Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Wellness Simple product line includes six dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

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

  • Wellness Simple Healthy Weight Grain Free
  • Wellness Simple Lamb and Oatmeal (3 stars)
  • Wellness Simple Duck and Oatmeal (2.5 stars)
  • Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato Grain Free
  • Wellness Simple Salmon and Potato Grain Free
  • Wellness Simple Small Breed Grain Free (4.5 stars)

Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato Grain Free recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, potatoes, peas, dried ground potatoes, tomato pomace, ground flaxseed, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural turkey flavor, dicalcium phosphate, chicory root extract, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, taurine, mixed tocopherols added to preserve freshness, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, calcium carbonate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, beta-carotene, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, rosemary extract, green tea extract, spearmint extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%14%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%30%44%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 44%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is dried ground potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The sixth ingredient is 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.

The seventh 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.

The eighth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

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.

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 two 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.

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.

Wellness Simple Limited
Ingredient Diet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wellness Simple looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Diet is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of turkey, lamb or salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Wellness Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

10/07/2015 Last Update

  • trinityfhc

    We have a German Shepherd who is 18 months old. We fed her Acana for large breed puppies for about the first few months we had her. She had constant diarrhea on it. The cause, we believe, was the high protein content. She does fine as long as the dog food we feed her has about 25% protein. Anything close to 30% gives her tummy troubles. We had been feeding her Wellness Deboned Chicken and Oatmeal which hasn’t caused any diarrhea but she is constantly itchy and has some hair loss on the tips of her ears and behind/under her front legs. So we are looking at a limited ingredient dog food to see if maybe she’s allergic to chicken or grains.

  • Susan

    Hi Dan T522, I have a rescue Staffy that has IBD & had SIBO & skin allergies, I have tried a few kibbles over the 3 yrs I’ve owned him..Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal, Patch was Ok for 2 months then the sloppy yellow poos started & the itchy smelly skin, same when I feed him Wellness Complete Whitefish & Sweet Potatoes…..I emailed Wellness & the lady emailed me back saying sounds like my boy has a food sensitivities to an ingredient in the 2 kibbles, food sensitivities can take from 1 day to 6 weeks to show any signs…. I belong to an IBD & EPI Face Book groups, a lot of people were feeding “Taste Of The Wild” Pacific Stream, Smoked Salmon & TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb… I started Patch on the TOTW Pacific Stream in March 2016, I normally take 1-2 weeks too introduce a new kibble but with the TOTW Pacific Stream it only took 3 days & Patch was fully eating the Pacific Stream & his poos were perfect & firm, he has never done firm poos every single day for months in the 3 yrs I have owned him, he looks like he’s doing well then 2-3 months later, he’s doing sloppy big yellow poos, then I bought the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb so I could rotate between the Pacific Stream & the Sierra Mountain & the same only took 3 days to introduce kibble & firm perfect poos & only 2 poos a day, its September & Patch is still eating TOTW Sierra Mountain his favorite…Please give TOTW a try so many German Shepherds do really well on TOTW send them an email for their booklet with all their formulas, the Sierra Mountain & Pacific Stream have the lowest fat% at 15% & the Lowest Protein 25% Patch doesn’t do too well when he eats a kibble that’s high in fat & high protein over 30%.. also when your dog is doing really well start introducing fresh whole foods to his diet, I started giving some pieces of apple peeled as a treat, then some sliced banana, some sugar & fat free yogurt just 1 spoon as a treat, Raw Almonds 3 a day, now Patch can eat anything without having rumbling grumbling bowel then diarrhea, I don’t know if its cause the TOTW uses purified water to make their kibble but touch wood Patch looks excellent, has a shinny healthy coat & is all muscle & not whinging & crying after eating kibble….the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb has least ingredients, has no Garbanzo Beans, so maybe give the Sierra Mountain a try first….
    I live Australia & we didn’t get the Garbanzo Beans added to the Pacific Stream formula, me & a few people contacted TOTW last October 2015 & told TOTW we have IBD & EPI dogs & they are doing so well on the Pacific Stream can we please not get the new improve Pacific Stream with the added Garbanzo Beans & TOTW contacted me & said Australia & a few other Europeon countries will still get the old Pacific Stream formula 🙂

  • DanT522

    I have a well I am told a 2 to 4 year old German Shepherd I appreciate others comments however, I am looking for information on “Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient (Dry)”. We looked “Royal Canin” suppose to be a outstanding dog food. However after we did some research we found it is only 2 stars by Dog Food Advisory. This is a very pricey and all this really great “PR” for a food that is not even AAFCO certified. I do intend getting his food from Chewy.com because it is a cost saving. So far we have decided we shall try “Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient (Dry)” or “Natural Balance limited ingredients dry dog food”. This poor dog was abused, 18 lbs underweight, deeply embedded collar that had to be surgically removed to being a very happy, playful, protector and gained the weight in 3 weeks. Loves his walks there are a few things left to work on. We want him to be able to eat without the diarrhea due to a sensitive stomach.

  • Susan

    Have you tried Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon or their Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb?? my boy suffers with IBD & does real well on the Taste of the Wild….
    Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal gave Patch diarrhea after he was eating it for 1 month then I tried the Wellness Complete Health Whitefish & Sweet Potatoes & the same happened again after eating it for 1 month sloppy yellow poos, I emailed Wellness & they said he’s having Food Sensitivities but both kibbles had different ingredients & I’ve feed him other brand kibbles with the same ingredients & he’s been OK….I also don’t recommend Wellness very pea & potato heavy….

  • Dusty

    We buy ours from chewy.com and never had a problem, always fresh.

  • Dusty

    Check chewy.com $49 a bag, salmon sweet potato L.I.D. has really helped my labs allergies.

  • Amy Thompson

    I have 2 boxers almost 3yrs old. my male we found out early is allergic to chicken. We have been feeding them the wellness simple turkey and potatoe. We battle diarrhea constantly. The simple seems to help. The problem I have is we are now on about the 8th bag that we have found larvae in. All bags have been purchased at different stores. I know that something like this can happen, however 8 different bags throughout the last few months is unacceptable. I called got the aplogy after bag 4, got coupons, but for a 4 star rated food at $65.00 a bag NO WAY!. And don’t tell me these things happen… It should not be that often. Will never recommend Wellness again, and am in the process of searching for a new food.

  • leezy

    I have three poodles, 2 minaret and 1 moyen. 2 need to ne on diet food and also 1 of the 2 has allergies.they both get prescription food from the Vet. Is there a Wellness blend that I can feed all three. I also give all three pumpkin, green beans and yogurt

  • Linda Van Der Westhuizen

    My Cody had inflammatory bowel diseas and was put on Prescription Royal Canin duck You need to change the protein source to a protein they have never had before . He did well but recently passed away at 16

  • Susan

    Hi Email Wellness & ask why they have removed the GMO label, Wellness is also on Face Book page you’ll get a quick response if you ask on their F/B page…all I know is I was feeding the Wellness Simple last year & my boy poos were perfect, I forgot why I stopped feeding the Simple….. I bought a bag on Saturday & started to feed on Sunday & my boy had diarrhea all Sunday night so something has changed, I can normally just start a new kibble with no problems but not this time I’m returning the bag… also all I can smell is a strong smell on Canola oil, smells like when I was a kid & my mum had some oil in the bathroom to make you go to the toilet, I forgot the name but that all I can smell, he wont eat it now..


    i just purchased wellness simple salmon potato grain free and noticed they removed the contains NO GMOs LABEL.
    that means now they make the dog food with GMOs?
    if any body knows please let me know, i buy this food because of GMO FREE ingredients


  • Dori

    Hi guest2. I agree with you and your husband that good nutrition has a huge role in the health of our dogs. I have a 15 1/2 year old Maltese, Hannah, that was diagnosed early last spring with cancer of her bladder (tumor) and cancer of her left lung lobe. I feed her (and my other two toy breeds) commercial raw foods that I rotate between brands and proteins with the exception of any fowl. (One of my girls has a lot of food sensitivities and intolerances and for simplicity sake I feed them all the same foods). She is checked out often and neither the tumor in her bladder nor cancer in the lung lobe have grown or changed at all. I do add Standard Process supplements to her food (only hers) to help her out but those are not so much for cancer as they are for her age. She has what we all have as we get into the latter parts of our life. Old age issues. She continues to play with her “sisters”, eat and drink water normally, barks at anyone that passes the house, play with her toys. My girls have been on commercial raw grain free diets for the past three years. I add organic fruits and veggies as their treats. I don’t feed store bought treats. Too many recalls, too many ingredients from china, and I’d just rather feed them real food. They are not only all surviving but thriving. Yay for you and dog. We were not given the option of chemo or radiation because of her age. Also because of her age we would not have opted to do those treatments. That’s when I started adding supplements to her foods and praying that the remainder of her life had quality to it. We were also told she really probably wouldn’t last another 3 months or so. That was last spring and no one can believe that she is even the age that she is let alone that she was diagnosed with multiple cancers. She also has two degenerative discs mid spine, rear leg arthritis, old age deafness (mild) and night blindness. All due to her age. She doesn’t know about any of these infirmities that she has and I haven’t told her. She still thinks and acts like a puppy.

  • guest2

    Also, for treats – and they LOVE this – I freeze little teaspoons of canned pumpkin. It’s a great treat that they love and it helps with any issues such as diarrhea etc.

  • guest2

    I have a Golden that has lymphoma. She started getting bloody diarrhea from the steroids and I thought I’d have to put her down. I switched her to the Salmon Healthy Weight (w/peas) and she is doing so well on it. No more bloody stools and she’s survived over ten months now and looks great! Originally, the specialists told me she only had four to six weeks. So yes – I highly recommend the Salmon Healthy Weight with peas. For a dog with issues – peas are much better!

  • guest2

    Just wanted to add – my vet asked me WHAT I was feeding her cause she couldn’t believe how good she looked! WELLNESS!

  • guest2

    Over ten months ago, my Golden Retriever was diagnosed with lymphoma. At that time – she was given only four to six weeks to live unless we opted for expensive chemo treatments. The chemo treatments would only give us up to another eighteen months at best. We said no to the chemo and opted for the steroid treatment instead. During the hot summer months, she developed bloody diarrhea and we were afraid we’d have to put her down – even though her glands were still normal. After a vet visit and switching over to Wellness Healthy Weight Salmon – she is still with me and doing great! Even though she now has Cushings from the steroids, she looks very healthy and has increased energy. Originally we were told she wouldn’t make it to her eight birthday – she did and ten months later – she’s still going strong. Specialists say I have a miracle dog – I feel it is the great food she is getting. I will add – she gets boiled chicken breast and white rice in the morning along with a cup of Wellness Simple Healthy Weight Salmon and at night I slice a quarter chicken breast and another cup of Wellness. My husband SWEARS the only reason she is alive is because of the strict feeding regimen I have her on. Hey – at least it makes me feel that I am doing the best I can for my girl!

  • Shelley Holte

    I have been a fan of WELLNESS for about three years now! I have a JRT and a Beagle/Corgi mix that each have food intolerance issues. The JRT is allergic to everything and the Beagle X has had several bouts with pancreatitis. Since switching to Wellness Simple and Core recipes both dogs have greatly improved and we virtually have no symptoms on the new diet. We utilize the Salmon/Potato and Turkey formulas but even have ventured out to include Acana and Orijen in our rotation with little or no reactions! I highly recommend Wellness Simple for a great starting place for dogs with intolerance issues. I have had several rescue dogs that I switched “cold turkey” to the salmon formula with NO digestive upset. (only because what they were eating was horrible) My dogs and I absolutely LOVE Wellness and highly recommend it!

  • Packmomof4

    Her bowel issues started before we got the puppy. We have only had the puppy for two weeks. Her issues have been happening for over a year or so now. We have had vet visits but not to many. The first time it happened we took her in and they said her bowels were inflamed but that was it and gave a few cans of science diet vet formula to give to her until it went away with flagyl and another med. They never explained that it would come back. When it did its the same symptoms as when that happened over a year ago. Usually when she gets the bowel upsets is when I leave and im at work I come home to the mess of vomit or diahrrea and after that she is fine but I still want to know why it is happening. The day we brought our puppy in the home she had one of these upsets and also a week before. Maybe coincident with bringing the puppy home?? She does have stinky breath and she has had dental work and I can hear tummy rumbling latley. At first I thought she was just getting constipated then having blow outs. Strange I thought. Its hard for me to determine. I realize she is older now and her vet said she has anxiety but didn’t want her to be on meds for it. Iv had her since birth and she is my baby and I really just want the best for her. I love her dearly. She is one of 4. They all are kennel trained and all get attention and love. They are usually quiet and calm. I got the puppy for my other 8month old terrier mix so she wont aggravate the oldest which is my 16year old. It did the trick. The two young pups go off playing in the living room while she rest on my bed, husky is in hers and she does go join in with them and plays tug a war. Even though she is 16 she wants to play. They all get along very well and are very socialized. The puppy she already knew bc he came from a family member, helped bottle raise him and he came back bc family member could no longer care for him. When im not home everyone gets in there kennel which they don’t seem to mind bc they have their own blankets in their kennel. Her bowel issues have disappeared at the moment and we are slowly transitioning to the Wellness simple. I feel like that is a better choice right now. I got a email from blue and they are having ingredient issues that got mixed up from the company they bought it from and said it has no change in the food but I don’t know if I believe that. So it makes me worry. Sorry so long but maybe it will clear things up a bit in explaining situation. Thank you for advice.

  • Dori

    Hi Packmom. One of my dogs, my 15 year old Maltese has had hypothyroidism for many years for which she takes soloxine twice a day. The medication has kept her thyroid levels right where they should be. Hypothyroidism in her case anyway has never given her any digestive issues whatsoever. I agree with all that USA has said. Try to time for her away from the puppy when you can but also initiate fun times with you included to play games, walks, etc. it may make the new puppy less of a stress factor in your older dogs life and may even make them friends.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Packmom

    It would be a good idea to lessen the stress your 16 year old suffers no matter what the cause of her digestive upsets are. She is not a spring chicken any more and stress can play a major role in her becoming susceptible to many problems, one of which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is different than IBD.

