved that someone would think of them as our babies is indeed “odd”. You are definitely in the minority…but entitled to that way of thinking just as I am entitled to love my dog however much I care to. I do not believe she’s a human baby…but a baby none the less. I think you are taking the word “baby” and making it literal as in a human baby. “Baby” does not exclude animal babies.

  • InkedMarie

    Not odd. I have dogs that I treat like as if family. I don’t have babies or “fur kids”. I used to have parrots and they were birds, not “feather kids”.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m free to post what I want to, sorry you don’t agree or don’t like it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I was staying out of this, because I understand both sides completely, I’ve been there. But I just had to say, anyone who has had children knows that while they love their pets, it is COMPLETELY different than how you love your children. I don’t care if you call your dogs babies, but they are still just dogs. And while they are hugely important in your life, they will never be to a mentally healthy person what a human child would mean to that same person. And I’ve known many, many people who have learned this when they went from pet owner to parent. I’ve only know one person who didn’t make that leap and she was a creepy pet owner and a terrible parent.

  • somebodysme

    I KNOW IT! Everyone I know that has a dog thinks of them as their babies. They are just like little babies…or 2 year old children. A very odd pet peeve for a dog lover I’d say!

  • Angie Heiser Carter

    Since it’s your personal pet peeve you really shouldn’t air it on a pet food nutrition site. If you choose to call your pets dogs that’s your prerogative just as it is mine or others who post too call our pets “babys” or babies without being made fun of. That comment is totally out of line!!

  • somebodysme

    Ooops, I just realized she said Blue Wilderness….sorry…

  • somebodysme

    Simply Nourish with grains is getting a 4 star rating. That’s not too shabby!

  • somebodysme

    HDM, how can one person know so much, such a wealth of information! I did NOT realize BB all had this chicken meal in them. Explains why my dog scratched because I thought it was fish based! Thank you so much for this! Even though I do read ingredient lists, this slipped past me!

  • somebodysme

    Believe me, when you have an itching dog and find a food they can eat, it does feel amazing! HAHA! I did not realize that SN had this other grain free food. Thanks for the recommendation! I did not realize my dog’s issues were with chicken, I thought it was the grain so I bought the SN grain free which my dog absolutely LOVED, her digestive system also LOVED it but it actually caused her to scratch more and have more rashes. So suspecting chicken intolerance, I just switched to Earthborn Coastal Catch and hoping for “AMAZING” with it ! LOL! So far she loves it and digestion is fine on it also. Too soon to tell if the scratching will stop.

  • Patrick Garcia

    We, my wife and I, foster for our rescue group, Bullywag, Inc. We try to concentrate on moms and pups because we have the time needed to care for them. We used Simply Nourish Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice with the last litter of 8. When they went for their first vet appointment, the vet, said they were the healthiest puppies he has seen in quite a while. After discovering this site, I switched my girls (8 in all) to one form or another of Simply Nourish. The Lamb and Rice seemed to be a little harsh on 3 (eating grass) so I transitioned them to Sweet Potato and Salmon (grass eating has slowed tremendously) and 2 on the Lite. Everyone seems to be happy and healthy.

  • bree

    Hi can you rate Simply Nourish Grain Free?

  • Cindy

    So do we know the manufacturer of this food?

    I read below (from a while back) American Nutrition. I’m not familiar — any thoughts?

    I called and asked for the manufacturer, other Qs, will post back when I get some answers in case it helps others.

  • Cindy

    I think it just can *feel* amazing, a tremendous relief, when a dog finally can eat a food without getting sick because the allergy has been discovered.

    I know I felt soooo relieved & grateful years ago when my vet and I determined that my dog was simply allergic to chicken, after trying many things to figure out what was wrong. It can very upsetting, depending on the amount and extent of symptoms.

  • Cindy


    That issue with Blue really bugs me — because I’ve had to help multiple neighbors/friends who mistakenly bought Blue Wilderness believing they were NOT chicken based. These dogs had allergies or intolerances to chicken and the dogs were still getting sick. I literally had to go into their homes and show them on the back of the bags (ingredient list). Blue reps and salepeople have also said on occasion that these did not have chicken and recommended the food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Your dog likely has an intolerance to chicken. All of the Blue Wilderness formulas are chicken based despite the different names such as “salmon” and “duck” and “red meat.” Blue fools consumers by using de-boned duck or salmon or red meat as the first ingredient, followed by chicken meal. Because ingredients are listed by weight and because fresh meat is approximately 80% moisture and meal has already had the moisture removed, by the time the food is processed the duck or salmon or red meat which was listed first is now way down on the ingredient list and chicken meal takes the top spot. It’s also a way to trick consumers into paying more by making them believe they’re getting a novel protein based food when in reality it’s a chicken meal based food (one of the cheapest sources of animal based protein).

  • Storm’s Mom

    It’s not that Simply Nourish is “amazing” or “cured” a dog of anything… it’s that you and the Petsmart employee changed from a food with chicken meal that both your dogs were likely allergic, or at least sensitive, to to something that did not contain the ingredient that was causing problems. Switching to any food without chicken would likely have had the same effect.. and, frankly, I would put Simply Right into the “mediocre to good” category, certainly not “amazing”… you can still feel foods that are sooooooo much better (any of the 5 star grain-free foods listed on this site that do not contain chicken, for example)

  • Loves Dogs

    A Petsmart employee shared with me that Simply Nourish dry dog food with sweet potatoes and salmon (no chicken meal) had cured her dog of itching and ear problems.

    I had been giving my dog Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon (with chicken meal) and having to give her antihistamine tabs daily because of itching and ear scratching.

    Within 3 days of starting Simply Nourish exclusively, she is completely free of itching. Amazing!

    And it’s much cheaper than Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon.

