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

Nature's Variety has recently undergone a packaging and slight formulation change. Please refer to transition instructions when transitioning your pet to the new formula. Note: Customers may receive the old formulation during this transition.

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  • Brand
  • Breed Size
    Small, Medium, Large, All Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food, Freeze-Dried
  • Lifestage
    Adult, All Stages
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. Old Formulation: 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.
  2. New Formulation:Venison, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal, Peas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Herring Meal, Chickpeas, Tapioca, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Freeze Dried Lamb, Lamb Meal, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal, Salmon Oil, Pumpkinseeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Salt, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Spleen, Freeze Dried Lamb Heart, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Dried Kelp, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

  1. Old Formulation: 3915 kcal/kg, 450 kcal/cup
  2. New Formulation: 4596 kcal/kg, 527 kcal/cup

Old Formulation:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 33.5% min
Crude Fat 21.0% min
Crude Fiber 5.0% min
Moisture 8.0% max
Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* 85 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 1.0% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 2.0% min
Bacillus coagulans* 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

New Formulation:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 35.0% min
Crude Fat 22.5% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% min
Moisture 9.0% max
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Selenium 0.5 mg/kg min
Vitamin A 18000 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 200 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* 100 mg/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 1.6% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.3% min
Bacillus Coagulans* 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile

Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation. Divide the cups per day by the number of feedings per day. Be sure to always provide clean, fresh water. Along with dry food, we recommend feeding raw or wet food to help increase the amount of water in your pet’s diet.

Daily Feeding Guidelines (standard 8 oz dry measure cup):

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (Cups) Weight Loss Daily Feeding (Cups)
5 - 15 lbs 1/2 - 1 1/4 - 3/4
16 - 25 lbs 1 - 1 1/4 3/4 - 1
26 - 50 lbs 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 1 - 1 3/4
51 - 75 lbs 2 1/4 - 3 1 3/4 - 2 3/4
76 - 100 lbs 3 - 3 3/4 2 - 2 1/4

Puppies: Feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Pregnant or Nursing Females: Feed up to three times the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Transition Instructions

It is always a good idea to start out slowly on a new diet with any pet. Slowly increase the amount of new food being added to the present diet over a period of 5-7 days. If any digestive upset or loose stool occurs, make the transition more gradual. It is a good idea to allow your pet's digestive system to calm down and return to normal before proceeding. There is no need to rush this transition. (Once your pet is accustomed to Nature's Variety foods, you can rotate freely between forms and flavors. All Nature's Variety diets are specially formulated for rotation feeding.)

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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.

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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.

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    The product arrived promptly. My dog seems to like the Instinct Raw Boost. I signed up for auto ship to eliminate the need to (remember) to go to the store.

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    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.

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  • My young dog does well on this food

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    This food is high palatable and produces small stools. Would be happier if there were fewer protein sources. This has venison, turkey, salmon, lamb, and whitefish.

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  • High protein, no grains, no fillers,

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    German Shepherds love it - I love high protein content, no grains, no fillers - wanted to get off presciption diet from vet for one of my shepherds with allergies - loving this product!

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  • Fewer boost pellets lately?

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    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. :(

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    Read rating & comments for this food on several dogfood nutriton review sites (4) & all of them gave this food highest rating for protein content & quality ingredients. And my dogs agree - I've fed them Stella & Chewys & then Real Meat brands for the last 2 1/2 years but it was time for a change. I'd never fed them a "kibble style" food so was bit concerned they'd refuse to eat it. No worries - they loved the Natures Variety from day one . Yea - easy to feed & great nutrition!!!

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  • Val refused to touch it

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    I ordered this on a recommendation of a friend. I cannot say if it was good or not... the ingredients impressed me the size of the kibble is med to large dog sized. My picky eater refused, absolutely refused, to touch it at all! I am sorry to say this so I cannot give more information as to why he refused it as I tried it for a week with him and he never ate one single kibble.

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  • I wanted to try something different .....

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    Ive always fed Blue Buffalo but after the recent law suit thought i may try something else. The dogs ate this ok, mostly only the freeze dried bits are what they would get excited about. The kibble is pretty small so I dont think they chewed it as well. This food did however give both dogs BAD gas. The stools seemed to be fine and didnt see any other changes good or bad in the dogs. After receiving emails from BB about their processes and reassurance I think I will go back to the old food. I guess if its not broke, dont fix it. Chewy is still the best place to purchase pet supplies from with outstanding customer service.

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  • provides nutrition needs of dogs from puppies to adult!

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    Like the grain free aspect of this product and that it combines freeze dried raw in it too.

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  • Super High Protein diet

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    We have been using this food since we first brought our babies home. After 14 and 10 months respectively, they have excellent health, glossy coats and none of the skin ailments that we have seen with previous dry foods. The protein is very high so please watch the portions you are using. in my opinion this is a great all stage food

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