    I would pay attention to her daily routine and figure out what her stressors are. The two you have already mentioned are separation anxiety and the new puppy. Both of these can be a major factor in her vomiting and diarrhea. So let’s make reducing her stress a priority and see what happens.

    The Wellness LID is not a clear cut winner or loser as a treatment for IBD or IBS. BB Wilderness duck has more protein. more fiber and more ingredients than Wellness LID. When you change her to Wellness please start slowly and don’t change anything else in her diet. This will help you in determining if the Wellness helped or not.

    I will still be thinking of your girl and hoping for the best!!! Please keep us updated.

  • theBCnut

    And you know how we love pictures!!

  • sue66b

    What-ever, what should I call u today Jeremy,Paddy, Big Nut or USA Treats, Its not a crazy idea in my head about u having fake ID names, its the truth & u proved it to me last week when I looked up & saw those posts then after asking u about being “USA Dog Treats” all those post were delete & just disappeared,that proved to me ur a liar even the post where someone accused you of being Jeremy disappeared…Even Jeremy ID has just disappeared now…. u call me crazy its all in my head, I dont think so..I know what I read & saw & Im not confused…there would would other people on this site that knows what I’m talking about…

  • Cyndi

    Yeah, we kind of did. I feel horrible now. Every year we couldn’t wait to get his hair cut again, lol! He did look rather cute though. I’ll have to try to remember to find a before and after picture of him. You guys will laugh too.

  • Dori

    Hopefully he’ll be back to his old self in a day or two.

  • Dori

    Poor baby. Actually hid behind the couch??? Yikes!!! Apparently you guys were laughing a bit too loud!

  • Dori

    BC you are so cute and so very funny. I’m not sure what to tell you to use for your bleeding lips and tongue. I have faith in you. I know you’ll figure it out. HAHAHAHA!

  • Packmomof4

    Thank you so much for your advice. The vet that see her for this issue did run blood test and a stool sample and everything came back normal. I am beginning to think that since none of the test came back abnormal that it might be stress related or anxiety related. She is a very nervous doggie. When she does vomit or have diarrhea it is random and out of the blue. Usually I come home to the accident. So maybe separation anxiety??? After that its over with and she acts like it never happened. This past week we brought a new puppy home and left to go to the store and came home and she vomited and had diarrhea. For a few days after it had mucus and a tad bit of bloody mucus nothing to major. It has cleared up. We have been feeding BB Wilderness for some time now and am thinking that its time to change and I see it has been making some pets sick. So I went to petco today and got her wellness LID food and we are slowly going to transition and a supplement for digestive health. I know that she maybe old but she has a lot of life left in her and she loves to play and boy is she the boss. On top of those issues she does infact have hypothyroidism, could this have anything to do with digestive issues. When the diarrhea happens it starts out normal then blow out watery yucky mess. Its very strange. But im going to get to the bottom of this. Do you think I made a good decision of the food switch (slowly of course)?

  • theBCnut

    Poor thing! Micah just gives me dirty looks and sideways glances/scowls.

  • theBCnut

    I didn’t laugh, not one single time!! Of course, my lip is bleeding and my tongue hurts from where I’ve been biting them. I learned a long time ago with Micah that he takes himself seriously and does not appriciate being laughed at. He can give amazingly dirty looks.

  • theBCnut

    His was not really the right reaction for aflatoxins, and I haven’t seen anywhere where this was supposed to be a bad year for aflatoxins, but I’m not sure I would completely rule out the possibility either. I wish I could ask him what he was feeling, but my gut says his mouth and throat were itching/tingling, which is one of those “Gee, one more exposure and you might die” kind of symptoms. And the fact that he is loosing hair around his lips just sort of sealed it for me. No more grains of any kind, none. His hack is completely gone, the mucous that was clogging his throat is completely gone. His playfulness isn’t quite 100% and he’s napping a lot, but otherwise he is doing great.

  • Cyndi

    LOL! Awww, poor thing! Growing up we had a terrier mix with long hair and we would get his hair cut real short in the summer. We’d laugh when we first got it done, cuz he looked so different, and he would hide behind the couch for a few days, lol!

  • Dori

    Not nice mama! We’re not suppose to laugh at our babies. Bad mama! LOL. I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes even a mom can’t help it!

  • DogFoodie

    I keel thinking millet AND wondering about aflatoxins.

  • theBCnut

    So far, the hair loss is around his lips, so he looks like a bad drawing of a cartoon character. It hurts his feeling if I laugh, so I have to keep it to myself.

  • theBCnut

    On the bright side, now when I post about what Micah reacts to, I can just say chicken, grains, tomato, and flax. I used to say many grains, because I hadn’t eliminated all of them yet. That was the last one I was going to try.

  • Cyndi

    Wow, poor Micah. Hopefully it was just the food and he does get back to 100% and the losing his hair is just from that as well and it starts growing back. Good thing you are so knowledgeable and vigilant and hopefully have it figured out. What a pain that kind of stuff is. Praying for Micah that he gets all better.

  • Dori

    Poor Micah. I’m so glad he’s doing better and back to acting normal but sad he’s losing hair on his face. Fortunately hair grows back as we all know when we’ve left the hair dresser with a too too short cut miserable and before you know it it’s time to get a hair cut. Seriously though, BC, I’m so glad it seems to have been a reaction to the millet and nothing serious. Great catch stopping the food as quickly as you did.

  • theBCnut

    You didn’t miss anything worth anybody’s time, and that apparently it also had to waste Dr Mike’s time. It was about as stupid as it can get, and it frustates me when I let someone waste my time that way.
    It’s Micah again. I tried a food with millet in it and he was fine for a full week, but then he started having strange reactions, to the point that I was worried about a blockage or something serious. But his symptoms pointed to more than one thing going on.
    We were able to rule out a blockage, and we decided that the timing was just to coincidental for the food to not be at least part of the equation, so I took him off the food. Within 24 hrs some of the weird symptoms started to disappear and now he is almost 100% back to normal, so I’m thinking maybe the new food was all of the problem. This reaction was looking more like a real allergy, than his usual, in fact he is losing the hair on his face today.

  • Cyndi

    Wow! I must have missed something good if the nut is pissed off! Ha ha!

    Someone thinks YOU & USA are the same person? LOL! Now THAT’S funny!!

    I really didn’t think anyone could piss you off. I stand corrected (again)! LOL! Hopefully that’s over and done with. I tried to get caught up on the conversation, but some of the posts were deleted, but I did catch that one of your dogs isn’t doing well? 🙁 I hope whoever it is is ok.

  • theBCnut

    Losul did not ask if I was USA. He has known who I am and I believe he knows who USA is, from the time he came here when we were both using our real names. And no, I’m not pissed off about you mistake. But I’m sure pissed off now. HaHa Cyndi thought it wasn’t possible.
    Sent from my iPod

  • theBCnut

    Sue I never changed that post. My puppy had IBS and my vet said he felt he was heading for IBD, because he was having such serious issues at what he considered an unheard of age. I have never said he was cured on a raw diet, because I have never had him on a strictly raw diet. He has had no further symptoms on a high protein, moderate fat kibble with raw added to boost the protein and fat even more. But I suspect in his case, he is largely better because at the same time I changed his diet away from the foods he was reacting to, and those inflamed his gut.
    I have know about IBD for quite a number of years now, so sorry, you are wrong on that count too. I don’t know why you have this crazy idea in your head, probably related to your other confusions about thinking I’m USA Dog Treat or some other hogwash. Like everyone else on here, I’m done with you. Your understanding of everything is limited to your personal experience with Patch and even that is limited and I’m not willing to debate common facts with you just because you can’t or won’t look them up yourself. You saying something doesn’t make it true or right.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Guest

    When I first came on this site over 1 year ago, you knew nothing about IBD or low residue diet kibble,you even wrote that you have a dog that had IBD as a young pup & it went away on a raw diet, I asked my vet & he said IBD never goes away never, & I wrote saying that IBD never goes away it may settle down with a good diet & meds then you change it to IBS., I remember you telling me to increase Patches fiber & to feed him raw & to give him apple cider vingegar for his stomach pain, I’m
    lucky Im not stupid & I know thru my own health problems & I never listened to your advise, I asked my vet & he nilly fell thru the floor & told me not to listen to silly people that think that they are internet vets,
    You are just pisssed off with me cause last week, on off topic Dissussions I asked you nicely are you “USA Dog Treats” like Iosul also
    posted 2months ago but all the post I refered to have all been deleted except 1 a conversation On USA Dog Treats page, If ur not USA Dog Treats how come the post about where you got the name USA Dog Treats from selling ur dog treats to family & friends has been deleted & there were other post also that have all been deleted
    & have all disappeared
    Also you both Never post or are on
    at the same time never,
    I believed you last week & deleted my post about this matter & dropped the matter, until yesterday when all I said it could be acid reflux about ur dog being ill if he was really ill..you wrote definitly not acid reflux
    I dont believe one bit that you have ever been a vet nurse or a vet tech not with the advice you gave to me last year & some of the advice Ive read that you have given others,
    maybe u were a human nurse but never a vet nurse thats just another fabrication like ur fake ID Names people arent stupid,all my advice is thru what I have experience with Patch & what has helped Patch & what has not worked I have never made up any fake illnesses I post & answer people post hoping that Patches pain & what he has & is going thru may help some helpless person that is experiencing the same problems I wish 15months ago I had some of the advice that I haved given it would of saved alot of stress & pain with Patches, this site is for dogs health not to see who gives the best advice or who knows more you seem to always compete & ur the only one thats smart & knows
    everything I admit you do know a few things but you dont know everything that you make out that you know Id say u have Google on speed dile..Im done..

  • sue66b

    Did the vet recommend a vet prescription diet kibble the Royal Canin, Gastro Intestinal low fat ,is similar to Eukanuba Intestinal but it isnt a low residue kibble, but its low in fiber at 1.75% & low in fat, a few dogs on the IBDogs group on yahoo are on the R/C Low fat Gastro kibble & its working & helping their dogs normally dogs are put on an Hypoallergenic kibble if they have IBD but the Hypoallergenic diet didnt work for Patch as the fat was too high, the only other thing I did was cook, I boiled chicken breast & froze little meals then I added rice but the rice irratated Patches bowel more so then I used a little bit of boiled pumkin or u can even boil some oats & add the oats with the boiled chicken to fill her more…also a good dog probiotic has helped Patch I give every morning inbetween feeds is best, I mix 1 teaspoon with about 15ml water he loves it.. oh I just remembered “Natural Balance” limited ingrediets the Kangaroo & Potato or the Rabbit & potato has also worked for some dogs with IBD being limited ingredients & the fat is 10% also Metronidzole( flagyl) helped when Patch was pooing blood last year,,.it’s sad watching them suffer, My last Girl had IBD the last year of her life, then I rescued another dog & he had the same problems I was devastated, but this time Ive done things different so far Im not using the steroids & all the tablets that the vet has recommended Ive told the vet as long as his poos are firm no drugs not yet but I know some mornings he’s unwell with stomach pain so we go for our walks & go to Pet barn & visit everyone & he loves people..

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Packmom,

    I am sorry to hear about your pups problems.

    For a diet change I would try an elimination diet where she is fed a lean protein (venison, rabbit, etc) and a carb (butternut squash, buckwheat, etc) that she has NEVER eaten before. I would keep it to 75% meat and 25% Carb. I would eliminate anything else from her diet. No treats! I would prepare it myself and stick with it for at least 8 weeks. A vitamin and mineral supplement will be needed.

    Inflamed bowels is not a simple diagnosis. The causes vary, and the diagnosis itself can be wrong. Any time a dog has diarrhea for 10 days or more, the chances are they will get a diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

    I suggested an elimination diet because one of the reasons a dog COULD have IBD is because of food related allergies and/or intolerances and sensitivities. Dogs who eat foods with the same ingredients for years can develop allergies and/or intolerances to foods that never gave them a problem in the past. An elimination diet can “cure” your dog’s problems without any drugs or prescription diets from the vet.

    I would also like to know what tests or anything else your vet did when they told you she has Inflammatory Bowels. A fecal test is done to look for parasites. A blood test is done to look for abnormalities in red or white blood cells and anything else that might show up. These tests in my opinion should have been performed as they can yield some clues as to what is going on.

    There are many other reasons that your pup could be having these problems other than IBD but doing an elimination diet would be a pretty simple way to find out if her symptoms are caused by her diet.

    Her diarrhea is also something that should be immediately addressed if it is severe enough (every day). She could be dehydrated and losing valuable nutrients.

    I will be thinking about your pup and hoping she gets better very soon!

  • Packmomof4

    Thank you for your advice. My dog hasn’t been diagnosed, but was treated for this issue last year and keeps getting digestive upsets and issues. In my area we don’t have any holistic vets(which our vet has been great) but when he isn’t in the office another vet is which is the one who treated her symptoms. She has very symptom of IBD even to the point of having blood in her stool. Its starting to subside but I want a proper diet for her so that way these issues don’t come back as much. The only foods that are available in my area are at petco or petsmart and possibly ordering offline. I started giving her plain activia yogurt and that seems to be helping. I know that stress can be a factor to this also and she has anxiety already

  • theBCnut

    And BTW, I didn’t mention kibble in this equation.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, it is, among other things, a low fiber diet. Fiber is part of the residue that they are trying to lower. Just because something is an intestinal diet does not make it low residue, but low residue is low fiber and easily digestible. Fiber is not easily digestible and is not low residue. I’m sorry your understanding is skewed from your personal experience, but it is what it is.

    From the link I provided

    “What Is a Low-Residue Diet?

    A low-residue diet is a diet in which fiber and other foods that are harder for your body to digest are restricted….

    Residue refers to undigested foods, including fiber, that make up stool…

    A low-residue/low-fiber diet may be recommended for short-term use during disease flare-ups or following surgery to help with recovery. However, it is not a general eating plan for all people with IBD…”

    Maybe you should just read it for yourself.

  • sue66b

    B-Nut, a low residue kibble isnt a low fiber diet like you wrote.

  • theBCnut

    No, I’m not wrong. I just didn’t go into every single detail about every possible treatment of IBD. Instead I encouraged her to take her dog to a vet that would actually get to the bottom of the issue. I’m sorry you have a problem with that.

