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Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food Review

Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food Review

Our Recommendation

The flavor or real cage-free chicken and animal protein will make your little one bark for more. 

Upon looking at the ingredients, Instinct’s kibble formula contains animal protein, boosted nutritional bites of freeze-dried raw meat and grain free formula. Their formula is made from all-natural, real meat, fruits and vegetables. Nothing in the formula is artificial and instead contains an ideal balance of protein, fat, and calories.

Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food contains the following key benefits:

  • High-protein kibble with freeze-dried raw Raw Boost combined with grain-free, high-protein kibbles.  
  • Cage-free chicken, U.S.A-raised beef, or grass-fed lambs.
  • Protein-packed recipes that offer a natural probiotic boost, higher omegas, and antioxidants that provide good digestive health, skin, coat, and a healthy immune system.
  • All-natural, protein-packed bites of real meat, non-GMO fruits, and vegetables that have been minimally processed.
  • Nutrition, calcium, and phosphorous combined for strong bones.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin provide joint health and teeth.
  • Guaranteed levels of live, natural probiotics, natural omegas and antioxidants support digestive health, healthy skin and coat, and immune health.


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


Nutritional Analysis

Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).


Guaranteed Analysis


CRUDE FAT 16.0% min

CRUDE FIBER 3.5% max

MOISTURE 9.0% max

CALCIUM 1.4% min


ZINC 120 mg/kg min

VITAMIN E 225 IU/kg min

ASCORBIC ACID ((VITAMIN C) 120 mg/kg min



GLUCOSAMINE 300 mg/kg min




Caloric Content

4,175 kcal/kg, 456 kcal/cup

Feeding Amounts

Weight Adult 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


Feeding Instructions

Per Instinct, you should follow their recommendations on their feeding table. The feeding amounts will vary by your dog’s age, weight, and activity level.  Adjust your dog’s diet according to your canine’s weight listed on the chart. Above all, make sure to always have fresh water for your little one.


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.

Per Instinct, “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

Instinct recommends you introduce their new food for over a period of 5 – 7 days. Mix increasing amounts of Instinct with your dog’s current food each day. As the days go by, continue to increase the new food ration gradually as you decrease the old formula. On the last day of the transition, your canine’s bowl should only have the new food.

Start by mixing one-quarter to three-quarters (25% new to 75% old) of your dog’s current formula with Instinct’s Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food. Gradually increase the new food to old food to avoid any digestive issues that may be caused by a sudden change of food. Make sure your dog has a bowl of clean water.

You should always take precautions to make sure your canine is not allergic to any of the ingredients in his/her new formula.  Finally, make sure to check with your dog’s veterinarian first before making any changes to your canine’s diet.

The Bottom Line

Instinct’s Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food offers a complete balanced nutrition of natural, real meat, fruits, and vegetables. Their formula is protein-packed and consists of natural probiotic boost, higher omegas, and antioxidants that help digestive health, a healthy skin and coat, and strong immune system. Also, this food contains no grains, potato, corn, wheat, soy, products, or artificial flavors.

Instinct does not contain GMO fruits and vegetables and excludes high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or sugar. Instead, Instinct’s formula is based on whole grains and special fiber support for your canine’s digestive system.

If you are making a change to your dog’s diet, then Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Dry Dog Food by Instinct might be a good start.

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