Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a time of family, friends and giving thanks for the great many blessings in life. One popular way to show our love and appreciation for our furry friends is by baking (or making) homemade pet treats.

Type ‘dog treat recipes’ into any search engine and you will be presented with MILLIONS of results. Plus, there are almost as many links for ‘cat treat recipes’ out there as well! So where to start? Below you’ll find links to 5 of the most popular recipes online today.

First, there are some things to consider regarding pets and preparing for your Thanksgiving feast. In addition to turkey, dogs enjoy pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy and even a little cranberry sauce. So sharing a few leftovers from your table will be gratefully received! However, do not let your dog or cat consume the following:

  • Yeast Dough – it can expand in the stomach to cause gastric upset and other issues
  • Alcohol, Coffee, and Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts and Nutmeg
  • Avocado and Onion
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Fatty Foods – too much of a good thing can lead to pancreatitis in some animals
  • Sage – is a common ingredient for thanksgiving dishes but large amounts can cause stomach upset and central nervous system depression

Ok, now back to the business at hand… homemade pet treat recipes!  It is interesting to note that some popular chefs have their own take on homemade pet treats.  For instance, Giada De Laurentiis offers savory Peanut Butter Dog Bone Treats made with whole wheat flour, chicken broth and parmesan cheese.  Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) has a similar recipe for Whole Wheat & Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits that includes egg and wheat germ instead of cheese.  Finally, Rachel Ray’s Pumpkin Biscuits uses just 4 ingredients: eggs, pumpkin, dry milk powder and flour.

Here are some of our favorites:

…and one more!  Here is a recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner for Dogs by which can be made fresh or using leftovers.

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