Pumpkin Treats for Dogs

By Valdette Muller| March 13, 2017 | Blog

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Pumpkin can be a nice addition to our roasts but can we feed it to our dogs as well?

Raw pumpkin may not be the best choice for consumption, but cooked or canned pumpkin, or even pumpkin seeds can make for a nice and nutritious treat. In addition to being a nice treat, pumpkin can also help in cases where your dog is experiencing stomach irritation. Pumpkin helps keep digestion regular and it can help both when your pet is feeling constipated and when they are experiencing diarrhoea.

Pumpkin seeds are also good for your pets as they contain fatty acids that can moisturise your dog’s fur coat. Also,  pumpkin seeds contain compounds that fight intestinal parasites. All that is required is to mix the seeds in with their regular food.

Pumpkins can also provide other nutritional benefits as they contain antioxidants as well as vitamins and iron which can strengthen your pet’s immune system. They contain fibre which can help your pet feel full and may prevent overeating.

It is important to note that if your dog is ill, pumpkin alone will not suffice, proper medicine and supplements will be required, but a regular addition of pumpkin to meals and occasional pumpkin treats will help keep nutritional balance.

Pumpkins are not always a dog’s favourite food, and many a dog will pull their noses up at the strange smell of it, but mixing pumpkin in with their food can help them get used to it. This is recommended before preparing pumpkin only treats.

Below is a recipe for Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 0.5 cups of canned or cooked pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of dry milk
  • 0.25 teaspoons of salt
  • 2.5 cups of brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon of dried parsley

Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Whisk the pumpkin and eggs together in a bowl
  3. Stir in the dry milk, salt, parsley, and gradually add the rice flour until it forms a stiff, dry dough
  4. Turn the batter out onto a floured surface, and knead it to combine
  5. Roll the dough to between 6 and 10 cm and use a biscuit cutter to punch shapes into the dough
  6. Place shapes on a cookie sheet and place in oven
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and then carefully turn biscuits over and bake for another 20 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and allow biscuits to adequately cool before serving

Sources: https://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater/https://www.pawculture.com/pet-wellness/nutrition/is-pumpkin-good-for-my-pet/

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