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A: Feeding your dog the most natural chemical free diet is the best way to keep him or her healthy and increase longevity. Chemicals, coloring agents and preservatives not only promote disease but they can cause allergies, skin reactions and tax a animals immune system.
Q: How should I switch my pet to Canine or Feline Health?
A: Switching a dog to Canine Health is usually a simple and exciting process. Dogs love Dr. Harvey's and there is usually no need for a period of time for their bodies to adapt to this new and wonderful food. Most dogs love the taste and digest the food well. So unless your dog has a history of digestive problems you can just make the switch. Cats on the other hand can be more difficult. Everyone knows that cats are incredibly finicky, so patience in the conversion to a natural diet is very important. Some cats will take to the food immediately. But most of the time it is wise to convert your companion cat slowly. Adding small amounts of Dr. Harvey's Feline Health to whatever you are currently feeding and gradually increase the Feline Health and reduce the commercial food. Cats also need fish oil added to their diet to get enough absorbable Vitamin A.
This process of conversion can take anywhere from 1 week to 3 months. We have found that adding organic baby food chicken or turkey can sometimes speed up the process.
Q: How long will it take to see improvement?
A: Most of our customers report improvement within 3 weeks. Sometimes it can take up to 2 months for a condition to clear up completely. It is important during this period to make sure you are not adding any preservatives to your pets diet. In other words, do not supplement with commercial food or give treats that have preservatives in them.
Q: How often should I feed and how much?
A. Each package of food comes with complete instructions on how to feed your pet. The feeding instructions are based on the size, weight and age of your dog. Dr. Harvey's Canine Health also takes into consideration that each dog is an individual with individual needs Start by making the recipe provided in the bag.
This will make one pound of finished food and will be enough for two meals for most toy dogs or small breeds. A medium sized dog may need one and half times the recipe and for a large dog you may want to double the recipe. Keep in mind that age, weight level of activity and the dogs individual appetite are all factors and play with the amounts until you and your companion have adjusted to this new way of eating.
Remember that as a dog ages cutting back on the amounts of animal protein is a good idea. Puppies need extra protein and we suggest adding a small amount of cottage cheese to the food daily for extra calcium.
Q: I thought that dogs should only eat dog food.
A. This is a myth that has been around since commercial dog food was created. Dogs thrive on whole natural foods, just like humans. Their nutritional needs are specific but the added chemicals, dyes and preservative in dog foods are detrimental to a dog's health. The most important thing is that the food is fresh. All living things thrive on fresh foods. Meat kept in a refrigerator for more than two days begins to go bad. So how can meat in a bag or can of dog food be good to feed your companion.
Q. Do I need to give a vitamin supplement if I am feeding Canine Health?
Dr. Harvey's Canine Health. Contains a Whole Food Herbal Multi-Vitamin ,so no additional multi-vitamin is needed. It is essential to add oil to the food as the recipe explains. Dr. Harvey's other herbal supplements can be added to the food for special needs, such as Formative Years, Joint- Ease, Pregnancy , Relax and Stress and Geriatric.
Q: Is it really worth the extra work to feed your dog this way?
A. The work is really very minimal and the results are more than worth it.
What wouldn't we all do to give our companion dogs the very best. The time is actually about 10 minutes total to prepare a fresh healthy meal for your dog and it really is very, very easy!