Preparing Pumpkin Puree for pets
The preparation of pumpkin puree for pets is a simple process, and in doing it yourself, you eliminate the problems associated with commercial preparation. Not only can you avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives, you will save money and be assured you are providing the best product for your dogs.
Pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who seem determined not to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body. It’s also rich in fiber, which can help quiet upset stomachs and eliminate both diarrhea AND constipation in pets. (You don’t need to feed a lot of it to get these benefits – a teaspoon or so for a 50-lb dog will do just fine). Pumpkin is also low in fat, rich in antioxidants, and is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps support urinary health. (Read more about The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets).
Once you have your puree all prepared, you can either hand off a spoonful to your pet, mix it into their food, or bake some healthy treats for your dog. Our favorites are Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Pet Treats!
So, now that you know the reasons for doing it, here’s how to do it:
To begin, gather several “small-ish” pumpkins. The larger they are, the more likely you’ll run into strange textures and tastes.
Slice the top to remove the stem, then cut in half to easily remove seeds and set aside. Slice the pumpkin into sections.
Place pumpkin on baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.
Remove the skin by scraping away.
Place chunks into food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
Note: If the purée is too “watery”, you can strain it on cheesecloth or mesh strainer.
You can either store it in a Ziploc bag or Tupperware container for later use, or freeze in ice cube trays for easy 1-tsp size servings to add in to your pets food each day. Just freeze the trays, and then remove the cubes and store in Ziploc bags to keep them fresh.
Remember, you don’t HAVE to make your own pumpkin puree. You can always used canned pumpkin in a pinch. We recommend using the new Fruitables Pumpkin Dog Digestive Supplement, fortified with vitamin, fiber and ginger