Fall is finally here! Why not have your pet share in the season’s fun by adding a nutritious treat they will love – with this wheat-free PUMPKIN dog treat recipe!!
Best known for its use as Halloween jack-o-lanterns or Thanksgiving pie filling, the pumpkin is a fruit that belongs to the same family as melons and cucumbers. All parts of the pumpkin have nutritional value, including the leaves and rinds, which contain protein and fiber and are often used medicinally.
Here are 10 ways pumpkin can benefit your pet:
- Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, carbohydrates and fiber. Roast the seeds and then grind them up. Do not add salt.
- Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fiber, which helps slows digestion, and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water.
- Alternatively, pumpkin also helps with constipation due to its high fiber and water content.
- Pumpkin is great for adding to your animal’s food. Most animals don’t require large quantities of pumpkin, and at only 34 calories per 100 grams, the benefits far outweigh the few extra calories. If you pet is overweight you can still add some pumpkin, just take out a little of the food to decrease the calories.
- Pumpkin flesh contains vitamin A, which is important for vision health.
- The flesh also contains vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.
- Dogs with joint problems need more vitamin C than they produce naturally, and pumpkin is a good source.
- Since pumpkin slows digestion, it also helps with weight loss, since your pet will feel fuller for longer.
- Pumpkin slows the aging process with its bountiful antioxidant beta-carotene.
- The zinc in pumpkin will help improve skin and coat.
Use either canned unsalted pumpkin or cook your own and freeze it in ice cube trays. You can make you own Wheat-Free Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe below or even look for pet foods that include pumpkin as an ingredient – examples include Petcurean’s NOW FRESH line.
Homemade Wheat-Free Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
- 3 cups oat flour
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons natural gluten-free peanut butter or sodium-free peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix all ingredients, adding water when/if necessary. Dough should be stiff but workable.
Roll dough out on wax sheet and cut into 1/2 inch treats. Use special dog cookie cutters for added fun.
Bake 40 minutes or until hard. Stays good for 2-3 weeks or longer if stored in the freezer.
No oat flour? No probem – making oat flour is easy! Just ground up oats in your food processor and voila!
Try to use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.
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