This wonderful family wrote a heartfelt email to us asking us to share their success story. We loved hearing Henry’s story and knowing that he is doing so well! Even after 30 years of teaching pet parents to make better choices, each story of a dog getting better with our food is wonderful and feels like a victory! We thank The Maged-Rubio Family for sharing Henry’s story with us and now with you!
Hello Dr. Harvey and Team,
I wanted to write to you to share our story, say thank you, and possibly find a way to use our story to help other loving dog guardians find their way to your products if they already haven’t…
Our dog, Henry, is our first dog. He is a four-year-old male Brittany and the love of our lives… We do everything together from going on walks, to showing him competitively and doing agility.
We have always taken the best care of him and were shocked one year ago when he was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. We were frantic, consulted with anyone we could, looking for answers and hope. We did not know what to expect. We met with “alternative vets” and also specialists at one of the top veterinary hospitals in the country. All left us feeling disappointed with the recommendations they offered. When the specialist’s recommendation was to put Henry on a major brand name, canned dog food, meant for late stage renal failure patients, we knew we had to do our own research.
By scouring the internet for months, we were eventually led to Dr. Harvey. We were skeptical since Henry had always been a finicky eater… We called the company to ask some questions and were surprised when Dr. Harvey, himself, got on the phone! His unique brand of rationale and engagement persuaded us.
The first feeding said everything, as Henry lapped his food up and probably would have eaten even more! We like that we control the protein that goes into his base mix and get it fresh weekly from the farm near our house. He eats like a king!
The best news yet is that, after 2 months eating only your food and the protein and oil we supply, Henry had his first set of completely normal labs! On paper, he does not have renal disease. We tell everyone we can about your brand.
Henry wants to be your “spokesdog”. Thank you with all of our hearts.
With the most sincere of thanks,
The Maged-Rubio Family
PS. We have attached some pictures of Henry.
Dear Dr. Harvey,
My name is Sondra Marcus, my husband and I share our home with 3 beautiful babies.
Suki— the matriarch, she is a 4lb. Japanese Chin 10 years old.
Joy— Cavalier King Charles 8 years old
Lily— Afghan Hound 15-month-old
I have been cooking for my girls for 10 years. It all started when we discovered our “Chin” was a very picky eater.
It has been a constant battle to get her to eat.
6 months ago, Lily came into our lives. I asked the breeder what Lily had been eating…she told me, and I had it at the house when Lily arrived.
The first night I offered her the food (kibble) she just picked at it…..and her bowel movements were not formed…I paid little attention, after all, she was in a new home. Well, this went on for the next 3 months! I had her to the vet to check for parasites or anything that might be the cause of her constant loose stools. I finally decided to do some research on dog allergies and found that grains can sometimes be the problem. I then went on the website that rates dog food.
Your products caught my eye. Why? They are raw and all-natural. I went immediately to your website and ordered the “Veg to Bowl” fine ground as well as “Runs Be Done”. The results were amazing! I followed the simple instructions and added the raw meat. For the first time in 10 years. Suki licked her bowl clean and so did Lily, within a few days Lily’s stools were formed! Joy was finally satisfied and not begging for more food.
The girls are now on not only “Runs Be Done”, but several other of your herbal supplements. The Health and Shine is amazing…
Joy who has never had a shiny coat, is now like a mirror. Lily’s coat is like silk.*
Joy has such spring in her step.
Suki is acting like a 6-month-old puppy, she’s running, spinning and chasing her 2 sisters.
Our groomer can’t get over how their coats have improved and how great they look!
All 3 of them stand in the kitchen at 4 pm, (their dinner hour) as I prepare their dinner, they are talking to me!
My husband and I are so happy that they are so happy and healthy.
We now have the girls on your treats as well; they dance when they get the Sweet Potatoes and love the Coconut Smile and tripe Power Pops.
We want to say “thank you” Dr. Harvey for all your dedication to these beautiful 4-legged humans, who are angels from heaven.
Dog trainer and dog mom, Devi Do, shared her Rottweiler, Tyrael’s, before and after photo on her Instagram and it went viral. People couldn’t believe how wonderful he looked in his after shot. Devi, has now shared with us her difficult journey to bring Tyrael to good health. She lovingly tells of her frustrations and struggles with finding a food that would help her beloved pup. Read her story in her own words below! Amazing!
