Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Dog Treats

Pumpkin dog treats suggest "fall" and conjure up images of the leaves on the trees turning colors and nights getting cooler....even if you live in a tropical climate. Pumpkins are ubiquitous for Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations.

These gorgeous decorated dog treats are pumpkin spice cupcakes made by My Doggy Delights bakery in Hollywood, Florida.

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Pumpkin spice cupcakes for dogs by My Doggy Delights

If you are going to make homemade pumpkin dog treats, and you plan to use canned pumpkin due to the ease it provides, just make sure you use pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling which has a high sugar content to make it palatable for human taste buds (and the reason why pumpkin pie is so delicious!) The pie filling also contains a lot of calories. Your dog doesn't care about eating a sweet taste like we do, so spare him the calories.

These beautiful dog treats are pumpkin carob drops made by the Pup-Cake Barkery in Rogers, Arkansas:

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Pumpkin carob drops dog treats from The Pup-Cake Barkery

Your kitchen will really smell wonderful while these treats are baking! Have a cup of pumpkin spice coffee while you wait. 

Pumpkin is a high source of fiber and can aid dogs who suffer from constipation, either due to their diet or other reasons. The flesh of the vegetable is all you need. Pumpkin rind is not suggested for dogs because it is hard to digest and gas-producing. Pumpkin seeds are not recommended for your pet either due to creating a possible choking hazard.

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