Instinct Dog Food Dcm

Has Instinct Dog Food Been Recalled?

Here’s a list of all recalls since 2009 related to Instinct dog products. Updates are added as soon as new recalls are posted.

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Does Instinct make a dog food for weight loss?

Dog foods designed for safe and effective weight loss typically contain below-average calories and fat. Instinct Raw Boost Healthy Weight meets these standards. For more options, you can view all The Dog Food Advisor’s best dog foods for weight loss here.

Which Instinct Sub-Brand Is Right for You?

In the section below, you’ll discover Instinct’s 6 most popular sub-brands. We’ll share what makes each one different. So, you can choose the food that best suits your dog.


Original is Instinct’s classic grain-free kibble… ideal for those who prefer a high-protein, dry diet.

  • No corn, wheat, rice or barley
  • 39-42% protein (above-average)
  • Added 30% fruit and veggie blend
  • 5 recipes (ratings consistent)
  • Rating:

    Raw Boost is Instinct’s premium dry food. The grain-free recipe starts with a high-protein kibble… and adds in real freeze-dried raw meat… all in the same bag.

  • No BHA, BHT or other high-risk preservatives
  • 33% mean carbs (below-average)
  • 15 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    This is Instinct’s limited ingredient grain-free dry kibble… and a smart choice for a dog with a suspected food sensitivity.

  • Only one animal protein, one vegetable per recipe
  • Each kibble piece is raw-coated
  • 3 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    This is the wet version of Instinct’s dry limited ingredient canine diet (above). For the same reasons, this canned line may be helpful for dogs with possible food sensitivities.

  • Single animal protein source
  • Tasty topper for matching limited ingredient kibble
  • 3 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    Instinct Original grain-free wet boasts a fine-chopped pate texture… which makes it an easy-to-mix, tasty topper to enhance any dry kibble.

  • 2 can sizes. Ideal for small or medium breeds
  • 95% meat, low carb recipe
  • 6 recipes (ratings vary)
  • Rating:

    Instinct Raw Frozen includes 100% fresh raw (not cooked) meat and veggies… minimally processed to preserve the integrity of every ingredient.

  • 85% fresh uncooked meat
  • 15% non-GMO fruits and veggies
  • 5 recipes (ratings vary)
  • FAQ

    What dog food brands are linked to DCM?

    The FDA recently published the 16 brands of pet food that were linked to greater than 10 cases of DCM in dogs.

    What Dog Food Brands Are Associated With DCM?
    • Acana – 67.
    • Zignature – 64.
    • Taste of the Wild – 53.
    • 4Health – 32.
    • Earthborn Holistic – 32.
    • Blue Buffalo – 31.
    • Nature’s Domain – 29.
    • Fromm – 24.

    Does Instinct dog food contain taurine?

    This recipe doesn’t contain any added taurine, however taurine is found naturally within meat, with the level varying depending on the type of meat. This recipe has a taurine content of 0.24% on a dry matter basis.

    What dog foods are not linked to DCM?

    The 10 Best Dog Foods to Avoid DCM
    • The Farmer’s Dog Chicken Recipe — Best Overall. …
    • Evanger’s Super Premium Dry Dog Food — Best Value. …
    • Annamaet Original Option Dry Dog Food — Premium Choice. …
    • Dr. …
    • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Mini Breed Dry Dog Food — Vet’s Choice. …
    • Dr. …
    • Nature’s Logic Dry Dog Food. …
    • FirstMate Dry Dog Food.

    Is Instinct dog food human grade?

    Unfortunately our recipes cannot be classified by the USDA’s definition of human grade because our facilities are used to produce pet food rather than human food.