Hi Dr. Harvey’s,
This is my baby girl Chloe. She is a 9 year old Pomeranian who has always been extremely healthy. I have a complete physical performed on her and her brother Apollo once a year, along with blood work. To say they are like my children is an understatement.
A little over 4 years ago I lost my only child. Her name was Cassi. I have survived, one day at a time, with the help of my canine children, who allow me to mommy them as much as I want and need. Most people would think I spoil them, but they give me so much more than I give them. Unfortunately, in wanting to make them as happy as possible, until recently I did not feed them a proper diet, in fact, it was pretty bad. Mostly treats, including chicken and duck jerky, cookies and candy not containing chocolate…yeah, it was bad.
As their annual blood work kept coming back normal and they had no apparent health problems, as recent as January 26, 2018 I wasn’t concerned.
On Wednesday, March 28th, I noticed Chloe straining a bit to defecate. The next day, it was much worse. She was straining very hard yet producing no results. Later that night, she began vomiting. The next morning I had her at her veterinarian’s office before they even opened. Her vet wanted to sedate her to perform an enema, and even though she was extremely lethargic, she was uncontrollable when her vet tried to examine her. I was told I’d have to leave her there for the procedure and would be called the it was over. Unbeknownst to me, blood work was ordered before the procedure was to performed.
Mid-morning I received a phone call from the vet. Chloe had pancreatitis and her kidneys were failing. She was not stable enough to be sedated. Her vet wanted to keep her overnight to give her IV fluids. I was hysterical. I went back to the clinic and waited until I could talk to the vet in person. She asked about possible contact with toxins such as pesticides, grapes, anything. My dogs are supervised 24/7, there was no way either of them had been poisoned. The vet diagnosed her with Chronic Renal Failure which didn’t make sense because her kidney values had been normal two months previously.
The next morning, Saturday the 31st of April, I picked her up after spending a long sleepless night crying, praying and researching the internet for information. Chloe seemed to feel better after 24 hours of fluid treatment, or maybe she was just happy to see Mommy. The vet made no mention of further blood work, so I asked her to repeat it to see if the fluids had helped, and she did. I was sent home with a case of canned prescription dog food, medications to soften her stool, stimulate her appetite, ease nausea and antibiotics. She refused her food and fought taking her medication. As the day wore on, she again became lethargic. The next day she was worse, lethargic and weak. She’s a tiny girl, naturally thin, and had not passed stool in 5 days, had not eaten in 4 days. I became frantic. I was grinding her pills and mixing with fluid to force her medication down her throat with a syringe. I pureed the dog food with extra water and force fed her with a syringe to get some calories in her.
The next day the vet called with the results of the blood work I had asked for. The 24 hour IV fluid drip had improved her numbers slightly, very slightly. She offered me no treatment options, basically told me to just try to keep her comfortable and enjoy the time I had left with her. I told her I wanted to start subcutaneous fluid therapy at home, so she agreed and I took Chloe back in to learn how to administer the fluids and buy supplies.I got the distinct impression the vet felt Chloe was dying and that I was clinging to unrealistic hope. However, after all I had learned and was learning, I was not ready to give up.
Over the next few days, Chloe was still declining, and I was losing faith in her traditional treatments. I had been researching alternative treatments and incorporating them into her routine.I found Dr. Harvey’s website and called the company to get advice about which products to buy. To my surprise, Dr. Harvey himself called me back. I only knew the kidney values, and that was because I had asked the vet for them. Dr. Harvey gave me instructions and asked me to get copies of her blood work reports and e-mail them to him. I drove to the clinic and requested the paperwork and was absolutely flabbergasted at what I saw. In addition to her extremely high kidney values, her liver enzymes were through the roof as well, but that had never even been mentioned to me. I e-mailed Dr. Harvey the results and again he called me with instructions for liver support.
Day by day Chloe began feeling better until she reached the point where she seemed like her old self, happy, energetic.
Yesterday I returned to the clinic to purchase more fluids and supplies and requested another blood panel so I could see for myself where we were. I will never again unquestionably trust anyone with the health of my dogs. She told me she would have the results either later in the day or this morning.
She called this morning, amazed. Chloe’s kidney function results are within normal range! Her liver function results are still elevated, but I have only been following Dr. Harvey’s instructions for 3 days as I had to order a supplement and wait for it to arrive. I am expecting the same success with her liver as she has experienced with her kidneys.
Chloe is still adjusting to her new diet. It takes some coaxing, as well as hand feeding, to get healthy food into her because she has lived most of her life eating treats…but she is coming around and eats more than I expected. She even ate some the very first time I offered it to her, which surprised me.
Dr. Harvey and his staff have been wonderful to me. I don’t have words to express how much gratitude I have.
Very Happy Mommy of Chloe and Apollo
I wanted you to know about the journey of my silly St. Bernard, Dora the Explorer, who has a funny smaller nostril on one side. At only 18 months old, I thought the elective surgery to open it up so she could breathe better (and so I would not have to pick so many boogers!) would be a great idea. I asked the Vet to do the pre-surgery blood work so I would “have a base line.” Before I even got home, I received a call stating that she has “early renal failure.” To say I was shocked is an understatement. Of course, she still has her tiny nostril, as a side note!
