All summer long, our 11-year-old Kerry Blue terrier, Neala, was sluggish. I attributed her lethargy to the prolonged heat and her age. It was after she developed colitis that we knew something else had caused her sudden downturn. Antibiotics and a bland diet seemed to do the trick, but as soon as we gradually reintroduced her to her ordinary food, the colitis returned immediately and with a vengeance, which meant yet another cycle of antibiotics.
Our vet concluded Neala had developed a hypersensitivity to her commercial dog food, and he suspected the fat content level was the culprit. He explained that dog food labels present a minimum fat content but that actual percentage levels could be double or more. There simply was no way to know what, exactly, Neala was eating. We tried, very briefly, to find a food that agreed with her gut, but every time the colitis returned.
It was actually our dog groomer who had suggested trying Dr. Harvey’s. Her own dog had suffered from much more serious ailments and had done beautifully on the Dr. Harvey’s regimen. I was willing to try anything to help my dear Kerry. And just like every testimonial I read, my dog’s story has taken on the rosy glow of success. She took to Canine Health immediately, without hesitation, and in a matter of just a couple of weeks she was restored to the happy, healthy, energetic dog she’d been before the horrible colitis cycle.
Now we alternate between Canine Health and Veg-to-Bowl; Neala loves both. It’s such a relief to know exactly what I’m feeding her, controlling both the type and amount of protein and healthy oil. It makes me sad to think all the while I thought she was “simply old,” she wasn’t feeling at all well. This has been a remarkable product for us, and we are deeply grateful to have our dearest friend returned to good health. Thank you!
First, I wanted to thank you for the note enclosed with the sample of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health. I was at my wit’s end with Mac at that point and I appreciated the sentiment so before I even tried the sample, I went and purchased a 10-pound bag of Canine Health in the hopes that it would work!
Since the diagnosis of Renal Disease, we’ve had our ups and downs. He’s lost weight and he was only a 19-pound dog to start with. We give him fluids subcutaneously every other day and I had tried a homemade low phosphorus diet mixed with the Prescription Low Residue, which worked for a little bit, but he was still having problems with a loose stool and pooping in the house. On the good news side, with the fluids and the diet his kidney numbers came down. They were still not within normal range but they were better.
My goals are to first get a solid stool and then try to get more weight on him without impacting the kidney numbers.
I switched him to Canine Health (without the protein or oil) last Thursday and I’m very happy to say that since Sunday, he’s had a solid stool. (My husband and I only seem to talk about the dog’s poop anymore! ☺) * loves the food and can’t wait for me to put it down*, so we have no problem with him eating. He actually barks at me to hurry up and get his food!
Now that I have that solid stool I’m going to see about introducing the oil and protein to the Canine Health and then try to get him off the low residue entirely.
Thank you so much for your interest. And again, thank you for your initial note with the sample of Canine Health, it really meant a lot to me.
Sincerely, Joanne Powers
I also wanted to mention that MacTavish seems to have more energy this past week, and I’m chalking it up to Dr. Harvey’s!
Wonderful dog mom, Monica, reached out to say thank you to Dr. Harvey’s. We wanted to share the story of her journey and how she found our products in her search to give the healthiest life to her beautiful fur babies. Skye, Zeus, and Poseidon have all benefited from eating real foods from Dr. Harvey’s. We thank Monica for sharing her experiences with us. We never tire of hearing these wonderful stories about how animals have found better health through using our products. It’s good to be reminded why we do what we do, by reading these heartfelt accounts that have so lovingly been shared by dedicated pet parents like Monica. It’s why we feel we are all part of the Dr. Harvey’s family.
I wanted to share our story of how your food has been one of the best things I have ever done for my fur-babies. Over 5 years ago I had a Black Lab named Dorito, unfortunately, one day his kidneys completely stopped working. While the testing and hoping was going on, I was looking into what I could do at home, not only for him but also for his little sister Skye (Rottweiler – German Shepard mix). Unfortunately, there was nothing we could do to save Dorito and he went to doggie heaven.