  • crissingeorgia

    1 cup of the chicken and rice kibble in the am 1 cup at night. I add 1-2 raw eggs and 1/4 cup of homemade yogurt to the evening meal. Sometimes my chow/lab mix will ask for an extra egg and I always give it to him. If money were no option, my dogs would eat mostly raw protein and some vegetables daily

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Oh, I’m sure some cons will be mentioned but, imho, I think this food is fine. I actually like the simpler ingredient panels. I have fed the dry very little….but use their canned food religiously. I would not be adverse to feeding their dry food for a longer period, however. They have now come out with new grain free formulas (besides the limited ingredient one) but I’ve yet to see the ingredient or G/A panel. I can’t wait to see them reviewed here. My local Petsmart has room for it on the shelves but it hasn’t arrived, yet. I actually bought a bag of the new grain free cat food, though, and my cat is fine with it, so far. She also eats their canned food in her rotation.

  • TheScampicat

    okay, so I have just changed to this food from Blue Buffalo, mainly because my Boston Terrier seemed less than interested..does anyone have any bad things to say so I will know beforehand…She so far seems to like this food but I would love some feedback pro or con..THANKS!

  • Regina

    I worked for PetSmart for a period of time and although this did not make me an ideal employee I would in fact steer customers to a competitor if I felt they sold a food that would better suit the needs of that customer’s dog. I did work for them, but as an animal lover (dog’s have a special place in my heart) I felt it negligent to suggest a food to a customer that was less than ideal simply to make a profit. There is another pet store that is less than a mile away from the PetSmart where I used to work that sells Fromm, TOTW, Canidae, etc and there were many times where I suggested to a customer that they try one of those foods. Now I definitely don’t agree with everything that Mrs. Olivera said, but I think she would probably be more receptive if you tried a different approach.

  • Kat

    It’s in some stores and should show up in the rest soon…there are empty spots for it.

  • Matt Barnes

    We purchased our beautiful American bulldog from our friend, a great breeder. We switched the puppy to simply nourish when we took him to the vet for the first time. First off its a great old for a fair price, bruno( the pup) loves it, and his health is great. He’s more energetic, coat is smooth and soft, and he seems to poop less and more solid then when on the previous food! I highly recommended Simply Nourish!! Great food

  • Matt Barnes

    We purchased our beautiful American bulldog for our friend, a great breeder. We switched the puppy to simply nourish when we took him to the vet for the first time. First off its a great old for a fair price, bruno( the pup) loves it, and his health is great. He’s more energetic, coat is smooth and soft, and he seems to poop less and more solid then when on the previous food! I highly recommended Simply Nourish!! Great food

  • Lynda Cittadini

    Have a picky dog….bought dozens of brands….picked up Simply Nourish Chicken & Beef Stew, grain & gluten free. Looks just like my own chicken pot pie filling. Then I realized, as I read the can, that it is a product of Thailand………they eat dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I don’t think she has been back in a while, but you can look at the ingredients list on the food you are currently feeding and any food you know your dogs didn’t do well on and try to figure out what they have in common. Pick a food that is very different and consider adding digestive enzymes and probiotic. If your current food is not already grain free, that is a common cause of the symptoms your experiencing and should be the first thing you try.

  • Jamie

    Hi Katlp6 I know this was 3 months ago my pits are having the same issues. Can you tell me the kind of Simply Nourish your using

  • softwind

    With the recent uproar about Beneful I switched my boys to this last night. Because of the bad publicity, I didn’t do a transition, but just a straight change. hopefully it won’t mess their bellys up too bad. After years of eating Beneful, they both seemed to love this and chowed down.

  • Countryfun88

    Is it already out in stores?

  • Pattyvaughn

    If she is spayed she may have a slow metabolism and require less food than you would think. You may also need to up the intensity of her exercise. Does she run on your hikes?

  • InkedMarie

    Yeah, pricier than I thought. Are you looking for a new food or just want advice on how to get her to lose weight? If it’s weight, feed her less and judge from there.

  • [email protected]

    47.99 30# bag
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  • InkedMarie

    I think you’re feeding her too much. Just curious what you pay for what size bag? Ive heard other people say this food is alot of money for the ingredients but I’ve never used it.

  • [email protected]

    this is candy in the pic

  • [email protected]

    shephard/hound/chow im feeding her adult large chicken/rice simply nourish

  • InkedMarie

    what kind of dog, what are you feeding?

  • [email protected]

    2 cups a day nothing else hiking daily

  • [email protected]

    The male is at perfect weight. He eats 2 cups of adult large chicken/rice simply nourish. He has his testis. He is a shephard hound about 4 yrs old. The female is fat. She eats 2 cups of adult large chicken/rice simply nourish. She is fixed/spade. She is a shephard/hound/chow about 4 yrs old. Both dogs are excercised daily.

  • InkedMarie

    A number of reasons: you’re overfeeding, free feeding, feeding food too high in fat & carbs, lack of exercise

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  • Pattyvaughn

    Soft stools can definitely affect anal glands.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Assuming you’ve already discussed the stool issue with your vet and it’s been determined that there’s no medical cause – I’d try adding a spoonful of canned pumpkin to each meal and supplementing with probiotics and digestive enzymes. The fiber in the pumpkin should help firm things up, probiotics with help to balance his gut flora and enzymes will help him digest his food more efficiently. If things still don’t clear up within a few weeks you may need to consider trying another food, he may be sensitive to an ingredient in this food.

  • Cooper

    I currently have my 5 month old German Shepard mix that weighs about 30 pounds on this. He seems to like the dog food but when he goes out his stool is a little soft and he moves to two or three different spots. My pup also has problems with his anal glands not like trying to mark his territory but when he is sleeping. Could the soft stool be a problem with him and the food?

  • Jwhap

    Old Roy is a Walmart brand, Kirkland is a Costco brand. Most of these companies do this. I don’t think Petsmart is being deceptive here. I think they have folks doing market research on what works.

