Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food

December 16, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Instinct

Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food

Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food is made and manufactured by Natures Variety. Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food comes in either a canned or dry version. Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food is a premium grain free dog food and is a highly recommended dog food. Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food is one of three formulas.

Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food Review

As with all dog food recipes the first thing we are going to look at are the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of the dog food. When looking at the first five ingredients you want to make sure there is plenty of meat and grains are minimal.

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Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food First Five Ingredients:

  1. Chicken Meal
  2. Tapioca
  3. Chicken Fat
  4. Pumpkin Seeds
  5. Menhaden Fish Meal

Chicken Meal is the first ingredient and is a named meat ingredient. Dogs need a diet that is based around meat and protein that comes from meat. This ingredient adds additional meat and protein to this recipe.

Tapioca is the second ingredient and is grain free. This ingredient is 98% digestible. This ingredient is a great alternative to dogs that have problems with potatoes.

Chicken Fat is the third ingredient and is a named fat ingredient. Some sources claim that Fat sources in the first five ingredients have cause bloating problems.

Pumpkinseeds are a natural source of beneficial fiber, protein, and other trace nutrients. Seeds, such as pumpkinseeds, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and linoleic acid, making them one of the densest sources of nutrition available

Menhaden Fish Meal is the fifth ingredient and is a named meat ingredient. Dogs need a diet that is based around meat and protein that comes from meat. This ingredient adds additional meat and protein to this recipe.

Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food First Full Ingredients:

Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Pumpkinseeds, Menhaden Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Chicken Flavor, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Kelp, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite), Chicken Liver, Sea Salt, Inulin, Flaxseed Oil, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Apples, Carrots, Peas, Cottage Cheese, Chicken Eggs, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts, Ground Chicken Bone, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Olive Oil, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Quail Eggs, Rosemary Extract, Sage, Clove.
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Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (min): 42.0%
Crude Fat (min): 22.0%
Crude Fiber (max): 3.2%
Moisture (max): 10.0%

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10 Responses to “Instinct Chicken Meal Dog Food”
  1. Christine says:

    Please note that Instinct foods contain citric acid, which should be listed under “the bad” Water should not be added to this food, and water should probably not be served with this food as together they can be a contributing factor to canine bloat. And bloat can kill within hours. I’m no expert, but this scares the heck out of me – why would they even use citric acid in this product? I was all set to buy it until I saw that listed in the ingredients. Buyer beware!

  2. Eileen says:

    I am giving my i year old dog instinct chicken meal dry dog food, but i am a little nervous about that it contains citric acid that does not sound to good. I am going back to the dog house where i bought it to discuss it with them . . Is that citric acid bad for hour dog? EILEEN

  3. Jess says:

    This is the sillyest thing ever read. citric acid is a natural preservative. Some say it can help cause bloat, but I don’t buy that because bloat is the stomach wrapping around itself. Christine is way off base when it comes to bloat,you have to understand what bloat is and after you do it makes no sense. I have done some research on bloat and talked in depth with people who have had the surgery to contain bloat. It is way more important to feed your dog twice daily and to keep a dogs activity to zero for a hour after feeding and a half hour before feeding.

  4. Eric says:

    I have yet to talk to a vet, a pet nutritionist, a vetrinarian college, a dog food company or find it anywhere online…any concrete evidence that citric acid causes bloat OR that there is any concrete evidence on what really does cause bloat. There are tons of theories, but nothing has ever been made conclusive.

    Also, citric acid is a natural preservative.

    In my own opinion, I believe that feeding 3 or 4 smaller meals a day as opposed to 1 or 2 larger meals will help curb the chance of bloat in your K9 companion. The use of a digestive enzyme will also decrease your chances.

  5. Jess says:

    Eric their was a study by Purdue University that stated that citric acid “”could”” promte bloat in dogs “prone” to bloat. I had the link in my favs. but ether I deleted it or it’s on my other computer. Great Danes are the ones most affected by bloat and ya their are other large breeds. With Tony and I give a good effort to keep him unactive after eating, man it’s tuff sometimes because he just wants to go go go after eating.

  6. Eric says:

    The study was a statistical study and was not actual research. They gathered information and made conclusions based on only the information collected.

    They didn’t actually do a controlled study on dogs.

    Again, after talking with both vets in the practice I go to, my friend at Ohio State University and two pet nutrionists, they all concluded that although there are tons of theories on what does and doesn’t cause bloat, there is no concrete evidence.

  7. derek says:

    yes, bloat is a frustrating thing. it is hard to draw any legitimate conclusions based on that Purdue study, as it wasnt really a study per se (as eric stated) using traditional research methods. last year i unscientifically was trying to see if there were any patterns to dogs that bloated in another forum i belong to. out of 32 bloat cases, there were no discernable patterns. many of the owners were aware of bloat risks and did practice recommended bloat prevention techniques. there appears to be no surefire way to eliminate completely the possibility of bloat in a larger, deep chested dog. still, i do believe it is worth practicing preventative measures if they can reduce the risk of bloat even a little bit.

    the only thing that seems sure is that certain breeds (larger deep chested) are more prone to bloat (per capita Bernese Mountain Dogs and Akitas seem to disproportionally bloat) and that males make up a little over 2/3 of bloat cases. indeed, of the 32 bloat cases i looked at, 25 of them were males (these were German Shepherds).

    another thing that is close to certain is that dogs that have bloated are very likely to bloat again, which is why it is highly recommended to perform the stomach tacking procedure for dogs that have bloated (it wont prevent bloat but will precvent the ensuing torsion that is the real danger).

  8. TJ says:

    Please be careful with this food, although everything looks good on the guaranteed analysis and ingredient list, the Calcium level of min 2.49% is high.

    Compared to other similar brands such as Wellness Core and Orijen Adult/Regional Red etc. this number is much higher, these offerings are at maximum calcium level of 2% and 1.8% respectively.

    Thanks for reading.

  9. E Hale says:

    Instinct has a very high percentage of protein. Won’t that affect kidneys in the older dog. Since on this food my dog has lost weight and drinks a lot of water.
    Will go to the vet for check.

  10. beth says:

    I love this dog food! i buy the chicken with 490 calories a cup i dont see how your dog could lose weight on this food my german shepherds have never looked better i would use this food before any other.

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