Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving? As you start preparing those delicious holiday meals, your dog will no doubt be paying very close attention, and perhaps practicing that sad-puppy-dog stare that is so effective at scoring him yummy treats. Dogs are definitely something to be grateful for, so there’s no reason you can’t indulge your pet with a special snack. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some great homemade treats you can make for Fido.

Pumpkin Bites

Mix some pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, whole wheat flour, and eggs. You can add a pinch of salt and cinnamon if you like. Mix everything together, and then divide the mixture into small portions. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Sweet Potato Snaps

Combine cooked sweet potato with whole-wheat flour and two eggs. You can also add ripe mashed banana, organic baby food, applesauce, or even canned salmon or chicken. Mix the batter, and then separate it into cookies. Cook for 30 minutes at 350.

Turkey Yums

This one is guaranteed to get your pet’s tail wagging! Combine plain, boneless turkey with a bit of oatmeal and some chopped carrots. You can use a blender or a food processor to mix everything so that it has a nice, even texture. Divide into small portions, and cook for 20 minutes at 400.

Mutt Loaf

Many people like to use up leftovers by making turkey meatloaf. Make a version you can share with your canine buddy by combining minced turkey (or beef), tomato puree, bread crumbs, peas, carrots, eggs, and parmesan cheese.

Tuna Bites

Mix canned chicken in water with plain yogurt and some pureed sweet potato. Separate into small portions, and cook at 350 for 30 minutes. You can also make a similar treat for cats using tuna, yogurt, and parsley.


Fido can have cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry with the bones, skin, and fat removed. He can also enjoy certain cooked veggies, such as beans, peas, spinach, carrots, squash, and pumpkin. Just be sure never to give your pup unsafe foods. Some foods that are dangerous to dogs include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; nuts; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw dough, yeast, or meat; nuts; alcohol; or products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving! Please feel free to contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, anytime!