I decided to keep Skye on your food, not only because it seemed like the best choice, but also after losing Dorito I became paranoid and very concerned about foods and treats. I wanted to give Skye the best and the most natural foods I could. She is now almost 11 and has kept the activity level of a puppy and I get compliments on her fur and just overall health all the time.
The other two siblings in the family are Zeus (small mix breed) who was allergic to everything when I got him from my sister. He was eating a very stinky and expensive food that he didn’t like at all. His fur was brittle and he was always red on his belly and ears. After a week his fur became silky and no more allergies. He is now allowed to run and slide in the grass, something he couldn’t do without medications.
The third brother is Poseidon (German Shepard), or more commonly known as Posey. We found him when he was just shy of two months old abandoned in a shopping cart at the grocery store. He decided our family was his and he stayed. Being a German Shepherd I tried every food I could find that was recommended for German Shepherds as he had the typical gastro and skin problems. Your food is the only food he can eat without getting sick and the only food that keeps his weight at a normal level. I also get many compliments on his healthy condition and beautiful fur.
I wanted to thank you for what you have done for my babies. You have kept them very healthy and extremely happy with your products. You have also helped this mom feel confident in what she is feeding her babies is the healthiest food she can give them!
Monica Gomez, Skye, Zeus, and Posey
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that we just purchased the 3 pound bag of the Grain-Free Beef Oracle and Dill loved it :)
So glad to have finally found something my picky eater enjoys!
Thank you so much for responding – I would love it if you shared Dill’s story on your website! Feel free to include my email as well as the brief summary I’ve included :)
My husband and I rescued Dill when he was 8 weeks old and fed him the dry kibble as instructed by his foster family. After a few months, I began to notice that Dill was eating less and less of his food. Dill was starting to eat sticks and grass in the backyard and refused to eat his kibble. It was at this time that we started doing research and found Dr.Harvey’s. We had tried several other brands, but Dill never seemed interested. We introduced Dill to the Grain-Free Beef Oracle and he loves it!
Thank you so much!
-Jackie and Baby Dill
You can learn more about Oracle by clicking here!
We have to thank Laura Suffridge, not only for sharing Ricky’s story but for her courageous fight to rescue him and bring him back to health. This is her amazing story, in Laura’s own words. Ricky is so adorable and so lucky to have found a forever home to live and begin to thrive. We think Ricky is just the cutest pup ever!
My first impression of Ricky was in an online video posted by a friend of mine who fosters and relentlessly cares for senior and special needs rescues. He was just a puppy, and her plea was for someone to adopt this little survivor. Some unseen force ordered me to take him, even with the looming uncertainties that come along with a distemper survivor—will his neurological condition continue to go downhill?
Will he continue to survive? Our household already had 3 big dogs and 2 cats who think they’re big, and after asking my friend to bring Ricky over for a test run, I immediately wondered what the heck I was thinking. I soon found out his whole story and knew that I had to be the one to make sure it continued.
Ricky was brought into one of the local animal shelters here in the Houston area at around 2 months old, along with his mother. My friend, who works with rescues in the Northeast, had pulled Ricky from the shelter and was preparing to send him on a transport run bound for Maryland with other rescued pups. Just days before his transport, Ricky started showing signs of distemper, which automatically ruled out transport. Over the next couple of weeks, Ricky endured pneumonia that required treatments in a breathing chamber, Demodex mange, and other issues that required a constant barrage of medication and vet care.
By the time I got him, he had all the tell-tale signs of a distemper survivor: neurological tics, a motion with his mouth like he was constantly chewing gum, infection around the eyes that seemed impossible to get rid of, and horrible rancid death breath. He was lethargic and was content just staying curled up on the dog bed all the time—not what I expected from a 3 month-old puppy. Then, just in time for Christmas about a month after arriving at our house, the Demodex mange returned. He had been on antibiotics since before I got him, and with the recurrence of mange, I was desperate for something to add to his conventional veterinary treatments that would strengthen his immune system and wean him off of the prescriptions so that he could get back to being a puppy.
My research brought me to Happy Dog Naturals for the mange treatment, and as part of the treatment, one of the suggested products on their website was Dr. Harvey’s E-mune Boost Supplement. Even after Ricky’s mange was gone and he had finished his prescriptions, I continued the E-Mune Boost supplement, hoping that it would help with his ongoing eye infections and maybe his bad breath.
