Nutrition - 6/10
Ingredients - 6/10
Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy is an average-quality dry puppy food. Its nutrient profile is above average and it provides above average quantities of protein and fat. We believe that the proportion of carbohydrates is too high and should be lower to better reflect a dog’s natural diet. The formula contains a small range of high-quality ingredients with a focus on poultry such as Chicken and Chicken Meal. The formula also contains a range of whole grains such as Brown Rice and Oatmeal which are considered some of the more preferable grain ingredients. Sadly, the formula also includes Brewers Rice which is a low-quality ingredient. Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy contains a small range of grains and a small range of poultry ingredients which may make it suitable for puppies with serious allergies or sensitivities.
High-Quality Chicken Ingredients
Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion Contains Brewers Rice
A Full review of Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy By Simply Nourish
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 44% of Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is below average for a Puppy Food.
The majority of this carbohydrate content appears to be from the grain ingredients of this puppy food. Ingredients such as Brown Rice and Oatmeal will be discussed in-depth later on but should be considered some of the better grain ingredients available. This is above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates. The proportion should be lower to better reflect a dog’s natural diet.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 26% of Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is above average for a Puppy Food.
This will be a sufficient amount of protein for the majority of puppies but may be inadequate for those who are very active. This protein appears to be sourced from the small range of poultry ingredients such as Chicken and Chicken Meal. These are considered high-quality sources and contain the full range of amino acids. The minority of this protein proportion is from plant-based proteins. This protein is considered of a lesser quality.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 30% of Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is above average for a Puppy Food.
The fat present in this puppy food appears to be sourced from the poultry ingredients which are an ideal source. Examples include Chicken and Chicken Meal. This low estimate of fat content is sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of the average puppy but may not be adequete for those who are more active. Sadly, the level of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids in this formula is not impressive and will not provide significant benefits.
Overall Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy contains an average of 3,475 kcal/kg or 356 kcal/cup
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 26.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 13.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.2%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.0%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.50%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.30%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Chicken Meal
- Brewers Rice
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy contains two sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present in this formula is Chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in dog food and is considered a high-quality addition. Chicken can provide a plentiful supply of protein and fat. In addition to being an excellent protein source, Chicken has high levels of some vitamins such as Niacin and Vitamin B6. Whole Chicken contains a high concentration of water. This water will be evaporated during the cooking process leaving behind a lesser portion of Chicken. Given that Chicken is the first listed ingredient of this formula, there should be a significant portion remaining once its water content has been evaporated.
The secondary meat source present is Chicken Meal. Chicken Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Despite being a grain, Brown Rice can provide some nutrition. Therefore it is considered one of the better grains. To add to this Brown Rice is far superior to White Rice which is heavily processed. Brown Rice can provide dietary fiber for healthy digestion and high levels of Magnese.
Oatmeal is made from the grinding of Oats. Oats are a grain and in their pure form do not contain gluten. However, oats and oatmeal are considered one of the better grains for a dogs diet. Oats are high in fiber, very high in plant-based proteins and have some vitamins like Vitamin B5 and B9.
A noteworthy ingredient present in this formula is Tomato Pomace. Tomato Pomace is made up of tomato skin, seeds, and pulp. Its most beneficial feature is that it contains very high levels of soluble fiber which can aid and regulate digestion. Those high levels of fiber are the primary motivation behind this ingredients inclusion in most formulas as Tomato Pomace has little nutritional value.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Simply Nourish Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal (Source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin), Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Brewers Rice, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Flaxseed, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Blueberries, Salt, Salmon Oil (Source of DHA), Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Dried Chicken Cartilage (Source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin), Menhaden Fish Oil, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vegetable Oil, Rosemary Extract