Dear Dr. Harvey,
I have been meaning to post my experience with my dog, Madeline for a few months now. The story just keeps getting better – so that is a good thing.
For all of your current customers and anyone pondering whether or not to begin using Dr. Harvey’s food for “companion” animals – don’t waste another minute – go for
It!! Madeline was diagnosed with colon cancer in late July, 2017.
I took her to a vet specializing in oncology and found out that she was going to need an operation.
Madeline was operated on August 30, 2017. Dr. Tony Cambridge of Veterinary Surgical Specialists operated on her. Madeline had been weighing about 20-21 pounds – a little
Chubby for her size – although she is bigger than most Miniature Pinschers — she had been dumped in my neighborhood in 2008 with cataracts on both eyes – totally blind.
I tried to find her owners for a couple of months – but to no avail – I had already become attached thus I had her cataracts removed by Eyecare for Animals in Tustin, CA. in 2008.
My vet estimated Madeline’s age at that time as around 4 or 5. She was always a very active dog and quite comical.
I fed her primarily a “high end kibble” a brand that I had always heard was the highest quality of the dry dog food. I did give her chicken as treats and Charley Bear treats from time to time. In early 2017 she started losing weight. I thought she needed to lose some weight and I had been more careful in her feeding as many times she would finish her food and then go and finish my other dog’s food! So, I had started to monitor that behavior. I thought at first that was the reason she was losing weight. I started noticing in late spring that she was straining when trying to have a bowel movement. By late June or early July, 2017 she was walking like a little crab all bent over and she only weighed 12.5 pounds.
OK – so she had the operation and Dr. Cambridge advised me that it had spread to one of her lymph nodes and in his experience the cancer would return in 4-6 months. The vets had offered follow-up treatment – chemo (which had no history of curing colon cancer in animals).
I decided to try to find a natural remedy as I thought she was too old to go through chemo and all of that – plus she was so skinny. I should’ve taken a picture of her
at that time so you could see how she looked – it was pitiful and my normal veterinarian said Madeline was on her way out.
I forget how found him but it was while browsing on the internet. When I noticed Dr. Harvey’s website -
I started reading all the testimonials. I couldn’t believe how many testimonials there were. I was hopeful. I noticed that Dr Harvey would even call you if you needed to talk to him.
So, I called Dr. Harvey and he called me back and gave me some direction. He also encouraged me to read up on ketogenic diets and cancer. I started feeding Madeline Paradigm in September 2017 along with the recommended amount of high quality protein (organic, pasture raised and wild fish along with Organic hemp oil or coconut oil). I did not stray from that diet at all – I was very disciplined about it and still am. Her weight steadily increased and she quit walking like a little crab.
August 30, 2018 I took her back to see Dr. Cambridge and he was amazed. As he had told me that nothing was going to cure Madeline. I also told him in detail what I was feeding her and all about Dr Harvey – -of course the vets think I’m a little zealous about it but I could care less. The picture below taken a couple of weeks ago, is Madeline feasting on 1 scoop of Paradigm and 1 scoop of Veg to Bowl and she still loves it.
She was strictly on Paradigm for over 1 year – about 3 months ago she seemed to want a little change – so I started mixing Paradigm and Veg-to-Bowl. (I consulted with Dr. Harvey about this.) I promised Dr Cambridge I would see him at the 2 year mark which will come up this August. I don’t want to jinx it, but I am totally confident that we will make that August appointment. Madeline is pretty much blind and deaf at this point – so I think she must be at least 15 or 16 years old.
But her poops are amazing – no straining and she eliminates about 4 times daily. She is old so I know she won’t last forever but she has a great appetite – she has control
of her basic functions – (no accidents in the house) and she is a happy old dog.
I cannot say enough about Dr Harvey. I have spoken to him several times and he always calls me back and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. I started this journey with a little hope but being a Cancer Tumor Registrar myself I know if a lymph node is involved, then the cancer is almost sure to return with a vengeance. But after 1 year and 6 months Madeline is cancer free. Thank you, Dr.Harvey for your years of research and your dedication to our beautiful pets.
Donna Betts and Madeline
At Dr. Harvey’s, 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.
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 to 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.
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.
At the Keto Pet Sanctuary known for it’s cutting edge work with Keto and cancer, they feed dogs a high-fat, adequate protein, and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet.
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 is currently working on 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.
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.
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
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 look at 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.
We have found that dogs who are prone to pancreatitis do very well, even with higher fat in the diet, when on a very low carbohydrate diet. Dogs prone to this serious condition do very well on the ketogenic diet and with our Paradigm as a base.
Quick Answer: Absolutely. Using Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm for a healthy dog is a great option. Paradigm is a great base for a ketogenic or low-carb diet. Adding additional healthy fats and healing herbs to fresh meat makes a perfect healthy diet for any dog. Starting your dog on this type of balanced homemade diet is easy and fun. If you are trying to give your dog the very best and “kick the kibble” habit, Paradigm is a great solution.
Based on the findings of the distinguished researchers studying the benefits of a ketogenic diet and on the findings now published in the research literature on the benefits of a low carb diet for the care of dogs with cancer, diabetes, and obesity, we are working to educate pet parents worldwide. We are working to provide the very best information and solutions for your companion dogs.
Sam LOVES Paradigm! He was starting to get a little finicky about eating, which he has never been, so I was getting concerned. He is a senior, age 14 and a half, and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2016, when he was 12. Since I have to give him insulin injections twice daily, I was obviously worried that he might stop eating…which would mean I couldn’t give him his insulin as needed.
After doing some research I came across Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm, read the information and client testimonials, and ordered a trial size bag. I started off just giving Sam a little bit, mixed with his prescription kibble from the vet. At first, he didn’t know what he was getting and was a little taken aback (he went blind from diabetic cataracts about 18 months ago, so he uses his sense of smell to navigate his world, even more than the usual dog.)
By the second feeding he was pretty enthusiastic, and he now gobbles it up, licking the sides of the bowl. He only gets a tiny bit of the prescription kibble now, and I was pleasantly surprised to see his blood sugar values dropping and stabilizing after about a week of eating Paradigm. I actually had to reduce his insulin dose by 1/2 unit, then another 1/2 unit a couple of days later, so he wouldn’t become hypoglycemic. So he is now taking one less unit of insulin, his blood glucose values have been excellent and well within optimal range for a diabetic dog (80 – 200 mg/dl.)
Thank you so much for making a high-quality, green superfood for dogs who need less carbs — which the veterinary diet is full of! I never understood how that was supposed to help! The only reason I made it work, I think, is because I monitored Sam’s blood glucose at least twice daily, did regular glucose curves at home, and strictly controlled his portion size.
I’m very happy that we discovered Dr. Harvey’s. Our senior dogs deserve all the love and care we can provide, after being such faithful companions to us for so many years. Sam is a very special dog! In the picture I attached, he is with his big “sister,” Scout, an Otterhound (Sam is a schnauzer.)
Suzanne Cannon, M.S., M.A.
Feed your dog a fresh high-quality diet!
Seems too simple, right?
Makes sense, maybe?
It wasn’t until my discovery of Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm did I have an “aha moment.” And only after finding Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm did I realize that it is simple and that it is common sense to feed my dogs a fresh high-quality diet.
Prior to Paradigm, I thought I already was feeding my dogs a high-quality diet (a prescription dry food labeled for arthritis). I thought I was providing my elderly dogs with the best that was available. I had fed this prescription diet continuously for 10 years! However, even with the prescription diet and vet recommended supplements for joint problems, their arthritis continued to get worse.
I originally switched to Paradigm for my dogs’ Mental Health. I then realized all of the other health benefits it provided.
Since switching to Paradigm, these are the changes I saw and continue to see:
How did Paradigm help? Paradigm doesn’t contain refined carbohydrates. The carbohydrates that are used are low-glycemic carbohydrates in the form of dehydrated herbs and vegetables.
One final note, I only feed grain-free, grass-fed, pastured-raised meats. Not only is it a more humane link of the food chain, but it is also more nutritious for dogs. My staples are pasture-raised chicken thighs, chicken livers and eggs.
The pictures shown here are of my dog, Roni. I included a ‘before’ picture of her on her dog bed to show you how she didn’t have any true interest in balls anymore, before Dr. Harvey’s. The jumping photo below, is obviously the “after Dr. Harvey’s shot”!
