Healthy digestive diet: 7 homemade dog biscuit recipes using pumpkin

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7 homemade dog biscuit recipes using pumpkin

When shopping for pumpkins to carve into Jack-o-lanterns this Halloween you may be unaware of the incredible health benefits that the bright orange gourd has for your pet. Powdered pumpkin seed is often used to support urinary health in dogs. It is especially useful if the dog has an upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and its natural oils ease digestive stress and discomfort. 

Not only will pumpkin keep your dog regular but it is a healthy snack that is extremely low in calories. Since pumpkins are so accessible in October you may want to pick up an extra one for your pooch. Homemade dog treats using pumpkin in the ingredients provides the dog with a safe and healthy treat. When feeding pumpkin from a can make sure to always use canned pumpkin and not canned pumpkin pie filling.

Listed below are 7 easy and delicious dog treat recipes using this festive fall food. It is important to consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about feeding pumpkin.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits features its own dog treat recipe using pumpkin in the ingredients. This recipe is simple but mouth-watering for a pooch. One especially great thing about this treat recipe is that it works as a great base for you to add your own ingredients. Try adding diced, cooked bacon or crushed cranberry.

  • 2   eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2  tablespoons dry milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (wheat flour is probably better)
  • water

Healthy Pumpkin Balls

This is a fantastic recipe by Cesar Milan's website Cesar's Way that features pumpkin as the hero of the dish. These Healthy Pumpkin Balls are jam-packed with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, iron and potassium. These dog treats only take 25 minutes to bake!

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

This tasty dog treat recipe only has 6 ingredients! features this peanut butter and pumpkin dog treat recipe that will have your dog drooling. Mix a doggy favorite- peanut butter- with the healthy, low calorie pumpkin for something that will delight your dogs taste buds.

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pup-kin Biscuits

Rachael Ray has been concocting delicious recipes for people throughout her long career. This recipe however has gone to the dogs. Check out Rachael Ray's Pup-kin Biscuits recipe. It makes a whopping 36 servings that your dog will gladly devour. 

  • 2   eggs
  • 1/2  cup  canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 2  tablespoons  dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2  cups  white or whole wheat flour

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Pumpkin Pie Dog Biscuits

Dog Treat Kitchen offers readers so many excellent recipes just for the dog in your life. This is a fantastically festive recipe using pumpkin to make for your pup this October. This is one treat that will smell delicious while its baking!

• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 tsp. ginger
• 1 tsp. allspice
• 2 tbsp. canola oil
• 1/2 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
• 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, smooth
• 1/4 cup water

Click here to read the rest of the recipe!

Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats

October doesn't just invite pumpkin pie onto your dinner table but it also celebrates another fall dessert- apple pie. This recipe by combines both of those wonderful harvest foods together into one yummy dog treat. 

• 3 cups whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup cornmeal
• 2 small finely chopped or grated apples (could probably do 1 large/medium)
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup pumpkin
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/2 cup cold water

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Is your dog grain-free? No worries- this pumpkin dog treat is just right for you to try. This recipe by A Cozy Kitchen uses garbanzo flour instead of wheat flour. Some dogs are allergic to grains and this is the best way to know you are feeding a grain free treat that is healthy too!

  • 2 1/2 cups garbanzo flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

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