Loss of appetite. Disinterest in food. Vomiting. Most dog owners have dealt with these scary symptoms in their pets at various points. In many cases, the vomiting eventually stops and meals and treats are enjoyed once again. But sometimes these symptoms aren’t just a stage. Sometimes these symptoms are pancreatitis.
Just like us humans, dogs have a pancreas which aids in the digestion of foods, produces the enzymes that digest food, and produces insulin. If something happens to cause inflammation of the pancreas, the flow of enzymes into the digestive tract can become disrupted, forcing the enzymes out of the pancreas and into the dog’s abdominal area. Next, the digestive enzymes begin to break down fat and proteins in the body’s other organs, as well as in the pancreas. Because of their proximity to the pancreas, the kidney and liver can also be affected when this progression takes place, and the abdomen becomes inflamed, and possibly infected. If bleeding occurs in the pancreas, shock, and even death may follow.
The two major signs of pancreatitis in dogs are, as mentioned above, loss of appetite and repeated vomiting. But other symptoms can include a hunched back, pain or distention of the abdomen (the visual cues of this are that a dog appears uncomfortable or bloated), diarrhea, dehydration, weakness/lethargy, and fever. If a dog exhibits one or two of these signs, and only infrequently, constant monitoring is key. However, if multiple signs are exhibited at once, and repeatedly, a veterinarian should be called immediately.
While there are a variety of risk factors that can bring on pancreatitis, one of the causes is a high-fat diet, especially for a dog that gets one large helping of fatty food in one sitting the other major cause is a diet that consists of only processed foods like commercial dog food kibble.
Once a dog has had a bout of pancreatitis, the chance of recurrence is high. Studies have shown that pancreatitis can lead to diabetes and in some cases cancer. Dogs with gastrointestinal issues, hypothyroidism, diabetes and epilepsy are also at a higher risk for pancreatitis.
An pet parent’s best defense against a repeat appearance of pancreatitis involves two strategies: paying careful attention to their dog for the warning signs of pancreatitis and controlling the factors they can.
All of our foods can be used to successfully battle pancreatitis. All of our foods are based using whole, fresh, unprocessed foods as the major part of the diet. We often recommend starting with Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food. However, if your dog is diabetic, we recommend Paradigm. Paradigm is very low in carbs so it will help with blood sugar spikes and helps to prevent pancreatitis which plagues many diabetic dogs.
While Pancreatitis is a serious and sometimes life threatening ailment in dogs, there is hope. Pet parents who make the appropriate changes to their dog’s diet have seen improvements in digestion, the relief of this ailment and many other health benefits that come with transitioning to a healthy, real food, whole food diet for their companions.
First, I just wanted to tell you how much my 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Maggie, loves Paradigm! She has been battling T-Cell Lymphoma for 18 months now. She was diagnosed in June, 2016. It was found early on. After 6 months of blood monitoring her levels were creeping up so she has been on a compounded chemo drug called Chlorambucil. At that point, she was eating Fromm and had been for years. She would occasionally get bouts of unexplained diarrhea but not very often.
Finally, in July, 2017 after having excellent blood work, she started acting lethargic and not wanting to eat. These are a dog owner’s worst nightmare. I took her to the vet and again, all blood work was fine. She then started vomiting undigested food. I took her back and she had an ultrasound, which was inconclusive. We thought maybe there was an obstruction somewhere, so we opted for exploratory surgery. The doctor opened her up and found her colon to be in her words, “The most dilated colon she’s seen in 15 years of being a vet.” She cleaned out the colon and the intestines and found nothing remarkable. After the surgery, she recovered well, and I gave her bland home cooked food for a while.
During this process I found your food at Bentley’s Pet Shop and I talked to the shop owner and researched Paradigm. She has been eating it ever since and hasn’t had a single issue whatsoever. She is even at a healthy weight and her coat is shiny again. For 9 years she was always wishy washy about eating and now she can’t wait to eat! Thank you for making such fine products!
