Thanksgiving is probably my most favorite of all holidays. The Lady I rescued cooks a turkey with all the trimmings, just like she remembers her mom cooking. The house smells great while I stick close to her heels in case there are any “droppings” for me to gobble up. That’s because Taffy and I are on a strict “no table scraps” diet, especially during the holidays. Most of the items on the menu are too dangerous for dogs to eat. So, to make this year a pet-safe Thanksgiving for all my pet friends I’m offering up some tips and doggy delicious menus that you can cook for yourself, with a two-legged person’s help!
You don’t want to ruin your family’s holidays (and yours) by ending up at the emergency vet by digesting something as dangerous as turkey bones. According to Petplan® Pet Insurance, emergency vet visits over the Thanksgiving holidays cost twice as much as a visit during non-holiday days. With the help of Petplan, here are some healthy menu options and recipes for your dog to enjoy at Thanksgiving:
Pet-Safe Menus and Recipes by Petplan
Here’s your very own Thanksgiving mutt’s menu, recipes located here.
- Pumpkin Smoothies: a creamy, two-ingredient pumpkin drink for dogs and cats
- Paws-itively Peanutty Crudités: crispy, crunchy veggies and peanut butter (my favorite!)
- Simple Sorbet: a refreshing ice-cube treat
- Roasted Turkey Medallions: turkey, carrots and oatmeal make a delicious, protein-packed entrée
- Scrumptious Sweet Potato Cookies: Sweet potato and banana combine into easy-to-make, low-calorie cookies
Tips for a Pet-Safety Thanksgiving
Okay, I exaggerated the “no table scraps” just a bit. The Lady does indulge me just a bit on Thanksgiving, but always after they eat and during cleanup, I get to have some turkey scraps. Here are some more tips from Petplan on what to feed, and not feed, your pets during the holiday:
- Portion control: always consider the size of your dog, be careful not to over feed it, we have experience with this first hand, as it leads to a bout of pancreatitis or even gastrointestinal upset
- Trimming the fat: Remember to keep treats to less than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet. If you’re planning to make Thanksgiving recipes for dogs, adjust the amount of regular food you feed.
- No bones about it: No matter how much they beg, dogs should never be given turkey bones to chew on as they splinter easily, and the risk of intestinal blockage or bowel perforation is a real danger
- Sharing is caring: Like I said earlier, some splurging is okay, but be careful the rest of the week to not over feed
The Lady and I wish your family a very happy Thanksgiving. You can have fun and be safe too, so we hope you have a great holiday!
Our pet family are all members of Petplan pet insurance. We received no compensation or benefits for this post and only share information that we feel our readers will find beneficial.