My dog has arthritis. Which of your Cuisine Meals can you suggest?

We suggest our Grain Free meals, as starchy vegetables or grain can aggravate arthritis. You can also substitute the brown rice or brown rice pasta with Kelp Noodles or Green Tea Kelp Noodles in our dishes.

Why do you not bash the commercial pet food industry like most other websites?

No need to. The recalls a few years ago have instilled enough fear into pet parents. The last thing we want to do is prey on that. We do commend a few pet food companies, for making an effort to improve the quality of dog food with better more nutrious ingredients, such as brown rice. As long as the food is processed, diseases will follow, as with humans.

Is it true that garlic, onions and tomatoes are not good for dogs? What about grapes and raisins?

Onions are extremely dangerous and even a tiny piece can kill your pet. When cooking with onions, please be extra cautious and tidy to ensure pieces do not fall on your kitchen floor.  Garlic is safe and a great natural flea deterrent. Our Holistic vet has advised us that garlic can separate the white and red blood cells and recommends using Kyolic, an aged Garlic Extract instead of Garlic.  I’ve read everywhere about grapes and raisins being toxic, but know a woman who feeds grapes to her dog regularly with no issues. Your dog will let you know if they cannot tolerate these foods.  Again, when not sure, it is better to err on the side of caution. Your pet’s life depends on it.

Why is there no mention or reference to AAFCO standards on your site?

Their initials can look impressive but looks can be deceiving. AAFCO only sets “guidelines” for the pet food industry. They never keep in mind the nutritional aspect for the animals. Their guidelines basically advise the pet food industry that they can use the cheapest ingredients. We won’t repeat what most people already know. Their stamp of approval only means that the food content meets their minimal standards. Our nutritious ingredients are far superior and surpass their guidelines as seen in our nutritional analysis, within each menu item box.

Aren’t Bison becoming extinct?

Unregulated killing of bison led to the many millions of animals being reduced to no more than 1,500 individuals in the mid to late 1800s. Legal protection of the bison in Yellowstone Park, the establishment of preserves like the National Bison Refuge in Montana, along with individuals raising bison on their own land, have helped restore the bison to over 350,000 animals. Current estimates place the size of the U.S. herd at 270,000 animals, with most of the production occuring on private ranches.

My pet is doing really well on their current diet? Why would I need to change anything?

No need to. I always advise pet parents that if their diet is currently working, then why change it? Keep in mind that variety is key and we encourage you to rotate your pets’ dietary selections, whether it be kibble, raw or home-cooked.

What is the difference between bison and buffalo?

Scientifically, the term “buffalo” is incorrect for the North American species; its proper Latin name is Bison bison. However, common usage has made the term “buffalo” an acceptable synonym for the American bison.

Can you offer a lower cost option using regular beef or chicken?

We initially contemplated this option when we first launched in 2007, and then 6 million pounds of beef was recalled. Since then, there has been too many recalls.  For an up to date list of recalled foods, visit I Doggie Bag’s Nipper Alert.

Again, we won’t take chances with our own pets, let alone yours.

 

Is there still good commercial pet food out there?

If you are not comfortable feeding your pet raw dog food and home cooking is too time consuming, there is still good commercial pet food available. Just do your homework, know your sources and learn how to read labels.  Usually the first five ingredients listed make up 80% of the food.  Vitamins and Minerals are about 1-2% and are listed last and are typically synthetic, which don’t absorb well.  Our meals are convenient for busy pet parents and we only include whole foods in our meals and add our superior supplements separately.

Whole Dog Journal publishes annually an excellent and informative booklet entitled “Top Dog Foods for Total Wellness”  This booklet is available as a gift with your one year subscription to their monthly magazine for $24 per year in the U.S.  1-800-829-9165 (http://www.whole-dog-journal.com)  When purchasing commercial dog food, we ask that you please try and support the smaller dog stores, as it is difficult for them to compete with the Larger Corporate Chains.

