The wonderful and brave Marilyn Neville from The Bollinger County Stray Project reached out to us and posted Pee Wee’s amazing journey on their Facebook page. We wanted to share this wonderful success story with you. This is Pee Wee’s story in her own words. Tissues ready…
How Did We Do It?
Our Pee Wee: rising from the dead from renal failure, now running, playing, carrying heavy chew toys again with ease and heck, shocking to see him so happy again. It all started before Thanksgiving when we learned his severe lethargic behavior, lost interest in eating, and smelly breath was not due to heart failure, but to renal failure. Three times, maybe four, we considered taking 11 year-old Pee Wee to the vet to be euthanized.
We Were Told There Was Nothing We Could Do For Him
For 3 or 4 years we had been treating Pee Wee with about $100 a month heart medication. So naturally we were dismayed when, after a vet visit, we were told there was nothing more to do for him. We were told to go home, and soon he would totally give up eating.
Then we would have to end the suffering. We were lost.
He Stopped Eating
It was the holidays when he stopped eating, I took him to Dr. Retz, and she ran a blood panel and learned that the extra bad breath and now black colored teeth were the result of renal failure! ! !
Months earlier Dr. Retz had me give his heart meds in a reduced dose of Lasix which had helped. Then she had me half his pink heart pill to divide doses to twice daily instead of just in the morning.
I Had to Keep Pee Wee Alive for My Husband
THEN we had another challenge; keeping Pee Wee alive while my husband, Michael, was learning his heart was sick and he might need heart surgery. During those few weeks of testing and doctor visits for Michael, we learned that he needed a pacemaker.
I felt I HAD to keep Pee Wee alive because he IS Michael’s love pup, Michael’s shadow….
I Began Giving Pee Wee IV Fluids
I had to give Pee Wee IV fluids three times a week. The needle is huge. Three sticks of 10cc warm IV fluid to a Chihuahua who had to be muzzled and was crying. I also had to feed him a mash of KD diet WITH a feeding syringe (because he hated it), which would cause him to choke. I also had to give his pills mashed with water in a feeding syringe. That also would cause choking at times.
I Had To Find Another Answer!
I HAD to find a food he would eat and a different way to keep him alive with a a better quality of life._
Searching on the Internet I found many homemade foods and the University nutritionists offered help, but the one recommended to me wanted so much money and then extra $100 per recipe. ARE YOU KIDDING? How much money would we be able to spend on this sick little guy? I did not know if he would even eat their recipes.
All the articles I read said dogs with renal failure are picky and need lots of variety because THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN EATING.
And then…I Found Dr. Harvey’s
Well……….. I found a comment online about Dr. Harvey’s and a blend he has where you add your own meat and how so many people were seeing great results.
I ordered my first 5-pound bag before Christmas.
He not only ate it, but he started to thrive.
The Dr. Harvey’s Team Gave Me All The Help I Needed
I was COACHED by one of their specialists (LORI CARSCADDEN) who works with special needs clients. I gave her Pee Wee’s weight and she taught me how to feed him and when to feed him.
The Improvement Was So Fast and So Amazing
We saw Pee Wee improve SO QUICKLY and to an almost shocking degree, that I can say he is healthier than he has been for probably 6-10 months ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
He gets a B-12 shot from me every Monday, about 2/10 of a CC with an insulin size needle. No pain. Lots of gain!
He gets 1/3 of the protein he normally would eat. I chop his dry food, Dr Harvey’s Canine Health, in a food processor so it is better digested. I use extra lean ground beef or GROUND skinless chicken thigh for his meat (which I grind). There is a reason for those two protein choices.
Dr. Harvey’s and Dr. Retz Saved our Little Pee Wee’s Life
Dogs with renal failure are often also anemic. I can tell when I forget to give the B-12 shot to him.
Dr. Harvey’s and Dr. Colleen Retz saved little Pee Wee’s Life
Every month since we have run blood tests to check his results. Every month he has improved.
ANYONE with a dog suffering from Renal Failure should at least talk to Dr. Harvey’s staff about a possible RECIPE FOR SUCCESS.
Please Share This Information with Your Veterinarian
SHARE this information with your vet. I am sure you will be glad you did. Pee Wee has been on the diet for over 3 months and he is so happy! And so are we!
I see now, I see the proof that what you feed your dog makes a huge difference in their health.
Thank You From The Bottom of My Heart
We will be forever grateful for your help.
The Bollinger County Stray Project
Hello Dr. Harvey’s
6 months ago, we took our dog Konan to the doctor and found out that he had the beginning stages of Kidney disease. His levels were well within the range where a diet change needed to happen. We purchased the prescription food from the Vet and started to give it to him. We were not excited about the food they offer, and I decided to seek an alternative.
