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Sharing With Your Dog is Ok – Sometimes

When the holidays roll around many people are tempted to share their special meals with their dogs. If you usually only feed your dog commercial dog food this may not be such a good idea as the sudden change can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you do feed your dog healthy food sometimes, or homemade dog food, it’s OK. A little turkey sans skin (no bones EVER), a little bit of sweet potatoes, or some green beans is ok to share – keeping in mind all things in moderation.

Ingredients To Avoid

Keep in mind that, in general, dog food should contain 1/3 protein (from meat, eggs or dairy products), and 2/3 vegetables and grains. There are some ingredients which are toxic to dogs that you may not even think of such as:

Chocolate

Artificial sweeteners

Garlic

Onions

Grapes and Raisins

Mushrooms

Macadamia and Walnuts

Moldy Foods

Mustard Seeds

Caffeine-containing foods such as coffee and tea

Alcohol

If you are unsure or concerned about any ingredients, you can consult the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website.

A FEW DOG FOOD RECIPES

Turkey & Rice Dog Food

Ingredients:

6 cups water

1 lb ground turkey

2 cups brown rice

1 tsp. dried rosemary

8 oz. frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combo

Directions:

1. Place everything but the vegetables into a large Dutch oven and stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed.

2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes.

3. Add frozen vegetables and cook 5 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and cool completely before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Doggy Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef

2 eggs

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, grated

1 apple, cored and diced

2 slices bread, torn into pieces

1 cup regular rolled oats

1 cup wheat germ

1 (6-oz) can tomato paste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350̊ F. Lightly grease a large roasting pan, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. (Using your hands is best.)

3. Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts, shaping into small loaves.

4. Place loaves in the roasting pan, cover pan with lid.

5. Bake 80 min, until meat is cooked through (internal temperature of 175 F.

6. Allow loaves to cool completely, refrigerate.

7. Serve 1/3 of each loaf with each portion of dry dog food.

Chicken Casserole For Dogs

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

½ cup green beans, chopped

½ cup carrots, chopped

½ cup broccoli, chopped

½ cup rolled oats

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:

1. Cut chicken breasts into small (nickel-sized) chunks.

2. Cook chicken over medium heat in small amount of olive or vegetable oil until no longer pink.

3. Put the chicken, vegetables, rolled oats, and chicken broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and cook until carrots are tender (about 15 minutes).

4. Cool completely before serving. Portion leftovers and store in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Doggie Chili

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1 cup canned kidney beans, drained

1 cup canned black beans, drained

1 cup carrots, diced

½ cup tomato paste

4 cups chicken broth

½ tablespoon fish oil (optional)

Directions:

1. Cut chicken breasts into small (nickel-sized) chunks.

2. Cook chicken over medium heat in small amount of olive or vegetable oil until no longer pink.

3. Put chicken, beans, carrots, tomato paste, chicken broth, and fish oil (if used) into a large pot. Bring to boil, then reduce to medium heat and cook until carrots are tender (about 10 minutes).

4. Cool completely before serving. Portion leftovers and store in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Doggy Beef Stew

Ingredients:

1 lb beef stew meat

1 small sweet potato

½ cup carrots, diced

½ cup green beans, diced

½ cup flour

½ cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

1. Cook sweet potato whole in microwave 5-8 minutes, until firm but tender. Set aside.

2. Slice stew meat into smaller (nickel-sized) chunks.

3. Cook stew meat in vegetable oil over medium heat 10-15 minutes, until well done.

4. Remove meat from pan, reserve drippings.

5. Dice cooked sweet potato.

6. Heat meat drippings over medium heat; slowly add flower into the drippings while whisking; cook a few minutes to create a rue.

7. Add water to rue while whisking; cook over medium heat until gravy thickens.

8. Add meat, sweet potato, carrots, and green beans into the gravy; stir to coat.

9. Cook until carrots are tender (about 10-15 minutes)

10. Cool completely before serving. Portion leftovers and store in refrigerator up to 5 days.