Is Instinct Original Wet Dog Food Best for My Dog?

Published: 01/13/2021
Looking to swap your canine compadre to a new dog food? Picking the right brand with quality ingredients that suits your dog can be tricky, with so many different brands on the market claiming their dog food is the best of the bunch. Is Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs right for Rowdy? Here's an in-depth look at this "pawpular" dog food brand.

Overview

Instinct Pet Food was founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, under the umbrella company Nature's Variety. The company's founder worked with big cats at Lincoln Children’s Zoo and then Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and discovered raw, natural ingredients caused the animals to have better overall health, including dental health, muscle development, and even healthy fur.

The founder's work with big cats led to the creation of Instinct Pet Food. Instinct Pet Food aims to create small-batch pet food from natural, high-quality ingredients with as little processing as possible. Instinct Pet Food's first recipe was developed in partnership with nutritionists from the University of Nebraska. They also currently hold a partnership with the University of Helsinki’s DogRisk program.

As well as their Original Wet Dog Food, Instinct also produces a range of freeze-dried, all-natural, and raw food for dogs and cats of all ages and dietary needs.

Cost

The cost of Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs varies depending on the retailer and the chosen flavor. All cans of Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs weigh 13.2 oz, apart from the rabbit flavor, which is available in 5.5 oz cans. One can of chicken flavor Instinct Wet Food for dogs generally costs between $2 and $4. Many retailers call 13.2 oz cans in six-packs, which cost $20 to $25 each — these multi-packs average out to around $3 per can. 

Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs also comes in rabbit and beef flavor. Beef generally costs around the same price as chicken. However, rabbit is a more expensive meat, meaning this variation is pricier. On average, a can of rabbit Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs costs approximately $5 to $6 per can. Rabbit Instinct Original Wet Food in 5.5 oz cans cost around $2.50 to $4.

Ages

Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs is suitable for dogs of all ages, except large dog breed puppies expected to weigh over 70 pounds. Instinct states that puppies should be fed twice the maintenance amount of fully grown dogs. Instinct also produces puppy food; however, this is also unsuitable for large, growing dogs. All Instinct Original Wet Dog Food meets the Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

Breeds

Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs is suitable for small and medium sized breeds. Growing puppies and adult dogs with an adult weight of 70+ pounds should choose another food.

Ingredients

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Chicken)

Chicken, turkey, chicken broth, chicken liver, ground flaxseed, montmorillonite clay, dicalcium phosphate, egg product, peas, potassium chloride, carrots, salt, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, potassium iodide), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), artichokes, cranberries, pumpkin, tomato, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley.

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Beef)

Beef, beef liver, beef broth, tricalcium phosphate, ground flaxseed, montmorillonite clay, eggs, peas, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, potassium iodide), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), L-abscorbyl-2-polyphosphate, menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), artichokes, cranberries, pumpkin, tomato, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Rabbit)

Rabbit, pork, pork liver, pork broth, ground flaxseed, montmorillonite clay, peas, carrots, potassium chloride, salt, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, potassium iodide), menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, tricalcium phosphate, artichokes, cranberries, pumpkin, tomato, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, kale, parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Chicken) Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein 9.5% minimum / crude fat 8.5% minimum / crude fiber 3% maximum / moisture 78% maximum / omega-3 fatty acids 0.2% minimum / omega-6 fatty acids 1% minimum

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Beef) Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein 11.5% minimum / crude fat 7.5% minimum / crude fiber 3% maximum / moisture 78% maximum / omega-3 fatty acids 0.1% minimum / omega-6 fatty acids 0.45% minimum

Instinct Original Wet Dog Food (Rabbit) Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein 10% minimum / crude fat 3% minimum / crude fiber 1.5% maximum / moisture 78% maximum / omega-3 fatty acids 0.15% minimum / omega-6 fatty acids 0.75% minimum

Ratings

Most reviews on the web of Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs are positive, with most pet parents on major retail sites giving the food 4 or 5 stars. Most positive reviews from pet parents highlight their dog's enjoyment of the food, even picky pups. Additionally, some pet parents pointed out an improvement in their dog's coat and their weight. 

Negative reviews of Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs point to how expensive this dog food is compared to other brands with similar ingredients. Others complained that the dog food is indistinguishable from your average canned dog food, while some commented that it was overly watery or soupy.

FAQs

Is Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs available outside of the U.S.?

Instinct Pet Food is available in regions across the world, including Asia, Europe, and Latin America. However, certain products, including Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs, may be unavailable in certain countries. Instinct Pet Food is also available from petcare stores in parts of Mexico and Canada. Check Instinct's store locator and international pages for more information.

Where is Instinct Original Wet Food for dogs manufactured?

Instinct states on their website that their Original Wet Food is made in the U.S.A. with ingredients sourced from around the world.

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