Dr. Harvey’s to the Rescue
After researching I found Dr. Harvey’s, I decided to give it a try. Yes, it is more expensive than our regular food, but he is my first kid and my buddy. The routine we came up with was to give him his old man food (Natural Balance, Older Adult) in the morning and then the Canine Health in the evening. After emailing with the Dr. Harvey’s team, we came up with the protein he should have would be an egg white. That is what we have done for the last 6 months. It has changed him; he is like a puppy again! He runs and jumps and is so excited. We were calling him old man before, now he is a puppy again.
Our Vet was Amazed-She Had Never Seen this Before
Last week I took Konan to the doctor to get his levels checked to see how he was doing by the numbers. I am ecstatic to report that his levels went from being in the mid-range of having kidney disease to in the high side of the normal range for any dog! His urine still shows the kidney disease, which is normal.
His Vet was astonished, she came out and asked me what we were doing and wrote down Dr. Harvey’s so she could look it up.
She said she has never seen this happen before and was amazed at how well he looked.
She also said that his bones and muscle all looked good, which was surprising because these can start to deteriorate with this disease. My dog will be 13 next month and is expected to live another 4 or so years. Here is to a Happy and Healthy next 4 years and hopefully more.
We Could Not Be Happier with Konan’s Progress
Thank you, Thank you!!!
April Post and Konan
I Can’t Say Thank You Enough
I wanted to share a testimonial with you because I am so grateful that I discovered Dr. Harveys and called you for your guidance and support to help me at a crucial time in our lives. You have truly been phenomenal I will always be thankful for your engagement, genuine support, and passion!!! Thank you!
Aspen Had Chronic Pancreatitis
Aspen is an 8 year old Golden Retriever that was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis at 3 years old. For the past 5 years, we have been following a vet low-fat prescription diet to contend with the chronic pancreatitis. We have switched prescription foods 3 times because they seem to work for awhile and then things would go south for us.
Then She Developed Kidney Disease
In July 2019, she developed a UTI which led her into kidney disease so we maintained the prescription pancreatitis diet but her kidney lab values were compromised so it continued to spiral downward for a few months and she started to eat 1/3 of her expected daily intake coupled with cycles of not eating or less than 1/3 of expected daily intake with upswings of close to normal.
She Stopped Eating and I Panicked
She became sick in late October 2019 which spiraled into a sickness where she was on antibiotics and not eating at all for 2 day periods and down in her daily nutrition consistently. At this time, the vet asked me to consider a homemade diet with rice and chicken which followed with other recipes where I was spending a lot of money and she stopped responding quickly. This followed with a hospital visit because she was severely lethargic and not eating at all which led me into a panicked state of feeling helpless. I started down a serious path of research because I was worried this was the end! I was so frustrated, helpless, and felt so alone. Aspen would look at me and whine and stare. I was trying to hand feed her, add broth, play games with her to eat, changing food to floor to bowl, etc… I was exhausted and so was she!!!!
I Reached Out for Help and Dr. Harvey’s Was There
This led us into a helpless state so I went to a local pet specialty store, Pet Purveyor in Tampa, Florida, that carries Dr. Harveys and the staff told me to check out Dr. Harveys and call for guidance. This led me to my Facebook pancreatitis support group where I searched various terms to find out how many canine parents with dogs diagnosed with pancreatitis and kidney issues were using a homemade product or specifically your brand. I saw the most reviews on Dr. Harveys Canine Health so I decided to call, because this made me comfortable since my vet does not recommend any products not produced outside of a vet product. I reached out to customer support and Lori was there to ask questions and answer all of mine. I immediately felt better because she was thorough and asked great questions and she helped me navigate this critical time in Aspen’s life.
She Started Eating Again!
Aspen graduated from a state of hiding from me when she saw me with her bowl and not wanting to eat, to demanding to eat in a few short days! She wakes me up and rushes to the kitchen and anxiously waits for her food and eats every bit down to licking the bowl clean. It is so refreshing and she is so happy and her normal self and her coat looks amazing!!
And After Just 4 Weeks Her Kidney Values Are Normal
After 4 weeks of being on Dr. Harveys Canine Health, I had her lab values checked and her kidney values were AMAZING!! She went from moderate kidney disease to borderline normal in 4 short weeks!! More importantly, she is back to her spunky “self” and loves life!! I have since recommended this food to two other canine parents and they have the same response with their dogs! I cannot say enough to thank you and I fully back your products!!
