The Diabetes Diagnosis
Peanuts is a 12-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua. He was my husband’s Service Dog for a few years, then we got into doing Dog Agility and Dog Dancing. He has given so much to myself and my husband that I would give him my all and more! Almost 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with Diabetes. He has been blind now for a year, due to diabetic cataracts.
The Struggle to Keep Him Healthy
I have struggled all of this time to get the right diet to control his blood sugar and keep him as healthy as possible.A few months ago, I made the decision to take him totally off commercial foods, and prepare his meals myself. My biggest worry was making sure he had everything in his diet that he needed. We have battled diarrhea throughout. Someone in my Diabetic Support Group had mentioned Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Food. I proceeded to research it and was impressed. It was like fresh food with great supplements!
Since trying the sample and seeing how much my VERY PICKY eater loved it, I decided to go for it. I have not regretted that decision! His diarrhea has cleared up. He has more energy, and after having a dull coat that didn’t want to grow anymore, he is getting a good coat growth again in a very short time.
Less Insulin, Happy Dog, Happy Mom!
I had to cut back on his insulin by 2 units! Many in my Diabetic Group are now converting to Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm with glowing reports! And I love it that if I have a question, Dr. Harvey quickly, personably, talks to me! WOW! Peanuts is a Paradigm dog for the rest of his life, and I’m a very Happy Mama!
A Pet Parent’s Real Struggle with a Diabetic Dog
When your dog has diabetes the challenge to keep your dog balanced and healthy is a daily struggle. It is a difficult disease to manage and often causes additional problems such as blindness, pancreatitis and as with Paris, stroke. When we received this amazing email from Lori, Paris’s mom. We thought other pet parents who may also be struggling should know about her experience. She sent us BEFORE and AFTER PHOTOS.
My Diabetic Dog Suffered a Stroke
I wish you knew the 10-year struggle I’ve went through to feed this Chihuahua. Recently, my diabetic dog suffered a stroke and could not recover properly.
Her veterinarian said her food would play a huge role in her recovery, but I literally almost cried trying to find something she would eat which also met her dietary needs (which is a very small selection of prepared products).
Her Vet Said Food Would Play a Huge Role in Recovery,
It got to where she was becoming malnourished so for a while it was scary! Finding a food that she will eat or CAN eat has been difficult, to say the least. So needless to say, it makes me deliriously happy to tell you she BEGS for this. Just knowing that it’s obviously healthier for her makes me very glad to have found this product, Paradigm.
Thank You So Much-You Probably Saved My Dog’s Life!
I also bought some Veg-to-Bowl for my two other Chihuahuas and they love it too. So, I cannot say enough great things. Thank you so much for the initial sample and for probably saving my dog’s life. Take a look at the difference in her before and after photos! Love Lori and Paris
Hula Update 3/2018
We could not be happier to have received this update from Hula’s mom, Angela.
Just wanted to let you know that Hula just had a chest Xray that was clear. The vet was amazed at her energy and happiness levels. Said he’s not really a believer in holistic or herbal treatment, but he will be taking note of everything we’ve done, including her diet, which of course, includes Paradigm. Hula was given 2-4 months after diagnosis, of osteosarcoma, even with amputation. It’s been 5, almost 6 and has not yet metastasized to her lungs! Yay! I don’t know how much more time we have with her, but i know it’s more than we did have. Thank you so much for developing this diet. We believe it’s played a big role in her survival.
Hula had Bone Cancer-Original Post 11/17
I was on the fence about Paradigm based on how it looked. Didn’t know what she’d think but she absolutely loved it! She was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her leg amputated. We researched dog foods that provide nutrients without the ingredients that helps cancer thrive. Cooking every meal can be taxing.
Paradigm Makes It Easy
I’m so happy I found Paradigm. It will make her eating healthy for the time she has left so much easier on us. I just ordered a bag today!
Thank you so much for developing these healthy foods for our four legged children!
