Fall is a time of abundant harvests and seasonal treats. As the leaves turn shades of gold and crimson, we’re often tempted to share our autumn snacks with our furry companions. But which ones are safe, and which should remain strictly off their menu? Let’s dive in!
Safe Fall Foods for Pets
- Pumpkins: Not only are they an iconic symbol of the season, but pumpkins are also great for pets! They’re full of fiber and beta-carotene. However, ensure you serve plain, cooked pumpkin and not spiced pumpkin pie mix.
- Apples: A crisp apple can be a crunchy treat for your pet. Just make sure to remove the seeds and core as they can be choking hazards.
- Sweet Potatoes: Rich in vitamins and fiber, cooked sweet potatoes can be a delightful addition to your pet’s diet.
Fall Foods to Avoid
- Grapes and Raisins: These might seem like a healthy treat, but they are highly toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure.
- Nuts, especially Macadamia: These can cause various symptoms in dogs ranging from weakness to vomiting.
- Onions and Garlic: Both can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.
Now, a special treat for your pets to savor this fall!
DIY Pet-Friendly Autumn Treat: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites
- cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup dry milk
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (ensure it does not contain xylitol)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Mix pumpkin puree and peanut butter in a bowl until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, dry milk, and cornmeal.
- Gradually add the dry mixture to the pumpkin and peanut butter mixture, stirring until the dough forms.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/2-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes.
- Place the treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until treats are golden and firm.
- Let them cool completely before serving to your pet.
These treats can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
We hope your pets enjoy these delightful Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites. Remember, moderation is key. While these snacks are pet-friendly, they’re meant as treats and not a meal replacement. Enjoy the flavors of the season and keep your pets safe and satisfied!
Paws and whiskers,