Simply Nourish Source (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Simply Nourish Source Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Simply Nourish Source product line includes nine 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 Source Large Breed Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Small Breed Adult [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Adult Duck and Chicken [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Puppy Duck and Chicken [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken and Rabbit [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken and Turkey [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Puppy Chicken and Turkey [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Senior Chicken and Turkey [U]
  • Simply Nourish Source Adult Venison and Chicken [U]

Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken and Turkey Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Simply Nourish Source Adult Chicken and Turkey Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 38%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, dried potatoes, dried peas, flaxseed meal, turkey, tomato pomace, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dried egg product, salt, dried chicory root, dried carrots, dried spinach, dried sweet potatoes, dried pumpkin, dried blueberries, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of ascorbic acid), niacin supplement, pantothenic acid, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium iodate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis34%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%17%38%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%35%32%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 32%

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 is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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 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 sixth ingredient is flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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 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 eighth 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 ninth 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, 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 Source Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Simply Nourish Source 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 38%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Simply Nourish Source is a grain-free, meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

01/02/2017 Last Update

  • Lena Keith

    My dog did not like the nourish i use Iams and my dog is healthy and happy.Think about it where did people buy dog food befor there were pet stores ?

  • 1LoveMyLife

    I bought Nourish today add I have for several years. Maggots, bugs, webs. So disgusted. Took it back and the Petsmart manager opened THREE more bags all the same. I’m so disgusted there needs to be a recall.

  • shelly miner

    Oh my I cannot believe that I’m reading this about the flies and maggots less than half way thru the bag my husband noticed this and couldn’t believe it we actually had quit feeding it to our Tessy because she never really had a taste for it was leaving more and more in her bowl and would not go back to it so when she started dropping weight we changed but was going to give it to someone else because still alot to throw out approx 15lbs left but he went to remove the scoop and found the little wiggly critters he asked me what I’d done to her food please.. really.. Anyway don’t recommend it at all.

  • momcat55

    It’s not about who is “allowed” … it’s about choices, and No – if you are poor and struggling you should (try) NOT to have children… it’s not fair to them! Or pets either, unless there is no one else that can give them a good home… thankfully, pets adapt much easier then children do. But, regardless… no one is going to “allow” or “disallow” you, obviously!

  • Anonymus

    Agreed. Take it back.

  • Anonymus

    We’ve had these same types of issues on 3 separate occasions. These pictures look just like what we discovered in our bags. Once we had black bugs, next worms then this last time some sort of webbing strung throughout the bag. Be sure to look thoroughly inside these bags before feeding it to your dog. I would like to add that the store will allow you to open the bag in the store after purchasing the item. Sad that this is supposed to be a proprietary brand.

  • figs

    They arrange the food from cheapest to most expensive, and the bag of expensive food I got is contaminated. You do NOT always get what you pay for.

  • figs

    Quit ranting and stick to the subject, which is telling each other about good and bad things about the food.

  • figs

    I transitioned my dog slowly, but the bag is contaminated with who knows what in the bottom third of the bag. Stay away from it.

  • figs

    NOT good. Take it back.

  • figs

    I bought this grain-free dog food maybe a month ago and all seemed well until about a week ago, when I noticed a clump of the bits in my dipper cup. I didn’t think anything of it. I saw a few more, and still ignored it. Finally it dawned on me this wasn’t water getting in, or me dropping something in the bag, and I ripped it open and found the whole last quarter of the bag full of this crap. Now, my dog poops in the woods, so I don’t usually see it, so I don’t know if it has been harmful to her yet. But it’s going back to the store and I’m going to see if I can get it tested and maybe get a recall started. I would NOT buy it again, and I would hope that nobody else would, either. We’re talking golf-ball size DRY clumps of crappy looking stuff in the bag.

