Large Breed Puppy


Symply is one of the more expensive lines of dry dog food. It is marketed as a nutritious, hypo-allergenic food with high quality ingredients. This is how it was championed in my local pet shop - so convincingly, that I purchased a bag as an impulsive upgrade to the food I had been preparing to feed Frank (Arden Grange).

However, I later came to regret this spontaneity - a closer look at Symply's ingredients reveals that all is not golden.

One of this dry food's weaknesses is revealed quite glaringly on its packaging - rice is one of the main ingredients, and while this certainly bolsters the food's hypo-allergenic status, it doesn't contribute an awful lot in the way of nutritional value. The white rice in this mix takes up a sizable portion - min 25%.

The food does also contain fillers - namely, turkey digest and corn gluten. The digest is a no-no due to the unnatural way it is processed (via chemical/enzymatic hydrolysis) and corn can be a tricky ingredient for dogs to digest, possibly leading to adverse reactions (not so good for the hypo-allergenic quality...).

The ingredients, therefore, are not so wholesome as the marketing and price point would indicate. Frank lost interest in this food after a while, and I made the switch to Orijen.


Ingredients Nutritional Additives Analytical Constituents
dried turkey (min. 26%)
white rice (min. 26%)
corn gluten
beet pulp
turkey fat
sunflower oil
turkey digest
salmon oil
glucosamine 170mg/kg
msm 170mg/kg
chondroitin sulphate 120mg/kg
Vitamin A 17,361 IU
Vitamin C 161 mg
Vitamin D3 2,315 IU
Vitamin E 289 IU
Biotin 1,722 mcg
Ferrous sulphate monohydrate
1,080.25 mg
Calcium iodate anhydrous
3.03 mg
Cupric sulphate pentahydrate
44.44 mg
Manganous sulphate monohydrate
193.87 mg
Zinc sulphate monohydrate
200 mg
Sodium selenite
0.70 mg
Protein 27%
Fat Content 15%
Crude Fibre 4%
Crude Ash 9%
Omega-6 Linoleic Acid 4%

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