Simply Nourish Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

Simply Nourish Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Simply Nourish Grain Free product line includes four dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Puppy [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Adult Small Breed [U]
  • Simply Nourish Grain Free Large Breed Adult (4 stars) [U]

Simply Nourish Grain Free Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Simply Nourish Grain Free Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, dried peas, dried potatoes, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, tomato pomace, natural flavors, salt, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, choline chloride, minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D supplement, vitamin B12 supplement), dried chicken cartilage, potassium chloride, l-carnitine

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis27%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%18%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%37%38%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 38%

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

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

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

The third ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is dried 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 fifth 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.

The sixth 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 seventh 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, thereโ€™s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

After the natural flavor, we find salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. Thatโ€™s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, itโ€™s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

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

Simply Nourish Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

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

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

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas, dried potatoes and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble still containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Simply Nourish Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

Simply Nourish Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/01/2017 Last Update

  • Donna Wallingford

    I have been using Simply Nourish grain free Salmon and sweet potato formula for my newfoundland for about 3 years now. I bought a new bag 3 weeks ago. When I got it home I noticed they changed the food! It smells different also. The kibble used to be smaller..(which I loved as I also give to my yorkie and was easy for her to chew.) the food is larger aND not as che able for eother dog. After 3 das of bring on tjis food..I noticed a very maas I’ve chang in bother my dogs ..they aRe BOTH scratching newfs skin is now red and raw. She scratches so bad she now has bald spots where her fur is just falling out! Yes!, she sheds alot .but this is coming out in clumps!!! When I looked at the list of ingredients I see that the food is now made in the US…and has chicken in it ! I am changing brands after 3 years as this food smells rancid now. It is a larger kibble that one of my dogs has difficulty with and my newf in particular is pooping differently as well. There is something in the food now thst when she poops it looks almost white and wormy!! I am very disappointed in the changes and can’t believe the change in BOTH my dogs coats. Which are both dull and course where the coats on both dogs used to soft full and silky. These noticeable changes are very worrisome. My newf is now going to the vet because of her current situation…before she goes completely bald. I started with this food and have been happy with it for 3 years.and without warning the food gets changed and now my dogs are showing severe signs of allergies where the entire reason to changing to a grain free chicken free kibble was because of allergies . My dogs are my family and I thought I was helping them by buying a good quality dog food …!! But NOT any more . I do not consider this quality dog food any longer. I’m my opinion … it is a low grade garbage dog food now and I am sorry to say…I will never buy it again. The smell alone is a huge turn off. And when I scooped it out and into the bowls I also noticed how dry and so much powdery substance in the bag now. Highly dis satisfied with this Simply Nourish now. It is now on my list of DO NOT buy and buyer beware. !! We have now transitioned to a high quality grain free chicken free dog food…
    Too bad…I used to be VERY SATISFIED with this brand and now…very dissatisfied. I feel completely duped.

  • sharp

    I have 4 maltese dogs and I feed them the sweet potato and salmon. The food iservice super great with my dogs. Red eye on my male who is normally always leaking is reduced by 80 percent. My female who normally is always chewing on her foot, red red feet… from constantly lick ing has stopped completely. That’s amazing. The other food that is wallet friendly is pulsar. Canadian made. I like the simply nourish best but this stuff is a close second.

  • Dwayne Manning jr

    Been feeding my bully grainfree chicken since we weaned her and she’s never backed away from a bowl she’s never had dandruff or any bowel issues so I’m sold on it also she just turned 4 MO two days ago and weighs in around 34 lbs and still maintain an ideal frame with the vet so I’d definitely recommend this

  • Pitlove

    Hi Tiffany-

    I would highly recommend bringing this back to PetSmart for a refund. This is a storage issue on their part that they need to be made aware of.