  • Jwhap

    Ummmm, they make the majority of their products in the U.S. anything not american is lamb (sourced from new zealand , most lamb is) and some products are made in a factory in Thailand. Apparently from seeing reviews this factory was listed as one of the cleanest in the world. I can’t find the link now, but when I come across it I will post it here.

  • Jwhap

    Sharon, I realize this post was a while ago, it I have been using simply nourish with my 4 dogs since about the time it came to market. I was looking for a natural premium dog food that was not expensive. My dogs were on Blue Buffalo and I was looking to save a little money. Needless to say, all of my dogs love the food, this is especially important as one of my babies does not care for anything food related and has always been super finicky. Also on the blue three of my dogs spit out the little dark kibble (life bits or something) which is about 25% of the food. With simply nourish they eat all of the food. I would also say that my dogs skin and coat quality appear to be much better on this food.
    Not sure if this helps. I have 2 senior dogs (on senior food) and 2 large breed dogs (eating large breed) they have all eaten the regular adult as well. I also had purchased the soft food/wet food…… All I can say is holy cow! It looks like human food, not dog food at all! I would give out a 4.5 out of 5. There are better foods out there but you will pay a lot more for them.

  • Countryfun88

    Hey Jan. I had just rescued her and was sort of brand new to measuring so I was feeding slightly too much :) I have reduced her intake and now everything is great :)

  • Countryfun88

    Everyone I lowered her intake after writing this review. I was new to measuring when I first rescued her and 3 cups was too much for my baby :) She’s still nice and lean now and she loves her food.

  • Countryfun88

    Thanks Mike! I’ve lowered her intake slightly after realizing that might 3 cups was a little too much based on her weight and even activity level. I love the Brindle coloring as well, so beautiful. :)

  • Eric Lynn

    Hey :) I was new to measuring when I first had got her. I have reduced her intake and its working out great. She is lean as can be :)

  • Eric Lynn

    Thanks! I love her

  • Eric Lynn

    I was new to the measuring thing when I first got my baby lol … I have reduced her intake now after realizing 3 cups was too much. She’s quite active and stays lean so it all works out now :) Every now and then I mix the wet food with the dry sort of for a treat. She loves it. (COUNTRYFUN88)

  • cmag

    We have been feeding Simply Nourish for about 3 years now – it was the only food our 15 year old lab – who has since passed – would eat. However, I have noticed that over the last year, our dogs have started to poop 2 times more per day. Which leaves me to wonder if something has changed in the ingredients? Anyone know?

  • Kat

    simply nourish just expanded to include a high protein grain free formula.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I just want to add that i have been to Thailand many times and you can buy any fake item you want and you can buy any prescription meds etc. It does not appear to be a country that regulates much – nothing more then lip service

  • sandy

    Susan – your dog can also eat the “adult” food, not just the “senior” food. That way you can also buy the different flavors and offer some variety.

  • beaglemom

    Susan, this website is not affiliated in any way with Simply Nourish. You can always order larger bags on, or consider finding a different food that is more readily available to you as this brand is ONLY available through Petsmart.

  • Susan Erixson Otteros

    I started buying Simply Nourish after a representative at Pet Smart got me to buy it. I love it for my dogs but recently when I went to buy more at Pet Smart there was no big bags provided for Senior dogs for me to buy. I went ahead and bought a small bag. I do not like to buy the small because it costs me more and I have to go buy more dog food more frequently. I like the big bags simply because it last longer and I don’t have to go buy more dog food all the time. I also save money with big bags. The staff at Pet Smart said they don’t have any control on what Simply Nourish puts on the shelves. I am asking if you could please have big bags for senior dogs available or I will have to be forced to buy a different brand that provides big bags. I go to the Pet Smart in Lake Havasu City Arizona. Thanks!

  • InkedMarie

    I was thinking the same thing, you can’t cancel that close to delivery. I don’t even know how long I have to cancel from the places I order from

  • Pattyvaughn

    You canceled the order 2 hours efore delivery? I would have thought that they would have told you that since it was already in transit, it couldn’t be canceled. I hope you do your research efore you buy, the next time.

  • Tess

    I bought 2 bags of simply dog food at the total cost of £18 directly from the company.After having the info that their puppy food contains not less calcium but in fact more than Royal Canin large breed puppy food, I canceled over the phone with Simply the order: 2 hours before the delivery. On arrival I mistook the parcel for something else I bought on Amazon. I signed the parcel and realised after the delivery man drove away that it was the unwanted parcel. I called and was advised to return it ASAP and they wouldd “do their best” to refund product and postage after discussing it with their manager. I posted it and it cost me £12. they received it, and I called to see if I was to be refunded the postage (I had called and asked for a postage refund about 5 times over the last 2-3 weeks and funnily enough got more and more ellusive answers from the indifferent sales woman each time). I am not being refunded the postage. that is me paying £12 for dog food I cannot use, that cost £18. that is 2/3 of its value. SIMPLY Dog Food is not helpful and not even honest, AVOID. Also contains high calcium.

  • Layne Nelson

    I’m still curious, is Simply Nourish from China or not?

  • JellyCat

    PixieGrl, I agree with your point about cat food. People tend to value their dogs more.

    I’m really glad PetSmart doesn’t sell ferrets. I hope they will never sell ferrets. In fact, ferrets just like cats and dogs should not be sold in a pet store.
    You’re right that pet industry is new and that things will continue to improve as people get more educated.

  • PixieGrl

    That I do agree with completely. Generally, I don’t buy my dog food there, either, and I wish we carried some of the better brands. I think what it comes down to is most people are not willing to spend the money on the premium foods (it’s hard enough at times to convince people to spend the money on Blue or Wellness). PetSmart is still a business, and I think right now Corporate feels that the premium foods would be a costly investment without the turnaround. Unfortunately, the majority of people still either don’t care to, don’t know to, or simply cannot buy the best quality foods. Heck, we’re still seeing this problem with humans and nutrition.

