Simply Nourish dog food, a product produced and sold by a company named PetSmart, is the dog food brand that's going to be under the microscope in today's article.
Is it as good as they say it is? Or is it bad? Let's find out.
But first, let's have a look at some of the most popular dog food formulas and varieties produced by Simply Nourish dog (along with a popular treat option at the end).
Update: As of this edit and writing, Amazon only carries a couple of Simply Nourish dog food products. When more are made available, we'll edit this section again. For now, here's a list of our top 5 alternative choices you can pick up from Amazon.com.
Top 5 Simply Nourish Dog Food Alternatives (Updated For 2019)
Pick #4: Orijen Adult Dog Food
*Note: The links in the table above, as well as several links in the remainder of the article below, will take you to over to Amazon.com or Chewy.com where you can find out more information about the products, such as current prices and customer reviews.
Simply Nourish Company Claims
In this subsection, we'll be going over some of the most important selling-point claims that PetSmart make in regards to their Simply Nourish dog food line, which we will be investigating for ourselves and letting you know what results we found in this article.
So, first off, let's see what PetSmart have to say about their product.
With Simply Nourish dog food, PetSmart pride themselves in taking a simplistic approach to producing dog food, whereby they take pride in using simple yet very nutritious ingredients in their food formula.
This way, PetSmart claim to be able to only use natural ingredients in the dog food they produce, meaning that your pooch will stay as far away as possible from all the harmful additives that other dog food producers include in their products.
This is quite the selling point that PetSmart focus on with this brand, which is only very logical considering the many dog food brands nowadays that take a very unnatural approach to their composition, and the "heat" they're increasingly getting from pet owners by the day.
Also, and since they include only natural ingredients in their dog food that gives canines all the nutrients and minerals they need (as if they were eating a completely natural diet in the wild), PetSmart assure their customers that no useless filler is included in their Simply Nourish dog food line either, as there's no need to.
Now, how true these claims are exactly, we'll see in the following sections below...
Simply Nourish Dog Food Formulas
Simply Nourish offers pet owners an impressive wide variety of formulas to choose from (more than 15 dry dog foods as of this writing), coming in forms of both dry and wet (canned) dog food.
This is a very good benefit for the consumer to be able to choose from a variety of formulas and not be stuck with just a few.
Besides dry and wet dog food, you can also find a wide variety of Simply Nourish dog treats.
If you were to head over to somewhere like Amazon.com or even a PetSmart store near you and check out the varieties that the Simply Nourish brand has to offer, you'll quickly find out that there's no shortage of options for what you're looking for.
You can find something no matter what size your dog is (small breed or large breed), what age bracket and life stage they are in (puppy or senior), whether or not they have specific health conditions that need to be catered to (sensitive stomachs for example), etc ..
There are options and formulas for every canine alike.
It always takes us by surprise whenever we're reviewing a dog food brand and notice that they only manufacture food for large breed dogs and don't do the same for small breed dogs.
This is a very annoying occurrence for customers that want to feed their different dogs the same brand of food and also the dog food company leaving money on the table.
But, oh well, this is not business 101 class so let's move on.
Simply Nourish Dog Food Review
As you will be noticing in the specific dog food formula review subsection below, the ingredients list is full of whole foods (such as whole meat, whole fruits and whole vegetables), something which is always an excellent thing to see.
Fruits And Vegetable Use - The Good & The Bad
Did you know that the fruits and vegetables that PetSmart uses in their Simply Nourish dog food formulas and varieties are also directly sourced to them from farms so they can use them in their most natural form?
However, and with that being said, the fruits and vegetables that PetSmart uses in their Simply Nourish dog food formulas are known to be frozen fruits and vegetables, a practice which a large part of the community doesn't prefer as much as they do the inclusion of fresh fruits and vegetables that have just been harvested.
Directly harvesting the fruits and vegetables that are going to be used in dog food products and immediately sending them to production labs is a practice that more premium dog food brands out there that charge more money for their products, and you never know when we start to see this practice being implemented in Simply Nourish dog food products.
