Thanksgiving is a time to paws and reflect on everything that we are grateful for—our furry friends included. And never more so than here in 2020. There’s no better way to show your appreciation than with a homemade harvest meal. If you’re looking to include your dog in the holiday festivities this year, read on for three easy holiday pet-friendly recipes they’ll be sure to gobble gobble gobble right up.
Pumpkin Pie for Dogs
Thanksgiving is synonymous with pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is an excellent treat for our four-legged pals but pumpkin pie for humans tends to contain too much sugar and spice for pups. So we’ve got a recipe for pumpkin pie just for dogs! Loews Hotel’s pumpkin pie recipe is a tasty dessert that both you and your pal can enjoy. The number one ingredient that can be toxic for dogs in your typical store-bought pumpkin pie is nutmeg. Instead, this recipe contains honey, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium sugar pumpkin
- 1 9-inch single-crust pastry shell
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup honey, warmed slightly
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Cut pumpkins in half, and remove seeds.
- Lightly oil the cut surface.
- Place cut side down on a jelly roll pan lined with foil and lightly oiled.
- Bake at 325°F until the flesh is tender when poked with a fork. Cool until just warm.
- Scrape the pumpkin flesh from the peel. Either mash or puree in small batches in a blender.
- In a large bowl, blend together 2 cups of pumpkin puree, spices.
- Beat in eggs, honey, milk, and cream.
- Pour filling into the pie shell. Bake at 400°F for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge of the pie comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Ginger Bone Treats
This DIY ginger treat will have your pup wagging their tail with joy.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes.
- Combine dough scraps and continue to roll out and cut into shapes until all dough has been used.
- Place cookies on ungreased foil-lined baking sheets and bake in preheated 325ºF oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
Turkey Dinner for Dogs
Homemade turkey dinners are one of the most special treats there is for a pup. This Thanksgiving, when you’ve made some turkey for yourself, consider putting together this mouthwatering homemade meal for your favorite furry friend from leftovers.
- 3 lb/1.3 kg skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meat)
- 1 cup (about 6 oz/175 g) oatmeal (cooked)
- 1 lb/450 g sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 tbsp cranberry sauce
- 4 tbsp turkey gravy (optional; to reduce the fat content, omit the gravy or substitute olive oil)
*If using Turkey leftovers, skip to Step 3*
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a roasting pan.
- For boneless breast or thigh, cook 30–45 minutes; boned breast or thigh, 45–60 minutes; whole turkey, 1 1/2–2 hours or until the meat juices run clear when pierced with a skewer. Let cool.
- Remove all the bones and dice the meat into large pieces.
- If using fresh sweet potatoes, roast with the turkey for about 25–30 minutes or until tender. Let cool, then peel and dice.
- Meanwhile, cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.
- Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly.
While our four-legged friends can have many of the Thanksgiving foods we eat, including turkey and sweet potatoes, there are certain foods they cannot eat this Holiday.
Do Not Feed Your Dog:
- Turkey Skin
- Turkey Bones
- Turkey Stuffing
- Mashed Potatoes
- Store-bought Pumpkin Pie – May contain Xylitol and Nutmeg
- Chocolate Desserts
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Salads with Raisins or Grapes
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