  • Tiffany Todora

    I tried SN for the first time when I was switching my golden/terrier mix from her puppy food to adult food because I wanted her to get all the nutrients she needed and SN seemed like a great choice; HOWEVER, I learned VERY quickly that I will NEVER feed this stuff to my poor pup ever again! I bought a brand new bag of the Grain Free Adult Chicken with Peas and Potatoes that doesn’t expire until January of 2017. The first couple of days I was confused as to why she wasn’t eating a lot (I thought maybe she just didn’t like the flavor) then the next day or so she just seemed sick. Well, today I found out why! When I went to scoop her food into her bowl, I found larvae crawling at the top of the scoop! I dumped the entire bag out and found MANY more throughout the bag! I am DISGUSTED at this product and would not recommend anyone feed this garbage to your babies!

  • Daniel Davis

    My dog was having allergy issues to Simply Nourish Chicken and Rice so we switched him to the Salmon and Sweet Potato. All was well with the first bag. We just started feeding him the second bag and he started vomiting pretty frequently after he ate. I thought maybe his allergies have gotten worse. While researching ingredients I stumble across this post and immediately called my girlfriend to check the expiration date on the second bag. Sure enough, the second bag was over two months past the sell by date when we bought it. I will ALWAYS check this from now on but it is ridiculous that PetsMart would keep an expired product on their shelf for that long. THANK YOU for posting!!!

  • rie G

    i been feeding my 2 baby’s, 3 year old staffie and a 5 year old dachshund for about 5 months now Simply Nourish Grain Free chicken,peas,and Potato so far so good, the staffie has allergies he’s a blue. they are getting so bored with the chicken tho

  • Sunflower1880

    Please dog lovers!! ALWAYS check the “Sell By” dates on anything you buy! I know this may not have prevented the bug contamination…..but the freshness of the dog food is SO important.

  • Sunflower1880

    I lived in England for 20 years and we ate New Zealand lamb regularly. I would certainly trust it to feed my dog; anything that did not come from Asia (I lived there too).

  • tigerlilly42

    My dog keeps getting sick since being on this food. I was trying to save some money from Holistic Select but now I will never use anything else!

  • Nazonee

    Im just got off the phone with PetSmart customer line and was told that the dry foods are manufactured in Utah, and distributed out of Phoenix. I really don’t know hwo I feel and if I can trust it. I mean every product I buy proudly displays USA on it these days because of the issue with stuff coming out of China. This does not. I also asked 3 questions. USA?, NON-GMO? Canola oil is NOT healthy for any living creature.and this has it in it. The gentleman I was speaking to told me he uses it in his own kitchen (oil) almost everyday. I told him it would be in his best interest to dispose of it and start using certified organic Coconut oil, or a certified organic olive oil instead. I also wanted to know if this was HUMAN grade ingredients. I was told, “Well I would think so.”.

    So bottom line they do not have a clue what you are feeding your four-legged family members and I will be buying our regular online tonight with overnight service.

  • Guest

    Do you know where Thailand outsources it’s products from?! Mostly China. Look it up. I saw a lot of articles about it online.

  • Shar24

    There are some high quality foods produced in Thailand I think

  • Shar24

    Weruva is produced in Thailand

  • Jessica

    After an hour of research and countless calls to simply nourish I have discovered that all of their can products come from Thailand. They claim it’s a high quality facility that they all state they’d feed to their dog. What about your child. What if he was starving. Would you let him eat from this high quality facility. No? So your saying your standard of dog food isn’t good enough for yourself or your child? You wouldn’t taste it even? Another representative informed me that their turkey comes from China currently but they are working on phasing it out by March 2015. Also their lamb. Four representatives admitted that their lamb sources come from Australia and New Zealand. What about your vitamin C? You claim no other products are gathered outside of the US but the only source in this world that can supply enough raw vitamin C is China. Don’t try to tell me they don’t outsource. It just takes determination but it’s worth it to uncover the truth. I think I proved my point….

  • Brigitte Williams

    I would suggest you review where the food is produced. This product does not disclose this on it’s packaging, which I didn’t even know was allowed. It was discovered it is made in China which is more risk than I am willing to take for my 2 Boxers.

