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Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl: Homemade Dog Food Made Easy

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl dog food makes homemade dog food super easy!

Dr. Harvey’s is a wonderful company dedicated to bringing their dog, cat, horse, and bird clients all-natural and organic foods, treats and supplements. The great thing is that they’re using only 100% human grade ingredients.

Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl: Homemade Dog Food Made Easy

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2022. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you.

Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl and Health & Shine Fish Oil Capsules

Ingredients Are Everything For Dr. Harvey’s!

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 my girl Missy is recovering from her cancer treatment. 

For now, I’ve been feeding high quality kibble mixed with high-quality wet food & organic pumpkin puree. However, I had yet to take the next step towards an even healthier feeding approach: Homemade dog food.

Over the years, I’ve become much more knowledgeable in dog nutrition than I was when I adopted the pups in 2011.

That said, I’m aware of the fact that the B.A.R.F. (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet & homemade foods in general have many supporters. Not only do they believe in their way of feeding, but they also have 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. 

HOWEVER!

Enter Dr. Harvey! They provide a holistic, all-natural dog food pre-mix you add to your dog’s raw or cooked diet. It’s that easy, AND you can really feel confident about feeding fresh dog food because you know you’re adding everything your pup needs.

Dr. Harvey’s 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!

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Feeding Instructions: How Much Protein Do I Have To Add?

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. Bonus: it also comes with a measuring scoop. 

Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl feeding instructions

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. 

I started adding 1/4 of the pups’ respective daily allowance of the Veg-to-Bowl & the ground turkey to half of their usual kibble allowance. Then I slowly decreased the amount of kibble and increased the Veg-to-Bowl. 

How Do You Mix Dr. Harvey’s Dog Food: Step-by-Step Feeding Instructions

1. Select a healthy protein source

K9sOverCoffee.com | Using ground turkey for Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-bowl

2. Go protein shopping for your pup(s)

K9sOverCoffee.com | Protein shopping for the pups' Veg-to-Bowl

3. Prepare the protein

K9sOverCoffee.com | Cooking turkey for the pups homemade dog food with Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl

4. Measure out the amount of protein

K9sOverCoffee.com | Measuring out the amount of protein to use with Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl

5. Add hot water & oil to the pre-mix

K9sOverCoffee | Preparing Veg-to-bowl with ground turkey and olive oil

6. Mix everything together

K9sOverCoffee | Preparing Veg-to-bowl with ground turkey

Rotate the protein

Dr. Harvey’s suggests to rotate the protein you add to your dog(s)’ meals on a weekly basis. That’s because different protein sources like:

  • poultry
  • beef
  • lamb or
  • salmon  

have different compositions of amino acids, as well as different levels of fats, nutrients, and vitamins. By rotating them, your dog(s) will receive the nutritional benefits of all these essential nutrients.

I’ve been rotating between lamb, salmon and bison flavors when feeding kibble, as Missy & Buzz enjoy variety at meal time ~ specifically Buzz. 

Dogs crave variety at mealtime

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.

K9sOverCoffee | Puppy Buzz walking away from his bowl of kibble
Puppy Buzz not interested in his dog food

His behavior was the starting point of my interest in dog 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.

Rotate the oils

Just as you’ll be rotating between different sources of protein, you should also rotate the different oils you use.

For example, salmon oil one week, olive oil the following week, sesame oil the next week, and so on. 

I’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!!

Update 2020: Dr. Harvey’s Health & Shine fish oil now features a mix of oil from wild-caught mackerel, herring, anchovies, and sardines.

Other options are flax oil, borage oil, hemp oil, or any healthy oil of your choice, really.

K9sOverCoffee.com | Dr. Harvey's Health and Shine Salmon Oil Capsules
Dr. Harvey’s Health & Shine Salmon Oil Capsules
K9sOverCoffee.com | Dr. Harvey's Health and Shine Salmon Oil Capsules Ingredients

Pre-cook Your Dog’s Weekly Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Allowance!

As mentioned before, 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 because 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 & Increase Your Dog’s Longevity

I’ve come across several testimonials of happy Dr. Harvey’s customers who report fantastic health in their best friends after they 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!!

Keeping your pup at a healthy weight 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 Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl diet also seems to be the food of choice of the pickiest K9 eaters. That’s something to keep in mind if your pup is not overly excited about his or her current food. 

While Missy is known to be a little piggy 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 Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl Dog Food

  • Natural with vitamins and minerals and uses the finest dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables.
  • Free of all preservatives and additives, coloring agents and dyes.
  • 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.
  • Perfect for raw diets.

Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl comes in a 6.5 oz trial size ($9.99) as well as in 3 lb bags ($38.95, makes 28 one lb meals) and 5 lb bags ($58.95, makes 46 one lb meals).

I’ve ordered several 5 lb bags of the Veg-to-Bowl after I witnessed the pups’ excitement over their new food. They just love it so much!

Tell us a little about your feeding routine ~ are you scooping kibble, or do you feed your pooch homemade meals? Please leave your comment in the comment section below.

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22 responses to “Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl: Homemade Dog Food Made Easy”

  1. Eve Avatar
    Eve

    Great review.. This looks like an easy option for healthier happy pups!!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thank you, Eve! It really is very easy to make & has me hopeful that the new food will contribute to Missy’s journey back to perfect health!

  2. MyDogLikes Avatar

    Wow, that is one heck of a meal! We are drooling over here!

    We have the boys eating Nature’s Variety kibble with Raw Boost right now. Like you we were interested in BARF diets but still a bit nervous to get into preparing it all from scratch!

    It’s nice to learn more about Dr. Harveys – I have seen the name before but didn’t really know what they were all about until now. I’ll be interested to see more about how your transition goes!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      There were plenty of drool spots on our kitchen floor while the pups were posing for pictures & patiently waiting for their meals!

      I have heard of Nature’s Variety with the Raw Boost ~ it received great reviews on the DogFoodAdvisor. I really had been wanting to step our puppy nutrition up a notch, so Dr. Harvey’s came along at a perfect time!

      I’ll be writing about the pups’ transition in a few weeks, and will include the different protein sources we’ve tried out.

  3. Sharon Seltzer Avatar
    Sharon Seltzer

    I’ve heard about Dr. Harvey’s products before. I have to look into this further because I believe in making food for my dogs. With the product’s added nutrition I would be sure my dogs are getting everything they need to keep them healthy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thank you for the positive feedback, Sharon ~ Dr. Harvey’s really does take the degree of difficulty out of the raw diet equation! I would have needed to take an extensive dog nutrition class in order to know what nutrients to add to the protein I’d feed my dogs. The pre-mixes make it so much easier!

  4. Life with Dogs&Cats Avatar

    I like the idea of a premix, particularly if it has quality ingredients. It helps make sure you are feeding your pet the right nutrients.

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Exactly my thoughts :-))

  5. Talent Hounds Avatar
    Talent Hounds

    Great review. Sounds good!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thanks, Talent Hounds! According to the pups, it’s delicious!

  6. Cathy C Bennett Avatar
    Cathy C Bennett

    Beneficial information shared here. I am not sure I’m ready to go totally raw at this time, but I am learning so much about alternative and natural foods to add to what my boys are eating. You mentioned Ashburn VA – are you in the NVA area?

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thank you, Cathy. It took me quite some time to make this decision as well 😉 Sadly, we no longer live in Ashburn 🙁 My husband got military orders for Ft. Bragg, NC, so we had to leave NOVA. I loved it there.

      1. Cathy C Bennett Avatar
        Cathy C Bennett

        We spent five years at Bragg. It was nice back then, never went back though. So sorry we couldn’t have hooked up before you left this area 🙁

        1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

          I have to admit that I don’t love it here…I miss civilization, and need to escape to Raleigh & Cary on a regular basis 😉
          It would have been great to connect connect with you back in NOVA ~ of course I wasn’t blogging back then..I used to work for Pick Of The Litter Pet Care whose owner introduced me to the Pet Service Industry!

  7. Tenacious Little Terrier Avatar
    Tenacious Little Terrier

    Mr. N eats pre-made raw. He refuses to eat kibble or dehydrated foods lol.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Mr. N eats the good stuff, then 😉 We had tried the Honest Kitchen at one point, but the pups weren’t crazy about it..they LOVE the Veg-to-Bowl though.

  8. M. K. Clinton Avatar

    We are huge fans of Dr. Harvey’s! I appreciate the video as i have a bag of Veg To Bowl that I want to use for Bentley. This is awesome!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Yay, so awesome to hear you are Dr. Harvey fans! I first heard of Dr. Harvey’s when reading your review of their Coconut Smiles 🙂 I’m sure Bentley will love his Veg-to-Bowl!

  9. A Happy Havanese Avatar

    What a great review, that all looks so yummy to me!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Thank you, dear Happy Havanese ~ this food might make you EVEN happier 😉

  10. Anna Avatar
    Anna

    thank you Barbara! Another great post 🙂

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Glad you liked it, Anna! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

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