Give Thanks & Share a Meal with Fido: 5 Awesome Pet Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we can almost smell the turkey in the air, but we aren’t the only ones that love this delicious holiday... Our 4-legged family members love it just as much as we do! Unfortunately, not everything on the holiday table is good for our furry friends, especially after being seasoned. To err on the side of caution we made a fun list of pet friendly Thanksgiving recipes so that you can safely include your furry friend in the festivities!

Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatball Dog Treats

The best thing about Thanksgiving is the Turkey! Did you know fresh meat – chicken or turkey, and occasionally beef without added salts and preservatives can actually make a fantastic replacement for your pet’s commercial food? All the more reason to treat your pup to this delicious meal. See the full recipe here. Recipe and picture via

Mini Muttballs

Buck tradition with this Italian-inspired recipe. Beef and pork mingle with carrots and cheese, plus some bread crumbs and parsley, atop an optional bed of pasta. Recipe and image via:

 Turkey & Veggie Dog Food Recipe

A doggy version of Thanksgiving stuffing. Get the full recipe here. Recipe and image via:

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites

This gluten-free treat is made with brown rice flour, sweet potato, pumpkin, and a little raw maple syrup. Not only does it have a nice blend of fall flavors, it’s loaded with nutrients that are great for your dog. The perfect recipe for a special Thanksgiving treat! Recipe and image via:

Soft Baked Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats

Why should humans get all the tasty fall desserts? Treat your pup to these Soft Baked Peanut Butter Pumpkin homemade dog treats and let ’em revel in the season with you! Full recipe here. Recipe and image via:               Hope you enjoyed the recipes! We are also including a list below of foods  you should avoid giving to your dog, as well as making sure these foods are out of reach and can not be snatched by your furry friend:

  • Turkey Bones. These bones can easily splinter and cause damage to their insides.
  • Turkey Skin and Gravy. The seasoning could be harmful to your dog, but in general it’s just way too fatty.
  • If you don’t know this already, it is poisonous to dogs.
  • Nothing with Alliums. Example: onions, garlic, leeks or scallions. These should not be ingested by your pet. While it is true that small, well-cooked portions of these foods can be okay if your pet is used to it, ingesting these foods in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia.
  • No Grapes. Many people are unaware that grapes, and raisons, can be potentially toxic to their pets. The fruit has been shown to cause kidney failure in canines.
  • No to Xylitol. Artificial sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to animals, and potentially deadly to dogs.
  • Stuffing. Since they often contain onion, raisins, and nuts, they can cause health problems for dogs
  • Bread Dough. It can raise in their stomach or intestines and create blockages and other problems.
  • Alcohol. Definitely a big no. We doubt, and hope, you would never intentionally give alcohol to your pet, but you must be mindful of yourself, and guests, leaving glasses where your pet could reach. What we people may consider a small amount can be toxic for a smaller animal. Also, keep in mind that alcohol poisoning can occur in pets from atypical items like fruit cake (the recipe may have called for rum or other liquor).