Much to my amazement, it did just that and more. Ricky’s coat looks great, his breath is bearable, his eyes are clear and bright, and he is full of life and energy. Whenever I run out of E-Mune Boost, there is a noticeable slow-down in Ricky’s energy level, his eyes seem to start getting goopy, and his tics seem to be more severe. As we’re celebrating Ricky’s 1st birthday and nearing the anniversary of him joining our family, I pray that Dr. Harvey’s continues to make this great product so that Ricky can continue his story as the happy little dog he has become.Thank you,Dr.Harvey’s!
In her own words…Thank you Rachel, for sharing Swannie’s story with us.
I am happy to share my dog’s story on your website. It was the stories on your site and on Amazon that inspired me to give your food a try.
The stories I read on Dr. Harvey’s site gave me hope. Since my goal was to get her well, the idea of feeding her a fresh, wholesome diet made more sense to me than feeding the canned prescription food.
My 13-year-old Corgi, Swannie, started showing early signs of kidney failure last spring. By the end of the summer, her kidney values were elevated enough to prompt my vet to recommend a change in her diet. The vet suggested a prescription food and I followed his advice. The moment I opened the first can I knew that particular food was going to cause more harm than good and began searching online for an alternative.
After only 8 weeks eating Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health, Swannie’s blood work showed no signs of kidney failure. In fact, my vet said he saw nothing on the report that caused him any concern.
My girl has always been a great eater but now she absolutely loves her food. And I love knowing that I’m providing her with a diet that is making her feel better, giving her more energy, and giving us more time with her. I can’t thank Dr. Harvey’s enough for providing this life-giving food.
Rachel Powers and Swannie
Babycakes is just about the cutest pup ever and at 15 years old she is still going strong! Her mom, Linda, wrote to tell us all about Babycake’s journey and to thank us for our products. We love to hear from fans like this and are so happy that Babycakes has done so well on Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health. Enjoy the adorable photos that Linda shared with us and her story in her own words.
I wanted to say thank you and how much your products have meant to us and our little “Babycakes”…
Our Babycakes has been on Canine Miracle mix for the past 5 years. When she was 10ish, she had a bout with pancreatitis. We tried all kinds of different foods hoping to find one she liked that was low fat and healthy.
Dr. Harvey’s really was a turning point. She improved on this diet and never had another problem.
She is now 151/2 and still bright and happy. I have been speaking with Dr. Harvey (yes, this man is so caring and kind he will take the time to get to know your canine companions issues!). He has helped to come up with some supplement ideas and adjusted her protein a bit.
I am so happy to have found this company and their healthy products. The health benefits are amazing!
Thank you, Dr. Harvey’s, from the bottom of our hearts!
Linda O’Keefe and Babycakes
Dog mom, Heather Pellerin, was frustrated and upset about her adorable pup, Noah’s allergies and skin problems. For years she tried various treatments, medicines, topical ointments and different foods to stop his almost constant itching and redness. Then she found Dr. Harvey’s and changed Noah’s diet and almost overnight the itching stopped and the redness went away! She shared Noah’s before and after photos with us and the story of her journey to find the diet for her beloved companion, that changed his life! Thank you, Heather, for sharing your story with us. We hope your story will help other pet parents who are looking for a solution for their companion.
For as long as I can remember my 8-year-old French Bulldog mix Noah had struggled with itchy skin, hair loss and CONSTANT scratching. After a few very expensive trips to the vet, Noah was diagnosed with “severe skin allergies”. Even though I was happy to have an actual diagnosis the vet explained that allergy testing can be very expensive and usually does not narrow down an exact cause of the allergy issues.
I felt hopeless and I wanted nothing more than to provide some relief to Noah. I tried topical shampoos, medication (that was surely harmful if he was on it long term) and different brands of kibble. While some provided temporary relief, his itching always came back and sometimes even worse.
While doing research online to figure out how to help my poor baby, I was thankfully able to find the Dr. Harvey’s brand. I loved the idea of feeding a home cooked meal with natural organic ingredients. While I didn’t think it would completely fix his “allergy” issues I thought it would at least help his skin and feeding him natural ingredients couldn’t hurt either.
