It’s so hard to resist giving your dog or cat a bite when they belly up to the dinner table. But people food and seasonings can really do a number on them (and in some cases like onions they’re actually toxic). That’s why the best way to include your furry friend in the festivities is whipping up their own nutritious feast. Luckily, everyone’s favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin, is also a pet superfood with major gastrointestinal benefits. Check out our recipes below.
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Autumn Harvest Soup
The pumpkin in this soup makes it rich in fiber for better gut health and a stronger immune system. Goat milk adds probiotics, which are good bacteria that aid in digestion. And the collagen in bone broth can even soothe an irritated stomach lining. Overall, it’s a hydrating treat with lots of protein, vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
1. Mix equal parts of pumpkin and broth, using the serving sizes on the packages for pet’s weight. Stir well.
2. For a cozy treat, lightly heat on stove, but let it cool down after before adding goat milk (otherwise it kills the healthy probiotics).
3. Scoop up the amount you intend to serve and mix the recommended amount of goat milk into that serving. Stir to combine.
4. Serve up to your dog or cat as a snack or use to hydrate their meal.
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
This pumpkin dish has all the tummy benefits mentioned above plus it even improves your pet’s skin and coat. That's thanks to the omega 3 fatty acids found in the flaxseeds of this pet-friendly peanut butter.
1. Crush crunchy treats into a coarse crumb.
2. Mix with enough Pawnut Butter so the crumbs stick together.
3. Push the mixture against the bottom and sides of each cup of a muffin tin (use a mini muffin tin for small dogs) to form a crust.
4. Fill each cup with a spoonful of Fruitables Pumpkin Superblend.
5. Freeze pumpkin pies until firm, then remove from muffin tin and store in a sealed container in the freezer.
6. Can serve frozen or allow to thaw before serving. Cut into smaller servings for small dogs.