Adding pumpkin to meals is quick and easy, and this time of year, pumpkins abound here in Connecticut! They are seen in supermarkets, back yards, fence posts, front porches and many other places.
Every year, I buy several pumpkins, usually the smaller ones so I can fit in the oven. I display them around the house and then one by one, I bake them.
Here is a pumpkin I baked recently.
Baking. Baking pumpkin is easy. Just place it in a baking pan. Make a few holes with a fork or knife, so air can escape while cooking. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan, and bake at 350 until your knife goes in easily, much like you would do with a baked potato. For a small pumpkin, this might take 60 to 90 minutes. You can cut a small hole in it too, to see if it’s soft.
Once it is baked, you can add it as a topper to your dog’s meals or snacks.
Here is a sample:
This is a snack of ground turkey, kale and pumpkin.
Using canned. If you don’t have the time or desire to bake pumpkins, you can use canned. Make sure to get the kind that only has pumpkin in it. No spices, sweeteners or any other ingredients.
You can use fresh or canned pumpkin in homemade dog treat recipes too, like I did with my new Autumn Treats recipe. Here is a picture:
Autumn Treats – see the recipe.
Freezing. You can also freeze pumpkin after you’ve cooked it. Just take out all the meat, place in freezer bags, and take out as needed.
Whether you use fresh or canned, pumpkin is a healthy addition for your dog, and you too! If you like it, you can use it in soups, stews, as a side dish and more.
Best wishes to you and your furry friends,
Sarah Whitman, MS
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