The Vet immediately put her on fluids to cleanse her kidneys and recommended I put her on the Hills Prescription Diet immediately to help her kidneys. I did that and in the meantime, I began researching canine kidney disease. All roads led me to Dr. Harvey! I called him. He requested the test results so we could discuss her best nutritional options. Of course, I was impressed that he called me, he wanted to see the results (not just sell a product) and then took time more than once to fine tune her diet!
He recommended that I read and learn. I did! He told me to study Rehmannia. I slowly moved Dora off the Hills and onto the Canine Health Diet with cooked protein, wild Salmon Oil, and Rehmannia capsules in the doses Dr. Harvey recommended for her weight and test results. After 30 days, all measures but her Creatinine came into the normal range. That measure went up just a little. At that point, Dr. Harvey recommended I study Raw Green Tripe and start to feed that to Dora as well. I have added that into a mostly raw diet switching here and there since it is quite expensive. A few weeks later, his Kidney Health Supplement which contains Rehmannia, was available. I switched her from the capsules to that powder.
At our Vet appointment today, my Vet was amazed that ALL of her numbers are now in the NORMAL zone and he actually asked me what I as feeding her. Many measures were high in August. Creatinine was a little higher in October (everything else normal.) It is now November and everything is normal! I will continue to do what I am doing and praise God and Dr. Harvey for their love and concern for our pet! Dora seems happy, healthy, energetic, and more! She runs the hills on our property nearly daily and puts on way more miles on our hikes than I do! Thank you!
Sincerely, Jenny Lance and Dora
Nothing makes us happier than when a pet parent feels compelled to write to us and tell us how their precious companion’s health improved after using our food and talking to Dr. Harvey. This has to be one of our favorites. Banjo’s mom, Terri, wrote to tell us about this adorable 12-year-old Shih Tzu and how he improved so dramatically after changing Banjo’s diet!
Dear Dr. Harvey,
I have been trying to find where I can leave you reviews and I can’t seem to find anywhere so I am emailing you and you can feel free to post it wherever you would like to. You have been such a help to us and we are so thankful!
Our little 12-year-old Shih Tzu, Banjo, was diagnosed with renal failure as well as anemia. Our hearts were broken and we were, of course, doing everything the vet advised us to do. He was getting worse and worse and we really felt we were a few days away from losing him. Dr. Harvey’s food ad popped up after doing some research and we decided to purchase his Canine Health-The Miracle Dog Food. Our little guy loved it.
A few days later I decided to call and hopefully speak with Dr. Harvey himself. What a wonderful, kind man. Dr. Harvey advised us of multiple things we needed to do that our local vet had never mentioned as well as things that our vet didn’t even know anything about. We made the changes immediately and Banjo started to look brighter and more alert.
Within 6 days our little guy was himself again. I cannot begin to tell you how sick he was…he could hardly stand to urinate, he wasn’t even holding his urine, his appetite was not good, he was incredibly lethargic, etc. After just 6 days of eating Dr. Harvey’s food (he advised us of exactly how much protein to add), as well as implementing the other things he told us about and he did a complete turnaround.
It was honestly miraculous! Now we speak to Dr. Harvey about once per week and he continues to guide us. What a blessing this man is. He has restored my faith in the kindness of people, and reminded me that there is still a lot of good left in the world.
Thank you, Dr. Harvey, from the very bottom of our hearts. And if Banjo could talk, I promise he would tell you that he loves you and thank you so much!
Terri McConnell, Jason McConnell and Banjo
This food is simply incredible . We have a 12 yr old Shih Tzu with compromised kidneys . We started him on this food , as well as a few other things Dr Harvey recommended and the change in his health and energy has simply been miraculous. I also just have to say that he is eating more now than he did before he got sick ..Dr Harvey advised us how much of our own quality protein to add . Our Banjo LOVES this food ! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this food and about Dr Harvey as well.
Dog mom, Amy Colella wrote to say thanks for helping her beautiful dog, Toby. We could not be happier that he is doing so well. We wanted to share her story of Toby’s journey. We know that other pet parents are searching for answers to find health for their companions and we hope that by sharing these stories they will find the solutions that they need. Here is Toby’s story in Amy’s own words.
Toby is our 11 year old Cockapoo. In October of 2015, Toby had blood work done to check an elevated calcium level from the is previous lab work in March. Well, that re-check of the calcium turned into concern over his liver and kidney function. I was told to bring him that week for an ultrasound and urinalysis. The ultrasound didn’t show much, however given his lab values and urinalysis I was told he had early kidney disease and should put him on a “kidney diet”.
For 11+ years I had fed this dog “premium” kibble and now I was presented with one option… give him a different kibble with lower protein and phosphate that was definitely NOT “premium”.
In doing my own research online, I came across Dr. Harvey’s. The next morning I called and spoke with a representative at Dr. Harvey’s and then spoke with Dr. Harvey himself. He guided me on which food would work best and suggested a few supplements to add as well.
Toby has been eating Veg-to-Bowl for about 7 weeks. I noticed significant changes within days. He was no longer licking his paws constantly and he had much more energy!
Toby returned for blood work today and his labs were back to normal ranges!!!!
Our veterinarian actually said he no longer needed a “kidney” diet.
My other dog Duncan is enjoying Dr. Harvey’s as well. Duncan would walk away from the “premium” kibble and now he sits in the kitchen just waiting for his food.
Thank you Dr. Harvey and team!
The Colella Family