  • sue66b

    Hi, My boy has IBD, he’s been on the Vet Diet Eukanuba Intestinal low residue kibble for over 1 year, I started trying other kibbles but the Wellness Simple has been the best for his IBD & stomach, I’m feeding him the Lamb & Oatmeal or there’s the Duck & Oatmeal, the oatmeal is more soothing to the stomach..the kibbles with potatos are harder kibbles there for harder to digest causing more problems, if ur going to try A Simple Kibble please try either the Duck & Oatmeal or the Lamb & Oatmeal as there’s 2 kibble are easiest to digest, I also soak in water for around 3 mins then drain the water & pat dry with paper towel this just softens the kibble more if they gulp & dont chew their kibbles…Ive tried a few different kibbles & finally we got the Wellness Simple in & its been the best for Patches IBD, he was farting a bit from the peas in the begining but ur girl might be different in the gas deparment…

  • sue66b

    Wrong BC-Nut, A low residue diet isnt a low fiber kibble.. Low residue kibbles have less residue there for break down & digest easier making less poo, low residue kibble is more gentle, less work & irratation on the already diseased bowel, Eukanuba make 2 low residue kibbles, Intestinal has less fiber 1.75% & Intestinal Plus which has more fiber -4%, if the small bowel is affected with the IBD you need less fiber, if its the large bowel with the problem you need more fiber..thats why vets do a biopies to see which part of the bowel is affected with the Irratable disease…normally when its the small bowel the dog will suffer from stomach problems as well….

  • Dori

    I would give some more thought as to what you you switch to. I would definitely avoid potatoes, they are a part of the night shade plants which are inflammatory. You should avoid any foods with night shade plants in the ingredients. Potatoes and tomatoes fall into that category. Also just google night shade plants and you can get a complete list. I avoid night shade plants in foods for my dogs. One has many digestion issues and food intolerances and my 15 year old Maltese with age related arthritis has been helped quite a bit by avoiding these ingredients. I should mention that I feed commercial raw foods, fresh organic fruits and veggies as treats. I also feed a rotational diet between different proteins in the brands and different brands also. Hope I’ve helped.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I am using Simple Small Breed for my 3 Cavaliers. I love the food and so do they. Lately, I’ve been topping their kibble with Freshpet Vital. I’ve been using the limited ingredient rolls and alternating them, the Turkey, Beef & Bison and Salmon & Whitefish. I do add Vetri Science Mega Probiotics and every other day they get AllerG-3 fish oil caps. I also add a small amount of water. They also get a chew/treat twice a day called Allergy Skin and Coat from Vets Choice (also NaturVet) which has pumpkin, colostrum, quercitin, and some other ingredients in it. They are doing the best they have done in a long while. Two of them have allergy issues. I do also know they are allergic to flea bites and one has inhalant. They’ve not been officially tested, but this has been deduced by me and my holistic vet working together.

  • theBCnut

    Often with IBD they recommend low residue diets, which means low fiber. Some IBD dogs have fat restrictions too. Wellness is a good brand and probably worth trying, but seeing a holistic vet will help you understand what is going on with your dog better. Holistic vets focus more on finding the cause of things and treating that, rather than just treating the symptoms.

  • Beth Knuth

    if you have a holistic vet, can be located by going on line a asking for a certified holistic vet in your area, I would see what they recommended. We have switched to raw, Darwin’s, and Butch who is nine is doing wonderfully.

  • Packmomof4

    My dog is 16years old and last year she got a case of inflamed bowels and the vet didn’t really give me much info but sent me home with antibiotics. They didn’t tell me it is a issue she will have for the rest of her life. I currently feed her BB wilderness duck flavor. She has been having lots of loose stools and digestive upsets. I want to find something that will make her feel better and not get these digestive issues. I am thinking of switching her to wellness simple salmon and potato small breed formula. What are you guys opinion of this food?? Any other suggestions???? I want my girl to feel better.

  • applemoon

    Thank you everyone I’m terrible @checking my emails daily and responding. I think I posted he was on Blue buffalo small bites but it didn’t agree w/him so now he’s back on Purina one small bites and he loves it and his gas has subsided BB gave him so much gas and his poops are normal. My next brand to try is def going to be the Wellness we like to switch his food every so often. He’s also been seizure free since April so I’m happy about that. What a wonderful campaign to have (dogs) animals in general. They make a home feel like a home, again thank you everyone.

  • Kris

    The best dog food I have found for my dog (74lbs, Lab/German Shepard) is the Honest Kitchen. It is human grade dog food which means (although not recommended) all the ingredients are natural and are that quality which can pass for human consumption. My dog has had SEVERE allergies which I found out he is allergic to chicken and wheat. His allergies were so bad he literally chewed himself raw on his hind legs and bum! I had done allergy testing and decided to go with Wellness Simple turkey and potato first…he was good on it. Started getting better, his hot spots were healing up…but OH MY! His flatulence was awful! It smelled like a sulfur swamp! So I did research and came across The Honest Kitchen. I purchased the Keen Dehydrated dog food as a test run since it was the cheapest with no chicken in it. And it was like a miracle! He was healing up nicely and was no longer chewing or scratching incessantly! I HIGHLY recommend the Honest Kitchen! 🙂

  • Irish Frooma

    Hi Applemoon. My hubs and I have a Shih Tzu and she is allergic to so many dog foods. We first had her on Science diet and she was itching like crazy! We also tried a different high quality brand called Solid Gold which was great for a while, but she didn’t love it and she started itching again eventually. So, we did our research and found Wellness Simple. She loves it and she has stopped itching! She even asks to eat sometimes and she has never done that before. So, we are sticking with it. I hope this helps!

  • sue66b

    Hi Applemoon, Ive tried the Wellness Simple Duck & Oatmeal & Patch had no gas or wind & poos were nice & firm & today I bought a bag of the Simple Lamb & Oatmeal, its smelt really good, I’m a bit worried as the fat is 1.5% higher then the Duck & oatmeal, as Patch has Pancreatitis, I gave Patch some lamb kibbles as treats & mixed 1/4 cup with his vet prescription diet & there was no wind or gas so fingers X the Lamb & Oatmeal will be as good as the Duck & Oatmeal, I’d give the Simple a go, start with the Simple Duck & Oatmeal first then try the Lamb & Oatmeal, its money back guaranteed & has limited ingredients so less problems can happen..it also digest real easy & Patch has not spew on the Simple like he does on his vet diet..there’s also the Wellness small breed but they have more fat% the only one that was low in fat was the Small breed healthy weight max 11% fat & the small breed Senior was min 12% fat but I’d start with a limited ingredient first if ur boy has tummy problems then work ur way to the small breed.. I soak the kibble in water for 2-3mins then drain water & pat dry with paper towel, just to soften the kibble a bit but the kibble still has some crunch…

  • applemoon

    Hello fellow dog lovers. I like to switch my dogs food every now and then so he gets variety in his diet. He was on Blue buffalo small breed and he had severe flatulence so now he is on Purina one smart blend small bites. Now I’m nervous because I didn’t know that certain brands have subcontractors who sometimes come from China and there are silent recalls. My dog is everything to me and I don’t care about the cost I just don’t want to feed him food that will not or could make him sick. While I was @pet smart scanning the isles Wellness caught my eye is there brand legit and if anyone has recommendations as to what they feed there small breed it would be helpful. Thanks in advance

  • LabsRawesome

    I agree with theBCnut. Raw or canned is better than kibble. If all you have is 1 Jack Russell, it wouldn’t cost that much either. 🙂

  • theBCnut

    I don’t believe any kibble is the best food, since all kibble is highly processed food pellets. As far as the best kibble, I really like to rotate different brands. I use several, like Annamaet, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Earthborn Holistic, Canine Caviar, and others.

    For dogs with issues that are food related, I prefer to feed at least partially raw. It’s easier to control ingredients that way.

  • Roumiana Markova

    Hi theBCnut, you seem to know a lot about dog feeding and I would love to hear your opinion on what is for you the best/finest dog food, because we’re feeding our 1yearand3mounths old Jack Russell Terrier with Orijen Adult for a year and know he startet having stomach and liver problems(just a bitt higher indicators in the blood) and the vets think it’s from the food since they had many similar cases with Orijen even with cats. And I’ve been reading and really can’t seem to find the best food. I will be great full if you can help me. Thank you!

  • Camila Arce-Santos

    my dog 1yr shar pei has been on grain free food for a while now and he recently has been not eating and im positive its due to him getting sick of salmon and potato well i switched him to lamb and oatmeal which is not grain free and boy was that a BAD idea seems he does have an intolerance to large quantities of grains such as a meal bc he got horrible diarrhea and vomiting. once we switched him to wellness core grain free original he was happy as day eating and good bowels no gas.

    HOWEVER if it werent for him being sick of salmon id have stayed with wellness simple GF i thought it was a good food for him and he never got any lesions other than his normal environmental allergies.

  • Dori

    If you’re going to trim the hair on her paws use a clipper if you have one otherwise a round tip baby type scissor. If your dog doesn’t like to have her paws touched then you may need someone to help you. PLEASE be careful trimming hair/fur in between toes on pads that you don’t catch the skin in the scissors or clippers that is in-between toes. Just go slow and be careful. I clip (with clippers) my dogs pads once a week they bring in less debris into the house and if a paw is bothering them I can easily see what’s up and remove debris. Good Luck.

  • theBCnut

    You could try dabbing a little allergy cream on her foot if you can keep her from it, but it’s no good if she just licks it off. It helps with itchiness and rawness even if it isn’t really allergy related.

  • Amanda Bond

    Well, she is only biting one of her paws which makes me think it isnt allergy related otherwise she would be biting all of her paws. I had her on Blue Buffalo Basics but switched her to Wellness Complete Health after reading a lot of negatives reviews on Blue Buffalo. I am going to give her a bath and hopefully it will help. Thank you so much for your advice, and I appreciate anymore advice you could offer!

  • Amanda Bond

    Thank you! I was talking to someone else and they said since my dog has fur in between the paw pads of her toes that it might be some sort of sticker that she could have picked up outside. This is where she is really trying to bite. They said to try clipping the fur in between her toes then soak her feet, and hopefully that will get whatever could be agitating her out. She hates anyone touching her paws, and now that she is injured, it has made it worse. I had to put a cone on her, but she has proven to be quite talented because she still finds way to bite her foot. Once again, thank you for your advice, and anymore you could give I would highly appreciate.

  • theBCnut

    Try switching the food back and see if it clears up. In the mean time, try disolving a heaping teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water and soak his foot for a couple minutes then pat dry. That might help sooth the skin.

  • sue66b

    My boy gets red itchy hot paws, & I found its from walking on wet grass & they get bad after the rain, Soak them in some detol antiseptic, I fill a small bath & put a cap or 2 of the detol then soak his paws, this kills any bacteria also do they stink like corn, real yeasty,Put on a low carb diet, no potatos, no sweet potatos. which food is she eating at the moment as I was going to try the Duck & Oatmeal for my dogs sensitive stomach problems…also another real good kibble is the Holistic Select kibbles they dont use potatoes …. http://www.holisticselect.com

  • Amanda Bond

    Hi everyone!
    So, recently my 2 year old terrior mix has been chewing one of her back feet raw. I have been looking all over trying to figure out why this could be happening. I have come to the conclusion that it may be the Wellness food that I have just put her on. She has been eating it for about 1 week. I really want to take her to the vet but I have absolutely no money. Before she was on Blue Buffalo Basics because she has a sensitive tummy, and she had no problems with it at all. If anyone can give me some insight into this, I would be very appreciative!
    Thank you,
    Amanda Bond

  • Kona

    Hi Sue. Kona has been doing much better on the Healthy Weight Salmon & Peas. The vet initially put her on Hill Prescription Low Fat (canned) for her GERD but 1) it’s way too expensive and 2) I don’t like the questionable ingredients. She’s been on Simple Healthy Weight now for about 2 months and her loud stomach rumblings, regurgitating, and belching have completely stopped. Her snoring has also disappeared (thankfully!). I do have to tell you though, the vet also has her on omeprazole (Prilosec) which I think helped to get her acid levels down but now that she is doing much better I’m weaning her off. She is down to only 10 mg/day and none of her symptoms have returned. I do think once she is completely off of the meds she will still do ok now that she is on a low fat diet. As far as the fiber, she hasn’t had any issues with it. Also, you can buy a small 4 lb bag on Amazon if you don’t want to commit to the really large bag. I buy the 10 lb bag on Amazon since the price is slightly cheaper than the stores plus it’s delivered free to my door. The kibble is hard and doesn’t soften quickly but Kona hasn’t had any trouble when she eats it hard. I do add Prozyme to her food and I also give her a few tablespoons of Kefir about a half hour before dinner. Not sure if those things really help but they’re good for her so I’ll keep adding them. I hope that answers your questions. And I hope you find something that works for your dog.

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  • sue66b

    How did ur dog go on the GF Healthy weight Salmon & peas, did it upset his GERDs, did it give him any stoamch acid or any gas… my boy has bad reflux, burping & I was looking at the G/F Healthy weight & at the duck & oatmeal but its new to Pet Barn & it still hasnt arrived we got the pamlet but still no “Simple” only in the real big bags & they are too big to try for the first time..I was worried about the Peas & the 6% fiber being toooo high for Patch. also I was wondering was the kibble real hard & when put in water did it soften quickly within 1 minute..also what meds does ur boy take for his GERDs my boy is just on the Zantac but vets are saying he has IBD as well & want to put him on a steriod Im soo worried the Presdnisolone will upset his stomach more..

  • sue66b

    Has anyone tried the Duck & Oatmeal kibble my boy has IBD,Pancreatitis & seasonal skin allergies, his vet said fat % has to be 10% & under the duck is 11% fat.. I like that it has no potatoes & has the oatmeal…. Ive read that oatmeal is good for their tummy & bowel.. so I was wondering has anyone used the Duck & Oatmeal kibble & their dog has similar health problems..

  • Danni

    Exactly my experience.