  • IGoZoom

    My dog has been eating SOURCE for about 18 months now. He was on regular Simply Nourish Grain-Free before and he did very well on both. No issues. I feed my two cats Simply Nourish cat food also. I’ve been very pleased with it. FYI- when you’re going to buy it, check the price on Petsmart’s website and have them match it in the store. Their prices are cheaper on a lot of things on their website and they do price match.

  • Stavros Sattok

    from what I read (I’m new puppy owner), all brands have someone who has had their dog not like or get sick from that food, while most have good experience..So, what’s the verdict on this brand ? I just bought the small breed puppy bag… will start mixing 25% in morning… if it has 5stars is it good or not ? is this site one of the reputable ones on how they test and rate the food ?

  • Joni

    has anyone had a puppy that had allergies to this food

  • Ngv

    Thanks much, Bill

  • Bill

    My sincere condolences Ngv

  • Ngv

    Thank you for your response, Bill. That’s good to know. Sadly, my sweet boy went to doggie heaven last April. He had advanced and aggressive liver cancer and nothing could be done to help him. I still miss him terribly.

  • Bill

    I called the number on the back of the dry kibble and asked where their meat & ingredients are sourced and where the product is manufactured. They claimed all USA sourced & manufactured at their plant in Utah.


    You need to be the adult here and not the dog. They will eat when they get hungry. They’re just use to eating crap and have not delevelop the taste for quality food. It’s your responsibility to pick the food, not your dog….unless he can search the internet and do his own research.

  • John Gramlich

    Wanted to offer a warning here…been using this brand for a while now, and I go to open the bag I bought and find it filled with maggots and flies. Just be aware when buying this. I’ll be honest, I hard switched brands which I know isn’t the best for my dog but I can’t get over the fact there were maggots, mold webs, and flies in the food. Pics attached, doesn’t do it justice though.

  • Sally Kirkpatrick

    I am feeding Simply Nourish Limited Ingredients, Sweet Potato and Salmon. My dog is highly allergic and does not tolerate any grain or peas without breaking out. We have even had veterinary formula – but still broke out with ear aches and skin issues. So far, this food is working. Do you have any information about it? Do you know of any other food that is similar? I have read so many bags of dog food, I would love a little advice! He also does well on some Little Caesar canned food, like the turkey, but I have to read the ingredients because some have wheat gluten, etc. Thank you!

  • Green Texan

    Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I just saw your reply. Yeah, all of their food is meat based. I had fed them Simply Nourish the exact same formulas before, and it didn’t happen previously. I feed them only 5 star grain free dog food. It’s never happened before with any food. I always go through the transition when I change their food.

  • Alexandra

    Honest question – did you transition your dogs slowly when starting to feed Simply Nourish? And was your previous food plant or meat based?

    Some dogs, like humans, can develop a sensitivity to meat products if they weren’t fed them for a period of time. Likewise, if there was no transition period between foods, where the foods were mixed in slowly-increasing increments per week, dogs’ digestive tracks become VERY upset and agitated.

  • Green Texan

    I bought the Simply Nourish Source canned dog food and it made my dogs sick. I fed my dogs 3 different formulas from Simply Nourish Source and every time my dogs threw up. I tried to post a review on the Petsmart website and Petsmart never posted it. I tried to post a review 3 seperate times, and Petsmart wouldn’t post it.

  • PBJellyBeans

    Yes, it is, and you can find it at PetSmart!

  • SheriB Mccoy

    I’m extremely pleased with Simply Nourish Source. I have 2 rescue dogs. A 2yr old terrier yorkie mix and a 5 month terrier- Maltese mix and we went through Science, I ams , Bil Jac and for a while Blue buffalo was working but gave them loose stools. Simply nourish source has both of them with solid stools and they love it. I read the reviews but for me it comes down to how well my dogs. Love it. So I have them on the chicken- rice. I was buying the puppy formula but the vet says they can both have the adult. I’m very pleased. It’s been almost 3 months on simply nourish source and no complaints.

