Awesome Tail-Waggers Deserve Awesome Treats
Our pets treat us to companionship, loyalty, and just all-around good feelings every single day. Next time you have some leftover, cooked pumpkin, indulge your love of cooking and your love of pooch, by make a healthy dog treat (kitty owners, keep reading, pumpkin is good for cats, too). Note: canned pumpkin is fine – pie filling is not, just use plain old cooked pumpkin, unsweetened & un-spiced.
A small amount of pumpkin per day helps with pesky poops (those ones that are either too soft or too hard) because pumpkin is full of fiber. Getting a small amount of extra fiber in your pet may also help keep your carpet clean, because in addition to helping maintain proper poops, it may help keep kitty’s hair balls going through the digestive system instead of being deposited on your floor (or bed, or furniture, or where ever the need arises). Just keep in mind that we are talking about small amounts of pumpkin, not the whole can! If you have questions as to quantity, check with your vet.
A friend provided the following recipe (I don’t know who actually created the recipe), and it has been taste-tested by a few dogs – they now come running when the word “cookie” is mentioned! Remember to offer lots of fresh water to help the extra fiber “flow through”.
Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Biscuits - (this recipe can be reduced, proportionately)
Total time: approx 1 hour / Baking time: approx 40 minutes, depending on size of treat
Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper (or use lightly greased cookie sheets)
Preheat oven to 350°F
You will need:
2 cups (approx 1 pound) of pumpkin puree (cooked, unsweetened, un-spiced)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
½ cup flax seeds
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
-Mix together pumpkin puree and brown sugar
-Add eggs & mix
-Add oil & water & mix
-Stir in flax seeds, then mix in flours – the dough will end up being quite stiff
-Roll out dough to about 3/8” thickness
-Cut into desired shapes (poochie won’t care, but you might appreciate a dog-bone shape)
-Place shapes on prepared baking sheets and bake approx 40 minutes until light golden &
fairly hard – they will harden more as they cool. Cool completely on cooling rack.
-Treat the dog(s) following you around and getting underfoot throughout the baking