Many of us love to share our Thanksgiving turkey with our furry friends. But can dogs have turkey? Yes, in moderation. Turkey is a good source of protein for dogs, and it can be a tasty addition to their diet. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when giving your dog turkey. Let’s take a look at the benefits of adding turkey to your dog’s diet, as well as some delicious recipes you can make that incorporate turkey.
The Benefits of Turkey for Dogs
Turkey is an excellent source of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that helps build and repair muscle tissue, and it also provides energy for daily activities. In addition, protein helps support your dog's immune system and keeps their skin and coat healthy.
Turkey also contains many essential vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium and potassium. It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which help keep their skin and coat healthy. It contains high levels of essential amino acids and B vitamins which aid in muscle development and energy production. It is also a great source of zinc which helps support the immune system and promote skin and coat health. Turkey is a lean white meat that is low in fat and calories so it can be a great alternative to fattier meats if your pup needs to watch his weight. It is also a more affordable option. Turkey prices also tend to drop after major holidays - so be on the lookout for deals.
Recipes for Dogs with Turkey
One great way for pet parents to introduce turkey to their dog’s diet is by preparing homemade dog food with lean proteins like turkey breast or ground turkey. You can also add cooked vegetables to the turkey meat like carrots or green beans to provide additional vitamins and minerals. Here are two simple Dog Child recipes you can try at home:
Turkey Meatballs – This recipe has natural ingredients, the meatballs can be served as a whole meal or as a meal topper. Real turkey is a great source of lean protein, while the oats are packed with fiber and are good for pups with digestive issues. Cooking with human grade ingredients is always best, as it ensures that your pup is getting the nutrients they need while avoiding any potential preservatives or additives.
- Chop cranberries and green beans (or toss into a food processor)
- Gather all of your ingredients and add everything into the mixing bowl.
- Use clean hands to mix it all up until the mixture looks uniform.
- Using a small scoop, portion out the meatball mixture. And roll them into small balls on your lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until turkey is thoroughly cooked.
- Let Cool and Serve!
Turkey Pumpkin Squares – These turkey and pumpkin meal squares are so easy to make and perfect for meal prep for your dog. Featuring our Dog Child Grain Free Meal Mix, Ground Turkey and pumpkin, these are jam-packed full of flavor and nutrients perfect for your pup.
- Cook your ground turkey and add in your Dog Child Grain Free Meal Mix according to the package directions
- Add mixture into a square pan and press down to ensure it is compact
- Add pumpkin on top
- Pop in the freezer for 1-2 hours, cut into squares and let your pup enjoy!
Introducing Turkey to your Dog’s Diet
As with any new food item, it's important to introduce turkey into your dog's diet gradually over the course of several days or weeks. This will give you ample time to watch for any potential signs of intolerance or an allergic reaction (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting). Additionally, when feeding your pup cooked turkey from the grocery store make sure it is not deli meat and does not contain additives such as salt or spices that could potentially cause an upset stomach or other digestive issues. Also, never feed your pup raw turkey as this can lead to serious illness including salmonella poisoning if not handled properly. Lastly, be careful not to feed cooked turkey bones to your pooch, they can be a choking hazard or splinter and cause health problems.
Adding lean proteins like turkey to your dog’s diet can be beneficial in many ways. Not only does it provide them with essential nutrients like protein but it also adds variety to their meals which can help prevent boredom from eating the same food every day! If you want to give your pup something special this holiday season, consider making them one of these delicious homemade recipes that incorporate fresh ingredients and lean proteins like turkey! Just remember to always ask your vet before adding anything new to your pet's diet.
Dog Child Meal Mixes & Turkey
Dog Child’s Meal Mixes can be used with ground turkey to make complete and balanced meals. All three Meal Mixes offer different flavor combinations. You simply add in water to you choice of Meal Mix while cooking the ground turkey. Combine together and add in some Omega Oil to balance the recipe. These meals can be batch cooked for the week or even the month stored in the freezer.
In conclusion, turkey can be a healthy and nutritious food for dogs in moderation. However, it is important to prepare it in a safe and healthy way, and to introduce it to your dog slowly to avoid any digestive upset.