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DIY Dog Treat: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is all about pumpkin: pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and the beloved pumpkin spice latte. But why should humans have all the fun? While dogs can't have caffeine, they still can enjoy a coffee-free version of this seasonal treat just as much as their owners enjoy a regular PSL.

In addition to being a palate-pleasing ingredient, pumpkin is beneficial to your pet for a variety of reasons. It can help regulate digestion, provides a blend of antioxidants and essential fatty acids essential for maintaining healthy skin and fur, and can help keep your dog’s urinary tract system running efficiently.

We teamed up with Kevyn Matthews, of The Dog Chef, to develop an easy-to-make, pup-friendly pumpkin spice latte for dogs. As the leaves fall from the trees and the weather cools off, grab your own pumpkin spice latte and spoil your pup with this delicious DIY dog treat recipe.

What you'll need:

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup pure canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup all natural chicken broth (without garlic or onions)
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp. plain yogurt
  • several ice cubes
  • dash of cinnamon
  • organic whipped cream (optional). Avoid sugar-free whipped cream as it may contain xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs.
  • 1 petite Greenies Pumpkin Spice Latte Dental Treat (garnish)

Supplies

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Serving cups or dog bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups

Yield:
2 drinks

Serving size:
1 drink

Prep time:
15 minutes

Total time:
15 minutes

Instructions

1

Add ice, chicken broth and pumpkin to the shaker.

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2

Shake.

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3

Add ¼ cup yogurt to the shaker.

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4

Shake again.

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5

Strain into cup or bowl

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6

Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and a dash of cinnamon.

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7

Top off with whipped cream.

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8

Garnish with a Greenies Pumpkin Spice dental treat.

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9

Serve to your favorite festive pup.

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NOTE: This recipe does not contain any coffee or caffeine. DO NOT give your dog any coffee.

This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any other health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

By: Nicole Pajer

Nicole Pajer is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the proud owner of a Doberman who never runs out of energy and a Rat Terrier who excels at breakdancing. In addition to Chewy, she writes for The New York Times, Parade, HuffPo, Woman’s Day, Billboard and more. Keep up with her adventures on Twitter @NicolePajer.

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