Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck Formula Canned Dog Food

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Nature’s Variety Instinct is formulated like your dog’s ancestral diet, thoughtfully balanced with the wholesome foods your dog would eat in nature, like real meat or poultry and healthy vegetables and fruits. Instinct Canned Dog food provides great tasting, quality nutrition that’s free of grains or fillers and formulated to be rotated with other Instinct grain-free diets to give your dog variety at the food bowl. Feed ancestrally – give pets the nourishment and energy to achieve a healthy, happy life.

Key Benefits

  • Made with 95% meat protein and liver to mirror your dog’s ancestral diet
  • Contains 5% vegetables for wholesome ingredients that are a natural source of vitamins and minerals
  • Includes healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat
  • Grain-free and gluten free for complete and balanced nutrition even dogs with food sensitivities can enjoy
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, corn, soy and potato

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  • Item Number
  • Food Texture
  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Wet Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Duck, Turkey Liver, Water, Ground Flaxseed, Tricalcium Phosphate, Montmorillonite Clay, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Lecithin, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Kelp, Salt, Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Artichokes, Cranberries, Pumpkin, Tomato, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsley.

Caloric Content

  1. 1,330 kcal/kg, 207 kcal/5.5 oz can, 497 kcal/13.2 oz can
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 9.0% min
Crude Fat 5.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 78.0% max
Calcium 0.25% min
Phosphorus 0.2% min
Vitamin E 20 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 30 mg/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 1.0% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.2% min

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Nature's Variety Instinct believes that everything we feed our pets should be real, whole, pure and as close to its natural state as possible. They are on a mission to transform the lives of pets and make it possible for more people to feed their own pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

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Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

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Instinct believes protein should primarily come from pure animal sources. Animal protein provides all the essential amino acids, which vegetable protein alone can't provide.


Instinct never uses fillers like grain, gluten, corn, wheat and soy, because they think every ingredient should have a specific nutritional and functional purpose.


Real meats, whole fruits and vegetables and turmeric are a few of the ingredients Instinct uses to provide naturally derived nutrients and enzymes for overall wellness.

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Every Instinct recipe shows the careful, deliberate approach they take in crafting their food. They use only real ingredients, and you'll never find artificial colors, flavors or preservatives or fillers like corn, wheat or soy.



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About Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety is an independent pet food company based in St. Louis, Missouri with manufacturing operations in Lincoln, Nebraska. They believe the best nutrition comes from healthy, natural ingredients. Nature's Variety makes a variety of premium, wholesome, natural foods to keep pets healthy and happy. The company produces pet food through two brands - Instinct, the leader in raw pet food; and Prairie, a balanced holistic line of food.

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About Nature's Variety

Instinct is sharing the pure, real nutrition of raw by providing over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats in all Best Friends Adoption Centers nationwide. This includes their sanctuary in Kanab, UT as well as shelters in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York. Together, Instinct and Best Friends Animal Society can transform - and save - the lives of pets.

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by A Questionable Ingredient! All the Nature's Instinct Canned Foods contain this: Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide Sometimes listed as EDDI, it appears to be used as an iodine supplement. It may react with sulfates and release free iodine. Calcium Iodate (currently in many pet foods) is indicated as the most stable iodine supplement and would appear to be a better choice of iodine supplements." (From Dogfood Advisor website) So one would wonder why Nature's Instinct chose this cheaper version for an iodine supplement. I think I will go back to Ziwi Peak. Its more costly but take a look at their dogfood ingredient list which imo is 75% richer in value for your pet. With NO questionable ingredients! November 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Picky dog loves this It's hard to find canned food that my pit mix really likes but he absolutely gobbles up the duck and rabbit flavors. Excellent food that is dog approved! Win win! October 24, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Packaging and issue I have been ordering the Limited Ingredient version of this product for about 7 months - love the product and the difference it has made for my dog. However, this product has the exact same label minus the "limited ingredient" above the duck formula line and although I'm sure the quality is great, I did not catch this when I placed my reorder so I now have a case of food I cannot use. August 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fast Delivery I was very impressed, received dog food in 24 hours from placing order. The food does have a bad smell to it. Everytime my dog eats it the food comes back up. Expiration date is good. February 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The ingredients are just what I was looking for. I was looking for a wet dog food that has ingredients that would be healthy for my two dogs. After researching the ingredients in Grain-Free Duck Formula, I was very pleased with what I found. One ingredient I was looking to NOT find was carrageenan. Carrageenan is being used as a food additive in dog foods and there is some controversy regarding its long term biological safety. Nature's Variety does not contain carrageenan and that initially sold me on this dog food. After feeding it to my two dogs, they also approve. June 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I liked it! I thought this food was an excellent choice for my picky 15 year old female daughter who has teeth problems and need to switch to soft food but after eating it for a few weeks she decided that she did not want it. I thought it smelled delicious an it looked yummy January 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My dog loves this food!! I already have my golden on a turkey with no grain or potato dry food added some wellness core canned food with not much luck. He is bored with just the dry so I wanted to try a meat that would be easier on his stomach because he has bad allergies. I have been adding this wet food to his dry with some oats and fish oil to help his coat and he licks the bowl clean. On the wellness he wouldn't finish all his food. His coat has gotten better and he seems like a happy pup. I will continue to use this product : ) December 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent substitution for: vet prescription(by-products-urinary support). My sheltie has been on a vet. prescription for urinary stones for too long now. I was very concerned about the amount of by-products in this urinary support food. I researched on line and found this product. I have had her on it since 2/10 and so far her urinary Ph level is fine, her hair is softer, she is more energetic, and she can't wait until I serve her twice a day. I appreciate having this alternative food to feeding my beloved pet those by-products. Thank you Chewy ! :0) February 23, 2013
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