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Banjo Was Diagnosed with Kidney Failure

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Nothing makes us happier than when a pet parent feels compelled to write to us and tell us how their precious companion’s health improved after using our food and talking to Dr. Harvey. This has to be one of our favorites. Banjo’s mom, Terri, wrote to tell us about this adorable 12-year-old Shih Tzu and how he improved so dramatically after changing Banjo’s diet!

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I Had to Write to You

Dear Dr. Harvey,

I have been trying to find where I can leave you reviews and I can’t seem to find anywhere so I am emailing you and you can feel free to post it wherever you would like to. You have been such a help to us and we are so thankful!

Banjo’s Diagnosis-Our Hearts Were Broken

Our little 12-year-old Shih Tzu, Banjo, was diagnosed with renal failure as well as anemia. Our hearts were broken and we were, of course, doing everything the vet advised us to do. He was getting worse and worse and we really felt we were a few days away from losing him. Dr. Harvey’s food ad popped up after doing some research and we decided to purchase his Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food. Our little guy loved it.

We Changed His Food and Then We Called Dr. Harvey

A few days later I decided to call and hopefully speak with Dr. Harvey himself. What a wonderful, kind man. Dr. Harvey advised us of multiple things we needed to do that our local vet had never mentioned as well as things that our vet didn’t even know anything about. We made the changes immediately and Banjo started to look brighter and more alert.

In Just 6 Days He Was Back to Himself!

Within 6 days our little guy was himself again. I cannot begin to tell you how sick he was…he could hardly stand to urinate, he wasn’t even holding his urine, his appetite was not good, he was incredibly lethargic, etc. After just 6 days of eating Dr. Harvey’s food (he advised us of exactly how much protein to add), as well as implementing the other things he told us about and he did a complete turnaround.

It Was A Miracle

It was honestly miraculous! Now we speak to Dr. Harvey about once per week and he continues to guide us. What a blessing this man is. He has restored my faith in the kindness of people, and reminded me that there is still a lot of good left in the world.

Thank You From Banjo!

Thank you, Dr. Harvey, from the very bottom of our hearts. And if Banjo could talk, I promise he would tell you that he loves you and thank you so much!

Terri McConnell, Jason McConnell and Banjo

*UPDATE ON BANJO-7/9/17

This food is simply incredible . We have a 12 yr old Shih Tzu with compromised kidneys . We started him on this food , as well as a few other things Dr Harvey recommended and the change in his health and energy has simply been miraculous. I also just have to say that he is eating more now than he did before he got sick ..Dr Harvey advised us how much of our own quality protein to add . Our Banjo LOVES this food ! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this food and about Dr Harvey as well.
Terri McConnell

I would just like to add that when we found this food, Banjo was so sick he wasn’t eating on his own. I had to mix this food with more water and blend it so that I could feed him with a syringe. After a few days I noticed that Banjo was licking the end of the syringe indicating that he wanted to eat this food. I mixed some up according to the directions and didn’t blend it and he ate a lot! That was a couple of months ago and he is still enjoying this food and is so much better. His vet cannot believe his recovery! It is truly a miracle and we are so thankful for this food and everything that Dr. Harvey and his team have done to help our little guy get better!

Jason McConnell

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Protecting Our Dogs On the 4th of July

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A Great Day for Humans – Not Great for Dogs

The 4th of July means a day free from work and school full of cookouts, pool parties, good food, fun games, and then gathering together with friends and family to watch fireworks. It’s the perfect end to the day—but only if you’re not a dog.

Fearful Dog

Here are some quick tips for dog safety during 4th of July fireworks:

Do Not Bring Your Dog to a July 4th Celebration

Wanting to include your pup in the day’s festivities is admirable, but please leave your dog at home. Even dogs who don’t seem to mind loud noises can be affected by the thunderous booms of fireworks. Some dogs can even have delayed reactions to loud noises and not show symptoms until much later. So do your four-legged pal a favor and leave him safe at home while you go out and celebrate Independence Day.

