Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe with Real Salmon Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food

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About This Item

  • Limited ingredient recipe includes just one animal protein and one vegetable for pets with food sensitivities.
  • Made with wild-caught salmon, an easily digestible protein rich in omega-3 fatty acids that provides all the essential amino acids.
  • Guaranteed levels of natural omegas and antioxidants promote a healthy skin and coat plus immune health.
  • Made in the USA using premium ingredients from around the world, with the pure nutrition of raw in every piece.
  • Never contains any grain, dairy, eggs, chicken, beef, fish, sweet potato, potato, chickpeas, corn, wheat, soy or artificial colors or preservatives.
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About Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Kibble for Dogs

Limited Ingredient Diet

When your pet has food sensitivities, knowing exactly what’s in their food is important. That’s why our ingredient list is purposefully simple.

1 Animal Protein & 1 Vegetable

Instinct Limited Ingredient kibble is purposefully crafted with a simple ingredient list for pets with food sensitivities. Unlike most other pet foods, each recipe contains just one animal protein and one vegetable—that’s it!

Simple and Essential Raw Coated Kibble


These recipes are made without grain, potato, sweet potato, corn, wheat, soy, chickpeas or artificial colors or preservatives. They are also completely free from chicken, beef, dairy and eggs.


Nutrient-rich, easily digestible protein is included to provide your pet with all the essential amino acids she needs.


Omega fatty acids help promote healthy skin and a lustrous coat.


Instinct’s Limited Ingredient Diet Cat Food contains antioxidants to support your feline’s immune health.


Instinct crushes and tumbles their freeze-dried raw with their kibble, ensuring raw is on every piece!

The Benefits of Raw

Instinct believes that eating a diet rich in raw, unprocessed foods is just as good for our pets as it is for us. They make every meal with the understanding that real, less-processed, whole raw foods can have the power to transform lives.

Better Digestion

More Energy & Vitality

Weight Improvement

Excitement At Mealtime

Improved Skin And Coat

About Instinct

Instinct has been crafting and perfecting raw recipes for over 15 years. From 100% raw frozen meals to freeze-dried, raw-coated kibble, Instinct gives you a variety of ways to incorporate raw into your pet’s diet. Their raw recipes are crafted in their own kitchens in Lincoln, Nebraska, to ensure the highest standards in quality and food safety according to SQF standards.
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Questions & Answers

15 Customer Questions

Montmorillonite Clay is listed as the 6th ingredient, is this: Terramin Calcium-Montmorillonite clay? (the good stuff) or drilling mud-Montmorillonite Clay? (bad stuff)?
Answer by ChewyOct 17, 2018
Montmorillonite Clay is an ingredient in all of Instinct's food. They use Montmorillonite Clay (Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate) sourced from deposits in southern Utah. If you look at the chemical name for Montmorillonite Clay, you will see both sodium and calcium right at start of the chemical formula. If the given clay has a larger percentage of sodium than calcium, it is often shortened in descriptions to Sodium Montmorillonite. If the given clay has a larger percentage of calcium than sodium, it is often shortened in descriptions to Calcium Montmorillonite. The source of the natural clay that is used in their products is higher in calcium than sodium and is described as “Calcium Montmorillonite” but Instinct elects to simply describe it as Montmorillonite Clay. Montmorillonite Clay is approved by AAFCO for use as an anticaking processing aid to adsorb excess moisture and to help keep the food from clumping. Nature's Variety is committed to using high quality, safe ingredients. Their vendor tests the Montmorillonite Clay used in the diets for dioxins and it is guaranteed dioxin-free.

Does Instinct by Natures Variety use any ingriedients from China?
Answer by ChewyJul 21, 2017
Nature's variety will source their high-quality ingredients within the United States depending on availability. If ingredients have to be sourced elsewhere they'll be looking at New Zealand (Venison and Lamb), Europe (Rabbit), China (Vitamin Pack) and Scandinavia (Vitamin Pack).

