Healthy Homemade Dog Treats With Pumpkin
The best homemade dog treats are made with real ingredients. Some homemade dog treats use a simple mix of vegetables and spices. Others are pure human foods. Jack Russell’s dog food recipe and homemade dog treats are two examples of human foods used. Even though most dogs probably won’t eat these, others who live with humans can and will.
With this said, I want to share some tips on making human foods with pumpkin. I also want to share my opinion on homemade dog treats with pumpkin. Although both of these foods are great for your dog, they have different needs. In this article, I will discuss the Jack Russell dog food recipes that include pumpkin and how these can help your dog.
Pumpkin is an excellent source of essential minerals for humans.
In my opinion, any dog food should contain some form of pumpkin. Many dog foods are lacking in these vital minerals. I have heard of some dogs even rejecting food based on mineral deficiencies. I don’t know if it’s because of the taste or they just haven’t been fed enough minerals in the form of vitamins and minerals in their regular human diet.
It’s really hard to give a blanket statement about any dog food. Every brand on the market has its own benefits as well. I would recommend trying a couple of dog foods out to see which one your dog prefers. The small dog version should contain a bit more pumpkin because of the small size of the dog. Pumpkin isn’t the only ingredient that can affect the dog’s eating habit.
I do strongly recommend using human-grade dog food. Human-grade dog food contains ingredients that are approved by the AAFCO (American Association of Food Dog Breeders). There are several human-grade dog foods available for sale. You can also make treats with a combination of foods that are safe and healthy for your pet. Here are a couple of treats to try:
For a couple of weeks, I cooked up a small batch of pumpkin puree and put together small bone and cooked meat treats. After a few weeks of feeding this to our small dog with no adverse reaction, we switched to human-grade dog food. This one had a small bit of a kick to it but didn’t cause any problems. We still use the pumpkin/bones/meat treats for the dog and enjoy them a whole lot.
Dogs are susceptible to being allergic to some types of foods.
For example, a dog may not react to chicken or beef but may break out with a hive’s reaction to wheat, corn, or soy. If you suspect your dog may be allergic to a particular food, you may want to avoid that particular food altogether until your dog can eat other foods safely. It’s always best to play it safe. Your dog will thank you for deciding to feed him/her Pumpkin & Apple Juice, Pumpkin Pie, and other safe, wholesome foods!
To sum it up, we have enjoyed fresh, wholesome, organic pumpkin and apple juice, canned pumpkin, and even homemade dog treats with pumpkin. We’ve never had an allergic reaction to any of them, and many of our dogs seem to like them, too. What do you feed your dog?
This Halloween, ask your family to bring over some fruits.
If your family is lucky, they might even end up getting two fresh, healthy apples and two pears. You will definitely want to make sure you dry these off completely, and then store them away in a sealed container. While you are at it, also stock up on some carrots, beets, okra, and even a few strawberries. Fresh fruit will help your dog stay healthy and keep your household feeling light.
The other option would be to prepare some home-cooked dog treats. There are many easy, healthy recipes available online. Just search “dog’s healthy foods” to find what you want. Here are a few ideas:
These homemade dog treats with pumpkin are just one of many healthy treats you and your family can choose to enjoy this Halloween. There are many more fun recipes you can find by doing an internet search. And remember, nothing beats fresh, natural food – and that includes pumpkin! Why not put some of this healthy pumpkin into your dog’s bowl this year?