Since Tyrael was about 7 months old, I had problems with him not being able to properly digest his food and unable to maintain a healthy weight. His immune system was always so weak that he would get kennel cough at least twice a year, even if he wasn’t around other dogs.
I had tried a wide array of high-quality kibbles in an attempt to find a diet that would help with his loose stools. Any level of stress or even just a different treat and I would be playing a game of poop-roulette, not knowing what kind of mess I would come home to.
Vets would test his stool for parasites and I would hear the same instructions of giving him rice and boiled chicken, with a plethora of different meds to help him return to “normal”.
It wasn’t until he was 3 years old that we finally got a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Disease or IBD. The vet recommended we get him on a prescription diet, but the ingredients were reflective of a poor quality kibble and I didn’t see how that was going to help him get better.
As a dog trainer, I know what an important part nutrition plays in a dogs’ behavior. Once he had a flare up so bad that he no longer had an appetite, I knew I had to try something different. I was paying so much money to my vet and I was barely managing his condition and he looked like he was wasting away.
Tyrael was the largest pup in his litter, but with his IBD, he was outweighed by his brothers by almost 50 pounds!
I stumbled across Dr. Harvey’s line of pet food when doing some research on online. I had fed another dog of mine a raw diet and she had done so well on it, but had only tried raw meaty bones with Tyrael. I didn’t feed Tyrael a raw diet because I just didn’t have the same kind of time that I had before to put together meals.
Dr. Harvey’s seemed like a fantastic alternative to preparing my own raw diet and saving me the time and money of buying everything outside of proteins. Once I made the switch, loose stools were a thing of the past! His coarse, dull coat started to fill in and glistened in the light. Putting together his meals is just so easy now and I was able to figure out which proteins his system couldn’t tolerate by trying out different meats to add to his food. He quickly started to gain weight and his increase in health took away my worry that he would catch whatever any passing dog might be carrying.
It’s amazing to see the difference in his energy levels and his ability to excel at sports. I branched out and tried out other freeze-dried pre-mixes, but I always kept coming back to Dr. Harvey’s since his coat is always the most plush when eating Canine Health. I enthusiastically recommend Dr. Harvey’s pet food to any pet parent who has tried everything else and can’t seem to find a food that their pet can thrive on, not just survive on. Thank you for all that you do for pets!
I’m glad people were so excited to share Tyrael’s journey to health!
The pictures I have attached were taken by a co-worker. Thanks to Liz Reichanadter for these wonderful photos!
Thank you, again!
Devi Do, CPDT-KA & Tyrael
We’ve made a positive change: Our popular Canine Health and Veg-to-Bowl pre-mixes are now available in beautiful, nature-inspired new packaging. And be assured that we haven’t changed a thing about what’s inside. Each package still contains the healthy, wholesome ingredients who know – and that your companion loves!
All summer long, our 11-year-old Kerry Blue terrier, Neala, was sluggish. I attributed her lethargy to the prolonged heat and her age. It was after she developed colitis that we knew something else had caused her sudden downturn. Antibiotics and a bland diet seemed to do the trick, but as soon as we gradually reintroduced her to her ordinary food, the colitis returned immediately and with a vengeance, which meant yet another cycle of antibiotics.
Our vet concluded Neala had developed a hypersensitivity to her commercial dog food, and he suspected the fat content level was the culprit. He explained that dog food labels present a minimum fat content but that actual percentage levels could be double or more. There simply was no way to know what, exactly, Neala was eating. We tried, very briefly, to find a food that agreed with her gut, but every time the colitis returned.
It was actually our dog groomer who had suggested trying Dr. Harvey’s. Her own dog had suffered from much more serious ailments and had done beautifully on the Dr. Harvey’s regimen. I was willing to try anything to help my dear Kerry. And just like every testimonial I read, my dog’s story has taken on the rosy glow of success. She took to Canine Health immediately, without hesitation, and in a matter of just a couple of weeks she was restored to the happy, healthy, energetic dog she’d been before the horrible colitis cycle.
Now we alternate between Canine Health and Veg-to-Bowl; Neala loves both. It’s such a relief to know exactly what I’m feeding her, controlling both the type and amount of protein and healthy oil. It makes me sad to think all the while I thought she was “simply old,” she wasn’t feeling at all well. This has been a remarkable product for us, and we are deeply grateful to have our dearest friend returned to good health. Thank you!