Either way, this isn't a very big deal, we just thought we'd put this out there for you to know about.
Great For Allergies
Feeding dogs dog food that's made from natural and wholesome ingredients is becoming more and more of a recommended practice by experts in the field, especially with the rise of different allergies that dogs are suffering from nowadays, much of which are caused by a low quality diet made up of low quality, highly processed and unnatural dog food.
So, if your dog suffers from some sort of food allergy or skin allergy, giving them a dog food brand such as Simply Nourish to eat instead of something else that's much more artificial and processed is a very good start to a positive change.
Excellent Protein Sources
Moreover, we can also tell from the ingredients list below that Simply Nourish dog food formulas contain very high-quality and natural sources of protein, a factor which is probably one of the most important criteria when judging any dog food.
You'll see what we mean in just a second.
For the purpose of this article on Simply Nourish dog food, we're going to be reviewing one of their most popular formulas as a sample, the Simply Nourish™ Small Breed Adult Dog Food - Natural, Chicken & Brown Rice formula.
To start off this section, let's have a look at the ingredients list first.
List of ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin), Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Blueberries, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-Polyphosphate (Source of Ascorbic Acid), Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride.
Chicken & Chicken Meal
The first item on the list of ingredients we notice above is Chicken, which is one of the best sources of proteins and one of the best meats you can ever feed your dog.
Followed by chicken meal, which is also a tremendous source of high quality protein, it's very apparent from the start that this is one high protein-quality dog food.
Oatmeal & Brown Rice
Ingredient number 3 on the list we have above is oatmeal. Now, despite the fact that we would have liked to see 3 primary sources of protein in the first 3 ingredient spots, 2 primary sources of protein followed by such an excellent whole grain and an excellent source of complex carbohydrates is also completely fine.
If you've read any other dog food review articles we have put up on this website, you'll know by now that high quality carbohydrate sources such as oatmeal are always a pleasure to see in abundant amounts in dog food, which is exactly the case here.
Right after oatmeal on the ingredients list comes brown rice, also one of the best complex carbohydrate sources you can ever find in dog food. And, given the fact that it's ingredient #4 on the list, this means that it's found in prominent amounts as well, which is a very good thing.
Canola Oil - A Minor Controversy
However, we did find a controversial ingredient in the #5 spot on the list, and that's canola oil.
Many in the dog owner's community deem it as something dogs should not be consuming, due to arguments that it's genetically modified oil and not natural oil.
And as we all know, anything that has been genetically modified even to the slightest extent should not be consumed by dogs at all.
While canola oil is high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that help your dog maintain a very high quality and shiny coat, as well as improve your dog's joint health, some Simply Nourish dog food formulas have canola oil listed higher than positions we'd like to see on the ingredients list.
Instead of seeing canola oil being high up there on the ingredients list in position #5, we would much have preferred to see something like fish oil instead.
Tomato Pomace - Another Minor Controversy
Right after canola oil comes an ingredient called tomato pomace, which again is the subject of much controversy in the dog owner's community.
Much of the controversy surrounding tomato pomace is due to the fact that it's widely considered to be nothing but useless, cheap filler that dog food manufacturers like to include in their products to beef them up and decrease production costs.
However, the good thing here is that tomato pomace isn't in a prominent position on the list of ingredients, meaning that not enough amounts of it are present in this dog food to cause much worry.
Had tomato pomace been in any of the top 3 positions (which is the case when it comes to many other dog food brands that are very low quality), then that would be a valid reason for worry.
We were also very delighted to find that flaxseed made its way on the ingredients list, albeit not in a prominent position as well, but flaxseed is always a very welcome addition to dog food because of its high levels in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Conclusion On Simply Nourish Dog Food
In conclusion, Simply Nourish dog food is one of the better dog food brands being sold on the market today, especially when you take a look at the all-natural list of ingredients their different formulas have.
While not the best of the best dog food brands just yet, Simply Nourish dog food may just get there someday real soon, especially with a few improvements here and there - they don't have a long road ahead.