Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food

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These grain-free dry diets are high in meat protein and low in carbohydrates, which is ideally suited to dogs' ancestry and biology as natural carnivores. Since dogs instinctively crave raw meat, they will choose it over grain when given a choice. Nature's Variety Instinct, with its high concentration of animal protein, is consistent with the instinctive canine metabolism.

A rotational diet consisting of more meat and less grain fosters biologically appropriate weight control, and lean feeding leads to longer life. The natural results of higher quality nutrition include better skin and coat, healthier teeth and gums, increased energy, and less backyard clean-up.

  • Grain-free
  • Over 90% of the protein is from real meats
  • Exclusive freeze dried raw Bio-Coating
  • Complete and balanced for all life stages
  • Guaranteed to improve skin and coat!

Ingredient Benefits

The proteins in Nature's Variety Raw Instinct diets are derived from meat - primarily high quality chicken meal and menhaden fish meal. Highly digestible tapioca binds the other high quality ingredients together into a kibble. Nature's Variety uses tapioca because it is grain-free and gluten-free. This assures you that the proteins found in Raw Instinct pet diets are primarily derived from meat.

Pumpkinseeds provide linoleic acid for skin and coat, Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, and are a natural source of fiber. Vegetable seeds, such as pumpkinseeds, are one of the densest sources of nutrition available. Alfalfa has unique nutritional benefits; its root system often penetrates the soil more than 20 feet deep, seeking out minierals in the subsoil not accessible to other plants. Chelated Minerals are added to aid absorption in the digestive tract. ("Chelated" means firmly attached, usually to an amino acid or other organic component.) Montmorillonite clay is an additional source of trace minerals and has been shown to sequester toxins. Fruits and vegetables are also added as natural sources of important vitamins.

These high quality, wholesome ingredients are blended together with care to meet your pet's raw instinct for a grain-free, nutrient dense diet.

Review Rating: 4.5

Country of Origin: USA

Manufacturer: Nature's Variety

Chicken

Ingredients - Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Salmon Meal, Chicken Eggs, Tapioca, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Chicken, Choline Chloride, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 499 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 37.0%
Crude Fat (min) 20.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.0%
Moisture (max) 10.0%

Other Nutritional Data
Calcium (min) 2.3%
Phosphorus (min) 1.4%
Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 2.6%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.3%

Vitamins
Vitamin D 2652 IU/kg
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid 85 mg/kg
Thiamin 65.3 mg/kg
Riboflavin 24.2 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 43.3 mg/kg
Folic Acid 3.4 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.1 mg/kg
Niacin 252.1 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.4%
Potassium 0.7%
Magnesium 0.1%
Copper 17.7 mg/kg

Amino Acids
Lysine 2.5%
Tryptophan 0.4%
Threonine 1.5%
Isoleucine 1.4%
Histidine 0.8%
Leucine 2.6%
Arginine 2.5%

Duck

Ingredients - Duck, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chicken Eggs, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Duck Meal, Tapioca, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Chickpeas, Montmorillonite Clay, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Choline Chloride, Freeze Dried Duck (including Freeze Dried Ground Duck Bone), Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 517 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 37.5%
Crude Fat (min) 19.5%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10.0%

Other Nutritional Data
Calcium (min) 1.9%
Phosphorus (min) 1.3%
Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.5%

Vitamins
Vitamin D 1400 IU/kg
Thiamin 42.6 mg/kg
Riboflavin 25 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.5%
Potassium 0.8%
Magnesium 0.1%
Copper 19.4 mg/kg

Rabbit

Ingredients - Rabbit, Salmon Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chickpeas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Rabbit Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Peas, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Rabbit (including Freeze Dried Ground Rabbit Bone), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Freeze Dried Rabbit Liver, Freeze Dried Rabbit Lung, Freeze Dried Rabbit Kidney, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 524 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 36.5%
Crude Fat (min) 20.5%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10.0%

Other Nutritional Data
Calcium (min) 2%
Phosphorus (min) 1.4%
Vitamin E (min) 100 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.4%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 1.5%

Vitamins
Vitamin D 1640 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid 85 mg/kg
Thiamin 25.7 mg/kg
Riboflavin 15.1 mg/kg
Pantothenic Acid 24.8 mg/kg
Folic Acid 2.8 mg/kg
Vitamin B12 0.2 mg/kg
Niacin 159.1 mg/kg

Minerals
Sodium 0.5%
Potassium 0.7%
Magnesium 0.2%
Copper 21 mg/kg

Amino Acids
Lysine 2.7%
Tryptophan 0.4%
Isoleucine 1.5%
Histidine 0.8%
Leucine 2.6%
Arginine 2.4%

Salmon

Ingredients - Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Salmon Meal, Tapioca, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Salmon Oil, Montmorillonite Clay, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Freeze Dried Cod, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 523 per cup

Other Nutritional Data
*Omega 6 Fatty Acids (min) 2.7%
*Omega 3 Fatty Acids (min) 1.8%

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 37.5%
Crude Fat (min) 20.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10.0%

Beef

Ingredients - Beef, Turkey Meal, Herring Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Chickpeas, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Montmorillonite Clay, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Choline Chloride, Salt, Freeze Dried Beef, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Beef Heart, Freeze Dried Beef Kidney, Freeze Dried Beef Spleen, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Calories - 518 per cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 36.0%
Crude Fat (min) 19.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10.0%

Feeding Guidelines

Sudden changes in diet can sometimes result in digestive disturbances. Do not overfeed regardless of the pets acceptance and eagerness. Overfeeding is the most common cause of digestive upset. Always introduce any new diet over a period of days, mixing with the present diet. Keep fresh water available at all times and offer plenty of exercise.

