Thanksgiving Recipe for Your Dog That'll Make Them Drool November 26 2014

Lambchop's First Thanksgiving

Lambchop was a mutt but a full fledged food-hound!  He was also a bit of a hard luck kid (don't feel too bad, he loved life - and food - and never let anything keep him down for long).  This was the first of very many wonderful Thanksgivings we shared.  We were uber-careful at these big dinners to make sure everyone knew not to feed him so we could keep track of what and how much food he got.

It wasn't until many years later, at a small gathering we thought we could monitor easily that our guard was really let down when it turned out everyone fed him pieces of steak under the table and he got pancreatitis, a very serious illness that left him with a fat intolerance for the rest of his life.

Aside from the Do's and Don't foods listed below, the #1 thing you can do for your dog this Thanksgiving is make sure your family and guests know the rules for your dog.  We recommend a strict rule of who is in charge.  If little kids want to feed fido, either leave some very innocuous treats out (like tiny pieces of raw carrot) or tell them to ask you for a treat for your dog.

Now for Lambchop's Recipe:

2 ounces Broccoli, without salt
1 ounce Butternut squash without salt
2 ounces Sweet potato without salt
5 ounces Turkey thigh or breast without skin
1 ounce raw or cooked apple

Chop, broccoli, boil until just tender. Roast turkey thigh, sweet potato and butternut squash in a 300 degree oven over 1 – 1.5 hr (or use thigh from your own turkey, without skin). Apple should be chopped and added raw, boiled or roasted – just be sure to remove the core, stem and seeds!

There are a few ways you can assemble. Either cut up or puree. Whatever your dog’s preference is. I think they find it more special just cut up. Just let it cool a little bit before serving. *


  • Weights are post-cooking.
  • This is meant as a special meal, not an every day diet and so is not balanced for vitamins and minerals. However, if you have need to balance out the calcium:phosphorus, as many do when cooking for dogs with kidney compromise, you can add 275mg of pure calcium carbonate or citrate powder (to the whole recipe) for a 1:1 ratio.
  • This recipe in high in protein and phosphorus. If you have a dog with special needs, such as kidney disease, you may need to add more of a carbohydrate like sweet potato, or rice to reduce the dietary protein and phosphorus.  Turkey thigh is lower in protein and phosphorus but higher in fat so if your dog has fat digestion issues you may consider using 1/2 breast and 1/2 thigh.
  • Whenever feeding a new food(s) introduce in small amounts. If your dog isn’t used to eating these types of foods, use your judgment, feed in very small amounts and omit any foods your dogs does not tolerate.  For ultra-gas-sensitive dogs replace broccoli with another vegetable like peas or kale.
  • This makes 1-2 portions for a 60lb dog, depending on how often and how much you feed them. Divide for dog of less weight and multiply for more.

For the nutrient analysis click here and adjust for any substitutions or changes you make to the original recipe.

* Every dog is unique. Always should use your judgement regarding what your dog can and can’t eat or tolerate. If unsure, check with your vet before feeding!!

Onions, raisins, macadamia nuts, garlic, grapes, chocolate and sugar substitutes like xylitol.

Typical Thanksgiving foods to avoid not listed above:  Cooked turkey bones, sugary desserts, dough, scallions, leeks, turkey skin or generally too much fat.

Some typical Thanksgiving foods that should generally be okay in moderation:  turkey, peas, pumpkin (with no additives), yams, cranberries, mashed potato, green beans, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli.

More on Thanksgiving dog safety tips here.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe for your dog? Tell us in the comments!