Fun Fall Cooking For Your Dog
This is a fun time of year to make some fall dishes for ourselves and for our dogs.
Regardless of what kind of food you feed your dog they can always benefit from vegetables added to their diets.
Right after Halloween, I frequent roadside stands and the pumpkins here are $1.00!
So what I like to do is boil or bake a cleaned out pumpkin cut into small sections. I bake it at 350 for an hour or longer until it gets soft. When boiling I boil until soft.
Then I simply scrape the pumkin meat away from the skin and mash it. I usually do this by hand with an old potato masher my mother use to use. I don't worry if the texture is still a bit chucky. I sometimes add my homemade bone broth to help mashing the pumpkin. It is fun add other ingredience that can further benefit your dog's health.
I freeze what I am not going to use in a week. From one pumpkin I can get about a months worth of pumpkin which I add daily to my dogs' diet ( I feed four small dogs)
Why use pumpkin for your dog? Pumpkin contains vitamins like A, C and E as well as minerals like iron and potassium. It is great for digestion!
Why make your own? You certainly can buy a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) from the store as it will benefit your dog. I like to cook fresh for my dogs and I like the different ingredients you can add.
Ginger added to the pumpkin strengthens a weakened immune system. This herb also promotes blood circulation, flushes out toxins and also helps to level out low blood pressure, which all are common health conditions in older dogs. (I have a 17 1/2 year old poodle!)
When I add hemp seed the dogs get a good source omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. These fatty acids fight inflammation, They also support the nervous system which may help calm your dog.
Again, no matter what your diet is, your dog can benefit by adding some homemade vegetables or pumpkin, which is technically considered a fruit.