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The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means… lots and lots of delicious treats. Turkey, pumpkin, cranberries, you name it. Now is the time to celebrate all that we are thankful for with those we love, including the four-legged members of the family.

We’ve put together some Thanksgiving inspired recipes perfect for your pup for this year’s holiday festivities!

1. Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Balls

Try these easy treats out for your pup. Pumpkin is good for dogs’ digestive systems and the peanut butter will have them droolin’ for more!

2. Crunchy BBQ Liver Treats

This wheat-free recipe is the perfect way to put a twist on those turkey giblets that are usually thrown out. Topped off with a smoky glaze, these will be too delicious to resist.

3. Frozen Turkey Dinner Treat

Is your pup a fan of ice cubes? These frozen Thanksgiving-inspired bites will have them crunching away with joy under the dinner table.

4. Sweet Potato Treats

Only 5 ingredients and a bit of time in the oven yields these homemade snacks that look store bought! Your pup will surely lick up every crumb.

5. Apple Cranberry Cookies

Got extra cranberries left over? Drop them into this recipe to make a tasty cookie for your pup. Cranberries are great for preventing UTIs which is also a common problem for dogs. We like cookies with benefits!

6. Cranberry Pumpkin Grain Free Treats

Another way to use cranberries, this time infused with pumpkin puree. Jam packed with vitamins, bake this healthy treat into the shape of a turkey leg so your pup can get in on the Thanksgiving dinner fun too!

7. Doggy Meatballs

A pup-friendly version of the classic meatball sure to satisfy your pooch. Filled with turkey, cranberries, green beans, and bread crumbs, it’s the perfect mini bite of Thanksgiving rolled up into a tasty treat.

8. Turkey Pumpkin Dog Treats

Turkey and pumpkin: two of the most classic holiday ingredients. Try this 30 minute recipe for a batch of cookies that will get your dog’s tail wagging.

9. Turkey & Veggie Dog Meal

Want a full homemade turkey meal for your pup for Thanksgiving dinner? Try this recipe for a proper bowl of dinner!

10. Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Can’t forget about dessert! DIY in less than 50 minutes, they look almost good enough for people to eat!

11. Mini Pumpkin Pies for Dogs

We had to include a pie recipe, since there’s no more fitting time for pie than this time of year. Plus, mini pies and desserts are just too cute not to display with your Thanksgiving spread. Just be sure to mark that these are for dogs (and not humans) because they look good enough for anyone to eat!

Finally, as always, check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Keep in mind any allergies your pup may have to certain ingredients, and introduce new foods in small amounts to your pup if they’re trying it for the first time.

Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities and let us know how your pup liked your homemade treats by leaving a comment below or tagging us on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter photo with #benebone.

There’s no doubt that we are full swing into pumpkin season. It’s hard to go into any store without seeing some type of pumpkin spice product. And, while your dog cannot enjoy a yummy PSL (pumpkin spice latte) with you, there are other delicious ways for your dog to enjoy pumpkin this season.

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Besides the yummy taste, there are many health benefits for dogs that eat pumpkin. But, before you begin giving your dog some of grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Dogs can only eat unsweetened raw or cooked pumpkin. This generally means no human pumpkin snacks.
  • Canned pumpkin is fine – just as long as it’s organic and does not contain any added sugar!
  • Dogs can eat both the seeds and/or flesh of a pumpkin. Keep in mind that pumpkins spoil quickly, be sure to inspect your pumpkin carefully.
  • Always consult your Veterinarian before introducing new foods to your dog.

One of the biggest health benefits pumpkin provides is aiding in upset stomach or diarrhea issues. Pumpkin is rich in soluble fiber and also contains vitamins A, E and C. The soluble fiber aids in absorbing the excess water in your dog’s stool. This fiber also serves as a prebiotic for your dog’s intestines and gut lining, which kickstarts the growth of beneficial bacteria while decreasing the harmful bacteria.

Pumpkin can also help to entice your dog to eat his meals if his upset stomach may be keeping him from eating. Simply add 1 – 2 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin to your dog’s meal. When starting out, it’s best to start with a smaller quantity and work your way up.

Hopefully, your dog is happy and healthy! In which case, pumpkin is still a great addition to your dog’s diet. Pumpkin isn’t just for “sick” dogs, there are different ways you can (and should) give your healthy dog pumpkin.

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TREATS!

The easiest way to provide your dog with pumpkin is by buying premade treats. During this time of year, there are an abundance of pumpkin dog treats, just as there are for humans. Not a fan of premade treats? Grab a fresh pumpkin and you can make your own dog treats.

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When making your own fresh pumpkin treats, don’t throw out those seeds. Not only do pumpkin seeds make a great treat for dogs, but they also help aid against worms in your dog’s intestinal tract. Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin, an amino acid, that stops any worms from progressing and eliminates them.

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When feeding pumpkin seeds, you will want to get them fresh or untreated. Often, the grocery store pumpkin seeds come pre-salted, which you want to avoid. If your dog doesn’t want to eat them raw, try roasting them with some coconut oil – this will also help to prolong the seeds shelf life. It’s as easy as putting the pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet and baking them for 10 – 15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have a picky eater that doesn’t want to eat the pumpkin seeds whole, try grinding them to a salt like texture and sprinkle on your dog’s meal.

DINNER!

If your dog already gets enough treats, try steaming some fresh cut pumpkin and adding it to your dog’s dinner. Cut your pumpkin into small cubes, add some water to your steamer and let your pumpkin cook for about 10 – 12 minutes. Let the pumpkin pieces cool and serve.

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Whichever way you give your dog pumpkin is up to you! It may take some trial and error to see what your dog prefers. But, you can rest assured that not only is pumpkin safe for your dog – it’s healthy too!

We’d love to hear how you feed pumpkin to your dog. Let us know in the comments below or share a photo of your dog with his pumpkin on our social media pages. Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #Benebone so we can see your pumpkin treats or meals.

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