First, I wanted to thank you for the note enclosed with the sample of Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health. I was at my wit’s end with Mac at that point and I appreciated the sentiment so before I even tried the sample, I went and purchased a 10-pound bag of Canine Health in the hopes that it would work!
Since the diagnosis of Renal Disease, we’ve had our ups and downs. He’s lost weight and he was only a 19-pound dog to start with. We give him fluids subcutaneously every other day and I had tried a homemade low phosphorus diet mixed with the Prescription Low Residue, which worked for a little bit, but he was still having problems with a loose stool and pooping in the house. On the good news side, with the fluids and the diet his kidney numbers came down. They were still not within normal range but they were better.
My goals are to first get a solid stool and then try to get more weight on him without impacting the kidney numbers.
I switched him to Canine Health (without the protein or oil) last Thursday and I’m very happy to say that since Sunday, he’s had a solid stool.
(My husband and I only seem to talk about the dog’s poop anymore! ☺) He loves the food and can’t wait for me to put it down, so we have no problem with him eating. He actually barks at me to hurry up and get his food!
Now that I have that solid stool I’m going to see about introducing the oil and protein to the Canine Health and then try to get him off the low residue entirely.
Thank you so much for your interest. And again, thank you for your initial note with the sample of Canine Health, it really meant a lot to me.
Sincerely, Joanne Powers
I also wanted to mention that MacTavish seems to have more energy this past week, and I’m chalking it up to Dr. Harvey’s!
Wonderful dog mom, Monica, reached out to say thank you to Dr. Harvey’s. We wanted to share the story of her journey and how she found our products in her search to give the healthiest life to her beautiful fur babies. Skye, Zeus, and Poseidon have all benefited from eating real foods from Dr. Harvey’s. We thank Monica for sharing her experiences with us. We never tire of hearing these wonderful stories about how animals have found better health through using our products. It’s good to be reminded why we do what we do, by reading these heartfelt accounts that have so lovingly been shared by dedicated pet parents like Monica. It’s why we feel we are all part of the Dr. Harvey’s family.
I wanted to share our story of how your food has been one of the best things I have ever done for my fur-babies. Over 5 years ago I had a Black Lab named Dorito, unfortunately, one day his kidneys completely stopped working. While the testing and hoping was going on, I was looking into what I could do at home, not only for him but also for his little sister Skye (Rottweiler – German Shepard mix). Unfortunately, there was nothing we could do to save Dorito and he went to doggie heaven.
I decided to keep Skye on your food, not only because it seemed like the best choice, but also after losing Dorito I became paranoid and very concerned about foods and treats. I wanted to give Skye the best and the most natural foods I could. She is now almost 11 and has kept the activity level of a puppy and I get compliments on her fur and just overall health all the time.
The other two siblings in the family are Zeus (small mix breed) who was allergic to everything when I got him from my sister. He was eating a very stinky and expensive food that he didn’t like at all. His fur was brittle and he was always red on his belly and ears. After a week his fur became silky and no more allergies. He is now allowed to run and slide in the grass, something he couldn’t do without medications.
The third brother is Poseidon (German Shepard), or more commonly known as Posey. We found him when he was just shy of two months old abandoned in a shopping cart at the grocery store. He decided our family was his and he stayed. Being a German Shepherd I tried every food I could find that was recommended for German Shepherds as he had the typical gastro and skin problems. Your food is the only food he can eat without getting sick and the only food that keeps his weight at a normal level. I also get many compliments on his healthy condition and beautiful fur.
I wanted to thank you for what you have done for my babies. You have kept them very healthy and extremely happy with your products. You have also helped this mom feel confident in what she is feeding her babies is the healthiest food she can give them!
Monica Gomez, Skye, Zeus, and Posey
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that we just purchased the 3 pound bag of the Grain-Free Beef Oracle and Dill loved it :)
So glad to have finally found something my picky eater enjoys!
Thank you so much for responding – I would love it if you shared Dill’s story on your website! Feel free to include my email as well as the brief summary I’ve included :)
My husband and I rescued Dill when he was 8 weeks old and fed him the dry kibble as instructed by his foster family. After a few months, I began to notice that Dill was eating less and less of his food. Dill was starting to eat sticks and grass in the backyard and refused to eat his kibble. It was at this time that we started doing research and found Dr.Harvey’s. We had tried several other brands, but Dill never seemed interested. We introduced Dill to the Grain-Free Beef Oracle and he loves it!
