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October 4, 2019

Homemade Pumpkin Treat Recipes Your Pet Will Love

Fall means pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes, but humans aren’t the only ones embracing the sweet pumpkin craze. As you dish up your favorite pumpkin-based delicacies or reach for your PSL, why not make a delicious fall treat for your dog or cat? Pets love the flavor of pumpkin, and these treats are incredibly easy to prepare. You may even want to sample some of them yourself. 

Homemade Dog Treats With Pumpkin 

If you’re thinking of preparing homemade dog treats with pumpkin, you may be asking the obvious question: Is pumpkin safe for my dog? After all, we’ve been warned about foods like chocolate, grapes, and avocados. Could pumpkin be on the no-no list as well? 

The good news is that pumpkin is perfectly safe for dogs. The American Kennel Club even notes that pumpkin can help treat diarrhea and other digestive issues in dogs, and there are a number of other health benefits as well. As with any treats, you want to provide these snacks in moderation, but you can have total confidence in their safety. 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats 

These easy pumpkin dog treats only take about half an hour to prepare, and they also include peanut butter, another ingredient that dogs can’t get enough of. Bake some of these delicious cookies, and your dogs may never want their boring store-bought treats ever again. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Stir the pumpkin, yolk, and peanut butter using an electric mixer. 
  • Mix the flour, whole wheat flour, and baking powder in a bowl. 
  • Stir your flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until everything is combined and evenly distributed. 
  • Roll out your completed dough to a thickness of about ⅓” to ¼”. 
  • Use a cookie cutter to shape the dough into cookies. 
  • Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 
  • Remove the cookies and let them cool. 

Homemade Cat Treats With Pumpkin 

Dogs aren’t the only animals who love the taste of pumpkin. There are some possible health benefits to letting your feline indulge in the occasional pumpkin snack. Pumpkin can offer digestive assistance and even contribute to a healthy, shiny coat.  

Cat-Friendly Pumpkin Cookies 

If you want to make delicious homemade cat treats with pumpkin, these cookies are the way to go. They’re easy to prepare, and cats can’t get enough of them. 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked) 

Instructions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Combine your canned pumpkin, applesauce, and carrots using a blender or food processor. 
  • Combine your oatmeal and rice flour in a bowl. 
  • Mix all of your ingredients together until you have a firm dough. 
  • Roll out your completed dough to a thickness of about ⅓” to ¼”. 
  • Use a cookie cutter to shape the dough into cookies. 
  • Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Bake for approximately 7 minutes. 
  • Flip cookies, and bake for another 5 minutes. 
  • Remove the cookies and let them cool. 

Final Notes About Homemade Dog & Cat Treats With Pumpkin

The great thing about all of these treats is that they can hold up for months. Make a full batch, store them in your fridge or freezer, and bring them out on special occasions. Also, it’s best to stick with the appropriate recipe for each species. For example, peanut butter makes an excellent treatment for dogs but is not generally recommended for cats

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