Instinct Dog Food Ingredients

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Instinct manufactures roughly 75 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Instinct ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Instinct uses roughly 178 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Instinct, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. beef
  2. chicken meal
  3. pea
  4. tapioca
  5. apple

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Instinct is beef. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by pea, tapioca, and apple.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Instinct does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 75 Instinct dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Instinct does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Instinct have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 178 Instinct ingredients. According to our data, Instinct does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 3 controversial ingredients inside Instinct products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
5 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid)
12 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid):

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Instinct ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Instinct Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Instinct Be Natural Real Beef & Barley Recipe

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Instinct Be Natural Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Instinct Be Natural Real Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe

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Instinct Be Natural Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Beef

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Duck

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Rabbit

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon

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Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe With Real Duck

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe With Real Salmon

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe With Real Lamb

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe With Real Turkey For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Recipe With Real Turkey

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Instinct Raw Boost Healthy Weight Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Beef

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Duck

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Large Breed Puppies

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Puppies

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Senior Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe With Real Duck

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Chicken For Toy Breed Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe With Real Venison

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Instinct Raw Boost Small Breed Grain-Free Recipe With Real Beef

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Instinct Raw Bites Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Raw Bites Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Raw Bites Grass-Fed Lamb Recipe

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Instinct Raw Bites Real Beef Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Raw Bites Cage-Free Chicken Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Raw Medallions Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Raw Medallions Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Raw Medallions Grass-Fed Lamb Recipe

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Instinct Raw Patties Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Raw Patties Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Beef Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Chicken Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Duck Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Lamb Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Rabbit Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Signature Real Venison Recipe For Dogs

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Instinct Original Canned Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Real Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Real Lamb Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Real Rabbit Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Small Breed Real Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Real Beef & Venison Recipe

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Real Lamb Recipe

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Real Rabbit Recipe

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Small Breed Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Original Canned Stew Beef Recipe With Carrots & Peas

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Instinct Original Canned Stew Chicken Recipe With Carrots & Peas

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Instinct Original Canned Stew Lamb Recipe With Carrots & Green Beans

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Instinct Original Canned Stew Turkey & Cod Recipe With Spinach & Carrots

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Instinct Original Canned Stew Turkey & Duck Recipe With Cranberries & Green Beans

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Instinct Original Cups Beef Recipe In Savory Gravy For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Original Cups Chicken Recipe In Savory Gravy For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Original Cups Rabbit Recipe In Savory Gravy For Small Breed Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Beef Recipe

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Blends Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Blends Real Beef Recipe

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Cage-Free Chicken Recipe

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Gut Health For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Immune Health For Dogs

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Lamb Recipe

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Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Mobility Support For Dogs

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Instinct Healthy Cravings Real Lamb Recipe In Savory Gravy

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Instinct Healthy Cravings Real Salmon Recipe In Savory Gravy

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Instinct Healthy Cravings Real Beef Recipe In Savory Gravy

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Instinct Healthy Cravings Real Chicken Recipe In Savory Gravy

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Real Lamb Recipe In Savory Gravy For Dogs

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Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey Recipe In Savory Gravy For Dogs

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