This year, instead of caving in when your dog comes begging at your Thanksgiving table, be sure to have these tasty turkey-flavored dog treats handy. You don’t even need to cook the turkey ahead of time to make this super simple recipe. Just combine everything in a bowl, roll into meatballs, and bake.
Ground turkey is a very lean meat and a great source of protein for your pooch; however, you really should resist ever feeding your dog turkey from your table. The skin of a roasted (or fried) turkey is fatty, poses a choking hazard, and can even cause pancreatitis. The turkey meat isn’t safe either, because the cooked bones splinter very easily and are a major choking hazard–for people as well as pets. And, as tempting as it may be, you should also avoid giving your dog any bites of your salty, butter-laden side dishes (like veggie casseroles or gravy) or any candy, desserts, or alcohol that may be around the house during the holiday season.
Turkey Day Dog Treats
Makes about 50 treats
1 pound raw ground turkey
1/2 cup water
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Combine the turkey, water, and egg in a bowl, and stir to combine.
3. Stir in the flour, and knead the mixture by hand until it forms a smooth dough.
4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and arrange the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 23 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.
NOTE: Dogs, just like people, are susceptible to bacteria, so as soon as these treats are cool enough to handle they should transferred to the refrigerator for storage.