It is sad to say how many cases like this that we hear about. We are happy that Mason is doing better and that his guardians wanted to pay it forward. At their request, we are sharing Mason’s story, in hopes of helping other dogs who may be suffering with the same condition.
We have spoken a few times over the phone, which I can’t tell you how refreshing that is in a world of automated customer service.
When I first called you back in February 2012, my best friend Mason, a 5-year old Boxer-Lab mix was suffering from Acute Renal Failure. His kidneys were functioning at 20% and we were preparing for the worst.
With the exception of working from home, the signs were so subtle, I would have never known anything was up with him until it was too late. I took him to multiple vets, all prescribing medications, fluids, etc. None of which were working. We had been feeding him a premium kibble food, a choice that runs over $80 a bag and seemingly has a short ingredient list (compared to other store-bought pet foods).
We found your product through a magazine article and I immediately called and you answered! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me about what you thought was going on with Mason on a nutritional level. Helping me plan his meals with highly digestible protein sources and fats I could control have seemingly saved, or at least
extended his life.
One year later his kidneys are functioning at 46%! A MIRACLE considering the permanent damage to his constitution. We have kept on a mixture of The Canine Health Formula and Veg-to-Bowl and I continually make small adjustments to the quantities to help him maintain an ideal weight without being too hungry or too full.
Again, I can’t thank you enough for saving our family member and hopefully the people we’ve hooked on the brand help pay this forward to their animals and back to you. Thank you for what you do.
Mason & The Wimmers
We received this email from a very grateful guardian and felt we needed to share it with everyone. There are many lessons to be learned by reading Dana and Fifi’s story.
Dear Dr. Harvey,
I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you thank you for all of your help. When I first got my little Fifi 6 months ago (she is a 4.5 lb pomeranian) she was in bad shape. Fifi is a retired show dog who I got from a breeder. I thought that by getting a dog from a breeder that I could rest assured that this dog was free from any ailments and illnesses. However, I was very wrong. Despite getting a letter from the breeder’s vet assuring that Fifi was very healthy, when I took her to my own vet it was quite a different story.
To my surprise, Fifi had kidney disease and was spilling large amounts of protein in her urine. She also had high blood pressure, a thyroid condition, an enlarged heart and an ear infection.
My heart sank when she said, “This is serious. Fifi is a very, very sick dog. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars in her treatments then you might as well just return her to the breeder.” I didn’t want to give up on Fifi; I knew there was something I could do. Immediately I got on the internet and began researching natural remedies for her many illnesses.
Six months later since we have been giving her the Dr. Harvey’s food, Fifi has improved tremendously! All of her kidney lab test results are within healthy rage, her blood pressure is normal, and her chest x-rays show no sign of an enlarged heart. Additionally, she has never had another ear infection. I still have to give her medication to control her blood pressure and thyroid, but besides that the Dr. Harvey’s diet IS her primary medicine
I am completely impressed by the company. Dr. Harvey has always been there for any questions I have had. Unfortunately, my vet does not agree with me feeding her Dr. Harvey’s diet and wants me to give her the special canned kidney dog food. After talking to Dr. Harvey I learned that feeding that food to my dog is the WORST thing you can do.
After all her lab results came back normal, however, there wasn’t very much that she could argue; the proof was in the test results. I also want to say thank you to Dr. Harvey for the continued support. In addition to support on how to feed the food specifically for my dog’s conditions, he also gave other holistic remedies to try.
I am blown away by this company. Never did I imagine that I would be speaking to the doctor himself who created this wonderful food. I know he is an extremely busy man, but whenever I speak to him, he treats Fifi’s health with the utmost concern and care.
I can’t thank Dr. Harvey and the entire company enough! I will feed this food to my dog for the rest of her life. :)
Dana (Fifi’s Mom) and Fifi
Dr. Harvey’s Whole Food and Herbal Supplements for dogs and cats enhance the health of companion animals. I created this unique line to help companion animals to achieve optimal wellness without the use of harmful chemicals and drugs. Each all-natural vitamin and mineral supplement formula uses a specific mixture of organic and wild crafted herbs to help animals find balance and wellness. These natural herbal powdered formulas are based on my knowledge of how each herb stimulates the body and how they work synergistically to optimize the effect that each herb has on the other. Herbs also contain many minerals and vitamins that promote health and healing.
