A Christmas Meal for Your Dog

turkey dog food recipe

turkey dog food recipeYou are probably in the thick of planning your Christmas dinner, whether it is turkey or enchiladas, but have you thought about planning one for your dog too? Sharing your meal with your dog is not a good idea, there are often a lot of foods that can make your dog sick.

Don’t risk making your dog sick on Christmas, and just make them a yummy meal just for her. This recipe can be made as your are cooking your dinner or with leftovers.

A good portion is 3/4 cup for small dogs; 1 1/5 cups for medium dogs; 3 cups for larger dogs. Ask your Vetco Vet about the right portion size for your dog.  This recipe will make about 9 cups of food.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meats are both ok, but not bones.)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 lb cubed sweet potato, this is typically 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. We recommend using the home made sauce and make sure it has no alcohol in it.
  • 4 tbsp turkey gravy (you can substitute olive oil) Make sure the gravy does not contain onions.

Directions

Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:

    • Dice the cooked turkey into bite size pieces.
    • Roast or boil your sweet potatoes. Roasting at 400 F for 45 minutes or boil for 20 minutes.  You can dice them before or after cooking. If cooking a whole sweet potato, it may take longer.
    • Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions. Regular oatmeal is better than instant and takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the kind of oats you purchased.
    • Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly.

If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, do not use the gravy and consult your vet to make sure that the olive oil is ok.

Once all mixed together you will have a yummy meal for your dog, you can even share it with her if you want but she may want to keep it all to herself.

A Treat (That’s not Candy) for Your Dog

no bake dog treats

Halloween was AMAZING! …even if it was a bit cold this year. Now you have all this left over candy but no matter how much your dog begs you cannot share it with him. Instead of being tempted to share your candy, why don’t you make some special treats to give hime so you and your dog can have treats.

no bake dog treatsHere is a great recipe that doesn’t require any baking and your pup will LOVE it!

We got the recipe from the blog, Pretty Fluffy, which has a lot of great recipes for your pups.

This recipe for peanut butter balls has only 3 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Plain Organic Yogurt
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Cups Rolled Oats

Directions:

1. Mix the yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl with a wooden spoon, until it forms a paste. You can also use a mixer on medium to low speed.. If you got natural peanut butter, remember to mix it up before adding it to the yogurt. You want to make sure all the oils are mixed in.

2. Mix in the oats 1/2 cup at a time and make sure they are fully mixed in.

3. Use a spoon to scoop out 1-2 tablespoon size pieces and roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Pro tip: Smaller balls are better as treats.

4. Line a tray with parchment paper

5. Place the balls on the lined tray

6. Chill for an hour before serving.

This recipe should make 25-30 treats and can last up to 10 days in the fridge. We don’t recommend freezing them as peanut butter does not freeze will and they will likely get dry and crumbly. By the way, you can eat these too! If your hands get too sticky when rolling the balls you can add a tiny bit of flower to your hand to help keep it dry. We also recommend washing your hands when they get too much peanut butter build up on your palm. Frequent washing will make rolling the balls easier. If they balls are too mushy and not rolling well, put them back in the fridge to chill. The firmer the dough, the easier it is to roll the balls. If the balls are too cold to roll, let the dough sit and warm up, or warm up the ball in your hand before rolling it. Your body heat will often heat it up enough to roll.

This is a great treat to share with your dog. Not only does it taste good, but is good for them too. Always speak with your Albuquerque vet about any dietary changes. If you have never given your dog peanut butter before, check with your vet first to make sure it is ok. Some dogs have dietary restrictions due to health issues. If your dog is on a diet, speak to your vet about substitutes for peanut butter that you could use.

 

Help My Dog Ate My Jack-o-Lantern

pumpkin dogs

pumpkin dogsWhat is the real truth when it comes to pumpkins and your dog? People say that pumpkins are good for dogs but not to let your dog eat your jack-o-lantern, so what is really going on?

First, pumpkin is a great treat for your dog. It is a does good things for their digestive track and is great for adding some necessary fiber to their diet. Always check with your local Albuquerque vet before introducing a new food to your dog’s diet. If you haven’t ever given them pumpkin before, it is best to ask your vet first. You don’t want to accidentally give your dog the runs.

If you do give your dog pumpkin, don’t go crazy and give them an entire pumpkin. Give them 1 or 2 tablespoons worth. If it is a small dog, stick with 1 teaspoon or even 1/2 a teaspoon. Just like with people too much fiber is not a good thing. Pumpkin contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. So if your dog is constipated, a little pumpkin can help get things moving. If they have diarrhea it can also help stop some things up. But start with a little and see how their body reacts.

Though pumpkin seeds are considered healthy for your dog, we caution against them because they are easy to choke on. If you give your dog the seeds, give them only a few at a time and make sure they are swallowing them thoroughly before giving them any more.

To Cook or Not To Cook?

You do not have to cook pumpkin before giving it to your dog, though it can be easier to give them and easier for them to eat if they have been cooked first. The only type of pumpkin that is not safe for your dog is your jack-o-lantern. Once you have carved up your pumpkin, it starts to go bad very quickly. Your jack-o-lantern can start getting mold within a few days of being carved. If you share any of your jack-o-lantern, make sure it is only on the day that you carve it.

Can You Give Too Much Pumpkin?

Yes you can. Typically for a cat you should give no more than 1 teaspoon per feeding and about the same for a small dog. A larger dog can have up to 2 teaspoons per meal. If you start seeing your pets poo turning orange, much larger than usual, or looking like pudding, it is time to cut back on the pumpkin.

 

Overall pumpkin is a great treat for your pet. It is both yummy and healthy. Make sure you check out our dog food recipes for great home made dog food recipes that have pumpkin.