Instinct by Nature's Variety Frozen Raw Bites Small Breed Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Dog Food, 3-lb bag

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Satisfy your pup’s instinctual cravings with the power of raw nutrition and Instinct by Nature's Variety Frozen Raw Bites Small Breed Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Dog Food. These delectable bites are just the right size for your small dog, but don’t let the size fool you—the small bites are protein-packed with 85% meat and organs and 15% non-GMO fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals. So, you can give your furry friend the nutrition her ancestors intended. Using whole-food ingredients like cage-free chicken and never any fillers like grain, corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors or preservatives, this recipe will give your pup the balanced diet she needs to take on the day. The raw nutrition in this meal can promote strong, lean muscles, and keep your pup energized—it can also help with dental health and digestion, to keep your little one moving and shaking. Every recipe is frozen—never cooked—and protected through cold-pressure processing to keep the nutrients and taste intact. You want to give your dog everything, so give her the goodness she needs to thrive by feeding her instincts.

Key Benefits
  • These raw, natural small bites are made to give your pup the nutrition nature intended—it’s minimally processed, never cooked, pure, real nutrition to keep your best friend strong.
  • Protein-packed recipe with cage-free chicken, non-GMO vegetables, fruits and wholesome ingredients, without any grains or fillers mother nature wouldn’t feed her dog.
  • All those wholesome, raw ingredients are frozen in their prime to maintain the highest level of nutrients, and then cold-pressured—this creates a delicious raw meal that’s safe for your pup to enjoy.
  • With all that goodness inside, this meal can promote lean muscles, healthy teeth and gums, as well as your doggie’s digestion and overall energy levels.
  • Nutrient-packed bites contain vitamins and minerals essential to your pal's overall health and well being, plus it's made in the USA.

Each 3-pound bag contains approximately 12 cups of delicious bites.

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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    3.0 pounds
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, High-Protein, No Corn No Wheat No Soy
Nutritional Info

Chicken (including Ground Chicken Bone), Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Montmorillonite Clay, Tricalcium Phosphate, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate), Blueberries, Spinach, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product.

Caloric Content

1,652 kcal/kg, 182 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein12.0% min
Crude Fat8.0% min
Crude Fiber2.0% max
Moisture70.0% max
Calcium0.45% min
Phosphorus0.35% min
Zinc60 mg/kg min
Selenium0.2 mg/kg min
Vitamin A15,000 IU/kg min
Vitamin E50 IU/kg min
Bacillus coagulans60,000,000 CFU/lb min
Feeding Instructions

Ideal feeding amounts will vary by age, weight, and activity level so the guide below should be used as an initial recommendation.

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

Dog WeightAdult Maintenance (cups)Weight Loss (cups)
2 - 8 lbs1/2 - 1 1/41/4 - 3/4
9 - 12 lbs1 1/4 - 1 1/23/4 - 1
13 - 20 lbs1 1/2 - 2 1/41 - 1 1/2
21 - 30 lbs2 1/4 - 31 1/2 - 2

For puppies (except large breed [70+lbs as an adult]), feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount. For pregnant and nursing females, feed up to three times the adult maintenance amount. Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations.

Handling Tips:

  • Keep frozen until your pet's mealtime. Bites thaw in minutes and should be cold to the touch when served.

  • Wash hands, working surfaces, utensils, bowls and any other items that come in contact with raw meat or poultry with hot, soapy water.

  • If your pet does not consume all the food presented within 30 minutes, discard any leftovers.

  • Keep package sealed to maintain freshness.

Transition Instructions

Always introduce a new food over a period of 5 to 7 days, mixing increasing amounts of Instinct with the current food each day.

Visit the Instinct Pet Food website for more specific feeding recommendations and information on how to easily combine different forms of food.


About Instinct® Raw Frozen Dog Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food
Minimally Processed

Minimally Processed

Instinct Raw ingredients are frozen at their peak and never cooked to preserve their nutritional integrity. Instinct uses ingredients closest to their natural state like real meat and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.



Made with 85% real meat, organs and bones and 15% fruits, vegetables and vitamins and minerals. Made without grain, corn, wheat, artificial colors or preservatives.

100% Raw Nutrition

100% Raw Nutrition

The purest recipes that inspire everything Instinct makes. Never cooked, 100% raw nutrition, minimally processed to preserve the integrity of every ingredient. Unlock your pet's potential to thrive with the pinnacle of pet nutrition.

