Thanksgiving Meal for your Dog

Thanksgiving is next week! How time has flown. It’s that time of year to give thanks for all that we have and to celebrate with friends and family. Family, of course, includes our pooches who give us unconditional love. For them, Thanksgiving should be a time to eat and be merry as well. If you’re wondering what to give your pup for Thanksgiving dinner, here is a recipe from that will surely become a doggie favorite;


Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 9 1-cup servings


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:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Lightly oil a roasting pan.

2. 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.

3. Remove all the bones and dice the meat into large pieces.

4. If using fresh sweet potatoes, roast with the turkey for about 25–30 minutes or until tender. Let cool, then peel and dice.

5. Meanwhile, cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.

6. 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.)


Dogs love food just as much as we do. So why not reward your pup for being an awesome member of the family. From the Ruffgers family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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