I love fall. And, I’m addicted to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Friends send me #PSL memes in August and I start bouncing when I see the “Coming Soon” alerts in my phone app. Plus, my dogs are big fans of a Puppuccino so afternoon latte runs have been the norm lately. (A puppuccino or Starbuck’s “dog cup” is a small cup of whipped cream – they are free! Ask next time you are in the drive-thru with your dog.)
With the current trend to turn everything pumpkin spice this time of year, I have noticed many pet brands also introducing limited fall/pumpkin treats. Why not? Pumpkin is healthy for both you and your dog! Maybe not the lattes, but canned natural pumpkin is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol and loaded with beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamins A and C.
Did you know pumpkin is nutritious for both you and your pup!
No scientific evidence is available but the vitamins in pumpkin are beneficial for a pet’s skin, eyes, coat and immune system. The fiber in canned pumpkin has been proven to benefit a dog’s digestive tract. It can act as a binding solution absorbing excess water and therefore helping pets with diarrhea.
Adding a tablespoon of pumpkin to food can also aid in a weight loss program. The extra fiber will help your dog feel full. Pumpkin also slows digestion so your pet will feel fuller longer.
The amount of canned pumpkin that you add to your pet’s meal will vary. Before adding pumpkin as a weight loss measure, reach out to your veterinarian as a precaution. Too much canned pumpkin can lead to lose bowel movements and create an entirely different issue.
Pumpkin treats everywhere! Here are our favorites…
Pet food brands are also seeing the benefit of pumpkin in treats. Last year I discovered, Bill-Jac’s Pumpkin Pie Treats and they are a favorite in our house. Real chicken is the number one ingredient and the treats contain no fillers, soy or added fat. Plus, they are less than two calories a treat.
Our beagle was recently put on a weight loss plan and we were introduced to Fruitables Skinny Minis. I was excited to discover a Pumpkin Spice flavor for fall! These soft and chewy treats are free of wheat, corn, soy and artificial colors and flavors. They are also around two calories each and perfect for maintaining a healthy beagle weight.
Available year round is Three Dog Bakery’s Pup-kin Spice Latte. Both dogs love this treat! The wafers contain all-natural pumpkin, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon. They come topped with marshmallow flavored mini-wafers and packaged in an adorable to-go cup. I may not be able to get a PSL in March but with this treat my dogs can.