Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Dog Food

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Instinct Raw Boost combines high-protein kibble and freeze-dried raw pieces together in the same bag – the perfect marriage of convenience and nutrition to give your pet energy, vitality and vibrant health. This dry food delivers grain-free, gluten-free nutrition similar to what your dog would eat in nature, with a diet rich in protein and nutrients to help maintain an ideal weight and lean muscles. Additionally, the freeze-dried raw pieces provide enzymes for digestive health, nutritious oils for healthy skin and coat, and a great taste your dog will crave. Formulated to mirror your dog’s ancestral diet, it’s never been easier to nourish your pet with the pure and wholesome nutrition of raw.

Key Benefits

  • This high-protein kibble has freeze-dried raw pieces that provide a nutrient-rich diet with pure nutrition for digestive health
  • Contains natural ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • A grain-free and gluten-free formula that is does not have any corn, wheat, soy or fillers
  • Added vitamins and minerals like Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids give dogs a soft and shiny coat
  • Probiotics support healthy digestion and antioxidants promote immune health

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

Nutritional Info


  1. Chicken Meal, Chicken, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Chicken Eggs, Chickpeas, Peas, Tapioca, Tomato Pomace, Montmorillonite Clay, Freeze Dried Turkey, Natural Flavor, Freeze Dried Chicken (Including Freeze Dried Ground Chicken Bone), Salmon Oil, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Salt, 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), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Butternut Squash, Choline Chloride, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Rosemary Extract, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries.

Caloric Content

  1. 3,954 kcal/kg, 454 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 38.0% min
Crude Fat 20.5% min
Crude Fiber 4.5% max
Moisture 8.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 85 mg/kg min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.6% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.3% min

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Instinct Raw Boost is grain-free, high-protein kibble and freeze-dried raw pieces all in one bag. Real meats, whole fruits and vegetables, coconut oil and turmeric are just some of the ingredients Instinct uses to provide naturally derived nutrients and enzymes that contribute to overall wellness, immune and digestive health, lean muscles and healthy skin and coat.

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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.



Naturally freeze-dried to lock in nutrients and taste without the use of chemicals or additives.



Provides beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.



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



Source of important vitamins, minerals and carotenoids to help support the immune system.

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 Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Dog Food is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 109.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Less "Raw Boost" in recent bags Switched my Husky to Raw Boost about a year and a half ago. She loves all of the flavors but I've noticed that the amount of freeze dried Raw Boost pellets in the last few bags is noticeably less than the bags I bought when I first started her on it. Of course the price is still the same and I assume the Raw Boost pellets are the most expensive part of the mix. This is similar to putting 59oz of OJ into a 64oz carton and keeping the price the same. Happens in human food all the time. I may start looking for a replacement.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy food In the last 5 years my eyes have been opened to what's really in our dog food .I started doing research and discovered this product from my cousin who feeds it to her dog .it has good quality food and no junk .my dog is much healthier now .
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switching grain-free kibble After reading some data on Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken Meal, I decided to switch our 'girls' from a beef-based grain-free product. We are in the middle of the switch where the two products are mixed with a week to go. So far, all indications are positive. The 'girls' finish their meals more completely than they did and 'poop patrol' is easier.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love having the food delivered This particular food is getting harder and harder to find, so it's great to have it delivered before I run out --- with 3 dogs, it's always a possibility! One thing I did notice is that the "raw boost" portion of this food is very, very scant - unlike what I am used to and I have been buying this food for years. Perhaps the manufacturer changed the formula or something, it just doesn't look the same. But the dogs love it so I'm ok with it.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kibble there is! I've been feeding my dog this for years after trying grain free kibble after grain free kibble, and still she had skin problems. The only thing that solved it was 100% raw feeding her, but that became too time consuming once I got a job that required me to leave town overnight for days on end. I switched her to this kibble and she LOVES it and it's kept her at a healthy weight (she's 60lbs and gets 2 cups a day, other kibbles caused her to gain a LOT), and her skin problems are totally under control! She's a Pit Bull mix, so she'll always be a little dry girl but this has helped a lot! Very happy I found this kibble for my picky Pibble!
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As advertised... The product looks exactly as illustrated on the outside of the carton. My dog appreciates the different textures as opposed to the single textures put out by other brands.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best brand I've tried I have 3 dogs- 13 yo Yorkie, 11 yo Pug, and a Pug puppy. I started out feeding the older dogs Royal Canin thinking that it was high quality food. As my Pug aged she developed hot spots and yeast in her folds. Since switching over to this food a couple of years ago, my dogs' have seemed much healthier overall. The Pug still can have an occasional issue with ears and face but very rarely. Also both hers and the Yorkie's coat stopped getting what I'd call dog dandruff. My Yorkie's skin on her stomach also stopped developing dry patches. My puppy has had no issues either so I even suggested to the breeder to switch the parents over because they both have allergies. I would definitely recommend giving this a try. I certainly didn't believe this food was necessarily going to be the "one" after trying some other expensive brands, but it is for them. I'm completely satisfied with this product and Chewy does have the best price.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Quality Food Dog food doesn't get much better than Nature's Variety Instinct. I originally switched one of my Great Danes to this food (Limited Ingredient Diet Rabbit) due to allergies. I was so impressed with how she did on this food that I switched my other two Danes over to one of the other varieties of this food. I love that they offer such a range of products too. I would take the comment made by the one reviewer that didn't recommend this food with a grain of salt. You definitely want a food made with a meat MEAL, not the undried meat suggested by the reviewer. If the protein is not in meal form you are just paying for a lot of water and your dog is not getting as much protein. The only down side to this food is the cost. This is one of the most expensive foods on the market. However, I will gladly pay the price knowing that I am feeding my family members one of the best foods available.
Date published: 2014-01-18
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