  • Rowe

    I put my 6 month old American bully on Simply Nourish grain free puppy and he is doing Excellent on it and loves the taste. Making coat shine and gaining weight. Puppy was previously on Diamond and it stopped agreeing with his stomach. Highly recommend

  • Kiaspetparent

    I work for petsmart. ALL Simply nourish wet foods come in boxes that state “Product of Thailand”.

  • Sarah Glover

    I just bought a bag of this food today and it had the same sharp bones in each piece of kibble! Did you find a new brand of dog food to give to your dog?!

  • LabsRawesome

    Weird how each piece of kibble has 1 piece of foreign object.

  • Marc

    I was introduced to Simply Nourish limited ingredient Salmon and Sweet Potato a over a year ago by a Pet Smart employee, and it was great for my 5 year old Chihuahua. Prior to using this, he would vomit and have loose stools. I was at first very satisfied with the product. After going through 3 bags, I started seeing white particles imbedded in the nuggets. With each bag it was worse until I had to go through each piece and break off the sharp ends of whatever it was. I thought it might be rice, but none listed in the product. It’s supposed to be deboned, but it looked like fish bones. I was afraid he would hurt himself on the sharp pieces so I just broke them off. I started looking for another brand of dry food that was similar and found Natures Recipe. He has been eating that now for close to a year with no problems to his health. I am now starting to see white specs in this food, but no sharp protrusions. No where near as bad as the Simply Nourish. The local Pet Smart store seemed disinterested in my complaint, but did refund my money for the 1 partially used bag I returned. If anyone uses this, I suggest you check the food carefully as these sharp needle like particles could do harm to the dogs mouth and/or digestive system. Don’t understand how it could get a higher grade over some others. I uploaded a photo so that you can see what I am writing about.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s one of the things that meal moth larve leave behind. They are usually found in grain, so I wonder what they like in the grain free food.

  • Could that possibly be some kind of stringy mold? I notice this food doesn’t have any added preservatives in the ingredient list other than the preservatives in some of the individual ingredients (meats and fat).

  • Crazy4cats

    Wow! That’s terrible. Thanks for sharing. I’ve had good luck with Victor. Good luck to you.

  • Eli

    That’s great. Thanks for the information!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hey Eli that’s unfortunate that this happened.

    There are quite a few foods comparable in quality to Wellness and Castor & Pollux that are reasonably priced.

    Merrick (the same company that owns Castor and Pollux) makes a food called Whole Earth Farms that typically retails at less than $40 for 35 lbs. The grain-inclusive line is rated 4 stars and the new grain-free line is rated 4.5 stars. WellPet (the company that makes Wellness) makes a food called Eagle Pack that is rated 4 stars and retails at less than $40 for 30 lbs. Some other brands I’d suggest checking out are Victor, Fromm Classics, Healthwise, NutriSource and Earthborn.

  • Eli

    I fed my dog Castor & Poulox for about 2 years (and my dog loved it & was extremely healthy) but when Petsmart raised the price to about $60/30lbs I switched to Wellness which she does well on also and originally was only about $45/30lbs. Now after about 2yrs on Wellness the price of this has raised to about $60/30lbs as well.

    So I thought I’d look around to see if I could find another quality kibble for my dog and Simply Nourish looked to be pretty good, not as good as Wellness or Castor & Poulox but I could give it a try. I bought a 30lb bag and took it home. Opened it up & found inside a HUGE amount of cobwebs, mothballs, etc throughout the bag! I thought, wow, this is crazy but things happen. I took it back to the store & the mngr was very nice. She said she had never seen that with this product before & to go ahead and grab another bag. I asked if I could open it before-hand and she said “no problem”. Well when I brought the bag to the front of the store we went to open it & stopped before we were able to do so. On the outside of this bag there were a couple large mothballs! So they decided to pull the entire stock off of the shelves. I’m glad they did so but sad to learn this is a PETSMART PRODUCT so they are the ones putting this product on the shelves this way.

    After getting home again with my bag of “Wellness” dog food, I opened it up & all was good as usual. I also checked reviews online & found multiple other people who have complained & had the same experience with Simply Nourish. Please be ware & don’t buy this product for your pets.

