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So What is Kefir?

Posted By Dr. Harvey

A follow up to Waldo’s Story.

We have had a wonderful response to Waldo’s story (Read Waldo’s Story below) and wanted to give you more information on Kefir. So as promised, here it is.

Image DescriptionKefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus Mountains some 2000 years ago. This mountainous region is known for its extraordinary human longevity. Some researchers attribute the longevity phenomenon to the use of this wonderful fermented drink. Kefir, which means ‘feel good" in Turkish, is an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly bacteria that help balance intestinal flora which in turn helps to maintain optimal health and strengthen immunity. It is prepared by adding Kefir grains to cow, goat, or sheep’s milk. It is often called a liquid yoghurt, but is actually a *cousin to yoghurt and contains different types of good bacteria.

Health Benefits Abound

The numerous health benefits derived by drinking Kefir are now well documented. Humans as well as animals can experience improvement in overall health by using this ancient drink.
Kefir contains beneficial yeast as well as the friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. When used regularly, the naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in Kefir combine to help balance intestinal flora and boost immunity. Kefir is known for its ability to improve the immune system, can produce a relaxing effect on on the nervous system and can provide a healthy digestive system.

Using Kefir Following the Use of Antibiotics

The use of antibiotics can destroy the balance of the good bacteria in the intestine, this can cause a decline in overall good health in humans and animals. Using Kefir after a course of antibiotics can help to reestablish the correct intestinal balance. I have seen dogs and cats in very weakened conditions improve dramatically with the addition of a small amount of Kefir to their daily diet.

Full of Good Nutrition For the Nervous System

The exceptional nutritional content of Kefir offers a wealth of healthy benefits to people and animals in every type of condition. More than just beneficial bacteria, Kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with its natural healing powers.
Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in Kefir, is well-known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Kefir also contains calcium and magnesium both of which are critical for a healthy nervous system Kefir in the diet can have a particularly calming effect on the nerves.

Lots of Vitamins and Enzymes

Kefir is also rich in vitamin B12, B1, and vitamin K, Kefir is an excellent source of biotin, a B vitamin which aids the body’s absorption of other B vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The many advantages of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of the normal function of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to helping promote healthy looking skin, boosting energy and promoting longevity.

Good for Puppies and Kittens

Mature dogs and cats will benefit from Kefir in their diet. In addition,just a small amount of plain Kefir is wonderful for puppies and kittens and will help to establish a good intestinal balance at very young age, which will be beneficial for healthy growth. Most animals love the taste of Kefir and consider it as a treat.

Easy to Use

Image DescriptionKefir can be found in most health food stores and is sometimes available in conventional supermarkets. It can also be prepared at home. It is actually quite easy to prepare. Starter Kefir grains can be purchased in many places, including many online sources.
The grains look like cauliflower and are added to milk to cause the fermentation and create Kefir.

For Humans

Kefir has a tangy and refreshing taste that is great alone or with fruit and can be used as a base as a truly healthy smoothie. It can be taken daily and is tolerated well by most people.

More Information

There is a good deal of information to be found on the internet about this terrific superfood. I encourage you all to read more and give it a try for your companions and for yourself.

Some Helpful Links

Mercola Health

Lifeway Foods

Dr. Weil

How to Make Kefir

All About Kefir

Where's Waldo? - Home-Safe and Healthy- Using Kefir

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Another Truly Amazing Rescue Story

In one month we have two amazing stories about Boxer rescue.
These pictures are so amazing we wanted everyone to see them. We thank Lisa for sharing Waldo’s story. We also thought you should all know about Kefir.
Lisa refers to this great fermented product as Kefir yoghurt, but it is actually not yoghurt. While there are certain similarities, they are different products. We will write a separate blog post very soon that will explore the tremendous benefits of this little known superfood.

But for the moment, please read and enjoy this heartwarming story of rescue. Discover how health can be found with love and a combination of natural and traditional healing.

Waldo’s Story

My family and I were ready to adopt another Boxer. Friends of mine, in the rescue group we volunteer with, Second Chance Boxer Rescue called to say they transported a beautiful brindle boy. They thought he may be a perfect match for our family. They stressed that this poor guy was in need of some serious tender, love, and care. He lived most of the first year of his life in a garage and outside. Considering he had just turned one, I am sure it had been a long year for him. I thought it was best for me to meet this poor boy first so I could gauge his personality before introducing him to our 6 1/2 year old, 82 pound Boxer girl at home.

