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It’s tempting to slip Fido a piece of Thanksgiving turkey or a cold cut from the lunch meat. But could turkey be harming your dog? Find out the answer along with some alternatives (and a yummy turkey treat recipe to make with the Thanksgiving leftovers).
Is Turkey Bad For Dogs?
Turkey itself is generally a pretty tasty and nutritious snack for most dogs. There isn’t anything particularly toxic about it, but when processed like with deli meats and turkey hot dogs, the chemicals used to keep them “edible” is often not digested well by dogs. We do not recommend feeding your dog any kind of processed meats.
Also, moderation is key and always remember that each dog is an individual.
Some dogs are allergic to beef and some to chicken. If you see a pattern with your pup eating turkey and subsequently getting sick, then you’ve done the right thing by removing the turkey from their diet.
Turkey Dog Treat Recipe
Want to do something special for your pup this Thanksgiving? Has he or she been super good while you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen? They deserve a treat of their very own and this Thanksgiving leftover-inspired turkey dog treat recipe will leave them woofing with joy!
- 1 loaf uncooked bread or pizza dough (kneaded into “dough”)
- 1/4 Cup chicken broth (preferably low sodium) or water
- 1-2 Teaspoon flour
- 3/4 Cup cooked turkey chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 Cup cooked vegetables
- 1/4 Cup grated cheese (pick your pup’s favorite)
- 1/4 Cup sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll out the dough and cut into 3″ circles with a cookie cutter.
- In a pan, combine the broth and flour, stirring until flour is dissolved.
- Heat on medium until mixture thickens.
- Add the turkey and vegetables. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated.
- Simmer for a few minutes.
- Spoon one to two teaspoons of the turkey-veggie mixture onto each circle.
- Fold up the sides and pinch shut.
- Roll into a ball shape.
- Separately, mix the cheese and sesame seeds in a small bowl.
- Roll or sprinkle each ball with the cheese-sesame seed mixture.
- Arrange the balls on a baking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Allow time for this turkey dog treat recipe to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Serving Size: Approx. 8 cups (or 64 oz)
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Turkey Alternative For Dogs
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pups!