Popcorn, cayenne pepper, moldy cheese, ice cubes, a small stuffed animal, the wall in my house: What do these things have in common? They were all partially or fully ingested by my Golden Retriever, Roxy, at one time or another. Roxy loved to eat things, and people food of any kind was always her first choice.
If your dog is anything like Roxy, he’ll be prancing around underfoot in an olfactory frenzy while you are busy preparing your delightful Thanksgiving family feast. Instead of tossing him scraps, you can prepare a delicious holiday treat for your dog with a simple spin on one of the most popular traditional Thanksgiving dishes. This recipe is easy enough that it won’t take much time away from your main cooking efforts, and it can even be converted into something to serve to your human guests.
Remember, if your dog has a history of dietary sensitivity, you may want to check with your veterinarian before deviating from his regular diet.
1 small sweet potato
1. Cut sweet potato into about 1-inch cubes.
2. Dump the cubed potatoes into a pot and fill pot with water (do not use salt in water). The water level should be high enough to cover all of the potatoes.
3. Put pot on stove, cover and set to medium-high heat.
4. Once water reaches a boil, let boil on medium heat for about 20 minutes.
5. At the end of 20 minutes, test the sweet potatoes for softness by sticking a fork into a few of the cubes. If the fork slides through easily, the sweet potatoes are done.
6. Drain water from the sweet potatoes in a colander and place them back in pot.
7. Mash sweet potatoes with a potato masher until they are of uniform consistency.
8. Allow to cool and serve as directed below.
These dog treats can be given in small servings on its own, used as a garnish for your dog’s food or mixed in with his dog food. Depending on the size of your dog, give him 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of the mashed sweet potatoes at a time.
If you would like to turn the leftover mashed sweet potato into a dish for people, add butter, brown sugar and salt to taste, but do not serve to a dog with these additions.
This recipe is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.
By: Jen R. Duncan