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.
Here are some quick tips for dog safety during 4th of July fireworks:
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
We could not have been more pleased when Dr. Roach reached out to us to tell us about how she discovered Dr. Harvey’s and how it had helped her dog, Muttley. She wanted to share her personal journey with other pet parents in hopes that her experience could help others to find nutritional solutions for their dogs. Here is her story in her own words.
Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm has truly changed my dog’s quality of life. I diagnosed my oldest dog, Muttley, with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (the dog version of dementia), along with other health ailments. Although Paradigm has tremendously improved his other medical conditions, such as alleviating his arthritis, increasing his energy level and helping his ability to lose weight, my focus in this post will be his mental health.
Unfortunately, with cognitive disorders, concurrent anxiety-related conditions are common. Muttley’s anxiety had become so severe that I tried every pharmaceutical medication that I thought would help, but there were no significant signs of improvement. Being a veterinarian, I felt hopeless not being able to help my own dog. Then I discovered Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm.
Let me back up to why I went searching for a diet like Paradigm in the first place. My husband and I decided to try a ketogenic diet for our overall health, and more specifically, to increase my energy level. After three weeks of strictly sticking to this diet, my energy level was truly remarkable. I was also amazed at all the other health benefits that came with following a ketogenic diet. Being on this diet paralleled with my attempts at finding Muttley relief from his anxiety. I began to wonder what benefits Muttley could experience being on a similar diet.
As I researched ketogenic diets for dogs, I came across several that required me to make the entire meal from scratch. Being a mother of two toddlers, I knew that was not a realistic option. I then came across Dr. Harvey’s website, and Paradigm was exactly what I was looking for! I felt confident it was at least worth a try, and I ordered a bag.
At this point, Muttley was riddled with anxiety. He was having severe anxiety attacks daily. During the day, I would have to keep Muttley right by my side or he would go outside and pace. When he did lay down, he would lick his dog bed obsessively. At night, he would not leave my side until I went to bed, and even then, he couldn’t sleep throughout the night. I would wake up to him staring at me, panting heavily, and trembling.
My bag of food arrived and after only two days, Muttley slept throughout the night. Prior to Paradigm, he had not slept throughout the night for as long as I could remember. As I continued feeding him Paradigm, he stopped having his daily anxiety attacks. He would relax on his bed during the day instead of trying to pace outside. He no longer licked his bed. He will occasionally follow me around at night when I’m doing my nightly chores, but if I bring his dog bed and place it so he can see me, he will lay on it and fall asleep. Most incredibly, however, I have also weaned him off all his medications! It has been six months since I started Paradigm and he has yet to have any relapses or set-backs.
Once I realized how beneficial Paradigm was to Muttley’s health, I switched all four of my other dogs onto the diet, and to no surprise, Paradigm has undeniably improved their overall health. I use Paradigm as the base of their meals and I add in my choice of proteins and healthy oils. Inside the bag is a simple instruction guide that tailors to the age and weight of any dog. With the help of Dr. Harvey’s, not only am I able to make homemade meals with ease, but I also feel that they are getting the “best of the best.”
Since then, Dr. Harvey’s was kind enough to send me their other lines of food (Canine Health, Veg-to-Bowl, Veg-To-Bowl Fine Ground and Oracle Grain-Free), treats, and a variety of their supplements. My five dogs happily agree to participating in the food trials!
Julia Roach, DVM
I am happy to say that Isaiah loves the Veg-To-Bowl food that we order him. Before we introduced this to him, getting him to eat was a bit of an adventure, as he is an incredibly picky eater.
Now whenever I am prepping his meal with the Veg-To-Bowl included, he can hardly contain himself! He just goes crazy when he starts to smell that I’m preparing his meal.
I’ve also noticed a noted difference in him: he is no longer lethargic and has more energy, the luster on his coat is improving, his bowel cycle has normalized and most importantly, I’ve seen a sharp decline on his mini-seizures.
I want to thank you again for such an amazing product! We have a keeper as far as food goes. I know Isaiah surely agrees!
Thanks to Dr. Harvey my Isaiah is back to normal.
Thank you all so much,
Yolanda and Isaiah
Canine Health is what I’ve tried so far and it has truly been a miracle. I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting significant results because I had already had my dog on a homemade diet with a vitamin mix.
However, she was struggling with chronic diarrhea for over 6 weeks and nothing I tried was helping, except antibiotics. Within one day on Canine Health she was back to normal! She has kidney so I’m going to stick with Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl.
Please share our experience with other pet parents. We want everyone to know about Dr. Harvey’s!
I only wish I had known about Dr. Harvey’s sooner!
Thanks so much!
