Hi Dr. Harvey’s, We wanted to reach out to you to let you know our story and our journey with Captain and his diabetes.
Our dog Captain is a 10 year old Miniature Schnauzer who become diabetic just over a year ago. Our early start was with the prescription dog food our Vet recommended for Diabetic Canines. It did not take long to realize his glucose numbers were not stabilizing, in fact they got worse.
We realized they got worse because the ingredients for this food contain foods that convert to sugar. Shame on the food company. We went to a animal nutritionist in New Jersey and she started us on the path of a custom home made meal plan for Captain. His number improved but we weren’t satisfied. My wife is extremely smart and, in my opinion truly understands more that even I give her credit for sometimes. Pam started tinkering with the meal plan and soon his numbers greatly improved. She so smart.
However, we were pointed in the direction of Dr. Harvey for his solution by our groomer, Chris, from The Good Life Mobile Dog Grooming in Nanuet, New York. She was the one who introduced us to your products. We are very grateful to her for this recommendation! She is the best and most knowledgeable groomer ever! Keeping up with home based created food and securing fresh ingredients all the time is a bit trying for our family. However, we won’t compromise on what Captain needs. People that know us will tell you when it comes to Captain we say “Whatever it takes”. We long ago always knew that a dog should be eating what a dog should be eating and the commercial dog foods are garbage.
When we ordered our first order of Paradigm we couldn’t wait until we got it. It helped us be able to feed Captain a bit easier with the very ingredients we were feeding him ourselves. (Somewhat). In addition, it has come to light that we may be over do it with protein. As I understand it can lead to a whole new set of issues. It is our hope that Paradigm will be our Miracle…because we deserve one.
Captain is now on the Paradigm food and he adjusted his intake and this was able to stabilize his glucose numbers.
He is doing just fine!
OK I will get off my soapbox,
Pam & Fred Ostrofsky
PS sorry for the long winded email. So many pet parents don’t understand the feeding revolution.
All of the pups in this beautiful family of Italian Greyhounds are benefiting from Dr. Harvey’s foods. They wanted to let us know and to share their enthusiasm for their new diet!
Dear Dr. Harvey’s,
Soda Pop loves his new food! He has actually slowed down on gulping his food. He wants to savor every bite! You would never know that he has eaten out of his bowl it is so clean from him licking. I tell Soda he can’t lick the color off!! Lol
I have ordered a bag of Paradigm but haven’t received it yet. Also I ordered the grain-free Veg-to-Bowl for our other 3 Iggys. They really like it too.
Please keep Soda Pop in your prayers that he has beaten the Mast Cell monster. With the help of Paradigm, I know his chances have increased!
Thank you for checking in! We couldn’t be happier with the way Louis is doing since we’ve made the switch to Dr. Harvey’s! I was skeptical at first because we have tried SO many different food options and so many medicines and Louis would still always have diarrhea.
I was beginning to think we’d never have a solution and he would just have to be on antibiotics long term which i definitely did not want to do.
It has been a month since we started him on Dr. Harvey’s and (knock on wood) he has had solid stool ever since!! It is such a relief not having to worry about it everyday and I can tell he is feeling so much happier and healthier. He has gained the weight that he lost and barks at me the whole time I’m preparing the food he loves it so much!
Thank you, thank you is all I can say! I’m telling all of my dog-mom and dad friends that they need to make the switch to Dr. Harvey’s. I could never go back to commercial after seeing how much healthier Louis is on Dr. Harvey’s!
My Very Best,
Hi Dr. Harvey’s,
I obtained Daisy, a 12 year old Lhasa Apso, as a rescue. When she came to me, she was blind and deaf and covered with sores from her untreated medical conditions. In addition to medical treatment, I knew a most critical component in her recovery pull be getting her on a very healthy food regimen. I was already familiar with Dr. Harvey’s quality, since I have been feeding it to my bird for many years as recommended by our vet.
It was a logical step to put Daisy on Dr. Harvey’s to optimize her chances of recovery. She loves the food! Three months later, through a combination of good veterinary care and excellent nutrition, Daisy is a hearing, seeing, and very healthy member of our family! She has no skin problems, no digestive issues, and is growing a beautiful coat! A week ago, Daisy’s former owner came to see her in a attempt to take her back. However, once she saw Daisy’s improved condition and healthy regiment, she realized that Daisy was in good hands, and did what was best for her pup-signed her over to me and Dr. Harvey’s all-natural diet!
With proper medical care and Dr. Harvey’s great nutrition, we expect to have Daisy around for many more years.
Linda Widdowson and Daisy
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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, 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Lisé J. Polard, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
Good Morning, I wanted to write to you and tell you… Thanks for EVERYTHING!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!).
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.
Best, Annie (and Bear!)