Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Meal & Peas Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet delivers optimal nutrition through the fewest, most essential ingredients. Each formula is made with pure, simple ingredients that have been carefully chosen for their nutritional value and high digestibility. Made with only one animal protein source, Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets are free of common pet food ingredients like grain, gluten, potato, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef and fish. Now your dog can enjoy a great tasting, nutritious diet that is easy on his digestive system and nourishing to his whole health.

Key Benefits

  • Specifically formulated for dogs with food sensitives with one animal protein source and no grain or gluten
  • Contains the fewest, most essential and easily digestible ingredients
  • Made without any potatoes, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef and fish
  • Healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids give a soft and shiny coat
  • Unique green tea extract coating that gives a smooth flavor and aroma to entice even the pickiest eaters

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  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy, Sensitive Digestion, Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Lamb Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Pea Protein, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Lamb, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Coconut Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, 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), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract.

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Keep It Simple

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets are made with one animal protein and just a few other essential and easily digestible ingredients. They contain a unique green tea extract coating for a great taste and aroma your dog will love. Formulated for dogs with food sensitivities, they are free of common ingredients like grain, gluten, potato, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef and fish.

Keep It Simple
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.



Supplies fatty acids that nourish the skin. It is also highly digestible and easily utilized for energy.



Made from green tea leaves that have been carefully harvested and ground. It provides great taste and aroma.



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

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 Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Meal & Peas Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 89.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good - dog has 9 food intolerences After a year of treating for skin infections - scabs all over his neck and back - we discovered our dog had food intolerance (a lot of them) Avoid list: Quinoa Potato Barley Corn Pork Turkey Venison Wheat White Fish It has been very hard to find a dog food that does not have any of these ingredients (especially potatoes). After one week on this food, we could tell it was working - no new bloody eruptions or scabs have formed and the old ones are finally healing and starting to fall off. Thank goodness I could find a food he can eat. I am so grateful. Things we learned - food intolerance is different than allergies, ears and stool can be perfectly normal with intolerence. Best test for intolerance is nutriscan (can do at home w/o a vet) would have take me years of elimination diet to figure all these out.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Food Our Belgian Sheepdog has been on allergy shots and was still suffering from itching. After reviewing her results, lamb was the only meat she was not allergic to and after many hours of reading labels on pet food this one was one of two that to fit the bill and had none of her allergens. She absolutely loves the taste of both the dry, can and mixers (use the mixers as treats) and best of all no more itching. She has been on the food for 4 months now and we will never feed her anything else. She has her full coat back and looks and feels great. Worth the price!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our Smokey Likes his new food! We have fed Nature's Variety products for years now and was having a few issues with the grain free Salmon we were feeding our Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I contacted the company and discussed it with them and they suggested that we try one of the Limited Ingredient feeds they make. We chose the Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Peas Formula. We have only just started this feed, Smokey has been eating it for about two weeks or so and his issues seem to be getting better. Not completely yet, but we are still mixing a bit of the Salmon feed. By the next bag, he will be solely on the Lamb diet and the results, so far are amazing. Much less flatulence, stools are quite firm and far smaller. His coat is beginning to look better. I think perhaps this is going to work. He has had NO problems switching and seems to love the feed. If you have a dog with food allergies or a "tender tummy", give the Limited Ingredient diets a try. I think we've found a winner!
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far the only kibble that works for my allergy dog I had been hesitant to try Nature's Variety Instinct LID kibble because I felt that there were better options for my dog. After exhausting pretty much every other food options, I gave up and tried. Well, so far this is the only kibble that doesn't upset my dog's tummy. She eats it happily and best of all, no more soft stool. If you have a dog with food allergies, you know how important good stool is. I am suspecting that potato (among other ingredients) isn't sitting well with my dog and NVI uses tapioca instead, it is hard to find a good kibble that doesn't have potato, eggs, fish, the list goes on and on. I think part of the reason why this has been working for us is the simple ingredient list as well, it also makes it easier for us to pinpoint what could be bothering her in the future. If you have a dog with food allergies, this is a must try kibble. I wish they had more different protein options available for the LID line.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solution to food allergies After trying several no-grain foods for my allergy-prone bulldog, Nature's Variety Instinct Lamb and Peas seems to have resolved his problems. After one month, his skin has cleared and a bonus was less gas.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from trying to bring down weight trying lamb for the less protein and fat.In hopes of getting my corgi to loose a few pounds.no problems with changing from the duck to lamb.he's a corgi he eats ANYTHING .
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Food Let me start by saying by saying our search for this food started with my Golden getting sick (vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy). We took him to the vet for stool analysis and blood work which showed nothing. The vet prescribed limited diet food. First we tried Royal Canin (which he refused to eat), then we tried Science Diet Z/D which he ate but his stools never firmed up and he started developing inflamed ears (which I don't understand since it's supposed to be hypoallergenic food). Anyhow, after researching a number of foods and reviews, we decided to try this food. His stools firmed up within a day and his energy level returned. Also, we never got a medical explanation for my dogs original issue but we found it suspicious that his symptoms matched the side effects of "Sentinal" heartworm pills (which we gave him two days prior to his initial symptoms - so we switched him back to "Heartguard" brand heartworm chews.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for Sensitive dogs Before this food, my dog was sick with some inflammatory bowel issue. After an antibiotic and Science Diet GI wet food from the vet, it cleared up, but whenever I tried to switch him back to Taste of the Wild from the Science Diet canned food, the problems would return... His stools were better on Science Diet, but it was giving him a "doggie" odor, bad breath, and his coat was losing its luster. Determined to go back to grain free, I turned to Nature's Variety Instinct - recommended by my vet. I chose limited ingredient hoping that it would clear up his bowel issues if they were related to an allergy or some other sensitivity. Whatever it is, this food is magic. Stool is smaller, darker, and firmer than on Science Diet. Coat is incredibly shiny, no more bad breath or doggie smell! No gas either like he had on Taste of the Wild. Great food for sensitive dogs - would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2013-07-24
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