Thank you so much!
-Jackie and Baby Dill
You can learn more about Oracle by clicking here!
We have to thank Laura Suffridge, not only for sharing Ricky’s story but for her courageous fight to rescue him and bring him back to health. This is her amazing story, in Laura’s own words. Ricky is so adorable and so lucky to have found a forever home to live and begin to thrive. We think Ricky is just the cutest pup ever!
My first impression of Ricky was in an online video posted by a friend of mine who fosters and relentlessly cares for senior and special needs rescues. He was just a puppy, and her plea was for someone to adopt this little survivor. Some unseen force ordered me to take him, even with the looming uncertainties that come along with a distemper survivor—will his neurological condition continue to go downhill?
Will he continue to survive? Our household already had 3 big dogs and 2 cats who think they’re big, and after asking my friend to bring Ricky over for a test run, I immediately wondered what the heck I was thinking. I soon found out his whole story and knew that I had to be the one to make sure it continued.
Ricky was brought into one of the local animal shelters here in the Houston area at around 2 months old, along with his mother. My friend, who works with rescues in the Northeast, had pulled Ricky from the shelter and was preparing to send him on a transport run bound for Maryland with other rescued pups. Just days before his transport, Ricky started showing signs of distemper, which automatically ruled out transport. Over the next couple of weeks, Ricky endured pneumonia that required treatments in a breathing chamber, Demodex mange, and other issues that required a constant barrage of medication and vet care.
By the time I got him, he had all the tell-tale signs of a distemper survivor: neurological tics, a motion with his mouth like he was constantly chewing gum, infection around the eyes that seemed impossible to get rid of, and horrible rancid death breath. He was lethargic and was content just staying curled up on the dog bed all the time—not what I expected from a 3 month-old puppy. Then, just in time for Christmas about a month after arriving at our house, the Demodex mange returned. He had been on antibiotics since before I got him, and with the recurrence of mange, I was desperate for something to add to his conventional veterinary treatments that would strengthen his immune system and wean him off of the prescriptions so that he could get back to being a puppy.
My research brought me to Happy Dog Naturals for the mange treatment, and as part of the treatment, one of the suggested products on their website was Dr. Harvey’s E-mune Boost Supplement. Even after Ricky’s mange was gone and he had finished his prescriptions, I continued the E-Mune Boost supplement, hoping that it would help with his ongoing eye infections and maybe his bad breath.
Much to my amazement, it did just that and more. Ricky’s coat looks great, his breath is bearable, his eyes are clear and bright, and he is full of life and energy. Whenever I run out of E-Mune Boost, there is a noticeable slow-down in Ricky’s energy level, his eyes seem to start getting goopy, and his tics seem to be more severe. As we’re celebrating Ricky’s 1st birthday and nearing the anniversary of him joining our family, I pray that Dr. Harvey’s continues to make this great product so that Ricky can continue his story as the happy little dog he has become.Thank you,Dr.Harvey’s!
In her own words…Thank you Rachel, for sharing Swannie’s story with us.
I am happy to share my dog’s story on your website. It was the stories on your site and on Amazon that inspired me to give your food a try.
The stories I read on Dr. Harvey’s site gave me hope. Since my goal was to get her well, the idea of feeding her a fresh, wholesome diet made more sense to me than feeding the canned prescription food.
My 13-year-old Corgi, Swannie, started showing early signs of kidney failure last spring. By the end of the summer, her kidney values were elevated enough to prompt my vet to recommend a change in her diet. The vet suggested a prescription food and I followed his advice. The moment I opened the first can I knew that particular food was going to cause more harm than good and began searching online for an alternative.
After only 8 weeks eating Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health, Swannie’s blood work showed no signs of kidney failure. In fact, my vet said he saw nothing on the report that caused him any concern.
My girl has always been a great eater but now she absolutely loves her food. And I love knowing that I’m providing her with a diet that is making her feel better, giving her more energy, and giving us more time with her. I can’t thank Dr. Harvey’s enough for providing this life-giving food.
Rachel Powers and Swannie