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
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.
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
Paradigm is a specially-blended “green food” pre-mix, an ideal base for a nutritionally complete low-carb or Ketogenic diet, and most importantly: a transformative new way to help dogs prevent, manage and overcome serious health problems such as obesity, immune system weakness, diabetes, and cancer.
Thanks to Paradigm, caring and concerned pet owners know that every meal they feed their companion contains absolutely no grain, no starch, or no fillers, and delivers:
Dr. Harvey’s is happy to announce the launch of this incredible new food for dogs. In keeping with our tradition of being pioneers in the feeding of companion animals, Dr. Harvey’s presents Paradigm. This completely unique green-food premix is meant to be a highly nutritious and healing base for a low carb or ketogenic diet for dogs.
We believe that this food is the first of its kind available anywhere in the world.
“We know the top issues that dogs struggle with, in North America absolutely are exacerbated by sugar. We know that cancer needs sugar as a fuel source. Diabetes — we know that sugar is a direct cause of type 2 diabetes. Obesity – we know that fat doesn’t make your dog fat – carbs, sugar, and starch make your dogs fat.” Dr. Karen Becker
This amazing green food pre-mix is based on studies and research by holistic vets and medical researchers who confirm that the top health issues plaguing our canine population are severely worsened by sugar and carbohydrates in the diet. Paradigm in conjunction with high-quality fresh protein and healthy fats will be the base of a low-carbohydrate or Ketogenic diet.
Conditions that can be helped by this type diet include but are not limited to:
Dr. Harvey’s has always cared deeply about the quality of ingredients that we use in all of our products. Each ingredient in Paradigm has been selected for its specific healing properties making it an outstanding food that is completely packed with vitamin, mineral, antioxidants and healing herbs.
Broccoli, Green Beans, Bone Broth Red and Green Bell Pepper,
Cabbage, Pumpkin, Kelp, Alfalfa, Celery, Turmeric, Spirulina, Ginger,
Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm, Dandelion, Cinnamon,
Tri Calcium Phosphate
Paradigm is easy to prepare. Simply rehydrate the mix with water or broth and add protein and oil for a complete healing meal for your dog. Feeding Guidelines based on weight and age are included in every bag of Paradigm.
One of the most impressive and wonderful things about this mix is that dogs love the taste!
Paradigm makes it so easy for pet parents to feed a very healthy meal who want only the best for their companion heal or maintain optimal health.
Paradigm contains a range of powerful healing herbs that can improve health and act as natural blood purifiers.
Paradigm also includes Bone Broth, known for its immune system healing and strengthening properties. Bone Broth can aid in digestion, strengthen joints and improve skin and coat.
This powerful formula is a safe, effective and 100 percent natural way to boost immune system strength and function. And of course, it’s all mixed together in a delicious recipe that dogs crave and love — even picky eaters!
It takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to stick together. Commercial dog foods are loaded with high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients like corn, rice, peas, potatoes and other low-grade non-meat fillers. These cause rapid glucose spikes that can contribute to or worsen diabetes. Paradigm’s unique formulation contains only low glycemic vegetables, and absolutely no starch or grain. As a result, complex carbs are digested more slowly, and glucose level increases are safely spread out over time vs. delivered all at once in an unhealthy and dangerous surge.
Sugar (glucose) that comes from carbs is the main source of fuel that feeds cancer. The high sugar and high glycemic index ingredients used in commercial pet foods are cheap, plentiful. Yet this is what has been marketed to us as “complete and balanced”.That’s why Paradigm’s low carb and starch-free formulation effectively robs cancer cells of their energy supply. We’re interested in feeding dogs and extending life, not in feeding cancer cells and shortening life. In addition to feeding Paradigm, we suggest working with the Ketogenic model of medium protein, low carbohydrate and high fat for dogs.
“It takes a minimum of 40 percent starches to get kibble to actually stick together like a cookie. How on earth if you have a dog with cancer, could you feed that dog kibble, knowing that it’s constituted of that much sugar? And we know through science what sugar is doing with cancer.”
Rodney Habib, Pet Nutrition Expert
Paradigm is a specially-blended as an ideal “green food” pre-mix that is an ideal base for a low-carb diet. It’s ideal for obese and overweight dogs who will enjoy an abundance of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – but without fat-causing and health-damaging carbs, sugar and starch and fillers. What’s more, since Paradigm is a high-quality source of nutrition vs. conventional kibble and canned food, your companion will be more active and energized – which is a big part of getting fit and maintaining a healthy weight.