There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a frosty cold popsicle. Although it’s tempting to offer our panting pooches a lick, we know that these frozen treats are full of sugar or sweeteners (that can be toxic to dogs). But making a pupsicle is easy and worry-free when you use this Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe. It only takes a few minutes to blend all the ingredients and pour them into an ice cube tray. Leave them in the freezer overnight and you’ve got plenty of frozen treats to get you through the next heat wave!
Frozen Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
1 cup plain yogurt
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon honey
1. In a blender, add banana and puree until smooth.
2. In a large bowl, add yogurt, pumpkin puree, mushed banana and honey. Stir until well combined.
3. Spoon mixture into ice cube trays. Once each mold is full, wrap in plastic wrap or place in Ziploc bag to avoid mess.
4. Place in freezer and let freeze completely, overnight.
Note: When using canned pumpkin, only use plain canned pumpkin. It should not be pumpkin pie filling, and there should not be any added ingredients. You just want pure pumpkin puree in a can.
The Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Did you know that pumpkin could serve as a nutritious and beneficial addition to your dog’s diet? It’s true!
First off, pumpkin can help balance a canine’s digestive system. It is an excellent source of natural fiber, so it could help keep your dog more regular if he is dealing with constipation. However, at the same time, pumpkin can even help pooches that are suffering from diarrhea. How neat is that?!
Another reason that canned pumpkin is good for dogs is because it is a low-calorie food. Adding these treats to your pooch’s diet will likely not have much of an impact on his overall calorie intake for the day, particularly if you are concerned about your dog’s weight or if he is on a weight loss plan. In fact, your veterinarian might even recommend using canned pumpkin as part of your pet’s weight loss diet by replacing some of your pooch’s regular food with it.
In addition to helping your dog stay at a healthy weight or lose excess weight, and on top of being able to support your pooch’s digestion by relieving upset stomach, pumpkin is also a great choice as an ingredient for treats because it contains vitamins that can support your pet’s health. Vitamins A and C, for example, are both found in pumpkin, and they play an integral role in the body’s ability to maintain a state of balance and wellness.
The best part is that dogs tend to enjoy the taste of pumpkin, so they will readily eat it when it is added to their food or when it is given to them as a treat. So, with this frozen pumpkin dog treat recipe, you can bring this ingredient into your dog’s summertime diet easily. Your pooch will love consuming this refreshing and hydrating pupsicle, and he will be able to reap all of the nutritional benefits that pumpkin provides, all at the same time.
Give This Easy Dog Treat Recipe a Try Today!
Sure, there are a lot of dog treats that you can buy in pet stores and online these days, but if you are the type of person who looks closely at the ingredients in those foods because you want the best for your pet, making homemade treats should definitely be on your radar.
Replacing store bought treats with homemade ones could not only add variety to your dog’s diet, but it could also help ensure you aren’t feeding him any low quality ingredients. When you can control the ingredients—and the quality of the ingredients—that go into your dog’s treats, you will feel a lot better about what you are feeding him. And because this recipe is so quick and easy to make, even the busiest pawrents can find time to give their furry companions something special.
Let us know if you try this recipe – post a picture of your super cool treats on our Facebook page or in the comment section below.
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