Unlike plenty of other human food, pumpkin can be beneficial to a dog’s health. This is because pumpkins contain vitamins A, C, and E as well as potassium and iron. They’re also high in fiber, which can aid in digestion and reduce diarrhea if a dog is experiencing thin stools. Pumpkins are also a great source of gut-healthy prebiotics and fatty acids. This makes it a wonderful treat to share with your canine friend, especially in the fall!
Keep in mind that while pumpkins make a healthy treat for dogs, too much pumpkin can interfere with nutrient absorption. It’s best to feed dogs pumpkin in small amounts for a boost in nutrition.
How to Add Pumpkin to a Dog’s Diet
Some dogs will eat pieces of cooked pumpkin with very little prompting. Others will eat pumpkin purée mixed in with their dog food. However, the ideal way to add pumpkin to your dog’s diet is through homemade treats.
Making pumpkin dog treats is easy, which we’ll show you by highlighting three simple recipes available online.
#1- The Simplest Pumpkin Treat
This recipe is among the easiest to make as it only contains three ingredients. Combining flour, pumpkin purée, and egg makes a cookie-like dough you can roll out and shape with cutters. Cooking at 350℉ for about half an hour is all that’s needed. Let the pan of treats cool before giving one to your dog, though.
#2- Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Treats
This recipe calls for a few more ingredients for flavor but it’s still a simple one. Combine eggs, flour, pumpkin purée, peanut butter, and a bit of salt and cinnamon. Mix it thoroughly, then separate the dough into cookie-sized portions and bake them at 350℉ for 40 minutes and let them cool before serving.
#3- Frozen Pumpkin Yogurt Treats
This one is so simple that it doesn’t require any cooking. Mixing equal parts plain yogurt and unsweetened pumpkin purée, separating the mixture into ice trays or molds, and freezing it for a day results in ice cream-like treats your dog will love.
Adding CBD Oil to Recipes
Adding CBD oil to treats can help convince picky eaters to take their CBD doses without making a fuss. Excessive heat can reduce the oil’s effectiveness, so try not to exceed 350℉ when cooking.
To simplify adding CBD oil to your dog’s treats, you can add doses of the oil to dog treats after they’ve been cooked. This way, you can ensure that you have the right dose for each treat.
You might also want to add CBD oil to frozen dog treats. While CBD oil can be frozen, cold temperatures can change the way the chemical compounds behave.
Instead of freezing CBD oil in your treats, you can keep the potency high by using your dog’s dose as a sort of glaze.
CBD-infused pumpkin treats are quite easy to make, and your dog will likely enjoy having something special (and healthy) to snack on. Be sure to use dog-safe ingredients if you want to experiment with your dog treat recipes.