It isn't officially autumn until I have a Pumpkin Spice Latte in one hand and a pumpkin doughnut in the other. While our dogs can't enjoy our PSL (oh darn), they can enjoy canned pumpkin! Pumpkin has been lauded for its many positive properties for pets. Since it's vitamin, fiber and water-rich, pumpkin makes your pup happy and healthy. Here are some of the many health benefits of canned pumpkin for dogs. *Please note this is pure, canned pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie filling.
With all of these benefits, why shouldn't we take advantage of the season and add some pumpkin to our dog's diets? If you need some inspiration, here are a few easy, simple, and time-saving ideas to get this vitamin-rich vegetable (although technically a fruit) into your dog's bowl. *Please consult your veterinarian before changing your dog's diet.
Depending on the size of your dog, you can simply scoop one teaspoon or tablespoon of canned pumpkin into their food bowl with dinner. The same amount can also be used as a filler if you are making the food homemade. As canned pumpkin can only stay good for a short time after it is opened, it is possible to freeze the rest of the canned pumpkin into daily doses in an ice cube tray. When frozen, canned pumpkin will keep much longer. Simply pull out the pumpkin cubes for the week and keep in the fridge for easy access and defrosting. If you are in a hurry, you can always add a pumpkin cube and a little warm water in a bowl and stir until the cube dissolves.
POPSUGAR has an insanely easy recipe that can be fit into even the busiest of schedules. There is nothing like the guilt of reaching into your dog treat drawer and realizing it's surprisingly empty of healthy, tasty treats. Thankfully, it could not be easier than one cup of plain yogurt and one cup of canned pumpkin mixed together. This mixture can be frozen in an ice cube tray for later. Now you won't have to feel guilty about not having tasty snacks lying around.
Busy dog mom Amy Green supplies this gluten-free recipe if you have your pups on a strict no-gluten diet. More dogs (and humans) are being diagnosed as lactose-intolerant and the research is there to back it up. Any dog that has allergies or can't tolerate wheat can benefit from this recipe. It states that fresh pumpkin is used, however later on in her post Amy claims that she has also used canned pumpkin and the consistency was fine!
Even though they can't be smothered in syrup, pancakes can still be a great idea for brunch with your dog! Most people go big for Sunday brunch and this pancake recipe can include your pup in the fun! Whether it's a large meal with friends and family or just a beautiful breakfast with your nearest and dearest, your dog doesn't need to be left out. While the humans of the family enjoy warm maple syrup on their pancakes, you can sprinkle a few blueberries on top of your pup's for even more vitamins (and Instagram presentation of course)!
If you aren't up for turning on your oven, here are some no-bake treats that won't take more than fifteen minutes to whip up! These treats would be great for a Halloween party when furry friends are also invited! They are the festive colors of Halloween, easy to make on a busy night, and a great way to impress your guests! These treats keep for one week in the refrigerator. *Please note that this recipe does contain milk, so if your dog is lactose-free please try one of our other recipes!
These are perfect treat for any special occasion in autumn! There are a lot of ways to incorporate pumpkin into your dog's diet but what about when you need to dress it up? Whether it's a birthday, wedding or anything in between, this pupcakes recipe keeps autumn's seasonal tones by featuring its most popular ingredient pumpkin. Of course, the icing is optional. Regardless if it's a party of one or a large event, these pupcakes remind us of the 'reason for the season'... PUMPKIN!
With these pumpkin recipes, you can help your dog stay happy, healthy and in season!
Sources: PetMD, PawCulture, Homes Alive Pets, Petcha