  • Sheila Fuhrmann

    I was concerned about the same thing and did a little research. Its seems that Thailand has very good quality control . It is Not like China. The food in the cans are human quality………… i have even tried a little of the tuna myself …………..

  • Dori

    Though we would all like everyone to feed our animals high quality, less processed, none if possible, that’s not always possible. Equally as important is that the dogs are in a loving, warm, friendly home. I feed all three of my dogs commercially raw frozen formulas which I rotate constantly. I can do that because they are toy breeds and don’t eat much. That doesn’t mean that I berate people because they cannot, for whatever reason, feed high quality or raw. I would hope that people are reading the ingredients and feeding foods that have the least amount of red highlighted foods. My delight comes from knowing that the dogs in question are not living their lives out in shelters, rescues or being euthanized. They have homes with people that care for them and that they can care for also.

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL on the kids and veggies! You might try stopping by a local pet store and get some samples. They usually have them and it’s easier than buying a food that might not be liked.

  • Peggy Charles

    I have been putting the wet in their food trying to make the switch easily. Of course still trying to find the right dry food that they will eat as well. Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to get my kids to eat their veggies.

  • Crazy4dogs

    They like the cheap foods because they are often sprayed with a lot of fat and some have added sugar. We all know dogs like sweet and the sprayed on fats and flavorings trick the dogs’ nose into thinking their eating something good for them. The good quality foods don’t do that which is why dogs are often attracted to the cheap stuff.
    There are many good quality foods that are not necessarily any more expensive than the poor quality foods. You could try adding a bit of a good quality wet food to your dogs’ dry to make it more appealing. It’s also giving them more moisture, which is always a good thing for dogs that are only eating dry food.

  • Peggy Charles

    So if a dog won’t eat the good quality food then what should you do? I have three dogs who I have tried several of the good quality food and they will not touch it. So I guess there is no excuse for me. Well that is where you are wrong I am not going to sit back and starve my animals and furthermore if all you have to worry about is buying pet food then you need to come back to reality. I believe just about all of us on here have bills, rent, mortgage and need I say more.

  • Pitlove

    that must be how Chef Michael sounds when hes making his brand of dog food

  • Dori

    Actually C4D, they do. That’s how they get away with all the garbage in their food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s the magic kibble size/shape. Talk about marketing! It could actually be a good concept if they would use good ingredients that worked for the particular breed.

  • Pitlove

    I took some time to actually compare the breed specific lines. Practically no difference. Especially in the ingredients. Protein levels, fat levels and fiber vary slightly but none even come close to meeting any canines needs, forget about their breed! I see people at my work paying 64.99$ for a 30lbs bag of a breed specific food under the belief that their dog is special because of his breed and this food has magic ingredients are ONLY applicable to this breed of dog. I’d take a guess and say none of them have actually read or compared the ingredients because when you rotate the same first 5 ingredients (Whole ground corn, chicken by-product meal, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, and brown rice) there is literally nothing “breed specific” about that.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Hmmm…gonna add some slaughterhouse waste, some chemicals, some food coloring…Viola!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Oh yeah they are. RC Breed specific. Too bad it’s a breed specific bag of c*&p. The price they charge for brewer’s rice, oat groats, wheat gluten and by-products is just unbelievable!!!

  • Pitlove

    No, they KNOW people are that stupid. I swear it would be 10x easier to find a good dog food if all the bags where plain white with the ingredients and GA listed right on the front.

    I just posted this on the Royal Canin review but THIS is how stupid RC knows people are:

    I swear to god RC are the masterminds of marketing

  • Crazy4dogs

    I know, apparently there are a few of those. And people will watch it and buy that terrible food. A couple of years ago, They had a ridiculous commercial with chefs cutting London broil for kibble n bits bistro. Do they really think people are that stupid?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Ouch, just ouch. I don’t totally get it and I don’t think I want to.

