Thanksgiving and turkey go together like dogs and raw feeding- it’s just natural!
This holiday season, don’t forget about your favorite four legged family members-
turkey necks, organs, and even the entire bird itself are all good eats!
Now if you prefer all of the perks without all of the prep, we do offer our ready to serve Turkey Blend- a delicious medley of free range, organic fed, hormone free turkey, organs, anchovies, and the option to include seasonal fruits and veggies.
But For Those Of You Who Can’t Resist A Good Pinterest Recipe, Here’s A Quick And Simple Guide To Creating A Gourmet Raw Thanksgiving Meal For-
Let’s Be Real Here-
The Real Star Of Your Family Gatherings!
First let’s cover the safety aspect- there are quite a few ingredients in the average kitchen that can make your pets sick. It’s important to check each ingredient you intend to use and if you’re not 100% sure- Google it!
Here are a few common ingredients you want to be sure to avoid-
Dough or batter
Let’s talk about garlic for a minute.
Garlic has been said to be bad for dogs because it contains trace amounts of thiosulphate and, in large quantities, this substance can cause liver damage and other more serious health issues. However, when we say large amounts, we’re talking quite a few whole cloves of garlic.
Generally speaking, a 20 pound dog could eat an entire clove of garlic every day and not experience negative side effects from the thioslphate.
Keep in mind- this is generally speaking, each dog is different, and this is in no way an endorsement to feed your dog an entire clove of garlic every day- Moderation people!
What many dog owners don’t know is that garlic actually offers quite a few health benefits for dogs. On top of its antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties, feeding dogs garlic also boosts the immune system, fights off fleas, and is a natural antibiotic. And because it doesn’t disturb the delicate and beneficial bacteria in the gut, garlic is also great for digestion and immunity.
It’s up to each to decide for themselves but, if you’re on the fence about it, we encourage the nutrition conscious dog owner to do a little digging.
Now on to the fun stuff- Here’s what Thanksgiving foods dogs and cats CAN eat!
Just like that crispy piece of perfectly cooked skin calls to you from the buffet line, raw skin is a delicious treat for dogs, but again, just like for humans, eating too much skin and not enough nutritious muscle meat can be unhealthy or unsettling for some dog’s tummies. You’re the best judge of how much to give them and the easiest way to control that is to hand feed the skin like a treat. Dogs with a history of pancreatitis and other special dietary needs should take special consideration when deciding on how much to serve. Fair warning- feeding your pet too much skin- raw and especially cooked- can lead to runny stools and/or uncontrolled bowls. Which is not so much fun with a house full of guests and an impending post Thanksgiving dinner coma!
Not quite sure why they include the neck in your packaged Turkey? It’s for your pets, of course! Smaller dogs and cats will need a little help with this monster of a meal- it’s best to cut the turkey neck in half or thirds before serving.
Not using that package of gizzards included with your bird? Guess who would love to take those off your hands for you? Organs are full of nutrients for your dogs and/or cats, but take care to feed these sparingly and in proper ratio to bone and muscle meats. Like turkey skin, too much organ meat can result in a tummy ache and/or stinky mess to clean up. It’s best to keep organ meats to a 10% maximum of a well rounded meal.
Dogs are designed to digest raw bones, just like a wolf in the wild, they have the sharp teeth, strong jaws, and short digestive tract needed to process entire raw meals. They only need to break down bones to a size that can fit down their throats, after that, years of evolutionary design completes the process.
Especially when serving large/whole cuts of meat, and as a general safety standard, pets should be supervised while eating to safeguard against choking.
Be it small slice or their own entire bird,
Thanksgiving is a time to share with the whole family-
especially those who have so graciously offered to pick up after all the spills!