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How to cook a hot meal for your pet this Thanksgiving

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 19, 2013 11:55 AM

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Your pet can eat a hot dinner on Thanksgiving day, too, complete with turkey, green beans, squash, and even cranberries.

Dr. Jyl Rubin, a veterinarian and owner of six dogs, demonstrates how you can make a feast for your pets this Thanksgiving that doesn't involve dog food. All you need is a crockpot and some of the same meat and vegetables the family eats.

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She uses ingredients such as ground turkey burgers, lowfat organic turkey, salmon, celery, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, and cranberries.

"The way we eat is the way our pets should eat -- organic, nice and whole fresh foods," said Dr. Jyl.

Some of the benefits to Fido in this homemade dish? Sweet potatoes and celery are good fiber for your pet, the cranberries are good for urinary health, and salmon has omegas for your pet's coat, she said.

She adds fresh herbs and spices like ginger and tumeric to the dish and cooks it for 8 to 12 hours. Just be sure to take the skin off of fish and meat before serving it to your pet, she said. She stresses using lowfat meat to avoid gastrointestinal issues. And dogs who have arthritis should stay away from eggplant, rubarb, and tomatoes, she warns.

Will you try cooking this for your pets? What do your pets eat on Thanksgiving?

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