  • Danni

    My dog is a picky pom with food intolerances. He is doing very well on the Wellness Simple Small Breed- Salmon and Potato. I add it to his grain free Freshpet and he is doing well. Loves it and no more diahrrea, itching and his tear staining is going away. I have tried many foods and this is well tolerated. I’m sticking with it and rotating his fresh pet as long as it doesn’t have chicken. I can’t use the Wellness canned because it gives him the poops but my Rottie eats the Wellness GF canned with his kibble and does great on it.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I am now feeding my 4 dogs the Wellness Small Breed Simple Salmon. They seem to love the food and are doing well with it. I’ve used Wellness canned foods, all varieties, for many years and like Wellness a lot. I’ve not used their kibble because of the size (too big for my Cavalier’s mouths). When I recently adopted Rupert and after finding out about his heart problems I needed a food with a lower sodium content. I found Wellness’s new Small Breed Senior that has controlled sodium and used it through two small bags (the only size it comes in for now). The girls did fine with it, but I just felt Rupert would do better without grains so I switched to the Small Breed Simple. I know it isn’t as low in sodium as the Small Breed Senior but he is doing even better with this food. They all love it. I am also adding probiotics/enzymes and a fiber supplement called Firm Up along with canned Wellness. Doing well here…:)

  • Shawna

    In a very thorough article written by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD they discuss the history of canola oil. Here’s an excerpt from that paper.

    “Rapeseed oil was a monounsaturated oil that had been used extensively in many parts of the world, notably in China, Japan and India. It contains almost 60 percent monounsaturated fatty acids (compared to about 70 percent in olive oil). Unfortunately, about two-thirds of the mono-unsaturated fatty acids in rapeseed oil are erucic acid, a 22-carbon monounsaturated fatty acid that had been associated with Keshan’s disease, characterized by fibrotic lesions of the heart. In the late 1970s, using a technique of genetic manipulation involving seed splitting,2 Canadian plant breeders came up with a variety of rapeseed that produced a monounsaturated oil low in 22-carbon erucic acid and high in 18-carbon oleic acid.”

    And, based on that same article, Monsanto now has GMO canola oil. So if you are not specifically buying “organic” canola you may be getting GMO as we currently think of GMO.

    “The first seed oil to be created through genetic manipulation, canola is also the focus of a variety of genetic engineering (GMO) projects in which genetic material from other species is inserted into the seeds in order to magnify certain traits in the resultant plant. Herbicide-resistant GMO canola now comprises a large portion of the total canola crop. Apologists point to endorsement by the FDA and the American Dietetic Association that GMO canola is nutritionally and environmentally safe and claim that the GMO variety means less spraying of herbicides, less chemical runoff and a boon to farmers.

    Percy Schmeiser, a third generation Saskatchewan farmer, found out the hard way that GMO canola may not be a boon to farmers. Pollen from Monsanto’s patented GMO canola seeds blew onto his land from neighboring farms– unlike grains, rape and canola plants spread their pollen on the wind. Monsanto’s “gene police” then invaded his farm and took seed samples without his permission.” http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-great-con-ola/

  • Connie Trumpf

    I beg to differ. Canola oil is made from the rapeseed plant, and it can be grown by those practicing organic farming. By law, organic products have not been genetically modified.

  • Julie

    Have you tried the new Healthy Weight Salmon on your dog yet? I suppose that’s the only way to find out if it’ll work for your particular dog. Yesterday I received my order of this dog food and started mixing in with my dog’s current kibble. It smells very fresh (the use by date is April 2015) and my dog seems to really like the taste. She has lots of food intolerances so time will tell if this food works out. I’ll update later.

  • Kona

    Hi I’m new here but have already learned so much from everyone (I’ve discovered and added Kefir and Prozyme to my dog’s diet thanks to you all :)). Any thoughts on the newest addition to the Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient line? They’ve recently added a grain-free Healthy Weight Salmon & Peas formula – 26% protein, 8% fat, 6% fiber. My dog was recently diagnosed with GERD so it’s been hard finding a grain free low fat food (I’m trying to keep moderate protein levels, I’ve read low protein helps GERD but I’m not comfortable with the 20% levels I find in most low fat food). This simple HW seems ideal to me but I’m not as knowledgable as many of you seem to be on nutrition and ingredients. Any thoughts or advice on this new food?

  • Pam c

    There’s no such thing as GMO free canola oil.

  • Guest

    The canola oil in this food can’t possibly be controversial because Wellness uses GMO free Canola Oil.

  • David Moore

    Our female Bichon Frise/Poodle mix was a tough cookie when it came to figuring out her diet. We tried numerous grain-free foods, which she liked; however, all proved to be hard on her stomach. The Wellness – Simple is a God-send. Although I personally don’t care for the make up of it (it contains guar gum, a gelling/thickening agent found in many wet pet foods), it apparently does offer a notable amount of all the needed amino acids and dietary fiber. What’s important is our dog eats every meal and has no more noticeable digestive issues, and her stool is just as it should be.

  • sue66b

    Try to look for Kibble thats low in fat & fiber, I found Eukanuba ‘Senisitve Digestion’ its low fiber but It has corn in it but my boys poos are finally harder & formed Now im looking for a grainfree thats low in fat & fiber they all seem to be over 3% in fiber where the Eukanuba is only 1.7% fiber..

  • Kikki

    I agree but my main concern, I think, is how their recall kept expanding and what if they’re not done yet and something else comes up soon. I guess I’ll wait it out and see because I’d hate to not utilize the voucher and coupons they sent me.

  • Shawna

    Since you seem to be the one so concerned about staying on topic, enough to berate others for not doing so, wouldn’t it make sense for you to lead by example and discuss Wellness on this thread…….NOT what HDM feeds or doesn’t feed. How does what she feeds lead to the “readability” of this site or thread?

    Seems a bit hypocritical don’t you think?

  • simon’s dad

    Dear Mr Sagman

    I am a long time reader first time poster. Why do you allow a few of the regulars here to escalate things whenever someone unpopular says something to a popular poster that they don’t like?

    Already theres name calling going on. I would like this place a lot better if the regulars respected your commenting policy.

  • Betsy Greer

    I think I’m pretty particular as well, and I have to admit that, in my quest to find something my dog does really well on, I recently bought a couple varieties of EVO. So, I’ve got two variables here ~ 1.) how well Sam does on it; and 2.) can I pass the sleep test while I’m feeding it. It’ll have to pass both before I buy it again.

  • dddwiliams

    lol! you sound like a politician. Who’s James

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I have used both EVO kibble and canned in the past – I think they’re very high quality products. Right now I would say that Natura is on probation for me (for lack of a better term) – I have purchased some of their treats since the recall but I’m keeping them on my radar. If they have a repeat incident within the next year or so I may, unfortunately, have to count their products out. I’m not one to blacklist a company because of a recall – for me it has to do with frequency and how the company handles it. It should also be noted that Natura had a spotless reputation up until these most recent events. I’m not deterred…just yet.

  • Kikki

    Have you fed EVO kibble in the past? If so, would you use it again after the latest Natura recall? (Asking since you do feed EVO biscuits)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Also because you seem genuinely interested in my dogs’ feeding regimen I’d like to share a more detailed view of their daily diet.

    In the morning they get a boneless ground meal (added calcium) with whole food supplements, extras (sprouted nuts and seeds, kefir, etc.) and vegetables. For dinner they get RMBs and offal. These two meals usually total around 2,000 – 2,200 kcal. (more detailed menus can be viewed on the forum). Every night before bed they get a frozen kong – this well be stuffed with either dehdyrated, canned or kibble layered with canned pumpkin. A few times a week they may get an IQ ball with kibble. For treats they get a few freeze-dried raw medallions throughout the day and sometimes I do use grain-free biscuits (usually EVO or NV Instinct). They get one or two short training sessions a day in which they receive ZiwiPeak (food) or a freeze-dried raw nugget (such as Vital Essentials) as training treats. Their treats generally total around 500 kcal. per day or roughly 20% of their diet – another reason I like to utilize quality, balanced foods whenever possible. If you have any more questions about feeding don’t be afraid to ask!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi James –

    Correct – I’ve fed raw exclusively (for meals) for just over two years now. I do frequently order sample/trial size kibbles (sometimes even dehydrated or canned) to incorporate in my dogs’ diets as treats (IQ Balls/Kongs). I feel quality kibble/canned/dehydrated makes for more nutritious treats than actual “treats.” Additionally, utilizing samples of various quality brands of commercial food keeps me up to date on my product knowledge so I can make the best recommendations possible – which will really come in handy for my clients once I graduate. I also feed my cats kibble – so I do I have a very strict evaluation process for purchasing commercial products.

    I’m glad you’re so interested in what I’m feeding! It tells me that my recommendations and experiences are actually being read by DFA users (glad all my typing doesn’t go to waste). BTW – I take it as a complement that despite not feeding commercial products as the main portion of my dogs’ diet I appear to know enough about them as if I actually feed them. Mission accomplished! 🙂

  • Pattyvaughn

    Well Charlie
    Like almost everyone, HDM also doesn’t mention every treat when she says what she feeds. She says what she uses for meals. Just so you have full disclosure, she forget to defrost one single time in 2 years too. She opened a small bag of something she had on hand for treats and fed that. OH, the horrors!! I don’t know how she’ll ever live it down.

  • charlie

    Here’s a link to the post where HDM wrote:

    “I’ve been feeding raw exclusively for just over 2 years now.”


    When I read that post I took it to be factual, that’s why I asked HDM those two questions above.

    I can see now that HDM has not been feeding her dogs raw exclusively for just over 2 years now. Thank you for clearing that up for me Patty!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Sounds like you’ve read a lot of HDMs back posts, but you seem to have missed all of the different ones where she talks about using kibble layered with other things and frozen in Kongs. Even as treats, HDM is still very careful about what she feeds her dogs.

  • charlie

    You say you only feed raw so aren’t all kibbles deal breakers for you?

    Why do you sometimes post as if you feed kibble?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It does look like a great food – too bad the company won’t disclose where it’s manufactured. Deal breaker for me.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, sorry, I realized when I posted my previous message that this was indeed the Wellness Simple page and we were not talking about Wellness at all. The thing is, though, that the original poster just asked for recommendations with a set of criteria, there was no mention of Wellness Simple in their original post, so I was just responding to one of the recommendations made. Things like that can happen on here..

  • charlie

    Please be considerate of the people who would like to read about Wellness Simple Solutions (Dry)

  • Storm’s Mom

    Sorry, yeah I was mostly explaining the water content issue for people who may stumble upon this convo/info later. It seemed like you did understand the issue, although I wasn’t entirely sure you understood how the ingredient list would be impacted by discounting the whole meat ingredients (because of the stats you were mentioning ..the 80/20 percentage in particular.. that’s a pretty common marketing trick that isn’t true most of the time when you actually look at the ingredients). It’s important to understand that some ingredients lists are not always as they appear because of the water content issue of “salmon”, “herring”, “lamb” etc vs “salmon meal”, “lamb meal”, etc.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, I’m not at all saying it’s a bad food, ingredients-wise.. just pointing out that when you take the water content issue into consideration, the actual first 5 ingredients in, say, Ocean Blue Platinum are Spray Dried Salmon, Chick Peas, Spray Dried Whitefish, Sweet Potatoes, and Olive Oil. It’s NOT actually Herring, Salmon, Spray Dried Salmon, Chick Peas, and Ocean Fish like the label says, because of the water content issue..

    I would prefer to see 2 meat proteins before the 1st non-meat protein source and 3 meat proteins before the fat/oil, that’s all. There’s also no way to tell what part of the salmon or whitefish is being spray-dried on..could be very little protein in it for all we know.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I wouldn’t have either.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, it was late and I couldn’t remember if it was 70% or 80% so I went with the lower of the two 🙂 I suppose I could’ve just scrolled up and looked at this review, which clearly states 80% haha..but I didn’t think of that at the time! :-O

  • Pattyvaughn

    Where you say 70% water, you are actually being generous. It is 75-80% water, with 78% being about average.

  • GSDsForever

    Anyway . .. DFA’s conclusions regarding regarding Timberwolf Platinum state the following, in giving it the highest rating of 5 stars:

    “Bottom line?

    Timberwolf Platinum dry dog food is a meat-based kibble using a significant amount of named meat ingredients as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

    Enthusiastically recommended.

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


  • GSDsForever

    No. I appreciate your explanations. I really do. But you are graciously explaining something I understand.

    What I said in trying to help clarify, is that there are BOTH dried ingredients as well as whole (water included) meats/fish listed FIRST at the top of the ingredients, before plant based ingredients . . . as well as *multiple* meat/fish concentrated after at the top of the ingredient lists for Platinum.

    I’m sitting here with both the Platinum Wilderness Elk & Salmon formula and Platinum Ocean Blue formula bags. And both have 3-4 meat ingredients listed by weight BEFORE any vegetable matter. And those ingredients include at least one dried meat/fish (no water weight) ingredient that is a highly, highly concentrated, digestible, and hypoallergenic form ingredient. And, then, AFTER a carb source, MORE meats/fish are listed as well. The website reflects the same. These are very thoughtfully designed, meat/fish protein rich and low carb formuas.

    They are also energy dense, in the 500 calories range, and highly digestible at 94-95%. That’s excellent. I’m thrilled with them.

  • Storm’s Mom

    When an ingredient is listed as, say, “lamb” rather than “lamb meal” that means that the ingredient INCLUDES water/moisture content BEFORE processing. In other words it’s very heavy because it’s made up of about 70% water (that’s usually why it’s the 1st or among the 1st ingredients in an ingredient list..legally, ingredients must be listed on an ingredient panel by weight BEFORE processing). HOWEVER, once an ingredient such as “lamb” is processed/heated – which it MUST be in order to be made into kibble – it loses all the water/moisture, and thus it loses 70% of its weight. If the company was required to list this “lamb” after processing, it would be listed far down on the ingredient list because it’s lighter. Therefore, you would end up with a LOT less meat in the actual kibble that is fed to your dog than the company started out with before starting to make the kibble. In contrast “lamb meal” already has the moisture content taken out of it when it’s added to the kibble mix, so it is a super concentrated form of animal protein. This is why the Classic line has a LOT more protein from meat in it than the Platinum line does.

  • GSDsForever

    I would disagree . . . for the dog lover, re: the Classic formula Ocean Blue. If it were a major allergy concern, I suppose a customer could ask for it in writing. And I have found it to be a very ethical, passionate company with high standards and the right ideas personally, for over a decade.

