Our staff has been hard at work producing videos to help companions make better choices when deciding on which products will benefit their companion.
Last week we listed the very first in a series. This video features Health and Shine. Dr. Harvey’s essential fatty acid capsule.
Take a look!
Dr. Harvey’s Friends get $5 off advance tickets!
Use code HARVEY when purchasing tickets here to take advantage of this special offer.
Dr. Harvey will be among many other distinguished guests and will be happy to meet you at the Dr. Harvey’s booth and speak with you about your companion.
The Show will take place at the
Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building in Manhattan
125 West 18th Street
12-5 PM Saturday and Sunday May 21-22
There will be over 85 vendors with wonderful things for your animals, live stage seminars with industry experts and celebrity guests (including Victoria Stilwell and Rescue Ink), the event gives attendees the opportunity to discover new products and services as well as gather information that will help them have better relationships with their animals.
Visit www.nycpetshow.com for more details about the event
We hope to meet you there!
Renowned dog trainer, Neil Sattin, has written about his own personal experience with Canine Health on his Natural Dog Blog
Take a moment to visit his site!
The Green Connoisseur, subtitled " Your Escort to a Luxurious and Eco-Conscious Lifestyle" is an extremely informative website for all things green. Recently we were approached by one of the staff writers from the Green Connoisseur asking if she could write an article about Dr. Harvey’s.
Below is the lovely article that Lucy Brake wrote and posted about Dr. Harvey’s products. After reading, please take a moment to visit The Green Connoisseur
to discover insightful info on health, nutrition and living an ecologically responsible life.
For many of us, our family pet is a really important member of our home. We want to make sure our dog, cat or bird is getting the best nutrition available without compromising the environment. Dr. Harvey’s has created nutritional food and grooming treatments for our pets that are kind to the planet. You don’t have to compromise your furry and feathered friend’s diet and health in order to treat them to a bit of green luxury.
Over 30 years ago, a successful nutritionist and animal lover, Dr Harvey, came to the realisation that we were feeding our pets blatantly unhealthy diets. These traditional pet foods contained lots of nasty chemicals, preservatives, dyes and colouring agents. He was concerned that these sub-optimal diets meant that our animals were becoming unnecessarily ill, lowering their quality of life and shortening their life spans. From this concern, came the concept of all-natural food for pets.
The team at Dr Harvey’s believes that feeding animals food made from chemical-laden ingredients is the number one reason for the rapid rise in degenerative diseases. Healthy products for pets means that they can maintain a strong immune system, avoid diseases and aliments caused by pet food filled with chemicals and also achieve optimal health throughout their lives. Dr Harvey’s champions healthy, natural and chemical-free food for our pets. They also make all their products locally in the USA and are therefore able to keep transportation-related emissions to a minimum. “Our team is committed to helping guardians give their companion animals the very best food there is, made from the best ingredients, and using the best processes.” says Dr Harvey’s.
All of their product lines are prepared with fresh, organic and natural principles in mind. This means that only the highest quality ingredients are used without any processed elements to be seen anywhere on the menu. The Healthy Formulations created by Dr Harvey’s offers fine healthy food as well as safe all-natural products for dogs, cats, birds and horses. These formulations are also kind to the environment. To keep animal companions happy and healthy, the team at Dr Harvey’s develops products which include chemical-free grooming solutions, essential supplements and vitamins as well as nutritious chews and treats. Their yummy looking freeze dried treats for dogs and cats contain no dyes, colouring agents or preservatives. Additionally, they are free or any fillers with no extra salt or sugar.
Dr Harvey’s has been producing luxury all-natural companion food for many years. They package their food and grooming products in eco-friendly containers and have managed to do this without compromising on the ease of use or the ability to keep the product fresh.
The Dr Harvey’s range of nutrition and grooming products means your pets can have a longer, happier and healthier life with less impact on the environment. You can now take even more pleasure in the joy they bring to your life.
We have been working with the wonderful trainer and natural dog enthusiast, Neil Sattin, for the last few months. His blog The Natural Dog Blog should be on your list of “must read” blogs. Below is a review he posted on Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties. Enjoy!
In my review last month I mentioned that I had a secret weapon when it comes to doggie treats. I call it my “secret weapon” because at this point most people don’t recognize what I’m giving their dog when I first use it (that’s the “secret” part), and because (knock on wood) I have NEVER had a dog refuse
to eat this special treat (that’s the “weapon” part). In fact, they usually come back, eagerly, for seconds and thirds. What do I use? Dr. Harvey’s Freeze-Dried Tripe Power Patties
I was actually contacted by Wendy Shankin-Cohen of Dr. Harvey’s (slogan: Fine Health Foods for Companion Animals) awhile back, when I was doing the writing and pre-production for my instructional DVD set. She was wondering if she could send me some products for my review, and I said “yes” with a caveat that it would probably be awhile before I got around to checking it out. A box arrived in the mail, with an assortment of their products, but the pace of life at the time (young baby Zella about to be born) kept me from really paying much attention.