Bridget Mace and Aspen
Canine Health Has Been a Godsend for My Senior
Good morning Dr. Harvey’s
I’m writing this review of your Canine Health dog food because it has been a Godsend for my 15-year-old toy poodle Georgia.
She was in renal failure in August and I was researching how to help her when I stumbled across your website. I bought a trial size of your Canine Health dog food because of how picky my Georgia girl is most days. When it arrived, I made her a meal and she wouldn’t eat it. I was giving her lots of treats because she wasn’t eating her dog food and didn’t realize the mistake, I was making with the high protein in her treats and dog food. I struggled for the next 2 months trying to get her to eat something. Her incontinence continued and she drank lots of water and didn’t feel good.
She Was Given 6 months to Live
I took her back to the Vet in October and there wasn’t much change in her renal function. I was desperate at this point and the Vet said little to no protein at this point. He said there’s not much else to be done she has 6 months or less to live.
I was so broken-hearted thinking I would lose my sweet Georgia girl soon.
I Fed Canine Health and Was Amazed at the Difference
I took her off all treats and made her another meal with your dog food, Canine Health, and Behold! She ate it!! I was so excited. And within a few days of eating your dog food her incontinence stopped and she began to perk up with energy! I couldn’t believe it! She stopped gulping water and began to enjoy our walks again. I’ve been amazed at the difference in her. I bought a bag of the Canine Health at that point.
I Went Back to the Vet-Praying for a Miracle!
I took her back to the Vet on December 4th and was praying hard for a miracle. Then the Vet came back in the room and showed me her lab results ALL within normal range. Her kidneys were working! I was so excited; I hugged the Vet and began crying tears of joy. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I hugged my baby and said a thank you prayer to God and walked out into the hallway. I stood there crying and noticed an older couple standing nearby crying with fur all over them. It broke my heart because I knew they had just said goodbye to their furbaby. I cried sad tears at this point for their loss. I was an emotional mess but so very thankful to still have my Georgia girl.
Thank you Dr. Harvey’s!
Words cannot adequately express the gratitude I have for your company and your products. Even though I was a little skeptical when I bought the trial size I’m sold now!
Thanks so very much to your staff and Dr Harvey!
This Dog Mom is Sincerely Grateful
Dear Dr. Harvey & Team,
My dog Hampton and I want to send our sincere appreciation to you all for creating a dog food that truly has the best interest of a dog in mind.
I Tried Everything and I Mean Everything!
Hampton has suffered from chronic diarrhea since I adopted him over a year ago. I’ve tried everything, I mean EVERYTHING to help out Hamp – no dog food (prescription, “allergy free” or top-rated brand), medication or blood test solved the problem. Being health-conscious individual myself, I always had a feeling that homemade dog food was the way to go. After countless hours of research, I came across your brand, which I was happy to find takes out all of the guesswork associated with making your own dog food.
Hampton has only been on the food for a few days and already his diarrhea is cured! I cannot even explain the feeling of joy I experienced when I saw for the first time since bringing him home a normal, healthy looking stool! I honestly didn’t think it was possible – it really is a miracle!
Peace of Mind
Thank you all SO much for the tummy relief and peace of mind! I look forward to spreading the word to fellow puppy parents about this product.
Nikki Ballweg & Hampton
This Food is a Game Changer!
Beesly is loving this food!! It has been a game changer in both of our lives. He has never been a very good eater. He’s 3 years old and for the past 3 years I have struggled with his eating habits and worried a lot about his health and nutritional status. I’ve had many vet checks and there is nothing wrong with him.
My Dog Did Not Like Dog Food
Beesly just doesn’t like most dog foods and never eats the same food twice. I had tried every type of kibble, wet food, refrigerated fresh food, homemade dog food, food toppers, you name it! Nothing was working and I was starting to panic!
My Homework Lead Me to Dr. Harvey’s
I started researching any last attempts at feeding ideas before seeking out another veterinary visit and that’s when came across Dr. Harvey’s on a forum for picky dogs.
I immediately ordered my sample bag.
He Fell in Love and So Did I
Beesly fell in love instantly and so did I! The first night he devoured his meal. The feeding guide is so easy to follow. I was expecting him to get tired of eating this and lose the excitement that he had on night one, but every single night for a week he chowed down like I’ve never seen before!
I’m a Believer Now!
So I’m a believer now, I ordered a bag and he’s been loving this food for almost 2 weeks now. It’s so crazy to see a dog who could not have cared less about meal time now sitting there at 6 pm letting me know he’s ready for his food. It makes my heart so happy to know he’s finally getting what he needs and he’s enjoying it. It really is miracle dog food. I will absolutely recommend this food to any of my fellow dog parents! Thank y’all so much from myself and from Beesly!
