How to Roast Pumpkin and Squash for your Dog

That is one of the things I love about roasting a pumpkin or squash: there is minimal waste.  Technically the only thing that isn’t edible is the stock:

  • The flesh can be roasted then cubed or pureed and kept in the freezer for several months
  • Seeds can be baked and ground to add to treats and food (human or dog!)
  • Innards / slimy, stringy bits can be made into a broth
  • Skin can be eaten, but can be hard to digest

This year, for Halloween, I also was more thoughtful about our pumpkin carving.  The pumpkins got carved later in the afternoon on Halloween day and were stored in the fridge until close to Trick or Treating time.  As soon as Trick or Treating was done, they got chopped up and went into the oven to be repurposed for the dogs! 

Although dogs can eat raw pumpkin or squash, it’s easier for them to digest and much tastier when it’s cooked.  One of my dogs, Willow, loves pumpkin when it’s freshly baked, right out of the oven and also in treats, but turns her nose up when it’s cold!

Pumpkin and squash should be served in moderation.  Too much can cause digestive issues.  Depending on the size of your dog, 1 to 4 tbsp a day should be appropriate. 

Did you know?  Carving pumpkins are perfectly edible.  They tend to be thinner, more fibrous and watery than other varieties, but are still very healthy and good to eat.

Roasting Pumpkin or Squash:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Wash the pumpkin or squash
  • Cut pumpkin or squash in half.  Remove seeds and innards.  Optional but recommended: set seeds aside to be roasted later
  • Pierce skin in several places, or cut larger pieces into smaller pieces
  • Line baking sheet (I recommend using the kind with a lip – there will be liquid escaping!) with parchment paper or tin foil for easy cleanup
  • Bake for 45 – 60 mins, or until fork tender
  • Allow to cool.  Scrape out the flesh with a spoon or fork, discarding the skin 
  • Store in chunks or make into a puree. 
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze in an airtight container or bag for up to 12 months. 

To make puree:

  • Put the pumpkin or squash (or combined!) in a blender
  • Add a little water.  Start with just a little, add more if needed (remember you can always add more water but you can’t remove it after blending!)
  • Blend
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months (freeze in ice cube trays or in a Ziploc)

How to use your roasted pumpkin and squash:

The options are almost endless! However you choose to use it, it is a delicious and healthy additive to your dog’s diet.

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