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

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Instinct by Nature's Variety Grain-Free Duck Formula Canned Dog Food is formulated like your pet’s ancestral diet with high protein and no grains or gluten. Each formula is thoughtfully balanced with the wholesome foods he would eat in nature, like real meat or poultry, plus healthy vegetables and fruit. An easy way to provide great tasting, quality nutrition that is free from grains or fillers, it’s smartly formulated to be rotated with other Instinct grain-free diets—giving your happy dog variety at the bowl. Because when you feed ancestrally, you give pets the nourishment and energy needed to achieve a happy, healthy life.

Key Benefits

  • Formulated to mirror your dog’s ancestral diet with 95% duck and turkey liver, plus 5% vegetables, fruits, and wholesome ingredients, and 0% grain and gluten.
  • Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals provide complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages and breeds.
  • Includes healthy omega fatty acids to promote a soft and shiny coat.
  • Delicious loaf texture comes in a variety of proteins that can be rotated to bring your dog great-tasting variety at the bowl.
  • Made in USA facilities with no grain, gluten, corn, wheat, soy or fillers or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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

Nutritional Info


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

Caloric Content

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 0.3% 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

Feeding Instructions

ADULT: Feed 2 to 2 3/4 cans per 15 lb of body weight per day.

PUPPY: Feed up to twice the adult amount per day.

GESTATION & LACTATION: Feed up to three times the normal adult amount per day.

Refrigerate unused portion.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 - 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations and information on how to easily combine different forms of food.

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Instinct is thoughtfully crafted to match your pet's instinctive diet with high protein levels and no grains or gluten. Each blend contains nutrient-dense, highly digestible ingredients like real meat or poultry plus fruits and vegetables for a pure, biologically appropriate diet. Dry formulas feature a freeze-dried raw coating to help your dog thrive.

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Transforming the Lives of Pets

Transforming the Lives of Pets

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

Instinct is on a mission to transform the lives of pets through the pure, real nutrition of raw. Their belief in the power of raw inspires every food they make. Instinct has carefully crafted their foods to provide easy ways to incorporate raw into your pet's diet.

Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw in Every Recipe

Real Food for Real Nutrition


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.

The Mindful Choices Instinct Makes

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.



Well-balanced food source that contains fiber, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene.



Provide a complete amino acid profile, including essential nutrients for optimal health.



An all-natural hypoallergenic starch that is highly digestible, grain-free and gluten-free.



Helps maintain the proper balance of acid and alkaline throughout the body.

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.

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  • A Questionable Ingredient!

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    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!

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  • Picky dog loves this

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    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!

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  • Packaging and issue

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    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.

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  • Fast Delivery

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    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.

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  • I liked it!

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    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

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  • shadow loves it

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    excellent food . Just like all their products . price is great.

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  • Great Food

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    My dogs love this food. I feel good about giving them Nature's Variety Instinct because it is grain free. Too much grain is unhealthy for dogs and induces weight gain. With this food it's healthy and they enjoy it.

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  • This product is good for my dog.

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    I am so glad I chose Nature's Variety products. I care about what my dog eats, I want her to be satisfied, happy and fit. These products are great and Chewy carries what I need at good prices and quick shipping. Thank you

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  • Two my three dogs love this food

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    I have three dogs and two cats in my home. Two of my dogs and both cats very much love the duck flavor canned dog food. One dog prefers the rabbit flavor. None of the pets show any stomach sensitivity or allergy.

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  • Love it

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    My 10 year old sheltie, who has so many allergies, is doing super on this food. Itching is better and his skin & coat have improved 100%. To say I am thrilled he is finally getting better is an understatement. Despite being very expensive, he is more than worth it to me.

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