My Herbal Supplements are unique in the animal world. There are no synthetic vitamins added into any of the formulae. The vitamins come from natural foods that contain concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals in the way nature intended them to be absorbed by the body. Each formula is made in a base of bee pollen, spirulina, lecithin, nutritional yeast, garlic, alfalfa and kelp and then made specific by the addition of wild crafted and organic herbs. Each formula comes in a powdered form that can be easily sprinkled on your pet’s food.
Whole foods are those foods, which contain everything needed for life. That is why each of my Whole Food Supplements contain spirulina, nutritional yeast, kelp, flax seed meal, lecithin, alfalfa, bee pollen and garlic.
Herbal healing has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. Animals can benefit greatly from the healing properties of certain herbs. In fact, in the wild, animals often find and eat herbs that grow in nature, as they instinctively know how to heal themselves.
I have always felt that nature has a plan and that we should try and follow nature’s plan as best as we can. This means that getting our vitamins and minerals from food sources is of utmost importance. The body does know the difference between a
“natural” substance and a “synthetic” substance. Our supplements provide the vitamins and minerals that are needed to support the body using only natural food-based sources. Just the way nature intended.
Our supplements are so effective that we hear success story after success story. Whether it is Ortho Flex that eases your pup’s joint problems or Relax and Stress that helps your pup’s fears and can help excessive barking subside, these supplements have a positive, effective influence on your pet’s health.
Often replacing the need for drug therapy, herbal supplements work without the side –effects of prescription drugs.
I was walking down a path when I came upon a fork in the road.
I had to make a choice to take the road to the left or the road to the right. Fortunately, there was an Oracle there and he told me to take the path leading to health…I never looked back…
We here at Dr.Harvey’s could not be more excited that we are finally ready to share this news with you.
We know that so many of you have been waiting for a long time for these new foods to become available.
After 2 years of preparation and research Oracle Complete Foods for Dogs and Cats are ready to be revealed!
In antiquity, an Oracle was someone who was a source of wise counsel, gave prophetic predictions and could see the future.
With Dr. Harvey’s Oracle we are looking into the future of animal nutrition.
Oracle Complete Foods for Dogs and Cats are freeze-dried and dehydrated highly nutritious meals that have been formulated by Dr. Harvey to be species specific diets for companion animals. This high level of balanced nutrition comes from using the finest human grade protein sources. The protein is then freeze-dried and dehydrated to be preserved without the use of any chemical preservatives of any kind. When rehydrated these proteins provide the building blocks of nutrition that are so critical to the health of dogs and cats. We then add dehydrated, sun-ripened vegetables and farm fresh eggs to make sure that all the necessary vitamins and minerals are present in abundance.
Oracle Complete Foods are truly revolutionary because they have all the goodness and integrity that you have come to expect from Dr. Harvey’s, but these foods are complete,meaning the meat is already in the mix. Oracle Complete Foods are total and complete diets for cats and dogs that are incredibly easy to prepare. In fact, with Oracle Complete Foods, all you do is add water and watch your very happy companions enjoy the healthiest meals available anywhere. Just like homemade meals, Oracle makes a fresh healthful meal in just minutes. Oracle allows guardians to continue to feed the very best in even less time.
Choosing the appropriate food for your dog or cat can be difficult and confusing.
Dr. Harvey’s has always been a leader in bringing the truth to guardians about how to feed their companions the foods that provide optimal health and wellness. Thousands of guardians over 30 years, have seen the wonderful results that may have turned their pet’s health around, just by switching to a whole food, chemical-free, all-natural diet.
Those of you who have experienced these changes know the wonderful feeling of seeing your companion’s health improve dramatically after starting a new truly all-natural diet. Over the years, so many guardians have said to us “if I had only known sooner!”
Dr. Harvey’s is proud that our mission to improve the health of companion animals through diet has made such a difference for so many. Oracle is the future of superior animal nutrition.
Oracle for Dogs will be available in 4 varieties- Beef with Vegetables and Organic Grains, Chicken and Vegetables with Organic Grains, Grain-Free Beef and Vegetable and Grain-Free Chicken and Vegetable.
Cat guardians have waited for many years for Dr. Harvey to perfect this all-natural balanced blend for our feline friends.
