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Pet-Friendly Holiday Treats

By Stephanie Scott

It’s hard to stick to a diet on Thanksgiving – yours or your pet’s. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight is every pet parent’s goal, but sometimes during the holidays when you’re splurging – you want to treat your dog and cat to an extra something too.  So here are two safe ways to spoil your pet without spoiling their diet this Thanksgiving.

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½ cup turkey broth (set aside from your Thanksgiving Day turkey)
Your pet’s normal dry food dinner

After your Thanksgiving turkey is fully cooked, set aside a ½ cup of the warm turkey juice (or broth) from the bottom of the turkey pan.  Let it cool and poor it into your pet’s dish over their normal dry food.  

(You can substitute chicken broth if a turkey is not part of your family’s Thanksgiving Day dinner.)

Milo’s Pumpkin Cookies
1 egg
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour (or rice flour for a limited ingredient diet)
¼ cup pure canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

In a large bowl, beat the egg.  Add flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon.  Roll out the dough and cut with a very small cookie cutter to make pieces no bigger than the size of a silver dollar.  Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes until hard and golden brown.

TIP: If your dough is too dry and won’t stick together, carefully mix in a bit more pumpkin until the dough is just moist enough to stick together without being sticky.