Pumpkin Spice Truffles for Dogs

Fall is the time for warm spices, pumpkins, and soft baked treats. Did you know that some of the traditional autumn foods have health benefits for your dog?

Here is a healthy treat recipe to introduce the health benefits of some wonderful autumnal ingredients into your dog’s diet.

First, let’s go over some of the ingredients so we know why we want our dogs to enjoy these foods and spices.

 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin also supplies vitamins A, E, and C which act as antioxidants, support eye function, immune health, and weight loss. It contains the Vitamin A precursor, beta-carotene, which gives the pumpkin that beautiful orange color. Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium and iron.

Plain pumpkin is an excellent food for dogs with digestive troubles. It is easily digested, gentle on the stomach, and supports proper stool formation.

“Pumpkin can ease digestion in several ways. The soluble fiber content in pumpkin adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water, and fiber fermentation produces beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulate intestinal sodium and water absorption, and lower the pH level of the large intestines.

Fiber also acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are different from probiotics. They stimulate the growth or activity of these beneficial bacteria in the intestines and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.”

Check out our article Healthy Additions: Pumpkin to learn more!

 

Ginger

Ginger is a traditional remedy for upset stomachs, nausea, and vomiting. This is an excellent addition to pumpkin if you are feeding a sick dog.

Ginger stimulates digestive enzymes and increases the production of bile for improved digestive function.

“According to materials written by Steve Marsden, DVM, and Shawn Messonnier, DVM, and Cheryl Yuill, DVM, in PetCareNaturally.com, ginger may play a role in relieving or preventing bloat in dogs due to its ability to stimulate movement in the stomach and accelerate emptying of the stomach, as demonstrated in several studies.”

It is a natural anti-inflammatory which can help relieve pain from arthritis. In addition, ginger is a good source of manganese which also helps support joint health.

Ginger’s immune-boosting qualities and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent cancer preventative (or an addition to cancer treatment). Ginger may also help prevent heartworm disease!

“The reduction of microfilarial (heartworm larvae) concentration ranged between 83 percent to 98 percent in infected dogs treated with ginger.”

Note: Ginger can thin the blood and should not be fed to dogs about to undergo surgery or labor. Ginger can also lower blood sugar and blood pressure, so if your dog has diabetes or any kind of heart condition check with your vet before feeding ginger.

 

Turmeric

Another spice that is in the same plant family as ginger, turmeric has some awesome abilities.

With the cooler weather rolling in, arthritis can be accompanied by more stiffness and pain. Feeding your dog spices that protect against arthritis can help! In this recipe, turmeric acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

To learn more about turmeric’s benefits for dogs and how to feed it check out our article “Healthy Additions: Turmeric!”

 

Raw, Grass-Fed Butter

Beyond amazing flavor and rich color, raw grass-fed butter contains super benefits for your dog. It’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids which effectively reduce inflammation and soothe the digestive system.

The vitamin and mineral content of raw butter from grass-fed and grass-finished cows (or goats) is higher than that of typical factory-farm cow’s butter.

Raw butter contains medium-chain fats that are some of the most stable fats. They are less likely to go rancid and cause your dog harm, but more likely to have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and digestion-boosting benefits.

 

Homemade Bone Broth

When made fresh from joint and marrow bones, bone broth contains incredible nutrients that will benefit not just dogs with arthritis and digestive issues, but all dogs!

Correctly made, bone broth has a high concentration of collagen and gelatin which makes the broth gel when cooled. A homemade bone broth is the perfect glucosamine supplement because it is rich in collagen, which are the proteins that support the structure of bones, cartilage, skin, tendons, ligaments and bone marrow.

If you are currently feeding your dog a joint supplement that comes in a powder, tablet or liquid form, feel free to add it to the treats to maximize the joint-supporting benefits.

Learn more about the benefits of Bone Broth for dogs!

 

Coconut Flour

This flour is a great alternative to the starchy, nutrient-robbing white flour and to common grains that cause dogs much digestive trouble. It is low-carb, high in fiber, and gentle on the stomach.

We like coconut flour because it does not cause blood sugar spikes, adds fiber to the diet, and doesn’t take much to get the job done.

Coconut flour is made from the meat of the coconut and is very healthy. Coconuts contain super-healthy medium chain fats that boost metabolism and support brain function!

Learn about harnessing the benefits of coconut using coconut oil for dogs!

You can also make these treats with oat flour, flaxseed meal, or almond flour.

Now for the promised recipe!

 

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

These soft fall-flavored treats are packed with health-boosting foods and will keep your dog begging for more! They are perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs, those with arthritis, and hip and elbow dysplasia.

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For the best results, simply roll these treats into appropriate bite-size portions for your dog and leave the ingredients raw. This will provide the maximum nutrients and benefits.

 

For Satisfied Dogs!

 – Cassy Kay

 

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Defarges, Alice. “Constipation and Obstipation in Small Animals” merckvetmanual.com. Web. Accessed Nov. 15, 2018. https://www.merckvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-stomach-and-intestines-in-small-animals/constipation-and-obstipation-in-small-animals

Kimberly. “Pumpkin Isn’t Always Healthy for Dogs” kepthetailwagging.com. Jun. 24 2014. Web. Accessed Nov. 15, 2018. https://keepthetailwagging.com/pumpkin-isnt-always-healthy-for-dogs/

Peralta, Jessica. “Why Ginger Is So Good For Your Dog!” dogsnaturallymagazine.com. Web. Accessed Nov. 15, 2018. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/how-to-give-your-dog-ginger/

Smith, Caitlyn. “5 Benefits of Cinnamon and Pumpkin For Dogs” dogsnaturallymagazine.com. Web. Accessed Nov. 15, 2018. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/5-benefits-of-cinnamon-and-pumpkin-for-dogs/

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