Thanksgiving Tips & Treats

Thanksgiving Office Hours:

  • Wednesday (11/26): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (we close early!)
  • Thursday (11/27): CLOSED
  • Friday (11/28): CLOSED
  • Satruday (11/29): 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

‘Tis the season for feasting and family but it can also be a stressful season for your four-legged family members. We’ve got some tips to help keep your pets happy and healthy this Thanksgiving! Remember, should an emergency arise during non-business hours, Aspen Grove is here to help talk you through any situation and help determine if a trip to the emergency clinic is necessary.

Thanksgiving foods your pets should never have:

Turkey skin, drippings or gravy: These can lead to pancreatitis or inflammation of the stomach or intestines.

Turkey twine: This is the string used to tie the turkey legs. As we all know, cats love string but if your cat decides to chow down on this, it can cause severe intestinal blockage. Make sure the turkey twine remains out of sight from your cat!

Turkey bones: While you might be inclined to share the joy of Thanksgiving with you dog, turkey bones are actually extremely brittle and can break inside your dogs digestive tract, possibly puncturing it. Never give your pet a turkey bone to chew on!

Corn on the cob: Can lead to intestinal blockages in both cats and dogs.

Stuffing: onions, garlic and sage: Save the stuffing for yourself! Onions and garlic are toxic as well as several of the spices used in traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

Raisins or grapes: These are harmful to a dog’s kidneys.

Mashed Potatoes & Candied Yams: The butter and fat can cause pancreatitis in both dogs and cats.

Raw dough: Keep your pets away! Dough (containing yeast) can cause “expansive bloat” in which your cat or dog may experience vomiting and severe abdominal pain. This condition can become a life-threating emergency, requiring surgery. Additionally, the dough can ferment inside your pet’s digestive tract and cause alcohol poisoning.

Chocolate: Most pet owners already know, but some are unaware how dangerous chocolate is for pets. Bakers Chocolate especially can make your pet severely ill or even lead to death if ingested.

Alcohol: Enjoy your hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, but keep it far away from your pets. Alcohol can cause intoxication, panting, fever, racing heart, liver damage, even coma, seizures and in extreme cases – death.


We want you to have a safe and stress-free Thanksgiving! Most importantly, we want your pets to feel loved and included. As a special Thanksgiving treat from our family to yours, we’ve included two pet-friendly holiday recipes to add to the menu!

Kitty’s Favorite Turkey Balls*


  • 1/2 Pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 Cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Cup finely crushed crackers
  • 1/4 Cup powdered milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

Baking Directions

Preheat over to 350 degrees (F)

Using your hands as you would when making meatloaf, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Shape the mix into individual golf ball-sized nuggets, and arrange them in a non-stick baking pan.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the balls are nicely browned and reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Cool before serving. Freeze the leftover balls and reheat in microwave as needed.


Thanksgiving Dog Treats*


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Baking Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.

Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (I prefer bone shaped), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.


Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Aspen Grove!
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