We're almost a month into fall and it seems that EVERYTHING is pumpkin flavored, even Pringles (no joke)! So while we're gorging on pumpkin bread and pumpkin spiced lattes, it's nice to know that our dogs can indulge on some fall flavors as well.
Pumpkin is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol, and packed with potassium, iron, beta carotene and vitamin A. It has been known to help remedy constipation and diarrhea and aid in urinary health and weight loss. It's seeds (sometimes labeled pepitas) are high in antioxidants and fatty acids which help protect joints and keep coats glossy and soft.
Incorporating pumpkin into your pooches diet is easy, you can simply add a tablespoon or two of 100% organic pumpkin puree (make sure there are no additives and that it is NOT pumpkin pie filling) to help with tummy troubles. For doggies on a weight loss plan, replacing small amounts of your dogs food with pumpkin puree can help them feel full longer and keep them satisfied. You can also feed a few raw seeds as a healthy treat, but make sure to only give a few at a time.
Most dogs will gobble up the puree but if your dog doesn't seem to enjoy it or if you want to get a little more advanced you can try making various dog treat recipes. All it takes is a Pinterest search and you'll be presented with plethora of yummy concoctions. We like the recipes with fewer ingredients, as they are easy and have a smaller chance of upsetting their tummies. It's also important to use organic, and additive free ingredients whenever possible.
Not sure what your want to try? We recommend this simple three ingredient frosty treat. All you need is 1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, and 1 cup of plain yogurt (no sugar added). Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Put a dollop on food or spoon and let your dog enjoy. This should keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. If your dog like a little crunch pour them in ice cube trays and pop them in the freezer for a frozen treat.
We're also in love with this recipe we found for Puppaccino's, because not only does it make for a great photo opportunity, it is also healthy and you probably have the ingredients at home.
As always, it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian when making changes to your pets diet. And remember to feed treats sparingly and include them in your dogs daily calorie regimen. We humans tend to pack on a little holiday weight, but we don't want our furry friends to.