DIY Gluten-Free Dog Treats with Pumpkin

I’ve written about the health benefits of pumpkins for dogs and cats, including improved digestion, urinary health and even weight loss. Here are some recipes you can make at home for your dogs that include pumpkin, but not gluten. I discovered that Sanchez and Gina are gluten intolerant after seeking holistic veterinary care, so I particularly appreciated that these recipes are gluten free.

A Facebook fan, Heather Hill at RelaxThePaw.com lead me to the following picture and recipe in Marilyn Naron’s blog postRetriever Retriever, Pumpkin Eater. Marilyn made them for her dog, Cleo, when she wasn’t feeling well.

DIY Gluten-Free Pumpkin Treat for Dogs

Photo Credit: Marilyn Naron

Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.
  3. Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.



DIY Gluten-Free Dog Treats

“Pumpkin Squeaks” Dog Treats
(Compliments of Protect your Bubble pet insurance) 

I’m not much of a baker, but I had to try these treats when I saw how easy the recipe looked. The picture above is just a sampling of all the pumpkin squeaks that Sanchez and Gina enjoyed. An added bonus was that they easily broke up into small bite size training pieces.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)
  • 2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving.
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Looking for DIY treats for your cat? While they don’t include pumpkin, Pet360 has a variety of offerings here.

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97 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

PJ Chartrand
PJ C.2 years ago

I'm excited to try these for herself but will wait until my granddaughter can help what with being a cookie maker extraordinaire.

Audrey Rogers
Audrey Rogers2 years ago

Thank you for this recipe! I just made it and my dog is happy again! One thing I changed...I used white rice flour instead. Also, coconut milk instead of eggs. My dog can't have the brown rice flour because his vet said it is ground WITH the hulls. Allergy and bladder stone issues...

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelis2 years ago

Thank you

Carol P.
Carol P.2 years ago

Just something to consider, but many of the humans who react to wheat, rye, and barley aren't reacting to the gluten in them, rather the fructan - another protein chain entirely.

Because our pets can't tell us when something is upsetting their stomachs, if you suspect that gluten is a problem, you may want to do some more research into fructans as well, neither of which wolves would have encountered in the wild, before we domesticated them.

Though the research about fructans and fructose reactions is pretty scarce at this point, it is worthwhile to note that pumpkin is on the list of foods to avoid on the FODMAP diet.

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelis2 years ago

Thank you

Elaine Al Meqdad
Elaine Al Meqdad2 years ago

PUMPKIN IS VERY GOOD FOR THE DOGS DIGESTIVE SYSTEM AS IT IS HIGH IN FIBER!

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Carla van der Meer

Thanks for sharing. We give our senior basset pumpkin puree for tummy troubles on her vet's advice and it works like a charm.