April 16, 2009
Posted By The Staff of Dr. Harvey's
Another Truly Amazing Rescue Story
In one month we have two amazing stories about Boxer rescue.
These pictures are so amazing we wanted everyone to see them. We thank Lisa for sharing Waldo’s story. We also thought you should all know about Kefir.
Lisa refers to this great fermented product as Kefir yoghurt, but it is actually not yoghurt. While there are certain similarities, they are different products. We will write a separate blog post very soon that will explore the tremendous benefits of this little known superfood.
But for the moment, please read and enjoy this heartwarming story of rescue. Discover how health can be found with love and a combination of natural and traditional healing.
My family and I were ready to adopt another Boxer. Friends of mine, in the rescue group we volunteer with, Second Chance Boxer Rescue called to say they transported a beautiful brindle boy. They thought he may be a perfect match for our family. They stressed that this poor guy was in need of some serious tender, love, and care. He lived most of the first year of his life in a garage and outside. Considering he had just turned one, I am sure it had been a long year for him. I thought it was best for me to meet this poor boy first so I could gauge his personality before introducing him to our 6 1/2 year old, 82 pound Boxer girl at home.
My First Reaction was to Cry
Doing rescue work for 5 years, I have seen and transported some really sad situations. My first reaction to Waldo was to cry. This poor boy was very neglected. He had a very serious case of Mange. This happens to young dogs that have not fully formed their immune system. Therefore, they cannot fight this off. It is a mite that lives under the skin. Mainly this comes from being stressed out (locked in a garage or outside) , poor diet and or lack of food. At no time would any true animal lover allow their dog to get to the point this poor guy was.
" I Gave Him a Hug and Told Him He Was Beautiful"
Waldo basically had some hair only on his neck area and face. Every other section of his body was hairless. Either gray skin where brindle fur should have been or an obvious hot pink skin where white fur should have. I got myself together (holding back those much wanted tears) and gave him a hug and told him how beautiful he was. Being a true Boxer lover I saw beyond the pink exposed skin. As soon as I looked into those sad eyes I just knew he was meant to come into my home. Having done volunteer work with my rescue group, I knew it was even more important to take in a boxer that truly needed a second chance. Keeping in mind that our rescue group had about 15 beautiful, healthy Boxers that would be adopted soon. I knew most people could not see the beauty I saw in this boy. I think most people would of stopped at the hot pink skin. This made me want him more and truly look forward to nursing this boy back to the healthy puppy he should be.
First Thought: Call Dr. Harvey
One of my first calls was to Dr. Harvey. We’ve been friends for about 2 years, ever since he helped my Boxer Abby who was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We were informed that untreated she would be dead in 3 months. Thankfully, with the help of Dr. Harvey, our Abby lived a very happy 9 months from the day she was diagnosed. Having this history with Dr. Harvey, there was no question that he would be the one I called first to help us with this “hairless Boxer”.
What to Do For Mange and More
I explained to him what a horrible case of mange we were up against. This was not the only medical issue Waldo had. He also came with a double ear infection to the point that both ears resembled cauliflower sprouts. You could not even see his ear canals. The daily regimen included: 1 oral syringe of Ivermax daily for mange, (2) antibiotics 2 times a day for infection, Ointment in both ears 2 times a day, and a peroxide bath which needed to stay on him for 10 minutes once a week.
After telling Dr. Harvey all of this he said “well he’s on everything that he needs to be on”. But there is one and only one thing you need to add to his daily feedings and that is Kefir yoghurt. Of course I said what is that and why? Dr. Harvey said it is the best yoghurt one can buy and it is best for the immune system. That was the pups biggest problem. I immediately went out and got Kefir yoghurt and Waldo has been getting this since he’s been with us.
Waldo has been with us for almost 11 weeks. The turn around in this pup’s appearance, personality, and health has been amazing. His ear infections are gone. He’s off the mange medicine. He still requires the antibiotics, but not for much longer. All of his fur is almost completely back. He’s gained almost 7 pounds. Most of all, I am so happy to say, those sad eyes that I originally saw, now sparkle all of the time.