Emily Spears and Pepper
Our dog Murphy was rescued in December. They found him abandoned in a home in North Georgia. We figured he would be “thrilled” with premium dog food and fresh cooked chicken spread across the top. He was very picky and only ate the chicken, so switched to another premium dog food. And then switched again for a third time. This went on for 3 months…. he walked up to his food, sniffed, and walked away.
Then one day I was perusing the Shih Tzu site on Facebook and I saw an ad for Dr. Harvey’s. Reading the positive reviews prompted me to order the free sample and it arrived in a few days. I was excited yet apprehensive due to my many previous failures. I fixed the food according to directions and held my breath. My cute Shih Tzu walked up to the food, sniffed it, looked at me, then sniffed it again….and then began eating! He actually ate the whole bowl of veggies and chicken. Licked the bowl clean!
I could not wait until the next meal to see if it happened again. It did! And again, and again. Of course, I was thrilled, as was my dog, Murphy. So now I feed him this twice a day, with chopped chicken, fish, or beef mixed into the veg-to- bowl. It smells so good I feel like I, too, could eat it! Seriously!
This was a great find for me because none of the premium dog foods interested my boy. Murphy had dental problems when rescued and had about 4-5 teeth pulled. So, eating the hard-crunchy dog food, (softened with warm water), was difficult for him. I am so happy that I stumbled across this fantastic product for our sweet rescue. (and he, obviously, is very happy, too!)
Thank you so much for the free sample…. Murphy and I are both relieved his eating problem has been solved!
Marilyn McGrath and Murphy
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your food! My husband and I have a 10 or 11 year old terrier mix named Juno who went in for blood work to make sure we could put her under for teeth cleaning. The results revealed her kidney levels were high.
The vet suggested putting her on a prescription diet i.e. Science Diet. Well, I did not want that, I have heard many horror stories about that! My fur baby’s health means a lot to me. So, at the beginning we were feeding her homemade food such as turkey, broccoli and rice, but then her teeth were getting worse. We needed to feed her dry food to help remove tartar etc. So, we researched high and low for a good high quality dry food that was made in the US.
Well, I guess that wasn’t good either, because after feeding her Canine Health, her kidney levels drastically improved. She also had energy like she had when she was younger. We could tell she was feeling better! I was baffled that even with the expensive “high quality” dry food her health was declining. Not sure what it is, but Dr. Harvey thank you so much!!! Not sure what we would do without you!
Misty Angulo and Juno
Hello, Dr. Harvey’s,,,,,,,Max just loves the Veg-to-Bowl; the bowl hits his food stand, the tail goes high and there’s a giant sucking sound until it’s empty, at which point he finally comes up for air. We’ve chosen to stay with the regular grind since his stool tends to have a better texture and volume than with the finely ground product.
FYI: we selected your food for not only its content, but also because there are no grains in it. He has developed arthritis, and we find his symptoms have almost totally disappeared since we’ve started mixing veg-to-bowl with some grain-free kibble and added human-grade glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate to his diet. We rotate his protein between beef, salmon/mackerel, eggs, and chicken, and add some grape seed oil to your mix. All this gets blended in proportion to his weight. We believe the removal of nearly all nightshades from his diet has helped as well. He is once again our happy, bright-eyed boy.
Thanks for inquiring about Max’s progress. We hope this information helps other “best friends”!
Have a great day and thank you…..Richard
My fifteen year old dog, Otto, was diagnosed with kidney disease almost two years ago, My vet insisted that he needed to be on a prescription diet even though I do not like the ingredients in these diets. This diet was high in fat and he developed pancreatitis. She then put him on another prescription diet; which caused stomach upset.
I am glad that I found Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health. My dog has been on this since about August, 2016. His kidney blood test indicators stabilized while they were actually increasing on the prescription diet. His creatinine values have been steadily decreasing since he started Canine Health. Dr. Harvey remains in contact with me and has recommended his new Kidney Health supplement which I use also.
My dog loves Canine Health. He is energetic, and his coat looks great. After using this food for while I brought him to a new vet and she was really surprised that he was as old as he is!
I just wanted to thank you for getting the Paradigm shipped to us so quickly. We were able to continue feeding it to our Smokey without interruption.
Smokey is our 12 1/2-year-old Australian Shepherd. In December, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and estimated that he would live 6 months. We have been trying different high protein low carb foods since then trying to control the cancer growth. He has been having bouts of diarrhea which we suspect are related to the liver issues.
About a month ago, I contacted our vet, and I told her I was ready to start cooking for our boy. She carries Paradigm and suggested that we try it.
The results were almost instant. Stomach calmed down, large healthy stools and we stopped the metronidazole. We mix it with ground sirloin for the protein (I cook the sirloin) and olive oil. He absolutely loves it.
We know that our days with our boy are few, but your food mix has made all the difference for his last few months with us. When our next furry friend comes along, we will definitely look at what products of yours we should use from the very beginning.
