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Fall Dog Treats

October 15 2023

Autumn is in the air! The leaves are changing, and the temperatures are cooling off. Many of you are likely enjoying some of your favorite seasonal foods, whether that means a pumpkin spice latte, fresh apple cider, or candy corn. Our canine pals can also enjoy a few autumn classics. A local vet offers some tips on giving Fido some fall treats in this article.

Pumpkin Yums

For this one, you’ll mix pureed plain pumpkin with ground turkey, eggs, rolled oats, and oat or whole-wheat flour. Mix the wet ingredients together, and then add the oats and flour. Divide the snacks into individual portions. You may want to get a silicone mold with bone-shapes. Once you have them parceled out, bake for about 20 minutes at 325. Let them cool before giving them to your pooch. Remember to have Fido do a trick for his treat!

Apple Chicken Treat

You’ll need 1 ¼ cups grated carrots, a cup of grated apple, ½ cup of natural peanut butter, two eggs, and instant oats for this one. Mix the apples, oats, and carrots in one bowl, and the peanut butter and eggs in another. Then, combine into a batter and, as with the Pumpkin Yums, divide into small portions. Cook for about 15 minutes at 350. Voila!

Sweet Potato Jerky

Jerky is one of Fido’s favorite snacks: it not only tastes great, but has that hard texture that he can really sink his teeth into. To make jerky for your canine companion, you’ll want to slice some freshly-scrubbed sweet potatoes into thin strips. They should be about ¼ inch thick. Next, put them on a cookie sheet. You can use parchment paper for lining if you like. Cook at 225F for about 3 to 4 hours. You can add more time if you want them crunchier. Just make sure that the strips aren’t a choking hazard.


These are just a few of the things you can make for your canine companion. You’ll find many more great recipes online. You can also make your own! Just stick with safe ingredients. Never give Fido garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocado; any fruit with seeds or pips; coffee; chocolate; or anything with xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as is raw dough. Ask your vet for more information.

Our Advice on Fall Dog Treats in 2024

What are the specific nutritional benefits of using pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato in homemade dog treats?

Pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato offer various nutritional benefits for dogs. Pumpkin is rich in fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting gastrointestinal health. Apples provide vitamins and antioxidants, supporting the immune system and overall health. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, contributing to optimal canine nutrition and promoting digestive health. Incorporating these ingredients into homemade treats can offer a flavorful and nutritious snack option for dogs during the fall season.

Are there any particular types of apples or sweet potatoes that are best suited for making dog treats?

When making dog treats, opt for fresh, ripe apples without seeds or cores, as these parts contain toxins harmful to dogs. Any variety of sweet potatoes can be used, but choose ones without added spices or seasoning. Organic options are preferred to avoid pesticides. Additionally, ensure the sweet potatoes are thoroughly washed and peeled to remove any dirt or potential contaminants. Overall, prioritize fresh, high-quality produce to ensure the safety and nutritional value of homemade dog treats.

How long can these homemade dog treats be stored, and what is the best method for storing them to maintain freshness?

Homemade dog treats can typically be stored for up to one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For longer storage, they can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. To maintain freshness, ensure the treats are completely cooled before storing, and avoid stacking them to prevent sticking. Label the container with the date of preparation for easy tracking. Always check for signs of spoilage before feeding treats to your dog, and discard any that appear moldy or have an off odor.

Are there any specific dietary restrictions or health conditions in dogs that may be affected by consuming these treats?

Dogs with specific dietary restrictions or health conditions may be affected by consuming certain homemade treats. Ingredients like peanut butter, while generally safe, can pose risks for dogs with allergies or weight management issues due to their high-fat content. Additionally, treats containing fruits like apples may need to be limited for dogs with diabetes due to their natural sugar content. Always consult with a veterinarian to determine if homemade treats are suitable for your dog’s individual dietary needs and health status.

What are the recommended serving sizes for these treats based on a dog’s weight or breed?

Recommended serving sizes for homemade dog treats should be based on the individual dog’s weight and breed. As a general guideline, smaller dogs may benefit from smaller portion sizes, while larger breeds may require larger servings to feel satisfied. It’s essential to consider the treat’s ingredients and nutritional content when determining appropriate serving sizes to avoid overfeeding and potential weight gain. Consulting with a veterinarian can provide tailored recommendations based on your dog’s specific dietary needs, activity level, and overall health status.

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