Sheepie Snack Sunday – Thanksgiving Turkey Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! While it may be extremely tempting to share scraps with your pet this holiday we want to make sure you do it in a safe manner to keep everyone from an emergency vet visit.

Many people save the leftovers such as skins, gravy/juices, all in which are extremely high in fat and dangerous for your pet. An overload of fat can cause acute pancreatitis and inflammation.

Also avoid feeding the bones as bones can splinter, puncturing the digestive tract. They can cause choking and blockages that can require emergency surgery to remove the bone. So keep those out of reach for the safety of your pet.

 

Here’s how to incorporate a turkey into your dog’s diet:

    • Turkey Breast: Remove the skin
      • Turkey breast is 45% lower in fat than chicken breast
    • Turkey thighs (again without the skin) lower in fat and higher in protein than skinless chicken thighs, with 10 percent fewer calories overall
  • 85% lean ground turkey: this is a great mixture for mixing with starchy vegetables or grain
  • 90% lean ground turkey: if you’re avoiding carbs for your dog (dieting) 90% lean provides a great balance of fat and protein.

 

TIP: When buying ground turkey if the fat percentage is not clearly labeled, leave it on the shelf. Often rolls may look like a wonderful deal but if they are loaded with greater than 15% fat, forget it.

 

Turkey & Veggie Simmer Recipe (R. Woodford)

A low-calorie, low-carbohydrate vegetable recipe with a wide assortment of antioxidants.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Combine the turkey and ginger in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir the vegetables and water into the turkey mixture. When the water begins to simmer, lower the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.

 

YIELD: 6 Cups

 

KEY NUTRIENTS:

 

197 calories per cup

Proteins: 416%

Carbohydrates-to-protein ratio 0.2 to 1 (you many reverse this ratio)

Total fats 288%

Antioxidants 137%

 

Serve the following amount as a meal twice a day (omit your kibble to compensate to not overfeed):

10lbs dog: 2/3 to 1 cup

20lbs dog: 1 to 1 2/3 cups

40lbs dog: 2 to 2 3/4 cups

60lbs dog: 2 1/3 to 3 2/3 cups

80lbs dog: 3 to 4 ½ cups

100lbs dog: 3 1/3 to 5 1/3 cups

Enjoy!

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Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.

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