However, one day I was headed out to a lesson, and I didn’t have any hot dogs in the fridge. First impressions can be everything with dogs and humans, so whenever I meet a new (hungry) dog I like to have something especially tasty in my pouch for our first contact. I mentioned something to my wife about having to allow some time to go to the store en route, and she casually asked “how about that box of treats and food that you just got in the mail?”
Sometimes – actually frequently – the universe lines up to give you exactly what you need. And then my wife clubs me over the head to remind me. In this case, it was a pouch-full of freeze dried tripe.
I can’t remember which dog was the first lucky recipient. What I DO remember is that from that moment on, I always made sure I had some of these tripe treats with me whenever I went out for a lesson.
From my perspective, they’re a perfect treat. It’s simply tripe* (nothing added), which as I understand (from Dr. Harvey Cohen himself) has the perfect balance of calcium and phosphorus for a dog’s digestive system, along with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and a whole mess of other nutrients. So they’re VERY healthy for dogs. Because they’re freeze-dried, they’re not messy, and you can also easily break apart a single “power patty” to give you multiple treating opportunities (or for smaller dogs). So they’re convenient. And, as I said – dogs LOVE them. Seemingly without exception.
As I mentioned, nearly two years has passed since then. I guess it was finally time to let you all in on the secret to great rapport with a new dog. And you thought it was all the meditation that I’ve been doing! Well, knowing how to “Be the Moose” does help. And so does a fistful of freeze-dried tripe. Please feel free to head over to the Dr. Harvey’s site to find out more about their power patties and the other products that they offer.
Just kidding. Don’t do this!
This is actually part-one of my review of Dr. Harvey’s. I’ve been conducting a trial recently using their “Canine Health” dog food premix, in conjunction with a cooked fresh meat diet for Nola. And I’ve got even more good things to say – coming soon. All-in-all, I’m impressed with the Dr. Harvey’s company – both in terms of their commitment to healthy dogs, and in terms of their commitment to providing their customers with the knowledge necessary to make the right decisions for themselves and their pets.
Neil’s Website is full of training tips and other wonderful information please visit Neil Sattin’s Natural Dog Blog
Alicia’s book has almost an entire page on how to feed pets. She has been a proponent of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health for many years and she generously mentions this in the book.
Recently she reiterated how she feeds her own animals with Dr. Harvey’s in a blog post on her Kind LIfe Website
We thought we would share the book and Alicia’s active website with you. We thought you would want to read her blog. There are many helpful tips for finding a healthy lifestyle in her writings and her blog is very active. While you may not agree with everything she has to say, there is much to learn by reading about all that she has experienced and how she feels about animals.
We feel so fortunate that we get to do what we love to do every day.
One of the best parts of being Dr. Harvey’s is hearing from our customers about what a difference Dr. Harvey’s has made in the lives of their companions. We try to post as many of your stories as we can on our website. We feel that sharing these emails and letters may help someone who is looking for an answer for their own companion.
We now have a way to bring some of these stories to you in new format. The first in a series of “Dr. Harvey’s Personal Profiles” is up and running on our website. Please take a moment to watch.
We are also doing a series of “how to” videos. Check out the first in the series. Watch a quick guide to making Canine Health.
Keep checking the website for new videos. There will be more to come in the next few weeks and months.
It’s great to be able to bring these videos to you. Please share the info with those who you think may need to know.
Almost every day, I get an email or a call regarding the controversy surrounding the use of grains in dog food.
In an earlier post here I discussed the use of raw diets and grains I explained why we see that some dogs do exceeding well on whole organic grains as a small percentage of their total daily intake. The quality and type of grains is also very important. In our manufacturing process we use only certified organic grains. We do not use corn, wheat or soy and the grains that we use are rare and highly absorbable.
I recently came across an article written by the Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, who is a well respected Great Dane breeder and researcher. Her site is full of excellent information for Great Dane guardians, but many of her gems of wisdom are applicable for all dogs.
While I do not agree with all of her recommendations for feeding. I think her understanding of why some grain in the diet is spot on.
Below are her thoughts on grain-free diets:
I get many emails asking my opinion of the new grain-free diets on the market. These are new foods and actually a spin-off of the BARF- biologically appropriate raw foods movement.
The growing holistic pet food industry has much competition these days, so they are looking for ways to reinvent the wheel and here you have it, the new grain-free diets!
After all, if “the public wants grain-free diets, certainly they know what is best for their pets – right? Wrong”. Just because the public wants it, is not a good enough reason to manufacture it. “Just because it is a grain-free diet, does not mean it is appropriate for your dog’s individual situation.”