    This is probably the most true with cat food in particular. I think most people just don’t consider nutrition with cats. Dogs have always been our loyal companions, but cats have historically been kept to keep away pests – therein catching their own food. I know that growing up, we fed our cats whatever food we could find and usually it was cheap (read: crap). We never really thought about feeding a quality food, in part because our cats were getting the main part of their diet from mice and gophers that they caught, and also because our cats lived to be in their twenties so we assumed it didn’t matter. I obviously know better, now, and I try to educate every customer that I can; however, I think many people still have this mindset. Again, it can be hard enough to convince someone to simply not buy Meow Mix and go up a few tiers, let alone educating them about complete cat nutrition. Which, semi-unrelated, recent studies have shown that dry cat food in general is not particularly good for cats, and that the best diet is a chunky-wet/raw meat based one.

    As for ferret food, I believe we’re working on that. I know that the industry for quality ferret food is still relatively new, and because we don’t sell ferrets we don’t generally get many ferret customers. Fish food, however, I know absolutely nothing about.

    To be fair, the pet food industry is relatively young, and things have improved immensely just in the past ten to twenty years. Hopefully, things will continue to improve, and perhaps we will eventually see the cheapest brands fall out completely to make way for premiums.

  • JellyCat

    I personally don’t shop in PetSmart for foods as they do not sell food that I consider to be acceptable for my animals. However, there are always people advertising RoyalCanin, Nutro etc.
    Also, if the store is so concerned about quality, why don’t they sell more quality products? There are virtually no foods (2 brands that are somewhat decent) suitable for cats and it’s really sad to see their ferret food selections. And forget about fish foods.

  • PixieGrl

    Actually, I work for PetSmart and we are encouraged to show our customers the highest quality foods – even if that means pointing them towards Wellness or Blue Buffalo rather than one of our brands. It varies which food I will recommend, as well. Some customers want a higher quality food, but aren’t willing to pay the prices they come with. Some dogs and cats don’t tolerate the high protein content of Blue Wilderness. Some need the grain-free diet of Wellness, Blue, or even Nature’s Recipe.

    Personally, my goal is to at least have a customer considering the higher quality foods (Blue, Wellness, Simply Nourish, and even Canidae, Nature’s Recipe, and Nutro, etc) rather than the “chows” and mediocre foods.

  • KellyBelle

    I got a bag with weevils in it and went straight back to PetSmart. They replaced it after opening a new bag to be sure it was okay. They were grateful for the heads-up and they are going to check the batch my first bag came from. Now I just have them open it before I leave the checkout. It is not surprising that it happened as there are fresh ingredients and there aren’t all those preservatives. I transfer it out of the bag anyway because the bags are not good for storage. One of the other posts mentioned the lack of methane. That is one of the wonderful side effects of this food. Everyone mentions the soft fur but not having your dog float S.B.D.s in the living room after dinner is wonderful.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Of course the trainer hired by Petsmart steered you to a Petsmart food. Duh! He wants to keep his job. What do you think he would do, send you to another store all together so you could spend your money elsewhere? No, with out question you have given them your exclusive business for a year, and you plan on continuing this blind loyalty for the life of your pet. He’s a very good employee.

  • InkedMarie

    Wow. I think you really need to do some research because you are wrong about rotating foods. I could expound more but HDM already did. Your dog is over a year old and he’s just going on adult food? He probably didn’t need puppy food in the first place, let alone for a year but it’s your dog. Why would a trainer be the person to ask about canine nutrition? Being a trainer doesn’t mean they know about quality foods.
    Lastly, my own pet peeve: I have dogs. While they are part of my family, they’re still dogs, not “babys” (babies).

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Mrs. Olivera –

    I agree with JellyCat. Manufacturers recommend not switching as a way of creating brand loyalty – if consumers are told switching isn’t healthy, they’ll keep feeding the food for life and give the manufacturer more business. It really does make sense to switch foods if you think about it – Would you eat the same food every day? Would any living thing eat the same food every day if left to their own devices? I don’t think so. “Complete and balanced” is a myth by the way – there is no complete and balanced food. The AAFCO approximates what a dog needs for nutrients on a daily basis to survive – the key here is they know what they need to survive, not thrive. Scientists are not yet even aware the all the macronutrients and micronutrients that work together to keep living things healthy. The best assurance you have of creating true balance is feeding a variety of foods as no single food could possibly provide everything a living thing needs. My dogs eat a variety of fresh species appropriate raw foods and they get something completely different at every meal. They’re very healthy.

  • JellyCat

    I’m glad this food works for you.
    I do disagree with you about changing the food. You said “it is not recommended”, by who?

    Not only do I change foods that I feed my pets, I feed them different brand names (or raw) in a course of one day.

    Now, I wouldn’t trust PetSmart so much as they don’t even sell some of the best pet foods. They only sell OK foods. What if Simply Nourish doesn’t contain enough or contains too much of something and you only feed that, you would do a damage to your pups health. It makes so much sense to constantly change foods as we cannot trust manufacturers completely .