Special Thank you
Dr. Regan (Squan Animal Hospital) with all of her unconditional devotion and experience to helping Waldo. I have to be honest if it was not for you I really don’t think he would of made it.
Dr. Harvey for his Kefir recommendation as well as his creation of the best dog food on earth Canine Health I know this was also a large part in getting Waldo onto the road of recovery.
Roz and Betty for thinking of us when you both transported Waldo.
Liz for all of your guidance on how to bring a new pup into our home, introduction with Sandy and everything I called you daily for lol!
Gregg for never saying “no” to me when it comes to helping Boxers in need.
Sandy for immediately loving Waldo, understanding his sickness and young age and loving him unconditionally no matter how he looked or smelled!
This is an amazing story that needed to be told.
April 12, 2009
Posted By The Staff of Dr. Harvey's
We get lots of “compliments” on our customer service. Our customers often comment on the speed with which we respond to
email, how quickly we get our orders to them, how we return phone messages and how we answer our own phones!
Of course the feedback we get most often is “Dr. Harvey actually spoke to me on the phone!”
Although we love to hear from you, we often are a bit surprised at these comments, because we couldn’t do it any other way!
We too are consumers and we know the frustration of dealing with a company that doesn’t respond, doesn’t answer their phone or takes weeks to respond to an email. If we hear one more" please listen carefully as our options have changed" we think we may scream.
In short, we treat our customers the way we want to be treated and we really find it hard to believe that other companies don’t do the same. We were well brought up. Our mothers told us treat others the way that you want to be treated and we took it to heart.
So keep telling us that we are doing a good job, but know that you should expect that same respect from every company that you contact.
Our mission is to educate and to help the animals. We know how important each and every one of your companions is to you. We know when you contact us, ask us a question or order a product that you want a quick response. We want you to be part of our Dr. Harvey’s family and we will always strive to treat you like family.
That’s how much we care and that’s the way it should be.
And yes, there really is a Dr. Harvey and you can call him and speak to him!
For us, it’s not customer service, it’s family service. And you are always welcome!
April 1, 2009
Posted By The Staff of Dr. Harvey's
Sometimes we get an email that is so amazing we have to post it on the blog. This email came to us from a wonderful woman, who generously gives her time and home to rescued boxers. Her email was so moving and her successes so compelling, that we felt that we had to post here it for all to read.
Her story is a personal story of her own rescued boxers, Bella, and London and that of her rescue group, who, following her lead have found amazing results by introducing Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Herbal Formula. We have been making this product for many, many years and have often heard from guardians about the benefits of this formula, but Gina’s story was overwhelming, even for us. We thought we should share her experience with this product with all of you. Please read the email we received from Gina:
I started to use Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin Mineral & Herbal Formula a few months ago. I purchased it originally for my 8-year-old Boxer who had terrible doggie breath. I had previously tried everything on the market including natural products with no luck. I was a little skeptical thinking that this was probably not going to work either, but within a matter of mere days her bad breath was completely gone! This is an issue we had struggled with for 6 years and we finally found a natural product that works great. It is very easy to give and she licks her bowl clean when we put it in her food. She even looks up afterwards like she wants more.
Since seeing this amazing improvement, I make sure every one of my dogs gets their daily scoops of Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin and Herbal Formula. We have never had any issue with any of them not wanting it.
I am also part of Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Illinois and we have used this product now on every single dog comes into my home to be fostered.
One of the most severe cases was Bella an 11-month-old Boxer. She was very emaciated and weighed only 32 pounds when we rescued her. She was loaded with intestinal worms and also diagnosed with a grade 3 heart murmur. As soon as we got Bella, we started her on this formula along with an all-raw meat diet. What a difference it made! The worms are now all cleared up; she has gained 17 pounds and has grown so much!
Bella Before and After
She’s now full of energy and doing great. Even her heart murmur went down to a grade 2, which is much better.
I cannot say that this formula cured her, but it definitely did help and she is so healthy and happy now. We have since adopted her ourselves and what a miracle this product is!
I have also seen great results with our 1 1/2 year old Boxer, London, who is our “problem child.” She is very rambunctious and gets nippy sometimes. Within a week of using this product with her she was so much calmer and does not get nippy any longer. Personally, I think she had such a severe vitamin/mineral deficiency, and now that she is back to good health she is a more balanced doggy.
