Homemade Thanksgiving Treats for Pets

Thanksgiving is approaching fast! It’s always wonderful to take some time to slow down and enjoy some delicious home-cooked food with our friends and family members. Of course, pets are part of the family, too! Below, a Cameron Park, CA veterinarian lists some Turkey Day treats you can give your furry friend.

Turkey Bites

Mix some plain, boneless turkey with chopped carrots and some oatmeal. Use a blender or food processor to even out the mixture, and then divide it into small portions. Cook at 400 for 20 minutes.

Pumpkin Yums

Pumpkin and peanut butter are the basis for this pet-friendly treat. Use whole-wheat flour, eggs, and a dash of salt to complete the recipe. Cook at 350 for about half an hour.

Sweet Potato Cookies

Mix a cooked sweet potato with two eggs and some whole-wheat flour. You can combine this with a banana, applesauce, baby food, or even canned salmon or chicken. Separate into small portions, and then bake it at 350 for about a half hour.

Mutt Loaf

Fido’s meatloaf is quite similar to one you might cook for yourself. Use minced beef, tomato puree, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, peas, carrots, and eggs to make this pet-friendly dish. This one is safe for Fluffy too, though it’s hard to predict whether your feline friend will love it or turn that cute little nose up.

Tuna Bites

Fluffy and Fido can both enjoy this one! Mix some undrained tuna with plain yogurt and a little bit of parsley. Divide the mixture into small portions for your furry buddy, and cook at 350 for about half an hour.


Your furry pal can also share some of your holiday meal. Cooked, plain turkey, chicken, or duck are safe for pets. Fish and lean meats are also fine. Just be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat. As for veggies, your four-legged friend can enjoy cooked, unseasoned mashed potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, pumpkin, or squash.

Foods To Avoid

Many popular foods are poisonous to pets. Never give your dog or cat garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits, particularly avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw dough, yeast, or meat; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; or products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA animal clinic, anytime. We are happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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