Angela, Hula’s mom
Problems with Blood Sugar
Maddie is a special girl. She didn’t have a great start in life but she’s thriving now. Maddie’s issues started when we took her in to have her teeth cleaned from her previous owners neglect at which time we found out her liver enzymes were high. We managed to get that under control only to discover after getting her liver checked and HW test done she had high glucose and fatty blood.
Prescription Food from the Vet was Not an Option
The vet gave us Royal Canine Glycobalance and a supplement to help with her fatty blood. Maddie didn’t like the food and upon reading the ingredients neither did I. I immediately started researching better food options for her and came across Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. I immediately ordered a sample and took in to my vet and told her I wanted to try it for Maddie.
We Found Paradigm and She Loves it!
After her very first bowl of Paradigm Maddie has been dancing for her dinner.
She absolutely loves it. She dances around at every feeding and her glucose levels have dropped to normal levels. I will continue to buy and feed Maddie this food since it was such a hit with her.
I’ve recommended it to the homemade dog food group I’m in and to friends and family as well.
Thank You for this Lifesaving Food
She loves Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm, her glucose levels have dropped to normal range and I fully believe Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm has prevented my little girl from going on insulin. Thank you so much for making such a lifesaving food. Amanda and Maddie.
What is Pancreatitis?
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.
What Are the Signs?
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.
What Are the Causes?Along with foods that are high in fat, processed foods, including all kibble, are also hard for dogs to digest, not mention processed food it lacking in adequate nutrition. While dogs may seem to enjoy wolfing down kibble for breakfast and dinner, the truth is because their digestive tracts are shorter than ours, their pancreas must work overtime to break down processed foods, causing it to become inflamed. Fresh meats, raw bones, organs, veggies, and fruit, on the other hand, are much easier for a dog to digest and do not stress the pancreas.
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.
What to Do?
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.
- Changing to a fresh, whole food diet is the very best thing a pet parent can do for any dog, but most especially for a dog prone to pancreatitis.
- Meals that are made with fresh protein sources do not promote pancreatitis. In fact feeding this way can eliminate the problem permanently.
- There is also evidence that feeding foods that are lower in carbs and higher in fiber can be helpful for preventing bouts of pancreatitis.
Cutting Out Fat is NOT the Only AnswerWhile conventional wisdom dictates that watching fat intake is the most important thing to watch for prevention of pancreatitis, our research reveals that feeding a fresh, whole food diet and for some dogs, lowering carbohydrate intake can be as if not more important that fat intake. In addition, daily exercise is important and when fed with a diet full of natural unprocessed food typically equals a fit, healthy pup that will not be prone to this terrible condition.. Happily, mild cases of pancreatitis usually have a positive prognosis. We love our canine companions and we want to be responsible and knowledgeable pet parents. We can help reduce the risk of pancreatitis by recognizing it if it does strike and understanding how to manage it going forward.
Using Dr. Harvey’s Foods for Pancreatitis
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.
There is Hope
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.
Maggie Is Battling Lymphoma
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.
A Pet Parent’s Worst Nightmare
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.
Then We Found Paradigm
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
What To Do When Your Dog Has Diabetes
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
I Was Not Going with The Prescription Diet
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 Was Getting Worse
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.
Switching to Dr. Harvey’s
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.
Glucose Levels Now Normal and Steady
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
We Could Not Be Happier
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.
A Very Thankful Dog Mom
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.
A Very Dangerous Auto-Immune Disease
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.
After Only 12 Days on Paradigm
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 Saving My Boy!
Thank you for this food! It truly has saved my boy!
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
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.
This Diet Can Change Your Dog’s Life
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.
Help with Cancer
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.
Carbs and Cancer-the Connection
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.
Help with Canine Super Nutrition
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:
Help with Diabetes
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.
Help with Weight Loss
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.
Ingredients that Sustain Health
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
Giving Your Dog the Best Chance
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.
Dr. Harvey’s Takes a Closer Look
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.
Don’t Wait Another Day!
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.
Beazer LOVES His New Food
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.
Exasperation! His Blood Sugars Were Never Controlled
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!
Amazing Results After Feeding Paradigm
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!
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