We partnered with a university-led research program to quantify the impact of raw pet food on dogs’ health.
Instinct is proud to have a multiyear research agreement with Dr. Anna Hielm-Björkman and the DogRisk independent research program at the University of Helsinki. We are the only raw pet food company in North America to sponsor this study.
Together, they are making groundbreaking discoveries to better understand the role of nutrition in our pets’ health and well-being — including the power of raw. We’ve seen how raw diets can transform pets’ lives first-hand, and we’re closer than ever to understanding how.
Researcher Dr. Anna Hielm-Björkman, DMV, PhD, is the Principal Investigator at DogRisk Research Group, University of Helsinki.
Canine atopic dermatitis, often called “environmental allergies,” is caused by an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to one or more substances in the environment. Symptoms for pets include itching, excessive scratching, ear infections, hot spots, greasy or flaky skin, hair loss, and excessive chewing on the paws.
*Statistically significant; puppies 1-2 months of age.
Likelihood of developing allergies by diet
Puppies fed kibble are 182% more likely to have environmental allergies as adults than puppies fed raw*.
Why It Matters
Raw pet food is high in protein, with a broader range of functional compounds and no cooking toxins at all. All of this protects the immune system as a puppy from developing allergies as an adult.
Likelihood of developing allergies
IBD appears to be an abnormal immune response to, or because of, an abnormal gut microbiome on a background of genetic predisposition. Symptoms include chronic vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, or any combination of these symptoms.
**Statistically significant; puppies 1-6 months of age.
Risk of developing IBD by diet
Puppies fed kibble are 61-85% more likely to develop IBD as adults compared to puppies fed raw**.
The work doesn’t stop here. Our partners are currently pursuing how a raw diet can impact the following health issues:
At Instinct, we have a dedicated team of experts crafting and making our raw recipes, from food scientists to quality control engineers to our on-staff board certified veterinary nutritionist. Together, they have decades of experience in pet food.