Maggie’s Mom, Karen Claus
When you receive the diagnosis that your dog has diabetes ,it is difficult and frustrating. When Phyllis wrote to us to tell us about how changing her beloved Sucre’s diet helped him so dramatically with his diabetes, we knew we had to share her experience. While so many dogs suffer from diabetes, we want pet parents to know that proper nutrition can make all the difference in the longterm management of this serious disease. Paradigm, offers pet parents a very low-carb, super nutrition option when they are looking for a supportive nutritional plan for their companions.
The top photo is my bright eyed boy now. The lower picture is before Dr. Harveys food. He was just getting sicker every day
Sucre, my beautiful Labradoodle, was recently diagnosed with diabetes and put on a prescription diet that lists its first ingredient as whole wheat with broths vitamins and a little chicken meal. I couldn’t get his blood glucose below 600 for 3 weeks. NOT GOOD.
He had lost 20 pounds and was boney and getting worse. I transitioned him over to veggies & protein & coconut oil over a weeks period cutting out the prescription kibbles. I now have him on a mixture of Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl and Paradigm with fresh protein and oil. He is acting like his puppy self again even though he is 9 1/2 years old.
He has regained his muscle back and his glucose levels are now normal and steady. He is taking less insulin and I couldn’t be happier.
Please share my experience! I was so frustrated. Now his food and insulin are manageable. Most of all he loves the food. Thank you for giving my dog the best nutrition possible. Sincerely, Phyllis and Sucre
Briggs is a beautiful senior Golden Retriever who is suffering from a very serious auto-immune disease. We received this wonderful note from Briggs’s mom.This story is nothing short of amazing. We wanted to share it with you. It is our sincere hope that it will help other pet parents who are searching for answers.
Dear Dr. Harvey’s,
I wanted to thank you for your food, Paradigm. My 14 year-old Golden Retriever has IMT or Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. It is a very serious autoimmune disease in which a dog’s body attacks its own blood platelets as though they are a pathogenic bacteria or virus. Thrombocytopenia is the technical word for low platelet count. Platelets are components of blood produced in bone marrow.
His body is destroying his platelets.
For 2 years we have been fighting this disease with steroids etc.
A normal platelet count is 145,000-500,000
My dog has NEVER gotten to normal range. The highest in number he has had in 2 years has been 66,000.
One month ago, he completely crashed to 0 platelets. That’s when I ordered your Paradigm food.
And at that time, he was at 66,000 platelet count.
Yesterday, we rechecked his labs. He was 12 days on this food. His count was 197,000!!!
His numbers have NEVER been this high. I posted your food on my Golden Retriever site as well as the IMT site. Lots of people are ordering this.
Thank you for this food! It truly has saved my boy!
This diet is high in fat, supplies adequate protein and is low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body. Fat is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Another effect of the diet is that it lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures, may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and helps regulate diabetes and obesity.
There is a great deal of scientific evidence that this diet may help certain conditions such as seizures, and other neurological conditions, cancer, obesity and diabetes in both humans and animals.
Paradigm is the perfect base food and makes feeding a ketogenic diet so easy to do.
Our mission has always been to provide information that will help pet parents to make the best choices when deciding on how to feed their companion animals and achieve optimal wellness. Paradigm is our newest base food for making a home made, fresh food diet that is easy to make, contains very low carbohydrate ingredients and can be prepared to make healthy ketogenic meals for dogs.
We provide foods that are often the solution to a guardian’s quest to find nutritional answers to chronic or recurring health problem. To that end, we have, for over 30 years, provided foods that help pet parents feed their companions a daily diet that is made from fresh, safe and healthy ingredients. We have seen miraculous improvements in so many dogs, cats and birds and we have helped healthy animals to remain healthy.
In our quest to provide continuing education and cutting edge information on animal nutrition we continue to search for the newest research available.
The Keto Pet Sanctuary is a state of the art facility that provides a variety of alternative therapies for dogs with cancer. Dogs at the sanctuary are fed a diet that is high in fat, uses moderate amounts of protein and is very low in carbs. The diet is meant to slow or halt the growth of cancer, based on the theory that cancer cells feed on sugar (including carbohydrates that break down to sugar) and will not survive on fat.