After about 2 days of eating Dr. Harvey’s Oracle-Grain-Free food, I not only noticed his skin became less red and inflamed but he also had a whole new outlook on “meal time”. I previously thought that Noah picking at his kibble all day was just how he preferred to eat but after two Dr. Harvey’s meals, I instantly noticed that he had a great new appreciation for mealtime. He started looking forward to his meals and ate everything in ONE SITTING. I mean there was NO veggie left behind. One week on Oracle relieved his constant itching. And then the scabs under his armpits and on his belly began to heal! I honestly could not believe it!!!!! I have included photos just so you can see the difference this has made in Noah’s life!
I thought that like all our other quick fix remedies (shampoos and meds) that his itching and discomfort would surely be back in a week or two . I can happily say that Noah has been on Dr. Harvey’s for THREE years now with NO itching. He is a happier, healthier less itchy dog and my anxiety over his constant scratching has gone away. Thank you for saving my dog and making such a great food!!!
The wonderful Julie Payne hopes no pet parent ever has to go through what she has with Star, her senior Chihuahua, and her love. Julie first posted this on her Instagram account and then sent us the story of her journey with Star. She found a solution to help her fur baby and wanted to share her experience with other pet parents. Here is her story in her own words.
This is the story of my journey and I am telling it for other fur parents who may be in my situation. My dog, Star, is Chihuahua and is almost 14 years old and was diagnosed with kidney disease about a month ago. She slowly stopped eating and I felt like she was quickly starting to take a turn for the worse.
Days went by with her eating close to nothing and I bought about 6 different brands of dog food trying to support her new diet plan and she wasn’t interested in anything at all, not her old food or new. I was completely devastated and desperate. I spent long periods of time in multiple pet supply stores looking for anything that could give her a balanced meal that she would eat. She turned everything down. I spent hours on the Internet looking for a solution and decided I was going to attempt to make her homemade dog food.
That’s when I found Dr. Harvey’s website and found a dog food pre-mix, Canine Health that you just add water, oil, and home-cooked protein to and your dog will have their homemade dog food. Skeptical, since Star refused to eat anything at this point, I still ordered the free trial bag of Canine Health which the website recommended for dogs battling kidney disease.
I prepared her food and put her bowl down and started to cry as I watched my dog eat from her bowl alone without me hand feeding her each piece with praise for the first time in about two weeks. I know it’s not a cure for her disease but within days her entire behavior went from weak and sad to energetic and excited about meals.
This food, Canine Health is made with fresh real ingredients like oats, carrots, and peas and gives her a well-balanced meal. It does cost more and requires more work than throwing kibble in a bowl but I’d do anything to have extra time with my best friend.
Imagine having one dog that is difficult to feed. Now imagine having six dogs that would not eat! Add one highly informed dog mom who wanted to feed her large crew really healthy food and you have quite a dilemma. Enter Dr. Harvey’s Veg-To-Bowl and everybody is happy! Read this wonderful story in Carol’s own words.
Dear Dr. Harvey,
It has been a long time since I first used your product. When I lived in NJ we used to buy from you for our store and of course I used it for my own dog also. We have moved to North Carolina now and it’s been over 8 years. The dog I was using the Veg-To-Bowl has since passed, but I now have 6 more!
I have become more aware of the ill effects of dog products and was determined to find a better solution. I had subscribed to Truth About Pet Food and realized that your foods are among the few that are indeed a healthy options.
I have been using the fine ground Veg-To-Bowl now for about 1 month. I can’t tell you what a wonderful change has happened with all 6 of my dogs. Before it was stressful trying to get them to eat, now it is stressful while I make the food. I almost have to sneak around, because as soon as they know it’s Dr. Harvey time, well I have 6 dogs all around me, carrying on like they haven’t eaten in a very long time.
They all love it, as I’m sure you knew they would. I have also introduced it to my neighbor who has started using it on her very picky dog, and she cannot believe what a joy it is to now feed her and also what a relief to know we are doing the best we can.
Thank you so much for your wonderful Veg-To-Bowl!