I know for sure in her case that it was definitely this formula from Dr. Harvey’s, because if we miss giving it to her a couple days in a row she starts acting nippy once again! Others in our rescue have also used this product with many different breeds and they swear by it too.
Unfortunately, there are many cases that we get in through our rescue, BUT once being on this product for one week we notice a huge difference! I have to say that I will never stop using this product and I know that all the doggies thank me for it everyday. Thank you Dr. Harvey, it really is a miracle product in our house and in our rescue.
Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Multi to the Rescue
Thank you, Dr Harvey for being able to have a place where we can purchase good, worthwhile products. We really don’t know what we would have done without it. It means so much for us to be able to find something so good and from someone who actually cares enough to speak with you on the phone. It really is a miracle for us. Thanks again and always. Woof Woof!!! All the dogs thank you too!
Gina & Chris Bartucci
“Save a boxer today, They will love you for life”
March 16, 2009
Posted By The Staff at Dr. Harvey's
We recently received this email and were so moved when we read Cleo’s story that we wrote to Judi to ask her if we could post the story. Judi was kind enough to agree to sharing her story with others. We know that Judi understands the power that this type of story can have. We normally only post emails in our “What People are Saying” section, but this was so important we decided to post it on our blog.
Our hope is that when guardians share their experiences in this way that their experience may to help another guardian to find an answer for their companion.
We know that not everyone will have such a wonderful outcome, but we also believe that “terminals are for buses”.
If one companion animal gets better from this story, then we have done a good job and Judi has done a great thing by sharing her story with others.
“Six years ago, my Great Pyrenees was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer at the age of 5. Cleo is an exceptional member of our family. She has a vocabulary of over 275 words and is a very intuitive and sensitive friend and companion! To look into her deep and doleful eyes takes your breath away. She is indeed a great, Great Pyrenees and we are very attached to each each other and truly appreciate one another.
At the time I discovered the small cancerous tumor on her nose, I was in the middle of a bitter divorce and my ex-husband wanted to put her down. Cleo’s first set of “parents” divorced and didn’t want to keep their 2 Pyrenees, Caesar and Cleopatra. We rescued her when she was 3. I was beside myself with the thought of losing her now, in addition to the break-up of our marriage, as well as the sudden death of my mother at the age of 96. This all happened at the same time. My cousin, Dana, advised me to call Dr. Harvey and he told me that Cleo’s cancer didn’t have to be a death sentence. His advice lead me to his website which is filled with specific information on food preparation for dogs and cats. In addition to his dog food alternative, “canine health” – which is human grade food, there is a ton of info on nutrients that are vital for good health for pets and for we humans.
First thing I did was to stop feeding Cleo regular dog food which is loaded with things that are bad for dogs. Good health for everyone begins in the kitchen. It’s Dr. Harvey’s philosophy and my family has always felt strongly about the fact that you are what you eat. From what i learned on Dr. Harvey’s site, i chose to give Cleo (who is now going on 12 and looks great and feels good): ester c, manganese, alfalfa for her joints, as well as CoQ-10, which I also take, and alpha lipoic acid and pycnogenol.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. Finding Dr. Harvey and learning from him how to blend foods for my dog as well as what nutrients are vital to good health has truly been a blessing!
Thank you so very much,"Judi B and Cleo
February 20, 2009
Posted By The Staff at Dr. Harvey's
Our friend, CeliaSue Hecht, authors a terrific blog called Travel, She Wrote has written a great and funny post about her dog Cici’s top picks based on “drool factor”.
Guess what she picked as her favorite treat?
You can read about what Cici likes best on CeliaSue’s Blog,
Travel, She Wrote
February 10, 2009
Posted By Dr. Harvey
Why Natural Dog Food?
I know fresh is best. I know dogs don’t need, and are in fact harmed by, preservatives; coloring agents, synthetic ingredients, artificial flavorings and dyes that are added to commercial dog foods.
