Pumpkin dog treats are a great low-calorie snack for your favorite four legged friend.

Pumpkin is a great superfood food for dogs – full of vitamins and with loads of health benefits. Check out these benefits of pumpkin for dogs.

Pumpkin dog treats - pumpkin pictureMany dogs will eat pumpkin raw – but baking treats with it is an easy way to get your dog to accept it.

You can use canned varieties – but avoid pie fillings as they contain lots of spices and sugar. It is a good idea to buy pumpkin while they are cheap in the autumn, chop and cook them – then freeze them in small portions for your pet baking sessions.

The recipes below are great for including your dog in Thanksgiving celebrations – or for their halloween party!!


Pumpkin leather makes a great chewy treat for your pet. This is a simple version but you could also add a jar of applesauce for extra sweetness.

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  • 2 cups cooked pureed pumpkin.

How to make the leather

Turn oven on very low. My oven doesn’t go lower than 80C/175F degrees. My original recipe called for oven temperatures of 60C/140F. If you have a dehydrator then even better.

  1. Puree the pumpkin in a food processor.
  2. Spread the mixture out thinly onto a non-stick baking tray.
  3. Leave in the oven for 6 to 8 hours until they are no longer sticky when you touch them.
  4. When cool, roll the leather and cut into treats.


The first time we cooked this we left it too long and it went more like paper than leather. But Luigi still loved it – and we crumbled some on his dinner.

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These thanksgiving pumpkin pies are a prefect way to let your pet join in the holiday celebrations!

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Holiday Dog Treat

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  • 1 cup cooked small pumpkin chunks.
  • 1 low-sodium vegetable stock cube
  • 1/2 cup water.
  • 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour.
  • 1 cup oats.
  • 1 1/2 cup plain flour.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg Warning – see note below recipe.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.

How to make the Pies

Turn oven on at medium 180C/350F degrees.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together then stir them well.
  2. Add the pumpkin chunks then the oil and egg.
  3. Stir it well then add the stock cube and water.
  4. Roll on a well floured board to about inch and a half thick.
  5. Using cookie cutters cut them out a put them on a non-stick tray. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Take them out and let them cool


Nutmeg can be toxic to dogs if eaten in large amounts. You may like to skip this ingredient altogether just to be on the safe side, particularly if you have a small dog.

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Pumpkin Dog Treats — 4 Comments

  1. I just made the pumpkin jerky (in the oven), and I had coated the cookie sheet with coconut oil. After baking it looks like jerky and has the right texture, but it separated and looks like marble. Is this what is supposed to happen? Should I not have used the coconut oil?

    • It might have been the coconut oil Kristin – I have never used it this way. It sounds like maybe it was spread a little too thinly or the oven was a little too hot so it dried too quickly. I hope your dog enjoyed it anyway!

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  3. Thank you for the great recipes. I will be baking for a special group of rescued Bull Terriers in Toronto, Ontario. One very kind foster mom has 18 rescued dogs and they will be enjoying some tastey dog goodies next weekend. These pups can`t eat Oreos but everyone loves a cookie!