Thanksgiving is a day we love to spend with our families, including our Airedales which are usually the center of attention. And there is nothing better than a guest or family member who sneaks a little treat to the sad eyed canine. However, there are some things that are ok and others that are downright dangerous.
Some turkey with a little bit of gravy is perfectly fine for your Airedale. Be sure to get all the bones out before you share as just like chicken bones, turkey bones can cause blockage or perforation of the intestine. Also be careful about giving your pet too much turkey skin. It can cause canine pancreatitis which can become severe diarrhea and vomiting leading to dehydration. Other symptoms include severe pain, crying, refusal to eat, weakness and irritability.
Other things to be cautious of are turkey pop-ups, (the button that pops when it is finished cooking), string, skewers, cellophane wrap, tin foil and plastic bags. The best way I've found to dispose of these things is in metal coffee cans with a tight-fitting lid. Our Airedales are intelligent little thieves so it is important to take extra precautions.
After the meal, be sure to put the turkey bones in the garbage and immediately take the garbage outside to alleviate the temptation.
If you suspect someone has given your dog too much food, or if he has gotten into to the garbage, contact your vet immediately. Because it is Thanksgiving, keep an emergency number of a local Pet Emergency Center near the phone. The best way to safeguard your Airedale is to insist guests do not feed from the table and stick to your guns!
Here are a few doggy safe alternatives that you can fix for your pet to share the special day with you.
1 pound of ground turkey
1 and ½ cups of breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, grated
½ teaspoon of oregano, dried
1 teaspoon of parsley, dried
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a low baking dish with vegetable oil.
- Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix using your hands. Then form the mixture into 6 small loaves with your hands. Put the loaves evenly over the baking dish.
- Put in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes or until the loaf is fully cooked.
- When it is done allow it to cool completely before serving out.
If there are any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Serves 6 tasty turkey loaves.
A substitute for this tasty meal can be chicken as well.
(These are so good you may want to try them yourself!)
1 loaf uncooked bread dough or pizza dough
1/4 cup turkey broth
1-2 tsp. flour
3/4 cup cooked turkey, cut up small
1/2 cup cooked vegetables
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 grated cheese
1/4 cup sesame seeds
Roll out the dough and cut into 3 inches circles with cookie cutter.In a saucepan, combine the broth and flour, stirring until flour is dissolved and mixture thickens. Add the turkey, veggies, and garlic powder. Cook until mixture is heated through. Let cook a bit.
Spoon one to two teaspoonfuls of the turkey mixture onto each circle. Fold up the sides and pinch shut. Roll into a ball shape. Mix the cheese and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Roll or sprinkle each ball with the mixture. Arrange the balls on a cookies sheet. Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.