The results are promising and sometimes miraculous.
Rodney Habib, pet nutrition expert and researcher, recently spoke about findings from Veterinary Oncologists showing that there is a strong correlation between too much sugar, high carbohydrate and high starch diets and cancer. He recently completed a documentary called, “The Dog Cancer Survival Series.” He has traveled the world looking for nutritional studies that provide alternative nutritional diets for dogs with cancer. These nutritional modalities include raw food and fresh food, caloric restriction, metabolic therapies and ketogenic diets.
In a recent video, renown holistic veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, explained, “Everyone is talking about the damaging effects of high starch, high carb diets, pro-inflammatory diets. We know that these diets can contribute to diabetes, obesity, and arthritis. We know that there is an absolute correlation to the amount of sugar that a mammal eats and their predisposition to cancer.
We know that’s true.” Food matters… According to some experts, there is no question about the correlation between carbs and sugar that could be a cause and exacerbating cancers.
Add these to Paradigm to make a complete meal for your dog.
High-quality fresh protein in moderate amounts including:
Fats that can be added include:
• Coconut Oil
• MCT oil
• Hemp Oil
• Butter or Ghee
• Flax Seed Oil
• Fish Oil
• Olive Oil
A diet rich in green low-carbohydrate and other low-glycemic vegetables can be helpful.
Recommended vegetables are:
• Green Beans,
• Red Bell Peppers
Sea vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as:
While diabetes in dogs is a serious and complex condition, there is evidence to show that a diet that is low in carbohydrates can help to normalize blood sugar levels and encourage weight loss. We encourage 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.
Dr. Karen Becker explains:
" … 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.
Obesity in dogs is at near epidemic levels in the US. If you have ever had a dog that is overweight, you know how difficult it can be to reverse the condition. Obesity in dogs can lead to the development of a host of health problems including, diabetes, joint problems, and cardiovascular disease. Obesity is not just a vanity problem; it is in fact, a serious condition in dogs that adversely effect your dog’s health and longevity. Lower carbs and feeding fresh food will help to normalize your dog’s weight. Paradigm is perfect for this.
In addition to considering a low carbohydrate diet for your dog there are herbs that Dr. Harvey includes to boost the immune system, encourage healing and help to increase overall good health.
These ingredients include:
• Red Clover
• Milk Thistle
• Slippery Elm
• Medicinal Mushrooms, including chaga, turkey tail, shitaki, and reishi
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, using nutritional tools can help your dog to heal sometimes from even the most difficult of diagnosis.
How we think about 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.
Based on the findings of distinguished researchers now published in the research literature on the benefits of a low carb diet for the care of dogs and cats with cancer, diabetes, and obesity, we are working to educate pet parents worldwide.
Paradigm can be used for dogs who have health challenges that would benefit from a ketogenic diet, as well as for healthy dogs looking to maintain optimal wellness.
The sooner you start your pup on a diet of fresh foods and low carbs the sooner you will have your best friend on road to good health. Paradigm is easy to prepare and it’s the very best food you can give to your dog.
Dear Dr. Harvey’s Team, Thanks for asking how Beazer liked the food! He LOVES it! I am so happy… as feeding him since his diagnosis of diabetes 2 years ago had been a struggle.
I had allergy testing done a couple years ago, as he was always itchy (Westie). After many years of steroid use to treat itchy skin, ….I feel certain that’s why Beaz developed diabetes.
I had allergy tests done, and …. its THREE pages long. In short he’s allergic to almost all outside grasses, trees and such.. and almost all meats! Historically, I would find a food that might work, they would include some
potato, corn, or filler, that he is allergic to. I was getting more and more exasperated… as his sugars were never really controlled… a “good” read for him was in the 200s.. not optimal!
After only 5 days on the Paradigm, his glucose was at 170 when he was 7 hour post insulin!!! Never happens!! I was elated.
I am planning to do a glucose curve then the new bag arrives. I am so hopeful!
Thanks so much… as Beazer is a true “case"! I’m including a recent picture of Beazer, who will be 14 years on February 5th!