My First Reaction was to Cry

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Doing rescue work for 5 years, I have seen and transported some really sad situations. My first reaction to Waldo was to cry. This poor boy was very neglected. He had a very serious case of Mange. This happens to young dogs that have not fully formed their immune system. Therefore, they cannot fight this off. It is a mite that lives under the skin. Mainly this comes from being stressed out (locked in a garage or outside) , poor diet and or lack of food. At no time would any true animal lover allow their dog to get to the point this poor guy was.

" I Gave Him a Hug and Told Him He Was Beautiful"

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Waldo basically had some hair only on his neck area and face. Every other section of his body was hairless. Either gray skin where brindle fur should have been or an obvious hot pink skin where white fur should have. I got myself together (holding back those much wanted tears) and gave him a hug and told him how beautiful he was. Being a true Boxer lover I saw beyond the pink exposed skin. As soon as I looked into those sad eyes I just knew he was meant to come into my home. Having done volunteer work with my rescue group, I knew it was even more important to take in a boxer that truly needed a second chance. Keeping in mind that our rescue group had about 15 beautiful, healthy Boxers that would be adopted soon. I knew most people could not see the beauty I saw in this boy. I think most people would of stopped at the hot pink skin. This made me want him more and truly look forward to nursing this boy back to the healthy puppy he should be.

First Thought: Call Dr. Harvey

One of my first calls was to Dr. Harvey. We’ve been friends for about 2 years, ever since he helped my Boxer Abby who was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We were informed that untreated she would be dead in 3 months. Thankfully, with the help of Dr. Harvey, our Abby lived a very happy 9 months from the day she was diagnosed. Having this history with Dr. Harvey, there was no question that he would be the one I called first to help us with this “hairless Boxer”.

What to Do For Mange and More

I explained to him what a horrible case of mange we were up against. This was not the only medical issue Waldo had. He also came with a double ear infection to the point that both ears resembled cauliflower sprouts. You could not even see his ear canals. The daily regimen included: 1 oral syringe of Ivermax daily for mange, (2) antibiotics 2 times a day for infection, Ointment in both ears 2 times a day, and a peroxide bath which needed to stay on him for 10 minutes once a week.

What’s Kefir?

After telling Dr. Harvey all of this he said “well he’s on everything that he needs to be on”. But there is one and only one thing you need to add to his daily feedings and that is Kefir yoghurt. Of course I said what is that and why? Dr. Harvey said it is the best yoghurt one can buy and it is best for the immune system. That was the pups biggest problem. I immediately went out and got Kefir yoghurt and Waldo has been getting this since he’s been with us.


Waldo has been with us for almost 11 weeks. The turn around in this pup’s appearance, personality, and health has been amazing. His ear infections are gone. He’s off the mange medicine. He still requires the antibiotics, but not for much longer. All of his fur is almost completely back. He’s gained almost 7 pounds. Most of all, I am so happy to say, those sad eyes that I originally saw, now sparkle all of the time.

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Special Thank you

Dr. Regan (Squan Animal Hospital) with all of her unconditional devotion and experience to helping Waldo. I have to be honest if it was not for you I really don’t think he would of made it.

Dr. Harvey for his Kefir recommendation as well as his creation of the best dog food on earth Canine Health I know this was also a large part in getting Waldo onto the road of recovery.

Roz and Betty for thinking of us when you both transported Waldo.
Liz for all of your guidance on how to bring a new pup into our home, introduction with Sandy and everything I called you daily for lol!

Gregg for never saying “no” to me when it comes to helping Boxers in need.
Sandy for immediately loving Waldo, understanding his sickness and young age and loving him unconditionally no matter how he looked or smelled!

This is an amazing story that needed to be told.

Lisa Olivera

Customer Service- Just a few thoughts

Posted By The Staff of Dr. Harvey's

Dr. Harvey and DanerWe get lots of “compliments” on our customer service. Our customers often comment on the speed with which we respond to
email, how quickly we get our orders to them, how we return phone messages and how we answer our own phones!