  • Pitlove

    LOL dear god that’s terrifying…

  • Crazy4dogs

    I hate the marketing and the ads. I can’t believe that people really believe all that stuff. They never even turn the bag over. I had a neighbor that fed beneful (ewww) because she liked all the colorful vegetables. Really?
    There’s a creepy new ad for kibbles and bits that I just hate:

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    People fall for that pretty bag showing lots of meat and veggies. Good marketing but the savvy consumer needs to turn that bag over and look at the ingredients.

  • pitlove

    Dori- I know. It’s really sad that people rely soley on the front of a bag to tell them what food is best for their dog. It’s like people who buy breed specific food. Royal Canin is a genius marketing company. Wish they cared about dogs though.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Ooh! It has a meaty texture from the PG! It must be meat! -_-

  • Dori

    Yikes! That is so sad pitlove. It would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that it’s at the expense of their dogs.

  • pitlove

    Exactly. Do you know that I have actually seen on the review section on for Beneful someone posting that they thought the color of the food must be all the meat and veggies in it?! But again this is what the uneducated public thinks of this food because of the way it is marketed.

  • pitlove

    You do realize that there are thousands of dogs sitting in shelters as you typed that statement 2 months ago and as I type this right now, that are eating only what is donated to the shelter (usually Purina products like Benefuly, Iams, Kibbles N Bits) and are suffering the life of living in a shelter on top of eating whatever budget food the shelter gets donated to them? No one is doing these dogs a favor by leaving them their because they can’t afford to feed them a 5 star food.

    I think it is far better to take one of those dogs into your home and give it the proper life. And I don’t just mean feeding him/her a 5 star dog food. I mean having a family to call their own and giving them the mental and physical excersise and love and caring that is often not available at a shelter due to not enough workers per dog.

    Maybe you can’t feed the dog Orijen or any other 5 star food, but you can currently as most people have said here find a 3 star food, hell 2 star if you really must and give that dog the home it deserves.

  • Taylor

    I have rent, car payment and all the other things listed yet I still manage to pay for 5 star food for my cat and will for my future dog. I don’t make a lot of money but I make sure some of it goes to my pets nutrition. I would find a new home for my cat before I fed her something that could give her allergies and die or any other number of risks associated with low quality foods. When I was growing up we had a lab named Abbey and she ended up having a severe reaction to a food we were feeding her. It was causing her problems her whole life and we never even knew. She was in so much pain in the end that we had to put her to sleep because we couldn’t afford proper vet care and it was too late to change foods. THIS is why people SHOULD NOT own pets that they can’t AT LEAST pay for good quality food! If a dog owner can’t even pay for good quality food what happens when the dog is severely injured and they can’t even pay for the dog to be euthanize? Or won’t even take them to the vet? The dog suffers and dies that way. I live in an area where its not very popular to take care of your animals. A pet gets sick or hurt…they just leave them be and if they die then that sucks for them. Its not that they don’t love them, but they don’t think its worth it. If someone can’t afford good quality food, then they can’t afford the dozens of other expenses…unexpected or not…that come with owning a pet therefore they should not have one!

  • LabsRawesome

    I NEVER wrote a post about dogs/children/burning building. You have me confused with someone else AGAIN!! I have not edited or deleted any of my posts Please learn to read and comprehend. You are the one trying to stir the pot. You could’ve just admitted your mistake, but chose to call me names instead. Nice.

  • myOWNcompass

    I do see that my original post was to eaton, but I remember a post of yours concerning pulling our dogs out of a burning house before our children. Edit or delete what you will.

    And now I am done feeding you Troll.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think you need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills. I never brought up the topic of children. A person named S Eaton did two months ago. That was the person that you responded to, not me. And you, your money, and your point of view are of no concern to me. Try reading through all of your posts, they are very contradictory.

  • LabsRawesome

    This is a dog food site. Please stay on topic. Also, I did not bring up the topic of children.S Eaton did, and you responded to that person, not me.