  • Mrs. Olivera

    Evening everyone!!! So I’ve read through most of the baby’s posted and I have to say that I absolutely love this dog food.. I got my first puppy Jan 2012 and of course as any new mom, I wasn’t sure what type of food would be good to give him because I’ve seen all of these comericals about the brand name dog foods not being something recommended, corn bi-products, and what not, and how it causes problems in most breeds. I went to the store and I bought the most expensive food there and figured that if its the most expensive then it must be good for him. He tried it out without hesitation and liked it, but I was starting to notice that his bal-movement wasn’t so good, I mean it got to the point wear it looked like water and dirt, and soo frequent I really was scared he was only a month and a half and I know as in humans when you have that much dehydration it can kill you, especially a baby puppy. So I went to the local Pet smart and talked with the trainer and told her that it rally was making me worried the vet said it was probably something he was getting into, but I didn’t think so, he didn’t do anything but sleep and follow me around, so I know it wasn’t that, so when I was telling the trainer this she had mentioned to me to try and switch his food, and to try the Simply Nourish, the pet smart brand see if that helps, she mentioned that I would notice a difference, but that most of all, no bi-product and or corn, which I really didn’t know what that meant but she explained and was very informative. I have to say I was very skeptical because the prices was soo low, and a store brand? I dont buy store brand food for us humans, why would i for my baby puppy. But I took the risk and went through the steps in changing his food, once the food was completely changed over, he seemed to be enjoying it more, his stools were less frequent and not watery, his coat seemed alot more shinny-er and soft which I love, especially to cuddle with, and he was gaining the appropriated amount of weight for his age and was generally alot more active and overall happy.. So I have to say that I was plesently surprised to be wrong, he looks a lot better and happier. I told the petsmart trainer that if after a year I was truly happy then I would post a review to get the word out there about this food, want to tell the whole world, how great and enexpensive this food really is. Now its Feb 2013 and my puppy just turned a year old a few weeks ago, with him gettting a little older and alot heavier, its time to switch from puppy to adult, I wanted to try something not chicken, I found a mixture of Lamb and oatmeal, and went through the process of changing it out, and again he absolutly loves it, coat shinny and beautfil and he happy and active.. And for anyone that thinks its too early to change him from puppy to adult, doesnt even know that my year old Lab/Boxer (aka boxador) is little over 100lbs, and about about 1 ft and 1half maybe more, but hes a big boy for his age and if anyone know box/lab are very thin build muscler dogs, well not all but some can be, just thought I would metion that, cuz a few people told me it to early but, again I did my reserach and asked the same person I did at petsmart, the K9 trainer and she said puppy food, is for the to gain weight and grow with all the vitamins and everything that switching to adult if hes holding his weight well and since she seen him, she said to switch wont do any harm, but to do a little at a time, soo anyway, to everyone looking for good low price food, please please try Simply Nourish (different flavors) I promise you and your dog will be happy, its at a good prices not expensive at all, and easy to get, just go to your local petsmart and ask for Simply Nourish, they will put you in the right direction, but you will be very pleased.. people say to change food to give varity, thats very harmfull to your babys, and IS NOT RECOMMENDED, however switching (ONCE IN A WHILE) a flavor of the same brand is a whole different situation, again not every week but can be added as a treat or a little at they’re meal time, they have a few different flavors, and your babys will love it, and you will too, not the food but the price, lol hope everyone makes the smart choice and takes a chance to try this food, its GREAT PERFECT WONDERFUL and CHEAP.. Hope this helps you and your family

    Have a wonderful night,

    Mrs. Olivera

    MOM TO: Neko Olivera Boxador

  • A Nom

    To Jake & Tisha:  Please specify in which formulas you found said pests?  Did you report this to the company and, if so, what was their response?

  • Katlp6

    I have tried Blue Buffalo,Canidae,Pure Balance,PinnacleETC>>>>>  My Pit Bulls have major allerigies and finally I have found a dog food that they love to eat and we have had no more reactions!!!!!  Hives disappeared, ear infections disappeared, Sores on the side from allergic reations.  I have had my dogs tested and they have BAD allergies!!!  This is the best dry dog food so far I have ever given them to eat.  It suprised me to no end.  I highly reccomend Simply Nourish!!  Kathy – Manteca, CA

  • Skolex

    Both of my dogs (one small breed and one medium breed) love this food. They don’t care for any of the varieties with fish, but they eat less of this food than the cheaper, bargain brand stuff (it’s more filling), and they are more active and seem to be healthier on the outside as well. I work at PetSmart and I will always buy this brand as long as it’s available. It’s great for the quality and the price.

    I have not noticed any insects in the food I’ve bought.

  • Kpsales2001

    I’ve not experienced anything like this. My dogs and cats.have been eating this since it arrived on the.shelves. I’ll have to keep.a lookout I guess… but so far so good. Perhaps it was from shipping?

  • Jake

    Yes I experienced the same and after buying 2 bags that were full of worms and beetles I finally gave up,my dogs did excellent on it and I really wish I could hae continued to feed it but enough was enough for me after my home and car(from transporting it) became infested with these critters.Taste of the Wild is very good and about $47 for a 30LBS bag,which is what I feed now,just food for thought(so to speak).

  • Pattyvaughn

    It is necessary if you do the other thing they suggest and pick one food and stick to it for life.  Dogs get aclimated to never changing their diet and they lose the ability to tolerate changes because their gut is no longer healthy.  If you rotate diets, it helps the gut to heal and then faster transitions are easier and easier until no transition is needed.

  • JuliaBulia

    Hmmm.  Well, now I know where I went wrong.  I just stuck to what worked and what they liked until that brand suddenly switched up their formula and it made them all sick.  I wonder why most dog foods give instructions for a transition if its really not even necessary :-/

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Mike ……

    She must have loved it! I have to get some deer meat for Christo. I did feed him tripett that was venison, He loved it. Right now I have some ground turkey (93% lean) and Christo is loving it mixed with Brothers Red Meat kibble. I think its time to get some rabbit. 

  • Mike P

     I agree Shawna…I gave Jubilee ground deer meat for the first time with no problems.She gets 5 different meat proteins a week and perfect poops.She had some poop issues early on before you guys educated me on feeding and just stayed the course.I guess the detox thing happened.

  • Shawna

    Hi :)

    Lots of us here “rotate” diets for our dogs.  Healthy dogs should be able to change foods without transitioning and without symptoms.  But because we are told to only feed one food for life (or a similar mantra) we set them up for gi issues when we want to or have to change foods later on.

  • Mrs.Candfamily

    Tisha,   read this link 
     Weevil’s can be found in our human foods also. If you Google weevil there are several other articles.  I keep my homemade dog treats in the refrigerator. The few store bought treats I have left I have in the freezer.  I refrigerate our human flour and oatmeal. As for the 30 pound bags of Simply Nourish, they would take up too much room in the freezer so I store them in their original bags inside a tote with a lid.  As for the Simply nourish lamb and oatmeal dry food our dogs have been on this food for 14 months now.  They go through about 45 pounds a month.  I have never found any insects in any of the bags we have purchased. After reading about how weevil’s originate I’m sure you will better understand how they ended up in that particular bag.  As for Blue Buffalo, ours dogs were having allergy issues while on that brand. I pinpointed the problem the puppy was having.  Blue Buffalo puts Menhaden fish meal in their dry food, including the dry lamb formula our dogs were on. Our youngest dog can not tolerate menhaden fish meal due to being allergic so this is how we ended up with the Simply Nourish dry Lamb. That being said I wouldn’t advise rotating two different foods if your dog is having allergy issues you need to pinpoint the ingredient or ingredients causing this issue.  After several months of extensive research on dog foods I pretty much have the procedure for our dogs down to a science.  I do agree with Jan_mom2cavs when she mentions the expiration date, because the longer the food sits the longer it has a chance IF there is a problem with that bag to allow the eggs to hatch as you will see in the link above. The Simply Nourish is still working well for our dogs, thankfully. If your dogs were doing fine allergy wise on the Simply Nourish you may consider feeding them that brand again.  Keep in mind though that it does take 2 months for a dogs body to rid itself of the ingredients found in foods and treats, for example with our youngest dog the Menhaden Fish meal in the Blue Buffalo lamb variety. Hopefully I was able to be of some assistance to you.

  • JuliaBulia

     In my experience, rotating different foods may not be a great idea.  Sometimes dogs can experience stomach upset if you suddenly change their food but if you do go back and forth you should blend their food gradually reducing the food you are switching from until it is all the food you are switching to.  Don’t do it too fast though, do it over 7 days time.  I recently read that adding pureed pumpkin during the process can help reduce gastric upset.  I haven’t tried it though so I can’t vouch for it. 
    I would bet that the weevils were an isolated incident.  Yuck!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Like sandy said, it could be a storage problem at your local store, idk….also, remember to check expiration dates on everything you buy.  Sometimes my local Petsmart will have a bag on the shelf that has expired and they are thankful when I bring it to their attention.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    You could do a rotation of the two brands.

  • sandy

    Looking at the ingredient list, this food does not have a preservative (except for in the canola oil).  Maybe the lack of preservative and the storage conditions of the bags at the store or at the distribution warehouse or even at the manufacturing facility are not ideal allowing for the growth of contaminants/pests. 

  • Tisha

    I fed Simply Nourish to my pets a few months ago.  They really liked the food and I noticed that their fur was much softer.  They went through one bag and I bought another.  However, the second bag of food had weavels (sp?) in it.  They were throughout the entire bag.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I really loved how well my dogs were on this food but don’t know if the weavels were a one time thing.  They’re now eating Blue Buffalo Adult and Senior kibble.  However, one of my dogs seems to be experiencing allergies so I want to change their food once again.

  • Pam Casira

    I’ve tried out the canned food too. The dogs seem to gobble it down and beg for more.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Yes, the canned food is made in Thailand, and so is Weruva canned food.  I use them both quite alot and love them both….I mean I love them both for my dogs LOL!  They love them, too.  I sometimes use other canned foods but always seem to come back to these 2 brands for my 4 dogs.  I have also used the dry a few times with success.  Normally, I use Fromm but sometimes I’ll give them Simply Nourish for variety.

  • Pam Casira

    When I first got my puppy, I was feeding her Science Diet puppy food(March/April 2012). I was not impressed with the price or quality of their food. They put way too much money into marketing and coupons…

    I wasn’t an expert on dog food so I wasn’t sure what I wanted to switch her onto. After doing a little bit of research, I found this website. I did some number crunching and found a happy medium between price and quality.Anyway,I’ve been feeding my puppy Simply Nourish Chicken and Brown Rice for puppies for about 4-5 months. She’s currently 20 pounds and I feed her 1 cup a day. Her coat is shinier and I feel like the food is working a lot better for her.

    My only complaint is the size of the bag. Most of the other Simply Nourish dog food flavors come in 30 lb bags, but not the puppy food. 

    I feel like I’m a lot more educated on dog food beca

  • Mrs.Candfamily

    I just spoke with Tracy at American Nutrition Inc. She said
    Simply Nourish is manufactured by them at a few of their facilities.

    The lamb and oatmeal dry food is made at their Ogden Utah plant. She had me look at the back of my bag to locate a code next to the best if used by date. A, stood for the Ogden Utah plant.
    I asked if any of the ingredients came from China, she mentioned that they did not. Some ingredients come from New Zealand such as lamb.

    They tests batches for salmonella by putting the batch on a 3 day hold and send samples to an independent lab. Pet food she mentioned has the same labeling as human grade food. If
    any ingredient is from another country they cannot put on the bag made in the USA, even though the food is actually manufactured in the USA.

    In speaking with Tracy it was apparent that she is a very knowledgeable and friendly lady whom cares about a consumer when they call her regarding the Simply Nourish dry dog food.

    Tracy’s contact Phone # is: 1-800-257-4530 extension #1350 in consumer affairs. She mentioned if there were any more
    questions or concerns that I had to feel free to contact her.

    With all of the pets getting sick and or dying from different foods and treats, I have done months of research for my special needs puppy to make sure he and his sister
    have the best and safest quality dry food offered. I came across Simply Nourish a year ago, and the two of them are doing real well on the dry lamb and Oatmeal.

