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Instinct Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food

Instinct Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry 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: $0.18
Primary proteins
  • Lamb
  • Menhaden Fish Meal
  • Turkey Meal
  • Freeze Dried Beef

Ingredients

Lamb, Menhaden Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Millet, Turkey Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Freeze Dried Beef, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Salt, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Beef Heart, Carrots, Freeze Dried Beef Kidney, Freeze Dried Beef Spleen, Potassium Chloride, Blueberries, Apples, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Dl-Methionine, Freeze Dried Lamb, Yeast Culture, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Spleen, Freeze Dried Lamb Heart, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney, Rosemary Extract, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product.

Breed sizes

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

Overall Score

63%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 37%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 72%
? 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 99%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 79%
? 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 83%

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

Protein: 25.5%

Fat: 15%

Fiber: 6.5%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 43%

Dry Matter Analysis

Protein: 28.33%

Fat: 16.67%

Fiber: 7.22%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 47.78%

Calorie Weighted Basis

Protein: 24.3%

Fat: 34.72%

Carb: 40.98%

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
  • Contains dried kelp as a natural source of essential nutrients
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Affordable
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Cons
  • Low protein content
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains 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 Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Lamb. Lamb is meat from a young sheep. In pet food, lamb may be a primary protein source as well as a source of animal fat, amino acids, and minerals.

The second ingredient is Menhaden Fish Meal. Menhaden fish meal is dried, ground tissue from menhaden fish. In pet food, menhaden fish meal serves as a source of protein, amino acids, and essential fatty acids to help keep your companion’s skin and coat healthy.

The third ingredient is Oatmeal. Oatmeal is made with oats that have had their tough outer hulls removed before further processing into a coarse high-fiber substance. The oatmeal in pet food is a source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals to support your companion’s overall well-being.

The fourth ingredient is Barley. Barley is a cereal grain. In pet food, barley serves as a source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

The fifth ingredient is Millet. Millet is a gluten-free cereal grain that finds its way into a variety of products ranging from baked goods to birdseed. In pet food, millet can be a source of carbohydrates, amino acids, fiber, B vitamins, and other nutrients.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Instinct Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per lb

Product Price

$5.16

Market Price avg.

$22.86

% From the Avg

-77%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.30

Market Price avg.

$1.80

% From the Avg

-83%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.18

Market Price avg.

$1.08

% From the Avg

-83%

Instinct Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food is priced well below 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 Raw Boost Whole Grain Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food to the other 156 freeze-dried dog food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

28.33%

All Products avg.

45.03%

% From the Avg

-37%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

16.67%

All Products avg.

27.3%

% From the Avg

-39%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

7.22%

All Products avg.

4.24%

% From the Avg

+70%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

47.78%

All Products avg.

23.05%

% From the Avg

+107%

Analysis Overview

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

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