Do Use ID Tags at All Times

An alarmingly high number of dogs are lost during fireworks displays because they’re trying to get away from the scary sounds, which is why it’s so important that your dog has identification on him or her at all times. Even responsible owners can find their pets slipping out of their collars and escaping through a door or window after a particularly loud burst of noise. So tighten that collar and make sure those tags are firmly in place.

Do Plan Ahead

Some dogs are more noise-sensitive than others. If your dog has issues with loud noises, plan ahead for fireworks displays by staying home with your dog or taking your pup to an indoor care facility where he or she can be watched and soothed by professionals.

  • If you do choose to stay home, try to keep your dog in a quiet place
  • Stay as far away from exterior walls and windows as possible
  • Watch for signs of stress
  • If your dog panics, be calm, try to redirect his or her attention with treats or toys
  • Don’t punish the behavior as they have no control over it.

There are also a number of different products available on the market to help fearful dogs cope, such as body wraps like Thundershirts, soothing music, and even medication for truly serious cases.

Dr. Harvey’s Relax and Stress

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Supplement-Relax and Stress can be very helpful. It is safe and natural and has been effective for thousands of anxious pups. This powdered supplement can be put in food or water the day before and on the day of the fireworks.

The 4th of July doesn’t have to be a scary time for your dog if you follow these tips. Happy Independence Day!


Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets for Dogs with Diabetes

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Finding the Best Diet for Your Dog with Diabetes

Deciding what kind of food to feed a healthy dog is difficult enough, but when your dog is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease like diabetes, it becomes even more important to pick the right diet plan.
Unfortunately, most pet parents are still feeding their dogs commercially canned and kibble food. While these types of food are extremely popular and can be found in many stores, the truth is commercial pet food is not good for pets and is at the root of the crisis in our pets’ health. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, feeding your pet commercial dog food is essentially like giving your pet fast food every day. And, as we all know, a constant diet of fast food leads to many health problems down the line.
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Why You Need to Avoid Commercial Pet Food

But what exactly is in commercial dog food that makes it so bad for our pets? Starches, for one thing. Not-so-fun fact: did you know that it takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to stick together? Almost all commercial dog foods are loaded with high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients like corn, rice, peas, potatoes, and other low-grade non-meat fillers. Sadly, these fillers cause rapid glucose spikes that can contribute to or worsen your pet’s diabetes.

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A Diet Low in Carbohydrates

According to Dr. Karen Becker, “… 90 percent of pet foods out there contain totally inappropriate ingredients that are not nourishing and actually create low-grade inflammatory processes, diabetes, and obesity. All the same health issues occurring in the pet world are occurring in the human realm in terms of overall health.
Sugar, of course, causes an insulin release. Insulin then causes blood sugar to drop. Cortisol is then released to rebalance blood sugar. So dogs and cats are dealing with this whole cycle of carbohydrate ingestion, insulin release, and cortisol release.”

Dr. Becker concludes that animals were not meant to eat the high carb diets that most commercial pet foods offer.
Diabetes in dogs is a serious and complex condition, but research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates can help to normalize your dog’s blood sugar levels and encourage weight loss. This is why it’s so important for pet parents who have a dog that has been diagnosed with diabetes to consider a nutritional intervention using a diet that is low in carbohydrates.

Slowing Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet

By changing your sick pet’s daily regimen to a diet rich in fats, low glycemic vegetables and medium amounts of high-quality proteins, you will be giving your beloved companion the very best chance to heal and thrive. Many pet parents have seen that disease progression can be slowed and even halted and reversed by feeding their dog fresh and healthy food. This type of diet is referred to as a ketogenic diet, meaning that the body is burning ketones as its primary fuel and not glucose.

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Regulating Blood Sugar with Diet

This state of ketosis regulates blood sugar and allows the cells to heal. Glucose is a “dirty” fuel, while fat burns much cleaner in the body. So by replacing carbs with healthy fats, your dog’s cells’ mitochondria, the insides of each cell, are less likely to suffer damage from free radicals and can heal. Carbs, grains, certain high sugar content fruits, starches and starchy vegetables all turn to glucose in the body, which is why these ingredients must be avoided in order to help your dog heal.

