Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food

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Serve up tailored nutrition with Instinct by Nature's Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food. A better way to feed kibble, this high animal protein, boosted nutrition features bites of freeze-dried raw meat throughout. It’s made especially for small breeds to unlock their potential to thrive, by putting the benefits of raw nutrition into every bowl. Featuring cage-free chicken as the first ingredient, there’s an ideal balance of protein, fat and calories to promote healthy weight. There’s also probiotics for digestive health, high levels of omegas for healthy skin and coat, plus plenty of antioxidants for immune health—and it all comes from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Key Benefits

  • Boosted nutrition for small breed dogs with high-protein kibble + freeze-dried raw.
  • Cage-free chicken is the first ingredient so it’s packed with animal protein for strong, lean muscles. Plus, it has the ideal balance of protein, fat and calories.
  • Tailored nutrition with calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth plus naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants support digestive health, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.
  • Contains no grains, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.
  • Made in the USA with the finest ingredients from around the world.

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  • Item Number
  • Brand
    Nature's Variety
  • Breed Size
    Extra Small & Toy Breeds, Small Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food, Freeze-Dried
  • Lifestage
    All Stages, Adult
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    High-Protein, Grain-Free, Gluten Free

Nutritional Info


Chicken, Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Chickpeas, Turkey Meal, Tapioca, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Peas, Freeze Dried Chicken, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Coconut Oil, Pumpkinseeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Salt, Chicken Eggs, Potassium Chloride, 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), Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract

Caloric Content

4,175 kcal/kg, 456 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 37.0% min
Crude Fat 16.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Calcium 1.4% min
Phosphorus 1.1% min
Zinc 120 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 225 IU/kg min
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 120 mg/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.3% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.5% min
Glucosamine 300 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate 525 mg/kg min
Bacillus Coagulants 60,000,000 CFU/lb min

Feeding Instructions

Weight Adult Maintenance Daily Feeding (cup) Adult Weight Loss Daily Feeding (cup)
2 - 8 lbs 1/2 - 1 1/4 - 1/2
9 - 12 lbs 1 - 1 1/2 1/2 - 3/4
13 - 20 lbs 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 3/4 - 1 1/2
21 - 30 lbs 2 1/2 - 3 1/4 1 1/2 - 2

Puppies (Except Large Breed [70+ lbs as an Adult]): Feed up to twice the adult maintenance amount shown above.

Pregnant and Nursing Females: Feed up to 3 times the adult maintenance amount shown above.

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

Transition Instructions

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

About Instinct Raw Boost Dog Food

Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food


Instinct Raw Boost is a better way to feed-combining grain-free, high-protein kibble plus freeze-dried raw in one bag. Each recipe starts with real meat like cage-free chicken, USA-raised beef, or grass-fed lamb.



These protein-packed recipes offer a natural probiotic boost, higher omegas* and more antioxidants* (*than Instinct Original) for digestive health, skin and coat, and a healthy immune system.

Pure, real nutrition of raw in every bowl

Pure, real nutrition of
raw in every bowl

Minimally processed, all-natural, protein-packed bites of real meat and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

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

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 Best Friends Animal Society, they're furthering the no-kill movement and their shared mission of transforming and saving the lives of 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


All pets deserve food that's real, nutrient-rich, grain-free and natural. That's why Instinct provides over one million meals annually to the dogs and cats at Best Friends Animal Society adoption centers nationwide. Because what we feed them can make all the difference. Here "we" refers to the pet parent, not Instinct.

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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    Always a pleasure working with the Chewy reps they are consistently pleasant and helpful when you call in. Their Christmas greeting card was a welcome and unexpected surprise. I haven’t gotten the timing of my shipment down yet but will be calling them again as it seems the dogs are enjoying their food a little too often.

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    Had a hard time with finding the larger size at big stores, as they only want to carry the smaller bags which are more pricey. Saw adds on TV and thought I would give them a try. Sure glad I did.

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  • My chihuahua loves it!

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    I tried this for my chihuahua, Lucy, and she is very happy! The freeze dried chicken pieces really help her get excited about eating. This is very helpful since it can be difficult to get her to eat when she is moody (always!). She will also empty her bowl before I add new chicken pieces, so she enjoys the flavor of the kibble as well. I will definitely continue to purchase this product.

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  • the best for fussy eaters

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    after trying DOZENS of other food for my VERY fussy Yorkies, this is one they clean up. They only eat a quarter cup a day of anything, so this must be packed with all their daily needs,since they retain their weight and are busily frisking off their calories every day.

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  • My Dog Loves It!

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    It took me a long time and money trying to find a food that my very picky Chihuahua loves. I have tried the different flavors and she seems to prefer the chicken flavor the best.

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  • taking time

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    They are slowly adjusting to new food, not crazy about it yet, takes time. I wish you all carried Frozen Raw food, good meants, veggies, etc......I'm really leaning toward a "raw" diet for my puppys. I have some coming in from another co, and will mix it with the Instinct......we'll see how that goes. But I love your company, you guys are so nice and it's obvious how much you love the "fur babies" you take care of......thanks

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  • Love this dog food!

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    My dog loves this food and he’s pretty picky. It also contains pieces of raw dried beef which is a real treat for my dog. I mix it with a little warm water and he loves it. His poop comes out firm too! He usually has soft stool depending on the food. A little pricey but quality food and worth it!

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  • Great food for my dog

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    Love this food for my Pomeranian. Chewy is great. Love this company. I would recommend them to anyone

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  • Excellent product

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    Our dog has dietary issues and needs wheat-free, limited ingredient food. She does really well on this food. The kibble is small and easy for her to chew and she eats much less than she used to. Her poops are smaller so I know her body is using most of the ingredients in the food. Cheaper food = big poops because the animal is eating fillers, like corn, that they can't utilize.

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  • Great for picky dogs

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    My dog is so picky but he loves this food. So happy he finally loves something

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