A truly holistic approach to natural dog food is to avoid all commercial foods. These are foods that you can buy in supermarkets, discount stores, big commercial pet stores and sometimes from your own veterinarian. ALL of these foods contain chemicals that should never be given to any dog. These substances will, over time cause liver toxicity and overload and begin the breakdown of the body’s immune system and the weakening of organ function. Many of these brands read all-natural dog food or holistic dog food on the bag. But it is what is inside the bag that matters to the life of your companion.
Even People Who Believe That They are Doing it Right…
I have spoken to literally thousands of guardians. Everyone wants to know what to do. They want to know how to feed their dog the right way.
“What should I feed my dog?”
My answer is always the same.
“Feed fresh, feed natural, avoid chemicals,preservatives, dyes and any artificial additives.”
The comeback is often the same.
" I feed kibble, but it has no preservatives. It’s holistic kibble. It’s expensive and holistic. it says so on the bag."
I take a deep breath.
My next question is “Does it contain meat?”
“Yes, of course it says chicken as its first ingredient.”
Then I have to ask, “If it has meat how can it stay in that bag at room temperature without going bad?”
“Doesn’t it have to have a preservative if there meat in it?”
“Well, yes I guess so.”
“ Would you leave meat on the counter, out of the refrigerator, for days and expect it to stay fresh? Of, course you wouldn’t. Meat needs to be kept very cold and even if you do that, it only fresh for a few days. You would not feed meat to your family that had been in the refrigerator for a week! If it is at room temperature it NEEDS a preservative or it would be rancid.”
Light bulb moment.
JUST BECAUSE THE BAG SAYS ALL- NATURAL DOG FOOD, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS PRESERVATIVE OR CHEMICAL FREE!
The Holistic Dog Food Approach
Natural dog food should be holistic dog food. This means it should allow for a variety of meats, oils and unrefined carbohydrates that provide vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids and amino acids as a foundation for a strong immune system, without the addition of preservatives, dyes or synthetic ingredients.
More importantly, holistic dog food should look at the whole dog. In a holistic approach a dog’s size, age, weight, breed, life experience, environment, lifestyle, living quarters and guardian must be considered. Yes, all of this should be considered when making a truly holistic dog food. Additionally one must consider that the diet has to be made from totally natural food sources and from this we formulate a diet and nutritional profile that reflects the individual needs of each dog and that is the holistic dog food approach. We have to consider that each animal is an individual and that is the most important aspect of a truly holistic approach.
All Natural Dog Food can be:
- Entirely Homemade – sometimes complicated and can be very time consuming
- Partially Homemade- Mixed with an all-natural Pre-Mix- very easy to prepare
- Commercial Raw- frozen or freeze-dried protein without additives- can be expensive
There are a many dog foods available today that do consider holistic principles, but too many are labeled as all-natural or holistic dog foods and they are far from it. All-natural means that ALL of the ingredients must come from nature. That means that any synthetic ingredient should not be included in the list of ingredients.
Avoid any food that has by-products or ingredients with chemical names that you can’t pronounce. Stay as close to nature as possible.
Buyer Beware-THINK, READ, UNDERSTAND
Don’t be fooled. Today fortunately, information about holistic nutrition is readily available to us all through the internet and other sources. And although not everything we read on the web is true or responsible, there is a great deal of good information and armed with this information and a big dose of common sense we can make better decisions for our companion animals. We can inform ourselves and help to give a better life to our companions with truly all-natural dog food and holistic dog food diets. READ, READ, READ. Read labels, read ingredient lists and look for quality. It makes a big difference in the life of your companion dog. Find the best all-natural dog food available.
Holistic Veterinary Medicine
Pharmaceuticals should be avoided if possible. Of course under certain circumstances, there may be a need for drugs. There are situations when there is an acute illness that requires immediate pharmaceutical intervention. But the regular use of drugs can damage the natural immunity of a dog and can lead to multiple issues including allergic reactions and a multitude of problems with body function. Holistic veterinarians often offer alternative treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine or chiropractic, as possible treatment modalities.
The Answer-Feed Truly All-Natural Dog Food
Try it for a month. See the difference in your companion when you switch to an all natural dog food diet. Try a holistic dog food approach. While it may take a few more minutes a day to give your companion the very best, the benefits for their long-term health far out way the small amount of extra time required. I KNOW you will be happy you switched and your companion will be happy and healthier and will thank you in all the ways that our companions do!
