Raw Proof

The results of a 24-month research investigation into a species-appropriate diet for dogs

As raw food has become more popular with dog lovers so, too, has demand for hard evidence as to its safety and efficacy. Veterinary professionals, in particular, seek reassurance. Naturally, they do not wish to recommend anything that could have adverse health implications.

With this in mind Honey’s Real Dog Food launched a species-appropriate diet research investigation. This report describes the first two elements of that investigation together with the results. First, we set out to establish whether a raw food diet could meet the highest possible nutritional guidelines for adult dogs, as set out by the European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF). Second, whether such a diet would prove to be nutritionally adequate when fed to a meaningful sample of adult dogs over 26 weeks using an extended version of the rigorous trial protocol set out by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

If you are looking for research relating to a species-appropriate (aka raw food) diet for dogs, here it is.

  • Introduction by Dr Richard Allport BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS
  • Reviewed and approved by an international panel of experts including Ian Billinghurst BVSc (Hons), Bsc Agr, Dip Ed and Clare Middle BVMS CVAc CVHom
  • Includes plain-English description of the research plus all the actual results

The RCVS and ASRU have advised that authority under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 should have been obtained to conduct the Raw Proof study, given that it involved a regulated procedure carried out on protected animals for a scientific or educational purpose.

Finally, here is the PDF!