You probably know that you can give your Morkie a little turkey meat as a treat now and then, but what about other typical Thanksgiving treats that we enjoy? Can you share them with your dog?
Can dogs eat turkey?
Not really, but….
White meat (without skin) is OK for dogs on a limited basis.
Turkey can be fatty and so can cause digestive upsets for your Morkie, including vomiting and diarrhea. But a little bit of white meat as a treat now and then is alright.
And of course, NEVER your dog have cooked bones of any type. Once cooked, bones shatter and splinter and can cause serious stomach and intestine damage. If your dog is used to a RAW diet, he can have bones with meat on them which is a great way to clean your Morkie’s teeth.
Otherwise, keep all bones, dark meat, skin, gravy, tendons, and tough pieces of turkey away from your Morkie.
Use ground turkey meat to make these treats instead
1 pound ground turkey meat
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
about 1/2 cup cornmeal
Brown the ground turkey in coconut oil, breaking it up as you cook it. Once it’s done, remove from heat and drain.
In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups of quick-cooking oatmeal, flour, and baking powder and mix well. Add the cooked ground turkey. Use an electric mixer to blend in the low-sodium turkey or chicken broth, adding just enough to moisten the mixture so you can make it into small balls.
Scoop small balls (about 1 teaspoon size) and roll in cornmeal.
Put on a lightly greased baking pan and press them down with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees until they’re browned and firm to the touch (about 20 minutes).
More Thanksgiving treats your Morkie can enjoy
Besides a piece or two of white turkey meat, your Morkie might like to try veggies like cooked carrot, a couple of peas or steamed green beans.
Don’t expect him to be overly enthusiastic though; like most small dogs, Morkies can be picky when it comes to food, especially if you’ve already been sharing your own food with your dog. He could be reluctant to try one of these healthier choices.
Mild, low-fat cheese makes a good snack for special occasions for your Morkie.
Plain mashed potatoes (no garlic) can be a novel treat for your Morkie.
Most dogs enjoy baby carrots, raw or lightly steamed.
PUMPKIN TO THE RESCUE
Did you know that regular, canned pumpkin (ideally organic) – not pumpkin pie filling – is one of the best foods you can give your Morkie for digestive upsets?
Plain canned pumpkin can be added to his food to help resolve diarrhea and ironically, constipation too. Just a teaspoon a day, mixed in with his food, will help your sick Morkie feel better.
And pumpkin is nutrient-rich, filled with beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, along with potassium and fiber.
Check the label to make sure the can contains only pumpkin.
You can freeze the leftover pumpkin in ice cube trays to use later.
Pure pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling – is good for dogs with both diarrhea AND constipation.
Generally speaking, it’s just not worth it to give your Morkie scraps and treats from your own plate. Chances are, he will end up with an upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting. And fatty foods contribute to the painful condition called pancreatitis, something you definitely want to avoid.