Thanksgiving Meals For Dogs

There is no reason your dog shouldn't be included in your family meal this Thanksgiving. Here are some tasty homemade canine suitable recipes to make their Thanksgiving a little more special than their usual dog food!

Thanksgiving Meals For Dogs
Dogs Know About Good Food

Dogs are not just man's best friend, they're part of the family, so why leave them out of the Thanksgiving festivities? They might not be able to enjoy the traditional fixings, but that doesn't mean they can't have a doggy suitable meal of their own. Include your dog in the holiday gathering this year by cooking them a home-cooked meal for Thanksgiving, they will love you for it!

We've found five safe Thanksgiving-inspired recipes your pup will certainly enjoy. Read on to learn how to make one-of-a-kind canine Thanksgiving treats: 

Turkey Casserole 

Turkey is essential to any Thanksgiving feast; thankfully, your dog can join in with this handy recipe from Top Dog Tips. It combines the tasty flavor of turkey with brown rice, spinach, carrots, and zucchini for a hearty entree for your dog.

To make this delicious Thanksgiving staple, you'll need: 

  • 3lbs. of ground turkey 
  • 1 cup of dry brown rice 
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 3 cups of chopped spinach 
  • 2 shredded carrots 
  • 1 shredded zucchini  
  • ½ cup of frozen peas 

Watch the above video for cooking instructions and serving information. 

Sweet Potato Casserole 

This sweet potato casserole from Feed My Paws is the perfect traditional Thanksgiving side for your doggo. It's made with one peeled sweet potato, 20 grams of shredded cheese, and one egg. 

You'll want to cut the sweet potato into bite-sized pieces, add the egg, and top it off with some shredded cheese. Once you combine all the ingredients into one oven-safe dish, bake at 356℉ for 10 minutes until it's golden brown. Then, let the casserole sit for 15 minutes before serving it to your pet to enjoy. 

Green Beans 

Dehydrated green beans are a healthy and delicious side your dog will enjoy. You only need two ingredients to make dehydrated green beans: a 16 oz bag of frozen green beans and 1 tbsp of olive oil. 

Remove the green beans from the bag and coat them in olive oil. Then, for a mess-free experience, line a parchment sheet over your baking sheet and place the green beans on it. Bake the green beans in the oven at 170℉ for eight hours or until crispy. While this easy recipe takes a while to make, it's one your dog will love to chow down on. 

Butternut Squash Dog Treats 

 This butternut squash treat recipe from The Pet Lifestyle Guru will make your dog lick his chops. It's made with butternut squash, peanut butter, and oats, making it the perfect way to add a biscuit to your dog's Thanksgiving dinner. 

You'll need: 

  • 1 cup of Butternut Squash 
  • 1 ¼ cup of Peanut Butter 
  • 2 TB of ground Flax Seeds 
  • 2 TB of hulled and ground Pumpkin Seeds 
  • 1 ½ cup of ground Oats 
  • ¼ TSP of Cinnamon 

Watch the video for cooking instructions and serving information. 

Pumpkin Pie  

What's Thanksgiving without a little slice of pumpkin pie? To make this delicious treat, you'll need to start with the pie crust. Mix 1 cup of wheat flour, ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce, and 3 tsp of water, then knead the dough until fully combined. Place rolled-out dough into a pie-baking mold and bake at 350℉ for 10 minutes. 

For the filling, you first want to mix ½ cup of water and a sprinkle of gelatine, then add ¾ cup of pumpkin and mix for 5 minutes or until thick. Pour your mixture into the baked pie crust and refrigerate for 3 hours. Once done, all you need to add is a dollop of whipped cream, and it's ready for your dog to eat!

Time To Bake

Whether you make one or all of these dishes, your dog is in for a tasty Thanksgiving this year! In fact, he might want a second helping! Just make sure you give your pup some time to rest and, of course, some belly rubs after his or her Thanksgiving feast.

Important note: All dogs react differently to the ingredients in these dishes, and you need to be aware of your dogs allergies to specific ingredients. If you make one or more of these treats, do so with your dog's health and allergies in mind!

Let us know in the comments if you've tried these recipes before. Plus, let us know if you have any additional dog-friendly Thanksgiving recipes.