Dear Dr. Harvey,
I have been meaning to post my experience with my dog, Madeline for a few months now. The story just keeps getting better – so that is a good thing.
For all of your current customers and anyone pondering whether or not to begin using Dr. Harvey’s food for “companion” animals – don’t waste another minute – go for
It!! Madeline was diagnosed with colon cancer in late July, 2017.
I took her to a vet specializing in oncology and found out that she was going to need an operation.
Madeline was operated on August 30, 2017. Dr. Tony Cambridge of Veterinary Surgical Specialists operated on her. Madeline had been weighing about 20-21 pounds – a little
Chubby for her size – although she is bigger than most Miniature Pinschers — she had been dumped in my neighborhood in 2008 with cataracts on both eyes – totally blind.
I tried to find her owners for a couple of months – but to no avail – I had already become attached thus I had her cataracts removed by Eyecare for Animals in Tustin, CA. in 2008.
My vet estimated Madeline’s age at that time as around 4 or 5. She was always a very active dog and quite comical.
I fed her primarily a “high end kibble” a brand that I had always heard was the highest quality of the dry dog food. I did give her chicken as treats and Charley Bear treats from time to time. In early 2017 she started losing weight. I thought she needed to lose some weight and I had been more careful in her feeding as many times she would finish her food and then go and finish my other dog’s food! So, I had started to monitor that behavior. I thought at first that was the reason she was losing weight. I started noticing in late spring that she was straining when trying to have a bowel movement. By late June or early July, 2017 she was walking like a little crab all bent over and she only weighed 12.5 pounds.
OK – so she had the operation and Dr. Cambridge advised me that it had spread to one of her lymph nodes and in his experience the cancer would return in 4-6 months. The vets had offered follow-up treatment – chemo (which had no history of curing colon cancer in animals).
I decided to try to find a natural remedy as I thought she was too old to go through chemo and all of that – plus she was so skinny. I should’ve taken a picture of her
at that time so you could see how she looked – it was pitiful and my normal veterinarian said Madeline was on her way out.
I forget how found him but it was while browsing on the internet. When I noticed Dr. Harvey’s website -
I started reading all the testimonials. I couldn’t believe how many testimonials there were. I was hopeful. I noticed that Dr Harvey would even call you if you needed to talk to him.
So, I called Dr. Harvey and he called me back and gave me some direction. He also encouraged me to read up on ketogenic diets and cancer. I started feeding Madeline Paradigm in September 2017 along with the recommended amount of high quality protein (organic, pasture raised and wild fish along with Organic hemp oil or coconut oil). I did not stray from that diet at all – I was very disciplined about it and still am. Her weight steadily increased and she quit walking like a little crab.
August 30, 2018 I took her back to see Dr. Cambridge and he was amazed. As he had told me that nothing was going to cure Madeline. I also told him in detail what I was feeding her and all about Dr Harvey – -of course the vets think I’m a little zealous about it but I could care less. The picture below taken a couple of weeks ago, is Madeline feasting on 1 scoop of Paradigm and 1 scoop of Veg to Bowl and she still loves it.
She was strictly on Paradigm for over 1 year – about 3 months ago she seemed to want a little change – so I started mixing Paradigm and Veg-to-Bowl. (I consulted with Dr. Harvey about this.) I promised Dr Cambridge I would see him at the 2 year mark which will come up this August. I don’t want to jinx it, but I am totally confident that we will make that August appointment. Madeline is pretty much blind and deaf at this point – so I think she must be at least 15 or 16 years old.
But her poops are amazing – no straining and she eliminates about 4 times daily. She is old so I know she won’t last forever but she has a great appetite – she has control
of her basic functions – (no accidents in the house) and she is a happy old dog.
I cannot say enough about Dr Harvey. I have spoken to him several times and he always calls me back and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. I started this journey with a little hope but being a Cancer Tumor Registrar myself I know if a lymph node is involved, then the cancer is almost sure to return with a vengeance. But after 1 year and 6 months Madeline is cancer free. Thank you, Dr.Harvey for your years of research and your dedication to our beautiful pets.
Donna Betts and Madeline
Dear Dr. Harvey & Team,
My dog Hampton and I want to send our sincere appreciation to you all for creating a dog food that truly has the best interest of a dog in mind.
Hampton has suffered from chronic diarrhea since I adopted him over a year ago. I’ve tried everything, I mean EVERYTHING to help out Hamp – no dog food (prescription, “allergy free” or top-rated brand), medication or blood test solved the problem. Being health-conscious individual myself, I always had a feeling that homemade dog food was the way to go. After countless hours of research, I came across your brand, which I was happy to find takes out all of the guesswork associated with making your own dog food.
Hampton has only been on the food for a few days and already his diarrhea is cured! I cannot even explain the feeling of joy I experienced when I saw for the first time since bringing him home a normal, healthy looking stool! I honestly didn’t think it was possible – it really is a miracle!
Thank you all SO much for the tummy relief and peace of mind! I look forward to spreading the word to fellow puppy parents about this product.
