You want this Thanksgiving to be extra special for your furry best friend. Between the aromas of the turkey roasting and sweet potatoes baking, your dog’s nose is working overtime, and their mouth is watering. While the traditional Thanksgiving fare is tempting, most human food isn’t good for pups. But don’t worry; In this blog article, we have included some delicious recipes for a dog Thanksgiving meal, so your furbaby can join in the feasting this year with the whole family.

Here are Some Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Pets

This Thanksgiving, show your pup how grateful you are to have them in your life with homemade recipes prepared with love. After all, our dogs are members of the family too, so why not spoil them on this special holiday? Whip up one delicious treat or make a whole dog thanksgiving meal – either way, your dog is sure to return the favor with lots of wet kisses and tail wags.

In this section, we have provided some easy recipes to get your pup’s tail wagging. From turkey meatballs to sweet potato chew toys, these drool-worthy dog Thanksgiving meal recipes are made with natural, high-quality ingredients that are safe and delicious. Your dog will be so excited to gobble them up that they may start begging for more! 

Turkey Jerky Strips

Turkey Jerky Strips

Dogs go crazy for jerky, and turkey is a lean meat that’s perfect for pups. Slice turkey breast into strips and bake them in the oven at 170 F for 6-8 hours until dried out. Your dog will love these chewy, savory treats.

Sweet Potato Jerky

Sweet Potato Jerky

Slice a sweet potato into 1/4-inch strips. Toss with a little olive oil and salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 200 F for about 6 hours, flipping halfway, until dried out. These chewy treats are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese—and natural sweetness your dog will adore.

Green Bean Casserole

The classic Thanksgiving side dish gets a dog-friendly makeover. Sauté green beans, then mix in chicken broth, flour, and cream of mushroom soup. Pour into a casserole dish and top with fried onions. Bake at 350 F until bubbly. Let cool, then serve to your dog in moderation.

Green Bean Casserole

By spending just a little more time in the kitchen, you can whip up some delicious Thanksgiving eats for your faithful friend. But remember, moderation is key—don’t give your dog too many treats, or they may end up with an upset tummy! 

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

For a protein-packed treat, mix 1 pound ground turkey, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. Roll into 1-inch meatballs and bake at 400 F for about 25 minutes. Let cool, then serve one or two meatballs as a special snack. Your dog will gobble them right up.

Consider Serving a Full Thanksgiving dinner

The above-mentioned recipes can be given as a snack or as an add-on to their regular dinner. If your fur baby is used to a raw diet, then you can also consider serving them a Thanksgiving dinner using ingredients that are safe for dogs.

Here is a list of food items that are safe to serve to dogs on Thanksgiving – 

  • Boneless or ground turkey meat(you can include the less desirable parts of the bird, such as heart, liver, neck, and gizzard)
  • Unsweetened, plain pumpkin and steamed sweet potato
  • Lightly steamed spinach, celery and carrots
  • Grounded pumpkin seeds
  • Unsweetened cranberries(fresh or dry)
  • Unsweetened kefir
  • Bone broth as a meal topper

How to assemble the Thanksgiving dinner for your fur baby?

Follow the steps below to assemble the above-mentioned ingredients into a thanksgiving dinner for your dog.

  • In a blender, combine sweet potato, pumpkin, peas, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and spinach. Blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste. You can add either bone broth or kefir to the mixture to get the desired texture. 
  • After blending the vegetables, add turkey bones(large enough for your dog to chew on), unseasoned and cooked turkey meat, and giblets in your dog’s food bowl. Then add the vegetable paste and mix well. 
  • You can cut up carrots and celery into small bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl. Add kefir or bone broth on top and serve it to your pup.

You can follow the steps mentioned here, or you can assemble the ingredients in the way your dog likes it.

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Homemade Dog Treats for Thanksgiving

Any one of the above-mentioned dog-friendly recipes is perfect for making your pup feel loved on Turkey Day. But if you want to really spoil your furry friend this Thanksgiving, whip up a batch of homemade dog treats. Your pup will surely appreciate the gesture.

Here are some recipes for homemade dog treats: 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

What dog doesn’t love peanut butter and pumpkin? Mix 2 cups whole wheat flour, one egg, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/3 cup peanut butter, and one teaspoon cinnamon. Roll out the dough and cut it into bone shapes. Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Let’s cool and enjoy your pup’s happy tail wags!

Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet potatoes are healthy for dogs and people alike. Mash one sweet potato and mix in an egg, peanut butter, and flour. Scoop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes. Let cool before serving to your pup.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

All good dogs deserve some delicious cakes on Thanksgiving! Make miniature pumpkin cupcakes by mixing pumpkin, flour, egg, and honey. Bake for about 15 minutes, then frost with yogurt or peanut butter. Your pup will love these seasonal treats.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Making homemade treats is a great way to show your dog some extra love on Thanksgiving or any day. And since you control the ingredients, you can ensure they’re healthy and wholesome. Your dog will surely be grateful for the treats—and for you!

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, some tasty recipes and ideas for a dog Thanksgiving meal that you can serve to your furry best friend. Your dog gives you unconditional love and joy all year round, so they deserve to join in the holiday fun too. Whip up one of these easy, homemade recipes, and your pup will surely be grateful for the delicious meal.

 After all, our dogs are part of the family – so make sure to save them a seat at the Thanksgiving table! Give your dog some extra belly rubs and behind-the-ear scratches from us. Have a wonderful, tail-wagging Thanksgiving together!

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