Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Venison & Lamb 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

  • A high-protein kibble that’s specifically formulated for active dogs
  • Freeze-dried raw pieces provide pure nutrition with added probiotics that aid in good digestive health
  • This grain-free and gluten-free formula is made with no corn, wheat, soy, fillers or added preservatives
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin support healthy hips and joints. Natural DHA supports eye and brain function
  • Antioxidants help maintain a healthy immune system to ensure your dog is in optimal 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
    High-Protein, Gluten Free, Grain-Free

Nutritional Info


  1. Venison, Turkey Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Salmon Meal, Lamb Meal, Tapioca, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Freeze Dried Lamb, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Salt, Apples, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney, Pumpkinseeds, Cranberries, Potassium 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), Choline Chloride, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries.

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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 Venison & Lamb Meal Formula Dry Dog Food is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product.... I spent we'll over four to five thousand dollars trying to help my pitbull out. Every vet went threw the same ole same guidelines of test. Steroid shots were the only thing that would help clear up my dog for a week or so then back to chewing and scratching himself to nothing. He would have these serious outbreaks, nothing would help they ran test on him and all. They Still couldn't tell me what he was allergic to. I started home prepping him his meals, which the main ingredient was chicken. That's when I notices how bad and worst his reaction got so I did some research and I tried every grain free dog product out there. I finally came across natures variety raw boost venison and lamb meal because there wasn't chicken or turkey in it. My dog cleared right up after a week are so. He's doing much better his coates healthy, shiny and soft to touch. Diezel is 9yrs old, I would recommend this product to any dog that may have food allergies...it helped save me the head ache I was going threw with not knowing what could help my dog.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONLY dry dog food my 2 picky dogs will eat!!! VERY nutritionally sound food!!! I have 2 VERY picky eaters who will eat a brand of dry dog food for a short while then refuse to eat it again later. Ever since I began feeding them Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free dry dog food, they eat every morsel and have been for a very long time now. This is great for me as I grew tired of having to throw other dry dog food in the trash when they refused to eat it. They first began eating Nature's Variety chicken flavor (which they love) and now eat Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Venison & Lamb Meal Formula Dry Dog Food which they like even more!!! Also of importance is that this food is VERY nutritionally sound with real meat in the form of freeze dried raw pieces. It's a very complete, grain-free high-protein kibble that supports my dog's digestive health. It also includes healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for their skin and coat health. I recommend that anyone with a dog who is a picky eater get this food!!! And, you can know you're feeding them a very nutritionally sound food in the process.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instinct raw boost venison/lamb dry dog foid This dog food has been good for my mini ausie he has allergy issues, so grain free, venison/lamb is best for him. Chewy dog food great delivery service & the food fresh & lots of the raw boost in bag, I like that.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ingredient change as of May 2015 I happily used this food for 2 years without any problems. Ever since my dog has been eating her current bag of this food she has had loose stools and gas and I couldn't figure out why. I also noticed the kibble looked darker and there was significantly less freeze dried bits in the bag. I was at a small specialty dog food store today and I found out why. The company was bought about 6 months ago by a company that is actually owned by Mars. They changed the ingredients without putting a warning label on the bag. There is significantly more turkey and canola oil and they added salmon and several other more minor changes. On the companies website if you look up this product it will list the old ingredients vs the new ingredients. Just wanted to post this as an FYI. I am switching now.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great food, Allergy Relief Our dog got some nasty allergies to his food out of nowhere. He's on meds from the vet that are no longer working. Instinct is helping to clear that up and after only two weeks his fur is soft and lush and he's no longer trying to eat himself and rip out his fur! He's always been soft, but he's REALLY soft now, it's keeping his natural coat and skin oils healthy. The food is great, high quality, our very picky dog actually likes it, and he seem happier and satisfied on it. The only issues I have with it are: Cost and peas. Peas: The new formula has peas.They have a risk of causing kidney stones, bladder blockages and eventually kidney failure. Poor fiber choice. Every food has a downside, unfortunately that is a big one. New formula also causes some gas....
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fewer boost pellets lately? We love Nature's Variety food for our dog (she gets the Raw Boost kibble and the frozen raw medallions). But I've noticed the Raw Boost kibble lately has included far fewer Raw Boost pellets than in previous bags. This last bag had so few that several servings had no pellets at all. I shook up the bag to see if they were just distributed unevenly but, no, there were just very few Raw Boost pellets at all. :(
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily digested and increased coat luster I can't say enough good things about Nature's Variety! Recently, I adopted a seven year old Doberman who was not in good shape. Due to a months' long regimen of necessary antibiotics (advanced kidney infection and periodontal disease), his poor gut was ravaged. Diarrhea, vomiting, and the most room-clearing gas you can imagine were an every day occurrence. I dreaded drop-in visitors because one poot required hazmat-level action: open windows, neutralizer, fans. It was awful. But within a week or so of switching him off Castor and Pollux (sp?) to Nature's Variety Instinct Raw, poots be gone along with projectiles from either end! I switch him to the different protein types periodically, and I have to say the venison and lamb seems most beneficial for him. Please don't let the price steer you away. This is GREAT dog food. My other dog eats straight raw, but for Levi the rescue Dobie, Nature's Variety is where we'll stay!
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not much Raw I was excited to see this new product, because I was buying the kibble and freeze dried raw and mixing it myself. There really isn't much raw in this product. How disappointing. I won't buy it again and will go back to buying 2 products and mix it myself.
Date published: 2012-08-04
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