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Dogs may not be able to understand the meaning behind Thanksgiving, but they can certainly enjoy it! While it may be tempting for dog owners to give them some turkey leftovers, veterinarians strongly advise you against that. Some Thanksgiving foods are not safe and may actually be toxic to your dog. That’s why the week after Thanksgiving is one of several weeks in the year when veterinarians are the busiest. The amount of calls and visits veterinarians receive after Thanksgiving is staggering.

You may be wondering “isn’t turkey meat good for dogs?” Yes it is. However, virtually everything else on the dinner table is extremely unhealthy for your pup. A simple turkey bone splinter can block your pet’s intestinal track and have terminal results for your pet long before you’re able to get it to a vet. Salmonella is often an issue, given how often we leave the food on the table for too long and give it to the dog after that.

If you feel you absolutely have to give your dog some leftovers from the Thanksgiving table, make sure that it is just a piece of LEAN turkey with no skin and no bones whatsoever. Some ingredients on the table you need to avoid include skin, overly fat meat, bones, spices like salt and pepper, cream and butter, and artificial sweeteners.

But if you’re like me, I’m especially thankful for my pups so I want to let them enjoy a good meal too. Here are a couple recipes I’ve used in the past.

Oatmeal Turkey with Sweet Potatoes:

3 lb skinless boneless thigh or breast meat (cooked)

1 cup cooked oatmeal

1 lb cubed sweet potatoes (cooked)

2 tblsp cranberry sauce

4 tblsp turkey gravy

Mix together and serve a portion to pooch. If leftovers, refrigerate.

Turkey Gobbler:

3 cooked green apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)

0ne eight of a Tbl of cinnamon

1 lb of turkey cooked (boneless, skinless)

1 cup cooked peas

Half a cup sliced 1 inch cooked carrots pieces

Add turkey, peas, and carrots in a food processor and puree them into a cream. Put in greased cupcake pan filling two thirds of the way. Then put cinnamon and apples into the food processor and puree them into a cream. Fill in the rest of each cupcake in pan with this. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool before giving to your pup.

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