  • DaVinci’s Mom

    Have been feeding DaVinci Simply Nourish since he was 8 weeks old. When he occasionally gets bored with it, I keep an ice tray with frozen shredded chicken breast (cooked) and add a nuked cube to his bowl and mix it in. Haven’t found another product that I would switch to.

  • Drema

    I work at a Petsmart store actually as a groomer and all the time I get customers coming in asking about their dogs coat, needing gain weight on their dog, or their dog has food allergies. I always recommend simply nourish. I own to Great Danes that were very picky about their food and had a sensitive stomach to almost everything. They needed something to help them gain weight so I purchase is simply nourish dry dog food and then purchase the wet simply nourish dog food and mixed in with their dry dog food. They started gaining weight and their coats got more shiny as if it could. I get compliments everywhere I go asking what do I feed my dogs and what do I wash them in. I give simply nourish 5 stars without a doubt!

  • Tish Thompson

    It looks great but every time I feed it to my dog, he pukes a lot and gets the runs.

  • Heather

    Sure, I have a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, and 2 Australian Cattle Dogs. All are 3 1/2 yrs and under.
    Paco (my chi mix, 3 1/2) is very picky but no issues. Whiskey (3yr old) ACD has a sensitve stomach and she is the one I think has a fish allergy. And Tempest (the puppy) doesn’t have any issues at all. I do prefer a food without rice but I am open to foods with other grains like oatmeal etc.

    All the other posts on this thread under the name “Heather” are mine, hopefully that’ll give you the back story.

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Heather, can you refresh my memory as to what dogs you have, their ages, any issues?

  • Heather

    Well I know it’s only been 2 days but I haven’t had very much success so far. 2 of my dogs don’t seem to like it very much at all and have skipped meals which isn’t normal for one of them and she seems like she is only eating it cause she is really hungry but would prefer not to.

    I have also noticed her licking her paws which she almost never did before so I am starting to suspect she has a fish allergy since I had noticed she didn’t do well with another food I tried that had fish in it also.

    Now to decide whether to give it a few more days or start looking for a new food asap. I Was thinking about getting the Great Plains Feast formula and seeing how she does with that.
    Any thoughts?

  • Heather

    Thank you for the well wishes.
    It’s good to hear that others like and have had success with this food and hopefully they still have good customer service.
    I would also like to rotate the formulas so it’s good to know the others should be good also. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I will let ya’ll know how things go, hopefully it’ll be good news.

  • Heather

    Thank you. I was pretty excited to find it in a store so close to me and at a price I can afford. ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is really helpful and good to know info. It does have 38% protein and the other only had 34% so I def. would’ve worried if I saw mucous but now I know not to freak out to soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Shawna

    Good choice Heather… I use this in my rotation and my crew do really well with it..

    I will mention however, if this food has considerably more protein than what you were feeding it is quite likely that you could see intermittent diarrhea possibly with some mucous. The extra protein supplies the amino acids needed for glutathione which helps the body detox. One of the symptoms of a detox is off again on again diarrhea with mucous.. I foster and just about every dog that comes in goes through a mild detox period..

  • Betsy Greer

    I think Earthborn is a great food! I use it sometimes as well and have success with it. I’ve heard many others say the same.

    I once had some questions for them when my Golden was a pup. I called and spoke with (I don’t want to say he was a veterinary nutritionist because I can’t recall for sure, but I think that’s what he was) a gentleman who was very helpful and gave me honest answers to my questions.

    I’ve used Great Plains Feast and Primitive Natural.

    Good luck!!

  • Heather

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I ended up going with Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Primitive Natural. It looks great, rated 5 stars, and it cost $50 for 28 lbs and I was paying $47 for 24 lbs of the other food so the price is perfect. So happy! I just pray my dogs love it and do well on it.

  • Betsy Greer

    We’ll be eager to hear how things are working out for you and your pups! We’d love to hear about your progress!

