How To Prepare A Dog-Friendly Thanksgiving Feast You Can All Eat
Feast: Thanksgiving is a tradition of sharing a delicious meal with friends and family. While most of us think about this tradition with our beloved humans in mind, we can’t forget about our four-legged family members.
After all, our pups bring so much joy and happiness to our lives that it seems only natural that we’d want to share this Thanksgiving feast full of gratitude with them!
Fortunately, making a Thanksgiving feast is easy, and both you and your pup can enjoy it without causing any harm to their digestive systems. Use these tips to throw your dog a big Thanksgiving feast this holiday season.
Dog-friendly stuffing is easier than you might think, and your human guests can enjoy it too!
Remember, dogs’ digestive systems aren’t always as strong as ours, so stick to gluten-free breadcrumbs and salt-free treats to ensure your dog’s tummy is safe. Garlic and onions are contraindicated for dogs and are toxic in large quantities, so don’t put them in your stuffing either.
This is a tweaked recipe that requires some preparation, but it is worth it to Heidi Biesterveld, the canine nutritionist.
8 cups gluten-free bread, crushed into 1-inch cubes
6 cups gluten-free cornbread, crushed into 1-inch cubes
1 pound ground turkey sausage
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups celery, diced
1/2 cup parsley sprigs, chopped
1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (look for an herb that is low in sodium)
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups chicken broth (look for a low sodium chicken broth)
2 large eggs, beaten
How to make
Pour the bread crumbs into a huge mixing bowl and set aside.
Sauté the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Drain off any fat and set it aside.
Add the butter and melt it over medium heat in the same skillet. Here Add the celery and parsley and sauté for six to eight minutes.
Add the Granny Smith apples. Sauté for another minute, then pour this mixture over the bread crumbs you set aside.
Add the poultry seasoning, salt, sage, thyme, moringa, and pepper to the stuffing. Stir gently to mix. Add the chicken broth. Stir. If your pup prefers a softer texture, add more broth.
Add the sausage and beaten egg. Stir well!
Grease a large Crock-Pot with butter (no salt!) or non-stick spray. Grease a large Crock-Pot with butter (unsalted!) fill the Crock-Pot with the stuffing and cook on high for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to a minimum and continue cooking for another four to six hours.
Main course: turkey!
The good news is that your pup can eat the skinless, boneless turkey pieces from the turkey you cooked for the rest of the human family. Again, make sure you don’t season it with garlic or onions, as these may not be safe for dogs. When you give your dog turkey, be sure not to overdo it. While turkey is safe for your dog, giving them something as rich as turkey can affect their stomach when used to the traditional daily dog food.
The general rule is to give your dog only 25% of what they would typically eat at a meal. This way, they can enjoy a delicious turkey without having to run.
Thanksgiving Dog Bandana
Don’t forget to get your dogs a Kuoser Thanksgiving bandana. Our pups have given us so much to be thankful for all year long. They help us learn compassion, patience, humor, and responsibility. No matter how smart you are, your dog will teach you something.
For dessert: pumpkin smoothies!
Your dog may beg for a slice of pumpkin pie, but all the sugar and butter in a standard pie can cause severe damage to your pup’s pancreas.
Instead, choose a probiotic smoothie that your dog will love.
Use half a cup of pumpkin puree (make sure no sugar is added) and half a plain nonfat yogurt. Place these two simple ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
You can serve this to your pup immediately, or you can freeze it overnight for longer licking times! Your pup won’t even realize they’re eating something rich in fiber and vitamin A, which helps ease an upset stomach after a full Thanksgiving feast.
Remember, just like humans, dogs will want all the delicious treats they can get for Thanksgiving. Be sure to eat these foods sparingly to ensure their digestive systems remain healthy.
Are you planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with your pup in a special way? Are there any Turkey Day dishes they can share with you? Let us know in the comments below!
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