Making pumpkin puree for dogs could not be easier. Full of nutrients and great in baked dog treats or homemade dog food.
Pumpkin is high in fiber, rich in Vitamins A, E and C, and also has potassium and iron.
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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
Due to it's high fiber content, pumpkin is great for dogs with constipation or diarrhea. Low in calories and high in fiber, it's also a good ingredient for dogs who are watching their weight.
Although you can purchase pumpkin puree in a can, you must ensure that it's not the pumpkin pie filling as that contains ingredients that may be toxic for dogs. Making your own puree is a great option if you can't find the canned stuff too!
Always start with small quantities of pumpkin so not to add too much fiber to your dog's diet.
Pumpkin Puree Ingredients
This is a simple recipe using just pumpkin and water.
What Type of Pumpkin Can Be Used?
For this homemade pumpkin puree we use calabaza pumpkin as it's commonly available in the Caribbean.
Other types of pumpkin can be used:
- Pie pumpkin
- Baking pumpkin
- Sugar pumpkin
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
The pumpkin can be roasted or boiled before being pureed. This recipe boils the pumpkin.
It's as easy as boiling peeled cubes of pumpkin until soft. Then once cooled, puree the pumpkin in the blender.
Chop the pumpkin into pieces
Boil in water until soft
Drain the pumpkin
Blend into a puree
What to make with pumpkin puree
Serve it as a dinner topper with a spoonful on their dog food.
How to store
Store in the fridge in a sealed container or jar. It should last about a week.
This can also be frozen. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for use later. It should last up to 6 months in the freezer.
Pumpkin Puree for Dogs
- 20 oz pumpkin ripe
- 3 cups water
- Remove the skin and seeds from the pumpkin.
- Cut into chunks and place in a medium saucepan with the water. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft.
- Drain and set aside to cool.
- Process the pumpkin in a blender until smooth.
- Pour into a jar or container and store in the fridge.