    Unfortunately, I really didn’t undertstand your other comments at all. Platinum is the high protein/low carb line, and ALL its formulas are 80/20 (meat/fish to fruits/vegetables/vitamins & minerals), which is excellent in these 34%+ protein formulas. The first five ingedients of all Platinum formulas are outstanding. So, most of the protein is meat/fish based. The meats/fish ingredients listings include both water inclusive & dried. Perhaps you missed that?

    And it is incorrect that the Classic line has more protein or meat/fish based protein that the Platinum line: the opposite is true. Anyway, they are all excellent. And, as far as availability, l buy directly from the company and have saved that way and been very happy. Free fast shipping, additional savings for pre-orders and other deals, etc. I’m sick of the higher prices for super premium brands where I live.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Well, in this case, with a known allergy to potato, I would advise “dog lover” to stick with the Platinum Ocean Blue rather than the Classic Ocean Blue just incase. Platinum Lamb & Apple looks like the only other Timberwolf formula that would work with the criteria given (assuming the ingredient list is correct..must admit, I find the “potatoes are really sweet potatoes” thing a little sketchy and I wouldn’t use the formula/company on that basis. Though, it’s a moot point because it’s not available here (anymore..used to be).

  • GSDsForever

    Storm’s Mom,

    All I know is that the Ocean Blue Classic formula has used sweet potatoes forever and I recently asked explicitly when I saw it on the website (haven’t seen the bags) . . . because I know the formula well and I know that Mark Heyward (the founder/owner) strongly prefers to use sweet potatoes. He has said this to me directly many times. Anyway, they checked directly with Mark, and confirmed.

    I have a lot of experience with the brand, have fed it for years with my dog thriving on it, and have a good relationship with the company. I talk to the company often and call periodically to check on things, to stay up to date and check on things that are important to me.

    I haven’t talked to Mark recently directly to have asked him why on earth they have erroneously listed it at sweet potatoes. I have the same Qs you do. I’ve found a number of things not up to date or correct on the website and really wish, OCD style, that it would be fixed. LOL.

    Personally, I trust that the potatoes in that formula are sweet potatoes because I have talked to the owner many times over the years and feel I have that relationship with the company to trust what I’ve been advised. I can understand if someone else would feel differently until they fix the website error. Sigh. The Platinum line formula doesn’t have this problem, as I have the bag in front of me: sweet potatoes & chickpeas, organic kelp for carbs.

  • Storm’s Mom

    “The potatoes listed are sweet potatoes” – is that legal???! Potatoes and sweet potatoes are toooootally different ingredients.. I’ve never heard of a company that puts “potatoes” on an ingredient label when the ingredient is really “sweet potato” ….legality aside, wouldn’t you want consumers to know it’s “sweet potato” rather than “potato”? “Sweet potato” is a far preferable ingredient to “potato”, imho.

  • GSDsForever

    You might also check out Zignature


    and Victor: GF Yukon River Salmon & Sweet Potato.


  • GSDsForever

    p.s. The company has been giving about a $10 discount when you order advance notice (3-5 weeks) vs. immediately. That makes the Classic line ~$46 and Platinum ~$54 for the large bags, which is a nice savings.

  • GSDsForever

    You could try one of my favorite brands, Timberwolf Organics — a formula like Ocean Blue Platinum or Classic. I love this food.

    The Platinum line (higher protein/low carb) is free of white potatoes & grains. The Ocean Blue Classic formula has always been grain-free and the potatoes listed are sweet potatoes.

    The Ocean Blue (fish) formulas do not contain ANY of the ingredients you listed, and both are EXCELLENT. Other formulas you might rotate among are Wilderness Elk & Salmon, Lamb & Apples, Black Forest, and (if they bring it back) Bison. The company strongly recommends a rotational diet.


  • dog lover

    Hi, I am looking for a dry dog food that doesn’t have chicken, white potato, flax seed, or egg in it! Do you have any suggestions?? Thank you! Dog has been diagnosed with allergies to these ingredients through allergy testing.

  • Storm’s Mom

    My guy is allergic/intolerant to chicken as well, and there are actually quite a number of foods out there that do not contain chicken. I rotate his food after every bag (small, medium or large bag, it depends), and I’ve only fed the same food a couple of times. Check out Nature’s Logic (any variety except, obviously, their chicken formula), Nature’s Variety Instinct (again, except their chicken formula), Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb Meal or Seafood Select, Merrick has some without chicken, Earthborn also has Coastal Catch which doesn’t have chicken, Acana and Orijen both have a least 1 without chicken… there really are more options than you might think. One of the reasons why you *may* be limiting yourself is if you’re thinking that “chicken fat” is off-limits, too. It’s not. Allergies are almost always to proteins not fat, so chicken fat in a formula should be just fine.

  • Andrea Kelley

    What kills me is the site tells you to avoid foods with certain allergens yet all of the “hypoallergenic” dog foods they recommend have something they say to avoid. Now how does that make any sense! My dog uses Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast. He has chicken allergies and it is the only food I could find that has NO chicken by product of any kind. He has been fine ever since he has been on it. Seriously food makers stop putting chicken in everything there ARE dogs with allergies to it!

  • Hilldill

    I have a pug who was always an itchy hot mess as well. I’ve had her on Wellness Simple Salmon for about 2 months. It took about 3 weeks after I switched her food to this and she barely scratches at all now. I’m hoping it continues to help her.

  • Rachel Lynne Wallace

    I purchased Wellness SIMPLE Salmon and Potato today, assuming it must have a 5 star review like the Wellness CORE Ocean Formula does. Bummer. I didn’t do my research prior to grabbing the dog food, so I hope that my Shih-Tzu loves Simple just as much as Core. Still better than most dry dog foods out there!

  • There are several chicken free foods to chose from. This thread in the forum has suggestions.


  • Julia Bulia

    Good luck! It can be very frustrating!! Hope this works for you!

  • Sarah

    My Scotty Bonnie is an itchy hot mess!! Hair missing in splotches & bumps everywhere! She scratches her rump on the coffee table & makes horrible grumbles. I wish I had miracle pill! I’ve tried MANY different foods. I’ve read that Scotty’s are infamous for being allergic to chicken. Almost ALL foods have chicken! Even if they are beef or fish, if u read the labels closely, they have ‘poultry fat’ in them! This is an exhausting process. Today I bought Wellness Simple Salmon. Please wish me luck!!

  • Chelsey

    My beagle was having the same issue of licking her bum and feet all the time (she was on Nutro Ultra) now I switched her to the grain-free version of this food (the Turkey and Potato). I’m crossing my fingers that there are no allergens in it for her, so she can stop itching. I also looked up Taste of the Wild and I think both would be a good choice. Good Luck!

  • Agreed! We used this formula when it was Salmon/Brown Rice and we were really disappointed that they were switching to Potato. Our boy has HORRIBLE allergies, with a blood test revealing only 3 meats and 8-9 fruits/veggies/etc that he CAN have (allergic to ALL carb sources, rice being the lowest)… it’s been a struggle. We switched to Cal Naturals Venison grain-free, but that also has a low protein content, so we will begin supplementing with a frozen Raw this week (BravoRaw).

  • Sia

    I have had my Amer. Staff/ Pit on this Wellness Simple (Turkey) in conjunction with Nature Recipe Grain Free. MY only issue is that her arthritic leg has been acting up, and she has been going off eating poop outside. Is this because of the Wellness? Is there another brand I should be looking at? Or prehaps a different Wellness line?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • JuliaBulia

     I have not.  I have entertained the idea of gluten sensitivity being the root of his problem though.  My dog (at least this one that I am dealing with now) doesn’t have the skin problem.  His problem is a bowel issue.  It’s very frustrating because its so hard to pinpoint exactly what is the problem. 

  • Shawna

    Hi JuliaBulia,

    Have you ever researched lectins?  Lectin proteins can cause both gi issues as well as dermatological issues.  They can actually even cause autoimmune diseases.

    The lectin gliadin in wheat, as well as some others, has been well studied.

    Quoted from a research paper
    “Thus, gluten intolerance gives rise to a variety of dermatological manifestations which may benefit from a gluten-free diet.”  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16436335

  • JuliaBulia

    Food allergies are so hard to figure out!  And vets say that real food allergies are actually rare and should not be confused with food sensitivities.  They say that food allergies manifest in skin problems–like your dog has and that sensitivities manifest in gut issues like runny poop and colitis type issues which is what my dog experienced.  I still don’t know what caused the reaction my dog had and I am having to cook his food for him!  Uggh! But if your dog has skin allergies you may have to do food trials with him which can be challenging.  (especially if your spouse thinks he is being nice by giving “treats”, ie junk food! to your dog). I used Science Diet z/d after this reaction and within 3 weeks he was throwing that up so there was something in that that irritated his digestive system.  3 different vets told me three different things though.  Luckily my husband works in the animal health industry and has access to a veterinarian pathologist who consults on difficult cases.  The only good thing about cooking for him as that as I researched more and more about different foods and where and how ingredients are sourced I got a little overwhelmed.  At least at the moment I know exactly what he is eating, where it came from and how its prepared.  He loves it.  But, I am at a disadvantage should I have to travel.  I  plan to start transitioning to something grain free very soon.  Hopefully that will go well.   Look at the ingredients in the food you listed above and see if there are any other ingredients that are the same in the one you want to try as in the one you were feeding.  I hope you find something soon.  I know you probably hate seeing your dog suffer.  NO matter what you do, don’t let them do expensive allergy testing on your dog–food allergies don’t show up in that kind of testing, that is more for environmental allergies.  I do know that for a fact because my husband used to work for one of the companies that sells allergy testing.  I don’t care what anyone else tells you, that is something I know for certain, without a doubt.  Everything else is just trial and error.

  • My boxer has been eating Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Duck for a while now…it helped her coat some, but her itching and red spots are still a problem.  We are going nuts trying to figure out what to feed her…she’s tried several foods.  Was thinking about trying Wellness Simple…now I dont know. 

  • julia bulia

    Transitioned my dogs to Wellness Simple and all seemed to be going well.  Two of my dogs are doing great but the other had a violent reaction to this food.  I am so disappointed.  Will have to go to prescription food for a while.  Not sure exactly what ingredient caused the problem.

  • Chimom

    I began feeding my dog Wellness supermix 5 fish and sweet potato and his stools are always soft-sometimes to the point of runny.  My Vet said that Wellness is a very rich diet.  I don’t know in particular what ingredient(s) is responsible for this.  My dog is suffering with allergies now (licking his paws raw).  Although I believe it stems from a grass/pollen (he had this last summer then it went away) my Vet suggested we try an elimination diet and we are transitioning to Hill’s d/d.  While I am not thrilled with this after educating myself with this blog, I need to try anything to stop his suffering.  I thought I would try the Wellness simple but now I’m not sure.  I went through so many diet changes with my last dog who supposedly had colitis.  It is really frustrating trying to find a food that works. I think it is trial and error.  Either these pet food companies change formulas, processing, ingredients, etc. or the dogs develop allergies to the food.  You also have to do so much of your own research into the underlying physical problem or take him to a Vet specialist.  I’ve done that and it is remarkable how good they can be.

  • Sjmandel

    I am having the same issue and am switching brands …i am looking at acana (sp?) or blue buffalo

  • Bailey’s Mommy

    I have a 3 year old Cockapoo named Bailey.

      My older sister got her as a puupy but gave her to me after she became pregnant with her first child.

    Bailey was eating pedigree with my sister and I changed that immediately!

    I placed her on Wellness for Small Breeds and that worked well for her.

    She has allergies so she scratches and lot and bites the inside of her paws constantly. I started giving her allergy medicine but it only helped a little.

     I saw an ad for Wellness Simple pretty much saying that if your dog  suffers from allergies then a limited ingredient diet may help. 

    I then switched her from Wellness Small Breed to Wellness Simple Turkey and Potato  Formula and I have seen a huge difference!!!

    She no longer bites her paws all day long nor does she whine and scratch every hour.

    I could tell the difference after the first two weeks. 

    The bag itself seems thinner than the other 4lb bags that Wellness has in other formulas and it costs just as much as the others.  It is about $15 a bag but I think it is worth it since my dog does not suffer anymore.  Give it a try!  😉

  • Actually Wellness Simple does use salmon meal.  So Sunshine Farms is under the Artemis umbrella? I didn’t like the fact that the ingredient list does not list out all the vitamins and minerals and probiotics, and it is tested on animals.  There was not much in the FAQ either.

  • michael58

    Sunshine Farms also has grain-free formulas made with duck meal and sweet potato meal.  Awesome formula.  I believe most of these formulas in Wellness our fresh Salmon and not meal.  Meal has 300% the protein levels as fresh proteins.  

  • Donnas

    Does anyone use a Vitamin K supplement with the Wellness Simple?  I am concerned that it does not have Vit K in it.

  • Donnas

    Did you try mixing his old food with his new food?  Introducing him slowly to the new diet.  I have gradually added the new food to my dogs old food, she is tolerating it well.  I watch her poop to make sure she is not having a problem. 

  • BryanV21

    I understand vets not getting much training/education on nutrition, and therefore only having brands like Royal Canin to recommend, but for them to get concerned about other foods is absolutely pathetic. RC sucks (in general).

  • Macookson

    My yellow lab has had runny poop for as long as we’ve had him. We have small kids, he’s a lab, and very anxious, so we thought maybe he just had a “nervous stomach”. However, we recently switched vets and our new vet was concerned about the runny poop. He recommended trying the Royal Canin gluten-free foods. Our dog is pretty big (and lean and strong!) and the cost of Royal Canin was prohibitive. I saw the Gluten-Free Salmon and Potato Simple variety in Petsmart . Our dog has done very well with it, and his poop is normal now (yay). Our vet was skeptical about allergy-free foods other than Royal Canin, but this one seemed to do the trick for us.

    FWIW, we also used the Wellness Weight Management food for our other dog, who has hip dysplasia and a huge appetite. Other weight-loss formulas had her trying to get into our kitchen trash, she was apparently very hungry. But this one worked very well and seemed to leave her feeling full. 🙂

    We’re very happy with Wellness foods. I first heard of the brand here. Thank you for this site!

  • Jeff

    My dog had been on the lamb/rice formula for 4 years and was doing great. Im not sure if he has an allergy, but he definately has a real sensitive stomach. Before we found simple solutions we went through a bunch of dog foods that all gave him diahrea. I dont even think his stomach handles chicken well… Since the formula change to oatmeal my dogs stool has been on the mushy side, and he has had diahrea 2 times. Im thinking of switching to another food, i dont know what to do. Does anyone have any recomendations on a new food that would be similar or better?

