Simply Nourish Shreds canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Simply Nourish Shreds product line includes the 8 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Simply Nourish Chicken and Pasta Stew [M]
- Simply Nourish Puppy Chicken and Rice Stew [G]
- Simply Nourish Chicken and Rice Stew [M]
- Simply Nourish Chicken and Beef Stew Grain Free [M]
- Simply Nourish Beef and Vegetable Stew Grain Free [M]
- Simply Nourish Chicken and Tuna Stew Grain Free [M]
- Simply Nourish Chicken and Vegetable Stew Grain Free [M]
- Simply Nourish Tuna and Salmon Stew Grain Free [M]
Simply Nourish Chicken and Rice Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Simply Nourish Chicken and Rice Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, water sufficient for processing, carrots, tapioca starch, rice, sunflower oil, calcium lactate, xanthan gum, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, calcium pantothenate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||59%||8%||25%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||57%||19%||24%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The sixth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The seventh ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Simply Nourish product.
With 1 notable exception…
The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Simply Nourish Shreds Canned Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Shreds canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57% and a mean fat level of 8%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 14%.
Which means this Simply Nourish product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
Simply Nourish Shreds lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free canned dog foods that use a liberal amount of named meats as their main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Simply Nourish Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Simply Nourish. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Simply Nourish Dog Food Recall (8/15/2021)
- PetSmart Announces Recall of Certain Lots of Simply Nourish Dog Treats (10/8/2014)
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Notes and Updates
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
07/07/2020 Last Update