Feeding amounts in the table below are based on an average activity level

Weight (lbs) Daily Feeding Amount
5 - 15 1/2 - 1 cup
16 - 25 1 - 1¼ cups
26 - 50 1¼ - 2¼ cups
51 - 75 2¼ - 3 cups
76 - 100 3 - 3¾ cups

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Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

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    (8)

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    (1)

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Pros

  • Nutritional (34)
  • Dog likes it (32)
  • Easy to digest (25)
  • Tasty (25)
  • Good value (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Active dogs (20)
  • Older dogs (16)
  • Smaller dogs (16)
  • Larger dogs (14)
  • Puppies (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (23), Multiple dog owner (7)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cocker Spaniels love it

By Cockers everywhere

from Washington, DC

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Dog Likes It
  • Easy To Digest
  • Good Value
  • Improves Coat
  • Nutritional

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Active Dogs

    Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

    All of our cockers eat this. It improved their skin, coat and over all energy level. They produce less stool, and with multiple dogs, that in and of itself is a bonus. We are particularly pleased that the ingredients include most of the recommended sources for anti-oxidants, which have many beneficial effects, particularly on eyes.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    We love it!

    By Suki's mom

    from St. Joseph, MO

    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Dog Likes It
    • Easy To Digest

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Special Needs

      Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

      This food is very digestable. I have a mini American Eskimo. While on a lamb and rice formula she developed a very bad skin rash on her belly. She had a hard time digesting the food and was very gassy. At six years old she had no energy and spent most of her time hiding under the bed. She has been on this food a couple of years now. She is active, rash free, and gas free :-)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My finicky eater likes this!

      By AussieOne

      from Washington

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dog Likes It
      • Easy To Digest
      • Good Value
      • Helping intestinal issues
      • Nutritional
      • Tasty

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Active Dogs

        Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

        I have a young Aussie that is not only a finicky eater, but has a GI system that's touchy to boot. This is the first food we've found that has kept his interest and his appetite and seems to have calmed down some of his other issues!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Dog Loves This Food

        By Deb

        from Illinois

        About Me Long-time Pet Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dog Likes It
        • Easy To Digest
        • Good Value
        • Improves Coat
        • Nutritional
        • Tasty

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Smaller Dogs

          Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

          My 2.5 year old male papillion loves this dog feed and is thriving.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Everyone's Happy

          By I love Aussies

          from Alexandria, LA

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dog Likes It
          • Easy To Digest
          • Finicky eaters like this
          • Improves Coat
          • Nutritional
          • Tasty

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Active Dogs

            Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

            I like Nature's Variety because it is so healthful, and you can vary your dog's diet because of all the different types available.
            Unlike switching from one brand of food to another, the varieties are interchangeable and do not cause stomach upset without gradual increase in new food & decrease in current diet, which can take a week or more. Though I have yet to try the frozen raw products, I trust they too are excellent. I do mix the dry and canned products together for my dogs' meals and have yet to hear a complaint!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SURPRISED!

            By DAWNDY

            from LONG ISLAND NY

            About Me Long-time Pet Owner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Dog Likes It
            • Easy To Digest
            • Good Value
            • Improves Coat
            • Nutritional
            • Tasty

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Active Dogs

              Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

              MY BEAGLE HATES DRY FOOD!!! SHE EATS ONLY RAW FOOD! BUT THE PRICE OF [...]RAW FOOD I AM FORCED TO SUBSTITUTE SOME MEALS WITH DRY AND CAN AS MUCH AS I DO NOT WANT TO.BUT ANY KIBBLE I EVER GAVE HER SHE SNIFFED AND WALKED AWAY! THIS NO HESITATION SHE ATE IT RIGHT DOWN? MAYBE CAUSE THE COATING IS RAW? IM HAPPY SHE LIKES IT HOPE DOESNT CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS AS DAYS GO BY.. THE RAW FOOD SHES ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH IS "RAW ADVANTAGE" WHICH ONLY NATURAL SELLS[...]OH ITS THE CHICKEN FLAVOR WE RE USING

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Stuff

              By Sophie

              from Fremont, CA

              About Me Long-time Pet Owner

              Pros

              • Dog Likes It
              • Easy To Digest
              • Good Value
              • Improves Coat
              • Nutritional
              • Tasty

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Active Dogs

                Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

                I have a 5 year old Border Collie and I liked the old sack because it had a BC on the sack. But I was having some skin problems and my dog's coat was dry. I switched and I feed the Chicken based to her. Border Collies never slow down. She herds and she loves to chase squirrels down the back fence. It is a game they play everyday. She has the ability to jump to the top of a 6" fence and acts like she is still a puppy.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great product

                By nana

                from auburn, mi

                About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Dog Likes It
                • Easy To Digest
                • Good Value
                • Improves Coat
                • Nutritional
                • Tasty

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Active Dogs
                  • Puppies
                  • Smaller Dogs

                  Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

                  dogs love it

                   
                  5.0

                  great product

                  By nana

                  from auburn, mi

                  About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dog Likes It
                  • Easy To Digest
                  • Good Value
                  • Improves Coat
                  • Nutritional
                  • Tasty

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Active Dogs
                    • Puppies
                    • Smaller Dogs

                    Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

                    my dogs love it

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Old dog loves this!

                    By moreta6

                    from Savannah, GA

                    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                    Pros

                    • Dog Likes It
                    • Easy To Digest
                    • Improves Coat
                    • Nutritional
                    • Tasty

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Older Dogs
                      • Smaller Dogs

                      Comments about Nature's Variety Grain-Free Instinct Dry Dog Food:

                      Ziggy is a 13 Jack Russell terrier. He loves this mixed with canned food.

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