Thanksgiving is considered as one of the holidays where families gather and have a merry time while sharing good food. However, many families forget about one family member that also has the right to enjoy: their canine companion. Your dog enjoys the holiday as much as the other people in the house, and you should not be surprised if he or she will come sniffing under the table for fallen scraps. The delicious smells wafting in the house is enough to pique your furry friend’s interest, too. This is why it is important to prepare a thanksgiving meal that is friendly towards your dog.

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Veterinarians have been known to report that there is a significant increase in the number of calls that they get during Thanksgiving due to various digestive problems. There are dog owners who think that it is acceptable to include their dogs when they have high-fat meals, bones, and chocolates. You can prepare treats beforehand for your friend.

Here are some of the foods that you can prepare beforehand to keep your dog with the festive mood of Thanksgiving:

• Sweet potatoes (plain baked) without the skin
• Steamed string beans, carrots, and broccoli
• Turkey (white meat) but without the skin
• Chicken broth (the canned and salt-free kind)
• Canned pumpkin, plain (do not use the pumpkin pie filling)
• Raw apples, sliced

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If your dog eats dry dog food, giving these fresh treats could cause intestinal problems, so it is best to give them small amounts at different times. You can add these foods in a Kong, mixed with the regular dog food of your furry friend. This will help stimulate and keep him occupied during your meal.

Here are some recipes for you to help you come up with a dog-friendly Thanksgiving:

Sweet Potato Cookie Treats
Ingredients:
2 cups of sweet potato, diced and cooked until they are very tender
1 cup of warm water
1 ¼ cups of whole wheat flour
1 jar (2.5 ounces) of turkey baby food
2 large eggs

Steps:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
3) Using a teaspoon, spoon some of the dough onto a cookie sheet that has been greased.
4) Bake the mixture for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.
5) Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them to cool thoroughly.
6) You can serve them when they are cooled, and store the uneaten ones in an airtight container. Store them inside the refrigerator for longer shelf life.

Pumpkin Balls
These treats are delicious and they also contain potassium, fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and iron.

Ingredients:
½ cup of canned pumpkin
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons molasses
2 cups of whole wheat flour
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

Steps:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) In a bowl, mix the water, molasses, pumpkin, and vegetable oil together.
3) Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, whole wheat flour, and cinnamon and stir until you form a dough.
4) Scoop a small amount of dough and then roll it in your hands to form little balls.
5) Place the balls on a lightly-greased cookie sheet. Flatten them using a fork.
6) Bake the balls for about 25 minutes or until the dough has hardened.

Carob Crunchies (for wheat-sensitive dogs)
Ingredients:
1 cup of rice flour
½ cup of carob powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¾ cup of water

Steps:
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a big bowl, mix all of the ingredients and knead until you form a dough. You can add more water because the dough could be a bit dry.
3) On a heavily floured surface, roll the dough until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Use a cookie cutter (small ones work best) to cut out shapes.
4) Place the cutouts on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake them for about 10-15 minutes or when the cookies begin to crackle.
5) Let the cookies cool and then refrigerate.

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