It’s almost time for the Holidays, and while this time is often associated with family gatherings, there are many ways to include our furry friends. After all, they’re part of the family, too!
This year, why not cook a delicious Holiday meal made just for your dog?
Below, we’ve compiled recipes that are perfect Holiday meals for your dog, as well as some supplements you can add to them to boost your dog’s overall health.
A classic Thanksgiving meatloaf is perfect for dogs during the Holidays! Here’s the recipe:
- 2lbs of ground turkey
- 1 cup of chopped kale
- 1 cup of chopped carrots
- 1 cup of 100% pumpkin purée*
- ¼ cup of ground flax seed
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Simply combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl, stirring until well mixed.
- Scoop mixture into a mini loaf pan.
- Let cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the loaves.
*always be sure to use 100% pure pumpkin purée, not the pumpkin spice purée.
These delicious sweet potato muffins are simple, healthy, and gluten-free! Your dog will love the festive flavors of the muffins.
- 1/2 cup of sweet potato (cooked, peeled, mashed, and cooled)
- ½ cup of finely grated carrots (peeled and lightly packed)
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a mini muffin sheet using coconut oil.
- Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl, using a spoon to mix thoroughly.
- Using the spoon, fill each muffin compartment until full.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack until completely cooled.
This recipe is great for older dogs and dogs with dental issues, but any dog will love this healthy turkey and vegetable Holiday meal!
- 6 cups of water
- 1lb of ground turkey
- 2 cups of brown rice
- 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
- 16 ounces of vegetables* (frozen or chopped into bite-sized pieces)
- Add 6 cups of water to a medium-sized saucepan set at medium-high heat.
- Add the ground turkey, mixing until it begins to break up.
- Add the brown rice and teaspoon of rosemary.
- Then, add all of the frozen vegetables.
- Let boil uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Dish up, being sure to let it cool before giving to your dog!
*For the vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and green beans are good choices.
4. Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats
It takes just about 15 minutes to make this recipe, making it a fast and simple way to give your dog a tasty Holiday treat.
- 1lb of lean, ground turkey
- ½ cup of Panko breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup of dried, unsweetened cranberries
- Preheat the broiler to “high.”
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, mixing well.
- Then, roll the mixture into bite-sized, (1-2-inch) balls.
- Put on baking sheet, and broil on high for 10 minutes.
- Let cool before serving.
5. Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? This recipe is a simple way to make sure your dog gets to have this essential fall food.
- 1 cup of ground oats
- 1 can of 100% pure pumpkin purée
- 1 large egg
- 1tbsp of water
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Put the ground oats into a mixing bowl.
- Add the egg and water, stirring thoroughly.
- Press mixture into mini muffin to make a pie crust.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove and let the crusts cool completely.
- Then, add 1 spoonful of pumpkin purée to each crust.
Supplements for Your Dog’s Thanksgiving Meal
According to a peer-reviewed study on the effects of supplements on dogs, supplements have been found to increase a dog’s health and physical performance. Pet WebMD supports these findings, adding that supplements can improve a dog’s coat by reducing shedding and increasing its shine, and improve a dog’s joints, helping him age better.
It’s no surprise, then, that introducing supplements to your dog’s diet comes with many perks. Homemade dog food is great for throwing in supplements without your dog knowing. You can easily sneak dog supplements into foods by adding them in after cooking.
Here are a few supplements to sneak into your dog’s Thanksgiving feast:
Whether your dog needs a digestive, joint supplement, vitamin, or calming supplement, Zesty Paws makes a whole assortment of supplements for dogs. From powders to tablets, you can stealthily insert supplements into your dog’s food for the Holidays this year!
For dogs that have special oral care needs, probiotic powders are very easy to sprinkle onto your dog’s Holiday food. Probiotics help with your pup’s digestion and overall health, giving him a better quality of life.
Having a Happy, Healthy Holiday
To conclude, your dog will be delighted to dig into a tasty, homemade Holiday meal this year. Make the meal even better by sneaking in a supplement to give your dog the added benefits that supplements have to offer.