Thanks again -
Hi Dr. Harvey’s,
This is my baby girl Chloe. She is a 9 year old Pomeranian who has always been extremely healthy. I have a complete physical performed on her and her brother Apollo once a year, along with blood work. To say they are like my children is an understatement.
A little over 4 years ago I lost my only child. Her name was Cassi. I have survived, one day at a time, with the help of my canine children, who allow me to mommy them as much as I want and need. Most people would think I spoil them, but they give me so much more than I give them. Unfortunately, in wanting to make them as happy as possible, until recently I did not feed them a proper diet, in fact, it was pretty bad. Mostly treats, including chicken and duck jerky, cookies and candy not containing chocolate…yeah, it was bad.
As their annual blood work kept coming back normal and they had no apparent health problems, as recent as January 26, 2018 I wasn’t concerned.
On Wednesday, March 28th, I noticed Chloe straining a bit to defecate. The next day, it was much worse. She was straining very hard yet producing no results. Later that night, she began vomiting. The next morning I had her at her veterinarian’s office before they even opened. Her vet wanted to sedate her to perform an enema, and even though she was extremely lethargic, she was uncontrollable when her vet tried to examine her. I was told I’d have to leave her there for the procedure and would be called the it was over. Unbeknownst to me, blood work was ordered before the procedure was to performed.
Mid-morning I received a phone call from the vet. Chloe had pancreatitis and her kidneys were failing. She was not stable enough to be sedated. Her vet wanted to keep her overnight to give her IV fluids. I was hysterical. I went back to the clinic and waited until I could talk to the vet in person. She asked about possible contact with toxins such as pesticides, grapes, anything. My dogs are supervised 24/7, there was no way either of them had been poisoned. The vet diagnosed her with Chronic Renal Failure which didn’t make sense because her kidney values had been normal two months previously.
The next morning, Saturday the 31st of April, I picked her up after spending a long sleepless night crying, praying and researching the internet for information. Chloe seemed to feel better after 24 hours of fluid treatment, or maybe she was just happy to see Mommy. The vet made no mention of further blood work, so I asked her to repeat it to see if the fluids had helped, and she did. I was sent home with a case of canned prescription dog food, medications to soften her stool, stimulate her appetite, ease nausea and antibiotics. She refused her food and fought taking her medication. As the day wore on, she again became lethargic. The next day she was worse, lethargic and weak. She’s a tiny girl, naturally thin, and had not passed stool in 5 days, had not eaten in 4 days. I became frantic. I was grinding her pills and mixing with fluid to force her medication down her throat with a syringe. I pureed the dog food with extra water and force fed her with a syringe to get some calories in her.
The next day the vet called with the results of the blood work I had asked for. The 24 hour IV fluid drip had improved her numbers slightly, very slightly. She offered me no treatment options, basically told me to just try to keep her comfortable and enjoy the time I had left with her. I told her I wanted to start subcutaneous fluid therapy at home, so she agreed and I took Chloe back in to learn how to administer the fluids and buy supplies.I got the distinct impression the vet felt Chloe was dying and that I was clinging to unrealistic hope. However, after all I had learned and was learning, I was not ready to give up.
Over the next few days, Chloe was still declining, and I was losing faith in her traditional treatments. I had been researching alternative treatments and incorporating them into her routine.I found Dr. Harvey’s website and called the company to get advice about which products to buy. To my surprise, Dr. Harvey himself called me back. I only knew the kidney values, and that was because I had asked the vet for them. Dr. Harvey gave me instructions and asked me to get copies of her blood work reports and e-mail them to him. I drove to the clinic and requested the paperwork and was absolutely flabbergasted at what I saw. In addition to her extremely high kidney values, her liver enzymes were through the roof as well, but that had never even been mentioned to me. I e-mailed Dr. Harvey the results and again he called me with instructions for liver support.
Day by day Chloe began feeling better until she reached the point where she seemed like her old self, happy, energetic.
Yesterday I returned to the clinic to purchase more fluids and supplies and requested another blood panel so I could see for myself where we were. I will never again unquestionably trust anyone with the health of my dogs. She told me she would have the results either later in the day or this morning.
She called this morning, amazed. Chloe’s kidney function results are within normal range! Her liver function results are still elevated, but I have only been following Dr. Harvey’s instructions for 3 days as I had to order a supplement and wait for it to arrive. I am expecting the same success with her liver as she has experienced with her kidneys.
Chloe is still adjusting to her new diet. It takes some coaxing, as well as hand feeding, to get healthy food into her because she has lived most of her life eating treats…but she is coming around and eats more than I expected. She even ate some the very first time I offered it to her, which surprised me.
Dr. Harvey and his staff have been wonderful to me. I don’t have words to express how much gratitude I have.
Very Happy Mommy of Chloe and Apollo