  • Heather

    Thanks for the links and suggestions everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would prefer to not order online till I am sure I have found a food my dogs really like and do well on ( I currently am trying to return 2 bags of the SN Source and it’s a pain), but I have found a couple specialty stores in my area that sell some of the brands mentioned and I will be going today to check on the prices and the selection. *fingers crossed*

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Heather,

    It does sound as though the food was the culprit.

    Just a thought to get you started….

    Here are three different, very affordable foods and all are five stars, with the exception of some of the Victor choices which are four stars.

    Dr. Tim’s on Petflow:

    Victor product locator:

    Infinia product locator:

    I wouldn’t hesitate to use any of these in my rotation.

  • Heather

    Didn’t see that one. Thanks

  • Heather

    I am actually not as bummed about the money as I am about having to go food shopping again. It’s hard to find something all my dogs like.
    I would like to be able to spend $200 a month on food but with 2 kids and other pets including livestock, I can’t. I do supplement with fresh foods but I have to keep on budget.
    I will look at those sites and see how the prices are on the better foods.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Down a couple posts, Storm’s Mom posted a link. The document is a couple years old, so the prices are not accurate, but it will give you an idea about price range and it has the star rating on it. Good Luck!!

  • Heather

    I will have to look into those. Thanks
    I also agree with rotating I just need to find atleast 2 good foods for my dogs first. :/

  • Heather

    Thanks for replying. To answer your questions, I was feeding Simply Nourish grain free and I switched to the new Simply Nourish Source a month ago. They all had vomiting and diarrhea and everything was ruled out at the vet so that’s what brought me to it being the food.

    I am going to take your advise and have actually started using the list on this site and seeing what’s available and the prices in my area.
    I just thought I’d ask and see if there were some suggestions to help me get started.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Thank you my dear, you rock!!

  • Sugar

    Me too, I have to write it all down, otherwise I can’t keep track.

  • Storm’s Mom

    *swoops in to save the day* haha Is this the file in question? (pretty sure it is…..)

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ah, I didn’t/don’t factor canned food into my rotation because I haven’t kept track of all the brands and varieties I’ve fed of canned toppers…and really have no desire to because it’s pretty darn random! haha I’ve got a file on my computer with my dry food rotation, so I don’t have to think about it until it’s time to move on to the next bag. Keeps me just this side of sane ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sugar

    I realized the other day that I have 10 different types of dog food. I then decided that is too much, I’m too crazy. So I reduced them to 5. Just to make things easier and stick with the very best…my dogs are spoiled. Most people only feed 1 food that is it, but my dogs are very healthy, their furr is so shining and soft. people always can’t believe it as they see it so nice furr even exists.I reduced the brands to the Fromm dry food (some canned), Addiction brushtail dehydrated, and K 9 natural the freeze dried and raw. Oh I forgot, I also feed Grandma Lucy and some Merrick canned food Thanksgiving dinner every 1-2 weeks. There goes the list again…I prefer to make my own food, Grandma Lucy Premix is great, if I don’t have time I can still mix the fresh meat with the Premix and add Salmon oil.

  • Pattyvaughn

    She has a kid, maybe school stuff is crazy. I know it is for me.

  • Betsy Greer

    I haven’t seen her lately either. I hope everything is OK.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have the file but not the link and it won’t let me attach the file. It’s a couple years old now, I think, so the prices aren’t accurate anymore, but they still give you an idea. Now we just need Labs for the link, I don’t think she has been around a lot lately.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever get down to 4 brands lol.. my current rotation has 7 different brands, 8 different kibbles in total (2 varieties of 1 brand (Nature’s Logic (NL) Salmon, and NL Lamb) are included in my rotation)

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s also a good way to bring down your overall cost when one of the foods that you really like is a bit out of reach.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Heather,

    Were you feeding Simply Nourish? What particular variety? In what way did your dogs get sick? That information would help people make some recommendations for different products for your pups.