The Paradigm Shift

Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm is a specially-blended “green food” pre-mix which makes an ideal base for a nutritionally complete low-carb diet. In addition to considering a low carbohydrate diet for your dog, Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm also includes different herbs to boost the immune system, encourage healing, and help to increase overall good health. These ingredients include turmeric, ginger, red clover, milk thistle, dandelion, slippery elm, and cinnamon.
There is no question that what you feed your dog can change their well-being and their outlook for a long and healthy life. When confronted with health challenges, like diabetes, using nutritional tools can help your dog to heal sometimes from even the most difficult of diagnosis.

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Managing Your Dog’s Diabetes

How we look at feeding our companion animals needs a new paradigm and there is now a body of research that concludes that feeding your dog fresh meals that consist of high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and low amounts of carbohydrates can encourage healing and promote wellness.
Transitioning a dog with diabetes to a low-carb diet should be done slowly. Pet parents should always consult with their veterinarian and let them know that they are changing their dog to a low-carb diet.

Paradigm’s unique formulation contains only low glycemic vegetables, and absolutely no starch or grain. As a result, complex carbs are digested more slowly, and glucose level increases are safely spread out over time vs. delivered all at once in an unhealthy and dangerous surge.
Managing your dog’s diabetes means constant care, but there is growing evidence that diabetes can be managed and your pet can live a happy life if dietary changes are made.
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Paradigm is Perfect!

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Paradigm has become a great solution for many pet parents who need a low-glycemic homemade diet for their dog. We received an email from Remington’s mom, Lisé, who reached out to tell us about feeding him this extraordinary diet. We are sharing this so that other pet parents who may be looking for answers, can see how well it is working for this beautiful dog.

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He LOVES the Food!

Dear Dr. Harvey’s,
How nice of you to follow up! So far, so good with the Paradigm food. Remington LOVES the food with pork or beef, but I’ve discovered he’s not a fan of eggs. We’ll be trying a few other proteins soon. I’ve been feeding him a commercial raw diet for years, but he’s very ill with an autoimmune disease and I’ve exhausted all other options, so I have to put him on Atopica (an immune suppressant). I needed to switch Remington to a cooked diet because of this medication.

I Am So Happy We Found Paradigm!

I am so happy I found Paradigm! I’m a big believer in a low glycemic diet for dogs, especially dogs with inflammatory issues, and I was a bit overwhelmed thinking about how I was going to create a balanced cooked diet, since I certainly wasn’t going to feed Remington kibble. Paradigm is perfect!

Caring for a Sick Dog

I am so pleased all I have to worry about is the protein. Remington’s health issues require me to spend a lot of time each day on various soaks, antiseptic cleansing, applying ointments, etc. It’s such a relief to have a healthy, ready-made pre-mix food base from a trustworthy company. It’s one less thing for me to do and worry about, which is really a blessing when caring for a sick dog.

Thank you,

Lisé J. Polard, ABCDT, CPDT-KA


Thanks for Everything!

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I Had To Write to You

Good Morning, I wanted to write to you and tell you… Thanks for EVERYTHING!

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Dr. Harvey has been helping my Chadwick and I really appreciate every moment of his time. I have never had an experience quite like it, we have been blessed with great vets, but Dr. Harvey is more than that he is a great human being who really cares. Chadwick has been eating the Fine Ground Veg-to-Bowl for about a month, to say he is picky is an understatement.

Chadwick Loves the Food!

He LOVES Dr. Harvey’s Fine Ground Veg-to-Bowl! Chadwick is 11 years old and a two-time cancer survivor and has had some kidney issues and is now battling some liver function issues. His kidney issues were quickly rectified with Dr. Harvey’s and I know we will also get to the bottom of his liver issues with Dr. Harvey’s help.

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You Are Always There for Me

Dr. Harvey is always there to speak with me and calm me down and we couldn’t be more grateful for his products and his guidance. I am looking forward to trying the new Paradigm food as well :)

Thanks so very much,

Kristen H. Zachariev and Chadwick

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Bear Loves Paradigm & We Love Him Right Back!

