When it comes to caring for dogs, we always want what's best for them. Our dogs are loyal companions who deserve the best, and there's a superfood that can make a real difference in their health and well-being: pumpkin! Now you can just add it to their food directly OR you can make healthy and delicious treats – like the ones in the recipe below.
Why is pumpkin good for pups?
Here are a few facts:
- Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a natural remedy for a range of digestive issues. Its high fiber content can help regulate your dog's bowel movements, preventing both diarrhea and constipation. When Lew or Mo has had an issue with their belly, a few tablespoons in their food has helped immensely.
- Weight Management: Just like us, dogs can struggle with weight issues – especially chunky Labs like Lew! Pumpkin can be a helpful tool in managing weight when added to their diet. The fiber in pumpkin helps dogs feel full, curbing their appetite, and it's low in calories, which is perfect for keeping their weight in check.
- Nutrient-Rich: Pumpkins are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to your dog's overall health. Vitamin A supports their eyesight and coat health, while vitamin C boosts their immune system, keeping them ready for all their adventures. Could this mean less shedding?? If so, we’re all in!
- Ease of Use: We are big on convenience. It can’t get any easier than opening a can! Adding pureed pumpkin to your dog's diet is a breeze – just make sure you read the label- there should only be one ingredient – pumpkin (which is VERY different than pumpkin pie filling)! Any leftover pumpkin puree can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
One question we wanted answered was if dogs could eat raw pumpkin. The answer - it’s not recommended. Raw pumpkin is very hard to chew and could cause a choking hazard.
In conclusion, pumpkin is somewhat perfect. It's a nutritional powerhouse that can improve your dog's health and vitality year-round – not just in the fall! Smashed pumpkins? Yes, please! Actually, we'll take ours pureed!
Now for something drool-worthy…
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies (Grain-Free) – Homemade Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter
- 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients: peanut butter, pumpkin puree, beaten egg, and honey.
- Once the wet ingredients are well mixed, add the almond flour and baking powder. Mix until you have a consistent dough.
- Form the dough into small balls and then gently press each one into a round shape. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they're golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Allow the treats to cool before serving to your pup.
Yields: Approximately 12-15 treats, depending on the size treats you prefer.
Storage: Keep these tasty treats fresh by storing them in an airtight container. They'll stay good for 3-4 days on the shelf, up to 1 week in the fridge, or 3 weeks in the freezer. Enjoy baking and sharing the love with your four-legged companion! 🐾🍪 #HomemadeDogTreats #PawsitivelyDelicious