From Starbucks’ iconic pumpkin spice latte to more unconventional pumpkin-packed snacks, there is certainly no shortage of pumpkin flavor in the fall. There’s been plenty of studies that reveal the health and beauty benefits of pumpkin for people (hello, healthy heart and glowing skin!), but did you know that this favorite fall flavor is also beneficial to your four-legged friends?
“Pumpkin has many health benefits for our pets and is one of the human foods that owners can safely and regularly add to their pets’ diets, explains Dr. Patrick Mahaney in the article “The Health Benefits Pumpkin Provides for Our Pets” posted at petMD.com. He mentions fiber, vitamin C, potassium, carotenoids and additional moisture among the nutritional benefits of pumpkin.
Whether you want to increase the nutritional value of your pet’s diet or you want to simply give your furry friend a taste of the quintessential flavor of fall, these three easy and delicious homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes come pup-approved.
Homemade peanut butter, bacon and pumpkin dog treats
If you’ve got a bacon-lover in your house, this recipe is sure to get two paws up. Fifteen minutes of prep time and 25 additional minutes to bake is all it takes to make these pumpkin-infused dog treats that any pooch is sure to appreciate. Creamy peanut butter, a few strips of cooked bacon and pumpkin puree are at the center of this crunchy treat that gives the perfect combination of dog-friendly flavor and texture. Cut the treats into strips or use a bone-shaped cookie cutter. This recipe will make roughly 45 treats. Get the complete recipe from Nerds and Nomsense here.
Apple pumpkin banana bones
Work some fruits and veggies into your dog’s snack time with this yummy recipe that calls for an apple, banana and a cup of pumpkin. A quick bake in the oven and you’ll have about two dozen tail-waggin’ good treats that can be cut into bone shapes using a small cookie cutter and even frosted with a heavenly pumpkin puree and plain yogurt mixture. Get the ingredients and directions from Sugar The Golden Retriever here.
Oatmeal pumpkin dog treats
If you can mix ingredients, you can make these wheat-free oatmeal pumpkin treats! If your pup has a wheat allergy, this recipe is a great alternative that still packs plenty of seasonal flavor thanks to a combination of oatmeal, eggs, white rice flour, honey, molasses, cinnamon and pumpkin. Get the complete recipe from Enjoy Life Anyway blog here.