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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post ~ we received one bag of Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl & one can of All-Natural Salmon Oil Capsules in return for an honest review. Dr. Harvey’s is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
Ingredients Are Everything!
30 years ago, Dr. Harvey started to teach people about feeding real food to companion animals. To this day, providing only the very best, truly healthy products made with only the finest ingredients remains Dr. Harvey’s mission!
I myself am constantly on the lookout for the best dog foods, especially now that our girl Missy is recovering from her cancer treatment.
While we have been feeding high quality kibble mixed with high-quality wet food & organic pumpkin puree, we had yet to take the next step towards an even healthier feeding approach: The home made meal.
I’ve become much more knowledgeable in K9 nutrition than I was when we adopted our pups several years ago. That being said, I am aware of the fact that the B.A.R.F. (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet & homemade foods in general have many supporters who not only believe in their way of feeding, but who have their healthy & happy dogs as proof that homemade nutrition really works wonders.
I have to admit that my only hesitation in going the homemade dog food route has been the loss of the convenience factor. It IS incredibly easy to just open a bag of kibble & scoop out however much your particular dog eats.
Enter Dr. Harvey! They provide a holistic, all-natural dog food pre-mix you add to your dog’s raw diet ~it’s that easy, AND you can really feel confident about feeding a raw diet as you know you are adding everything your K9 companion needs (grain-free line & one containing certified organic grains)!
Grain-Free Veg-to-Bowl Dog Food Pre-Mix
Veg-to-Bowl is Dr. Harvey’s newest food pre-mix and provides a balanced and ultra-healthy way to feed a fresh, grain-free diet to your favorite K9 companion.
Veg-to-Bowl makes a fresh homemade dog food for your dog in minutes:
Just add hot water, let the vegetables rehydrate for 8-10 minutes, then finish the meal with your choice of raw or cooked protein and oil ~ and it’s done!
How Much Protein?
The one question I had while anticipating the arrival of Dr. Harvey’s products, was: “How do I know how much protein to add to Missy’s & Buzz’s Veg-to-Bowl mix?”
The answer was provided in the detailed, yet easy to follow instruction sheet which is included in the Veg-to-Bowl bag (it also comes with a measuring scoop).
Veg-to-Bowl Feeding Guidelines
Buzz weighs 74 lbs, so his daily allowance of protein is 24 ounces. Missy weighs 54 lbs, and can have 18 ounces of protein per day.
We started adding 1/4 of the pups’ respective daily allowance of the Veg-to-Bowl & the ground turkey to half of their usual kibble amount, and will slowly decrease the amount of kibble and increase the Veg-to-Bowl.
1. Select A Healthy Protein Source
2. Go Protein Shopping For Your Pup(s)
Dr. Harvey’s suggests to rotate the protein you add to your dog(s)’ meals on a weekly basis, as different protein sources such as poultry, beef, lamb, or salmon have different compositions of amino acids, as well as different levels of fats, nutrients, and vitamins.
By switching between them, your dog(s) will receive the nutritional benefits of all these essential nutrients.
We’ve been rotating between lamb, salmon, and bison flavors when feeding kibble, as Missy & Buzz enjoy variety at meal time ~ specifically Buzz.
When he was just a few months old, he refused to continue eating his kibble he had been eating ever since he was a tiny pup ~ he had a point! After all, it must have been incredibly boring eating the same food day in and day out.
Buzz Not Interested In His Dog Food
His behavior was the starting point of my interest in K9 nutrition, by the way! I familiarized myself with the art of dog-food-label-reading, learned a lot from the DogFoodAdvisor.com, as well as from a wonderful, locally owned pet food store in Ashburn, VA (DogGone Natural).
I really like the fact that I’m in control of the quantity AND of the quality of the protein I’m feeding our dogs with Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl!
I chose to start with all natural ground turkey that has been family farmed without the addition of any antibiotics, growth hormones or stimulants, containing no artificial ingredients.
Just as you’ll be rotating between different sources of protein, you should also rotate the different oils you use: Salmon Oil one week, Olive Oil the following week, Sesame Oil the next week, and so on.
We’ve been adding Dr. Harvey’s Health & Shine salmon oil capsules to the pups’ meals, and let me tell you, the pups love the taste of salmon oil!!
Other options are Flax Oil, Borage Oil, Hemp Oil, or any healthy oil of your choice, really.
Health & Shine Salmon Oil Capsules
Health & Shine Salmon Oil
3. Prepare The Protein (Here: Ground Turkey)
4. Measure Out The Protein Portion
5. Add Hot Water & Oil To The Pre-Mix
6. Mix Everything Together!
Pre-cook Your Dog’s Weekly Allowance!
As mentioned above, the one disadvantage of preparing your dog’s homemade meal is that you can’t just scoop it out of a bag, such as kibble.
HOWEVER, it only takes a little bit of planning to achieve the convenience of reaching inside your fridge (and/or freezer) instead of inside the bag of kibble and preparing your best friend’s meal.
Simply pre-cook several days worth of the protein and store it in your fridge (or keep a sufficient amount of the raw protein handy in case you’re opting not to cook it).
You can do the same with the Veg-to-Bowl ~ you can keep the pre-made mix of Veg-to-Bowl & water in the fridge for 3 days, and you can even freeze it! (Don’t add any oil to it yet if you’re planning on freezing it).
Keep Cancer At Bay
I’ve come across several testimonials of happy Dr. Harvey’s customers who report fantastic health in their best friends after having made the switch to a healthier, homemade diet ~ several customers even reported the food’s healing powers in dogs battling cancer! I REALLY like the sound of that!!
Increase Your Dog’s Longevity!
Keeping your pup at a healthy weight (–> read my post about dog obesity here!) and making the switch from kibble to homemade dog food can add several years to your pooch’s life expectancy ~ how fantastic is that?
Picky Eaters Love Dr. Harvey’s Food!
The homemade Veg-to-Bowl diet also seems to be the food of choice of the pickiest K9 eaters…something to keep in mind as well should your pup not be overly excited about his or her current food.
While Missy is known to be a slave to her stomach and loves all food in general, her brother Buzz can be a bit more selective with his food preferences…let me just tell you that they BOTH polished their new food off in no time, and left their food bowls spotless…actually, don’t take my word for it, but watch for yourselves:
Quick Facts About Veg-to-Bowl
- Is natural with vitamins and minerals and uses the finest dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables.
- Is free of all preservatives and additives, coloring agents and dyes.
- Is free of sugar and salt.
- Contains no fillers, no corn, no wheat,no soy.
- Allows Total Control of Protein Amounts Because You add the Protein.
- Provides vitamins and minerals.
- Contains organic herbs.
- When used as directed can assist with Weight Management.
- Veg-to-Bowl can be used daily to make a fresh, homemade meal.
- Veg-to-Bowl is perfect for Raw Diets.
Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl comes in 1 lb, 3 lb, and 5 lb bags ($12.95, $35.95, $56.95).
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Witnessing the pups’ excitement over their new feeding routine prompted me to order a 5 lb bag of the Veg-to-Bowl a few days after we had received our sample 1 lb bag. I will keep you all posted on our new journey of homemade doggie meals!
Tell us a little about your feeding routine ~ are you scooping kibble, or do you feed your pooch homemade meals? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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