Thankful Doggy Treat Recipes for Thanksgiving

Posted by Raja on November 21st, 2011 — Posted in Pet Nutrition

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Is this all for me?!

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!


Comment by lorac

Allergies are NOT caused by a build-up of histamine. Allergies are caused by antibodies to the allergan – a protein or molecule that is recognized as foreign by the dog (or human or other animal). There are 2 types of antibodies that cause an allergic reaction. The most common is immunoglobulin E (IgE), which binds to mast cells that release histamine.

The antibody response will increase (usually) over time with repeated exposure to the allergan. Once there is an allergic reaction, suspending exposure (if possible) is the best way to stop the problem. Subsequent exposure will again cause an allergic reaction however.

I hope that this clears up the confusion.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

Comment by Raja

Thank you Lorac. Now we know.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh Yummmm Raja!

What a feast you and the family will have Thanksgiving. We think mommy is going to make us the Turkey Leftover Hound Hash & some Puppykin Muffin Treats as well. Mommy was in a panic till she checked to see if her baking powder was aluminum free, it is (whew). She might have to fudge a little, since she does not have everything. She told us we would get some fresh (frozen) cranberries, no craisins. Did you know that you can buy several bags of fresh cranberries and put them in the freezer and they will keep all year? Oh yeah, she says to chop the cranberries up, cause if not, we tend to pick them out…grin.

And Shaymus, our kitty kat nephew loves to eat right along with us (he loves to eat).

Galahad, Sunshine, Shadow Pups and those kitty kats too!

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Comment by Buttercup

Raja and Helen ..if my tummy wasn’t so sensitive I have a feeling I would be eating like a queen !
Love the recipes!

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Comment by Rhea

Don’t be surprise if I’m barking at your door on Thanksgiving Day!! Everything sounds yummy! No turkey at our house, we are having a Mexican dinner!! I’m going to talk Mom into making the Pumpkin Muffins, although I usually don’t like pumpkin!! I’ll give it a try though. Thanks for the receipes. Puppy Love, Skamp

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh my did I read Skamp right? A Puppy that does not LOVE pumpkin? All us Southern Critters are fainting dead away. (Doing the Scarlet O’Hara faint right now!)


Posted on November 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

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