Oracle for Cats will come in 3 grain-free varieties Beef, Fish and Chicken. These delicious diets for cats are formulated to contain the higher amounts of protein that cats require plus all of the vitamins and minerals that cats need to maintain optimal health. The most amazing thing is that cats really love Oracle and cat lovers know how wonderful it is to find a really healthy food that cats will love! You actually won’t believe it. Taste tasted by hundreds of cats and “certified delicious” , Oracle is a total breakthrough in feline nutrition.
Oracle Complete Foods are unlike any food you have ever tried for your companion. Oracle is easy to make and ready in just minutes. But the most important thing is that you will feel confident that by feeding Oracle, you are providing the very best nutrition available for your companion. What could be better? Healthy and Easy. Easy for you, healthy for them-that’s what we call a win-win!
Oracle Complete Foods contain no wheat, soy, corn, meat meal or by-products. And as with all of Dr. Harvey’s products, Oracle contains no added salt or sugar and no synthetic ingredients, dyes, coloring agents or chemicals of any kind.
Dr. Harvey’s uses only the finest human grade ingredients including USDA beef, antibiotic free and free-range chicken and farm fresh eggs to make Oracle for your best friends.
Oracle Complete Foods will be available to purchase from Dr. Harvey’s after the official launch at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida in February 2013.
Check back frequently for updates and news about the Oracle launch.
We wanted to give you a sneak peak. We had to tell you what we have been working on to continue the Dr. Harvey’s tradition of bringing you the very best for your companions.
For over 30 years Dr. Harvey’s has been at the forefront of innovation in holistic nutrition. We are proud to continue our tradition of making only the healthiest products by bringing Oracle Complete Foods to guardians and their companion animals.
It won’t be long now! Get ready to make your companions very, very happy!
And don’t forget to tell a friend. They will be grateful that you did!
Consult the Oracle
Dr. Harvey’s is seeing the future…
We received this amazing letter and wonderful photos from Yogi’s mom, Wendy. We wanted to share her thoughts and these photos with you as a tribute to Yogi and his devoted family.
We are honored to have been able to support them during their struggle with Yogi’s illness. Yogi was a lucky dog to have had so much love around him. He will be missed…
Dear Dr. Harvey,
I wanted to take a moment to let you know that our sweet Yogi died on September 6. He died very peacefully, in my lap, surrounded by
candles and soft music and entrenched in an enormous amount of love.
On behalf of my daughters and me (as well as Max, Albus, Puck and Lilly), I also want extend our tremendous gratitude for the help and long-distance support that you so generously extended to us during his battle with lymphoma.
Your guidance has effected our lives forever in helping us to provide the best care possible for the animals that we love. We cannot thank enough for your expertise, your compassion, and your support.
Your name became a familiarity in our family, at dinner time conversations, "You know, Dr. Harvey is a genius. I had to pay him over 10 grand for this advice!!! (sarcasm of course) in times of uncertainty, “Mom, did you call Dr. Harvey today? What did he say?” and in our prayers, “…and thank you for connecting us with Dr. Harvey.”
Because our paths crossed at such a late stage of Yogi’s life here with us, we thought we would share with you a few of our favorite memories in pictures.
We hope you enjoy them, but even more, we hope you know the incredible positive impact you’ve made all of the way here in central Texas. We cannot thank enough for your expertise, your compassion, and your support.
Love and peace,
Natalie, Max, Albus, Puck
This email came into our inbox today and we thought we needed to share the story of this adorable Dachshund, OliveOyl, and her parents. Their journey to health is very touching and Olive’s pictures are so adorable, we just had to post them and the lovely email that Karl and Kate sent to Dr.Harvey. Enjoy!
I am writing to you to say thank you. My wife and I are the
parents of a beloved 5-year-old mini-dachshund named OliveOyl.
At around 2 years of age Olive began to have seizures. As time went on they became more frequent and more severe with numerous trips to the emergency vet and thousands spent on bills as well as a daily medication that made Olive tired and fat with only minimal success of epileptic control.
This past January she went into a cluster seizure and at that point I had had enough. I did my research about what could cause epilepsy in dogs and the one thing in common throughout all the articles I read was low quality dog food. Being a
“fitness/health freak” I immediately regretted feeding my dog something I would never eat myself.
The very next day my wife and I made the switch to Dr. Harvey’s Miracle Dog Food from a store owner’s recommendation and needless to say we could not be more thrilled.