    You could also try looking at the reviews for best grain free foods: , and then do some comparison shopping online. I’ve looked for, but can’t find on my hard drive, a google document of an extensive list of dog foods with star ratings and prices. If LabsRAwesome is around, I know she has it and maybe she’ll post it again. It was she who originally shared it with me.

  • Sugar

    Oh I forgot; they have Pure Balance dog food grain free at Walmart, and it is cheaper. It is supposed to be good food naturally preserved, so far it seems decent and I have not heard of any complaints! You could also rotate between 2 brands, let’s say Pure Balance and Horizon, this way if there are deficiencies in the food you can offset that. Rotation is good. I give 10 different types of foods made by 4 different brands, and just reduced the amount to 2 brands, since I’m a bit a fanatic, I have to admit, but it is good for the dog to feed a bit a variety.

  • Sugar

    Sorry that you had to spend $ 500 in vet bills, bummer! Well, perhaps Horizon Pulsar is a bit cheaper than most 4-5 star foods, but if you are paying $ 50 instead of $ 60 for a 30# bag, in most cases, there will be a quality issue. Horizon is a VERY good company and never had a recall though. I order my foods online and usually find a coupon too on Petflow or; also Chewy has great deals. For instance Taste of the Wild is $ 50 too but you are taking a risk (again), in my opinion. I would still consider the 4-5 stars HIGH quality foods and pay a bit more, save money down the road by not having any health issues with the food. I would look for a company that never had a recall. I probably spend almost $ 150-200 a month in food for my 4 dogs and some small animals, and I do not care what it costs me. I feed them only the best, and at the moment I do live on a budget, but it pays off on the long run!

  • Heather

    Well unfortunately after a month I will be looking for a new food also. At first all 3 dogs did great but after all 3 getting sick and a $500 vet bill later I know it has to be the food. There are no other common denominators.
    Anyone know of any other foods in the same price range or lower that don’t contain rice and are still pretty high quality?

  • Michelle Soroka

    I will apparently be the first negative review. Simply nourish being fed to my 3 dogs. Only took 3 months and $1300.00 later to find out. My Basenji broke out in hot spots and miliary dermatitis. My Wire Haired Terrier dry itchy skin. My Border Collie was the real kicker, she lost her ravenous appetite, had to force her to eat, she lost 9 pounds, hair thinned and started falling out. Developed diarrhea, became degydrated, wouldn’t eat, drink ir urinate. Her urine out put was 1the mL, with fat bodies, high protein levels and glucose. Aftr X-ray s and an exploratory surgery, medications, IV therapy, blood work. Veterinarians not being able to figure out her condition, I changed her food and my other 3 dogs to a new food. They are all completely better after being off the Simply Nourish for 2 weeks. I have a poor review and do not recommend the food. I am a Vet Tech and not e everyone can catch what happened with my dogs that quick to intervene fast enough to stop the damage before it is too late.

  • Sharon

    I called Petsmart, and the customer service rep said ALL dry foods are made in the USA, and all ingredients are USA sourced. This is listed on their website. She said some ingredients in the Simply Nourish canned foods are sourced from Thailand. The Simply Nourish Source Puppy Chicken and Turkey Recipe (dry)has a very high protein content of 37% with a 16% fat content. I looked over the ingredient list, and it looks good to me. I use this food in my dogs’ treat balls, and also mix it with homemade and canned food. My dogs love it, and appear to be thriving.

  • Heather

    Good to know. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t even think about checking that.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It wasn’t involved in any of the Diamond recalls so I doubt that it’s made by Diamond.

  • Heather

    I hope that’s true. It would be so upsetting if it’s made by Diamond.

    I would love to continue feeding the high protein formula to my dogs since I have a picky dog like Sydney’s, and a dog with a sensitive stomach, and a very high energy dog and they all love it so that’s saying a lot! I also love the price and if it really would be rated 5 stars that makes it even better.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’ve never been able to get any information out of Petsmart’s customer service concerning Simply Nourish.

