Rated 5 out of 5 by SandflyNV NVI Venison
Venison is a favorite of my dogs. I chose Nature's Variety Instinct and one other brand as the two I would feed. NVI always provides for a healthy addition to kibble or fed straight from the can. Quality is important to me and NV provides that along with enticing aroma and no fillers or questionable ingredients. The cans are filled with solid meat and little broth, not the sloppy mess I have found with some other brands. To me, the price of quality food is not the most important factor. My dogs enjoying their meal and looking and feeling good are my main objectives. I definitely recommend NVI Venison or any of their other meat varieties. Neither you or your dog will be disappointed.
August 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by ton7 Great Food
I have two dogs and no other products have been able to address all their needs in a complete and holistic way in which Nature's Variety has. The reason is because these foods were developed to meet the natural needs of canines and truly nourish their systems. The benison is by far the favorite in our household, though we do use a rotation of their products. The one and only suggestion I have is to expand the Instinct dry kibble line with a red meat like venison and/or bison and a pork formula. This food is high in protein with super high quality ingredients. I highly recommend it.
August 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by LILLYSMom777 would love to order this again but it has pork....
Because I read the name as "Venison - grain free" and not the fine print, I didn't see it also included "pork". So I ordered this even though it is more expensive (I love my doggie! :). It was only afterwards that I realized that it also contains "pork" which is unhealthy for humans and pets so we won't be ordering this again :( Had I read the finer ingredients list I would have also saved $50 on the case I ordered -so for now as long as Instinct doesn't add pork to their chicken line, we will just stick to the chicken by Instinct (as it contains only chicken, no pork). Otherwise, I like this brand as it aims to be healthy with no fillers, dyes, etc.
Just a thought, if the venison tends to be "dry" and less fatty and this is why they added the pork, why not add coconut oil (which has innumerable health benefits or even chicken livers instead of the pork)???
March 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hildi1 Great dog food!!
This food is the best!! My dogs love it and it is great for their allergies and/or skin issues. Pork liver is fine for allergies as it is not known to cause any problems that way. I'm a bit concerned as far as feeding the organ meat to my cushinoid dog. Still, pork is not the main ingredient so I would continue to give my dogs until more information on organ meats and Cushing's.
April 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
by goulagirl The Venison version seems to not have much moisture, some cans were dryer than others in the total package of 12.
But I would still recommend the Venision, My dog did not have a problem woofing it down. Just isn't as moist as some of the other can items like the rabbit, beef and lamb. I guess this is a HUMAN preference!
April 27, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by David Too Dry
Unlike some of the other flavors that Nature's Variety has the Venison is too dry for a canned dog food. No gravy at all in the cans.
March 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by zzzhuh Cleans his plate
Judging by its ingredients alone, Nature’s Variety Instinct looks like an above-average wet dog food, plus my dog completely cleans his plate showing that he really likes the taste.
February 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brenhff Instinct canned food has changed everything!
When our Aussie went to a grain free diet, we began to experiment with a number of Grain Free brands. While there are others out there, for us the solution was the Instinct. A rather finicky eater has developed a whole new attitude about meal times. The allergic dermatitis we've been battling for a year has basically healed in the month that she has been on the canned Instinct. We've noticed a change in stools, less hair loss, less bloating and gas as well as a generally more playful and energetic spirit along with weight loss.
April 28, 2014