Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Lamb 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. Lamb, Lamb Liver, Lamb Broth, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Eggs, Tricalcium Phosphate, Peas, Carrots, Lecithin, Potassium Chloride, 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. 1,400 kcal/kg, 218 kcal/5.5 oz can, 523 kcal/13.2 oz can
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 9.5% min
Crude Fat 7.0% 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 0.55% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.1% min

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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.

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 24 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Life saving nourishment for my cats My two cats are 18 and 20 years old, and while the older one was painfully creaking when she walked,the younger one almost succumbed to kidney failure. After IV fluids and a bout of raw and home-made foods, Nature's Variety Instinct grain free foods have been an amazing and trouble free nutrient that I credit for keeping my cats on an even keel. Big White no longer creaks, and loves this flavor along with rabbit and venison, and China, the younger, rarely shows signs of past kidney problems. 5 stars are for better health, trust in the product enough to share and tell other pet owning family and friends about it, and worth the money. January 6, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by very healthy canine product Our std. poodle, who is on a pancreatitis-type diet, is doing very well. He's into week 7 of major diet change and seems to have stabilized on the canned Instinct, low-fat foods. October 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by like the Instinct brand but this has pork added..... We ordered this not reading the finer print that it has additional "pork" in the ingredients. Had we seen this, I would not have ordered as we do not eat pork (not healthy for humans nor pets, long term effects); otherwise, Instinct seems to be an honorable brand, aims to provide healthy food for pets. I would note that if the pork is added due to lamb not being "fatty" enough, why not opt for a more favorable additive like coconut oil or even chicken livers (vitamin A) instead of pork?? This being said, we won't be ordering again due to the pork additives. They should also state upfront that it is "Instinct Lamb *plus Pork" dog food instead of insinuating that it is all lamb. My 2 cents. Good company overall I think. Just not with pork. March 16, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by overall very good My dogs like the food, but I wish there was a bit less liquid in it. Perhaps the liquid would be helpful for those who put the canned food over kibble. We don't do that. July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for dog with allergies I was happy to find this product since my dog is allergic to chicken and beef which are so common in many foods. June 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Finally my dog is eating Dog Food. I got my Golden Retriever at 5 years old.His old owner passed away and my old golden passed.He was used to home cooked meals from her.I tried everything to get him to eat dog food,i tried every brand i could think of.A friend of mine said get on chewy.com and try Natures Variety Instinct.He loves it tried the Lamb then Beef and the chicken he is one happy dog loves them all. April 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Came through for my pup One of my dogs gets anxious away from home and over the holidays at my parents' house wouldn't eat anything. I picked up some of this canned food and she ate it all up! Now I mix a couple spoons into her kibble regularly. It's perfect for her: no potatoes, no fish products, no grains. She likes all proteins (save the salmon, it makes her sick) but I tend towards venison or lamb as those are the main proteins in her kibble. March 25, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Texture is a bit dry.... If your dogs are anything like mine, they like meaty and moist food. I think this especially important when mixing in with kibble. My dogs are each different size/age but all three are under a year and even starving they lacked the interest in this food. There is very little moisture in the can newly opened, and refrigerating removes it almost entirely. I had to add broth or gravy to appease puppies which is very hard to do since they eat anything. I have a daucshund, Yorkiepoo, and a chi terrier mix. **This varies per protein within the product line, I have not encountered this with the other two options** March 20, 2013
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