Because Thanksgiving is a time to share love, laughter, memories, and a whole lotta food with friends and family, you’ll probably want to give in to your furry friend’s adorable begging face and slip him a bite under the table.
But we’ll do you one better: Thanksgiving treats just for dogs. (And really, we shouldn’t be feeding our pooches human food, anyway).
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We rounded up the best DIY treats that’ll make Fido feel thankful, and they’re all insanely easy to make. Stick ’em in a dog-themed cookie jar and you win Thanksgiving!
Martha knows best! While everyone else is satisfying their sweet tooth with a slice of post-turkey pumpkin pie, give your dog a savory chicken-flavored dog biscuit for dessert.
Ingredients note: this recipe calls for Brewer’s yeast, a nutritional yeast that reportedly has anti-flea properties and is not to be confused with regular yeast, which dogs can’t eat. To be extra-safe, buy Brewer’s yeast formulated just for dogs here.
This adorable treat includes healthy pumpkin, a dog-friendly crust, and plain yogurt for protein. Bonus: a puppy can make them! See the video for evidence.
She’s a cooking show star!
And if your dog would rather eat pumpkin than chicken?
Give this pumpkin pie dog biscuit recipe a try. If you’re feeling really festive, use a Thanksgiving-themed cookie cutter to get into the holiday spirit.
Pumpkin helps with dog digestion and is a well-regarded cure for stomach upsets. You can even get organic pumpkin formulated just for dogs.
If you’re a pet parent whose dog suffers from allergies, give this hypoallergenic treat a shot. The molasses lends a seasonal taste to the biscuit.
The recipe names alone are enough to have our tails wagging, so we can only imagine what your dog will be doing after he gets a taste of these.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t Thanksgiving dinner without the cranberries. And thanks to this dog treat, your pet can get in on the action, too.
Cranberries (without the sugar) are good for dogs, too, with plenty of antioxidant and vitamin power.
Holiday foods to avoid for dogs
Because safety always comes first, be sure to check out this list of foods to avoid to ensure safe and healthy snacking. Many of our holiday favorites are more likely to cause simple digestive upset for dogs, but a few foods are downright dangerous. These include:
So be sure to read up before slipping your dogs any scraps from the feast.
Do you have a go-to Thanksgiving treat recipe for your dogs? We’d love to hear about it.
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