Thanks to knee-jerk reactions and the propagation of nutritional myths on the internet, grains in pet foods have a bad reputation. Grains are carbohydrates and carbohydrates are not necessarily bad. Just because it is a grain-free diet does not mean there are no carbohydrates in the grain-free food. Instead they substitute potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and tapioca, as other carb sources yet tapioca is a questionable ingredient for pets. More feed trials are needed on these foods.
So when people think they are using a grain-free diet, it still has carbohydrates in it and in many cases potato carbohydrates are worse for allergies, systemic yeast infections, diabetic and cancer diets – worse than quality whole ground grains used in the proper proportion.
My point here is this, like most things in life, this grainless diet topic is not a black and white issue. There are many things we need to consider before using a grain-free diet for our pet’s current health situation. Now the good thing about the grain-free diets is that they are generally made by very good holistic companies like Dr Harvey’s Veg-To-Bowl among others.
Most grain-free diets have not been around long enough to see how they will do in 3-4 generations. And feed trials, if actually done, are very limited. That is, other than Dr. Wysong’s diets because he is a pioneer in the field of nutrition and his products have longevity and feed trial research done on them. He is one of my heroes and I appreciate all he has done to educating us about pet and human nutrition.
I do not recommend grain free diets for weaning or growth in any breed and especially for large and giant breeds. Actually, I do not recommend a grain free diet be fed as the “total diet” to any healthy breed. I even have reservations about them used totally as a cancer diet due to the high calcium levels. They are really meant for very specific uses and often for short term use – each animal’s situation would have to be considered before I could ever recommend a total grainless diet to my puppy buyers.
I think grainless food is fine to use as a 5%-10% component to the adult diet using a super premium or holsitic food as the 90-95% basis of your program. For puppies past 6 months of age I would only use a couple spoonful mixed with a high quality kibble such as the Wellpet line (Eagle and Wellness foods).
Once the puppy is past the difficult growth stages (weaning – 6 months) then it is ok to increase the amount fed of a grainless diet.
It is IMPOSSIBLE regulate growth patterns on raw or grain fee diets in order to avoid developmental orthopedic diseases such as; HOD, Knuckling Over/Bowing (Carpel Flexural Deformity) OCD, and Pano.
There is some notion out there in cyberspace that grains are bad, when in fact grains are only bad when they were used as the basis for commercial foods, in other words grain is listed first on the label
- now that’s bad. In super premium and holistic lines, grains are used as carbohydrate components, not as protein and not as filler, and that is good thing. Plus the quality of grains use in holistic and super premium lines is grade#1 Human Grade or Organic. This means low gluten components in the grains.
The biggest grain bashing problem was started by a West Coast dog food company years ago, and it had to do with corn and allergies. The fact is Human Grade #1 corn is one of the best natural sources of coat and skin conditioners like Omega 6, and it is low in gluten. It has an overall digestibility is 90% and carbohydrate digestibility is 99%.
In 2005 one of the most respected holistic dog food companies decided to pull the corn from their foods only because they had pressure from consumers to do so. This decision to remove the corn was not based in any kind of research, but just because they bowed to public pressure. They removed the corn and now had a “grain-less” holistic food which is what the public clamored for in a pet food.
After test feeding the diet over a long period of time they witnessed several changes in the dogs energy levels, coat and body weight. All were negative effects. The dogs had significant weight loss, it took much more food to maintain the dogs weight, coats became brittle and the dog’s energy levels plummeted, real working dogs were lacking in endurance. After seeing this results over many months of feed trial research, they decided to put the Grade 1# whole corn back into their holistic diet – as a carbohydrate source, and after thousands of bags were sold not one allergy was reported.
I have found in dealing with dogs that are diabetic or have cancer, that when we totally remove the grain from the diet, their energy level plummets. So using a very high quality, high protein/fat diet with some component of whole grain is actual a good thing. Remember if it is ground whole, the fiber is intact – if there is natural fiber present, the grain does not convert to sugar in a flash, it burns slow and steady and sustains energy levels and appetites.
Dr. Harvey addresses this issue in his article: “Grain to Provide Storage Glycogen”
As Dr. Harvey states “Every athlete knows that taking in pasta or grain loading prior to an athletic event, provides the necessary storage glycogen for the athlete to have sufficient glucose for muscle performance for the duration activity. This glucose is necessary for all muscle function.”
He goes on to talk about the value of whole grains, precooked and/or freeze dried grains in a diet. The key is the diet should NOT be grain based, but instead should be based in protein from quality meat sources.
Dr. Harvey says "Some dogs do well on a completely grain-free diet, and for them I made Veg-to-Bowl , a grain-free mix of wonderful dehydrated and freeze-dried veggies. This mixture blended with meat and oils makes a wonderful grain-free meal. "
He then expresses the same opinion that I have in that “some dogs do better with grains, in fact, in my experience; many, many dogs improve dramatically when using our Canine Health which has a whole grain component.
