Fall is synonymous with pumpkin around here, so my sister and I couldn’t resist making three different DIY pumpkin dog treats. All of these are so simple, and our dogs think they are irresistible! All photos are by my super talented sister, Alice G Patterson Photography.
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Pumpkin can be a great digestive aid for dogs and cats. The first “recipe” is one of the easiest treats you can make. Simply open a can of pumpkin (NOT PIE FILLING) and scoop it out into ice cube trays.
To help get in the spirit, we used a fun candy mold similar to this one.
Freeze until solid. You can store them in a plastic container or freezer bag.
Darla, my sister’s Pomeranian, the official taste tester for this shoot, loved her job!
The second recipe is a little more involved but still falls under the “VERY EASY” category. These pumpkin balls have only a few ingredients and are perfect for my allergy-prone dog, Nelly.
I found the recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats by Two Little Cavaliers. They are perfect as a food topper, treat, or pill pocket. You can make them whatever size you like.
As you can see, I was making them for two different-sized dogs, or possibly I was distracted. All of our dogs, as well as my cat, love these pumpkin oat treats.
Darla was particularly excited by the third pumpkin treat.
I know it looks like she’s ignoring the squirrel, but the truth is she’s just waiting for her okay signal. (She’s a very good dog!) The final recipe is slightly more involved but worth it! This recipe calls for only three ingredients: pumpkin, peanut butter, and flour. I used rice flour because Nelly is sensitive to wheat.
You can find the recipe here. I made large cookies for the fun factor as well as smaller ones for convenience. Because my dogs are little, they shouldn’t have a whole cookie at once. These are fairly soft and are easy to tear into smaller pieces. As anyone who has made a batch of rollout cookies knows, it can be tiresome to complete a full batch. After I made about 10 nicely shaped cookies, I switched to my own method. I rolled out the dough and then cut it with a knife into rows. I cut it again perpendicularly to make small square treats.
To learn more about the nutritional benefits and dangers of pumpkins for dogs, check out this post from Fidose of Reality.
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If you want to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon but don’t have time or energy to make these simple treats, you might want to try Fruitables.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses (products as well as portraits), senior portraits, and dog photography.