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Dear Dr. Harvey’s, Thank you!

Thank you so much for the follow-up email!
I must say, I really appreciate (and was pleasantly surprised by!) the personal touches we have encountered with Dr. Harvey’s so far – the handwritten note that came with the sample, as well as your email just now.

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Diagnosed with Cancer

Bear is a 10.5-year-old Yellow Lab who was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma
in February of this year. We are going strong 2.5 months later thanks to switching from standard kibble to a home-cooked anti-cancer diet and adding in supplements (turkey tail, Yunnan, baiyo). The diet change has been difficult for both of us. His tastes and preferences have been changing with the medicines he is on, and while preparing his meals is a labor of love, it is still very time consuming, not to mention costly and wasteful if he decides he doesn’t want to eat a certain dish any longer after I have prepared several days worth.

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The funny part is that although we have been working on WHAT he will eat, we certainly don’t struggle at actually getting him to eat once we find something he likes! His appetite is even better than before he was diagnosed thanks to his supplements (turkey tail, mainly!).

Bear Has Enjoyed This Food

All of this to say – Bear has enjoyed Paradigm very much (to my surprise – he has a history of turning his nose up at green things LOL), and he will be very sad tonight when he finishes his last serving.

Thank you!!
Best, Annie (and Bear!)

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The Paradigm Shift is Here

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Introducing Paradigm!

Paradigm is a specially-blended “green food” pre-mix, an ideal base for a nutritionally complete low-carb or Ketogenic diet, and most importantly: a transformative new way to help dogs prevent, manage and overcome serious health problems such as obesity, immune system weakness, diabetes, and cancer.

Thanks to Paradigm, caring and concerned pet owners know that every meal they feed their companion contains absolutely no grain, no starch, or no fillers, and delivers:

  • Powerful healing herbs that improve health and act as a natural blood purifier
  • A blend of low glycemic vegetables that digest slowly to prevent glucose level spikes
  • An abundance of powerful and nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support all body systems and aid in healing
  • A total nutritional package when mixed with moderate amounts of fresh protein, water, and high-quality fats
  • A low-carb formulation that robs cancer cells of their sugar (glucose) energy supply

Dr. Harvey’s is happy to announce the launch of this incredible new food for dogs. In keeping with our tradition of being pioneers in the feeding of companion animals, Dr. Harvey’s presents Paradigm. This completely unique green-food premix is meant to be a highly nutritious and healing base for a low carb or ketogenic diet for dogs.

We believe that this food is the first of its kind available anywhere in the world.

“We know the top issues that dogs struggle with, in North America absolutely are exacerbated by sugar. We know that cancer needs sugar as a fuel source. Diabetes — we know that sugar is a direct cause of type 2 diabetes. Obesity – we know that fat doesn’t make your dog fat – carbs, sugar, and starch make your dogs fat.” Dr. Karen Becker

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A Special New Food from Dr. Harvey’s

This amazing green food pre-mix is based on studies and research by holistic vets and medical researchers who confirm that the top health issues plaguing our canine population are severely worsened by sugar and carbohydrates in the diet. Paradigm in conjunction with high-quality fresh protein and healthy fats will be the base of a low-carbohydrate or Ketogenic diet.

Conditions that can be helped by this type diet include but are not limited to:

  • neurological disorders
  • seizure disorders
  • weight problems
  • immune system weakness
  • diabetes
  • cancer

Our Ingredients Tell it All

Dr. Harvey’s has always cared deeply about the quality of ingredients that we use in all of our products. Each ingredient in Paradigm has been selected for its specific healing properties making it an outstanding food that is completely packed with vitamin, mineral, antioxidants and healing herbs.

Paradigm contains:

Broccoli, Green Beans, Bone Broth Red and Green Bell Pepper,
Cabbage, Pumpkin, Kelp, Alfalfa, Celery, Turmeric, Spirulina, Ginger,
Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm, Dandelion, Cinnamon,
Tri Calcium Phosphate

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Just Add Water, Protein, and Oil

Paradigm is easy to prepare. Simply rehydrate the mix with water or broth and add protein and oil for a complete healing meal for your dog. Feeding Guidelines based on weight and age are included in every bag of Paradigm.