  • myOWNcompass

    It all began with some posts written by this guy, scroll through. LabsRawesome

  • myOWNcompass

    YOU threw children into the conversation. And as to where my money goes or what I do with my life, Matthew 6:1-4. But if it makes you feel better to assume me a nazi, well, you know, whatever gets you through the night.

  • myOWNcompass

    But we were NOT rich. We were poor. But my children had everything they needed. They were fed healthy meals, they were clothed in clean second hand or kmart but not trendy clothing, they always had a roof over their heads, and I made sure that they saw doctors and dentists. If someone cannot do right by their children or pets, then they are either stupid or do not care.

  • Dori

    Why do you keep bring up the subject of children? Have you forgotten you are on a dog food site? A dog food site with most of the posters being responsible, completely devoted to the nutritional health and well being of their dogs. Even the poorest of the poor can have a dog and feed it a good decent food. All it takes is a little bit of research into the quality low budget foods. There are plenty of them out there. They are not sitting on the shelves in your grocery store but they are readily available from local dog food stores, large pet stores, and on line sites that offer free shipping if ordering over $49.00. They offer auto-delivery for even more discounts. Right here on this site on the Forums side we have a thread called Coupons. We have a fabulous poster who has taught us all about the wonders of dog food coupons. How to get them, where to use them. You can also register with every dog food company you can think of and they will send you coupons directly to your email. You can also register on line with the big pet stores and they too will send you coupons on a monthly basis. There are local stores that after you’ve purchased a certain amount of bags you get one free. I mean I could go on and on and on. People on a budget most certainly give their dogs healthy foods. Budget foods does not mean low quality if that is what you’re thinking. The stars given on this site has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of the food if that’s what you’re thinking. There is no reason why people on budgets can’t give wonderful dogs love, hugs, kisses, a loving comfortable safe home with a family. You would prefer they be euthanized than give them a home and a decent low budget friendly food. It always amazes me how little common sense people have. OH! And once again let me reiterate that this is a dog site not a child site. Have a nice day.

  • LabsRawesome

    From reading several of myOWNcompass’s posts I get the feeling that this person does nothing to help or better dogs lives. They are just posting about their own perfect life, and seem to think that only rich perfect people deserve to have pets and children. Not sure why they threw children into the mix, since this is a dog food site. But apparently you have to be rich in order to raise dogs and kids appropriately. And if you are not rich you don’t deserve to have either, in this persons twisted point of view. Sounds like a Peta Nazi recruiter to me.

  • GSDsForever

    Respectfully, you may also be forgetting about those in rescue & who foster.

    It is EXTREMELY high kill in shelters here. And my breed in particular, being in the top 3 most popular (and therefore bred/bought/dumped) breeds in the USA, is especially at risk. Unlike a Lab or a Golden, which are awesome breeds that more people should own, purebred German Shepherds are NOT suitable for many inexperienced owners and cause much more serious problems that land them in the shelter AND on the euthanasia list 3 DAYS LATER (hold time) through no fault of their own, typically at 1-4 yrs of age. And they are not allowed everywhere, making renting or having insurance also a factor in people giving them up.

    Seriously most people have no business breeding complex breeds like GSDs suitable for a small minority of owners/handlers. Ditto Australian/Queensland Blue Heelers, Rotties, Australian Shepherds/Border Collies that land there. At least the shelter will deem most labs and Goldens that pass through the door “adoptable” to most members of the general public. With other breeds, breed specific rescue has to be there to properly assess the dogs, provide care, and find SUITABLE homes & extend information/guidance to those homes (like a good breeder would have done).

    It is HEARTBREAKING the volume of intake and rush to save as many dogs as possible from the pounds. And for there, costs have to be prioritized. Rescues deal with heartworm treatment, surgeries, saving sick puppies, cruelty injuries & neglect health conditions, etc. So, yes, rescues try to feed something decent — but maximize what they can do by going through the best budget friendly options.

