One of great dog treat is pumpkin. Most of the dogs do really love its average sweet taste. If your dog is experiencing digestive issues, pumpkin is wonderful for this. And for those dogs who are watching their waist line, it is also good and helpful for weight loss cause it's "bulky". Low in calories and makes your dog feel they are already full.
- Pumpkin Kong Filler
First you should Mash some cooked pumpkin (Note: not pumpkin pie filler, it should be baked, boiled or canned puréed. ) also put some ripe banana (bananas that are a bit too ripe for your liking - this is the perfect use for!), a spoonful of plain, unsweetened yogourt, and/or peanut butter will also do. Put the mashed mixture into a Kong or any other stuffable toy. Now you are ready to give it to your dog.
- Pumpkin “Ice Cream”
It is the same process with making a pumpkin kong filler, but you must freeze the mashed mixture. But before you popping it in the freezer, for small individual servings - spoon it into an ice cube tray. For your dog to have a blast working away at, You can also stuff into a Kong for a frozen dessert toy.
- Pumpkin “Latte” For Dogs
Take one cup of warm water and a tablespoon of active culture plain yogourt and combine with two tablespoons pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling). After mixing it together, top it with a light dusting cinnamon. Now it's ready to be served for your dog! (pumpkin spice or Pumpkin pie mix usually contains nutmeg, which is toxic to dogs. Do not use these)
- Pumpkin Dinner Topper
Mash a few pieces of of baked or boiled pumpkin or a few tablespoon of pumpkin puree then add any or if possible all of the following: a tablespoon or maybe two of unsweetened active culture plain yogourt, , low-sodium chicken or beef broth, and\or a spoonful or two of white or brown rice leftover. You can now mix it all together and if you wish you can add a little water. Store it in the fridge until mealtime then put some in every regular dinner of your dog. They love it!
- Simply Baked Pumpkin
To make it much easier you can buy a package of pre-peeled and cut pumpkin pieces or if you have some stock at home you can also chop a pumpkin into pieces. Place them in a 350° lightly oiled baking pan for approximately one hour. Scoop the flesh from the rind once cool and discard the rind only if your cooked pumpkin still have rind. Now you can chop the cooked pumpkin into little cubes, keep it in a ziplock bag then store it in fridge or freezer a treat for your dog. Or a mashed few cubes can be added to your dog's dinner. That's if you want your dog to drop a few pounds, remember pumpkin is healthy yet "bulky", that would make them feel already full.