Treat your pup to some homemade fall treats!
I gave you guys a hint when I was first recipe testing these tasty dog treats…. #dogsbeingbasic
Pumpkin spice doesn’t have to just be for humans… dogs can love it too! Especially in treat form.
Why did I want to create a recipe like this?
There’s actually a reason as to why I wanted to create a pumpkin based treat (maybe skip this part if you don’t like TMI) & if you follow me on Instagram you will already know that my puppy Leo has been struggling with some anal gland issues. If you are unfamiliar with what exactly this is I will give a brief explanation.
Mini dog anatomy lesson:
Dogs have two anal glands right inside their bums & some dogs (especially little ones, which Leo is a mini long haired dachshund) are prone to having them get swollen & congested if they cannot expel them on their own.
How did I find out Leo was struggling with this issue?
One day he started whimpering around the house, hiding in corners & crying, & looked like he was dragging his bum on the floor. The paranoid dog mum that I am, I immediately called the vet & asked what to do. I took him in to get checked out. After the inspection & everything was normal they told me they were going to try to manually expel his anal glands to see if that was the issue. They left the room to do so & came back in to tell me they were full of fluid & that was what was causing his pain!
I was so happy to have found out what the issue was. But also sad for Leo as they are very painful. Which can prevent dogs from using the bathroom because of this pain.
What can help dogs who are prone to this issue?
I came home & researched the heck out of what to do for pups that struggle with this issue. One of the most important things to focus on is… FIBRE! Fibre is not only great for us humans but also our little fur friends too! The reason fibre is so helpful for these pups is because in order for them to expel their own anal glands naturally they need to have a formed stool pass through their rectum, therefore pushing on those glands & expressing any fluid in there.
Dogs that are not regular, more prone to diarrhea, or don’t have well formed bowel may be more likely to suffer from this issue. When there is not enough pressure to expel the glands naturally & they will then have to be expelled manually.
The superhero of this recipe:
A great way to add fibre into your pups diet is… you guessed it… pumpkin! Which is why that is the main ingredient in these treats! It adds a great amount of fibre & will help keep Leo regular.
I was so excited when I found this Pumpkin Spice Latte mix from Honest Kitchen on Home’s Alive Pets. It only has 5 ingredients, all of which I could pronounce & knew what they were.
Ingredients: Dehydrated goat’s milk, dehydrated pumpkin, dehydrated honey, cinnamon, ginger
Why I choose to shop from Homes Alive Pets:
Ever since getting Leo it has been so important for me to feed him the highest quality food, treats & supplements. I have been working with Homes Alive Pets for months now. I couldn’t be more pleased with the service they have given me. They answer all of my questions (because I have lots) & help me to choose the best products for little Leo!
I created this recipe in collaboration with Homes Alive Pets featuring the pumpkin spice latte mix! I highly recommend it even if you don’t want to make your own treats. It is great just to add into your dogs current food/routine for added fibre, helping to optimize their bowel function!
They are a Canadian owned & operated company run out of Alberta & they deliver all throughout Canada. They truly have an incredible variety of high quality products to satisfy all of your fur baby’s needs! I am proud to be working with them & supporting their mission to give you the best products for your pets!
What do you need to make these treats?
Before we get into the recipe I wanted to link the silicon baking mould I used for these treats HERE! I absolutely loved these moulds & they make it so easy to pop out the treats. Plus they are super fun. But you don’t need them to make this recipe, you can also just make them into small cookies (see recipe below).
Let’s get into it!
With all that being said, let’s get right into the recipe! Also, come tag me on Instagram if you make these & let me know what your pups think of them! Leo is definitely a fan as you can see in the pictures- haha!
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil melted
- 4 tbsp Honest kitchen pumpkin spice mix, linked above*
- 1 + 1/2 cup oat flour I made my own by grinding up gluten-free rolled outs in a blender
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Generously grease the baking moulds with coconut oil & set aside.
- NOTE: if you don't have the silicon dog treat mould I used, you can also use a regular baking pan lined with parchment paper & roll, then flatten them into little round cookies.
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well incorporated.
- Scoop the mixture into the prepared moulds & press down.
- Place in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the treats are nice & firm.
- NOTE: for softer treats decrease baking time slightly. The longer you bake these treats the crunchier they will be.
- Remove from the oven & let cool.
- Pop the treats out of the mould & give to your pups once cooled fully. Enjoy!
*If you don't have access to this product you can try adding 4 more tbsp of oat flour & 1/4 tsp of cinnamon & 1/4 tsp ginger. However, I have only tried this recipe with the pumpkin spice latte mix.
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