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Making a yummy & safe Christmas feast for your furry friend!

Making a yummy & safe Christmas feast for your furry friend!

Christmas Eve/Day  tends to coincide with an uptick in vet visits, due to dogs being fed unsafe human foods. To help you this festive season! We've compiled a pet friendly holiday menu (we look forward to your pet bff’s review).


What proves your love more than getting them involved with the Christmas meal? That's why we've come up with this gobble worthy menu, so you can serve Christmas dinner for your pet(s) in a safe way that won't give your four-legged friend(s) a bellyache. They'll enjoy the treat and change-up from their usual diet while scarfing it down quicker than you can say “happy holidays.”


As our furry companions have a tendency to eat anything you put in front of them, we've listed a rundown of foods that are safe (and the ones that are not) this festive season. Also, if you aren't looking to just share your table scraps and want to chef up something just for them we’ve linked to our favorite holiday treat recipes, and  also listed 2 holiday  recipes for a menu that’ll make your pet as merry as the rest of the family!. 

/Safe foods for dogs at Christmas

Fortunately, there's plenty of festive foods they can enjoy safely, so you can celebrate the holidays with your furry family member without worrying about them getting sick. In small amounts!!, dog-safe holiday foods include - 

  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Turkey meat (without the skin)
  • Pumpkin
  • Yorkshire pudding

These foods have tons of vitamins & minerals that help keep your dog happy & healthy, just make sure not to add any seasoning to their Christmas dinner as this can upset their stomachs too.

/Dangerous foods for dogs at Christmas

It's important to be safe when doing Christmas dinner for dogs! Dangerous festive foods for dogs you'll want to avoid this holiday season include - 

  • Chicken and turkey bones
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Now enjoy these two petastic holiday recipes we think your pets sure to LOVE!

Festive Meatballs

Prep time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes

Makes 15-20 meatballs

 

Ingredients:

 

½ lb (230g) ground turkey

½ cup (120ml) pumpkin puree

1 egg

½ cup (120ml) spinach, loosely packed

2 tbsp parsley

½ cup (120ml) carrot, finely grated

1 cup (240ml) brown rice, cooked

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and prepare a baking sheet.
  2. Start cooking the brown rice.
  3. Blend the pumpkin, egg, spinach, and parsley in a food processor.
  4. Add the blended ingredients to the ground turkey in a large bowl and mix together.
  5. Next, mix in the grated carrot and rice.
  6. Take a spoonful of mixture and roll in your hands into a ball. Place onto the sheet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

TIP

To check if the meatballs are ready, just poke them with a fork. If they crumble easily, continue cooking them for 3-5 minutes more.

Recipe via: sitstaylove 

YUM! Turkey Loaf

Prep time: 10 minutes

 

Baking time: 45 minutes

 

Makes 4 servings

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 lb (455g) lean, ground turkey

1 large egg

⅓ cup (80ml) old fashioned oats

⅓ cup (80ml) diced tomatoes (with liquid and no sodium)

½ cup (120ml) carrots, finely diced

½ cup (120ml) green beans, diced

½ cup (120ml) brown rice or quinoa, cooked

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190C).
  2. Cook the brown rice or quinoa.
  3. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Spread mixture into a 5x7-inch loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Store covered in the refrigerator, or freeze.

TIP

This is a great recipe for preparing ahead of time, so you can get on with cooking for your human companions! Once the loaf is cooked, let it cool, then slice it into individual servings and store in a freezer safe bag or container. Remove the slices as you need them and defrost them in the fridge overnight.

Recipe Via: skinnyms

 

 

Source: https://www.purina.co.uk/articles/dogs/feeding/what-dogs-eat/dog-christmas-dinner 

Treat Recipes:  https://www.petsradar.com/advice/homemade-christmas-dog-treats