5 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes To Share with Dogs

Thanksgiving is on the way and this cool fall weather is the perfect reason to spend a few days indoors with the stove on. It’s a tempting few days for dogs!

This year, keep everyone safe by remembering the ABCs of pets: 

  1. Always keep pets out of the kitchen.
  2. Be careful with stoves.
  3. Create fun treats for pets. 

These are a few of the delicious pet-friendly meals we make on Thanksgiving for our pets and we hope that your dogs will enjoy them as well. 

Pet-friendly Appetizer

Meatball Mania
Grains, veggies and delicious turkey and beef combine to form the perfect hors d'oeuvres for dogs! 

  • ¼ lb ground beef
  • ¼ lb ground turkey
  • ¼ lb cooked brown rice
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped finely
  • ½ C frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 T chopped parsley
  • 2 T parmigiano-reggiano cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease baking pan. In large bowl, combine ingredients and mix well. Separate mixture into approximately 10 balls and roll. Bake until cooked through (about 15 min). Cool completely before serving.

Pet-friendly Main Course

Golden Turkey and Apple Meatloaf

 While our dogs prefer to take part in our Thanksgiving turkey fest, this is an alternative that your dog may enjoy. This turkey meatloaf is garnished with apples and features veggies as the main attraction. 

Pet-friendly Side Dish

Pumpkin Soup

Pet-friendly Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Tarts will be your dogs most favorite treat of the season! Here's how you can make some delicious pet-friendly pumpkin pie for the holidays.


 Pet-friendly Après Dinner Drink

Golden Milk

Golden Milk is created from a paste of turmeric, which contains curcurmin. This simple drink is loaded with antioxidants, helps improve digestive processes, reduce inflammation (which causes joint pain), and some studies show it may even help improve memory and brain function. 

Best of all, it will help your dog wind down in the evening. Your human guests will enjoy it too!  

Golden Milk

Basic Guidelines for Dogs

When planning your Thanksgiving meal for you or your pets, remember these simple guidelines.


  • Sugar or Xylitol
  • Heavy fats
  • Salt
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Raisins
  • Cooked bones
  • Nutmeg
  • Chocolate.

Gravy - keep it salt-free! Better yet, choose a gravy made specifically for pets!

Carrots - This delicious treat is also a great way to help your pet lose weight.

They are low in calories and high in fiber. If your dog is diabetic, you may want to skip these, as carrots are very high in sugars.

Apple slices - chopped, mashed, sliced or diced - as long as you keep the seeds and peel away from pets, they will love this treat.

Pumpkin - Delicious, nutritious and filled with vitamins - pumpkin is nature’s superfood. Remember to avoid adding salts and sugars, plain is best. If you don’t feel like pureeing fresh pumpkin, grab it from a can - but avoid using pumpkin filling (which is used for pies and filled with sugar).

Yams - sweet potatoes are delicious treats for pets, but remember that a little goes a long way. These gourds are rich in fiber and beta-carotene, so don’t overload your dog.

Cranberries - Rich in antioxidants, these berries are just fine for the best who enjoy them.

Turkey - A dog’s most favorite item! Remember that cooked turkey bones are very dangerous for pets and brined turkey is a no-no.

Wishing you and your family the best this holiday season!