You can also contact our knowledgeable delivery partner Best Friends Delivery. Unlike the large super Pet Stores, where you can never find help, and then when you do the staff barely knows anything about the products, our delivery partner knows their products and are happy to take the time to help you purchase exactly what you need.  They are a complete on-line pet store, professional, passionate and can add any additional items to your home delivery of Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine.

Why is there no spinach in your meals?

This nutritious vegetable has been re-called one too many times to take a chance with your beloved pets.

Why do you not offer an egg or oatmeal dish?

These two foods do not reheat very well and taste gross afterwards. If you’d like to serve these to your animals, they are easily prepared in your own kitchen served fresh and tasty. Try our Fabulous Furr-tata Recipe at home to share with your precious pet!

Fabulous Furr-tata with Zucchini, Asparagus & Raw Cheese©

Ingredients:

10 Free Range or Organic eggs

1 tsp. sea salt

1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted raw butter

2 small zesty zucchini, sliced 1/8 inch thick

1/2 lb aspiring asparagus, tough ends trimmed

2 Tbs. fresh oregano leaves

2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more
for garnish

4 oz. raw cheese, grated or goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:

To trim the asparagus, simply break off the tough end of each spear by bending it gently until it snaps. It will break exactly where the tender part ends and the tough part begins. Peeling the skin off the thick ends helps the asparagus to cook more evenly.

In a bowl, toss the asparagus with the olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place the asparagus on the pan and cook until tender and nicely grill-marked, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 2-inch pieces. Transfer to a plate. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1/2 tsp. of the salt. Set aside.

In the deep half of a furr-tata pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the raw unsalted butter. When it foams, add the zucchini and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add the oregano and the 2 tsp. parsley and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the Range Free or Organic eggs and, using a rubber spatula, quickly and lightly stir the eggs in a small circular motion to combine them with the zesty zucchini and aspiring asparagus. Using the spatula, gently lift the cooked edges to allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath. Sprinkle the raw cheese on the frittata; do not stir. Reduce the heat to low and cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, in the shallow half of the furr-tata pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 1/2 Tbs. raw butter. Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the furr-tata into the shallow pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 3 minutes. Remove the top pan and continue cooking until the eggs are set, about 5 minutes more.

Using the spatula, loosen the edges of the furr-tata and gently slide it onto a plate. Garnish the furr-ttata with parsley.
Bone Appetit!

Why did you consult with Holistic Animal Nutritionists instead of Veterinarians?

Veterinarians are to be commended for their heart and soul that they put into their career. Though they are skilled at treating sick animals, they typically only take one or two Nutrition classes in school, not enough to qualify them as an expert. In doing our research and reading through cookbooks and websites, we found that most “Vet Created Recipes” contained ingredients that are not in the best interest of pets. Hopefully you have learned enough from our site to make healthy substitutions in any pet recipe.

We do not believe in forcing our beliefs on someone else. What works for one pet may not work for another. Our goal is to educate pet parents on the best way to feed their pet, so they can make an informed choice which they are comfortable with. We feel once pet parents are educated, they are capable of making the proper choice for their pet, whether it be raw, commercial or home-cooked meals.

 

Why buy sustainable?

  • The dramatic expansion of industrial agriculture (or factory farming) has made it increasingly difficult for small family farmers in the U.S to stay in business. Instead, the food industry has become dominated by a handful of giant corporations which benefit from government policies that favor large-scale production.
  • Family farmers are being forced out of business at an alarming rate. According to Farm Aid, every week 330 farmers leave their land. As a result, there are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930’s. Of the two million remaining farms, only 565,000 are family operations.  As established family farms are shut down, they are not being replaced by new farms and young farmers.  Very few young people become farmers today, and half of all U.S. farmers are between the ages of 45 and 65, while only 6% of all farmers are under the age of 35.
  • You can visit http://www.sustainabletable.org for more information on all these issues.

 

What is sustainable farming/agriculture?

It is a way of raising food that is healthy for consumers and animals, does not harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides a fair wage to the farmer, and supports and enhances rural communities. Sustainable farming/agriculture is more a way of life than a law or regulation. Each step you take benefits both you and your family, and helps preserve and protect the planet for future generations.