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Dogs Love the Taste

One of the most impressive and wonderful things about this mix is that dogs love the taste!

Paradigm makes it so easy for pet parents to feed a very healthy meal who want only the best for their companion heal or maintain optimal health.

Paradigm to Boost Immune System Strength

Paradigm contains a range of powerful healing herbs that can improve health and act as natural blood purifiers.

These include:

  • turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • milk thistle
  • dandelion
  • red clover

Paradigm also includes Bone Broth, known for its immune system healing and strengthening properties. Bone Broth can aid in digestion, strengthen joints and improve skin and coat.

This powerful formula is a safe, effective and 100 percent natural way to boost immune system strength and function. And of course, it’s all mixed together in a delicious recipe that dogs crave and love — even picky eaters!

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Paradigm to Help Prevent & Manage Diabetes

It takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to stick together. Commercial dog foods are loaded with high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients like corn, rice, peas, potatoes and other low-grade non-meat fillers. These cause rapid glucose spikes that can contribute to or worsen diabetes. Paradigm’s unique formulation contains only low glycemic vegetables, and absolutely no starch or grain. As a result, complex carbs are digested more slowly, and glucose level increases are safely spread out over time vs. delivered all at once in an unhealthy and dangerous surge.

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Paradigm to Help Diminish the Rate of Cancer Cell Growth

Sugar (glucose) that comes from carbs is the main source of fuel that feeds cancer. The high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients used in commercial pet foods are cheap, plentiful. Yet this is what has been marketed to us as “complete and balanced”.That’s why Paradigm’s low carb and starch-free formulation effectively robs cancer cells of their energy supply. We’re interested in feeding dogs and extending life, not in feeding cancer cells and shortening life. In addition to feeding Paradigm, we suggest working with the Ketogenic model of medium protein, low carbohydrate and high fat for dogs.

“It takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to actually stick together like a cookie. How on earth if you have a dog with cancer, could you feed that dog kibble, knowing that it’s constituted of that much sugar? And we know through science what sugar is doing with cancer.”
Rodney Habib, Pet Nutrition Expert

Paradigm to Help Reduce & Maintain Weight

Paradigm is a specially-blended as an ideal “green food” pre-mix that is an ideal base for a low-carb diet. It’s ideal for obese and overweight dogs who will enjoy an abundance of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – but without fat-causing and health-damaging carbs, sugar and starch and fillers. What’s more, since Paradigm is a high-quality source of nutrition vs. conventional kibble and canned food, your companion will be more active and energized – which is a big part of getting fit and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Paradigm will be available to pet parents everywhere from Dr. Harvey’s beginning on April 15th, 2017.

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Thank You for Saving Our Logan

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So Many Compliments After a Very Rough Start

Hello Dr. Harvey and Staff,

I wanted to take the time to give you an update on our now 9-year-old Boston Terrier, Logan. He has been on your Canine Health Mix since he was 8 months old. Logan was a picky eater due to his problem with chewing food and having brachycephalic reconstructive surgery.

Over the course of his wonderful years and numerous compliments from vet specialists on his form, muscle build, phenomenal shiny tuxedo coat, and of course his awesome personality it has to be all thanks to you and your formula!

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Now that He is a Senior…

Being the older “American Gentleman” now, we have placed him on your Golden Years Supplement for the past year along with Coenzyme Q10 as we have been informed that he has a low-grade heart murmur and we can certainly see the difference since starting these supplements!

I only hope that others can see the wonders that your formulas can do and have done for my Logan.
He’s 9 but really has the life of a 2-year-old pup. Thank you so much for keeping up the great formulas and products, and always sharing your stories, but most of all thank you for saving our Logan and his health. Without you, Logan would be on countless medications!

We Always Want Only the Best for Him!

