Chilly nights, crunchy leaves and grocery store aisles lined with all things pumpkin can only mean one thing: fall has arrived! Never fear PSL lovers, your furry friend doesn’t have to miss out on the most glorious flavor of fall!
Pumpkin is surprisingly a very healthy food to give your dog to help regulate their digestion. Not only is pumpkin rich in fiber, it also contains vitamins A, E and C, and potassium and iron.
Treat your pup to something both healthy and delicious this fall with these quick and easy homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes, and rest easy knowing they contain all-natural ingredients as opposed to many store bought dog biscuits.
1. “Pupkin” Spice Latte
If your dog loves a “puppuccino” from Starbucks, they’ll love this drink from Native Pet! You’ll need one ounce of frothed milk or coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of organic pet-friendly pumpkin powder, and 6 ounces of warm water.
Combine the water with the pumpkin powder and mix well with a whisk or electric frother. Froth the milk and pour into the latte mixter. Sprinkle a little pumpkin powder on top for extra garnish and bon appetit! Freeze any leftovers to enjoy for later.
2. Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treats
This two-ingredient treat from American Kennel Club is simple to make and is sure to impress. Combine one cup of plain yogurt and one cup of pumpkin puree in a bowl and distribute the mix evenly into molds or an ice cube tray. Freeze for 24 hours, and they’re ready for eating!
3. Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats
For this recipe, you’ll need 1 mashed banana, 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 2 eggs and 3 cups of whole wheat flour. Preheat your oven to 350. Combine the eggs, banana and pumpkin, and then add the flour and mix together until everything is mixed.
Sprinkle flour on your countertop and roll out the dough to around one-eighth inch and cut out dog treats with a cookie cutter or knife. Lay on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Let the treats cool completely before giving to your dog.
4. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Peanut butter is always a crowd favorite with dogs, so your pup is sure to love this one. Preheat your oven to 350 and then combine one cup of canned pumpkin with a ½ cup of peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in two cups of flour, and then roll the dough out onto your countertop. Cut the dough into desired sizes, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Be sure they cool completely before your fur baby eats them!
5. Cranberry Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Incorporating cranberry into pumpkin dog treats adds not only more flavor but also even more fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will benefit your dog’s health. They can also help prevent urinary tract infections in your dog.
Be sure to avoid using commercially dried cranberries in dog treats due to their high sugar content. Also note that raisins are highly toxic to dogs and should never be added to any dog treat!
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups of oatmeal flour
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ - 1 cup of fresh or home-dried cranberries
Combine the oat flour and wheat flour together in a small dish, mix well and set aside. Beat the eggs and peanut butter together until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Mix in the pumpkin, add the flour a bit at a time to form a soft dough, and then stir in the cranberries.
Roll out the dough on your countertop to about a half-inch thickness, and cut treats to desired size. Back at 350 F for 30 minutes.
We hope these recipes help you and your pup enjoy all the flavors of fall this season!