October is all about Halloween, raking leaves, flannel shirts, and apple cider. And pumpkins. Pumpkins. And more pumpkins. Pumpkin spiced latte. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin donuts. Pumpkin patch. And as I baked a batch of pumpkin spice cookies, with my girls Izzy and Kita hovering hoping to be my taste testers, I felt guilty that I couldn't share my yummy treat with them. Or could I?
If you didn't already know, pumpkin is good for you and your pets. It's a great source of fiber and can help with constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or so (depending on your pet's size) to their meal can help keep them regular.
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. An excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, it may even help keep cancer away.
If your dog or cat needs to lose weight, pumpkin is a great low-fat food that fills them up without adding all those extra calories. Just reduce how much food you give your pet and replace it with some pumpkin and watch the pounds fade away.
It is important that you only give them pureed, or canned pumpkin. Not the sweetened pumpkin pie filling you'll find at any grocery store. You can also feed your pet pumpkins from your garden, but be sure to cook them first!
So now your fur-kids can enjoy some of the season's best flavors alongside you! I made these frosty pumpkin treats for my pups. It's easy ~ mix 1 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup canned pumpkin. Pour the mixture into a pumpkin shaped candy mold or ice cube tray. Freeze for 3 - 4 hours or overnight.