No need to wait for pumpkin spice season. You can share your favourite fall flavour with your pooch all-year round! Our list of the best pumpkin dog treats is sure to have your dog begging for more.
Benefits of Pumpkin
We are obsessed with pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin everything! Why shouldn't our dogs get to enjoy this fall classic too? We love sharing our favourite treats with our pets and we want to tell you some great ways that you can help your dog get on board with our pumpkin addiction. Not only is it delicious, pumpkin contains natural and healthy nutrients to promote your pet's well being.
Pumpkin aids in digestion by providing a nutritious fiber source that helps regulate speed of digestion and acts as a bulking agent to improve stool quality. It's great in a pinch for quick digestive relief, but can also be used preventatively to support regular digestion.
Skin & Coat Health
Pumpkin also contains high quantities of Vitamin A, E and Zinc that play an important role in skin and coat health, vision, and provide antioxidants to protect against disease-causing free radicals that can damage cells leading to possible health concerns, like cancer.
When managing your dog's weight, Pumpkin can be used to provide a feeling of fullness, allowing reduced calorie diets or portion control to aid in weight loss without leaving your dog feeling starved.
Check out this article for a closer look at the benefits of pumpkin for your dog.
12 Best Pumpkin Dog Treats
1. Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven-Baked Treats
These Pumpkin Oven-Baked Biscuits are a tasty snack for anytime. They are made using 100% organic, human quality, GMO-free ingredients, and have no preservatives. The adorable teddy bear shape, and all natural formula will make it easy to feel good about rewarding your dog.
2. Darford Grain Free Pumpkin Biscuits
Darford Pumpkin Biscuits are a low glycemic, meat-free cookie. They are great for rewarding, and the the mini's can be used for training treats. Using nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, and natural flavours such as annatto and rosemary, this is the perfect "everydog" biscuit.
3. Benny Bully's Beef Liver Plus Pumpkin
The perfect blend mouth-watering beef liver and irresistible pumpkin, Benny Bully's Plus Pumpkin is a simple but delicious treat that is perfect for training, rewarding, and even as a meal topper. These treats are loaded with essential nutrients and helps to support digestion by offering valuable dietary fibre.
4. Zoe Pumpkin and Ginger Tender Bites
Zoe Tender Bites are the perfect bite-sized training treat. They are soft and chewy, making them very palatable, and at only 4 calories per treat, they are perfect for longer treat training session. For sensitive tummies, try the Pumpkin and Ginger formula. It can aid in digestion and reducing nausea and indigestion.
5. Fromm Crunchy-Os Pumpkin KranPOW
With all the whimsy of your favourite childhood cereals, Fromm Crunchy-Os are a crowd pleaser. The Pumpkin KranPOW flavour is an explosion of digestion friendly pumpkin and antioxidant-rich cranberries ad contains only 2 calories per treat. They are excellent for training, and for treating overweight dogs.
6. Northern Pumpkin Pie Training Soft & Chewy Bites or Bite-Sized Biscuits
This Canadian product comes in two formats, a crunchy biscuit and a soft chewy treat. Northern Biscuit Pumpkin Pie treats are great for training or reward depending on you dog's texture preference. Softer treats may be better for young puppies as they have a stronger scent to help keep them focused on you during training.
7. Shameless Pet Pumpkin Nut Partay Soft-Baked Biscuits
Ain't no party like a pumpkin party! Even better, this is one partay that you can feel extra good about. Shameless pet treats are made using over 45% upcycled ingredients, like unused ingredients from farms, canneries, and cider presses that would normally just be discarded. Shameless Pet Pumpkin Nut Partay is loaded with upcycled pumpkin and peanuts for a tasty and eco-friendly treat.
8. Portland Pet Food Company Pumpkin Biscuits
Looking for a wholesome and delicious biscuit? Portland Pet Food Company Pumpkin Biscuits are made with just 5 natural, human-grade ingredients. These biscuits are twice baked to give that irresistible crunch that dogs love.
9. Fruitables Pumpkin & Cranberry Crunchy Biscuits
This typically fruit based line has a strong, irresistible scent. The cinnamon is not only a nose pleaser, but can help regulate blood sugar and increase insulin resistance. With only 8 calories per treat, Fruitables Pumpkin and Cranberry biscuits are perfect for overweight pets that still need to be rewarded for a being a good boy.
10. Plato Turkey and Pumpkin Meat Bar
Plato Turkey and Pumpkin Meat Bars are slow roasted semi-soft treats made from USA raised turkey. These grain-free treats are great for instilling positive routine behaviours or they can be quickly broken into bite-sized training treats.
11. Awesome Pawsome Super Pumpkin Dog Treats
Super being the keyword, Awesome Pawsome Super Pumpkin treats are soft and chewy pumpkin-shaped snacks for dogs of all ages and breeds. This vegan formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients to support your dog's health. Whether you are training or just treating your good dog because he deserves it, Awesome Pawsome has you covered.
In addition to nutritious pumpkin, Oven-Baked Traditions Chicken and Pumpkin treats are grain-free, soft, and chewy. They are packed with additional omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help support your dogs skin and coat. With only 3.1 calories per treats, you can confidently offer these meaty pumpkin treats to dogs of all life stages.
Bonus: Puppy Cake Wheat-Free Pumpkin Cake Mix
For extra special occasions, or if you are just feeling extra, try Puppy Cake's Pumpkin Cake Mix. This adorable cake mix uses rice flour for the perfect birthday, holiday, or party treat for your pooch (and his friends). Decorate it with yogurt and tapioca icing, and top with your dog's favourite pumpkin treats. Just be sure to send us a pic!
Looking for more ways to sneak pumpkin into your dog's diet? Try adding it to your dog's favourite Homemade Dog Treat Recipe. Canned or powdered [pumpkin can be added to your favourite homemade recipes to provide digestive support and great flavour.
Choosing the Right Treat
The treats in this list are our favourites, and we hope they will be yours too, but remember to select a treat that is appropriate for you pet's needs, and the purpose of giving the treat. Smaller breeds, and young puppies may need smaller portions to avoid overfeeding and digestive repercussions.
Treats can be up to 10% of a dog's diet as long as the other 90% is coming from a complete and nutritious diet.
Don't be afraid to give a few extra treats when training a new puppy, or providing mental stimulation using a puzzle or interactive game. Just make sure you offset these extra calories by temporarily reducing their food or increasing physical and mental activity.
Whether you are looking for a new idea for training treats, increasing your pet's health, or just wanting to share some of your favorite seasonal flavours with your dog, this list offers something for all.
Let us know your dog's favourite pumpkin treat in the comments below!