Fall is all about pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, and the beloved pumpkin spice latte. But why should humans have all the fun? Dogs can enjoy a coffee-free version of this seasonal treat just as much as their owners do.
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 a pup-friendly “Pup-kin Spice Latte.” So as the leaves fall from the trees and the weather cools off, grab your own pumpkin spice latte and treat your pup to this PawCulture exclusive recipe!
- ½ cup pumpkin
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- ¼ up yogurt
- 1 egg white
- several ice cubes
- dash of cinnamon
- organic whipped cream (optional)
- Drink shaker
Add ice, chicken broth and pumpkin into the shaker. Shake slightly. Separate egg white from yolk and dump into a bowl. Open shaker and add yogurt and egg white. Shake vigorously until frothy. Pour into bowl or cup and top with spoonful of yogurt and a tiny dash of cinnamon. And if your dog does not have any dietary issue with dairy, feel free to top this off with a small shot of whipped cream. Avoid sugar-free whipped cream—it may contain xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs.
Verdict From Our Dog Taste Testers
Our canine taste testers quickly caught wind of what was happening in the kitchen and were eager to sample this concoction. And naturally, it was love at first lick.
NOTE: This recipe does not contain any coffee or caffeine. DO NOT give your dog any coffee. Consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new foods.
Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, energetic Doberman, and rat terrier.