Go Big or Gourd Home

It’s fall! So inhale all the sweet smells andtaste the earthy flavors of gourds, squash and pumpkin! The best part? Dogs benefit from seasonal superfood, too! A dog park rumor says a pumpkin does wonders for an upset tummy, makes a shiny coat and helps maintain a healthy weight. Pups can’t sip a pumpkin spice latte, but they can acquire healthful perks from wholesome, homemade treats. These super-easy recipes are full of vitamins and minerals for daily nutrition.

 

PEANUT BUTTER & PUMPKIN DOG TREATS

Ingredients

• 2-1/2 cups flour    

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

• 2 Tbsp. peanut butter

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice–or a pinch of all three!

 

Directions

• Preheat oven to 350°F

• Mix flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water until it’s a sticky dough.

Shape a half-inch roll, cut in bite-sized pieces.

• Place on baking sheet, about an inch apart.

• Bake until crispy, about 40 minutes.

 

PUMPKIN CARROT BITES

Ingredients

• 3/4 cup canned pumpkin

• 1 egg

• 1/4 cup shredded carrots

• 1 cup flour

 

Directions

• Preheat oven to 350°F

• In a bowl, mix pumpkin, egg, carrots and flour until moistened.

• Roll in small balls, place on a baking sheet.

• Bake 30-35 minutes; makes about 48 treats.

 

BANANA & PUMPKIN DOG TREATS

Ingredients

• One banana, mashed

• 1 cup canned pumpkin

• 1 Tbsp. honey

• 1-1/2 cups flour

• 1/2 tsp. baking powder

 

Directions

• Preheat oven to 350°F

• Mix banana, pumpkin and honey in a large bowl.

• Add flour and baking powder. If it’s too wet, add more flour. Dough should be dry.

• Roll out, cut into shapes.

• Place shapes on a baking sheet, bake 10-12 minutes. Makes about 40 treats.

 

PUMPKIN FROYO BITES

Ingredients

• 1 cup plain yogurt

• 1 cup pumpkin purée

 

Directions

• Mix pumpkin and yogurt in a bowl.

• Portion evenly in ice-cube trays.

• Freeze 24 hours.

• Pop out each bite, put in a freezer bag.

 

Pumpkin is often a main ingredient in pet food and snacks. It’s yummy and nutritious. Feed your pup fresh, cooked or canned pumpkin, not a moldy jack-o’lantern that sat on the porch until Nov. 4. The pumpkin pulp should be as plain as possible—no pie filling, since it’s usually saturated with sugars that may exacerbate loose stools.

Don’t go too far—a little goes a long way. You can still ride the pumpkin craze with your pooch. In moderation, this favorite fall gourd can be a yummy year-round treat.

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Davi the dachshund loves cookin’ up seasonal doggie treats with his sweet mom!

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