5 DIY Treats Your Pets Will Enjoy This Thanksgiving

By Nicole Abrego

Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, all the flavors of Thanksgiving is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Although we love sharing the holiday feast with our family and friends, us pet parents don’t want to exclude our pets from the festivities So why not make some special treats for your pet to enjoy this Thanksgiving season. We compiled 5 festive and delicious snacks that you can make for your dog or cat!

Pumpkin Carrot Bites Dog Treats (Dog)

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pumpkin! With only four ingredients, these Pumpkin Carrot Dog treats provide a light crunch on the outside with a soft chewy center.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (get the kind that has ONLY pumpkin in it)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

You can find the full recipe here.

Nutty Bacon Dog Treats (Dog)

Peanut butter and bacon - what more can a dog ask for?! Spoil your pup with these bite sized cookies that they are sure to love.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter (or Sunbutter)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (bacon + maple seemed like a good idea)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ

You can find the full recipe here.

Leftover Turkey Meatballs (Dog)

Give your pup a taste of Thanksgiving with these hearty turkey meatballs. Using leftover turkey, veggies, oats and a little yogurt, these meatballs would make a great treat or a few can be added to your dog’s meal. Just be sure to adjust the kibble to prevent overfeeding your dog.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb of leftover Turkey, remove bones and skin
  • ½ cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup Mixed veggies (we used carrot, peas, and green beans)
  • ¼ cup Fresh parsley

You can find the full recipe here.

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cat Treats (Cat)

These tasty salmon and sweet potato treats are great for providing a little extra protein to your cat’s diet while the omega-3 fatty acid in the salmon helps promote heart health. Using a fish-shaped mold, you can create a fun treat for your kitty to enjoy this holiday season.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can wild-caught salmon
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potato, baked and mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • silicone fish mold (You can use the mold to great fun shaped treats!)

You can find the full recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Cat Treats (Cat)

Let your cat join in on the pumpkin spice craze with these Pumpkin Spice Cat Treats! With only four ingredients, these treats are easy to make and are a great way to let your cat experience the flavors of fall.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup turkey (cook and blend some plain turkey or use turkey/chicken cat food)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (throw some oats in a blender or coffee grinder)
  • 1 tablespoon of catnip

You can find the full recipe here.

*As a friendly reminder, these are just treats and are meant to be given to your pet on occasion. Every pet is different, it’s best to consult your veterinarian if you have any dietary concerns. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.

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