Hi Dr. Harvey’s,
I wrote to you recently with an update on our 1.5 year old Bichon, Luca, but I wanted to share a before and after photos. The inset is Luca in January. He was down to 14.2 pounds (he’s a big Bichon). He was skin and bones and was hospitalized after several bouts of severe vomiting. He almost died.
He was diagnosed with IBD with many different cells being found in the biopsies. He was so sick. On top of it all, the weight loss had been happening gradually which indicated he also had absorption issues. He was gaining no benefit from his food. Now the uncontrollable vomiting.
Once stable and released, I went on the hunt for the right diet for him. I had always fed him human grade foods but many of the ingredients did not agree with him.Enter Dr Harvey’s Paradigm and look at him now! He is over 17 pounds and gaining (should be 18 pounds or so), full of energy and personality. I mix in eggs, cod or salmon and he LOVES it! He has had no vomiting at all and frankly shows no signs of the IBD at this time.
We cannot thank Dr Harvey enough for his guidance and helping us discover the right protocol for our handsome boy. The green superfood is a true winner.
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
I just wanted to thank you for getting the Paradigm shipped to us so quickly. We were able to continue feeding it to our Smokey without interruption.
Smokey is our 12 1/2-year-old Australian Shepherd. In December, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and estimated that he would live 6 months. We have been trying different high protein low carb foods since then trying to control the cancer growth. He has been having bouts of diarrhea which we suspect are related to the liver issues.
About a month ago, I contacted our vet, and I told her I was ready to start cooking for our boy. She carries Paradigm and suggested that we try it.
The results were almost instant. Stomach calmed down, large healthy stools and we stopped the metronidazole. We mix it with ground sirloin for the protein (I cook the sirloin) and olive oil. He absolutely loves it.
We know that our days with our boy are few, but your food mix has made all the difference for his last few months with us. When our next furry friend comes along, we will definitely look at what products of yours we should use from the very beginning.
Thanks again -
When Chacha’s mom,Yumi, wrote to us about Chacha’s overnight transformation, we nearly cried. How wonderful to hear that such a sick dog came back to life after a very short time. She saw an immediate improvement in Chacha or as she puts it, after “only one meal”. We could not be happier to hear how Paradigm made such a big improvement. Her story is here in her own words.
It was amazing. Chacha was a different dog overnight! What started two weeks ago from eating grass, vomiting, to not eating at all had led to Chacha becoming dehydrated and finally becoming ketonic from not being able to administer her regular insulin dose.
Three emergency visits had already rendered me financially helpless in not being able to hospitalize her. I had asked the doctor to let me treat her at home. Almost two weeks of daily subcutaneous fluids and anti-nausea meds she was doing better. The food was still a concern. She had been on WD, but not even wanting to touch it. Made boiled organic chicken with mixed veggies, pumpkin, and a touch of spaghetti which was tolerable, but you can tell it was not sufficient enough.
I took the leap of faith and found Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm. With all the positive reviews, I had to try it. I felt like I had nothing to lose. I needed for Chacha to have nutrients put back in her system.
Chacha was so weak she could only take brief walks and barely enough strength in her back legs to climb stairs. It only took one meal, ONE MEAL, and she was full of life. By the second day her eyes were twinkling bright and walked vigorously on her outing! Neighbors with their dogs were so surprised of her sudden health change I had to share the information with them
I hope you receive more phone calls for samples and orders for Dr. Harvey’s.
I am so overwhelmed with thanks.
Yumi and Chacha
" So grateful to you all for your hard work and dedication towards our loving companions! The work you all do at Dr. Harvey’s is priceless to say the least.
Dr. Harvey is so humble, and he is constantly saying it is not rocket science and to trust myself. He is clearly a teacher who makes his students think for themselves to find the answer. I can see why he has such a great staff and happy followers.
It is the most comforting feeling to know that someone is actually there to speak to you and who is genuinely concerned for the well-being of our precious loved ones. I wish I had known about Dr. Harvey’s much sooner.
Chacha has been doing great! Here is a picture of her bright twinkling eyes after being on Paradigm for just over a week now!
She inhales the food! It use to be such a chore to feed her! Now… it is gone in seconds! Lol.. So grateful! She is a very happy little girl.
I feel very blessed to have you all in out lives.
So very grateful!!!!
With all my heart,
Yumi and Chacha
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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