Chewed shoes, gnawed up couch, dog vomit: vet time. I couldn’t handle it any longer. Luckily, our quick visit to the vet gave us all the answers.

Apparently, our pup has an extremely sensitive tummy and chews on stuff to settle it. According to our vet, it’s an extremely common issue with dogs and can all be solved with simple doggy treats. The only problem: one box of treats is $40. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t like cleaning up dog puke any more than the next girl, but $40 a box for treats? At six bathroom breaks a day, we’d be broke by the end of the month!

After several hours of researching through cook books and pet books, I’ve concocted a great recipe to help battle the tummy troubles of almost any dog. The best part: you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for them! They’ll cost you less than $6, most of the ingredients are extremely common, and you’ll be able to reuse the ingredients again and again.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree. This is amazing for pups with sensitive stomachs and costs less than $3 at Walmart.
  • 1 tablespoon dry milk. If I don’t have this handy, I leave it out and have had no issues at all.
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cup brown rice flour. Most dogs don’t tolerate wheat very well. Only $2.94 for a 5 lb bag.
  • ½ teaspoon parsley

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and egg until creamy.
  • Mix in milk, salt, and parsley.
  • Slowly add in the flour and mix together with hands to make dry dough.
  • Dump the mix onto a floured surface (brown rice flour preferably) and knead dough.
  • Roll dough between ¼ and ½ inch.
  • Use a cookie cutter to make shapes.
  • Place shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 20 minutes, turn biscuits over, and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before giving them to your dog.

After tasting these treats, your dog is going to love you even more. Not to mention, you’ll be saving cash, protecting your stuff, and keeping them happy and healthy. Whether your dog has a sensitive stomach or not, try these treats. You’ll be surprised at how beneficial pumpkin is for them. You might even find they like them better than the store bought kind!

This is a guest post by August from Granite Falls, NC
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6 thoughts on “DIY: Pumpkin Dog Treats”

  1. Patti says:

    Just put brown rice in your blender, give it a whirl, and you have brown rice flour!! This looks great, can’t wait to try it!

  2. Renie21 says:

    oh, one more thing – the lower the baking temp, the harder and crunchier home made biscuits get. Just leave them in a bit longer and then let them dry in the oven as the oven cools

  3. Renie21 says:

    been trying to give my sensitive pooch more healthy stuff. Look forward to trying these. Great to know what is in the food I feed him

  4. marissa9046 says:

    I made these treats for my dogs and they both loved them! I omitted the dry milk and baked them at 350 degrees. Plus I have plenty ingredients left over to make a few more batches which cost me under 5 bucks all together! Compared to buying the $5.99 a box treats I usually get them I will now make these instead and I know exactly what is in them too!

  5. Patti Z says:

    What is the oven temp??? Also is it dry or fresh parsley

  6. Tracy Lynn says:

    Do you know how long the shelf life is for these?? I know lots of home made treats last no more then 2 weeks and I’m hoping these last longer!