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Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food

Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food
Company info
Company HQ
Lincoln, Nebraska
Parent company
M.I. Industries
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Food Form Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Cost per day: $1.18
Primary proteins
  • Beef
  • Beef Liver
  • Beef Kidney
  • Beef Spleen

Ingredients

Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Beef Spleen, Carrots, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Ground Miscanthus Grass, Montmorillonite Clay, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate), Mixed Tocopherols (for freshness), Blueberries, Spinach, Rosemary Extract.

Breed sizes

size-1 Toy
size-2 Small
size-3 Medium
size-4 Large
size-5 Giant

Overall Score

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67%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 57%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 74%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 100%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 44%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 81%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 0%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 95%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 36%

Fat: 29%

Fiber: 5%

Moisture: 6%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 24%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 38.3%

Fat: 30.85%

Fiber: 5.32%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 25.53%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 27.6%

Fat: 54%

Carb: 18.4%

Our Review

Pros
  • To our knowledge, Instinct has never had a product recall
  • Freeze-dried food retains the nutritional value of raw meat
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Contains health promoting ground flaxseed for fiber
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Cons
  • Low protein content
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins
  • Freeze dried dog food requires rehydration, which is time-consuming
  • Some dogs may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Instinct since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Since 2011 Instinct has never been recalled.

Ingredient Review

Our review of Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Beef. Beef is meat from any cattle breed. In pet food, beef can be fresh, freeze-dried, dehydrated, ground, or finely processed into beef meal.

The second ingredient is Beef Liver. Beef liver is organ meat from any cattle breed. The beef liver in pet food is a source of protein, iron, and many other essential nutrients.

The third ingredient is Beef Kidney. Beef kidney is kidney tissue from any breed of cattle. This may not sound good to us but in pet food, beef kidney can be a great source of quality protein, vitamins, and minerals including iron.

The fourth ingredient is Beef Spleen. Beef spleen is an organ meat from any breed of cattle. While it might not sound appetizing to us, the beef spleen in pet food is an excellent source of protein, iron, B vitamins, and other fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, K, and E.

The fifth ingredient is Carrots. In pet food, carrots serve as a source of easily digested carbohydrate and fiber. Carrots contain many essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help support your pet’s health.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per oz

Product Price

$2.54

Market Price avg.

$22.8

% From the Avg

-89%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$1.97

Market Price avg.

$1.80

% From the Avg

+10%

Price per day

Product Price

$1.18

Market Price avg.

$1.08

% From the Avg

+10%

Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food is priced above the average market price for freeze-dried dog food.

Nutritional Analysis

Your adult dog needs a balance of macro and micronutrients to thrive. A food formulated for adult maintenance or all life stages is made to meet these needs. While there can be a lot of variation in actual calorie density, adult dog foods are generally intended to provide for basic calorie needs of the average active dog. In addition to satisfying their energy needs, these foods provide the protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and other nutrients your adult dog needs to survive. Again, not all adult foods are the same, so you may have to search around for the right fit for your dog.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Instinct Freeze-Dried Raw Meals Real Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food to the other 156 freeze-dried dog food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

38.3%

All Products avg.

45.03%

% From the Avg

-15%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

30.85%

All Products avg.

27.3%

% From the Avg

+13%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

5.32%

All Products avg.

4.24%

% From the Avg

+25%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

25.53%

All Products avg.

23.05%

% From the Avg

+11%

Analysis Overview

Overall, this is a meat based food that’s low in protein with high fat and high carbohydrate content relative to other freeze-dried dog foods.

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