  • 12sueg34

    Hi Sandy,
    just got an email from a Tee DuBois at Wellness and they are sorry for the confusion regarding the protein info. They state that the information on the bag is the correct regarding for the Simple Salmon and Potato dry dog food – grain free . They will correct/update their web site. This makes me feel better as at least this food will have a 4 reading.Thought you would like to have this info. again, thanks

  • It would be 4 stars like the turkey formula.

  • 12sueg34

    The bag I just bought states on it bag that the Wellness Simple Salmon & Potato , grain free dry dog food has 25% protein, not 20% as stated on web site. If the bag is correct at 25% protein- would it then get a higher rating??  if yes, what would rating be? Thank you so very much for your help.

  • The Salmon dry recipe would not get a higher rating as it has (according to the Wellness website) less protein than the other recipes.

  • 12sueg34

    i left out some detail on my last post. Would you please review the new Wellness SIMPLE Salmon & Potato, Grain Free – DRY DOG food. Maybe this will have a higher rating than its counterparts and I think it is very important to know. Thank you 

  • 12sueg34

    Would you please review and research the new- Wellness- SIMPLE Salmom & Potato which came out in 2012. I think it is important to know if this particular “salmon ” food can receive a 5 rating. Thank you! 

  • Great Life Grain Free has a salmon formula. No white potato.


  • Kelly

    I had my English Mastiff on Wellness Simple Salmon reciepe, because he was having digestion issues, and now that they added potato he is losing all his hair.  I am switching to the Nutrisca Salmon to see how he does it is a 5 star dog food.  Adding potato to a limited ingredient dog food that most dogs have an underlying reaction too was completely the wrong move. 

  • daisy1999

    I didn’t hear back from her today.  I will call tomorrow if I don’t hear anything.  She was quite concerned though, as I would think they should be that nobody had noticed this.  I made her aware that the new formula had recently been reviewed on here.  I told her that had they had the proper info. posted on their website perhaps the salmon/potato would also be 4 star rather than 3-but that is your call.  But, point being that many people refer to your site and their mistake could potentially be adversely affecting sales if indeed this product does actually qualify 4star.  Not what they want especially with a new product launch.  I will let you know when I hear something.  She had data that she pulled up that matched the bag, but I told her I wanted something official along with an explanation and I would have it forwarded to you.  I think they owe me free products!

  • Hi Daisy,

    Sandy and I just updated this review on May 12. Thought it was accurate at the time. Let me klnow what you find out.

    Thanks for the tip.

  • monkey

    Lisa, how did the Acana work out for you? 

  • daisy1999

    Petco currently has $5 off coupons on the 4lb 8oz. bags of the new formulas.  So, I decided to give it a try.  But, I would like to know about the label/website differences in guaranteed analysis before I have anything further to say.

  • daisy1999

    I wanted to let you know that the guaranteed analysis on the new formula of Salmon and Potato is different on the bag from what is on the website.  I’m not sure which you used for the new review.  I contacted Wellness earlier today and spoke with Michelle.  They apparently had no idea about this mistake according to her.  She is supposed to be getting back to me when she can provide me with the correct information and details of the problem.  On the bag the protein is listed as 25%, while it is only 20% on the site.  Fiber is 5% on the bag, 3% on the site.

  • Wendi

    We are having the same problem with our Boston terrier. Going to the vet for the 3rd time in the morning. What did you do?

  • Lisa,

    The dry matter protein of just 24% keeps it from havng a higher rating.  It still has few red ingredients.


  • Lisa

    Is even the grain free only 3.5 stars? It’s new. The salmon one. My beagle seems to be itching and biting her feet. I am at a loss here. Waiting on a sample of Acana duck and oats. I don’t know if she can have oats or not. Seems like taste of the wild pacific stream was all she could have.

  • CarolRI

    With the recalls recently – a friend on a forum said her holistic store she was buying Wellness Simple from – has stopped carrying it.  The reason being   ” Carol, the owner said they were going to get their vitamins from China.
    suggested trying the Nature’s Variety Instinct lam simple protein
    Does anyone know anything about this?  I think I shall email Wellness with this.  I’m considering home cooking for the majority of their meals.  SIGH

  • Lisabart31

    My Petco finally got the Simple Solution grain free. I am picking up a bag of salmon today. Earthborn sent me a sample of Coastal Catch, I gave her about 5 pieces, and she itched. I am really hoping it isn’t peas. Seems like with her allergies, I may have better luck finding canned food. 

  • Lisabart31

    I’m just talking about white potato. Funny thing is Sweet potatoes aren’t really officially potatoes.

  • I feed white potato free foods as pugs have issues with nasal fold yeast infections/ear infections.  My pugs have had neither and they don’t have any body odor or ear stink any more. They haven’t had a bath for several months. They also eat raw and kibble.

  • Lisabart31

    Do you mean sweet potato also? Or just potato? Thanks 

  • Lisabart31

    Hi Jessica, when Taste of the Wild pacific stream had the recall, I went right out and bought the core. She was on taste of the wild for a year with not 1 yeast infection, and she has really bad allergies. Since I couldn’t get it with this recall, I got the Wellness core Ocean and the next day she smelled yeasty to me, (I know the smell). I took it back and got Pinnacle Grain free salmon and potato. I know she does well with Sweet potatoes but not sure about Potatoes yet. Today is day 4 and she is ok so far. I am still weaning. I am also thinking of purchasing the miracle pack probiotics for her. The one I looked into is made by Nusentia. Its a probiotic and a digestive enzyme in the miracle pack. I haven’t tried it yet. 

  • Lisabart31

    Hi Anne, I tried my dog on Simple solutions and she itched SO bad!!!!! I think it was the rice, of course I can’t be sure, but now they have grain free so I plan to try that. 

  • Lisabart31

    I use Pinnacle and thats from the same company, I am excited about this one too for my allergy Beagle. 🙂 

  • Lisabart31

    They are coming out with Simple solutions grain free now!! Its on the website. I am so excited to hear this. I spoke to Wellness today. 🙂

  • Jackie

    Thanks Mike! I appreciate your help and will be watching for your info.

  • Also new on the market: Avoderm Revolving Menu – grain free.  This one is also egg/dairy free so is Nature’s Variety Instinct LID.

  • Oops. Sorry, Jackie. Wellness had reformulated its Simple Food product line. And it does appear to have a simple grain free formula. I’ll get to work on that soon.

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Hi Jackie,

    Currently, there is no such recipe in production at Wellness. They produce an excellent grain free product line called Wellness Core and a very goof limited ingredient diet known as Wellness Simple Food Solutions.

    Both are reviewed in detail on my website.

    Thanks for your question.

  • Jackie

    I refer to your site all the time. I have a pug who is allergic to grains, eggs and dairy so I am looking for a decent grain free product. Could you please do a review on the Wellness Simple Grain Free dry food that is fairly new on the market?

  • Lisa

    Can you do a review of the new flavor for Wellness Simple Food Solutions Turkey and Potato?

  • Dawn

    It’s nice to know they finally made this HEALTHIER!!! Except wish that take out the dang carregenan and guar gum
    They serve absolutely no nutritional good!
    Yes it’s seaweed but it makes the food texture icky! Hopefully with now Oatmeal there instead of blah white rice…. Theyre using less of both those things! :0)
    Thanks for the heads up. :0)

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi pugmom!  I’m glad this food is helping, but I do want to let you know that they are changing this line pretty drastically.  I found out about it on FB today.  I don’t know if the changes are on their website yet, but you might want to try to check into this.  Hope it’ll still be good for your dogs!

  • pugmom

     I switch to Wellness Simple Solutions from California Natural no grain.. and my pugs love it. It is the only dog food that sniff the bag.. EVER.  The change in food has also stopped my one pug Winkie from licking his paws.. it is the only food that has accomplished that..

  • Have you tried sending Wellness a direct email asking?

  • Rivar087

    I just brought back a bag of Simple Duck and Rice that my dog was having a lot of problems digesting.  At first it seemed like the food wasn’t breaking down at all, it was almost coming out the way that it went in, little bits in the same size (sorry).  I switched up his food to see if it was just something in his system but he seemed to do better with the other food.  Then I went back just to give it another shot, but the same result.  Since my dog doesn’t chew a lot (he’s a 50lb’er) someone suggested that I let it soak in water to see if that helps, but it made it worse.  Again it came out the same way it went in.  I took it back to the store and they have returned it for a full refund.  I have used Simple before and didn’t have any problems but I am wondering where Simple gets their ingredients?  You can have the best of intentions but if you make the pie with bad apples…it’s still a bad pie.  I looked all over their site and there is a ton of information about how natural everything is but nothing about where it comes from.   And powdered rice protein concentrate worries me if it’s been imported.  The FDA hasn’t come up with a great system for monitoring those types of imports. 

    Does anyone know if they get their ingredients form outside the US?

  • Sovida

    @CHRISTINE thise stains are from to much yeast..If you use “angeleyes” all pet stores or online sell it even takes the yellow browish stains around their privates away. You have to change the food to yeast free diet  :O)

  • Kamiki77

    I have two dogs – one is allergic to poultry and the other has a very sensitive stomach and was not taking well to a grain-free kibble.  We started using the Simple Solutions Rice + Salmon and they both are taking to it very well. 

  • njhutchinson
  • Fred Brownlee

    I actually go along with you. . . red rice yeast is highly productively put into use in the world today for managing the high cholesterol in human body.

  • Rachel

    Hi Mike…
    Thank you. I found it when I googled it and I saw in a specialty dog food store. I will sent you the website.

  • Hi Rachel — I’m unable to locate this product anywhere on the Wellness website. If you find a link to this product, please post it here. And I’ll look into it as time permits.

  • Rachel

    Hello Mike,

    Did you see that Wellness has out a Brown Rice and Venison formula for hypo-allergenic dogs? Wondering what the rating on this dog food is? Thank you very much.

  • Shawna


    Hope you see this.. Just wanted to say — I apologize for not responding to you. I didn’t see your reply back to me until today.. Initially I was not on the blog routinely. Now that I am I still miss posts, I’m finding, if I’m off for a day etc.

    Anyhoo, I don’t feel this food is good for any dog – not just yours. It may work, as mentioned, for some dogs but I honestly believe that there will be consequences further down the road. The others listed some good options..

    Sorry again!

  • Anne, Rice. But more specifically, you went from a high-meat canned food to a high-carb dry food. The canned is certainly better!

  • Hi Anne… Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be impossible for me to know what’s making your dog itch. There are dozens of ingredients in this “limited ingredient” recipe. And it may not even be the food. Wish I could be more help.

  • Anne

    Hi. I was feeding my dog Wellness Core Canned Food, Salmon, Whitefish and Herring Recipe and he seemed good on that. I ran out and didn’t have time to replace it, so I gave him Wellness Simple Food Solutions Duck & Rice Dry Food, but now he seems itchy. Do you think it’s more likely that he’s allergic to the duck or the rice in this product?

  • Gordon

    Jessica H – Maybe consider a 5 star rated raw branded food? Such allergies, itchiness, dull coats and yeasty spots clear up and improve dramatically on such diets. These raw diets are made with the intention of being a BARF diet and mimicing the ancestral and evolutionary diet of the wolf in the wild. This as Nature intended.

    If not, and you’re reluctant re raw and/or your budget doesn’t allow for such, then definitely consider those higher rated grain and potato free kibbles. Maybe also feed your pooch a raw meaty bone a day for added natural calcium to phosphorous balance, protein, fat and natural dental health.

    Remember….A raw meaty bone a day, keeps the Vet away!

  • sandy

    Potato free and grain free:

    Brothers complete allergy
    Natures Variety Instinct
    Natures Variety Instinct LID
    Back to Basics
    Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Great Plains Feast
    Epigen fish formula, Epigen 90
    Dogswell Nutrisca
    Nutrisource Grain Free
    California Natural Grain Free Chicken Meal
    EVO Herring & Salmon
    EVO Wt management

    and raw foods

    I just sprinkle the enzymes/probiotics on their food or if you give it in between meals, I put it in a small piece of slice cheese or cold cut.

  • Jessica H

    I also recently put my Maltese on Wellness Core a few months ago. She has recently been getting ear infections and scratching her ears alot now 3 months later. She also developed a yeasty spot on her back. She used to be on Nutro’s Natural Choice with no problems but I had switched her to Wellness Core because I wanted to give her a higher quality food but now she seems to have developed allergies possibly due to Wellness Core. Any advice on a high quality food that is potato and grain free etc as u suggested above? What is the best way to add digestive enzymes and probiotics? I am really struggling with this and want her to be happy and healthy. Thanks alot!

  • monkey

    I agree. Try eliminating the potato and grain. It is really good to hear that you found a food that helped your dog though, but just start looking for higher rated foods to slowly introduce.

    I had my dog on Wellness Core and he started licking his paws, skin problems, and gunky ears. She had never been on chicken before so i was thinking maybe it was a chicken allergy. I wanted to be sure so i switched to another food with the same protein sources but eliminated the white potato and added DogZymes. Her skin issues are disappearing, her ears are clear, and the paw licking is back to whats normal for her.

  • NB and Phillip

    I think Sandy’s suggestion is good for both of you. We have found through hundreds of dogs that come to our store that many of the problems you two are having are cleared up after a couple of months on a grain and potato free food like Instinct. Often times the problems resolve themselves in less time than that. It would also help to add digestive enzymes and probiotics to each meal.

  • sandy


    What foods have you tried?

  • sandy


    I think Instinct Duck & Turkey might be an alternative for you. It uses tapioca instead of potato like TOTW. It could be the potato (possible) that is causing the issue (something about it fermenting and causing gas). Instinct also has a limited ingredient formula that is better than Wellness SS.

  • Philip

    My schnauzers are prone to pancreatitis. I’ve tried a number f foods and this ne seems balanced appropriately butam I correct or not ..?

  • nb

    Hi Shawna,

    Thanks for your note. Are you saying this food is not good for my dog, in particular, because of his previous digestive issues, or for any dogs at all? Either way, what other brands would you suggest instead (with the understanding that all dogs are different and that what you recommend may not work for our dog, etc.)?


