Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While hoomans are having a feast, pets are left to stare and drool over it. Don’t even think about feeding your pets food from the thanksgiving table. Experts warn that many of the traditional holiday recipes for people are dangerous to your dog’s health. We can make it up to our furry babies by making them their own thanksgiving dinner!
Here are ten easy dishes you can cook for your pets this Thanksgiving!
Puppy Meatloaf (source: www.entirelypets.com)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 (24-ounce) container cottage cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup dry milk powder
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 8 slices oatmeal bread
- 8 cups cooked oatmeal
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
In a very large mixing bowl, combine ground beef and cottage cheese; blend well. Add eggs, milk powder, and wheat germ and mix. Then add the crumbled bread, oatmeal, and brown rice and mix well.
Divide among ten small (5-1/2” x 3-1/2”) aluminum loaf pans. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees °F for 1 hour. Cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then promptly refrigerate. This food is perishable, so don’t store it in the fridge longer than three days.
We always froze all but one of the loaves. To defrost, let them stand in the refrigerator overnight. Crumble the meatloaf into a bowl, drizzle with some water, and microwave for 20-30 seconds until warm. Make sure the food doesn’t have hot spots after microwaving, as your pet will gobble this up!
Make sure to discard any food that has been sitting out for 30 minutes or longer.
2. Turkey Dog Treat (source: www.caninejournal.com)
- 1 loaf uncooked bread or pizza dough
- 1/4 Cup chicken broth (preferably low sodium)
- 1-2 Teaspoon flour
- 3/4 Cup cooked turkey chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 Cup cooked vegetables
- 1/4 Cup grated cheese (pick your pups favorite)
- 1/4 Cup sesame seeds
Preheat over to 375 degrees.
Roll out the dough and cut into 3″ circles with a cookie cutter.
In a pan, combine the broth and flour, stirring until flour is dissolved and mixture thickens.
Add the turkey and vegetables. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated.
Simmer for a few minutes.
Spoon one to two teaspoons of the turkey mixture onto each circle.
Fold up the sides and pinch shut.
Roll into a ball shape.
Separately, mix the cheese and sesame seeds in a small bowl.
Roll or sprinkle each ball with the mixture.
Arrange the balls on a baking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
3. Sweet Potato Cookies (source: The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook by Liz Palika)
- 2 cups diced sweet potato, cooked until very tender
- 1-l/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 2.5-ounce jar turkey baby food
Mix the ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
4. Turkey Patty (source: www.rachaelray.com)
- 1 cup shredded roasted turkey meat
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/2 sweet potato, baked, skin discarded and potato coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
In a medium bowl, combine the turkey and breadcrumbs. Mix gently with your hands, then mix in the egg and sweet potato. Shape into two half-inch-thick patties.
In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until golden-brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Top with the cranberry sauce and let your canine enjoy!
5. Thanksgiving Hash (source: www.rachaelray.com)
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded
- 1/2 cup leftover stuffing* or 1 piece toast, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce
In a small pot of boiling, salted water, cook the sweet potato until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potato, turkey, stuffing or toast and sage. Top with the cranberry sauce and serve.
*Do not use stuffing containing onions and/or garlic, which can be toxic to cats and dogs.
Do you have any pet friendly thanksgiving recipes you would like to share? Please share in our comment section! 🙂