Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Meal 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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  • Brand
  • 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. Duck Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Duck, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Coconut Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, 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), Choline Chloride, 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 Duck Meal Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Food My dog is on a single protein diet and I tried this brand when it was on sale. I liked it because it contained no potatoes or sweet potatoes (common ingredients in grain free diets) that my dog is allergic too. Also they did not try to sneak in Turkey or chicken fat/broth as a lot of Duck formulas do. My dog liked it and ate it just fine. I did go with another comparable brand after they raised the price back up but would have no qualms about feeding it again.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Save on Vet Bills!!! I have an Alaskan Malamute, she's about 85lbs and the vet said that she was going to have to go on antibiotics for the rest of her life. I had already been looking at foods and we had tried several good brands but it turns out she's allergic or intolerant to chicken, eggs, turkey, and lamb. This was a money saver, plain and simple. You think the cost of the food is high (it is, at a bag per month) but when you compare it to a $150.00 vet visit with meds very month or every other month, plus the distress she was in...it was literally the runs going on 5 days and she had one bowl of this food and she was solid the next morning, we were amazed. If you think your baby has allergies this is one of the best single protein/carb foods out there. If you just can't afford the cost of this food then my next best suggestion would be Zignature. She now gets a mix of the Instinct Duck and the Zignature Trout.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from limited ingredients and duck formula My dog had terrible skin issues. I got off the vet visit roller coaster and meds. I went totally on a raw diet. Because of lack of freezer space and the cost of the pre made raw diets. I decided to try Natures Variety limited the duck formula. She is still mainly on the raw diet. But, loves this food and so far no break outs!! Totally happy with this food so far.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dogs didn't like it. since I can't and wont taste it myself, I have no idea why the turned their noses to it. I had to add chop meat to it for them to even touch it.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, the right dog food! My one year old German Shepherd has had GI problems since I got him at ten weeks of age. This dog food is miraculous. Without boring you with all the details, I put him on another brand's limited ingredient diet when he was about six months old. This helped tremendously. However, his stools were still very loose, very smelly and he went at least five times a day. I started to worry that he was missing something nutritionally when I researched his gross coprophagia habit. Since putting him on this food, he has regular stools, goes only twice a day and the nasty smell is gone as is his coprophagia! I highly recommend this food. Yes, it is more expensive but worth every penny.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for dog with allergies My dog developed allergies to beef and chicken. She is doing much better with the duck dog food.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty, stool-firming food I've tried a number of foods to try to reduce the very soft stools of my dog. Several high quality natural foods didn't do the trick. Next stop - a limited ingredient food. I wasn't looking for a grain-free but I did a lot of research and this food received so many high ratings. We started with the lamb and then added the duck for variety. My dog loves the taste and the poops are now firm. Sometimes too firm which seems to be a side effect of any grain-free food. So a few spoonfuls of pureed pumpkin a day and we're all happy. No more daily butt baths:)
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is excellent for a dog who is allergic to many foods Our chocolate lab is 3 years old and was to the point of having no hair on both of her sides, around mouth, and lost patches other places and having constant ear infections so after having her tested for allergies we ordered this food and has she ever changed for the better! Her fur is back beautiful and shiny, no ear infections, and she loves the food. Most dog foods has flaxseeds in it and that's one of many things our lab is allergic to. This product does not and one she can eat! Chewy is a top notch business who has the quickest delivery I've experienced, sometimes we've received our order in two days. Great company and will always order from them! Thank You
Date published: 2014-06-16
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