good enough to gobble: thanksgiving recipes for pets

Posted by Dr. Ernie Ward on Jun 04 2014
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This Thanksgiving, instead of piling your pet’s food bowl high with table scraps and bones, which can be hazardous to their health, try whipping up these smart, seasonal dishes, from the vet experts at Petplan.

Remember, moderation is key. Treats should make up less than 5-10% of your pet’s caloric intake – talk to your vet about how many calories your pet should be consuming to stay trim given their breed, level of activity and life stage.

Quiche Bites
½ c. minced vegetables (celery, carrots, zucchini, spinach, broccoli)
2 medium eggs
Pinch of kelp powder

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a nonstick mini-muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Whisk eggs in a bowl. Add veggies and kelp, and stir until blended.
Evenly distribute mixture into the mini-muffin tin.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Calories per treat: 11

Turkey Meatballs
6 oz. lean ground turkey
½ c. chopped carrots
½ c. ground quinoa or oatmeal
Pinch of kelp powder

Preheat oven to 400. Place turkey and carrots in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed.
Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a non-stick cooking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes.
Calories per meatball: 17

Pumpkin Smoothie
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
½ c. plain non-fat yogurt
Place pumpkin and yogurt in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Evenly pour mixture into 8 small paper cups. Freeze the leftovers!
Calories per smoothie: 13

Recipes from Dr. Ernie Ward’s Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI).