Simply Nourish Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Simply Nourish product line includes the 15 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
Use the links to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.
- Simply Nourish Adult Lamb and Oatmeal (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Large Breed Senior (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Adult Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Adult (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Large Breed Adult (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Healthy Weight Small Breed Adult (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [G]
- Simply Nourish Large Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Small Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Senior Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice [G]
- Simply Nourish Small Breed Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice [G]
- Simply Nourish Small Breed Senior Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Adult Fish and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
- Simply Nourish Small Breed Adult Lamb and Brown Rice (4 stars) [M]
Simply Nourish Small Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Simply Nourish Small Breed Adult Chicken and Brown Rice
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal (source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), brown rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, pea fiber, whole flaxseed, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potassium chloride, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried kale, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, salt, minerals (zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese proteinate), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, dl-methionine, citric acid (a preservative), mixed tocopherols (a preservative), rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||16%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||33%||43%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% 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 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 next ingredient is 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 fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
After the natural flavor, we find pea fiber, a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.
The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
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 Simply Nourish product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
Next, 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.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Simply Nourish Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.
Which means this Simply Nourish product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Simply Nourish is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Simply Nourish. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall (8/15/2021)
- PetSmart Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Simply Nourish Dog Treats (10/8/2014)
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