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Review Summary

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and as a consequence, it has significantly above average quantities of protein and fat. In particular, its protein content is significantly above average in comparison to other commercial senior dog foods. It contains a range of high-quality ingredients with a focus on poultry and fish such as Chicken and Salmon. A range of Legumes and other vegetables are present and they provide a high-quality source of carbohydrates. In addition to this, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs range of ingredients may make it unsuitable for those with dietary sensitivities and allergies. Nevertheless, this is one of the most nutritious and high-quality senior dog foods on the market.

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Pros

Very Satisfactory Nutrition High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients No Grains or By-products

Cons

Unimpressive Level Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

A Full review of Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs By Nature’s Variety

Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Senior With Chicken Packaging

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 Chicken For Senior Dogs 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 31% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs 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 significantly below average for a Senior Dog Food.

Chickpeas, Peas, and Tapioca among others are the core of the carbohydrate content of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs. The majority of these are considered high-quality carbohydrate sources. This is a very satisfactory level of carbohydrates for a senior dog and while it could be lower, it is not excessive.

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 34% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs 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 Senior Dog Food.

While not quite as high as some Instinct dog food recipes, this level of protein is high and very satisfactory. This means that Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs is suitable for senior dogs of all activity levels. Contrary to popular belief, senior dogs do not need a reduced protein diet and they may, in fact, need additional protein than younger dogs. Therefore this very high level of protein is very well suited for senior dogs. The protein content is sourced from a mix of poultry and fish. The Chicken and Salmon and other ingredients are all high-quality protein sources.

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 35% of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs 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 Senior Dog Food.

It will come as no surprise that animal and fish fats constitute the majority of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs fat content. Animals fats such as Chicken and Salmon are the ideal energy source for senior dogs. You would imagine that the fish ingredients come with the added bonus of providing additional Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are known for a range of health benefits. However, the level is surprisingly low.

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 Senior Dogs contains an average of 4,327 kcal/kg or 496 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 Senior Dogs

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) – 35.50%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 16.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 4.00%
  • Moisture (Max) -9.00%
  • Calcium (Min) – 1.20%
  • Phosphorus (Min) – 0.80%
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.70%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.50%

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 Meal
  • Chickpeas
  • Peas
  • Chicken
  • Salmon Meal
  • Eggs

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 Senior Dogs contains three sources of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Chicken Meal. Chicken 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. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.

The second 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 not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.

Another fish source present is Salmon Meal. Salmon 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. Salmon Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Whitefish but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and Selenium.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs contains Peas and Chickpeas. These 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 essential for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains 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.

Tapioca is a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Tapioca, which is also known as Cassava Root, is a staple of South America and is rarely seen in the western world. This means it is often used as a novel ingredient for dogs with allergies or sensitivities to other ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. Tapioca does not contribute substantial nutrition beyond its carbohydrate content but does contain the some B Vitamins such as Folate and the Vitamin B6.

Salmon Oil is a reliable source of the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids. In fact, Salmon Oil is particularly high in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid which is considered to be the more beneficial of the two. The Omega Fatty Acids are essential for an extensive range of reasons. They can help maintain a dogs skin and coat, they can reduce inflammation and they can help fight heart disease. The full list of potential benefits of the Omega Fatty Acids is far too numerous to list.

A noteworthy ingredient present in this formula is Tomato Pomace. Tomato Pomace is made up of tomato skin, seeds, and pulp. Its most beneficial feature is that it contains very high levels of soluble fiber which can aid and regulate digestion. Those high levels of fiber are the primary motivation behind this ingredients inclusion in most formulas as Tomato Pomace has little nutritional value.

Full Ingredient List – Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs

Chicken Meal (source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Chickpeas, Peas, Tapioca, Chicken, Salmon Meal, Chicken Eggs, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Freeze Dried Chicken, Salmon Oil, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Freeze Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Freeze Dried Chicken Heart, 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), Choline Chloride, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), L-Carnitine, Turmeric, Salt, Dried Kelp, Blueberries, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.