6 Dog Thanksgiving Dinner and Treat Recipes
My dogs have always hung around the kitchen when I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner – trying to snag a bit of turkey or almost anything else I drop on the floor.
Dog Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
Since they love Thanksgiving food so much, I decided to put together a dog safe collection of Thanksgiving recipes. You’ll find here turkey dinners for dogs, thanksgiving themed dog treats, and dog gravy!
And if you prefer chicken over turkey here is a great collection of Chicken Dinners for Dogs and Puppies.
Turkey and Sweet Potato Dog Food Recipe
This is a great recipe for using up leftover Thanksgiving dinner bits and pieces or you can make it all from scratch. That’s completely up to you!
- 3 lb/1.3 kg skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meat)
- 1 cup (about 6 oz/175 g) oatmeal (cooked)
- 1 lb/450 g sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 tbsp cranberry sauce
- 4 tbsp turkey gravy (optional; to reduce the fat content, omit the gravy or substitute olive oil)
Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Lightly oil a roasting pan.
- For boneless breast or thigh, cook 30–45 minutes; boned breast or thigh, 45–60 minutes; whole turkey, 1 1/2–2 hours or until the meat juices run clear when pierced with a skewer. Let cool.
- Remove all the bones and dice the meat into large pieces.
- If using fresh sweet potatoes, roast with the turkey for about 25–30 minutes or until tender. Let cool, then peel and dice.
- Meanwhile, cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.
- 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, omit the gravy.)
For small dogs, 3/4 cup; medium dogs, 1 1/2 cups; larger or more active dogs, 3 cups.
Thank you to theBark.com for this recipe.
Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato for Dogs
This is a great everyday dog food recipe or it can be used specifically at Thanksgiving time for a nutritious way for your pup to join in the festivities.
Use this recipe as a foundation, but rotate different ingredients for a wider spectrum of nutrients. Keep the ratio the same and just switch different vegetables.
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 sweet potato
- 4 cups water or (beef/chicken broth)
Chop vegetables up in smaller cubes. Put all ingredients into a large pot and cook for 30–45 minutes until vegetables are soft. Serve at room temperature. You can take it one step further and blend everything in a blender or food processor. This is a great idea for senior dogs, who require a softer texture for easy chewing.
Note: If you want to give your dog fish oil supplements with his food, make sure you put it in the food right before you are ready to serve. Fish oil supplements contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are sensitive to heat.
- Remember, homemade dog food should be served at room temperature, and left-overs may be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days.
- Individual servings may be frozen for future defrosting and feeding.
Thank you to Pethelpful.com for this recipe.
Dog Gravy Recipe
Thanksgiving isn’t complete at my house without gravy, but dogs often like to eat gravy anytime of the year. It can soften hard food if your dog is having trouble with their teeth or entice a picky dog to eat. Or you can use it on the two Thanksgiving recipes above for an extra special dog treat.
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 4 ounces chicken liver
- 1/4 cup raw carrots (chopped)
- 1/4 cup raw green beans (chopped)
- 3 cups water
In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil. Add the turkey and chicken liver, and cook thoroughly. Once fully cooked, add the carrots, green beans and water. Cover the skillet and allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes.
Allow the homemade dog food gravy recipe to cool completely. Now, blend the mixture in a food processor until creamy. If you don’t have a food processor, you could also use a blender.
If you feel that the gravy is too thick, add a little more water to thin it. If you’re using the gravy to soften dry kibble, you’ll want to add extra water so the kibble will absorb it and soften up.
Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can also freeze the gravy in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Thank you to topdogtips.com for this recipe.
Thanksgiving Dog Treat Recipes
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of a full Thanksgiving dinner for your dog, but you do want to celebrate the holiday with them, these Thanksgiving themed dog treat recipes are perfect!
Turkey and Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe
This recipe uses simple and tasty ingredients including dog safe grains that your pup will love and is perfectly themed for Thanksgiving.
- 1 lbs. ground turkey
- 1 ½ cup rice flour
- ½ oat flour
- 1 cup vegetable medley (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)
- 1 apple, grated
- ½ pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray silicone trays with oil.
- Cook rice using preferred method (I used a rice cooker, but you can use a stove top or microwave)
- In a blender, puree vegetable mix and apple. Set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, pumpkin, rice flour and oat flour. Mix well.
- Add apple and vegetable puree to the bowl and mix well. The dough will be moist.
- Fill the silicone mold with mixture (1/4 inch depth). Once tray is full, place on cookie sheet and put in oven.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
Thank you to PetGuide.com for this recipe.
Turkey Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe
Sweet potatoes are a very Thanksgiving kind of food. And this recipe takes full advantage of their wonderful flavor.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 sweet potato (cooked and skin removed)
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley (dried parsley can work as well – just adjust amount accordingly)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use a food processor or blender, combine parsley and egg until chopped. Add to sweet potato in a bowl. Add turkey, oats, cinnamon and honey and mix with your hands until combined.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Using your hands, roll mixture into balls the size of a golf ball.
- Place in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool completely before giving treats to your pooch. Remaining treats can be refrigerated in an air tight container.
Homemade Ground Turkey Dog Treats
Another SUPER simple recipe that uses mostly pantry type ingredients.
- 1 lb. ground turkey (pure turkey, NOT turkey sausage)
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 egg
- parmesan (I used 1/2 cup)
- Mix all ingredients together using hands and pat into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Cool *thoroughly*, then cut into thick strips (these do not hold together when slicing into small squares);
- Freeze unused portions and keep the portions you’re using refrigerated. Has the consistency of meatloaf.
The Bottom Line on Dog Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
When you are feeding your dog “people food” it’s always a good idea to go easy in order to make sure they don’t get an upset tummy.
Each one of the recipes is made of dog safe ingredients and is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog.
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