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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I prepare fresh food for my companion dog?

Feeding your dog the most natural chemical-free diet is the best way to keep him or her healthy and increase longevity. Chemicals, coloring agents and preservatives not only promote disease, but they can cause allergies, skin reactions and tax a animal’s immune system.

How do I switch my dog to Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl?

Switching a dog to Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl is usually a simple and exciting process. Dogs love Dr. Harvey’s and there is usually no need to allow any period of time for a dog’s body to adapt to this new and wonderful food. Most dogs love the taste and digest the food well. So unless your dog has a history of digestive problems you can just make the switch. Dr. Harvey’s all-natural diets are so healthy that even dogs with a history of digestive problems tolerate the switch very well. In fact, most dogs with digestive issues improve dramatically in just a few days with Dr. Harvey’s foods. Detailed feeding guidelines are included in every bag of Dr. Harvey’s.

My dog has skin allergies. Will Dr. Harvey’s help?

We have seen dramatic and positive changes in many dogs with skin conditions when they are switched to an all-natural, chemical-free diet such as Canine Health and Veg-to-Bowl.

How long until I see improvement?

Most animal guardians report improvement in their companion’s condition within a few weeks,sometimes even sooner. Digestive issues can improve and even clear up in a matter of days! However some conditions can take up to 2 months or longer to clear up completely. It is important during this period to make sure you are not adding any preservatives to your pet’s diet. In other words, do not supplement with commercial food or give treats that have preservatives in them.

How do I make this food?

Detailed instructions on how to make Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food and Veg-to-Bowl are included in every bag. It really is very easy and worth the little extra work it takes to prepare these superior foods.
Basically you just add water,meat and oil and that is all it takes. Amounts are based on the size, weight and age of your companion. Both of these foods can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

I have tried many foods for my dog and he doesn’t like them. Will he like Dr. Harvey’s?

Dogs absolutely love Dr. Harvey’s, but all dogs are individuals. If for any reason your dog does not eat our food or treats, we offer a complete money-back guarantee. No questions asked!

My dog has problems with his kidneys and my Vet wants him on a low protein diet. Can I use your food?

Because you add your own protein to our foods you can control the calorie, fat and protein content.
Please feel free to call us if you need help in deciding how much protein to add to your dog or cat’s diet.

My dog is constantly itching and flaking what can I do?

We suggest changing to a totally natural diet that includes no preservatives at all. We have had great success with many dogs by changing to an all-natural diet. We also think that adding essential fatty acids such as flax seed oil, fish oil and borage oil will
Health and Shine is a great way to these essential fatty acids.

Can Dr. Harvey’s Pre-mixes be used for dogs with diabetes?

One of the best things about Dr. Harvey’s pre-mixes is that a guardian can control the protein and fat content of the daily diet. In the case of diabetes, it is most important that the animal has sufficient protein, fresh food of high quality, fresh non-toxic water and certain supplements including a good whole food multivitamin supplement, chromium, Co Enzyme Q10 and Alpha- Lipoic Acid. These supplements along with a natural fresh diet will support the pancreas and help to balance blood sugar levels. While some animals will require medication, it is possible to lessen or eliminate insulin treatments with these suggestions. Dogs with diabetes should, of course, be monitored by a veterinarian. Maintaining your companions weight is also critical, but a low fat diet is not a good solution as the fat in the food is essential for metabolism. Using Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl and adjusting the protein to be over 26% can make provide the proper ratio of protein to carbohydrates. This will mean a lower carbohydrate intake, which is exactly what you want for a diabetic dog.
Be careful with treats. Using all meat treats such as Power Patties and Le Dogue bites are a great solution for spoiling your diabetic dog without adding fat or carbs to their diet.

Can Dr. Harvey’s Pre-mixes be frozen?

Yes. Dr. Harvey’s pre-mixes can be frozen with or without the meat included. This is convenient for travel and for leaving your dog with a dog sitter.
The most important thing to know about freezing it NOT to freeze the oil. The addition of oil is a very important part of feeding Dr. Harvey’s. The oil should be added to the defrosted mix just before feeding. The oil also should not be heated. If you use cooked meat, add the oil after you have cooked the meat, just before serving.