With the fall season, everything seems to be gaining a pumpkin taste. Pumpkin, as it turns out, carries quite a lot of health benefits for dogs.
Canned, unsweetened pumpkin is great for dogs and they just happen to love the taste. Pumpkin dog treats are a great way to allow your dog to share in the Fall festivities.
Why is pumpkin so good for dogs?
- High fiber
- Low fat content
- High in iron
- Low cholesterol
- High in potassium
- High in beta carotene
- Abundance of vitamin A
The high fiber in pumpkin can help with weight loss, constipation and general health. The vitamins and minerals help prevent cancer, as well as keeps up with urinary health.
Pumpkin seeds are also good when fed to your dog, as they’re high in antioxidants and fatty acids. If you want your dog’s coat to be shiny and healthy, raw pumpkin seeds are an easy way to achieve that.
Pumpkin can easily be added to your dog’s diet in a variety of ways. You can replace a part of their meal with a portion of canned pumpkin, or you can give your dog some tasty pumpkin dog treats.
The flavor is one most dogs enjoy, so there’s no need to worry about them not wanting the change in food, either. The treats are easy to make and incredibly tasty for your canine friend.
Below, we’ve added three simple pumpkin dog treat recipes to make this fall season complete for your entire family, your dog included.
Icy Pumpkin Treats
- 1 tbs Pumpkin per cube
- Ice Cube Tray
Put 1 tablespoon of pumpkin into each empty ice cube tray.
Pour water over ice cube tray and freeze.
Take out and enjoy!
Icy Pumpkin Dog Treat Video Tutorial
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Rolls
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 ½ cups oats
Mix peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon and honey in a bowl.
Add oats until dough is formable. Roll into balls and roll into remaining oats.
Refrigerate. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks (or frozen for three months).
Pumpkin Rolls Dog Treat Video Tutorial
Pumpkin and Molasses Treats
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 4 tablespoons molasses
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together all your wet ingredients in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet while stirring, to form a soft dough.
Roll the dough into teaspoon sized balls and drop them onto a cookie sheet, flattening them with a fork. Bake about 25 minutes or until hard.
- When making your own doggie treats with canned pumpkin, you should only use the pure pumpkin, not the canned pumpkin pie filling. There is a difference, and it could affect your dog.
- Treats and snacks should only make up about 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake, so limit the amount of treats you give your dog.
- Pumpkin is one of the most recommended ingredients in dog treats due to its healthy nature.
If you’re looking for a good way to keep your dog healthy and happy during the fall season, then pumpkin dog treats are a good way to go. There’s nothing more satisfying than a happy pup after having a tasty homemade treat.