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LEADING THE WAY IN SCIENCE-PROVEN RAW NUTRITION

LEADING THE WAY IN SCIENCE-PROVEN RAW NUTRITION

We partnered with a university-led research program to quantify the impact of raw pet food on dogs’ health.

We partnered with a university-led research program to quantify the impact of raw pet food on dogs’ health.

University-Led
University-Led
Cruelty-free
Cruelty-free
observational study
Survey Based
Survey Based
16,000 dogs
16,000 dogs of all
ages & breeds
Researching the power of raw nutrition

Researching the power of raw nutrition

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.

The Raw Studies

Canine Atopic Dermatitis / Environmental Allergies

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.

The Learnings

Puppies fed raw have fewer environmental allergies as adults than puppies fed kibble*.

*Statistically significant; puppies 1-2 months of age.

Likelihood of developing allergies by diet

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

Developing a stronger immune system

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

Likelihood of developing allergies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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.

The Learnings

Puppies fed raw have a reduced risk of developing IBD later in life compared to puppies fed kibble**

**Statistically significant; puppies 1-6 months of age.

Risk of developing IBD by diet

Risk of developing IBD by diet

Puppies fed kibble are 61-85% more likely to develop IBD as adults compared to puppies fed raw**.

CONTINUED RESEARCH

The work doesn’t stop here. Our partners are currently pursuing how a raw diet can impact the following health issues:

Mobility Issues
Hip Dysplasia /
Mobility issues
Chronice Ear Infections
Chronic
Ear infections
Cancer
Cancer

Team of Experts

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 and vet techs. Together, they have decades of experience in pet.

Susy Tejayadi Susy Tejayadi PhD Chief Scientific Officer
Susan G. Wynn Susan G. Wynn DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition) Sr. Director of Scientific Affairs
Helena Soedjak Helena Soedjak PhD Sr. Director, Product Safety & Quality
Jason Meents Jason Meents B.Sc Sr. Director of Research & Development
Jennifer Brickley Jennifer Brickley B.Sc Director, Product Safety & Quality
Sean May Sean May Director of Strategic Sourcing
Robbie Swanson Robbie Swanson Head of Production & Operations
Eric Newgard Eric Newgard Process Improvement Manager
Stephanie Striar Stephanie Striar Certified Veterinary Technician Education & Training Associate
J.C. Cash J.C. Cash Certified Veterinary Technician Training Specialist

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