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Pet's Corner: Easy Treats Fit for Fido on Thanksgiving Day

Pet’s Corner: Easy Treats Fit for Fido on Thanksgiving Day

By Dr. Jules Benson, Petplan pet insurance Chief Veterinary Medical Officer
Photographs courtesy of Petplan

For all the love and loyalty they give us throughout the year, we show gratitude to our pets by... excluding them from the Thanksgiving feast?

When roving noses make their way into your lap during dinner, it can be easy to give in and slip pets a scrap or two from the table. But feasting on rich, fatty foods can knock the stuffing out of Fido and Fluffy (not to mention your wallet). Pancreatitis and food poisoning are common conundrums when pets eat from your plate.

What’s a pet parent to do? Turn to this “Mutt’s Menu” of delicious Thanksgiving recipes for pets. Petplan’s veterinarians carefully concocted each recipe so pet parents can rest assured they’re offering a safe alternative to table handouts. That way furry friends can be included in the festivities – after all, they have a lot to be thankful for, too.


Pumpkin Smoothies

Dogs and cats can wet their whistles with this creamy pumpkin drink that’s packed with fiber and probiotics.

½ c. canned pumpkin puree
½ c. plain non-fat yogurt

Place pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Evenly pour mixture into 8 small paper cups. Serve immediately or refrigerate/freeze overnight.

Yields: 8 servings
Calories per smoothie: 13


Roasted Turkey Medallions

Slice a few slivers when the turkey comes out of the oven to create these mouth-watering morsels for cats and dogs.

6 oz. white meat turkey, cooked
½ c. chopped carrots
½ c. ground quinoa or oatmeal

Preheat oven to 400°.
Place turkey and carrots in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Add ground quinoa or oatmeal and blend until mixed.
Roll into 1-inch balls (or smaller, if your pet is petite) and place on a non-stick cooking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes.

Yields: 30 servings
Calories per medallion: 17


Scrumptious Sweet Potato Cookies

A boost of beta-Carotene and punch of potassium make these cookies a healthy coda to your dog’s dinner (they’re a little too crunchy for cats’ teeth).

1 large cooked sweet potato
1 banana
½ c. quinoa flour
½ tbsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the sweet potato and banana until well blended.
Add the vegetable oil, then mix in the quinoa flour.
Drop dough by the teaspoon onto a non-stick baking sheet and lightly flatten each cookie.
Bake for 30 minutes and let cool before serving.

Yields: 8 servings
Calories per cookie: 14

Remember: a single splurge on Thanksgiving Day is okay, but avoid overfeeding for the rest of the week. Sharing leftovers can be a great gift for neighborhood pups, and is sure to put you on the "Nice" list, come Christmas!

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