Nikki Ballweg & Hampton
Beesly is loving this food!! It has been a game changer in both of our lives. He has never been a very good eater. He’s 3 years old and for the past 3 years I have struggled with his eating habits and worried a lot about his health and nutritional status. I’ve had many vet checks and there is nothing wrong with him.
Beesly just doesn’t like most dog foods and never eats the same food twice. I had tried every type of kibble, wet food, refrigerated fresh food, homemade dog food, food toppers, you name it! Nothing was working and I was starting to panic!
I started researching any last attempts at feeding ideas before seeking out another veterinary visit and that’s when came across Dr. Harvey’s on a forum for picky dogs.
I immediately ordered my sample bag.
Beesly fell in love instantly and so did I! The first night he devoured his meal. The feeding guide is so easy to follow. I was expecting him to get tired of eating this and lose the excitement that he had on night one, but every single night for a week he chowed down like I’ve never seen before!
So I’m a believer now, I ordered a bag and he’s been loving this food for almost 2 weeks now. It’s so crazy to see a dog who could not have cared less about meal time now sitting there at 6 pm letting me know he’s ready for his food. It makes my heart so happy to know he’s finally getting what he needs and he’s enjoying it. It really is miracle dog food. I will absolutely recommend this food to any of my fellow dog parents! Thank y’all so much from myself and from Beesly!
Sincerely, Meryl Englert and Beesly
At Dr. Harvey’s, 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.
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.
At the Keto Pet Sanctuary known for it’s cutting edge work with Keto and cancer, 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.
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.
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.
High-quality fresh protein in moderate amounts including:
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:
• Green Beans,
• Red Bell Peppers
Sea vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as:
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.
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.
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:
• Red Clover
• Milk Thistle
• Slippery Elm
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.
We have found that dogs who are prone to pancreatitis do very well, even with higher fat in the diet, when on a very low carbohydrate diet. Dogs prone to this serious condition do very well on the ketogenic diet and with our Paradigm as a base.
Quick Answer: Absolutely. Using Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm for a healthy dog is a great option. Paradigm is a great base for a ketogenic or low-carb diet. Adding additional healthy fats and healing herbs to fresh meat makes a perfect healthy diet for any dog. Starting your dog on this type of balanced homemade diet is easy and fun. If you are trying to give your dog the very best and “kick the kibble” habit, Paradigm is a great solution.
Based on the findings of the distinguished researchers studying the benefits of a ketogenic diet and on the findings now published in the research literature on the benefits of a low carb diet for the care of dogs with cancer, diabetes, and obesity, we are working to educate pet parents worldwide. We are working to provide the very best information and solutions for your companion dogs.
Sam LOVES Paradigm! He was starting to get a little finicky about eating, which he has never been, so I was getting concerned. He is a senior, age 14 and a half, and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2016, when he was 12. Since I have to give him insulin injections twice daily, I was obviously worried that he might stop eating…which would mean I couldn’t give him his insulin as needed.
After doing some research I came across Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm, read the information and client testimonials, and ordered a trial size bag. I started off just giving Sam a little bit, mixed with his prescription kibble from the vet. At first, he didn’t know what he was getting and was a little taken aback (he went blind from diabetic cataracts about 18 months ago, so he uses his sense of smell to navigate his world, even more than the usual dog.)
By the second feeding he was pretty enthusiastic, and he now gobbles it up, licking the sides of the bowl. He only gets a tiny bit of the prescription kibble now, and I was pleasantly surprised to see his blood sugar values dropping and stabilizing after about a week of eating Paradigm. I actually had to reduce his insulin dose by 1/2 unit, then another 1/2 unit a couple of days later, so he wouldn’t become hypoglycemic. So he is now taking one less unit of insulin, his blood glucose values have been excellent and well within optimal range for a diabetic dog (80 – 200 mg/dl.)
Thank you so much for making a high-quality, green superfood for dogs who need less carbs — which the veterinary diet is full of! I never understood how that was supposed to help! The only reason I made it work, I think, is because I monitored Sam’s blood glucose at least twice daily, did regular glucose curves at home, and strictly controlled his portion size.
I’m very happy that we discovered Dr. Harvey’s. Our senior dogs deserve all the love and care we can provide, after being such faithful companions to us for so many years. Sam is a very special dog! In the picture I attached, he is with his big “sister,” Scout, an Otterhound (Sam is a schnauzer.)
Suzanne Cannon, M.S., M.A.
Bonham is a boxer/pit bull mix, approximately 7 years old.
I first met him about 3 1/2 years ago when his “then owner”, was looking for some training help with separation anxiety. A very friendly dog with a ton of drive and not nearly enough stimulation to keep his mind occupied!
Long story short, Bonham’s owner decided to move to Texas last December and leave him behind at the boarding kennel where I first met him. He was taken in officially by a Doberman rescue as a courtesy and I was his point of contact at the kennel.
I kept getting reports from the staff that Bonham was having soft, loose & sometimes bloody stool. He would also vomit on outings we would go on, particularly in the car.
Two different fecal tests came back negative. All along I felt it was the food he was on which was kibble. Not the best or the worst. I also felt it was due to kennel stress, he had been there for 10 months!
Metronidazole & forti flora helped slightly & I put him on rice & ground meat. As soon as the kibble was added back in to his diet, his stool became loose again.