Olive is now 6 months episode free, is on a lowered dose of medication(with the end goal to be completely off by year end), has lost all the weight gained from the medication and has more energy than she knows what to do with. Canine Health- The Miracle Dog Food is just that, a miracle.
Sincerely, thank you again!
Karl, Kate & OliveOyl
Much of the time the emails that we receive are from guardians that are having problems with their dogs.
Or they are from guardians who want to share their success stories with us. We love to receive these and are always happy to help and hear about success with our products.
But every once in a while we get an email that is just joyful and the guardian is thrilled to share their story and loves the banter as they find out that we are indeed real people! The following is the actual email from one of those great joyful customers and the back and forth emails that we exchanged. Just for the fun of loving our animals and sharing the joy of that love.
Dear Everyone at Dr. Harvey’s~
Downtown Lucy Brown and Louie the Face, otherwise known as Lucy and Louie, are very happy doggies thanks to you! I’ve been searching far and wide for a dog food that was good for my dogs and good enough for them to eat, only to be disappointed every time. I was exhausted and disheartened by the time I found you, but found you I did, and now I’m the happiest doggie momma on the planet!
Both dogs ate every bite the first time and have since licked their bowls clean. I was so overwhelmed with relief and gratitude that I had to email you and tell you thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Now I have them on Health and Shine and Ortho-Flex. Louie’s old and on meds for a bad back, but the day after I gave these supplements to him he was running up the stairs, rolling around and wanting to play. Louie doesn’t do this. Ever. Now we have our boy back thanks to your amazing products. And Lucy’s hot spot has completely cleared up and she doesn’t drag her fanny on the rugs anymore!
Long email, I know, but I am so impressed with your business and your philosophy that I had to write! You totally rock…
One Thrilled Customer, Gwynn Beatty
What a fantastic email! Although we get many emails from guardians who are happy to have found our products, yours is indeed quite unique.
You rock! Lucy and Louie rock too. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know.
I would love to post your email on our website if you are okay with that.
Do you possibly have a digital photo of your babies that you could email to me? I would then post it on our website for other guardians to see and maybe they would find the solution that you did.
Thanks again for making my day. I will show this to Dr. Harvey tomorrow. Even after all these years he still loves to know that he has made the animals happy!
Let me know and thanks again.
It was so nice to hear from you! I’m still giggling over your email regarding mine. I just had to let you know how much easier our lives our with these products. So you made my day as well by responding and asking for a photo of my 2 fabulous kids. I read the email aloud to them, and they promptly went to lie down from the excitement. They never underestimate a special occasion!
(love that she read it to the dogs- my comment not hers)
I’ve attached a photo of the 2 happy doggies. I love reading about customer reviews and learning about others’ pets, so this is fabulous that maybe Lucy’s and Louie’s issues can help some other doggies out there.
Thanks so much, Wendy! I love rocking with you =-)
You’re the best. And Lucy and Louie are pretty terrific too! Please thank them for allowing us to use their photo!
I will send you the link as soon as your email is live and you will be able to see your stars in living color!
I’ll rock with you and your pups anytime!
and the Team at Dr. Harvey’s
You’re my kind of chick, Wendy! Looking forward to the link and seeing my kids live and in living color!!
Sometimes we receive an email that we need to share with the world. Below is just such an email. The email is from a guardian who did not realize how a change in diet could help in such a wonderful and dramatic way. We like to share these types of stories with others so that guardians may be helped with their own companions. Diet makes such a difference in so many ways.
I just wanted to drop you a message about how my dogs are doing on their new food. We are using Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food. My almost 10 year Schnauzer was full of fatty tumors. I have had them all checked at the vets to be sure that it wasn’t cancer. Because of his age we decided not to mess with them as the surgery would have most certainly been very dangerous at his age. I could not take that after having just lost his brother on 11/20/11. Our intentions were to put him on this food too but it was too late and we never had the chance. A specialty vet clinic administered medications without discussions with us as to what the medications were for,the side effects and so forth. Thus taking my dogs life.
Anyway back to the food and my Torre, the mini Schnauzer. He had one lump the size of a golf ball near his breast bone. We had to leave his harness large so it wouldn’t rub.
There is little doubt that feeding homemade food to your pets will dramatically improve their overall health. Additives found in commercial pet food make your pets vulnerable to many health problems that can be avoided by switching to a chemical-free, homemade diet. Feeding a daily diet of truly natural homemade food can help everything from allergies to kidney disease, arthritis and cancer.
