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Review Summary

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies is a high-quality dry Puppy food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides significantly above average proportions of protein and fat. The formula contains well sourced high-quality ingredients with a focus on poultry such as Chicken and Turkey and some Fish. It also contains a range of Legumes which are considered a high-quality source of carbohydrates. In addition to their carbohydrate content, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies contains a wide range of vegetables and meats, for this reason, it may not be suitable for puppies with serious allergies or sensitivities. However, it is very suitable for the majority of puppies and will provide them with excellent nutrition.

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Pros

Satisfactory Nutrition Profile High-Quality Meat and Fish Ingredients Satisfactory Level of Omega Fatty Acids No Grains or By-products

Cons

Slightly Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion Contains Tapioca

A Full review of Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies By Nature’s Variety

Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Real Chicken Large Breed Puppy

Nutritional Analysis

The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.

Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies Calorie Breakdown Chart

Carbohydrate Content Analysis

Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 33% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies calories are derived from carbohydrates.  Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is below average for a Puppy Food.

The majority of this carbohydrate content appears to be from the vegetable content of this puppy food. Examples include Chickpeas and Peas. These ingredients will be discussed in more detail later on. This is a satisfactory proportion of carbohydrates but is still above the level that would accurately mimic a dog’s natural diet. For this reason, the proportion should be lower.

Protein Content Analysis

Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 33% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Puppy Food.

This will be a more than sufficient proportion of protein for the vast majority of puppies, including those who are active. However, there may be extremely active puppies who need additional protein. This protein appears to be sourced from the large range of meat and fish ingredients which are high-quality sources. Examples include Chicken, Turkey and Herring.

Fat Content Analysis

Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 34% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Puppy Food.

The fat present in this puppy food appears to be sourced from the meat and fish ingredients present which are natural sources. The fish ingredients will also provide high quantities of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which have a variety of health benefits. This low estimate of fat content is more than sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of most puppies but may not quite be adequate for those of extremely high activity levels.

Calorie Density

Calorie Density is essential to understand as it determines the portion size of food your dog will require per day or meal. Calorie Density is commonly measured in calories per kg or per cup.
Dog food formulas with high-calorie densities can be more cost efficient to purchase while recipes with lower calorie density can be advantageous to dogs attempting weight loss or who are relatively inactive.

Overall Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies contains an average of 4,317 kcal/kg or 495 kcal/cup

Disclaimer

Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.

Guaranteed Analysis – Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies

Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.

  • Crude Protein (Min) – 33.50%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 15.50%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 4.50%
  • Moisture (Max) – 9.00%
  • Calcium (Min) – 1.2%
  • Phosphorus (Min) – 1.0%
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3.2%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.8%

 

Ingredient Analysis

The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.

However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey Meal
  • Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Herring Meal
  • Flaxseed

 

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • N/A

 

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

 

In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review

The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies contains four sources of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. However given that Chicken is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.

The secondary meat source present is Turkey Meal. Turkey Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Turkey Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.

Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a huge variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.

Another fish source present is Herring Meal. Herring Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Herring Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Herring but in higher concentrations. Herring most abundant mineral is Vitamin B12.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Chickpeas and Peas are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.

Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function. Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.

Full Ingredient List – Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies

Chicken, Turkey Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Eggs, Herring Meal, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Ground Flaxseed, Freeze Dried Chicken, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Meal, Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Natural Flavor, Pumpkinseeds, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, Salt, Montmorillonite Clay, 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, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Salmon Oil, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.