We could not have been more pleased when Dr. Roach reached out to us to tell us about how she discovered Dr. Harvey’s and how it had helped her dog, Muttley. She wanted to share her personal journey with other pet parents in hopes that her experience could help others to find nutritional solutions for their dogs. Here is her story in her own words.
Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm has truly changed my dog’s quality of life. I diagnosed my oldest dog, Muttley, with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (the dog version of dementia), along with other health ailments. Although Paradigm has tremendously improved his other medical conditions, such as alleviating his arthritis, increasing his energy level and helping his ability to lose weight, my focus in this post will be his mental health.
Unfortunately, with cognitive disorders, concurrent anxiety-related conditions are common. Muttley’s anxiety had become so severe that I tried every pharmaceutical medication that I thought would help, but there were no significant signs of improvement. Being a veterinarian, I felt hopeless not being able to help my own dog. Then I discovered Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm.
Let me back up to why I went searching for a diet like Paradigm in the first place. My husband and I decided to try a ketogenic diet for our overall health, and more specifically, to increase my energy level. After three weeks of strictly sticking to this diet, my energy level was truly remarkable. I was also amazed at all the other health benefits that came with following a ketogenic diet. Being on this diet paralleled with my attempts at finding Muttley relief from his anxiety. I began to wonder what benefits Muttley could experience being on a similar diet.
As I researched ketogenic diets for dogs, I came across several that required me to make the entire meal from scratch. Being a mother of two toddlers, I knew that was not a realistic option. I then came across Dr. Harvey’s website, and Paradigm was exactly what I was looking for! I felt confident it was at least worth a try, and I ordered a bag.
At this point, Muttley was riddled with anxiety. He was having severe anxiety attacks daily. During the day, I would have to keep Muttley right by my side or he would go outside and pace. When he did lay down, he would lick his dog bed obsessively. At night, he would not leave my side until I went to bed, and even then, he couldn’t sleep throughout the night. I would wake up to him staring at me, panting heavily, and trembling.
My bag of food arrived and after only two days, Muttley slept throughout the night. Prior to Paradigm, he had not slept throughout the night for as long as I could remember. As I continued feeding him Paradigm, he stopped having his daily anxiety attacks. He would relax on his bed during the day instead of trying to pace outside. He no longer licked his bed. He will occasionally follow me around at night when I’m doing my nightly chores, but if I bring his dog bed and place it so he can see me, he will lay on it and fall asleep. Most incredibly, however, I have also weaned him off all his medications! It has been six months since I started Paradigm and he has yet to have any relapses or set-backs.
Once I realized how beneficial Paradigm was to Muttley’s health, I switched all four of my other dogs onto the diet, and to no surprise, Paradigm has undeniably improved their overall health. I use Paradigm as the base of their meals and I add in my choice of proteins and healthy oils. Inside the bag is a simple instruction guide that tailors to the age and weight of any dog. With the help of Dr. Harvey’s, not only am I able to make homemade meals with ease, but I also feel that they are getting the “best of the best.”
Since then, Dr. Harvey’s was kind enough to send me their other lines of food (Canine Health, Veg-to-Bowl, Veg-To-Bowl Fine Ground and Oracle Grain-Free), treats, and a variety of their supplements. My five dogs happily agree to participating in the food trials!
Julia Roach, DVM
At Dr. Harvey’s, we can’t think of anything more important for your dog’s health than giving them a daily diet of fresh homemade food made from real human grade ingredients.
We know that most people have come to believe that dogs should only eat dog food and that feeding kibbled dog food is complete and balanced and healthy.
Actually nothing could be further from the truth. Dog food, in particular kibble is made of ingredients that have very little nutritional value and actually kibble is largely responsible for most of the degenerative diseases seen in dogs today.
This is true of all brands, even the so-called natural brands high end expensive brands and even foods that are sold as prescription diets.
FACT-No kibble provides a healthy diet for your dog.
Not only is kibble lacking in the real foods that your pets need, additives are then mixed to the food to allow it to sit at room temperature in stores for long periods of time. Other artificial additives alter the taste of the food so dogs will eat it.
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We understand that this is hard to believe as everyone from your breeder to your trusted veterinarian will tell you that there is “good kibble” and that this type of food is healthy and contains everything that your dog needs.
It is unfortunate that so many pet parents actually believe this.
Just like humans, animals derive their health largely from good nutrition. How healthy would you be if you ate a diet of crackers and pretzels that had been filled with preservatives and then sprayed with vitamins, flavoring and coloring agents?
And then imagine that this was your only food source that you had day in and day out.
This is what kibble is to your dog.-A diet that is lacking in fresh natural ingredients and the essential nutrients that are necessary to keep them healthy and have a long life. We want our dogs to have a life that is free from degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. But this type of standard pet food diet in kibbled form can also contribute to allergies, skin conditions, ear infections, digestive problems, bad breath and body odor. Not only does dry kibble lack nutritional value it also lacks enough moisture to keep dogs properly hydrated.
Once pet parents understand the importance of a truly healthy freshly made meals, it’s a simple decision to switch to a healthy homemade diet.
Right? Yes, but..
*At first, home cooking can seem overwhelming.
*How will I do this? I don’t have time for this?
*It must be very expensive.
All valid concerns and that’s why Dr. Harvey’s has made home cooking so easy and affordable.
*Dr. Harvey’s takes all the guesswork out of making fresh healthy food for your pets.
*Using our premixes Canine Health and Veg to Bowl you simply add water fresh meat and oil and you have a fresh meal made from healthy real, whole foods in just minutes.
*You will be amazed at how quick and easy it is.
*With our foods you will be providing your dog with a healthy homemade diet that they need to maintain the best very of health.
*Feeding this way will make a tremendous difference in your pet’s life whether you are starting with a new puppy, supporting your senior dog or trying to help a sick dog regain his health.
It has always been Dr. Harvey’s mission to help animals find and maintain good health by using only real foods and our natural products. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing from guardians who want to share their companion’s journey of recovery. They want to share their stories not only to say thank you, but also to help other pet parents find a way to help their companions. Many feel they have experienced a miracle.
It is our hope that this little book will offer helpful information to those pet parents who need it. These are only a few of the many, many stories that we have received.
These letters describe the helplessness that pet parents can feel when they have lost hope of finding an answer for their beloved friends. That hopeless feeling quickly turns into delight, as they see their companion’s health improve. Knowledge is powerful and as you will see from these letters, sometimes just a small change in diet can yield dramatic results.
We are happy to share a few of these wonderful stories with you.
Once you begin to feed Dr. Harvey’s home made fresh meals you will see the difference it makes and you will never want to feed pet food again. We guarantee it.
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