It's Thanksgiving, and as your dog looks longingly at all of the turkey and pumpkin and green bean casserole, you might be thinking "poor little pup is missing out on all the good homemade food!". Well, now your pup can partake in all the Thanksgiving goodness with some Thanksgiving-themed treats of their own!
Here's a list of a few tasty Thanksgiving treats you can share with your dog.
Puppy pumpkin pie
Unsweetened, organic canned pumpkin isn't just yummy to your dog, it's a great sense of fiber. Pumpkin can help a stopped up pup, or one with digestive issues. You can also add pumpkin seeds to aid with digestive issues (and to add a little crunch for your pup).
How to make it: Make a puppy pumpkin pie by lining a small tin with rice, and adding half a cup of pumpkin and some pumpkin seeds on top. It's not sweet like our pies, but your dog will love it!
Sweet potatoes for sweet pups
No need to add sugar, butter or marshmallows, dogs will love a sweet potato as-is! Not only are sweet potatoes another great source of fiber, they also have beta carotene, which is good for vision. Plus, it's low calorie, so for a dog watching their weight, it's a delicious treat!
How to make it:: Boil or bake the sweet potato, and smash it up in your dog's favorite kibble, some plain unsweetened applesauce, or some unsalted unsweetened peanut butter. Your dog will be very thankful.
Green bean "casserole"
Who would have thought that dogs would like green beans? But oh goodness, do they! And even better. green beans are a healthy treat for dogs, because they are low in calories.
How to make it: Chop up the green beans so they're in bite-size pieces (longer green beans can be a choking hazard). Boil them, then let them cool so they'll be easy for dogs to eat up. Again don't add oil, spices or salt, as they can hurt dogs' stomachs.
And if your dog likes cheese, you can sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on top. (But just a little, because cheese can also be upsetting to dogs' stomachs!)
Carrot cookies for canines
Not only are carrots a low calorie treat for you dog, they also have a ton of vitamins, so you can feel good about giving them to your pup.
How to make it: Shred several carrots. Add one egg, and a tablespoon of unsweetened, unsalted peanut butter. Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. They'll form into little carrot cookies that will blow your dogs mind while also providing your dog with protein, riboflavin and selenium!
Yep! I can hear your dog smiling now. Your dog can have some turkey! Just make sure when you prepare your dog's portion, there isn't any garlic, onion, or other seasonings. Seasonings should be avoided when it comes to making treats for your pooch because they're toxic to dogs in large quantities.
How to make it: Bake a small amount of turkey in a side dish, with no seasoning (including salt and pepper). Be sure to remove skin, fat, and bones before serving to your dog. (Bones can splinter after ingestion and really hurt your dog's intestinal track.)
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for those you love, and let's face it, you love your dog so much, and you know they love you too. So why not show how thankful you are for your doggo by giving them a little Thanksgiving of their own.