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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.
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