'Tis the season for PSLs, and if you want your dog to be just as sweater weather basic (in a good way) as you, you're in luck, because pumpkin happens to be one of the most dog-friendly foods around. Here's what you need to know about feeding pumpkin to your dog, and the best pumpkin spice products out there for your furry friend.
Is pumpkin good for dogs?
Pumpkin is great for dogs, especially when they're having digestive issues. Basically, whatever issue your dog is having with his poops, pumpkin is probably a good fix. If your dog has diarrhea, the fiber in the pumpkin will absorb some of the excess water. If he's constipated, the same fiber will act as a stool softener. Win-win.
It's also high in zinc, iron and beta carotene. This is the one potential downside of pumpkin though, because carotene converts to vitamin A, which is fat-soluble and stored in the liver until needed. Too much can become toxic, so go easy on serving any kind of liver and definitely skip the pumpkin when you do.
How to feed canned pumpkin to a dog
While cooked pumpkin is better for dogs than raw pumpkin, the canned pumpkin puree you can buy at the grocery is also great for them. One thing, though: Make sure you buy pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. The former is natural and great for dogs. The latter is full of sugar and spice and not very nice for dogs.
From here, it's easy. Open the can, add two teaspoons of pumpkin puree to your dog's regular food (or feed it to him plain, if you prefer and he likes pumpkin enough to eat it that way) and wait. If you're feeding him pumpkin to cure digestive distress, keep an eye on his, uh, output to monitor when the pumpkin starts to help. You can also feed your dog pumpkin in moderation to help with everything from making his coat as shiny and healthy as possible to helping his vision.
How to Make Pumpkin Dog Treats at Home
Gather the necessary supplies and then watch our video for an easy step-by-step recipe for homemade pumpkin dog treats (or click here for a written version).
What you'll need:
- Cookie sheet
- Rolling pin
- Measuring cup
- Stand mixer or spoon and bowl
- Small cookie cutters
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat, or all purpose flour
- 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin, canned
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg
Watch the video for yourself:
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte for Your Dog
Here's how to make a pumpkin spiced latte for your dog:
What you’ll need:
- Honest Kitchen Pro Bloom Probiotic
- Pumpkin Puree
- Dog Bowl
- Measuring Cups
Step 1: Pour 1 cup water in saucepan (but this can be made without heat as well).
Step 2: Heat over medium (but don't make it too hot).
Step 3: Whisk in 2 scoops of Bloom.
Step 4: Whisk in 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree.
Step 5: Cool and pour into your dog's bowl
Step 6: Add some cinnamon sprinkle as a garnish.
Step 7: Give it to your dog and bask in the love.
Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Baked Goods
Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Holistic Blend Pumpkin Spice Hearts Biscuits
- Whole Hearted Grain Free Pumpkin Biscuits
- Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven-Baked Treats
- Blue Buffalo Health Bars with Pumpkin and Cinnamon
- Fruitables Skinny Minis Pumpkin Spice Flavor
- Three Dog Bakery Pumpkin Spice Latte Treats
- Pumpkin Chewies from The Pound Bakery
- Two Sisters Bakery Pumpkin Pie Dog Cookies
- K9 Granola Factory Soft Bakes Pumpkin Pie