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turkey dog food recipe

A Christmas Meal for Your Dog

turkey dog food recipeYou are probably in the thick of planning your Christmas dinner, whether it is turkey or enchiladas, but have you thought about planning one for your dog too? Sharing your meal with your dog is not a good idea, there are often a lot of foods that can make your dog sick.

Don’t risk making your dog sick on Christmas, and just make them a yummy meal just for her. This recipe can be made as your are cooking your dinner or with leftovers.

A good portion is 3/4 cup for small dogs; 1 1/5 cups for medium dogs; 3 cups for larger dogs. Ask your Vetco Vet about the right portion size for your dog.  This recipe will make about 9 cups of food.


  • 3 lb skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meats are both ok, but not bones.)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 lb cubed sweet potato, this is typically 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. We recommend using the home made sauce and make sure it has no alcohol in it.
  • 4 tbsp turkey gravy (you can substitute olive oil) Make sure the gravy does not contain onions.


Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:

    • Dice the cooked turkey into bite size pieces.
    • Roast or boil your sweet potatoes. Roasting at 400 F for 45 minutes or boil for 20 minutes.  You can dice them before or after cooking. If cooking a whole sweet potato, it may take longer.
    • Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions. Regular oatmeal is better than instant and takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the kind of oats you purchased.
    • Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly.

If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, do not use the gravy and consult your vet to make sure that the olive oil is ok.

Once all mixed together you will have a yummy meal for your dog, you can even share it with her if you want but she may want to keep it all to herself.