    But it has always been in the back of my mind where are the
    ingredients from and where is the food manufactured.

    I came across another post on this site mentioning Tracy, so I researched American Nutrition,Inc companies info., and gave them a call to find an answer to my questions.

    I only thought it fair to share with other consumers the
    results I found, because with our busy lives most people don’t have time to spend days or weeks researching in order to receive answers.

    I hope this information proves helpful to other loving pet owners such as myself.

    I also would like to thank those who keep the dog food advisor site up to date and running for pet lovers such as myself,
    what a truly wonderful service you provide.

  • Christine B

    I just switched my two Australian Shepherds to Simply Nourish from Purina One. I am highly impressed.  My female seems to have problems with lamb, but is doing great on the Salmon and Sweet Potato.  My male is doing great with the lamb.  I was told however that the dry food is made in the US, but the canned is made in Taiwan.  I like that this food is high quality and not overly expensive.

  • Bea Thomas

    Bea Thomas
    I started using Simply Nourish Sweet Potato and Salmon because my pug was refusing her normal food after having a litter of pups.  She readily ate this and it has helped her skin that had been dry and scaly.  The reason for me staying with Simply Nourish is her fur got soft again and she had enough energy to keep up with her growing puppies.  I will continue to use it as long as I can get the brand with Salmon.

  • julia bulia

     801.394.3477, enter 0 for the operator to get a live person.  Ask for Tracy.  That is the direct number to American Nutrition.

  • julia bulia

    I just spoke at length with American Nutrition about Simply Nourish dog food which is a house brand for Petsmart.  They assured me that none of the protein in Simply Nourish is sourced from China which is good news for most pet owners I think.  The lamb is sourced from New Zealand and the other protein sources are from within the US.  All ingredients that come from outside of the country are tested rigorously to insure that they are quality ingredients and are safe.  If you have questions that you would like to ask yourself, call them directly as you will get no help from Petsmart themselves.  Their number is 801.394.3477, select O to reach the operator because if you go to customer service you will have to leave a message.  When I went through the operator I was put in touch with a lady named Tracy who is the representative for this particular line of dog food.  
    I wish that Petsmart was a little more transparent in their labeling of this food.  Seems like I had to work way to hard to find out who to talk to about this food.

  • julia bulia

     A previous poster said it was manufactured by American Nutrition (for Petmart as a house brand) I believe.  I called this morning and they couldn’t give me any information on the food.  They couldn’t even tell me the name of the company that manufactures it, I just happened to see it on this site.  Simply Nourish is not a company, it’s just the name of the house brand dog food.  

  • julia bulia

     I called them this morning.  This is a house brand dog food manufactured for them in Utah.  According to another poster it is manufactured by American Nutrition.  They (Petsmart coporate is who answered the phone when I called the number listed on the package) could not give me any information on where the ingredients are sourced from or any information period on anything.

  • Julia Bulia

    Lately I have been having a lot of problems with dog food and one of my dogs who has a very sensitive system so I have put in a lot of time researching different brands of food and their ingredients, where they are sourced from, where the food itself is manufactured etc.  The last food I tried was supposedly top of the line and a limited ingredient diet but he had a pretty violent reaction to it.  My other dogs did not but I still wanted to change that food because I don’t even want to risk it in the house.  So I went to petsmart again and began looking at brands of food in their premium pet food section.  I did buy a medium sized bag of this food to begin switching my other dogs over to.  Before I started the switching over I realized that I didn’t really know anything about this brand of food so I started looking for information on it and there was none to be had.  I searched online for the company but there is no company called Simply Nourish. On the bag it says it is distributed out of Arizona but other than that no manufacturing information, no website, just a phone number so I called it.  I guess I was expecting for someone from Simply Nourish to answer but the phone was answered: “Petsmart”.  So I asked about the food and the girl could not provide me with any information on the food whatsoever without researching further, which she did.  She then came back on the line, confirmed that it was a house brand (which was information that I specifically had to ask for), that it was manufactured for them in Utah (by who she could not tell me) and she also couldn’t tell me if any of the ingredients were sourced from China, or anywhere else for that matter.  BTW, sourcing some ingredients from China is an industry wide practice to my understanding.  Most reputable brands no longer source protein from there but other vitamins and minerals are routinely sourced from China. 

    Maybe I am being too cautious.  I love my dogs and here is the problem that I have.  Petsmart still prominently displays the treats on the shelf or in special promotional sections that are in question as having caused severe health problems and even death in some pets.  Why would I want to just blindly trust its house brand that they don’t (or won’t) give any information on? In fact, the fact that there is not information readily available kind of scares me.  The fact that they don’t identify on the package that it’s a house brand seems deceptive to me (but that’s just me) and the fact that when you do call the number on the package it goes straight to corporate and they can’t even give you basic information without having to start a research ticket that takes 3-5 business days for someone to get to raises even more questions.  I’m not usually a conspiracy theory person.  I have just had my share of problems with pet foods recently and I am trying to make sure I know what I am putting in my dogs mouths.   I see a lot of good reviews here but I want to know more about the food itself before I give it to my dogs.  I’m not giving the food a bad review, I’m just saying, if you are a person who needs to know what you are giving your pet, this is maybe something to chew on a little. 

  • Chris

    I have a Shih Tzu who can be fickle when it comes to food. One month she loves it, and then she turns her nose up at it. I have tried several common brands and Simply Nourish has been a huge success. A quality dog food at a reasonable price.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I really like this brand of food, too!  I also use Fromm, Holistic Select grain free but I did add this to my rotation.  Their canned food is “the bomb”, too!

  • Dana

    Best food ever for miniature dachshunds!

