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How To Prepare Pumpkins for Your Dogs

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Now that fall and Halloween is upon us, you’re probably wondering how to prepare pumpkins for your dogs to eat. Do not let your pup ingest raw pumpkin and consult your veterinarian concerning their diet. You NEVER want to feed a dog pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkins Benefits

Pumpkins have countless benefits for dogs. The first being that it helps both diarrhea and constipation.

The orange gourd is low in calories but holds numerous vitamins and minerals. It features Vitamin A, potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Folate.

Furthermore, pumpkin can also improve your dog’s coat by moisturizing it. Overall, it encourages digestive regularity and hydrates your pooch.

Pumpkin seeds have their benefits too. The seeds feature antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Plain Pumpkin

The first and potentially easiest method to prepare a pumpkin for your dogs is to steam it. First, cut the pumpkin into quarters and remove the guts. Secondly, you’ll want to cube the portion for your dog to eat. Steam the cubes and then either mash it with a masher or use a food processor to create the puree.

This step by step guide shows you how to properly bake pumpkins for dog consumption. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cut your pumpkin into quarters. Take out the seeds and guts before putting the pumpkin on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until it is tender to a fork or knife. Wait for it to cool before you remove the skin. Cut the pumpkin into chunks and then you can puree it in a blender, food processor, or masher.


Moreover, there are a variety of ways to make pupsicles with pumpkin. This recipe’s ingredients are only pumpkin and banana. It requires two ripe bananas and 1/4 cup of pumpkin. All you have to do is combine the ingredients and put them in your mold or tray. Pop it in the freezer and hours later you’ll have your popsicles ready to go.

Another easy two-ingredient recipe is the pumpkin and yogurt frozen delights. You’ll want to have plain non-fat yogurt for this treat.