Is there any ingredients in this dog food that comes from China? Is the fish wild or farmed? What protein percentage is derived from just fish? What is the Chondroitin and Glucosamine content in mg?
Answer by ChewyAug 02, 2021
Whenever wild-caught salmon is available, it is sourced for this diet. When not available, farm-raised Salmon from the Pacific Northwest is used to ensure the recipe is still available.Glucosamine and chondroitin are in our natural ingredients; however, instinct does not guarantee the levels except in Instinct Senior and Small Breed dog kibble formulas. 77%  of protein comes from animals and 23 % comes from vegetables and other plants.

Does this contain Taurine? For heart health?
Answer by ChewyAug 24, 2020
Taurine is found naturally within meat, with the level varying depending on the type of meat.

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67 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By AnnesMom on Sep 3, 2022


I was very hopeful that my dog would like this product but when I put a half cup down for her a few minutes after it arrived she walked over to the dish, sniffed it, looked at me as if saying..."you don't really expect me to eat this do you?" and that was that, she has completely ignored it since. I will have to look for something else and I can't in good conscience recommend it if my little dog won't even take a second look at it.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Sherry on Aug 27, 2022

Didn’t work for my Boxer

I gave this food a one star simply because it didn’t work for my Boxer who has problems with food allergies and yeast infections not because of the product itself. I went back to Nutrish Limited Salmon. His scratching and licking settled down almost immediately of stopping the Instinct so I know the Instinct just isn’t good for my baby.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on Aug 15, 2022

It's a no-go

The hyper-picky dog turned up her nose at this one. And the greedy, eats everything dog, only ate it when it was the only choice at the end of the day. It has pretty clean ingredients and not too many which I was happy about. Just wish the dogs cared about that and would eat it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Kibble on Jul 7, 2022

Limited Ingredients—Instinct

My dog has food allergies. Had an allergy test. He needs to eat limited ingredients. Glad I tried Instinct. The salmon does not smell like typical fish. I tried other fish kibble and my dog disliked it. Excellent limited ingredients option. No soy, corn, potatoes, wheat, dairy, eggs, etc. I wish I fed my dog limited ingredients from the start. Much healthier. I narrowed down the kibble limited ingredients options to Instinct and Natural Balance.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Pjens on Feb 22, 2022

great food, all flavors agree with my pups

We've been feeding our pups Instinct Limited Turkey for years now. we recently had to order a different flavor, (salmon) due to the Turkey being out of stock. I was worried it would affect their digestion but it was not an issue. Going forward we will look to try their other flavors in order to give our pups a broader diet!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mudder on Feb 27, 2022

Great it is a very good product

My Chow Loved it. He has a very sensitive stomach and usually eats the lamb.for many years. The lamb was not available so I tried the salmon and the turkey and he loved both and they agreed with him. The different flavors helped his appetite also.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By AllenHenson on Feb 21, 2022

Supply frustration

I know that supply chain problems are in every branch of the economy, including pet food. It is very frustrating to have a dog food that I have been feeding my Lab all of a sudden is not available. It also happened with Tylee’s dehydrated beef patties. Just venting, as I know your hands are tied.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Roka on Mar 19, 2022

Pup loves this!

My rescue pup came with some food allergy issues causing itching and hair loss. This has chow has been just the ticket!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Dottie on Jan 13, 2022

so far so good

My dog has serious allergies that affect his skin - so far I haven't found a food that doesn't eventually make him itch pretty badly. After half a 10 lb. bag of Instinct Limited Ingredient kibble, he's doing well. We'll see how long this lasts...!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jewels03 on Sep 6, 2021

great food my dog loves it!

My 10 year old shepherd has developed chronic yeast infections and other issues. I was hesitant to put him on grain free foods but researched this is one of the recommended brands for yeast infections. My dog loves this food, clears his bowl for every meal, and while his yeast infection has not entirely cleared up because he fights the other treatments needed we have noticed he has appeared more comfortable since switching him.