Skip The Turkey and Fixings! These Five Fun Holiday Recipes Are Much Safer To Share With Your Pet

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If there’s one thing we all reminisce about Thanksgivings past, and look forward to in more to come, it’s the food. Even if your favorite dish of cranberry sauce disappears first each year, there always seems to be enough leftovers to keep the memory fresh for a week or more.

But, while you savor the holiday flavors for days into December, it’s a good idea to keep those dishes out of the reach of your pets. Turkey and fixings that have been prepared for humans are often too rich for pets, and can lead to an upset stomach. If there are any bones left in the bird, they can pose a serious choking hazard, and if you’ve dressed the turkey with onions or garlic, you could be poisoning your pet by sharing some of the meal.

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Thanksgiving turkey may be too rich for your pet.

This year, your pet doesn’t have to stare longingly at the table with nothing but a few meager scraps. Make the holiday more inclusive by creating a special Thanksgiving meal for your furry friend, using some of the same ingredients you might be serving to family and friends.


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Got any of these laying around?

5. Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

Biscuits make a great appetizer, and the combo of apples and carrots lends a satisfying sweetness dogs love. Moreover, carrots are one of those items that seem to hang out in the fridge forever.

Now you’ve got a fun way to use them up and show your pet how much you care!

Check out the full recipe at Two Delicious.


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Pumpkin is delicious, and nutritious.

4. Pumpkin Smoothies

This one is suitable for dogs and cats, and don’t be surprised if it disappears as quickly as Aunt Joan’s homemade stuffing.

Like cranberries, pumpkin contains a lot of essential nutrients, too, like Vitamin A, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which promotes better eyesight, antioxidants that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and vitamins boost Immunity.

Learn how to blend it up into a tasty treat with this recipe at Modern Dog Magazine.

3. Dehydrated veggie tray

Even animals that scoff at green beans on the floor may find them irresistible once they’ve been crisped up in a dehydrator. This is a good way to preserve food, and an even better way to turn your picked over veggies into delightful treats for your pets.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, don’t worry, you can use your oven at the lowest setting for the same results! Check out the recipe over at The Dog People.


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Save room for cranberries!

2. Cran-Pumpkin Peanut Butter Homemade Dog Treats

Cranberries are in season, and packed full of healthy anti-oxidants. When used in moderation, they’re a great way to perk up your pet’s meal, as long as you used fresh or dried berries with no added sugar. You’ll also want some canned pumpkin and peanut butter that are free of sweeteners like xylitol.

Check out the full recipe from The Cottage Market.

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every dog loves dessert!

1. Fruity Frosty Dessert

There’s nothing like a good sweet treat to polish off a holiday meal, and chances are, you’ve got all of the ingredients for our next recipe in your kitchen already.

Golden Woofs’ Blueberries and Banana Frosty Paws make a delicious and nutritious treat with just four ingredients: blueberries, bananas, yogurt, and flax meal. It’s incredibly easy to put together, too!

Check out the full recipe at Golden Woof.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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