  • Shawna

    Hi NB!!

    Unfortunately, I have to say that the rating Mike gave this food is right on. In fact, if Mike factored in other criteria the food would be rated even lower in my opinion. Please allow me to explain.

    The first ingredient is not meat but rather rice. I don’t like this however this is not my main concern..

    Whole, water included, duck is the 2nd ingredient. Because the water is included the duck is heavier then if dehyrated/rendered into a meal. Again this is okay except it really doesn’t add much protein.

    Which brings me to the 3rd ingredient and the one I REALLY have a problem with.. Rice protein concentrate is going to be a large source of the protein in this food as it is concentrated.. If that’s not bad enough in my opinion, protein concentrates are significant sources of “freed glutamic and asparatic acid”. These are called “excitotoxins” and can literally excite brain cells to death.. I know because this has happened to me — my brain damage was diagnosed via MRI in my early 30’s (I’m almost 45 now). I JUST end of last week and beginning of this week left quotes from journal papers (like the Oxford Journals — well respected medical journals) showing that these “excitotoxins” can also, in people, cause strokes, migraines, multiple sclerosis, symptoms in AIDS, eye damage, nerve damage plus…

    This food may be working for you now but what I personally think you have done here is jump out of the frying pan (with TotW) and into the fire (with this food). You may not see symptoms yet but… It’s likely that the symptoms you do see will never be connected to the food… I’m VERY lucky that I was referred to a doctor that recognized excitotoxin damage — however, it took 20 years (of active symptoms) before I found that doctor…

  • nb

    I just wanted to add my two cents. We have a 17 month old Rhodesian ridgeback who was on Taste of the Wild from the time he was a puppy. The breeder recommended TOTW and even sent us home with a bag when we picked him up at eight weeks. We were delighted with it until he mysteriously started vomiting at about 14 or 15 months. At first it was occasional, but gradually it increased to nearly twice a day, and always eight to ten hours AFTER eating. We stopped giving him anything to eat other than kibble, thinking maybe it was the peanut butter in his Kong, or the biscuits, or the occasional bully stick, but he continued to get sick. We tried feeding him three small meals a day, but that didn’t work either. Our vet took x-rays to eliminate blockage and did blood work that came back normal, and other than that he had no ideas. Prilosec once a day stopped the vomiting, but as soon as we took him off (after a two week treatment) it started again. Other than the vomiting, he was totally normal. He was not losing weight, was not lethargic, and was totally his normally puppy self. We were happy with the nutritional content of TOTW, but clearly something in it was not agreeing with our dog. We decided to switch brands, but it was nearly impossible to find a unique protein our boy had never tried, since we had gone through all the various TOTW flavors and they each contain what are considered unique proteins. That, and TOTH is grain-free, so it couldn’t have been an allergy to grain! I ended up getting a bag of Wellness Simple Solutions Duck + Rice (even though he’s had duck before in TOTW), and I am so happy to say that he has not vomited since we changed his food over a month ago. I have no idea what the issue was for him with TOTW, but I am grateful to have found something that works. I do wish this Wellness line had earned slightly better reviews from you, but at least I see it is “recommended.” And, like I said, it WORKS for our dog.

  • sandy


    Have you started the Simple Solutions? I was going to suggest Simple Solutions Salmon as a start, and then to the Fish & Sweet Potato after that. It is a limited-ingredient formula. A few more ingredients than Simple Foods but less than Small Breed.

  • Hi Judith… I’m glad to hear your dog is doing better on the prescription food. There are certainly many good foods. But since each dog responds to a particular recipe in its own unique way, it would be impossible for me to assure you feeding any specific product would be effective in preventing the return of her symptoms.

    Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized reviews and product recommendations for each reader. For more information, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Judith

    I forgot to say that I was considering switching her to Wellness Simple Solutions and then making the transition to the Wellness Small Breed. But after reading so many reviews I am not sure what to do. If I ask the vet he would probably keep her on the Hills Prescription z/d. Any thoughts or recommendations greatly appreciated.

  • Judith

    The more reviews I read the more confusing it gets to choose the right food for my three year old Shih Tzu. She had been vomiting for a couple days on and off mainly in the morning(liquid substance). The vet put her on Hills Prescription z/d for two months now to stabalize her stomach and a dewormer. She is good now. I want to switch to a quality permanent product. Any recommendations?

  • Christine

    Thank you so much for that article! I emailed it to him. I think he was a believer in the beet pulp theory. I wish there was something that was a quick fix, but the way it is presenting itself…does not look like it.

    Again, thank you!

  • Hi Christine… There are many pet owners who passionately believe that food is the primary cause of tear stains on light colored fur. However, I’ve never been able to find any scientific studies that prove this to be the case.

    For example, some blame these reddish-brown stains on beet pulp. But beet pulp isn’t even red. It’s actually white in color. So, this theory appears to be most likely a myth.

    Most professionals attribute these facial stains in light colored dogs to the overproduction of tears (or some functional problem with the tear ducts). To learn more, you may wish to consult this short but factual article about tear stains by Drs. Foster and Smith. Hope this helps.

  • Christine

    Quick question…my dad has a Bichon. She has tear stains that continue to get worse. As a matter of fact I just saw her and they looked awful. We have no clue what is causing this, but we think it is food related, since it has gotten worse on the new food…
    First had her on Blue and she stopped eating that, then another wonderful food (can’t remember) and she quit eating that. He then transitioned her to the Wellness Super5mix and she loves it! However, her stains are the worse they have ever been.
    He bought a bag of Blue Wilderness(he heard that was great food) and mixed it in with the Wellness Super5…she picked all the Wellness out and left all the Blue in her bowl.
    He is not sure where to go from here. She obviously loves the wellness Super5mix, but could that have something in it that could make her tear stains worse? If so, what is a good food to try that is similar to that, and may help the problem out? Thank you very much…I know this is long!

  • Jonathan

    Michael, did you maybe should have kept on using the same canned food you were feeding her already as a way to transition her to the new food. And, yes, the “simple solutions” food is for dogs with food sensitivities, and while it’s not bad, it is kind of low in protein and meat content (especially compared to the fact that the canned turkey is very high in protein!). I would think you should get some of the regular Wellness Supermix5 or maybe even try their Core grain-free version. If poopies be the problem, the Core Ocean formula has 7% fiber, which could help firm things up. I do think, though, that you will have to give it time to get part the diarrhea though, because of the sudden transition. In any account, good luck!

  • Michael

    HI there,
    My year old pom was eating canned wellness turkey and sweet potato. She seemed a bit constipated so I put a drop or two of olive oil and she seemed to do fine. Also she really wasn’t drinking very much water.
    Now I’m trying to transition her to dry, and got Wellness Simple Food Solutions, (dry) and top it off with canned Wellness 95%.
    I have no problem getting her to eat it, her problem is on the other end! She is having really soft stools. Sometimes they are together just really soft, other times they are formless, not quite diarrhea, but one step up. She has been drinking a lot more water lately, I’m assuming because of the dry food.
    I only found out that the dry food was for food allergies after I got it home. I meant to get just regular old wellness dry, but it was the only small bag wellness that the store had. I’m wondering is it somehow too easily digestible??
    I know that changing her diet is the cause of this issue, but how long does it usually take for things to even out after a change?

  • Hi Carol RI… Your method for maintaining both freshness and critical manufacturing information is perfect. Thanks for sharing your technique with the rest of us.

  • Carol RI

    I have been feeding Wellness SFS to my two cocker spaniels for some time. One has allergies and this does help – I think because of the limited grain in it. I have tried other “good” foods but end up with the runny eyes and itches. I do add about every other day – a tbsp of canned pure pumpkin as this is good for both diarrhea and constipation and it is good for them.
    As for worms in bags – I found some years ago in a bag I had for my Collie – but this was due to the fact I had stored it improperly – I didn’t fold over the top enough.
    And some one correct me if I am wrong – but I keep reading to keep the food in the original bag – tightly clamped off. I have a plastic dog food storage container – I just put the bag inside that.

  • Vicki

    Sarah…. I have to agree with Jonathan!
    I have a little 7 pound Shih Tzu who was a rescue at 4.5 months of age 1 1/2 years ago!
    She was terribly sick…throwing up blood, gummy, mucusy bloody stools and would not gain weight if her life depended on it.
    After endless tests ran in house by my vet and coming up without answers, we finally opted to have her seen by a training vet hospital at one of my state Universities.
    They ran an endoscopy and she was finally diagnosed with IBD.
    Though the vet there was hesitant to not start her on meds (Prednisone) we opted to try a change in diet and I stumbled upon Wellness Simple Solutions, AFTER the vet said she was to be on a strict diet of only one novel protein and one carb source.
    It has been a year to date, since my little girl has had issues with her IBD and I am happy to announce, she never had to go on the Prednisone! Though this REVIEW somewhat shoots down the value of this food, I have to say, it saved my baby girl’s life.
    After having her on it for more than 6 months, I began enhancing it with fresh cooked Duck meat (to stay in line with the meat protein and started adding fresh veggi’s, as well as acidolphilus with bifidus supplements and a good quality wild salmon oil! She has not only gained 2 pounds since being on this product formula, but she is thriving, healthy and so very happy and energetic!
    I have NEVER seen any worms or other matter in any of the bags I have fed her!
    I agree with Jonathan, it IS good food!!
    I am sorry for your bad experience with it.

  • Jonathan

    Sarah, worms in a bag of dog food is not the fault of Wellness, or any food manufacturer. Worms would come from a bag damaged in transit that becomes infested. It can and does happen. It is all about how the food is stored and handled, which Wellness cannot control. This is a good food, despite your unfortunate experience.

  • Sarah

    Re: Simple Solutions Dry dog food. I started to feed my Silky this food as she has had a lot of diarrhea problems from being on Wellness Small Breed food. She ate the Simple Solutions but then I found it had worms in the bag and was so shocked that I was feeding this stuff to my dog. I wrote to the company (Old Mother Hubbard) but they never answered. The Vet put my dog on Royal Canin HE food for digestive problems and she is now doing very well on that. No more Wellness for me.

  • Pat

    Hi Mike,
    A final word to let you know I hunted down a dry dog food that meets the criteria I need for my Silky. I took him off all grains 4 days ago and have been hunting for a kibble since. I found this one ” California Natural Grain Free (Dry) ” on your site and found the ingredients to be without any fish or grains. It’s a higher quality food and I am actually paying less for it than for the Wellness. Luckily, a health food store near me carry’s it.

    My dog has had irritating skin issues for 6 or 7 years. Thanks to you and your splendid site my Silky has completely stopped licking his feet ( he did this every evening for half an hour at least, and probably more often when I was at work ) and the itchy, pinkish skin on his back is now normal whitish color, as is the top of his head and he seems much happier and playful.
    All this after only 4 days of taking him off grains. Wow. I’m thrilled. I cannot thank you enough and I’m quite certain Parris sends his regards, too. 🙂

    Happy New Year to you and yours.


  • Carol

    Just stumbled on this website – it is great and more up to date than other dog food reviews.
    I am currently feeding my 2 cocker spaniels Simple Food solutions. One has allergies – I was told this would help – NOT
    I also add usually once a day sweet potatoes, etc. ! So now I am going to try 4-Health as it is rated higher than SFS which does surprise me as it is Wellness.

  • Pat

    Hi Mike,
    I looked over the foods and either they have three stars or they contain fish, which, causes him terrible problems. Bummer, but, thanks for the link. For his first few years I fed him on nothing but fresh foods that I prepared from a vet’s recipe and he had no skin issues at all. I put him on a dry food thinking I was making sure he was getting everything he needed.
    After reading your info I am wondering if his problem isn’t related to the grains in the Wellness food. I’m going to try him on grain free and might even consider making his kibble and see how he does. I’d take him off it completely but the little guy LOVES his dry food. I bought Evanger’s beef today and another grain free canned food called DOG made by Merrick that had nice ingredients. I have fed him Evanger’s before and he had no issues with it at all.
    Love you site. Thanks so much for your assistance. 🙂

  • Anna

    Oh, why did I just write the last one? I can’t edit it. I did not make a mistake, but like my eyes, yours might make a mistake with the first one, so you’ve got them both.

  • Anna

    I meant you’ll probably want no more than 4% fiber in his regular dog food. Dry. That was written at a time I had to use the loo.

  • Anna

    My dog can be sensitive to certain plastic things, so for those of you that say it’s the dog food, you might want to try putting the dog food at times in another bag or tupperware container. And some dog food bowls get fumey or discolor a dog’s nose. If that’s the case, I would change it. Now, some dogs like mine throw up beet pulp dog food or have intestinal problems with it. My dog is also sensitive to corn gluten meal in Authority. Some of you may be getting regular Authority mixed up with Avoderm. The so called Baked kind in more bulk that’s the PetSmart brand is better, but some places don’t have it anymore and it doesn’t always prove as best, despite what they say is in it. Now the Blue Buffalo health bites are good, but some dogs will throw up their food from them, too. Not every dog likes the taste of Wellness dry either. Merrick has wonderful canned food that’s got tripe in it your dog will love. When you open it, it’s often white, not green. Still, your dog will love it. A good canned food would be By Nature canned food. They have green cans that have bacon and a couple other flavors. The green cans, not the tan, are good, as the fat level is just right. And if you’re looking for a good treat for your dog, the fiber and moisture level of Alaskan Bear Treats with Cranberries should be just right at 50% protein, 10% fat, 5% fiber and 16% moisture. This is very good for a dog treat or if you just have one dog. In the average dog food though, as the dog gets older, you’ll probably want no more than 4% fiber for him. I still don’t know if Dogswell, Halo, Canidae, By Nature, Azmira or what is the best, but I know it probably won’t be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul forever and it might not be Del Monte’s Farmstand Nature’s Recipe kind, so, I’m in a wonder too. My dog will be 12 years 7 months in 2 days. Dogs can only absorb 34-35% protein. The rest goes out as poop. Dogs poops are supposed to be soft and well formed. Retrievers often have good poops. Small dogs almost always do not, though a Dachshund might. Such dogs are often fed a chicken diet for their ear troubles and more, like California Natural. It need not to be, but, again: that’s what vet’s recommend. There’s one kind of Science Diet Dry dog food with alpha lipoic acid and some other good herbs if your dog has eye problems. You never know if these foods are going to cost you about $8 with tax though or over $28. I think Karma does very well. You can’t necessarily tell by what’s in the bag. Either way, it’s over $54 usually for, I think: 13 lbs. Even Eagle Pack can do better than that, and if they took out the beet pulp, they’d have like the best in the world, as they do everything else right in their fundamental varieties. So called Large Breed dog foods can actually have wonderful results on small dogs. At least protein to fat ratio amounts, you’ll want to consider and might not find what you want thereby through any other variety. Royal Canin only makes a few good kinds. Most of the breed specific kinds, I would not consider or wouldn’t trust to a tee. Hairless dogs or those that just want to eat or go to a dog park everyday, will like them better than the average dog. Sometimes, too many herbs are in them, listed near the bottom (or the right mixture isn’t there) and this will make your dog seem sick or unhappy some days. Milk Thistle helps liver problems and kidney ones. You can sometimes tell those kinds of problems by looking at your dogs eyes. See anything reminiscent of jaundice, even if it’s brown? Give 1 brown softgel to them from Walmart should they be over 12 lbs and older, and see how it does. There’s a product called Safe Guard worming powder that’s cheap. Only known to kill Taenia tapeworms, as far as tapeworms go, it kills other kinds of worms. If your dog likes warm Rooibos tea, that will make him feel better more often than not, and green tea is found in some dog foods like Royal Canin and is often why dogs at least do okay on it. The worming product will help your dog feel better after he rests for several days per packet that he feels like a puppy again, too. To kill more kinds of tapeworms than that, you would either have to ‘up’ his fiber amount in some way, or go see the vet.