  • Germansheppups

    I have heard that it is made in Utah by American Nutrition, but I don’t know for sure.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Noooooo, you really don’t wish she would eat Innova, Solid Gold or Blue Buffalo!! Too many quality control issues with each of those!! I feed a different food each bag, but the following are currently “keepers” in my rotation: Nature’s Logic, NutriSource (Grain Free Lamb), Go (the Grain Free Turkey one), Horizon Legacy Fish, Nature’s Variety Instinct.. and a few other Canadian ones that, from what I understand, aren’t available in the US (Performatrin Ultra GF, Wholesome Blend GF, Nutrience GF). I also like the look of Merrick (and would recommend it), but unfortunately Storm didn’t do as well as hoped on the one I tried, so I’m not sure if I’m going to go back to that one. But others have raved about it. A few that I’d love to try but aren’t available here are Back to Basics (the high protein ones), Annamaet GF, and Nulo Endurance ..and I keep meaning to try Orijen and Acana more fully than the 2 sample bags I got a while ago, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet ๐Ÿ™‚

    The new Simply Nourish high protein formula does look like a good formula, though, don’t get me wrong!!.. so if she’s eating it and doing well on it, go for it! I would just rather know who is making the food, but I have the luxury of having a dog who *knocks on wood* seems to do well on a wide range of chicken-free foods.

  • Sydney

    Oh no :((( I finally find a food she likes, thinking it is healthy lol I so wish she would eat innova, solid gold, or blue buffalo. But when I feed her those, she will go days without eating, and then force herself to eat when she’s starving. This bothers me because she goes on daily 5 mile or more runs with me. I know it can’t be good for her not to eat! What do you feed your doggies?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Edit – ignore, wrong formula. It’s here:

    Fwiw, since this one is 4 stars, my guess would be that the high protein one, based on its ingredient list and nutrient profile, would be 5 stars.

    Unfortunately, it’s got chicken, which is a non-starter for me, and a lot of others with chicken-allergic dogs ๐Ÿ™

    ..and, from what I understand, PetSmart isn’t divulging who makes this food, which is a huuuge red flag for me.

  • Sydney

    I would like to see the review as well. My dog LOVES it. Which is saying a lot from a picky dog!

  • Sydney

    Love this food!or the new SOURCE one anyway. My 1 1/2 shepherd mix is very active,going on runs with me, so I love they made a higher protein food. THIS FOOD FINALLY WORKED FOR MY PICKY DOG!!!!!yay :))) as a puppy, my Meeka would scarf down anything! I started feeding her innova. She started not liking it. I then tried solid gold for a while. Nope. Then wellness. Nope. Then blue buffalo. She liked this one for a week lol then I gave her this! She loved it, well she would at least eat it daily! Which on other foods she would only eat when she was starving, going days without eating. Brat lol if you have a picky dog, try the SOURCE one.i think my dog likes it because of a higher protein content.

  • Germansheppups

    It’s online now. It looks pretty good, but not sure who makes this food.

  • Heather

    No I don’t, I actually can’t find it online either. I just found out about it when I went to buy a bag of the regular grain free. Guess it must be pretty new…

  • Storm’s Mom

    Just googled it …looks like it’s just cat food….? If there’s also dog food, do you have a link?

  • Heather

    Is there a review for Simply Nourish Source? It’s the high protein grain free formula? If not could you please review it or does anybody have any feedback on it?

  • polka

    You bolded “urban legend,” to dismiss valid claims about health problems caused by canola oil. you took a stand, obviously, but didn’t have the balls to say this was your opinion. Instead, you write that “others” think this. If you didn’t think it, too, you would not have bolded the words.

  • Ruth Ann Michaud

    We have a black lab puppy that is 8 months old and we started feeding her Simply Norish after feeding her Blue Buffalo, she seemed to get the runs a lot on the Blue Buffalo, but this simply norish dog food from Pet Smart is terrific, we have no flatulence and small movements she seems to be so much more happier and she loves the is a small kibble , and I like the fact that her movements have no order to them. I definelty sold on this food and it is very reasonably priced at 34.00 dollars for 8 kgs.