Davi Makes Pumpkin Treats

It’s fall and that means it’s time to enjoy the sweet smells and flavor of pumpkin everything!  The best part?  Dogs can also reap the benefits from the seasonal superfood.  Rumor at the dog park is that the robust squash does wonders for an upset tummy, promotes a shiny coat and maintains a healthy weight. While canines can’t sip a pumpkin spice latte, they can acquire healthy perks from wholesome, homemade treats.  These ​recipes are super easy to make, and chock-full of vitamins and minerals that can boost daily nutrition.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

You’ll need:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water until it’s a sticky dough.
  3. Roll into a ½ inch roll and cut into pieces. Place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake until hard, about 40 minutes.

Pumpkin Carrot Bites

You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pumpkin, egg, carrots, and flour in a bowl until moistened.
  3. Roll the batter into small balls and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Makes about 48 treats

Banana & Pumpkin Dog Treats

You’ll need:

  • banana
  • ½ canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix banana, pumpkin, and honey in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour and baking powder to the mixture. If it’s too wet, add more flour. It should be a dry dough.
  4. Roll out and cut into shapes.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes.

Makes about 40 treats

Pumpkin FroYo Bites

You’ll need:

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. Mix pumpkin and yogurt together in a bowl.
  2. Portion evenly into ice cube trays.
  3. Freeze for 24 hours.
  4. Pop out and put into a freezer bag, or if you have lots of freezer space, leave them in the tray!

There is a good reason why pumpkin is often a top ingredient in pet food and snacks. It’s both delicious and doggy nutritious.  However, it’s important to feed your pup fresh, cooked, or canned pumpkin, not the remains of the moldy pumpkin still on your front porch two weeks after Halloween. Note that it should be as plain as possible, so pumpkin-pie filling is out since it is typically saturated with sugars that may only exacerbate loose stools.

As with anything, too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing.  Don’t get carried away – a little goes a long way. But don’t let that stop you from sharing the pumpkin craze with your pooch. In moderation, this favorite fall gourd can be a yummy year-round treat.

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