Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb Review

//Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb Review

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb Review

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food - Lamb
Instinct dog food is a protein rich, vitamin supplemented dog food formula that does not contain allergens, chemicals, artificial colors or preservatives.

Instinct Raw Boost is the first grain-free kibble with freeze dried raw in the same sack. The kibble provides high protein nutrition along with freeze dried raw pieces to offer your dog raw food.

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Lamb Meal and Salmon Meal Dog Food is specifically formulated to feed dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and activity levels providing a balanced nutrition.

Containing a high content of meat with a blend of vegetables, fruits, vitamins, minerals and nutritious oils, this formula promotes the development of healthy muscles and strong bones.

Perfect for dogs with food allergies, this formula is highly digestible, grain-free and gluten-free. This recipe makes it easier to include raw food in your dog’s diet on a daily basis.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Lamb, Salmon Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Freeze Dried Lamb, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney
  • Fat and Oil: Canola Oil, Salmon Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Tapioca
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, Tomato Pomace, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Chickpeas, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Pumpkinseeds, Cranberries, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Blueberries
  • Flavorings: Natural Flavor
  • Preservatives: Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Butternut Squash, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Chicory Root

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 34.5 % (min.) 37.5 %
Fat 17.5 % (min.) 19 %
Fiber  5 % (max.) 5 %
Moisture 8 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 35 % (EV)
Omega 6 1.7 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 1 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Instinct Raw Boost Lamb and Salmon Meal for dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for all life stages.

This dog food formula is a grain-free and meat-based dry dog food including a substantial quantity of various named species as its central sources of animal protein.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Lamb is a high quality ingredient with abundant beneficial nutrients. It is used here as a fresh meat and as lamb meal. Lamb is an excellent protein source for dogs. It is highly palatable and easily digested.

White fish meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish) is an excellent source of high-quality protein and is very easily digested by dogs. It is powder made by rendering and grinding both whole fish and the bones and offal from processed fish.

Menhaden fish meal is another protein rich meat concentrate. Menhaden is a small ocean fish related to herring. It is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids.

Salmon meal is a highly digestible protein source. It provides essential amino acids, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle development and energy.

Lamb liver is a very beneficial, nutrient-dense food for dogs. It is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin A, copper, folate, riboflavin, and selenium and contains good levels of zinc, vitamins C, B5 and B6, protein, niacin, phosphorous and iron. It is easily digested and highly palatable.

Lamb kidney offers good quality protein, essential fatty acids and many vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Carbohydrates: Tapioca is a medium quality ingredient. However it is nutritionally adequate and unlikely to cause problems. It is used here as a carbohydrate but due to its general lack of all nutrients other than starch, it is generally regarded as a low grade filler for dogs.

Fat and oil: Canola oil is a controversial ingredient in dog foods. Critics claim that its relatively high content of the toxin, erucic acid may be a cause for concern.

Salmon oil is high in omega 3 fatty acid, which supports skin and coat health, as well as DHA for cognitive development.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are a good source of protein and Vitamin A. They are also packed with fiber to help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. Peas are a source of health-promoting antioxidants. However, some dogs may present some difficulty in digesting peas and develop some gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and vomit.

Tomato pomace is a blend of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is an excellent source of fiber and it is rich in the antioxidant lycopene. However it may be considered as a controversial ingredient because it is a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Alfalfa meal is a rich mineral food containing abundant amounts of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese) and vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C).

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume family of vegetables. They contain about 22% protein. You should take this in account when judging the real meat content of this dog food.

Montmorillonite Clay is rich in many trace minerals. Reported benefits include the neutralization of some mold-based toxins and the control of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.

Carrots are excellent sources of vitamin A which is important to eye, as well as numerous minerals, soluble fiber and abundant natural antioxidants.

Apples are an excellent source of pectin, a water-soluble fiber.

Pumpkinseeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic conditions. They contain the amino acid called cucurbitacin. This amino acid paralyzes and removes the worms from the digestive tract. Pumpkinseeds are full with protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your dog’s good health.

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants. These elements fight free radicals (toxins) in the body. They are also a natural acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health.

Ground Flaxseed is rich in the essential omega 3 fatty acids. Flax is also a good font of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. However, Flaxseed can interfere with reproduction cycle in dogs because they contain phytoestrogens which are molecules that can mimic reproductive hormones.

Dried Kelp is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. It is a good antioxidant thus it is beneficial in helping to protect against cancer.

Broccoli and blueberries are rich in Vitamins A and C, calcium and excellent sources of antioxidants.

Flavor: Natural Flavor is a term that can be used for any extract from any food. So it is a very broad term and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more doubtful ingredients like digest.

Supplements: Fermentation Product helps to maintain normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine.

Rosemary Extract is used as a natural preservative. It is a powerful antioxidant which is able to slow down the oxidization process and may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Apple Cider Vinegar aids to maintain the acid/alkaline balance of your dog’s body. It also helps with digestive health, allergies and parasites such as fleas, ringworm, ticks, fungus, and bacteria.

Dried Chicory Root is a source of inulin for dogs. Inulin is a prebiotic that feeds the good bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract.

This food also contains chelated minerals which are minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb we give a 4.25 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

This dry dog food formula contains an exclusive blend of high protein, low carbohydrates, and nutrient dense kibble plus freeze dried raw that provides a delicious flavor that all dogs love.

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb main benefits:

  • Blend of high protein kibble and freeze dried raw pieces
  • Inclusion of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for skin and coat health
  • Probiotics to maintain healthy digestion
  • Complete and balanced for all life stages and all breeds
  • Grain-free and gluten-free formula
  • Highly digestible
  • Nutritionally dense

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Kibble Dog Food – Lamb

Positive Aspects

  • Lamb, Salmon Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Freeze Dried Lamb, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney
  • Salmon Oil
  • Tapioca
  • Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Chickpeas, Montmorillonite Clay, Carrots, Apples, Pumpkinseeds, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Blueberries
  • Fermentation Product
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Blend of dry and raw food
  • Grain free

Negative Aspects

  • Canola Oil
  • Peas, Tomato Pomace
  • Ground Flaxseed
  • Natural Flavor

Available in: 4.1 lb (1.86 Kg); 23.5 lb (10.4 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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