The Pure, Real Nutrition of Raw Is In Everything Instinct Does

  Bites Medallions Patties Chubs





Description Approx 11 cups of bites
(in 3 lb bag)
43 - 1 oz medallions
per bag
24 - 4 oz patties
per bag
1 - 5 lb chub
Proteins Available Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Small Breed Chicken and Beef Chicken, Beef, Lamb Chicken, Beef Chicken, Beef
All-Life Stages
(Puppy*, Adult, Senior)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sizes Available 2.7-3 lb bag
6 lb bag
2.7-3 lb bag 6 lb bag 5 lb pack
Recommended For Our most convenient form: thaws in minutes or serve frozen Ideal for easy portioning or for multiple dog households Perfect for large dogs or multiple dog households Our most economical way to feed frozen raw

*Except for growth of large breed puppies, 70lbs + as an adult

Instinct's Responsibility as The Raw Brand


It all started with Instinct's raw pet food. Since the beginning, they've led with raw because they know the good it can do. They're rewriting the rules of pet food and championing raw nutrition to bring its superior benefits to all that they do.


Delicious and nutritious pet food should only use real ingredients. For Instinct, this means all-natural, real meat, fruits and vegetables, with nothing artificial.


Feeding raw should be simple, and it should easily fit into your everyday routine. Instinct believes raw should be accessible to pet parents so every pet can experience the benefits of raw nutrition.


Instinct believes in the power of raw nutrition. It only makes sense to share it. Together with local shelters and volunteer efforts nationwide we’re on a mission to transform the lives of all pets.


Instinct has never been afraid to challenge the status quo of pet nutrition. They continuously redefine what better means—always pushing their standards of nutrition to raise the bar in pet food.

Pure, real nutrition of raw on every piece

About Instinct

Instinct believes deeply that it's up to them to find a way to make it possible for more people to feed their pets the pure, real nutrition that only comes from raw. They know that if they can get the nutrition of raw into more bowls, they'll transform the lives of more pets. And that's really why they do what they do.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    "Chops lickin"

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    Was looking for a healthy wet dog for my yorkie who has a collapse trachea. For a dog who is very choose, he loves it and licks his chops every time. We use the Instinct Frozen Topper as treats. Excellent dog food. I just wish they had a large bag for the small breed.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the results and the taste!

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    Our pup had been struggling with an upset tummy about once a week. Changing to this food has entirely solved her issues. She also LOVES it, and sits and shakes with excitement as waits for the thaw process.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality food...

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    My 3 dogs love this food! My 17 year old poodle has battled stomach issues for years and he absolutely loves this meal... My Shih Tzu and Yorker Poodle mix have had skin allergies with other products but not this one!!! I do heat it up a bit just till there’s no pink... And my babies anxiously await their meal!!! And I get It delivered frozen straight to my home which is a plus!!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Old gal likes it

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    I have an old dog who is so finicky I have tried so many types of food, finally found this one she likes, and she has hardly any teeth so this is also easy for her to eat. I'll keep her on it until she changes her mind.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    my dog does not like it at all

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    I served this food to my dog who is Not peaky eater ( he arrived from Cuba and he was able to eat whatever: rice, all kind of beans, chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables bread, whatever you give to him), he do not wanted at all this food Instinct Raw, I served him different days, even once of this day I cooked for in case he does not like crude. He did not tried to eat nothing, no one piece, he did not even smell it. When you cook this has a real bad smell. as soon I retired the plate with this and opened a cane of turkey meat for humans he devorate the turkey righ away, he was hungry.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    2 Paws Up!

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    My shih Tzu LOVES this food! Every time the freezer opens, she peeks around the corner to see if it's her special food! I was skeptical about it being "fast-thawing" but it really is! It's not like my dog is chewing on ice when she eats this, it's softer and easy for her to chew. What a wonderful product! This is actually cheaper to buy the frozen than to buy the instinct dry nuggets, which I appreciate! I will deifinitely buy this again because I love that this is full of amazing ingredients to keep my dog healthy!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Puppy barely likes it

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    Puppy will eat it sometimes, but most of the time he will not eat it. This is too bad, I really liked the BARF idea.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Finicky fur baby loves it!

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    My fur baby will eat a new food for about a week, then turn up his nose at it. That has not been a problem with Instinct. He waits impatiently for it to defrost for 15 minutes and minute down, it’s gone. He prefers beef, but also likes the chicken.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    love this product

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    Thank you for your quick delivery and it was not thawed or over frozen thanks

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    What happened?

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    My dog has been eating Instinct Raw Bites chicken for years. Just got a bag from Chewy’s and by the shape of the bites and my dog’s dislike it’s apparent the formula has changed. Too bad because my dog USED to love it.

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