Yes, even dogs can have pumpkin spice (just not the same stuff the humans get)!
If it’s good enough for Starbucks, it’s good enough for us, so we decided to get on the pumpkin spice bandwagon here at the farm! This week we introduced our new Pumpkin Spice dog cookies at our local store (where the Dadz works!).
It’s important to know that many pumpkin spice products made for humans are not safe for dogs. For our cookies, we use the dog-safe spices cinnamon, ginger, and parsley. Pumpkin is high in fiber and very good for dogs, but as with most things, moderation is key. It is good for their digestion, but too much could cause issues either way.
I use organic spices only in my dog cookies, and the parsley is fresh from our own herb garden. Parsley is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It has many benefits for dogs; it is said that it can ease arthritis, aid digestion, and promote fresh breath. Two caveats: It’s important to note that “spring parsley,” (a member of the carrot family that resembles parsley) is toxic to dogs and cats in large amounts, and parsley is not good for dogs with kidney issues, or pregnant dogs.
Ginger also benefits dogs’ digestion, can relieve nausea, and may even relieve or prevent bloat (please note: bloat is a serious condition requiring a vet’s care!). It is a natural anti-inflammatory, has immune-boosting power, and could even be a cancer fighter (it was recommended by Dr. Dressler to be part of our golden retriever Sheba’s diet when she was fighting cancer).
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory that can be good for painful joints and arthritis. It can also help benefit digestion and relieve upset stomachs. It’s also said to improve circulation, benefiting the heart, and is a natural preservative, which makes it a perfect ingredient to include in my dog cookies. Our cookies are organic and all-natural, so there are no other preservatives.
If giving to your dogs, all these ingredients should be used in moderation, and it might be best to check with your vet before adding it to your dog’s diet for help with any health issues.
I actually took an old recipe I had for pumpkin dog cookies and just changed it up a bit to make it into our pumpkin spice version. I wonder if they’ll be a hit (I’ll keep you posted)?
I hope one day be able to offer my cookies for sale here on the website; that is going to be one of my winter projects! In the meantime, there are a lot of other pet companies already on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. One of our favorites is The Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Spice Latte*. Your dog can have that while you have the Starbucks version! We’ve also seen Pumpkin Spice Greenies* and Fruitables Skinny Minis*, though we haven’t personally tried those products (Luke is now insisting I order some).
Since everything seems to be “pumpkin spiced” every autumn now, it’s no wonder some people are not fans of it all! Where do you stand on the pumpkin spice debate – are you on the bandwagon, or just watching the parade go by? 😊 Has your dog tried any pumpkin spice products?