Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 51
Rated 5 out of 5 by RhoniB Best Dog Food
I tried this food for my yorkipoo who wouldn't stop scratching. The vet said to give her Benadryl but I wanted to see if a different food would help first. I chose Instinct because it didn't have any of the common ingredients. It worked perfectly. Her skin is healthy, fur is super soft, and no scratching. Her stools are small and dark. She doesn't need to eat much at all. She is 16 lbs and eats less than a cup a day. She has been on this food for over 4 years. I have tried to switch to cheaper foods a few times only to have her scratch again like crazy. Fortunately she doesn't each much and chewy saves me money. I could never afford to feed this to my bigger dog. But with the high amount of protein you probably shouldn't feed it to a larger dog anyway unless they are super active. If you have a smaller or active dog with skin problems this may just be the medicine you are looking for! Don't forget to mix it in slowly over 2 weeks for a gradual switch or your dog will get sick.
December 6, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Greg58 Improvement in 12 hours
Our 3 year old GSD has major allergy issues now for over a year. 5 food changes later, I can't believe it but could not wait to comment, we started converting her over 12 hours ago and already she has started to reduce her constant scratching and chewing on her feet and knees. She has been on a vet prescribed limited diet for over 2 months now with no relief in sight. A friend/trainer of ours for over 20 years suggested a diet of gluten/grain free food. We had already had her on grain free for a year. The vet diet number one ingrediant is Potato. Our trainer said that potatoes can be a real problem, that conversation was yesterday. That led us to this food, and I can't believe what we have seen already. This poor dog scratched herself every wakened moment and now for the first time in a year is relaxed and showing signs of relief sleeping now like a baby. I pray tomorrow shows continued relief and if so Natures Variety will have won over a new best customer!
March 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DMB37 Great product
My older dog needs good food packed with protein and this is exactly that.
September 7, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
by BonnieB Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Salmon Meal Formula Dry Dog Food
This diet is tailor made for my Yorki, Bella. She has developed food allergies over the years and has become allergic to grains, chicken, turkey, beef, potatoes, carbohydrates, (including sugar, molasses, fructuous), and the vet suggested we try her on either lamb or fish. The previous fish food I got for her was Wysong Epigen Fish kibble. She loved it, and it was all she ate for 6 months. The rash, however persisted. Turns out that one of the minor ingredients in Wyson was fish meal. I was astonished when I read that. It's a really great product, but NOT for my dog. I switched to Nature's Variety about ten days ago. No problem doing a gradual switch and it took about 4 days converting her from one food to the other. No bowel or stomach problems. I feed her twice a day. Dry kibble in the morning and kibble mixed with a small amount of freshly cooked Tilapia or Cod at night. I also add a capsule of Acidophilus to help prevent any yeast infections and 1/2 capsule of an immune builder to help her own system fight off the allergies.
Her paw chewing and itching is now in remission. Thanks Nature's Variety!!
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hedoneit Amazed!
My dogs are doing so good on this dog food! You will be amazed when you see how good it really is. I especially think this dog food company cares about dogs and cats. The blood work just came in today and Amazed is my only word.
May 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandy Great food
My dogs love this food. It is expensive but well worth it. They have thrived on this. The kibble is very tiny so even good for small dogs. This is a top notch food and I have recommended it many times to other pet owners.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grayciesmom practically allergy free...
Our Schnoodle has suffered with allergies since the day we adopted her. We tried about 5 different dry dog foods, giving them each about 4 weeks, to see how she reacted. She definitely seemed better with salmon/fish over meat or fowl as the main ingredient (less paw licking/scratching/ear infections) but she still had some skin irritation.
Next, the Vet suggested cutting out grains and white potato! Well, this really limits options! I thought I would have to start making her food. lol. Alas, after much research, I found this grain free!, potato free! salmon meal! formula.
She has been on it about 2 weeks and already a MARKED improvement. She loves it too (yes, it's smelly but it REALLY attracts her.) We hope it will only get better...
August 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by goulagirl I fill the bowl up and my beautiful boy wipes it clean!!!
My boy has no problems with any of the Nature's Variety Instinct food. I believe ANY dog will eat it because it's just simply good and has great nutrition and obviously tastes great too!
March 8, 2016