  • LabsRawesome

    You should get off of your high horse, and come back to reality. Being rich doesn’t make a person a saint, and being poor doesn’t make someone a criminal. You are ridiculous.

  • LabsRawesome

    THAT is your choice. But thank God you don’t get to choose for everyone else!! I do not promote cheap crap dog food. But I understand that everyone can’t afford the most expensive foods either, myself included. There are decent foods at reasonable price points. I feed 5 star canned, Nature’s Domain. I get it at Costco. $20.99 for a case of 24 cans. I also feed Victor dog food, 5 stars. I pay between $38 and $42 for 30lbs, depending on the formula. I also rotate other 3, 4 and 5 star budget friendly foods. You are entitled to your opinion. But I will disagree with you, or anyone else that says people that feed low grade corn based kibble don’t deserve to have pets. That is just not true. Lets be honest, most people that have dogs really have no clue what they are feeding them. They buy Purina dog chow or whatever because they do not know any better. Every dog deserves a loving home and the best food. But I am happy for every dog that has a good home, no matter what it is being fed.

  • myOWNcompass

    When I could not afford to own a dog and give it my best, I chose not to subject a dog to crap food and no healthcare. I waited until my financial situation improved enough to have my dog.

    THAT is the choice.

    Would you go to the expense of adopting a child and then feed it floor scraps? Bad dog food is not just twinkies and mcdonalds, it is made with dangerous products that cause harm to dogs.

  • myOWNcompass

    No one should produce children that they cannot feed, clothe, house, and provide medical care for. It is completely irresponsible of people not to take the BEST care of their children or pets. I am speaking of NEEDS here, not desires or wants.

    We may not be allowed to disallow it by law, but I often wonder why when I watch the news.

  • Jo Welch

    Can you tell me if Simply nourish is a US product. Thamks

  • Jo Welch

    I agree,

  • Ann McCallister

    Currently feeding mine the dry adult, grain free. And she loves it !!!! And at her age, if she enjoys it, then I am all for it.

  • Ngv

    I am feeding my dog the Simply Nourish canned food, which he loves, but I noticed it was made in Thailand! I’m not very pleased about that, and wish it were made in the US. Is the dry food also made in Thailand?

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    Was it not on the bag ???

  • aquariangt

    Where did you find that? They source a few vitamins and minerals from there, but they are made in the us

  • Crazy4cats

    Beautiful dog!

  • poodledot

    After spending $55 on a bag of this food, I just found out it is made in CHINA. I do not want any food product from CHINA. I cook a human grade food recipe for my dog but wanted something for her to snack on in between and she loves kibble. I am so dissapointed. It is so difficult to find out about these dog foods!

  • LabsRawesome

    I feed 5 star kibble, and 5 star canned foods. As well as healthy human foods like sardines, eggs. You can disagree with me all you want. I stand by my original post. I do not use or promote grocery store foods. But I still feel if that is all someone can afford to feed, no one should tell them that they don’t deserve to have a dog. Every dog deserves a home, no matter what the person can afford to feed. I help people with limited dog food budgets find a decent quality food within their price range, on this site. So besides disagreeing with me and making snarky comments, what do you do to help people and their pets?

  • Crazy4cats

    Wow! Welcome to Dog Food Advisor. That’s a great post to start with. NOT! You have no idea what she feeds her dogs. Very rude post.

  • Rachel Murray

    I definitely disagree with you. The food you give to your animals can extend their lives about 5-10 years… Also many dogs have allergies to many of the ingredients in crappy food. There is a reason why good food isn’t sold in common grocery stores. Also in a store like petco or pet smart they arrange the food from healthiest to least healthy. And beneful and purina are at the end. Also, the bad food like purina and beneful causes cancer. So have fun with your high medical bills and losing your pets at a young age.

