Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How My Dogs Lost Weight with Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl

Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl has a new look!

   I have a confession to make to you. There was a time when Bentley was overweight. At the time I refused to see or admit it. I know how important it is for dogs to maintain a healthy size. Our vet would make comments; friends would say things and even total strangers felt the need to tell me that my best friend was fat. There was one lady that actually stopped her car when we were walking to tell me he was too big. That was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. I had to take off my rose-colored glasses and get serious about bringing my boy back to a healthy weight.
   The thing is that we are not alone in our battle. Pet obesity is an epidemic in the United States. The number one reason for that is poor quality kibble filled with synthetic, chemical, and sugar-laden pellets. This can cause weight gain even when you reduce the amount you are feeding your pet.
   Diet and exercise are the key components to losing weight and keeping it off. While it is easy to explain that to a human, dogs are a little different. Even after I explained the importance of getting in shape to Bentley, he was not very motivated. I had to find a way to help him become a healthier version of himself without thinking he was starving. That is not easy for a food hound.
Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl in regular formula
   Luckily, it was about this time that I met the awesome people at Dr. Harvey’s Fine Health Food for Companion Animals. I knew we were going to get along great since they have a Basset Hound too. I began feeding Bentley and Pierre (who needed to drop a few pounds himself) Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl twice a day. It is so simple to prepare and the boys LOVE it. It is available in regular and fine ground, both with the same delicious ingredients. Did you notice the new packaging? It is so colorful and pretty. Don't worry, only the package changed not the ingredients or price.
   Being an overweight dog is not cute or funny. It can cause a plethora of problems from achy joints to problems with their internal organs. For some breeds like the Basset Hound, the excess weight causes back and leg problems. Veg-to-Bowl makes losing weight much easier with its lower calorie, highly nutritious base for a home-cooked meal. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen in a gradual, steady and very healthy way.
Add hot water, oil and protein to Veg-to-Bowl for a healthy complete meal
   Have you ever wondered exactly what proteins are used in your dog’s food? If you are a label reader, it can be pretty frustrating trying to find a recipe that has high-quality meats and not a bunch of fillers. That is not a problem with Veg-to-Bowl grain-free premix because you decide on the protein source and quantity that goes into each meal. I don’t add raw meat to their meals but if you are into raw feeding, Dr. Harvey’s makes it simple. We brown or bake ground beef, turkey, chicken, fish and the occasional venison for their meals. There are some favorite freeze-dried raw meal mixers that I use on occasion. You also choose your own oils to add. I like rotating between coconut and fish oils.
Bentley and Pierre get so excited for their Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl
   It is important to understand the ingredients in your dog’s food. You shouldn’t have to be a well-known nutritionist with 30 years of experience (like Dr. Harvey) to recognize what you are putting into your dog’s food bowl. You can see on the list below that Dr. Harvey’s pre-mix is sourced, manufactured, and packed in their facility here in the U.S.A using nine different vegetables. They only use 100% human grade ingredients that are free of preservatives, chemicals additives, dyes, salt, sugar, filler, by-products, or synthetics.
Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl Ingredients
   There are a few all-natural ingredients that I wanted to know exactly what they do for Bentley and Pierre. Needless to say, I love how they help to make them healthier happier dogs.
Lecithin is a fatty substance found in plants and animals and produced naturally. It is a preferred as a preservative in pet food.
Zinc Proteinate is a supplement formulated to prevent and/or correct zinc deficiencies in animals.
Iron Proteinate is a supplement formulated to prevent and/or correct iron deficiencies in animals.
Manganese Proteinate is an antioxidant that slows down the aging process, activates many enzymes and helps utilize fatty acids.
Vitamin A Acetate is a natural form of vitamin A.
d-Calcium Pantothenate is vitamin B5 and assists in vitamin metabolism and helps convert fats, proteins and carbs into energy for the body.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride helps the body convert food into fuel, metabolize fats and proteins and maintain proper functioning of nerves and produce red blood cells.
Biotin plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin and hair. It also supports the healthy function of the nervous system, eyes, and liver.
Bentley has lost weight and gained so much energy on Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl
   Bentley and Pierre have been on Dr. Harvey’s food and supplements for two years. Bentley has lost fifteen pounds and Pierre lost eight! They are in the best shape of their lives and both have maintained their ideal weight. It is great to hear the veterinarian say how good they look. Even strangers compliment his physique. It makes us so proud. 
   You can learn more about serving sizes and read testimonies from other pet parents at Dr. Harvey’s website. If you would like to try Veg-to-Bowl, you can order a free trial for your dog. Psst…There is a Veg-to-Bowl for cats too!
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12 comments :

  1. that sounds very good... and they really createdreal food what helps to reduce some weight. much better than the common diet food what contains just puffed rice...

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  2. It is very nice to know that there is healthy foodables out there for dogs that need to lose a few pounds! Bravo to your mom and to you and Pierre, Bentley, and to Dr Harvey!

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  3. Wowzers! Between the two of you, an entire dog was lost! You both look fantastic. We are trying the veg to bowl, but Mom says it needs so much meat for all three of us so we are not sure if we want to continue or not, or maybe use it sometimes along with another dehydrated complete meal. We do love the taste, no question there.

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  4. WE like Veggies... esp. Raw Carrots... BUTT ERNIE is sort of ENORMOUS so we suppose he could benefit from some weight loss. Just sayin...

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  5. We need to feed this to our mom cuz she is on a diet!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  6. That looks like people food
    Lily & Edward

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  7. Mom takes great care to keep our weight down as pugs can easily get obese. We have actually had people compliment us on our good pug weights!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  8. Woo-hoo, Bentley, you are looking good! I'm so glad you were able to get him to a healthy weight, we all know it's not easy for dogs or humans!
    As you know, I've been making some homemade meal toppers for Sheba and the crew to help with her cancer. I'd like to continue, or go even further, even after Sheba is gone. I'd like to do completely homemade but that can be a lot of work. This seems like a great option to make it a bit simpler, especially since with completely homemade there are other things you need to add which are probably included in Dr. Harvey's (some of those complicated names you very helpfully explained!). We are definitely considering this and will be trying it soon.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  9. Glad you were able to find something healthy to help Bentley lose the weight...and that he likes it. Bentley, you're looking good, buddy!

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  10. Wow! That's amazing...maybe I should switch to that diet! Seriously though, obesity is nothing to sneeze at. Good on you for being proactive and getting the boys in shape.

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