Nutrition Awareness

Many dog owners who want to begin to feel their pets human food or give them as treats, are not always sure which foods to avoid. Here is our list of foods and products to avoid:

- Onions and Onion powder
- Regular Potatoes
- Peppers (All Kinds)
- Eggplant
- Grapes
- Raisins
- Chocolate and Caffeine
- Pork
- Soy – contrary to public belief, soy is incredibly bad for humans as well. As studies are being done, soy is being found to be the culprit of ADD in children,
  infertility and …..For more info on Soy and how it is NOT good for you, you can read The Whole Soy Story and subscribe to their free newsletter.
- Spices – extremely hard for your dog to digest.
- Alcohol
- Almonds
- Avocados
- Apricots
- Aspirin
- Cherrys
- Mouldy Foods
- Margarine
- Vegetable Shortening or any refined vegetable oil such as corn or safflower oil
- Any product containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil
- Peaches
- Yeast Dough
- Macadamia Nuts
- Hot Dogs – just plain unhealthy, even the organic kind
- Xylitol, a natural sweetener
Floor cleaners - make sure they are safe for pets, such as Bona.

Though we here at Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine cook our meals, we are still huge supporters in a raw diet for your pet. Cleo & Patra tried raw food and it proved too much for their tummies. They still receive the necessary benefits of raw food through their raw marrow bones, raw milk and raw cheese as snacks.

Most of you may know that the FDA has applied cooked food standards to “raw” diets and forced 2 raw diet recalls last year. The FDA hopes to shut down the raw diet industry and stop rawfeeding all together.

Now the Pasteurized Dairy Farmers are trying to shut down our farmers who supply our Raw Dairy!

Raw Milk is still legal in California, so please support our dairies - Organic Pastures and Claravale.

The best thing we can do now is buy lots of raw milk and cheese and keep both California Raw Milk Dairies strong! Raw Milk can be bought at any smaller Natural Food stores such as Rainbow Acres and Erewhorn on Beverly Blvd.  Visit Organic Pastures website where you can enter your zipcode to see where to buy these nutritious whole real foods.

The dairies will continue to fight AB 1735 in court and can ill-afford the legal expenses required to fight a corrupt government agency, in addition to losses they have incurred in business. They are receiving assistance from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which has a special fund set up for raw milk in California.

Keep buying raw milk products . . . more than ever! Our dairies need our support and strong consumer demand will keep them going while showing our lawmakers how much we value our raw milk!

Farmed Salmon in Pet Food: Is It Safe?

We love reading articles like this one, as it justifies why we use the highest quality ingredients that we do in our cuisine! C&P

Salmon in the Wild!

Many of us who are careful about our diets have real concerns about eating farmed salmon and other farmed (aka “ocean-raised”) fish.  We want the Omega-3 fatty acids from the fish oils — for ourselves and for our pets — but wonder if we are trading lower prices for contamination.  This is especially important for pets, most of whom eat the same food every meal, every day. If there’s fish in their food (and it’s sometimes there without our realizing), it’s especially important that it’s safe.

But is wild-caught fish really all that better?  The prices should tell you something. In a store near me, you pay $6.99 per pound for farmed; $16.99 for wild (when you can get it); and $15 or more for farmed fish fed organically. Given these prices, you can bet that Fifi and Fido aren’t getting organic or wild-caught.

The health dangers from farmed fish comes from the contamination of their fat with harmful chemicals called PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls).  An article called PCBs - Is Farmed Salmon safe to eat? reports: “The manufacture of PCBs was banned in the U.S. in 1979 because of evidence they build up in the environment and can cause harmful health effects. However, PCBs persist in the environment. Fish absorb PCBs from contaminated sediments and from their food.”

PCBs in Farmed Salmon, an even more alarming article from the non-profit, non-partisan Environmental Working Group, begins: “Results from tests of store-bought farmed salmon show seven of 10 fish were so contaminated with PCBs that they raise cancer risk.”

The EWG adds that studies show that farmed fish accumulate PCBs from their fishmeal diet.  They go on to say that if the EPA set health guidance levels for PCBs in farmed salmon the same as it does wild-caught salmon, they’d limit consumption to once a month.

For years, I haven’t eaten farmed fish more than once monthly — and I really love salmon.  I certainly wouldn’t feed farmed fish to an animal more often than that, let alone for every meal.

Fish farming damages the environment as well, pouring liquid waste into the sea. It also takes much more fish to feed the farmed fish than those farmed fish ultimately produce. This Time Magazine article Is Fish Farming Safe? will probably turn you off fish farming forever.

Sadly, farming isn’t even good for fish. The farmed fish pass disease and parasites (like sea lice), and also pass weaker genes when they breed with wild fish.  This seems to be endangering wild salmon worldwide, cutting populations by 50%  or more when the wild fish encounter fish farms or their escaped fish.  (Not surprisingly, some salmon farmers disagree with these findings.)  Read National Geographic’s article Farmed Salmon Decimating Wild Salmon Worldwide for more on this.

So, my advice is this. Read up and investigate. I’ve personally read enough to feel uncomfortable feeding salmon (including treats) to my own dogs, but you should decide for yourself.  Call manufacturers to find out if fish in your pet’s food is farmed. (Hint: it’s very unlikely that it’s wild unless it’s very expensive.) You probably won’t find the information you’re looking for on pet food websites.  Search on-line by product name or parent company to find a toll-free number and call them.  Better yet, find a number on the bag or can. If there’s no number, don’t feed that food anymore.

In any event, I recommend feeding a wide variety foods, avoiding salmon, fish and fishmeal.  Be sure to check labels. Even chicken and beef products often contain fish.

And because PCBs accumulate in fat, always buy fish oils made from wild fish.


NOTE: At Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine, we only use Wild Sockeye Salmon in our “Off the Leash Wild Salmon Crustless Quiche,” with the lowest mercury levels Cleo & Patra don’t like salmon, so I give them Wild Salmon Oil, which we sell on our website. Additionally 100% Grass Fed Meats have a natural ratio of Omega 3s to 6s, the same as in fish or chicken AND it tastes great!