November 4, 2011
Posted By Dr. Harvey
My mother used to say, “If I had a nickel for every time someone said that, I would be rich”. I feel that way about many things that I hear from guardians, but one particular issue comes up so frequently, that if my mother’s saying was true, I would indeed be rich! That issue is the picky eater. Guardians worry terribly as they try one dog food after another and they watch as their pup “turns their nose up” to everything.
My solution is always the same. I tell the frantic guardian that they have a highly intelligent companion dog that knows dog food is not for him or her. They are usually very skeptical when I suggest trying real, fresh food.
“My dog won’t eat anything."
“I’ve tried everything!”
So I recommend trying fresh, real food with Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl and oh the joy when they call or write to tell me that their dog loves the food! “It’s a miracle” they say. Once again I remind them how intelligent their pup is and that their instinct leads them to the foods that they need and are healthy for them. The dogs aren’t picky they’re smart!
Megan Says It Best
We recently received this email from Lucy’s mom Megan. Her email was wonderful to read and because we know that there are so many guardians who are frustrated by their “picky eater” we decided to share her words with you. This is the email that we received from Megan detailing her journey with Lucy’s eating problems:
“Dear Dr. Harvey,
I have a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, Lucy, who has always been a picky eater. Not only that, she’s had stomach issues all her life – everything I’ve fed her has given her vomiting fits and diarrhea. I found a bland kibble that she seemed to like, but never really ate all of it and would occasionally vomit, though the diarrhea subsided. She slept a lot, and it was obvious when she wasn’t feeling well.
A Chance Meeting
I was out on a walk when I met a woman named Barbara with a dog who was lively, sweet, and happy. We got to talking about our dogs, and I complimented how happy her dog seemed to be. She told me it’s the food, that most dog foods are chock-full of chemicals and preservatives, and these things can negatively impact the behavior of a dog. She recommended your food, saying that it’s the best thing she’s ever done for her dog. I went home and looked up your website. There’s an expression, “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”. After all, Lucy wasn’t THAT bad… she wasn’t vomiting very frequently, didn’t have diarrhea and she ate her kibble regularly. Maybe I met a crazy woman, maybe she was wrong. After stalking the website, watching the videos, reading the testimonials and ingredients in your food, I caved and bought a small bag of Veg-to-Bowl, just in case Lucy didn’t like it.
I brought home the bag and mixed a little of her kibble into the food, fearing that she would throw up and/or have diarrhea from the food switch (that is typical when I used to switch her food on her). I added the protein (some raw beef) and oil as well. My picky Lucy, who hated just about everything I fed her, literally ate AROUND the kibble to get to the Dr. Harvey’s mix. She’d take a bite and spit up the kibble, savoring the rest. I watched her in anticipation of the vomiting and diarrhea that was sure to follow – but she never did have a bad reaction to the food. I immediately stopped mixing in the kibble in on day 2. Again, she devoured it without any negative reaction. By day 3, her coat felt softer, her breath smelled better, and she was acting more like a puppy. She’s not lethargic. She’s happy. She does a tap dance when she sees me take out the bag. My fiancé, probably more doubtful than me, is amazed at the change in her health and behavior.
I Was as Skeptical as it Gets…
I was as skeptical as it gets about making the switch to your food. I was worried about the expense, the time, the commitment of making her dinner every night… but now I’m never looking back. I’m going to buy more of your products, because now I believe what Barbara had told me – it’s all in the food. I’m telling everyone I know about how awesome Dr. Harvey’s food is – my Lucy is living proof, and they should feed their pets Dr. Harvey’s. I hope you never stop making your product, because this is now a staple in Lucy’s life, as well as future pets I may have.
And by the way, thank you for making it really simple to make the food. I have a lot going on in my life and it’s not a hassle at all. It’s ridiculously simple, and usually I just save a little meat from the dinner I’m making and put it in her food. I can’t thank you enough – but please, don’t stop making this food!
Your new faithful customer and her grateful dog,
Megan and Lucy"
We thank Megan for sharing her story and hope that it will help other guardians who want to do the best for their companion dog.
November 19, 2011
Posted By Dr. Harvey
There is little doubt that feeding homemade food to your pets will dramatically improve their overall health. Additives found in commercial pet food make your pets vulnerable to many health problems that can be avoided by switching to a chemical-free, homemade diet. Feeding a daily diet of truly natural homemade food can help everything from allergies to kidney disease, arthritis and cancer.
Below are the Top Ten Reasons to Make the Switch for Your Pet:
1. Ability to control the quality of the ingredients
2. Increase longevity
3. Ability to avoid synthetic ingredients
4. Ability to avoid toxicity caused by preservatives
5. Avoid dyes and coloring agents
6. Maintain healthy weight-increase energy
7. Improved skin and coat
8. Avoid allergies
9.Improve dental health
10. Avoid common degenerative diseases (Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Cancer)
All of these benefits can be achieved with a minimum of effort and the results are so rewarding.
You CAN do this for your dog!