My friend Julie owns a holistic pet store called Doggy Dao & Cat’s Meow & I always get great advice from her on nutrition. I asked her advice & she recommended Dr Harvey’s.
I have to admit I didn’t think of it myself but I should have. Years ago I had a Great Dane with inflammatory bowel disease & Dr Harvey’s was a huge help getting Hagrid back on track with his digestive issues.
I started Bonham on Dr Harvey’s Canine Health on July 26th.
I can’t believe the difference in Bonham’s stool in a matter of only 6 days! It went from a loose, floppy, mucus like poop to picture perfect rock solid stool!
We are in the process of officially adopting Bonham & bringing him into our house to live with our other 4 dogs & 5 cats.
I can’t thank you enough for the approach you take with your foods. I wish more companies did! Mostly Bonham thanks you for making his belly feel better!
Thank you Dr Harvey & Staff!
Bonham & Bob Hafer!
Feed your dog a fresh high-quality diet!
Seems too simple, right?
Makes sense, maybe?
It wasn’t until my discovery of Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm did I have an “aha moment.” And only after finding Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm did I realize that it is simple and that it is common sense to feed my dogs a fresh high-quality diet.
Prior to Paradigm, I thought I already was feeding my dogs a high-quality diet (a prescription dry food labeled for arthritis). I thought I was providing my elderly dogs with the best that was available. I had fed this prescription diet continuously for 10 years! However, even with the prescription diet and vet recommended supplements for joint problems, their arthritis continued to get worse.
I originally switched to Paradigm for my dogs’ Mental Health. I then realized all of the other health benefits it provided.
Since switching to Paradigm, these are the changes I saw and continue to see:
How did Paradigm help? Paradigm doesn’t contain refined carbohydrates. The carbohydrates that are used are low-glycemic carbohydrates in the form of dehydrated herbs and vegetables.
One final note, I only feed grain-free, grass-fed, pastured-raised meats. Not only is it a more humane link of the food chain, but it is also more nutritious for dogs. My staples are pasture-raised chicken thighs, chicken livers and eggs.
The pictures shown here are of my dog, Roni. I included a ‘before’ picture of her on her dog bed to show you how she didn’t have any true interest in balls anymore, before Dr. Harvey’s. The jumping photo below, is obviously the “after Dr. Harvey’s shot”!
Hi Dr. Harvey’s,
I wrote to you recently with an update on our 1.5 year old Bichon, Luca, but I wanted to share a before and after photos. The inset is Luca in January. He was down to 14.2 pounds (he’s a big Bichon). He was skin and bones and was hospitalized after several bouts of severe vomiting. He almost died.
He was diagnosed with IBD with many different cells being found in the biopsies. He was so sick. On top of it all, the weight loss had been happening gradually which indicated he also had absorption issues. He was gaining no benefit from his food. Now the uncontrollable vomiting.
Once stable and released, I went on the hunt for the right diet for him. I had always fed him human grade foods but many of the ingredients did not agree with him.Enter Dr Harvey’s Paradigm and look at him now! He is over 17 pounds and gaining (should be 18 pounds or so), full of energy and personality. I mix in eggs, cod or salmon and he LOVES it! He has had no vomiting at all and frankly shows no signs of the IBD at this time.
We cannot thank Dr Harvey enough for his guidance and helping us discover the right protocol for our handsome boy. The green superfood is a true winner.
I wanted to give you an update on Linus. We recently started feeding him the Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm food due to his diabetes diagnosis 6 weeks ago. He really loves this food, which to me is very important because I’m not constantly worried about whether or not he’s going to eat. Which in the past has been an issue with other dog foods. He would eat fine for a few days and then all of a sudden, he would decide he didn’t like it anymore and stop eating it.
He’s been on Paradigm for 3 weeks now, and he still gets excited as soon as I pull the bag out of the pantry. We are also still in the process of getting his insulin dosage at the correct levels and this past weekend was the best glucose curve we’ve had yet. He stayed in the 200s for most of the day as opposed to the high 300s that he had been in for 5 weeks straight!
I know we still have some work to do but at least we’re starting to see some movement in the right direction. I was so relieved when I took his first blood sample on Sunday. And I attribute most of this to the Paradigm product. There aren’t any hidden or mysterious ingredients that could potentially cause a spike in his glucose levels.
That’s not the case with other dog foods…even the ones that are supposed to be for diabetes control!
Thanks again for checking on us and thanks for making a product that allows me to have some peace of mind during this unfamiliar and stressful time,
Thank you again for creating such an awesome product. I truly hope that Linus’s story will help bring some awareness to canine diabetes and hopefully it will bring some comfort to other pet parents that might be going thru a similar experience.
Also, Schroeder, Linus’s brother, really enjoyed his first Veg-to-Bowl experience. I’ve already ordered more and we should be getting it this week. He says the fact that it turns pink doesn’t even bother him because it tastes so good!
I’d love for you to share Linus’s story! Anything I can do to help spread the word about this wonderful product, I’m happy to. Trust me, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen to me!
Sincerely,Valerie Ware, Shroeder and Linus
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!