Healthy pet treats.

You know it’s Fall when the weather begins to cool off, the leaves begin to change colors, and suddenly, pumpkin spice is everywhere! Pumpkin spice is a fun fall flavor that is included in many human treats, and naturally, pet owners want their furry friends to partake in the fun as well. While we don’t recommend feeding your dog or cat a pumpkin spice latte, the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital put together this list of pet safe fall-themed treats for them to enjoy! 

Pet Safe Fall-Themed Treats 

Believe it or not, several of the fall flavors that we humans enjoy can also be shared with our pets! Ingredients such as apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and more can be a safe and healthy dog treat, as long as they are prepared properly. As with anything, be sure to serve these treats and snacks in moderation. Too much of any of these ingredients could cause an upset tummy for your pup and should not be used as a meal replacement. 

Also, keep in mind when preparing DIY pet treats and preparing for a pet-safe Halloween, to avoid ingredients such as chocolate, xylitol, and other artificial sweeteners. These can be toxic and dangerous for your pets. 

Fall Fruits and Veggies For Dogs 

Pumpkin:  

Pumpkin is an excellent food choice that is packed with vitamins and minerals and would make a great treat for dogs. It has a high soluble fiber content, which can aid in digestion and help relieve tummy troubles that your pup may be experiencing. You can feed your dog canned pumpkin mixed into their regular kibble (a tablespoon or two at a time), or use it as an ingredient in dog-safe baked treats. You can also give your dog fresh-baked pumpkin that has been cooked in the oven until it softens, and cut into smaller serving pieces. 

Sweet Potato: 

Sweet potatoes are another great nutrient-packed vegetable that makes a great healthy treat for your dog. You can serve these to your dog after they are fully cooked and the skins have been removed. You can also cut them into slices and dehydrate them for a fun sweet potato chew! Never serve sweet potatoes to your dog raw. 

Apples:

An excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A, apples make a great tasty treat for dogs. Make sure to cut them into slices before feeding them to your pup, and discard the core and the seeds. 

Carrots: 

Another orange treat that is dog-friendly is carrots! Carrots are full of crunch and vitamins, and low in calories. They make a great snack for your canine friends because raw carrots can also help clean your dog’s teeth as they chew. Shredded carrots are also a great addition to baked goods or as a small additive to their meal. 

DIY Recipes 

Try this fun DIY pet recipe below for some yummy and healthy treats your dog will enjoy! You can also find more fall recipes here. 

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Treats 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (add more if needed) 
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (do NOT use pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (make sure it does not contain xylitol) 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grind the oats in a food processor until it becomes a fine powder. Add peanut butter and pumpkin puree to the oats, and mix until you get a sticky dough. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface, and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the treats are hard. Let cool completely before giving to your dog. To maintain freshness, store the leftovers in an airtight container. 

For more pet-safe treat ideas, give the pet experts at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital a call at (732) 531-1212.