We take pride in Logan’s health and finding the best alternatives

Dr. Harvey’s food and supplements gave us hope for Logan when all else failed including vet suggestions. In spite of what the vets want us to feed our fur babies, I honestly believe it is junk food. The motto for nutritionists is “if you can’t pronounce the name on the label don’t eat it!” I firmly believe in that.

I hope other pet parents can turn to your products like we have done with our fur baby.

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Love,
Patricia & Scott Medeiros proud parents to Logan

PS. We’ve attached some photos of our bundle of love

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When Your Pet's Diet is Critical

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Our animal population is sick and getting sicker. Kidney disease is rampant in our canine population as is cancer and diabetes, not to mention obesity. Kibbled food for pets is the equivalent of feeding only junk food to our children. Eventually, their health will suffer. We see the detrimental results of this type of diet every day.

The Pet Food Industry and Animal Nutrition

In the last decade, there have been some significant trends in pet nutrition that have helped to improve the way we feed our pets. Even with these innovations, the majority of pet parents continue to feed their companions commercial dog food.
Some guardians may look for a “better way” to feed their pets, but are often swayed by marketing strategies that convince them that some brands of kibble or canned food are better than others. Most pet parents believe they are giving their pets a healthy diet and often buy more expensive commercial foods equating the higher cost with a higher quality. Unfortunately, most of this marketing is false and most of our pets are being fed a poor diet with a very low level of nutrition. The pet food industry and its commercial pet food offerings has led to a startling rise in canine and feline kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

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Looking for Alternatives

Receiving a diagnosis of one of these diseases is shocking for a pet parent. They may have never considered that the food that they have been feeding their beloved pet could be so detrimental to their health.
When a companion animal becomes sick or is dying guardians are often motivated to explore new ideas in nutrition and may begin to examine what they have been feeding. Many who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a pet to illness vow that they will find a better way and that they will feed their next pet a healthier diet. Many guardians are desperate to find answers and to help save their dog or cat.

Pet Food is Making Our Pets Sick

A small number of visionaries in the veterinary world have spoken out about problems in the pet food industry and the lack of nutrition in commercial pet foods. Their concerns along with a growing number pet parent advocates has given rise to some better and cleaner ways to feed our pets. Becoming more popular are, home cooking, better commercially available dehydrated, freeze-dried and frozen pet foods, raw diets and grain-free options. These options have received some level of acceptance with a group of concerned pet parents, but in reality this group remains small and although the impact has been felt, it has largely been ignored by the veterinary community and it has only been exploited by the pet food industry giving rise to so-called “all-natural” kibbled food. Nutritional concerns along with a growing number of pet food recalls has also fueled the desire for better foods for our companion animals.

Kibble dog food

For the most part, however, the overwhelming majority of companion animal guardians still feed commercially canned and kibbled food to their pets. These types of foods line our supermarket shelves and are a convenient and relatively inexpensive way to feed pets. Moreover, this type of feeding is accepted and indeed, recommended by most veterinarians. After all, it is pet food that is made expressly for pets. It is touted as being “complete and balanced” according to AAFCO, the regulatory body that oversees requirements for animal feed. This regulatory group makes nutritional recommendations, which are followed and adhered to by agricultural departments in each state in the US. The problem is that commercial pet food is not good for pets and is at the root of the crisis in our pets’ health.

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine”

So what can you do to keep your pet healthy and what can you do if your dog gets sick? There is a growing body of evidence that strongly suggests that feeding real, fresh foods to dogs and cats will give them the best chance of avoiding serious diseases. There is also evidence that diet can help lessen the harmful effects and even reverse diseases such as kidney insufficiency, cancer, and diabetes, all life threatening conditions in pets.

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What can you do to keep your dog healthy?

The answer to keeping your dog healthy is simple. Feed your dog real fresh food using high-quality protein, good quality fats and a variety of vegetables as the basis for their daily diet.

And if my dog gets sick?

Many of us know the feeling of complete helplessness when being told that our pet has a life-threatening disease. Many of us know the heartbreak of losing a pet to such an illness. There is a real terror of the costs involved in caring for a sick pet, not to mention the emotional weight and overwhelming sadness that most people experience when their beloved companion is diagnosed with a deadly disease like cancer or a disease that needs constant care like diabetes.