My Very Best,
Almost 20 days into your food recommendations and liver support and CoEnzymeQ10, Tigger practically changed overnight. He is eating well. He loves the diet and is acting like a young dog even ready to start walking with me again. I am just so thankful for your help. He’s my best friend and buddy.
Tigger was 6 1/2 months old when I rescued him. He was a typical terrier handful. During his first 9 years as a boat dog, I was excited he could read the the waters and loved to ride the bow as if he was surfing watching for big waves to hit the bow, looking for the schools of dolphins or the dreaded swans. You see, when he first met a swan it was a big white bird and it attacked him as we walked down on the dock ,after that every big white roundish thing he was fearful of and there are huge white fenders hanging on almost every boat we pass.
He started on Dr. Harvey’s food as a puppy, I had lost too many animal friends to health problems and just knew it was going to be better for a youngster to eat healthy. He also had calming herbs that helped with his fears. He had been abused badly before I rescued him.
As time went on it became difficult for me to store the food on a boat and we switched to kibble, but as Tigger aged he developed a cough. The doctors were baffled and finally I just realized he seemed to be worse when seasons changed and I had a feeling grains may be a trigger as well for his cough.
I decided to try Dr Harvey’s food again and when I called to ask if he had a supplement for coughs, Dr. Harvey got right on the phone. He listened while I explained Tiggers medical history and suggested blood work to have done at my vets and to send results to him. Dr. Harvey called me back as soon as he read the reports and advised me on feeding and supplements with in a few days Tigger was responding and prancing around like a puppy happy.
He had been on 2-4 medications and coughing all night long as well and not sleeping well because I think is tummy was hurting him he vomited often.After a
Whole month treating his liver and feeding him Veg-to-Bowl as directed by Dr Harvey. He is stronger sleeps all night and NO MORE COUGH.
Dr.Harvey cares. He is dedicated and knowledgeable in a field that is so difficult we can tell our doctors how we feel, but out pets can’t.
I think Dr Harvey can talk to the animals just like the story goes.
Tigger is 17 years old and is my rock. He knows when I am sad and stays by my side when I am down or not feeling well. Now I can do that for him because of Dr Harvey’s.
I will take him down to the docks today his nose will lift to the sky as he smells the sea air and we will sit and look for the dolphins and even the dreaded white swans. s we can enjoy all of our years together with friends and life on a boat.
I wanted you to know about the journey of my silly St. Bernard, Dora the Explorer, who has a funny smaller nostril on one side. At only 18 months old, I thought the elective surgery to open it up so she could breathe better (and so I would not have to pick so many boogers!) would be a great idea. I asked the Vet to do the pre-surgery blood work so I would “have a base line.” Before I even got home, I received a call stating that she has “early renal failure.” To say I was shocked is an understatement. Of course, she still has her tiny nostril, as a side note!
The Vet immediately put her on fluids to cleanse her kidneys and recommended I put her on the Hills Prescription Diet immediately to help her kidneys. I did that and in the meantime, I began researching canine kidney disease. All roads led me to Dr. Harvey! I called him. He requested the test results so we could discuss her best nutritional options. Of course, I was impressed that he called me, he wanted to see the results (not just sell a product) and then took time more than once to fine tune her diet!
He recommended that I read and learn. I did! He told me to study Rehmannia. I slowly moved Dora off the Hills and onto the Canine Health Diet with cooked protein, wild Salmon Oil, and Rehmannia capsules in the doses Dr. Harvey recommended for her weight and test results. After 30 days, all measures but her Creatinine came into the normal range. That measure went up just a little. At that point, Dr. Harvey recommended I study Raw Green Tripe and start to feed that to Dora as well. I have added that into a mostly raw diet switching here and there since it is quite expensive. A few weeks later, his Kidney Health Supplement which contains Rehmannia, was available. I switched her from the capsules to that powder.
At our Vet appointment today, my Vet was amazed that ALL of her numbers are now in the NORMAL zone and he actually asked me what I as feeding her. Many measures were high in August. Creatinine was a little higher in October (everything else normal.) It is now November and everything is normal! I will continue to do what I am doing and praise God and Dr. Harvey for their love and concern for our pet! Dora seems happy, healthy, energetic, and more! She runs the hills on our property nearly daily and puts on way more miles on our hikes than I do! Thank you!
