This is a guest post written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers
When you feel a nip in the air, you know it’s time for all things fall. You and your dog will go on lots of walks, (if not with you, check out Rover.com for walkers perfect for every season) enjoying the changing fall colors. With these pumpkin treat recipes, your dog will fall in love with autumn right along with you.
Pumpkin has incredible health benefits for dogs, too. The beta-carotenes are precursors to Vitamin A, necessary for good eyesight and an antioxidant. It’s possible that the cucurbitin found in pumpkin has other health benefits especially for pups! Current studies are exploring the possibility that it actually de-worms dogs naturally.
Treats can also help with a dog’s digestive health. They’re great for aiding with issues like constipation or diarrhea, or simply giving your dog something new and exciting to look forward to! These ingredients have all been proven as beneficial to dog’s health. Better still, they’ll love the taste.
So, what are you waiting for? Try these simple, delicious recipes today!
It can still get hot in the fall–especially for dogs–some fur provides a lot of heat! Add 16 oz. of water to a can of pumpkin purée, and whisk until blended. Then, divide the mixture into an ice tray, and freeze for at least 4 hours. Serve to your pup one at a time, outside where it’s okay to make a mess.
No-Bake Pumpkin Treats
The best part about these treats? They’re simple! Just three ingredients, and no baking required. Blend equal parts canned pumpkin and peanut butter (unsweetened, without xylitol), and roll into inch-wide balls. Line a tray with oats, then coat the outside of the balls by rolling them in the oats until evenly covered. Refrigerate for at least an hour, then serve!
Probiotic Pumpkin Bites
Does your pet get itchy skin? Try this super-healthy recipe for optimal wellness. Blend 1 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of pumpkin purée, ⅓ cup Brewer’s yeast, and ½ cup fish oil. Divide evenly into an ice tray, and freeze. Your pup will enjoy the flavors, and get a health boost too!
Banana Pumpkin Yum
You’ll have fun squishing this treat into existence! You’ll need 1 ripe banana, ¼ cup pumpkin purée, and ½ cup coconut flour. Mix the ingredients together, and flatten the dough. Use a fun cookie cutter to cut shapes, then place them on a baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. They’ll smell so good, you’ll be wishing you could have a taste!
Doggy Trail Mix
You’ve got your own trail mix–but you don’t want to share with your pup! Is there an equivalent your pet will love? You’ll need cubed pumpkin, sliced and cored apples, and bananas for this fruity concoction. Lay them out on baking sheets, or in a dehydrator. If you’re using the oven, set it to 200 F and bake for 3 hours. Throw the trail mix into a baggie and take it on your next hike for your pup to enjoy!
Raw eggs are excellent for pet’s health! Did you know that dogs can eat eggshells, too? It has lots of calcium that helps them build strong bones. Crack 4 eggs into 16 oz. pumpkin purée, and smoosh the eggshells in (being careful not to cut yourself). Serve to your dog in their dish as a full meal, or with their food mixed in. They’ll love it!
Turkey and Pumpkin Meatballs
Another raw recipe for shiny coats and wagging tails! Use 8 oz. ground turkey, 1 egg, and 8 oz. canned pumpkin to make these yummy balls. Blend all ingredients, including the eggshell if you’d like. Roll into evenly-sized balls. Serve fresh to your pup!
Maybe you’ve never served your dog soup….but there’s no better time to try it! Blend 16 oz. pumpkin purée with 4 oz. coconut oil, and heat over the stove. Your dog will get the benefit of the healthy fat, in addition to delicious pumpkin! Serve outside, just in case she makes a mess.
Looking for more ideas, as well as a supportive and friendly dog-loving community? Rover.com is an incredible network of pet sitters and owners. Whether you’re looking for more pets to share your treats with, DIY ideas from the blog, or a pet-sitter to look after your pooch while you’re traveling, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Rover. Fall is a wonderful time to make friends, and with all these treats in your pantry, there’s no better time to reach out!