We like to call the grains we use the Noble Grains and they can be mixed with raw or cooked meat”.
Dr. Harvey’s company is not the only company to have found this out in feed trials. PHD – Perfect Healthy Diet has also put whole grain back into the dry food because the dogs in feed trials did not maintain stamina when working and lost weight quickly, having difficulty in maintaining their ideal weight.
GRADE, QUALITY and AMOUNT and KIND of grain is the key – remember whole intact grains have all the fiber (in tact) so it is not a fast sugar burn as is refined carbohydrates.
Dr. Harvey goes on to point out, “Nature made all muscle and brain function (99%) using glucose and oxygen. Carbohydrates, such as grains, are stored in the liver as glycogen, this is then released as glucose in the blood as the body requires it”.
He goes on to say “I see that dogs do incredibly well and thrive on 6-10% grain in their diet. Dogs are able to utilize the glucose from grains, as athletes do when they are performing”
Dr. Harvey has developed 2 organic pre-mixes Canine Health, and Veg-to-Bowl, (no grain) to offer the easiest, safest and most convenient way to feed a complete raw diet. Just add water, meat and oil to either of our pre-mixes and you have a complete raw meal for your dog or cat. He also has available Power Patties – Freeze Dried Tripe.
Please visit her website for health related issues. It’s a great source.
Not every diet is right for every dog. Some dogs do very, very well on some grains and others need to eat a totally grain-free diet. That is why we offer two pre-mixes, Canine Health which includes 6 organic grains, vegetables and herbs and Veg-to-Bowl which is a cornucopia of vegetables and herbs. Both pre-mixes allow you to tailor your dog’s diet to give them optimal nutrition.
Preparing home-made food for your dog can be a daunting process. The purpose of our pre-mixes, with or without grain, are to make this process easy and delicious. Just add meat and oil to prepare a wonderful home-cooked meal for your dog. What could be easier or better?
Dr. Harvey will be speaking at two great events in the next few weeks. He would love to meet you in person.
Now is your chance to ask all of your questions, face-to-face.
They both look like great events, so if either one is in your area, please come and say hello. We would love to meet you there!
The Fido Festival USA
This looks like great fun. Lots of dogs, people, great events and informative speakers. Dr. Harvey will be speaking on Saturday the 29th. He will be speaking on The Natural and Holistic Feeding of Companion Animals
The Integrative Health Pet Expo
This event has wonderful speakers and is the prelude to the Holistic Veterinarian Conference.
We hope to see many of you there!
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Harvey’s has launched a complete line of Herbal Essentials for Horses. Dr. Harvey has created an entirely natural, chemical–free line of products for horses. Using the finest organic and 100% all natural ingredients, Dr. Harvey has formulated Organic Hoof Cream, Herbal Liniment,Organic Healing Cream, Herbal Protection Spray, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Protection Shampoo all designed to protect horse and rider from the dangerous toxins used in chemically based horse products.
For many years, Dr. Harvey has been troubled by the amount of chemicals that are routinely used as a frequent part of equine care. He wanted to create products that would spare horses as well as humans from the dangers of toxic products. From fly sprays to topical treatments, Dr. Harvey believes that too many horses and their people are exposed to toxins from inhaling chemical sprays and from topical treatments that are absorbed through the skin. These types of chemical laden products put animals and humans at risk for serious systemic health issues and can be harmful to long-term good health.
Dr. Harvey wanted to find the very best in nature to create the Equine Line bearing his name. These safe and effective products are the first of their kind using herbs to promote healing and optimal health in horses and to protect them from the use of products containing harmful toxic chemicals.
Toxic Sprays and treatments that are absorbed through the skin and inhaled into the lungs of horses and humans can cause severe allergic reactions as well as long-term health problems. These consequences can be entirely avoided by using products that are pure gentle and chemical-free.
Dr. Harvey is very pleased to have created The Equine Line. The realization of this quest, to make the finest all-natural products for horses has been very fulfilling for him and our entire team. Dr. Harvey is sincerely happy to offer these healthful products for horses.
While Dr. Harvey loves the entire Equine line, he says his favorites are the Organic Hoof Cream and the Herbal Liniment. We think the Herbal Protection Spray is great and we have all used the Healing Cream for our dogs for years.
We also think both the Herbal Shampoo and the Herbal Protection Shampoo are truly superb. Our shampoos do not contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate or SLS often used in shampoos and known to be a toxic ingredient.
This is the first product of its kind. This formula is made with antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic herbs in a base of Witch Hazel. Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Ear Wash will not only clean your horse’s ears, it will help heal abrasions and protect against infection.