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Old 11-10-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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I was wondering how to make my Abby and Riley have a special meal for Thanksgiving. They currently eat wet and dry, but I wanted to do something special.

What do you give your babies on Thanksgiving?
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I only give Sweet Potatos and Green Beans.
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DONT GIVE THEM TURKEY!!! Turkey is very dangerous for them to eat. Also anything with onions or garlic is also bad.
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I'm going to be a real killjoy, and say that food isn't a good way to give your dog’s something special. I know humans love to share food to show love, but yorkies are really known for having digestive difficulties and switching their diets could cause them pain and even pancreatitis. Dogs don't think about food the way humans do. Please consider showing love in some other way. A really good walk, or some type of activity that they enjoy.

Foods that wouldn't hurt would include a few thawed frozen green beans, or maybe a little sweet potato, or a tablespoon of unsweetened canned pumpkin. Some people give a little white meat turkey, but no skin because there is too much fat. No gravy under any circumstances, but if you have broth with no fat or salt this wouldn't hurt poured over their dry food. I would only give one or two new things and very small amounts if it's the first time.

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DONT GIVE THEM TURKEY!!! Turkey is very dangerous for them to eat. Also anything with onions or garlic is also bad.
If you do more research on this, turkey is not a huge problem as long as you only give a tiny amount and no skin or bones. The problem is most people want to put gravy on the turkey or give skin, and this is way too much fat. Obviously, any new food should be given in moderation, which to me, is less than a teaspoon.
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DONT GIVE THEM TURKEY!!! Turkey is very dangerous for them to eat. Also anything with onions or garlic is also bad.
What is dangerous, per se about turkey? I understand not giving them seasoned turkey from the table, but is turkey (like ground, lean), in general bad for them?
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This will be ZoE's first Thanksgiving. My last yorkie always got a little turkey & carrots with her kibble. I'll probably do the same with ZoE.
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We always give ours a little turkey and green beans. My cats get tuna. They are in cat heaven
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Turkey is not dangerous... the skin, etc, is obviously a no go. But turkey is used in dog food all the time, it's NOT a dangerous ingredient.

Jackson eats well every day, LOL, so I don't think he's going to care much. The Weruva canned food that he gets mixed in with his dry every day is particularly yummy, so maybe I'll feed him a whole can on Turkey Day and take away the kibble. I have no issue giving him little bits of turkey, which is all he's going to get for the night. He's going to be on a strict watch from my family feeding any scraps!
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I was at Petco yesterday to buy my daughter a couple of fish for her tank, and by the register there was a flyer that said not to give them turkey. I guess I should have read the whole thing. Apparently it is ok to give a small amount of white meat with no fat. My Trixie has pancreatitis so she gets nothing from the table except some yams but not with the butter or marshmallows . I make one plain for them and cut it up so they can have a taste.
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Here is a recipe for some natural light dog treats I will share with you. You can make these and give a couple to your babies!

CRUNCHY PUMPKIN CRESCENTS

3 potatoes, boiled unpeeled
5oz. cooked pumpkin flesh
3 1/2oz. sausage meat
3 1/2oz. whole wheat flour
3 TBS pumpkin seed oil
1 egg
2oz. pumpkin seeds

Peel the potatoes, then either grate them, or chop them into small pieces. Puree the pumpkin flesh and mix with the potato and sausage meat.
Add flour, oil, and the egg, then knead all the ingredients to make a smooth dough. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
On a floured surface roll out the dough until about 1/2inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make crescent shapes (or shape of your choosing). Place the cookies on the baking sheet and decorate with pumpkin seeds.
Bake the pumpkin crescents for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the cookies dry in the oven for another 2 hours.
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Or if you're thinking of giving them Turkey for Thanksgiving. Try this recipe to make them "Turkey treats"

GUS'S POULTRY NIBBLES

14oz of chicken or turkey breast

Cut the meat into thin strips with a sharp knife. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and place the strips of meat on it side by side. Roast in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 210 degrees F and wedge a wooden spoon in the oven door to let the moisture escape. Let the strips of meat dry out for another 2 hours in the oven. Remove the baking sheet and let the strips of meat finish drying out overnight at room temperature. Keep in the refrigerator. The strips will keep for about 4 days.

This makes about 30 nibbles.
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Here is a recipe for some natural light dog treats I will share with you. You can make these and give a couple to your babies!

CRUNCHY PUMPKIN CRESCENTS

3 potatoes, boiled unpeeled
5oz. cooked pumpkin flesh
3 1/2oz. sausage meat
3 1/2oz. whole wheat flour
3 TBS pumpkin seed oil
1 egg
2oz. pumpkin seeds

Peel the potatoes, then either grate them, or chop them into small pieces. Puree the pumpkin flesh and mix with the potato and sausage meat.
Add flour, oil, and the egg, then knead all the ingredients to make a smooth dough. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
On a floured surface roll out the dough until about 1/2inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make crescent shapes (or shape of your choosing). Place the cookies on the baking sheet and decorate with pumpkin seeds.
Bake the pumpkin crescents for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the cookies dry in the oven for another 2 hours.
I would not recommend this for a Yorkie, it's has a very high fat content over 50% of the calories are from fat. Remember that all it takes is one time, too much fat, and it can lead to chronic pancreatitis! Sausage is a real no-no for Yorkies.
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Every now and then I bake them a sweet potato that I will add to their food and it lasts about 2 days. I think I will stick to that and they can have it Thanksgiving and the day after when we are having our left overs. The last thing I need is a problem on the holiday.
Those treats sound good also. I will just have too much cooking to do that week to add more to my plate. lol
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pup tarts is making dehydrated cranberry and sweet potato treats for the Thanksgiving holidays. these are safe and last through the whole season.

mine get a little tiny bit of turkey but only white meat and i'm talking BITS here and no skin, no fat, and no seasoning. they may get dried sweet potatos and green beans or sometimes fresh ones, dried cranberries too but that's about it.
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