Sincerely, Meryl Englert and Beesly
He Was Abandoned by his Owner
Bonham is a boxer/pit bull mix, approximately 7 years old.
I first met him about 3 1/2 years ago when his “then owner”, was looking for some training help with separation anxiety. A very friendly dog with a ton of drive and not nearly enough stimulation to keep his mind occupied!
Long story short, Bonham’s owner decided to move to Texas last December and leave him behind at the boarding kennel where I first met him. He was taken in officially by a Doberman rescue as a courtesy and I was his point of contact at the kennel.
His Digestion was a Very Big Problem
I kept getting reports from the staff that Bonham was having soft, loose & sometimes bloody stool. He would also vomit on outings we would go on, particularly in the car.
Two different fecal tests came back negative. All along I felt it was the food he was on which was kibble. Not the best or the worst. I also felt it was due to kennel stress, he had been there for 10 months!
I Tried Everything and then…
Metronidazole & forti flora helped slightly & I put him on rice & ground meat. As soon as the kibble was added back in to his diet, his stool became loose again.
My friend Julie owns a holistic pet store called Doggy Dao & Cat’s Meow & I always get great advice from her on nutrition. I asked her advice & she recommended Dr Harvey’s.
I have to admit I didn’t think of it myself but I should have. Years ago I had a Great Dane with inflammatory bowel disease & Dr Harvey’s was a huge help getting Hagrid back on track with his digestive issues.
Canine Health was Recommended-The Results were Amazing!
I started Bonham on Dr Harvey’s Canine Health on July 26th.
I can’t believe the difference in Bonham’s stool in a matter of only 6 days! It went from a loose, floppy, mucus like poop to picture perfect rock solid stool!
Bonham is Getting a New Home!
We are in the process of officially adopting Bonham & bringing him into our house to live with our other 4 dogs & 5 cats.
I can’t thank you enough for the approach you take with your foods. I wish more companies did! Mostly Bonham thanks you for making his belly feel better!
Happy Endings are the Best!
Thank you Dr Harvey & Staff!
Bonham & Bob Hafer!
A True Miracle!
Canine Health is what I’ve tried so far and it has truly been a miracle. I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting significant results because I had already had my dog on a homemade diet with a vitamin mix.
Better in Just One Day
However, she was struggling with chronic diarrhea for over 6 weeks and nothing I tried was helping, except antibiotics. Within one day on Canine Health she was back to normal! She has kidney so I’m going to stick with Canine Health or Veg-to-Bowl.
We Could Not Be Happier!
Please share our experience with other pet parents. We want everyone to know about Dr. Harvey’s!
I only wish I had known about Dr. Harvey’s sooner!
Thanks so much!
Emily Spears and Pepper
High Kidney Levels
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your food! My husband and I have a 10 or 11 year old terrier mix named Juno who went in for blood work to make sure we could put her under for teeth cleaning. The results revealed her kidney levels were high.
No Prescription Food for Juno!
The vet suggested putting her on a prescription diet i.e. Science Diet. Well, I did not want that, I have heard many horror stories about that! My fur baby’s health means a lot to me. So, at the beginning we were feeding her homemade food such as turkey, broccoli and rice, but then her teeth were getting worse. We needed to feed her dry food to help remove tartar etc. So, we researched high and low for a good high quality dry food that was made in the US.
Her Levels Improved Drastically
Well, I guess that wasn’t good either, because after feeding her Canine Health, her kidney levels drastically improved. She also had energy like she had when she was younger. We could tell she was feeling better! I was baffled that even with the expensive “high quality” dry food her health was declining. Not sure what it is, but Dr. Harvey thank you so much!!! Not sure what we would do without you!
Misty Angulo and Juno
He Was Diagnosed with Kidney Disease
My fifteen year old dog, Otto, was diagnosed with kidney disease almost two years ago, My vet insisted that he needed to be on a prescription diet even though I do not like the ingredients in these diets. This diet was high in fat and he developed pancreatitis. She then put him on another prescription diet; which caused stomach upset.
So Happy I Found Dr. Harvey’s
I am glad that I found Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health. My dog has been on this since about August, 2016. His kidney blood test indicators stabilized while they were actually increasing on the prescription diet. His creatinine values have been steadily decreasing since he started Canine Health.
My Vet Could Not Believe His Age!
My dog loves Canine Health. He is energetic, and his coat looks great. After using this food for while I brought him to a new vet and she was really surprised that he was as old as he is!
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