Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck & Turkey Meal Formula Dry 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 high levels of real meat or poultry, healthy vegetables and fruits, and no grain or gluten. A pure, biologically appropriate diet like this provides nutrient-rich, highly digestible nutrition to help your pet thrive. Feed ancestrally – give pets the nourishment and energy to achieve a healthy, happy life.

Key Benefits

  • A grain and gluten free formula made from only natural ingredients that has a mouthwatering freeze-dried coating
  • Free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives with no corn, wheat or soy
  • This protein-rich diet is made primarily from animal ingredients your dog would eat in nature
  • Healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids give a soft and shiny coat
  • Probiotics support healthy digestion and antioxidants promote immune system health

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  • Brand
  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Duck, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Peas, Duck Meal, Tomato Pomace, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Salt, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Duck (Including Freeze Dried Ground Duck Bone), Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries.

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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.

Food that Follows Nature's Lead
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

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Duck & Turkey Meal Formula Dry Dog Food is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please check my review Product is good but I have a dog who does not like fish of any kind and she shied away from this product. Which makes me feel like I wasted money buying this product and also I noticed she shied away from the chicken meal formula also which she never has done before then I reread the ingredients and I see Salmon meal or oil has been added which makes this product a no for me also. Do you have a grain-free, fish free meal formula that is not diet or puppy oriented. She is an adult around 43lbs. part Golden and mixed? Can you help?
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only kibble my dogs consistently love I tried this product for the first time about 8 months ago. I switched them briefly to THK and Canidae and they eventually got bored with it and would go days without eating much at all. So, I switched them back to NV and they eat with renewed enthusiasm. The entire Instinct line is awesome. I LOVE that it doesn't contain any potato. I feed the kibble, canned and occasionally the frozen raw. Since switching them back I've noticed shinier coats, more energy, fewer tear stains, smaller and firmer poops, and no more yeasty "frito feet". It does contain chicken fat but for those of you worried about chicken allergies, MOST dogs are allergic to the actual protein, not the fat. Think of it as people who are allergic to fish but can take fish oil. However, it is something to be mindful of if your pup has a known chicken allergy. As for the website itself, I placed my first auto ship order with Chewy a little over a week ago and couldn't be happier. The prices are great, delivery is fast and customer service is top notch. I think I've definitely found where I'll be buying their food from now on!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Dog Food My dogs are 9 & 10 years old and I was looking for a dog food with quality nutrition. I reviewed the ingredients for Nature's Variety and, in my opinion, it has some of the best ingredients you can find in a dog food. The smaller kibble size is also something I liked about Nature's Variety.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality grain free food Just switched over from lamb to duck. We have also fed our dogs chicken in the past. Our dogs have eaten all three kinds without a problem. No skin allergies like we've had in the past with previous dogs because this food is grainfree.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dogs love this dog food All three of my dogs love this dog food., even my picky eater. I have done a lot of research in finding a "true" low carb dog food. This one was recommended over and over again.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from our dogs love this food! And one of our two is a picky picky eater...she's never been happier or healthier.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was Great..... I am really disappointed in Natural Instincts....I have been using this food for a few years because I have a dog with some pretty irritating (for her) allergies and recently i have noticed that she was suffering again...only to find they have added CHICKEN FAT!!!! Come on Nature's Variety!!!! Why?!!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Skin problems I have tried everything on my Akita/shephard mix and nothing has worked except for this food combined with probiotic miracle. His skin allergies cleared up within a couple weeks, which was amazing. After 7 years of diet changes, medication, and holistic approaches, I think I have found one that works. This summer will be the true test though!
Date published: 2012-12-28
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