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Changing Your Dog’s Diet

But there is growing evidence that cancer; diabetes, kidney disease and obesity can be managed by dietary changes. Pet parents have seen that disease progression can be slowed and even halted and reversed by feeding a diet that is rich in real foods, high in fat, low in carbohydrates and uses moderate amounts of fresh high-quality protein. This type of diet is referred to as a ketogenic diet, meaning that the body is burning ketones, as it’s primary fuel and not glucose. This state of ketosis regulates blood sugar and allows the cells to heal. Glucose is a “dirty” fuel, while fat burns much cleaner in the body. So by replacing carbs with healthy fats, your cells’ mitochondria, the insides of each cell, are less likely to suffer damage from free radicals and can heal. Carbs, grains, certain high sugar content fruits, starches and starchy vegetables all turn to glucose in the body. These ingredients must be avoided on this type of healing diet.

So What Does this Mean For My Dog?

If your dog has cancer, diabetes or is overweight this type of diet can be extremely helpful. It will consist of low carbohydrate vegetables, medium amounts of high-quality fresh protein and added fats for energy.

Other Ingredients that Heal

In addition to a healing low carb or ketogenic diet, there exist in nature certain ingredients that have been shown to have a powerful healing effect on humans and animals they are a wonderful addition to a canine diet:

Turmeric
Cinnamon
Ginger
Milk thistle
Dandelion
Mushrooms, including:

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)
Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)
Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Shiitake

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Exploring Superior Nutrition for Sick Dogs

Finding a healing diet for a pet with a chronic disease who is in a health crisis can feel daunting and complicated.
New evidence shows that it does not have to be that difficult. By changing your sick pet’s daily regimen to a diet rich in fats, low glycemic vegetables and medium amounts of high-quality proteins, you will be giving your beloved companion the very best chance at healing and thriving If your pet is healthy and you want them to enjoy good health and long life the earlier you begin feeding this health-giving diet the better chance your fur baby will have to maintain wellness throughout a long life.

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A New Paradigm for Cancer, Diabetes and Obesity in Companion Animals

Posted By The Team at Dr. Harvey's

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Our mission has always been to provide information that will help pet parents to make the best choices when deciding on how to feed their companion animals and achieve optimal wellness.

We provide foods that are often the solution to a guardian’s quest to find nutritional answers to chronic or recurring health problem. To that end, we have, for over 30 years, provided foods that help pet parents to feed their companions a daily diet that is made from fresh, safe and healthy ingredients. We have seen miraculous improvements in so many dogs, cats and birds and we have helped healthy animals to remain healthy.

In our quest to provide continuing education and cutting edge information on animal nutrition we continue to search for the newest research available.

We recently attended the 2nd Annual Conference on Nutritional Ketosis and Metabolic Therapeutics in Tampa, Florida where we were privileged to hear scientists, doctors, veterinarians and researchers from around the world discussing the benefits of a ketogenic diet for humans and animals.

There is a great deal of evidence that this diet may help certain conditions such as seizures, and other neurological conditions, cancer, obesity and diabetes in both humans and animals.

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

This diet is high in fat, supplies adequate protein and is low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body. Fat is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Another effect of the diet is that it lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures, may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and helps regulate diabetes and obesity.

Help with Cancer

At this conference, we were pleased to hear about the work being done at the Keto Pet Sanctuary in Texas, where they have been conducting successful trials with shelter dogs with cancer.

At the Keto Pet Sanctuary, they feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet.

The Keto Pet Sanctuary is a state of the art facility that provides a variety of alternative therapies for dogs with cancer. Dogs at the sanctuary are fed a . diet that is high in fat, uses moderate amounts of protein and is very low in carbs. The diet is meant to slow or halt the growth of cancer-based on the theory that cancer cells feed on sugar (including carbohydrates that break down to sugar) and will not survive on fat.
The results are promising and sometimes miraculous.

