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3 Great Homemade Thanksgiving Doggy Treats

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many people are looking forward to relaxing with their loved ones over a delicious meal, and perhaps watching a bit of football. Your dog is also an important part of the family, and will be very interested in your holiday meal. Why not make Fido some special treats of his own? Here, a Greensboro, NC vet lists some homemade Turkey Day doggy treats.

Turkey/Sweet Potato Bites

This is a great way to use some of that leftover turkey! Mix plain, cooked boneless turkey with plain oats, an egg, some sweet potato, and a little parsley. Be sure to use only plain sweet potatoes, without any toppings or seasonings. Mix them together into little meatballs, and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Yums

These healthy treats are bound to get that cute tail going! Mix pureed pumpkin with two eggs, whole-wheat flour, and peanut butter. Be sure to choose a brand of PB that doesn’t contain unhealthy additives, such as xylitol. Mix the ingredients into a batter, and then use a cute cookie cutter to make individual portions. Cook at 350 until you get the desired hardness.

Barksgiving Turkey Casserole

While many of our favorite holiday foods are toxic to dogs, there are some seasonal foods that are perfectly fine for Fido. This delicious dish uses several of them, and can be a great way to use up leftovers! Start with some leftover turkey. Use only plain meat, with the bones and skin removed. You can chop or grind it to make the texture easier to work with. Mix the turkey with cooked, unseasoned peas and carrots, whole-wheat flour, olive oil, and sodium-free chicken broth. You can make this in a skillet or the oven. Just be sure to let it cool before giving it to your pooch.

Tips

There are many other options for things you can make your furry friend. Just be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for dogs. Some common foods that are dangerous for Fido include garlic, onions, and chives; nuts; chocolate; raw dough or meat; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocados and other pitted fruits; candy; and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have any questions about Fido’s diet, health, or care? Please contact us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, anytime!

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