It’s fall here in Connecticut, and fresh pumpkins are everywhere. I usually buy a few throughout the season, first enjoying their decorative presence, and then cooking them. Pumpkin is a nutritious, dog-friendly food so it’s one of the many ingredients I share with my dog.
I usually like to get the smaller “sugar pumpkins” because they are easy to work with and fit in the oven.
Cooking A Sugar Pumpkin
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse the pumpkin as you would with any vegetable.
- Place the pumpkin in a baking dish.
- Poke a few holes in the pumpkin to allow air to escape during baking.
- Add about 4 ounces of water to the pan.
- Bake for about an hour or until the pumpkin feels soft when you stick a butter knife into it.
- Add more water during cooking if needed.
- Allow to cool, and serve to your dog in amounts appropriate for your dog’s weight and nutritional needs.
Giving Canned Pumpkin To Your Dog
If you can’t find fresh pumpkin or don’t feel like cooking one, canned pumpkin is an excellent option for your dog any time of year. Buy only plain pumpkin with no other ingredients or spices. Remove from the can and place in fridge. As with many fresh foods, use fresh or canned pumpkin within 3-4 days.
Whether you use it on its own as a treat, add it as a topper to your dog’s usual meals, or include it in a healthy recipe, pumpkin is a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. It’s also an example of how simple it is to improve your dog’s diet using everyday ingredients found in most grocery stores.
Contact me if you have questions or would like to learn more about giving your dog healthier foods like pumpkin.