Sincerely, Jenny Lance and Dora
Meet Karma, our 4-year-old rescue beagle. We rescued Karma 2 years ago after someone hit her & left her to die on the side of the road. By the time someone found her, her broken hip had already started to heal. Once we rescued her, we found out she had heart worms. It was heart breaking to watch her go through treatments.
It took her a very long-time stop being afraid of shadows from lamps. She’s come so far over the last 2 years & she’s grown into the sweetest dog.
My husband & I moved to Charleston, SC from Wilmington, NC four months ago. Two weeks after we moved, Karma got a very aggressive form of breast cancer. We gave her a bath one night & felt no abnormalities. The next day she had a 3″ × 1″ area on her belly that had numerous malignant tumors. We were devastated. It literally happened over night. She had absolutely no symptoms & if anything, she was the happiest she’s ever been. Given her young age & lack of symptoms, we agreed to pursue treatment which we knew would most likely be surgery.
We took her to a walk-in clinic & the second the vet saw the tumors she said we needed to operate ASAP. She recommended a local vet that she knew personally that had more affordable prices.
We got Karma an appointment 2 days later and the vet said that we literally caught it as fast as we could & she was able to perform surgery on Karma the following day.
During this time, I researched what causes cancer & how cancer cells grow. We were feeding her Blue Buffalo because we thought it was a good brand. But then I learned more than I cared to about processed food & realized that if there’s anything I can do to help her get better it is to change what she eats & get her exercising.
I started researching recipes & came across Dr. Harvey’s new Paradigm food. I was so happy to find a product with actual healthy food & no preservatives. I love everything about this product.
Karma’s been on her new healthy living & diet with Paradigm for almost 2 months now. *She absolutely loves this food & I love cooking it for her.*
She went to the vet a couple weeks ago & she even lost 2 pounds! The vet was very impressed with how well Karma is doing. :)
We love Dr. Harvey’s & Paradigm food!
Thank you so much,
Tavia Pyatt and Karma
Hi Dr. Harvey’s, We wanted to reach out to you to let you know our story and our journey with Captain and his diabetes.
Our dog Captain is a 10 year old Miniature Schnauzer who become diabetic just over a year ago. Our early start was with the prescription dog food our Vet recommended for Diabetic Canines. It did not take long to realize his glucose numbers were not stabilizing, in fact they got worse.
We realized they got worse because the ingredients for this food contain foods that convert to sugar. Shame on the food company. We went to a animal nutritionist in New Jersey and she started us on the path of a custom home made meal plan for Captain. His number improved but we weren’t satisfied. My wife is extremely smart and, in my opinion truly understands more that even I give her credit for sometimes. Pam started tinkering with the meal plan and soon his numbers greatly improved. She so smart.
However, we were pointed in the direction of Dr. Harvey for his solution by our groomer, Chris, from The Good Life Mobile Dog Grooming in Nanuet, New York. She was the one who introduced us to your products. We are very grateful to her for this recommendation! She is the best and most knowledgeable groomer ever! Keeping up with home based created food and securing fresh ingredients all the time is a bit trying for our family. However, we won’t compromise on what Captain needs. People that know us will tell you when it comes to Captain we say “Whatever it takes”. We long ago always knew that a dog should be eating what a dog should be eating and the commercial dog foods are garbage.
When we ordered our first order of Paradigm we couldn’t wait until we got it. It helped us be able to feed Captain a bit easier with the very ingredients we were feeding him ourselves. (Somewhat). In addition, it has come to light that we may be over do it with protein. As I understand it can lead to a whole new set of issues. It is our hope that Paradigm will be our Miracle…because we deserve one.
Captain is now on the Paradigm food and he adjusted his intake and this was able to stabilize his glucose numbers.
He is doing just fine!
OK I will get off my soapbox,
Pam & Fred Ostrofsky
PS sorry for the long winded email. So many pet parents don’t understand the feeding revolution.