1. Ability to control the quality of the ingredients
2. Increase longevity
3. Ability to avoid synthetic ingredients
4. Ability to avoid toxicity caused by preservatives
5. Avoid dyes and coloring agents
6. Maintain healthy weight-increase energy
7. Improved skin and coat
8. Avoid allergies
9.Improve dental health
10. Avoid common degenerative diseases (Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Cancer)
All of these benefits can be achieved with a minimum of effort and the results are so rewarding.
You CAN do this for your dog!
My mother used to say, “If I had a nickel for every time someone said that, I would be rich”. I feel that way about many things that I hear from guardians, but one particular issue comes up so frequently, that if my mother’s saying was true, I would indeed be rich! That issue is the picky eater. Guardians worry terribly as they try one dog food after another and they watch as their pup “turns their nose up” to everything.
My solution is always the same. I tell the frantic guardian that they have a highly intelligent companion dog that knows dog food is not for him or her. They are usually very skeptical when I suggest trying real, fresh food.
“I’ve tried everything!”
So I recommend trying fresh, real food with Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl and oh the joy when they call or write to tell me that their dog loves the food! “It’s a miracle” they say. Once again I remind them how intelligent their pup is and that their instinct leads them to the foods that they need and are healthy for them. The dogs aren’t picky they’re smart!
We recently received this email from Lucy’s mom Megan. Her email was wonderful to read and because we know that there are so many guardians who are frustrated by their “picky eater” we decided to share her words with you. This is the email that we received from Megan detailing her journey with Lucy’s eating problems:
I have a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, Lucy, who has always been a picky eater. Not only that, she’s had stomach issues all her life – everything I’ve fed her has given her vomiting fits and diarrhea. I found a bland kibble that she seemed to like, but never really ate all of it and would occasionally vomit, though the diarrhea subsided. She slept a lot, and it was obvious when she wasn’t feeling well.
I was out on a walk when I met a woman named Barbara with a dog who was lively, sweet, and happy. We got to talking about our dogs, and I complimented how happy her dog seemed to be. She told me it’s the food, that most dog foods are chock-full of chemicals and preservatives, and these things can negatively impact the behavior of a dog. She recommended your food, saying that it’s the best thing she’s ever done for her dog. I went home and looked up your website. There’s an expression, “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”. After all, Lucy wasn’t THAT bad… she wasn’t vomiting very frequently, didn’t have diarrhea and she ate her kibble regularly. Maybe I met a crazy woman, maybe she was wrong. After stalking the website, watching the videos, reading the testimonials and ingredients in your food, I caved and bought a small bag of Veg-to-Bowl, just in case Lucy didn’t like it.
I brought home the bag and mixed a little of her kibble into the food, fearing that she would throw up and/or have diarrhea from the food switch (that is typical when I used to switch her food on her). I added the protein (some raw beef) and oil as well. My picky Lucy, who hated just about everything I fed her, literally ate AROUND the kibble to get to the Dr. Harvey’s mix. She’d take a bite and spit up the kibble, savoring the rest. I watched her in anticipation of the vomiting and diarrhea that was sure to follow – but she never did have a bad reaction to the food. I immediately stopped mixing in the kibble in on day 2. Again, she devoured it without any negative reaction. By day 3, her coat felt softer, her breath smelled better, and she was acting more like a puppy. She’s not lethargic. She’s happy. She does a tap dance when she sees me take out the bag. My fiancé, probably more doubtful than me, is amazed at the change in her health and behavior.
I was as skeptical as it gets about making the switch to your food. I was worried about the expense, the time, the commitment of making her dinner every night… but now I’m never looking back. I’m going to buy more of your products, because now I believe what Barbara had told me – it’s all in the food. I’m telling everyone I know about how awesome Dr. Harvey’s food is – my Lucy is living proof, and they should feed their pets Dr. Harvey’s. I hope you never stop making your product, because this is now a staple in Lucy’s life, as well as future pets I may have.
And by the way, thank you for making it really simple to make the food. I have a lot going on in my life and it’s not a hassle at all. It’s ridiculously simple, and usually I just save a little meat from the dinner I’m making and put it in her food. I can’t thank you enough – but please, don’t stop making this food!
Your new faithful customer and her grateful dog,
Megan and Lucy"
We thank Megan for sharing her story and hope that it will help other guardians who want to do the best for their companion dog.