January 11, 2009
Posted By Dr. Harvey
It always amazes me when I lecture that when I mention Bee Pollen how few people know about it! Even people who know about Bee Pollen may never have used it for themselves or their companions. It amazes me because Bee Pollen is simply put, wonderful.
A Little Golden Miracle Food-Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen is a miraculous mix of pollen from flower blossoms that is gathered by bees and mixes with enzymes that come from the bees. This combination forms golden granules that are easily absorbed when orally ingested providing almost every nutrient necessary for life. These nutrients including protein, amino acids, amino acids, enzymes, co-enzymes, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are present in abundance making Bee Pollen a wonderful food for both humans and animals. Bee Pollen can be a powerful rejuvenator stimulating organs and glands. Bee Pollen can increase energy levels and is used by athletes who need to sustain performance and increase endurance.
Your Companion as Athlete using Bee Pollen for Dogs
This is also the case when used for animal athletes. Obedience and coursing dogs do well with the addition of Bee Pollen to their diet. Because Bee Pollen contains all of the nutrients needed for life it makes a wonderful tonic for all animals.
We use Bee Pollen as a daily tonic for dogs, cats and birds. We use it in our mixes to provide addition nutrients to our companions.
The Very Best Multi-Vitamin- Bee Pollen for Animals
Bee Pollen is a wholefood meaning it contains everything necessary to sustain life. It is the best multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that I know. I use is as one of the base ingredients in all of my herbal supplements
Additional Bee Pollen can be added to a companion animal’s diet to enhance their entire health picture. Animals that are recovering from an illness or suffering from a stressful situation often benefit from the addition of Bee Pollen in their diet.
Bee Pollen and Allergies in Animals
Bee Pollen can improve performance, strength and stamina.
Bee Pollen should not be confused with the pollen from flowers that causes allergic reactions. It is very rare to see an allergic reaction to Bee Pollen, which is collected from bees in the hive. In fact, one of the most impressive attributes that Bee Pollen possesses is its ability to reduce allergic reactions in humans and animals. Studies have shown that Bee Pollen helps with hay fever and other allergies and is effective in upper respiratory ailments
A Substance With Virtue= Bee Pollen
The virtues of Bee Pollen have long been touted in Chinese medicine. Numerous applications and virtues for Bee Pollen can be discovered in research from many different cultures and include, increased longevity, recovery from illness, reduction of cravings, disease prevention, reduction of allergic reactions, prevention of disease, blood fortification, bowel and intestinal regulation and the increase of vitality. Bee Pollen also has certain natural antibiotic-like properties and seems to have a positive effect on those receiving radiation.
Bee Pollen and Birds
We use Bee Pollen in our Avian Blends, as we believe Bee Pollen provides essential vitamins and minerals for birds of all sizes. Bee Pollen can increase color and plumage in birds and has been shown to help certain birds that are prone to plucking and self-mutilation.
You Have To Try It! It’s Bee Pollen
We like to take Bee Pollen right off the spoon. Our dogs love it mixed in plain organic yogurt and our birds get bee pollen in their food cups every day. It is a wonderful convenient and mega- healthy food that can be mixed in just about anything. If you have never tried Bee Pollen for yourself or your companions you are in for a great treat and a very healthful surprise.
November 29, 2008
Posted By Dr. Harvey
Controversy vs. Chemistry
I have been asked many times by people who feed their dogs a raw food diet about the use of grains as part of canine nutrition. I am aware that there is a great deal of controversy about the use of grains in the canine diet.
Since many of the people who ask about this are using Canine Health- The Miracle Dog Food , which is my pre-mix and the diet that I have advocated for over 25 years, I respond to their inquiries with the following information which is based on knowledge of chemistry and the facts.
For those who are using Canine Health- The Miracle Dog Food we look at the way in which the food is prepared “in reverse”.
Canine Health is prepared with 6 ounces of protein to 7 1/2 ounces of water, which makes a total of 13 1/2 ounces. To this we add 1/2 to 1 ounce of oil and 3 scoops of Canine Health, which is a mixture of 6 different organic grains and 9 different vegetables and herbs. These 3 scoops equal 2 ounces of which one ounce is vegetables.