  • Hi Pat… No problem. By supplementing your dog’s food with fresh meat and low-carb veggies (or a quality canned product), you’ve probably already created your own “custom” 5-star dog food. However, if you’d like to try another, check out our article on “Hypoallergenic Dog Foods“. Hope this helps.

  • Pat

    Hi Mike,
    Finding your site and reviews interesting to read. My Silky Terrier has had allergy problems ( red skin blotches ) for years and many other top foods I’ve tried on him cause him to break out. When I tried Wellness Simple all the break outs stopped, but, I was concerned at the ‘lack’ of certain quality foods so I supplement him with fresh meat and cooked veggies once a day. I don’t like finding out this dog food has only 3 stars. Do you know other top brands that are similar in simplicity and made for dogs with allergies? Strangely, my dog is highly allergic to fish.
    Would appreciate your comments and thanks for putting this info up.

  • Jackie

    This helps a lot Mike. I wasn’t sure if I was on the right path so thank you, and thanks for the quick response!!

  • Hi Jackie… A dog food doesn’t have to be a weight loss food in order for your dog to lose weight. Simply find a quality dog food both you and your dog like. And simply feed less of it. Whenever you lower the calorie intake to below what your dog uses for her daily energy needs, she will lose weight. Take it easy. Be patient. And like with human weight loss, slow and gradual weight loss is more permanent. Hope this helps.

  • Jackie

    I struggle with trying to find a dog food that is weight management for my female 5 yr old Cocker Spaniel that she is not allergic to. She tested positive to fish, beets, pork, grass, pollen, weeds, dandolions, fire ants, and honeybees. Most of all the weight management has fish. Well I thought I had found somethingfinally without fish “Dogswell Shape up” but it has the Dandelion Extract. Then someone recommended the Nutro MAX Weight Control Formula and after day 2 she started spitting up in the mornings with it so I have her on the Wellness Simple Solutions, but it’s not weight control. I don’t like to feed her sub-par dog food so it’s very important to me that she does have something quality and I feel good about the Wellness brand. So far she has tolerated this food just fine. The clerk said to feed her the amount that I want her to weigh instead of what she weighs and that she would lose weight that way. Is this correct? The Wellness Simple Solutions says if she weighs between 24-45 lbs – 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 c, but I want her to get down to 18lbs (18-23 lbs – 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 c). Will it help her to lose if I feed her the amount for 18-23lbs? She is a small Cocker Spaniel and she does not carry weght well.

  • Hi Bernie… We review by product line only. The analysis for the Rice and Salmon dog food is listed and included within this same review.

  • bernie b

    I can’t find a rating on wellness simple solutions dry salmon+rice, only duck+ rice


    WOW ! I never knew that !
    As of today, I am switching both my girls to the same product, SIMPLE SOLUTIONS canned food ( so it won’t upset their tummies) fresh fruits and vegetables, along with some of our cooked chicken, beef,or lamb that we have for dinner.. I will introduce this new food very slowly.
    Who knows ? This change may be just the thing I’m hoping it will be.
    My sincerest thanks ..Your a good guy for taking the time to try and educate all of us posters.. ;0)
    Have a great day ! ;0)

  • Paula… It is incorrect to assume all dogs are allergic to mites. Dogs only react to mites if they’re allergic to them (even if the mites are dead in the food). So, one of your dogs may be sensitive to grain mites while the other is fine.


    As per my last post to you , where I mentioned that my other pooch has none of the same problems as my Pit Bull, > am I being hasty in my assumption, that mites are not a contributing factor to her itching, and gnawing problem?
    I am of the belief , that both dogs would be suffering in the same manner ? Even though I know your not a VET…..
    I do value your opinion sir. ;0)
    What do you think ?
    Sorry for so many posts to you…. thanks PAULA


    Thank you so much for your response.
    I did forget to tell you that I also have another dog who eats the same food ( WELLNESS SIMPLE SOLUTIONS RICE AND LAMB), >> sleeps ,plays, and drinks out of the same water bowl, as the dog I’m so concerned about..

    She , however, never itches in any way, shape or form.
    I am thinking of switching to a high quality canned food that has more meat in it., as I’m am getting very leery about dry kibbles being the food of choice , because of it being so convenient to use.
    I will be looking at the GREAT LIFE canned food you talked about in one of your articles…
    Many Thanks PAULA ;0)

  • Hi Paula… It’s obvious how much you want to help your dog. However, dogs are much like us humans. Each responds to different foods in its own unique way. It would be misleading for me (or anyone) to assure you a particular dog food would be the cure for your dog’s problems.

    However, after reading your comment, you may want to read my article, “Dangerous Canine Diseases Linked to Grains in Dog Food“. Hope this helps.

  • Paula

    PS: We even pulled up all our broadloom in the entire house, and that didn’t even help one iota.
    She now rubs her face, eyes,jaw, and her entire body on our sofa and beds.

    HELP me , help her.

  • Paula

    I’ve been feeding my Pit Bull Wellness Simple Solutions ,rice and lamb for over one year, and she still itches something awful.
    No matter what the season is , she still gnaws at her paws…. bites at her skin …. madly scratches any area on her body that she can reach….(while she makes herself bleed) rubs her eyes and jaw along the carpet .
    She has had all the blood tests > negative results for things in our (and outside) environment .
    She has been suffering like this for at least five yrs.

    Our Vet can’t figure this out. All he seems to want us to do for her is put her on one Steroid or another.( we wont do that to her any longer) WE TRIED A FEW IN THE BEGINNING, NOW,WE ARE DONE. We will not kill her with steroids !
    She also was tested for mange….. and that’s not her problem.
    This week I started to add ( in small amounts) some fresh UNCOOKED yams, carrots , apples blueberries, celery, non fat yogurt,peas (sans salt)
    I hope I’m not hurting her by adding those fruits and vegetables to her Simple Solutions rice and lamb food.
    PLEASE help me find a way to help her.

  • Hi Stephanie… Most foods in North America express fat content is percent. The average fat content in our database is about 15-16% for kibbles and 23% for canned. Since I’m not a vet it would be misleading for me to suggest feeding a particular dog food would provide specific results for your dog. That said, in my opinion, low fat would be less than 12% for a kibble. If your dog has pancreatitis, you’ll want to find a very low fat food and check with your vet ASAP. Hope this helps.

  • STephanie


    I have a dog with pancreatitis. I know he needs a low fat diet, but most seem to express this content in terms of grams per 1000K serving. Any idea if the wellness foods (the simple ones – he has allergies too) would fall into this category? Many thanks,


  • Hi Bev… Glad to hear you’re seeing improvement. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian it would be misleading (and inappropriate) for me to assure you a particular dog food would provide specific health benefits to treat your dog’s condition. Sorry, I can’t be more help. Informally speaking, I can’t see any problems if you were to temporarily supplement your dog’s food with fresh chicken. But long term it may be better to go with one of high quality, high chicken content “complete and balanced” canned foods to supplement your pet. And be sure to run this by your vet. Hope this helps.

  • Bev Czikowsky

    I am currently transitioning my 2 yr old German Shorthair Pointer to Wellness Simple Dry Rice/ Lamb formula. She had previously eaten Merrick’s Dry Cowboy Cookout, to which I added a small amount of boiled white rice as a binder. As a puppy she had developed crystals in her urine. Our vet recommended we change her kibble to adult versus puppy stage, to lower her protein consumption and remedy the issue…it did!
    She now has chronic loose stools/gastrointestinal issues. Giardia test negative, but placed on 2 separate 5-day cycles of Metronidazole as a precaution.
    After reading the review, I am truly concerned about the Wellness Simple formula containing a limited amount of natural meat protein. Should I add a couple of tablespoons of shredded boiled chicken breast to her am & pm feedings, to compensate for the protein? I hope it will fill the meat protein void w/o stirring up gastrointestinal issues. To date she has not had any issues with her coat/ears/eyes/ hot spots, etc…hallelujah!!
    She is walked 4 miles a day, currently weighs 53 lbs and is a mighty active girl…
    On my GPS’s behalf, I am uncertain if I have made a wise decision in selecting the Wellness Simple Dry Lamb/Rice formula… Any comments or suggestions would be truly appreciated!

  • Erica

    My boxer has stuggled with environmental and food allergies fr several years. She is currently on Purina HA (which recieves only 1 star) and we are trying the Wellness Salmon and Rice diet this week. We are hoping that the single protein and single carb. is tolerable for her. She usually presents with excessive scratching, bumps and hives and even yeast build up under her front legs and in her ears. This was reccomended by our vet so we hope to have success as this food seems to have better ingredients overall.

  • Hi Gail… Penny, our adopted terrier mix was afflicted with similar issues. Your dog may be suffering from a condition known as atopic dermatitis. This disease is commonly associated with mite infestations. Although (carpet) mites can be found in many homes, the mites I’m referring to may come from the cheaper cereal grains used to make so many dog foods.

    Your dog may not be allergic to the grains themselves… but rather what may be IN the grains.

    Of course, as your vet mentioned, your dog could be allergic to most anything. It may NOT even be a food allergy at all. To learn if what I’m talking about here might be the cause of your dog’s problem, please read my article… “Dangerous Canine Diseases Linked to Grains in Dog Food“. If you believe this is a possibility for your little Westie, why not try one of our 4 or 5-star grain-free dog foods.

    I’m planning to write an article that lists these special dog foods by name. Until then, you may have to dig your way through a few of our recommended foods until you find a grain-free product you like.

    In the meantime, be sure not to “shock” your dog’s GI system by introducing one of these better products too quickly. Start with just a small amount of the new food and “dovetail” it very GRADUALLY into your dog’s older food. Take two weeks to work up to a full meal with the new food.

    And be sure to give the food time to work. It can take a while to get a chronic problem under control… that is, if this is the cause.

    Hope this helps.

  • gail whitson

    My 10 yr old westie has the “westie curse” skin disorder, the vet calls it. His says he has a food allergy, but finding out what he is allergic to is very difficult. Please recommend a simple, nutritional dog food. No fillers, chicken, wheat gluten or corn. Is there such a food out there? Dry or Can…He has suffered terribly with ear infections and now skin breakouts. He has been on medications since Oct. 2009. Please help him!

  • elizabeth yates

    Thanks Mike,

    I certainly will look forward to that review and the insights. It seems that more and more dogs are developing allergies. The topic is quite timely.


  • Hi Elizabeth… yes, when it comes to canine allergies, “simple” makes good sense. Simplicity allows you to eliminate the potential allergens… in a controlled and scientific fashion… for better results. We’re planning to write a “how to” article on choosing dog food for allergy-prone dogs… probably sometime later this year. As soon as we catch up on all these reviews. Whew!

    In that report, we’ll show you what to look for when choosing hypoallergenic foods… and we’ll let you “in” our favorite picks for quality anti-allergy dog foods. So, be sure to stay tuned.

  • elizabeth yates

    I just found out that our chocolate lab mix is allergic to just about everything found outside….. trees, grass, fungus. He is also allergic to dust mites found inside. With food, he is allergic to chicken, dairy, peanuts, barley, alflafa, white potatoes. It seems like everything is the cause of his allergy problems. This food came recommended, and I hope that it does the trick. I know that other foods are better, but he is very limited in his choices. We have been struggling and guessing for almost 2 years now.

  • Hi Margie… Your vet had the right idea. High fiber can help with intestinal issues. But (like your friends) I’m not a fan of that particular Hill’s product. Why not check the fiber content (located at the bottom of the yellow “dashboard” box on every review I write). Look only at my 3, 4, or 5 star dog foods and find one with a higher fiber content. Then check with your vet to see if he (or she) agrees with your choice. Hope this helps.

  • margie

    My 1 1/2 year old terrier has constant bouts with diarrhea. My vet prescribed Hills w/d which helped, but all my dog friends said no, no, no, can’t feed her that. Wellness Simple formula was suggested and she did fine with that for a while, and now the diareah is back. Any suppliments to recomend to help this situation?

  • Hi Laura… like with humans, reactions to certain foods are specific to each individual pet. It’s really difficult to say with any certainty why your dog may be having more gas with this new food. But gas is usually more frequently related to the type of “fermentable” carbohydrates (especially fiber) present in the food… rather than the meat. Gut bacteria “ferment” the carbs… and produce gas. Hope this helps you solve your “mystery”.

  • Laura Matthews

    My 5-year-old rescue Boston Terrier was being given Hill’s ID when I got him. I began to gradually change his diet to dry Wellness Simple Solutions – lamb and rice. He tolerates this very well. However, he seems to constantly have foul-smelling flatulence. I am wondering it changing to the duck and rice recipe would help with that. Any opinions?

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