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A Special Treat for the Pups this Thanksgiving

For people, Thanksgiving often brings huge feasts! And while you may want to invite your dog to join in the fun, it’s important to be careful which foods you share. Even food that can normally be safe for dogs (like potatoes) can become bad when you consider the added spices and ingredients (like garlic and onions) that make it so tasty for us. Need help determining which foods are safe? Read this article from the AKC.

Want to make something special for the dogs? Try this dog-safe recipe for pumpkin treats below.

Pumpkin Treats for Dogs


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (regular white flour will work as well)

  • 1 cup canned pureed pumpkin (don’t use pumpkin pie filling, as it includes additional sugar, fats, and spices like cinnamon that are dangerous to your dog)

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol)


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.

  • Add the pumpkin and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

  • Stir in the flour until the mixture creates a dough.

  • Roll out the dough about ½ inch thick on a lightly floured surface.

  • Cut out shapes using a small cookie cutter or knife.

  • Place the treats about half an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 12 minutes.

  • Let cool completely before giving to your dog to enjoy.

This recipe contains information that is considered suitable for pets. However, it is important to consult with your veterinarian before offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.

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