  • Bonnie

    Some people really dont know better and rely totally on packaging/ marketing instead of an ingredient list. Plus lots of ppl think ‘ ooh look at all the veggies my pup will get!” when in reality, dogs need meat.
    I also think its a little unrealistic of you to talk about money when you live with your parents still. I mean, do you have to pay rent? Utilities? For clothing, toiletries, ppl food?

    In reality, most ppl are uneducated on the dog food issues. Most poor quality foods require the animal to eat 2-3x the volume of a better/best quality food. Ive figured out, for our pets (2 cats and a puppy) good quality meat based foods last as long as a poor quality food because we feed less volume. We also feed raw in the morning and it is very budget friendly because I can feed less volume of kibble plus we spend no koney on ointments or special medicines etc.

  • Kit

    I understand this. I wouldn’t expect someone making minimum wage with barely any money to spend on themselves to afford top-tier food… I’m talking about all the middle-class people and higher who you try to educate and they still won’t buy good food simply because they are cheap, but they can afford the better stuff.
    I tried to tell my friend her dog was over-weight because of all the extra carbs in her food, and even gave her a link to this site, but they’re still feeding her pedigree because they don’t want to spend just a little extra on something with meat as the first ingredient.
    Her parents are pretty well off- they could easily afford something that is a medium-tier food or better, but choose not to, even knowing the consequences. Her other dog is only 4 and has skin problems that could easily be solved with a food change, instead they buy ointment to put on her skin, all because they don’t want to spend that money on something without corn or soy.
    These are the kind of people I’m talking about. The one’s who just blatantly ignore what people are telling them because they would rather feed their dogs walmart food than actually listen.

    I just wish people who could afford to give their dogs great care, would. It makes me feel terrible when I’m at walmart and I see someone buying big bag of Ol’ Roy or friskies.

  • Betsy Greer

    It all comes down to choice.

    I know plenty of people who feed their dogs Beneful and the like, who could easily afford to feed the most expensive foods available; but, they’re buying what they choose and that’s their choice. If dog food holds no intrinsic value for them, they’re going to buy whatever is cheapest, cutest, most convenient, most marketed, etc.

    We do what we can to gently change their minds, but it’s still their choice.

    We shouldn’t judge another for making the choice they’ve made, regardless of their budget or what we perceive their budget to be.

    Thankfully, there are good choices in all price points.

  • LabsRawesome

    It’s great that you spend your money on your pets, but you live at home with your parents. It’s a whole different story, when you’re on your own. Then your money goes to rent/mortgage, car payment, groceries, bills for your house- gas, electric, water, sewer, cable, internet, phone, garbage, car insurance. The list seems endless. You have to pay for all the necessities of life, and keep a roof over everyone’s head. Not everyone wastes money, or even has any money left over to waste. So I think if people are sharing their home/food/love with animals, that is a good thing, no matter what their feeding them. I am not a fan of grocery store foods, but at least the animal has a home/family which is all they really want.

  • Kit

    All I’m saying is that if I can afford to give all my pets top-tier care on less than $100 a month, working adults who can for some reason afford a brand new car, going out to dinner several times a week, and buying themselves new gadgets should probably forgo one of those luxuries and buy their pet’s a quality bag of food.
    My dad only made $2500 this month and for some reason my mom was able to pay all the bills AND buy all 6 of her dogs Merrick.

    I don’t really mean what I say, if it were up to me everyone in the world would have several pets because I feel they are a necessary part of life. I just wish people would take the time/effort to think about how they are cared for.

  • LabsRawesome

    I disagree. I would rather see an animal in a home and being loved and cared for, regardless of what the person can afford to feed. I’m sure the animals would agree, it’s better than being euthanized and ending up in a body bag in a dumpster, or even worse, “recycled” into pet food.

