Thanksgiving Leftovers for Dogs: 5 Ingredients or Less

November 25, 2019

When Thanksgiving dinner is over, you’re likely to be faced with a mountain of leftover food - perhaps committing you to eat these leftovers for days. A great way to make use of these is to whip up something special for your dog. For this blog, we dug deep to find you quick and simple recipes that will have your four-legged buddy wishing it was Thanksgiving everyday!

Rice, Vegetable & Giblet Stuffing

When you are preparing to roast your turkey, locate the giblet package inside and set it aside for this tasty doggie treat. 


  • Giblets from one turkey (liver, heart and gizzard, about 6.5 oz.)

  • 1 cup brown rice (cooked)

  • Mixture of carrots and broccoli (cooked)


  • Mix giblets with cooked rice and vegetables.

Recipe from Whole Dog Journal

Oatmeal Turkey with Sweet Potatoes


  • 3 lb skinless boneless thigh or breast meat (cooked)

  • 1 cup oatmeal (cooked)

  • 1 lb cubed sweet potatoes (cooked)

  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce

  • 4 tbsp turkey gravy


Mix ingredients together. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe From Daily Journal Online

Frozen Turkey Dinner


  • Turkey broth (water or chicken broth are also great substitutes)

  • Sweet potato, softened and chunked

  • Peas

  • Ice tray or mold


  • Layer peas and sweet potato chunks to loosely fill molds, then pour broth to cover vegetables. Make sure to leave just a tad of room in the mold to account for expansion during freezing. Place filled ice tray/mold in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight. 

Recipe from 17 Apart

Yapple Pumpkin Pie

Got any extra apples or cans of pumpkin around? This Apple and Pup-kin pie will make the perfect dessert for your dog!


  • 2 apples (washed, peeled, sliced in half and cored. Be sure the seeds are removed!) 

  • 4 oz. canned pumpkin

  • Cinnamon


  • Place apples face up on the cookie sheet. Spoon pumpkin into the apple center. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

  • Allow to cool and serve. Or, freeze after baking and serve frozen. The “pie” will last longer and be less messy.

Recipe from iHeartDogs 

Although many of the ingredients listed above contain healthy nutrients, these recipes are treats and should not replace your dog’s regular diet. On the contrary, there are many ingredients in holiday foods that can make your dog sick, such as onions and mushrooms. Before you paw over any leftovers - be sure to check the full list of foods to keep away from your dog on our blog. Your dog will be thankful you did. 

About the Author

Bevi Edlund, Blog Editor

Hi, I'm Bevi Edlund. I'm a graduate of communications and journalism from Cal State University, Fullerton. I am also an animal rights activist and a huge dog lover! I think there is nothing more comforting than coming home after a long day than to your furry best friend. Here at Bio-Rep Animal Health, I'll be in charge of writing posts about lifestyle, nutrition and connecting with all of our readers.