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Prepare the Feast! Thanksgiving for Dog Lovers (Part 1)
We here at Marindogs love the holiday and want to help you celebrate with the furriest member of your family! Part 1 of the this Thanksgiving Series explores how to share your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with your dogs, stay tuned for Part 2 to find out how to dress your dog for the occasion.
With the holiday season right around the corner, its time to think about what you are really thankful for in life…your dog! Make thanksgiving special this year with this Holiday Menu for your Dog.
There are multiple ways to share your turkey feast with your precious pooch. From simple dishes to home made specialties, here’s a few good ones to try:
-Simply Turkey- Share the love! Typically there is plenty of turkey to go around, and as long as there are no bones in it, you can share with your furry friends. Fine chop the parts of the bird your dinner party is not so fond of; whether it light or dark meat your pup won’t be picky! Add chopped bits to kibble and serve with a meal or sneak bits away from the table strait to the dog. Remove skin if it is heavily seasoned.
-Turkey Meatballs- Not making a whole holiday turkey? Pick up a little ground turkey and make a new tradition with your fur baby. Mix ½ Lb ground turkey with 1 egg and ½ cup dry breadcrumbs. Form into meatballs and bake in oven set to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and serve ‘em up!
-Turkey Stock- Use the leftover turkey carcass to create a stock as a base for other homemade dog foods, to water down pureed veggies or to ‘wet’ your dogs dry food. Remember to refrigerate the carcass after carving until you are ready to make the stock (preferably the next day). Place carcass, a few carrots and few celery stalks into a pot and add enough water to cover by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 3 hours. Strain and use as needed.
Dogs love pumpkin! And so do their tummies…Pumpkin is good for both diarrhea and constipation, and is full of Vitamin A. According to Cesar Milan, too much vitamin A is dangerous, but a few spoonfuls of pumpkin is just the right amount (adjust based on dog size). Be sure to use cooked pumpkin, canned is fine just make sure you don’t accidently use ‘pumpkin pie mix’ instead of just ‘canned pumpkin’.
Plain potatoes are ok for dogs, just be sure to pull some out before adding heavy cream, butter and seasonings. You can mash it up for them, or leave in cubes and feed as a treat or add to kibble.
Please note, any food a pet is not used to may upset their stomach, be sure to give a small amount- a ‘taste’ rather than a ‘meal’ for your pup is the best for them. As with any holiday event, please be reminded to keep all leftover and trash out of your pup’s reach for their own safety.