So while you are whipping up holiday treats, make some Pumpkin Treats for Fido (how come no dogs are ever named Fido or Rover, yet those are the typical go-to name for dogs?).
Some veterinarians at Colorado State approved this recipe.
2-3 slices of bacon (if your dog is chubby, you can omit)
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 cup whole oats
2-12/ cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (lets me out--no idea what that is)
Heat a large skillet. Add bacon and brown it until crispy (6-8 mins).
Crumble it up and keep the extra fat.
In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, and bacon fat. Add the oats and 2 cups of the flour. Mix, then add the rest of the flour until dough is no longer sticky. Blend in the bacon.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead it few times to make it pliable, then roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with a cutter or knife and place them on the baking sheet.
Bake until edges are golden brown--20-25 mins. Cool before "serving" to er...Fido.
As for the human treats--no chocolate for dogs! No raw dough--uncooked yeast can upset their insides.
No grapes, raisins or nuts! Grapes can even cause kidney failure.
No xylitol--this sweetener can lead to liver failure in dogs.
No ham--too salty.
Keep the turkey carcass away from pets. Wolfing down fatty leftovers can lead to pancreatitis.
Oh, well--the mutts can console themselves with the special cookies. Doesn't sound too bad.