There is nothing more fun than spoiling your pets this Thanksgiving with these easy to make pet-safe treats.
However, knowing what your pet can not have is important to remember. Here are a few foods that the ASPCA recommends pet owners avoid.
Dogs should not eat onions or garlic as they can damage the animals red blood cells. Mold is just as toxic to animals as it is to humans-so make sure food is fresh. Both chocolate and alcohol can easily poison pets, and grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, though the reasons are not yet known. (1)
Here are a couple of recipes to help ensure a safe and delicious holiday.
Thanksgiving Turkey and Giblet Stew
Giblets and neck bones of one turkey
3 tablespoons turkey or bacon fat
5 cups water
5-7 tablespoons herbs
1 large carrot, grated
1 large celery stalk, minced
3 cups peeled, diced potatoes
¾ cup frozen peas
2 cups cooked chopped turkey meat
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Brown neck bones and giblets in turkey or bacon fat. Then add 3 cups water, and 5-7 tablespoons fresh herbs (thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage)
Cook gently with lid covered tightly for 3-4 hours.
Cool to room temperature.
Separate meat from neck bones, and set aside.
Chop organ meats, and set aside.
Pour soup liquid through sieve. Afterwards, add the meat back into the broth and set aside.
Add in carrot, celery, and potatoes along with 2 cups of water. Simmer 20 minutes, then add in peas. Simmer another 10 minutes, then add in turkey (making sure there are no bones) and nutritional yeast . Turn off heat.
Allow to cool before serving to your pet.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Biscuits
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
scraping of ½ vanilla bean
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons flax seed oil
8 oz pumpkin puree
4 oz of creamy peanut butter
First, mix dry ingredients and wet ones separately, then combine together. After mixing place 2” flattened mounds on greased cookie sheet, and bake for 15 minutes at 400 Fahrenheit. Cool before frosting with peanut butter. Makes 2 dozen.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our furry friends, and I hope you enjoy these safe, nutritious, and fun holiday ideas.