No BONES about It

Thanksgiving is, and always will be, my favorite holiday because, hey, food and family! When it comes to table scraps, I know to keep my paws off harmful holiday grub, like turkey bones, chocolate, raisins and onions—they’re toxic to dogs. To fill that cornucopia with canine treats, try these Thanksgiving recipes. They’re healthful and will have your dog begging for more.

Sweet Potato Cookies

A boost of beta-carotene and a punch of potassium make these a great addition to any feast for person or pooch!


  • 1 sweet potato, canned or softened
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix sweet potato and banana until blended.
  3. Add vegetable oil, then mix in the flour.
  4. Drop dough onto baking sheet and flatten each cookie.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes and cool.


Turkey & Sweet Potato Meatballs

This treat combines the best of holiday flavors–sorry, cranberries—for a drool-worthy dish guaranteed to be gobbled up in one wag of the tail.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. honey


  1. Poke holes in sweet potato, put in oven heated to 400°F. Bake 35-40 minutes. 
  2. (You also can microwave for 8-10 minutes.) Set aside, let cool.
  3. Pull skin from sweet potato and scoop the inside pulp into a large bowl.
  4. Add egg, oats, cinnamon, honey and turkey in the bowl. Mix well.
  5. Spray a large cookie tray with nonstick spray.
  6. Roll the mixture into small balls, put on tray.
  7. Bake in a 350°F oven 15–20 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool before chowing down!


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

Canned, unsweetened pumpkin has many health benefits for dogs and, luckily, pups think pumpkin is just as yummy as people do.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2-1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree – NOT pumpkin pie filling.
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. honey


  1. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon and honey. Add oats; mix well. If the consistency is soppy, add a pinch more oats.
  3. Roll batter into balls and place on baking sheet.
  4. Put baking sheet in the fridge to harden the bites; store bites there, too.

The best way to give thanks for pets? Keep them safe. A good rule of paw: Never give them any table tidbit. It’s vital—anything out of an ordinary diet can trigger tummy upset, even pancreatitis. Thanksgiving should be a time spent with family, not at the local emergency animal hospital.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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Davi the dachshund is grateful, GREATful for his loving human and all his FW buddies!