You know on Thanksgiving your dog will be staring hard at that turkey. He’s going to want some when everybody else is feasting. But, to be honest, roast turkey can be a problematic meal for dogs. The meat, as we prepare it in a roast, is rich and oily. There are lots of small bones that hide as dark meat and are easy to miss.
Following are three doggy friendly, healthy and Raja approved Thanksgiving treat recipes that should keep the hound at bay.
Turkey Meatloaf for Doggies
Combine: 2 eggs, ½ cup oat bran, ¼ amaranth seed, ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ grated sweet potato, with one pound ground turkey and place in a greased 11” loaf pan. Bake at 375 F for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F internally. Cool and serve cut into squares.
Turkey Leftover Hound Hash
Combine: ½ cup craisins (make sure the only ingredients on the bag are cranberries and cane sugar), ½ cup finely diced sweet potatoes, and ½ cup finely diced white potatoes and simmer gently in 1 ½ cup low sodium chicken broth until the potatoes are tender.
Combine with 2 cups diced white and dark meat (free of skin, small bones and cartilage), allow to marinate for a few minutes. Serve in small, treat potions because this is a rich meal. *To cut up turkey meat, especially dark meat, for your dog, always cut small dice across the grain. This method will help you detect the splintery leg bones in the thighs that look just like the meat itself.
Puppykin Muffin Treats
Combine ½ cup sugar (if you feel it’s OK to be a little bit bad sometimes- use raw sugar if it makes you feel better), ½ cup vegetable oil and mix well. Add 3 eggs, mix well. Add in 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree (your own or canned, but if you make the puree yourself, use the roasting method so it’s thick and not watery) along with ½ cup low salt chicken broth. Add in 1 ½ tsp aluminum-free baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, ¼ cup ground flax, ¼ cup oat bran and 3 cups whole wheat baking flour.
Bake in greased muffin tin for 375 for about 15 minutes. Alternately, you could make these as mini muffins (shorter cooking time, so mind the oven) for bite size treats. ***
Remember, dog allergies are thought to start when a dog is fed the same food consistently and redundantly. Variety is the spice of life. Moderation in all things creates balance. (You can probably buy amaranth and flax seed in the health food section of your grocery.)
Raja and I say “ Deepest Thanks,” for all our fabulous friends, blog readers, book buyers and people who are kind to animals far and wide!