  • Kit

    I feed the cat version of this to my cat and she loves it!
    I switch between the fish and the turkey varieties every time I run out to give her some variation.
    One thing I like about this food is that is actually tastes like what it says it is! I know that because I tried it lol
    The Fish and Shrimp flavor tastes like salmon and tuna, if the consistency wasn’t so nasty, I might find myself eating it sometimes 😛

    The next best thing about it is that it’s affordable. It’s about $2.60/lb which is just about my limit when it comes to buying food, and lasts me 2 months(to the day!) 🙂

    I’m a student who lives with her parents, I make between $100-200 every month working for my dad. I have 13 rats, 3 snakes, and a cat that I care for 100%, if people with real job’s excuse for feeding crappy food is the price, well, then I guess they shouldn’t have a pet because somehow I manage. :/

  • Elizabeth

    I just adopted a 3 month old Puppy Lola and I have her on the Simply Nourish puppy food and she love it I will continue to feed her Simply Nourish dog food

  • Susan Drechsler

    adfaThis site is highly nmanipulatedb.When you say someting against their favorate companies for instance Nature Logic or orijin then you find yoru posts eather

    officially deletedn or magically dissappeared a few days later. Only the devotees posts will remain.When you say someting about

    their nheigh proteinn diets who are proven nwrong then they will bullyn,flag,nblock and ndelete you in order to

    promote their subversivenn angenda.i have to write this way otherwise I end up in nspamn.They misrepresentedb the bstudies

    and then when you point out the ndangers their own nstudies have shown they will delete your posts making up stories.

    They construe textbooks for instance claiming the textbooks state you can give 40 or 50% knprotein to a senior dog

    while they say 28% max. then they use nstudies sponsored by pharmacytical companies or purina to falsely substantiate their claims.

    when you point out the flawsn then your posts will dissappearn. Nshawnna will lie pretty much about anything to

    promote her 50% nprotein dietnn. For instance falsely claiming her dog is not on medication or those dogs would not live very long

    while it would not be unusual if the dog is still alive. Then she keeps contradicting herself how much knprotein she feeds

    depending on the arguments.check out the web under nscammn about more information.

    100s of people have been nbulliedn and blockedn on here. Vetsn get regularly blockedn and their posts deletedn. Mnike the ndentist

    is not an expert yet him among the devoteesnn without any credentials make so many false claims but think they know it all.

    Please don’t buy into their highnnnproteinn meatmnn based dietn it is all not nessessarly superior, also don’t believe their

    exchagerated claims on lentils,ngluten,nntomatoes,nraw food etc.

    Buyer Beware!

  • Gfvvv

    Miiikkeeeeee is a goat in his white coat

  • Dash

    Shawnas 47% protein diet is proven wrong I could sing a song

  • Sheena Rhea Fisher

    I am currently feeding my one year old Siberian Husky Simply Nourish Source Adult, he has also had the Puppy formula. The switch over is very easy since it’s nearly identical on ingredients which means no upset tummy. I love the high protien since he is sometimes stubborn about eating so he always gets the right amount. I also love the fact that it doesn’t smell bad for a dry food. I do wish the kibble size was larger since he is about 60lbs but he is a power chewer and I frequently brush his teeth I don’t have to worry about any build up of tarter. I did a lot of research before deciding what to feed him and can not find a bad thing to say about this food. I highly recommend it.

  • neezerfan

    Performatrin Ultra makes a puppy formula. If your store doesn’t carry that, maybe they can order it for you.

  • stephspov

    I am currently feeding my older dog Performatrin Ultra Grain free from PetValu, but I have my puppy on Simply Nourish by Petsmart. I wish Simply Nourish offered Probiotics (after cooking and cooling) to their food. I would definitely change him so I don’t have to shop at 2 different pet stores. I have seen a huge difference in my boxers waste on the Performatrin Ultra Grain Free. For the first time in 8 years, his waste actually has a form…not just a blob. ;p

  • l. constance

    I am using Simply Nourish weight control with main ingredient being turkey. Do you have a rating for that. Thank you