Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
Did you know?
Pumpkin cooked fresh, Pumpkin Seeds (see additional recipe below) and canned pumpkin (unsweetened, not pie filling) have many benefits for dogs. There is good reason pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble.
It can help with the following pet ailments:
Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our fur kids, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. It can also help dogs with indigestion or upset stomachs.
Urinary Health: The oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
Weight Loss: If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your dog, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of fresh cooked, mashed or canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.
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ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
1 large Butternut Squash – no need to peel.
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line 2 large cookie trays with parchment paper.
Cut Butternut Squash (neck) into slices (see photo) about 1/2 inch thickness.
When you get to the seeds, cut through the middle, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and set aside, (see included recipe) continue cutting slices until all the Butternut Squash is sliced.
Place the slices on cookie trays and roast for 60 – 90 minutes (cooking time really depends on the size of the slices and your oven). The slices will shrink considerably, don’t worry, it’s all part of the process.
Remove the cookie trays from the oven (the slices may appear moist) and turn the slices over.
Return the cookie trays to the oven and cook for another 60 – 90 minutes, checking around 60 minutes.
It’s essential to keep watching the slices, they can brown very quickly once they are nearly done.
Remove and let cool completely on wire cooling rack.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS TREATS
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line cookie tray with parchment paper, lightly misted with non-stick cooking spray.
Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.
Place the seeds in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted. Check and stir the seeds every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool – see storage details below.
As with any seeds, feed these Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats with moderation.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.
Feed these Roasted Butternut Squash Treats – or – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.
If in doubt, check with your Vet.
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One thought on “Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

  1. Miss Harper Lee March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    My mommy says I have to wait until our autumn for these treats. That’s when we get really good butternut squash. Ok, mommy, I’m waiting!!

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