During October and November, the pumpkin patches are readily available and pumpkins all over your local grocery stores! Save yourself a few dollars on Pumpkin Puree and have some fine while making it yourself!!
Did you know that Pumpkin Puree is full of fiber and makes the perfect additive to any dogs meal when their tummy is upset?? I can tell you from personal experience that Libby’s Canned Pumpkin saved me from many sleepless nights when I first got Mako. Pumpkin, straight up, is a gift of the Gods when it comes to making dogs of all sizes feel better!
Let’s be honest here, we all know as dog parents that the number one and two rules of thumb are as follows:
Is your dog eating normally?
Is your dog using the restroom normally?
If either of these two things are a No, there is trouble in doggy paradise. If they’re eating and being ravenous, but number two is out of the ordinary, there is a quick and inexpensive fix, and canned Pumpkin Puree or homemade can solve your issue!
And a little goes a long way, so be careful, when finding the right dose! Too much and you might get the opposite problem. For Mako, 55lbs, she can usually do two spoonfuls of pumpkin and everything is right as rain the next potty break! I personally like to pour the pumpkin (canned or homemade) into treat molds and freeze them for easy on the go snacking of a healthy and beneficial doggy treat! I always have a can in my pantry for those go to moments! You should too!
Below I have included easy go to instructions and pictures to help you make your own with those leftover orange decor pumpkins. (do not consume yourself unless made from Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins) Left over Jack-O-Lantern scraps make the perfect puree as well, but not to be consumed by dog mom and dog dad!
Once you have your pumpkin, (we chose a small Sugar Pumpkin from Trader Joe’s) your first step is to remove any stickers and wash your fruit! Pre Heat the Oven to 350 degrees.
After your Pumpkin is washed, Cut in half! This is probably the hardest part so be careful! If you feel more comfortable doing this, by all means it doesn’t change the outcome. Feel free to cut your stem off so you can more easily cut. (It’s way easier, than cutting through the stem!)
Once cut in half, you will see some strings and seeds like any other pumpkin, naturally. Use a pumpkin scrapper, spoon, fork, or whatever to clean your pumpkin as much as you can. Your pumpkin should look like this:
Place pumpkin halves face down like pictured, and fill your tray with about 1/4inch of water. Bake for one hour! (longest wait time ever so turn on some Netflix and smell that pumpkin aroma!)
Once your pumpkin is baked, it should be a really soft consistency and easily removed from the peel.
Keep in mind, do not use the peel when blending the puree. You only need the warm yellow orange inside. Remove the inside and place in a food processor or blender. Pumpkin should process to a nice smooth consistency and resemble Libby’s Puree (except way more yellow than orange!)
This next part is completely optional. If like me and can’t use a whole pumpkin of Puree in one day, feel free to freeze in treat molds of easy access when in need! I store my frozen treats in a Stasher Bag (You can also refrigerate and use spoonfuls throughout the week, by keeping it in a air tight container! Your pup is going to love you and their belly will too!! Def give this DIY a shot and let me know if you do! We might even feature your DIY Puree!!
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