November 6, 2013
Posted By Dr. Harvey
Finding Better Nutrition for Your Pets
Commercial pet food has existed for only about 80 years. The food we are most familiar with for pets is the artificial diet of kibble and canned food. Prior to the advent of these “pet foods” dogs and cats ate scraps from their owners tables. There is no evidence that feeding commercial pet food has been a benefit to domestic dogs and cats and in fact there is evidence that these commercial and denatured, poor quality foods are dangerous and detrimental to our pets long term good health.
Better Than Kibble and Cans
These two forms of pet food, kibble and canned, have been the mainstay of commercial offerings for dogs and cats. The last decade has shown a sharp increase in a demand for a different kind of food as guardians have begun to understand the enormous benefits of feeding foods that are neither canned nor kibbled. As the benefits of feeding raw foods and fresh whole foods have become evident to guardians worldwide a revolution in the feeding of pets has begun. As the understanding of optimal nutrition for pets has made clear that kibble and canned foods are not an appropriate diet for animals, new healthier and more nutritious ways of feeding whole foods have become available.
Freeze-Dried-A Better Option
One of the newer and better options that is quickly gaining in popularity throughout the country is freeze-dried foods.
Pets parents have quickly understood the benefits and convenience of feeding a freeze-dried diet to their dogs and cats.
Freeze-dried foods can provide all of the many health benefits of frozen raw foods without much of the mess and fuss of a frozen or refrigerated diet.
Those who feed raw diets believe that this is a far healthier way to nourish their dogs and cats. They often see dramatic improvements in their dog’s health after switching to a pure whole food diet. Dogs plagued with various skin allergies, picky eaters and overweight dogs improve when they fed a strict diet of whole raw foods. Meats and vegetables can be freeze-dried to make this type of diet easy to prepare. In most cases, freeze dried foods are “just add water and serve”. This gives dogs and cats the benefits of a homemade raw diet as freeze drying leaves the ingredients as close to fresh as possible and does not require additional chemical preservative to stay for long periods of time at room temperature.
Freeze-dried diets provide the following benefits to their dogs:
• Better skin and coats
• Less likelihood of allergies
• Fresher breath
• Optimal weight management
• Improved digestion
• Smaller, less smelly stools
• Improved oral health
• Overall Improvement in Health and Immunity
Feeding frozen or fresh raw foods can be messy and time-consuming especially if you have to gather all the ingredients yourself and try to balance your dog’s nutritional needs.
The Advantages of Freeze-Dried Foods
Ease of use is only one reason why a freeze-dried diet can be perfect for those who want to feed raw, but want the convenience of kibble.
It has the ease and convenience of kibble yet it’s comprised of the same ingredients as a raw or fresh diet and contains no preservatives. The food is not messy to prepare or feed. The food will already be nutritionally balanced so you don’t have to spend time choosing the ingredients or making the food yourself. You can still give your dog raw bones for recreational chewing. Never give your dog cooked bones. Freeze-dried foods also have a long shelf life making them ideal for traveling with your dog or cat and for keeping in an emergency survival kit. No additional refrigeration or freezing is required. You can store freeze-dried foods easily in any kitchen cabinet.
How Does Freeze-Drying Work?
Freeze-drying is a process that removes moisture from the ingredient without the use of heat as in dehydration. All the guardian needs to do is add water back to the freeze-dried food to rehydrate it.
The freeze-drying process includes freezing the food, lowering the pressure around the food, removing the moisture, and sealing the product. The freeze-drying process acts as a preservative, which is how the food can last for so long without any other preservatives.
Choosing a Freeze-Dried Food
When choosing a freeze-dried food look at the ingredient list and consider the same things you would consider when choosing a raw food diet for your dog or cat. Check the amount of protein, fat, and fiber on the guaranteed analysis. Freeze-dried foods are a great alternative for people who want to feed a raw or home cooked diet to their dog or cat. Animals will absorb the same nutritional benefits of eating raw foods without the mess. The foods are nutritionally balanced, easy to handle and store, plus they keep for a long time. We recommend making sure the ingredients are sourced in the USA and that the food in made in the US.
Dr. Harvey’s Oracle-When You Want Serious Nutrition for Companions
In 2013 Dr. Harvey’s launched Oracle, a unique line of freeze-dried foods for dogs and cats. Freeze-dried foods are a great alternative for people who want to feed a raw diet but do not want to deal with frozen foods. Dogs get the same nutritional benefits of eating raw without the mess. Oracle is nutritionally balanced and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Oracle for dogs and cats is easy to handle and store and it keeps at room temperature for a long time.
The reception for this unique food has been overwhelmingly positive. Pet parents are thrilled to find the Dr. Harvey’s quality in a complete food. Oracle provides the perfect diet for the pickiest of eaters and for the most discerning of pet parents. Made with freeze-dried antibiotic and hormone free proteins, Oracle provides the highest quality nutrition for dogs and cats. Oracle’s special blend of protein, vegetables and herbs makes this “just add water” diet the perfect solution for guardians who want the best diet and do not have the time to prepare homemade raw food from scratch. Oracle has become very popular for dogs suffering from allergies, obesity and other health issues and is especially helpful with dogs and cats that are extremely finicky.
Dr. Harvey’s is proud to have made such a fine and convenient food that is so close to the fresh foods that we have offered to pet parents for over a quarter century. Oracle is seeing the future of animal nutrition.