So the total amount of grain is approximately 1 ounce per pound of food, which is equal to approximately 6% of the total prepared recipe.
In reality this is quite a small amount.
Grain to Provide Storage Glycogen
I use grain to provide glucose or storage glycogen, which is vital to a healthy canine diet.
Every athlete knows that taking in pasta or grain loading prior to an athletic event, provides the necessary storage glycogen for the athlete to have sufficient glucose for muscle performance for the duration activity. This glucose is necessary for all muscle function.
We Do Not Use Wheat, Corn or Soy
I have seen that wheat, corn and soy can cause problems with animals so we do not put them in Canine Health. Our grains are certified organic, pre-cooked and freeze-dried which makes them easy to digest free of preservatives and incredibly healthy.
Dogs are Individuals
Some dogs do well on a completely grain-free diet, and for them I made Veg-to-Bowl , a grain-free mix of wonderful dehydrated and freeze-dried veggies. This mixture blended with meat and oils makes a wonderful grain-free meal.
But some dogs do better with grains, in fact, in my experience, many, many dogs improve dramatically when using our Canine Health with raw or cooked meat.
Now the Real Chemistry…
Nature made all muscle and brain function (99%) using glucose and oxygen. Carbohydrates, such as grains, are stored in the in the liver as glycogen this is then released as glucose in the blood as the body requires it.
For over 55 years most of the original “commercial dog foods” were made with 100% grain, using primarily wheat and corn. We know now that these grains were used because they were inexpensive fillers. Today most commercial foods still contain 40-70% grains.
I am not here to knock any other manufacturer, but I know that the companies who manufacture these foods don’t have even the slightest clue about good nutrition for dogs. What we do know, is that given in small amounts with lots of other nutritionally sound additions, grain is very beneficial to a dog’s overall good health.
I see that dogs do incredibly well and thrive on 6-10% grain
in their diet. Dogs are able to utilize the glucose from grains, as athletes do when they are performing.
We have come a long way in understanding how best to feed our canine companions.
We now know how to do it better and improve our lives and the lives of our companions by providing the best nutrition possible.
Grains Provide Many Essential Nutrients
The Real Problem with Commercial Pet Food
I am positive that the real problem with commercial pet food is the added preservatives, coloring agents, poor quality protein sources and poor quality fat sources.
Feeding natural and healthy protein, rotating the source each week, adding good healthy oils, also rotated weekly, together with vegetables and a small amount of organic grains, will dramatically improve a dog’s health and well-being.
This is what I know makes the optimal diet for dogs.
November 11, 2008
Posted By Dr. Harvey
It is amazing to me that a supplement like Co Enzyme Q10 or Co Q10, as it is sometimes called, is known by so few. Those people who do know about this wonderful supplement use it religiously for themselves, but most never think to give it to their companions.
Why you should know about Co Enzyme Q10
This supplement is remarkable and I recommend it for all dogs and cats over the age of 7 years. Co Enzyme Q10 is not just a superb antioxidant, but has properties not found in other supplements.
Co Enzyme Q10 is protective of the heart and cardiovascular system and can retard the aging process and slow the progression of chronic degenerative diseases. This substance is produced naturally by the body, but as we age the production diminishes. This is true in dogs and cats also.
I have found that older dogs and cats benefit enormously when this supplement is introduced and administered on a daily basis.
I am hoping to spread the word about this supplement, because I have seen great results and I believe many animals lives could be greatly enhanced by the use of this supplement.
Knowledge is power.
So useful is this supplement that some enlightened cardiologists recommend it across the board to patients with heart disease, a history of heart attack or hypertension and generally for their patients over the age of 40.
I have seen that older dogs and cats benefit greatly from the daily use of Co Enzyme Q10 , not just to reverse existing health problems, but to prevent problems from occurring and I am always in favor of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Such an easy addition and so many benefits!
This is such an easy step in a program of good health for our mature companions and the results can be extraordinary.
November 8, 2008
Posted By Wendy Shankin-Cohen
These animals were truly a little light in the darkness.
Note: We brought my mom home from the hospital yesterday. She has a long way to go, but we expect a full recovery.