Keeping your dog regular with pumpkin dog biscuits
December 28, 2012 § 4 Comments
Did you know that pumpkin is good for dogs? When our Irish Wolfhound Addie was sick, our veterinarian recommended that we give her a little pumpkin. Pumpkin helps to resolve both diarrhea and constipation, and is also loved by dogs.
We’ve been making homemade dog biscuits since our dogs were little pups, and these pumpkin biscuits are a big favorite. Making our own treats lets us oversee our dogs’ diet, and allows us to offer them treats that are both healthy and delicious. Pumpkin also helps your dog’s digestive process, and it’s okay to feed these treats to him any time.
Pumpkin dog biscuits
1 cup pumpkin puree*
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 to 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350-degrees fahrenheit.
Break the eggs into a large bowl. Use a fork to whisk the eggs. Stir in the pumpkin puree and dry milk powder. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the wheat germ, then 1 cup of the whole wheat flour. Gradually add additional flour until the mixture is thick and difficult to stir. Use your hands to incorporate additional flour, until the dough is very heavy. Turn out onto a floured board, and knead in additional flour (if needed). Use a rolling pin to roll out into about 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter or knife. Place biscuits onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and use a spatula to turn the biscuits. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and leave on cookie sheets until cool. Remove from cookie sheets, and place in plastic bags. Makes 50 – 70 biscuits.
*If you’re using homemade pumpkin puree as we are, then the mixture will be slightly more liquidy. You’ll need to use more flour to stabilize the mixture.