For more information on the Keto Pet Sanctuary

Carbs and Cancer-the Connection

Rodney Habib, pet nutrition expert and researcher, recently spoke about findings from Veterinary Oncologists showing that there is a strong correlation between too much sugar, high carbohydrate and high starch diets and cancer. He is currently working on a documentary called, “The Dog Cancer Survival Series.” He has traveled the world looking for nutritional studies that provide alternative nutritional diets for dogs with cancer. These nutritional modalities include raw food and fresh food, caloric restriction, metabolic therapies and ketogenic diets. He has also created an organization called the Paws for Change Foundation.

In a recent video, renown holistic veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, explained, “Everyone is talking about the damaging effects of high starch, high carb diets, pro-inflammatory diets. We know that these diets can contribute to diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. We know that there is an absolute correlation to the amount of sugar that a mammal eats and their predisposition to cancer.
We know that’s true.” Food matters… According to some experts, there is no question about the correlation between carbs and sugar that could be a cause and exacerbating cancers.

Help with Canine Nutrition

High-quality fresh protein in moderate amounts including:
• Beef
• Turkey
• Chicken
• Eggs
• Lamb
• Fish

Fats that can be added include:
• Coconut Oil
MCT oil
• Hemp Oil
• Butter or Ghee
• Flax Seed Oil
• Fish Oil
• Olive Oil

A diet rich in green low-carbohydrate and other low-glycemic vegetables can be helpful.
Recommended vegetables are:
• Broccoli
• Green Beans,
• Cabbage
• Celery
• Red Bell Peppers

Sea vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as:
• Kelp
• Spirulina

Help with Diabetes

While diabetes in dogs is a serious and complex condition, there is evidence to show that a diet that is low in carbohydrates can help to normalize blood sugar levels and encourage weight loss. We encourage pet parents who have a dog that has been diagnosed with diabetes to consider a nutritional intervention using a diet that is low in carbohydrates.

Dr. Karen Becker explains:
" … 90 percent of pet foods out there contain totally inappropriate ingredients that are not nourishing and actually create low-grade inflammatory processes, diabetes, and obesity. All the same health issues occurring in the pet world are occurring in the human realm in terms of overall health.

Sugar, of course, causes an insulin release. Insulin then causes blood sugar to drop. Cortisol is then released to rebalance blood sugar. So dogs and cats are dealing with this whole cycle of carbohydrate ingestion, insulin release, and cortisol release.”
Dr. Becker concludes that animals were not meant to eat the high carb diets that most commercial pet foods offer.

Help with Weight Loss

Obesity in dogs is at near epidemic levels in the US. If you have ever had a dog that is overweight, you know how difficult it can be to reverse the condition. Obesity in dogs can lead to the development of a host of health problems including, diabetes, joint problems, and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is not just a vanity problem; it is in fact, a serious condition in dogs that adversely effect your dog’s health and longevity.

Ingredients that Sustain Health

In addition to considering a low carbohydrate diet for your dog there are herbs that Dr. Harvey includes to boost the immune system, encourage healing and help to increase overall good health.

These ingredients include:
• Turmeric
• Ginger
• Red Clover
• Milk Thistle
• Dandelion
• Slippery Elm
• Cinnamon

Giving Your Dog the Best Chance

There is no question that what you feed your dog can change their well-being and their outlook for a long and healthy life. When confronted with health challenges, using nutritional tools can help your dog to heal sometimes from even the most difficult of diagnosis.

How we look at feeding our companion animals needs a new paradigm and there is now a body of research that concludes that feeding your dog fresh meals that consist of high-quality proteins, healthy fats and low amounts of carbohydrates can encourage healing and promote wellness.

Dr. Harvey’s Takes a Closer Look

Based on the findings of the distinguished researchers who presented at this remarkable conference and on the findings now published in the research literature on the benefits of a low carb diet for the care of dogs and cats with cancer, diabetes, and obesity, we are working to educate pet parents worldwide.

In the coming months, our efforts will include providing tools for pet parents to implement this type of diet for their companions. Please check our website frequently to see new information that we will be sharing on this topic.

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