Of course the feedback we get most often is “Dr. Harvey actually spoke to me on the phone!”
Although we love to hear from you, we often are a bit surprised at these comments, because we couldn’t do it any other way!

We too are consumers and we know the frustration of dealing with a company that doesn’t respond, doesn’t answer their phone or takes weeks to respond to an email. If we hear one more" please listen carefully as our options have changed" we think we may scream.
In short, we treat our customers the way we want to be treated and we really find it hard to believe that other companies don’t do the same. We were well brought up. Our mothers told us treat others the way that you want to be treated and we took it to heart.
So keep telling us that we are doing a good job, but know that you should expect that same respect from every company that you contact.
Our mission is to educate and to help the animals. We know how important each and every one of your companions is to you. We know when you contact us, ask us a question or order a product that you want a quick response. We want you to be part of our Dr. Harvey’s family and we will always strive to treat you like family.
That’s how much we care and that’s the way it should be.
And yes, there really is a Dr. Harvey and you can call him and speak to him!

For us, it’s not customer service, it’s family service. And you are always welcome!

Dr. Harvey To The Rescue-The "Tail" That Has to Be Told!

Posted By The Staff of Dr. Harvey's

Sometimes we get an email that is so amazing we have to post it on the blog. This email came to us from a wonderful woman, who generously gives her time and home to rescued boxers. Her email was so moving and her successes so compelling, that we felt that we had to post here it for all to read.
Her story is a personal story of her own rescued boxers, Bella, and London and that of her rescue group, who, following her lead have found amazing results by introducing Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Herbal Formula. We have been making this product for many, many years and have often heard from guardians about the benefits of this formula, but Gina’s story was overwhelming, even for us. We thought we should share her experience with this product with all of you. Please read the email we received from Gina:

Image Description I started to use Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin Mineral & Herbal Formula a few months ago. I purchased it originally for my 8-year-old Boxer who had terrible doggie breath. I had previously tried everything on the market including natural products with no luck. I was a little skeptical thinking that this was probably not going to work either, but within a matter of mere days her bad breath was completely gone! This is an issue we had struggled with for 6 years and we finally found a natural product that works great. It is very easy to give and she licks her bowl clean when we put it in her food. She even looks up afterwards like she wants more.
Since seeing this amazing improvement, I make sure every one of my dogs gets their daily scoops of Dr. Harvey’s Multi-Vitamin and Herbal Formula. We have never had any issue with any of them not wanting it.
I am also part of Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Illinois and we have used this product now on every single dog comes into my home to be fostered.
Image Description One of the most severe cases was Bella an 11-month-old Boxer. She was very emaciated and weighed only 32 pounds when we rescued her. She was loaded with intestinal worms and also diagnosed with a grade 3 heart murmur. As soon as we got Bella, we started her on this formula along with an all-raw meat diet. What a difference it made! The worms are now all cleared up; she has gained 17 pounds and has grown so much!

Bella Before and After

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She’s now full of energy and doing great. Even her heart murmur went down to a grade 2, which is much better.
I cannot say that this formula cured her, but it definitely did help and she is so healthy and happy now. We have since adopted her ourselves and what a miracle this product is!
I have also seen great results with our 1 1/2 year old Boxer, London, who is our “problem child.” She is very rambunctious and gets nippy sometimes. Within a week of using this product with her she was so much calmer and does not get nippy any longer. Personally, I think she had such a severe vitamin/mineral deficiency, and now that she is back to good health she is a more balanced doggy.
I know for sure in her case that it was definitely this formula from Dr. Harvey’s, because if we miss giving it to her a couple days in a row she starts acting nippy once again! Others in our rescue have also used this product with many different breeds and they swear by it too.
Unfortunately, there are many cases that we get in through our rescue, BUT once being on this product for one week we notice a huge difference! I have to say that I will never stop using this product and I know that all the doggies thank me for it everyday. Thank you Dr. Harvey, it really is a miracle product in our house and in our rescue.

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Multi to the Rescue

Thank you, Dr Harvey for being able to have a place where we can purchase good, worthwhile products. We really don’t know what we would have done without it. It means so much for us to be able to find something so good and from someone who actually cares enough to speak with you on the phone. It really is a miracle for us. Thanks again and always. Woof Woof!!! All the dogs thank you too!

Gina & Chris Bartucci
“Save a boxer today, They will love you for life”

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