  • Rwsmith14

    Thank you Jan for the info. I planned on adding this to my rotation as well

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I found the new varieties at my local Petsmart.  They had Small Breed Puppy and Adult.  They had Senior.  I didn’t notice any others.  They did stop carrying the Turkey limited ingredient formula, but still have the Swt. Pot. and Salmon formula.  I didn’t see a large breed formula, but it might’ve been there…?  I like the look of the Small Breed foods (for my dogs, that is).  I also like the Salmon (if I needed a limited ingredient diet, I would go with this).

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi Rwsmith14…yes, their canned foods (dog & cat) are made in Thailand.  I feed their canned food (almost exclusively) and love it for my dogs!  I’ve also started my cat on their canned food, as she has been trying to eat the dogs’ food lol.  Anyway, I called their number that I got off the back of a dry food bag and asked them where their dry was made.  This was back around May when the Diamond salmonella recall was going on.  They told me they used American Nutrition (I believe they’re in Utah).  I also like the dry and am going to add it in to my rotation.  I feel pretty good about using it, actually.

  • Rwsmith14

    Does anybody know where Simply Nourish is made? I ask because I saw that the Simply Nourish Cat food is made in Thailand. Dog food bags indicate distributed by Simply Nourish out of Phoenix.

  • Mike P

    Hey 88 that is one great looking dog!! If she is doing that good on 3 cups a day I would not change a thing.Every dog is not the same so maybe she requires more food.My 68 pounder gets 1 1/2 to 2 cups a day and she is active.I used to give 2 1/2 but she went to 72 lbs…I love brindles I used to have a brindle Boxer.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Countryfun88 – I’ve got a 27lb guy, and the foods I give him have a portion size of 1 to 1.5 cups (I rotate amongst several brands, but I only feed him ones that recommend 1.5 cups or less).  3 cups of food for a 32lb dog is a LOT!!!  And, if you are feeding 3 cups of a $40 food, and I am feeding 1 cup (or even 1.5 cups) of a $60 or $70 food, guess who is actually getting the (much) better deal?! :-)

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    The dog in the pic below looks pretty lean to me.  Do you feed this brand or some other?  If it’s another brand perhaps the calories are a lot higher with it.  I do feel the calories are a little lower for this brand.  Who knows?

  • Kat

    3 cups a day seems like a lot. my 60 lb active lab eats 2 1/2 cups. hope your pup is keeping lean!

  • Guest

     they are new varieties that will be coming in this week so look for them next time you are in the store

  • EvesHumanMom

    She’s a pretty girl!

  • Countryfun88

    Bought a 30lb bag after adopting my 32lb full grown female dog from a local humane society. She loves the Chicken and Brown Rice … I might try different flavors in future or stick with what I have now … maybe even try the wet food … which I’ve heard looks like human food just like the picture on the can. I picked Simply Nourish after hours/days of online research … I wanted something quality that wouldn’t break the bank … and Simply Nourish has been working out great so I’m happy with my pick … about $40 bucks for a 30lb bag … I feed my baby girl about 3 cups daily using a regular measuring cup. Dogs dropping have been firm and no problems with diarrhea or the runs or anything like that. She has plenty of energy and her breath is great. I recommend this for someone who’s looking for a 4-star, decently affordable dry dog food.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I believe the number you might try is 1-888-299-PETS.  Hope this helps.

  • Michelle

    Does anyone know how I can get a hold of this company? I called Petsmart directly and the girl could not help me. I wanted to check on the sodium content.

  • Steff

    my 8week old bluenose & 2Chihuahuas lovee this food dry & can ! there coats look awesome , they r no longer gasy or have bad breath either . Simply Nourish makes a difference I wouldn’t change it for a cheap bag of Purina that’s the,last food they atee Horrible!!

  • Christine S

    Thanks for letting me know. You must have some good inside info, I just went onto Petsmart and they don’t have it listed yet. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    At my local Petsmart yesterday, when I was there to buy some Simply Nourish cans, I noticed there were spaces for S. Nourish Small Breed and Senior, as well.  There were no bags there (I think they already sold out of what they had on the shelves, but Idk) just spaces.  I didn’t see a Large Breed space, but it might’ve been there and I didn’t notice. 

    What’s weird, though, is I couldn’t find anything on Petsmart’s website about it.

  • Cin612

     Just to let you know, Simply Nourish is now coming out with Large Breed Variety.

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  • Michelle

     Thanks. I am also researching homemade recipes.

  • neezerfan

    Hi Michelle,  You need to contact the company directly for the sodium content info. Others will be along soon to help you with diet recommendations I’m sure.

  • Michelle

    I need some help please. We adopted a 12 year old Beagle who is in stage 3 heart failure. He is on 3 different kinds of meds which are helping. I have done so much research on food but I am confused. We are feeding him simply nourish dry chicken flavor but I cant figure out the sodium content. It looks to me like it is low. Does any know this information? I would appreciate any help or advice.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    A few posts ago I mentioned that all I’ve found out is that it’s made in Utah.  I do know the cans are made in Thailand (similar to Weruva cans).  I’m thinking it’s American Nutrition that’s the manufacturer…but don’t quote me lol.  I haven’t used the dry food (but would consider it), but I use the cans everyday for my 4 dogs.

  • Storm’s Mom

    No, most companies do not make this info publicly available, so you’d have to contact the company directly and see if they tell you. 

  • Ricki Diehl2

    Does anybody know where the ingredients come from and where the food is made? I am having a hard time finding out.

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  • Melissaandcrew


    A 50lb bag for $25 puts it at 50 cents per lb. IMO< there is no way for a company to produce a high quality product at that price point. The best you will find is a 3- 31/2 star that includes corn.

  • Tomsheathillside

    I suggest you mix chicken with the salmon and potato. My pomeranian and doxen love it! They are so healthy in every way. If you do, I hope it works for your Shiz Tsu!

  • Tomsheathillside

    I like that they have the 15 lb bags of variety brands.