Instinctive Bite Dog Food Review

Instinctive Bite Dog Food Review
8.4 Total Score
  • Good ingredients all round
  • Brown rice as a decent grain
WebsiteInstinctive Bite
Country of originAustralia
Available fromPet Circle

Instinctive Bite is Pet Circle’s answer to a decent home brand. Don’t let the words “home brand” put you off, it’s pretty good.

We’ll take a look at the Original Chicken formula for this review, but they also offer grain free formulas if that’s your preference.

The first ingredient is chicken meal, so we’re off to a good start. The packaging claims 60% meat, so we can be pretty sure the chicken is a significant ingredient. We also find poultry oil and poultry digest further down the ingredients.

Instinctive Bite Dog Food Review

The grain inclusion is the favourable brown rice. It’s one of the better choices of grain, especially compared to wheat or ambiguous “cereals” which many foods are made from. The carbs sits around 36% which is on the positive side.

The next two ingredients are in smaller proportions to the first two. These are peas and besan. Peas add protein and fibre and are considered okay to feed in smaller proportions. Besan (chickpea flour) is higher in protein, and combined with peas offers a decent mix of vitamins and minerals.

Instinctive Bite Dog Food Review

As we get to the lower half of the ingredients we find a decent mix of oils, vitamins, minerals, veggies (in small doses), and it’s really nice to see a DHA blend (excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids). Another nice plus point is they haven’t used any unnatural antioxidants or preservatives. Great stuff.

Instinctive Bite has the hallmarks of a decent food. Recommended.

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Australian Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Besan, Poultry Oil, Poultry Digest, Coconut Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Carrots, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Inulin, DHA Blend, Natural Antioxidants, Yucca Extract,Vitamins (C, E Supplement, B3, B5, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, B6, A, Folic Acid, B7, B12 Supplement,D3), Minerals ( Zinc Sulphate, Iron Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Selenium).

8.4 Total Score
Well balanced

  • Good ingredients all round
  • Brown rice as a decent grain

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9 months ago

I think the issue with the salmon does indeed pertain to “fat”, I think they’ve made it too rich, added too much salmon frames and oil and that’s the cause of the many bad reviews.

Let me explain, this won’t be a pleasant read haha.

I buy jerky sausages from the Biltong Man, I don’t buy them online, but from a butcher shop. They cost $9.50 for 100g and are the most awesome things ever.

Now they say lean meat but their actually quiet fatty, this fat adds a nice flavour, but too much of it causes me wicked foul smelling gas. Sound familiar to the reviews?

So yeah I reckon that the issue with the salmon pertains to it being too oily and rich and like me with my sausages, dogs get the same symptoms.

I know they wanted to bring people to their foods with meat/fish percentages, cause you know 70% salmon, sounds amazing. But I think for a fish so rich in oil, they should’ve just done a 40% one. Especially since they still add coconut oil to the food.

I feel 40% would’ve been the fine line, the best line in fact. But I guess since bad reviews keep piling up and they still haven’t changed anything about it. But bought out new foods instead. That they are not going to change anything about it, not any time soon anyways.

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