pure breed dog chefFall offers us all the opportunity to…watch football! Roll Tide! War Eagle! And while many of us enjoy chicken wings, nachos, and chili during game day, your pet’s snacks should be healthier – and tastier.

Making your own fall pet treats is as easy as venturing into your garden or visiting local markets, but knowing which items to include can be a bit tricky at first. With our quick guide to fall pet treats, your pet will not only enjoy game day snacks with you, but our suggestions are healthy enough to offer every day this autumn.

Delicious Bama Harvest

When you think of the word “treat”, does your mind automatically include fresh vegetables? Maybe not, but your pet’s enthusiasm for new and splendid tastes may lead to an acceptance of a wide variety of “fresh” fall pet treats.

Strolling through any of Montgomery’s Farmer’s Markets, your pet could be tempted by a sweet variety of crunchy goodies, including these notable vegetables:

  • Turnips – It’s true! Turnips are downright delicious and amazingly healthy for your pet. As with any treat, small portions are recommended. Serve raw and pureed, or steam lightly to lower your pet’s cholesterol levels.
  • Cabbage – Absolutely delicious and full of cancer-fighting compounds, this fall pet treat can be lightly steamed and mixed into your dog’s dinner. A little goes a long way, as too much cabbage can cause stomach upset and gas.
  • Collard Greens – Of all the commonly consumed cruciferous veggies, collard greens are chock-full of cholesterol-lowering, cancer-fighting nutrition. Serving them lightly steamed, or raw and pureed, a few times a week will maximize their powerful health punch. St. Nicholas Farms is your one-stop shop for fall pet treats, especially turnips and collards.
  • Cauliflower or broccoli – If your pet is anything like the ones we know, he or she begs for whatever you’re preparing in the kitchen. Offer your pet small pieces of lightly steamed cauliflower or broccoli and watch satisfaction wash over his or her sweet face. Again, small portions are best to control excessive gas.
  • Carrots – Raw, steamed, or even frozen, carrots are fun for your pet to chomp on before dinner.
  • Red peppers – Who doesn’t love the sweet and satisfying crunch of a bell pepper? Careful: your pet may just start begging you for these each time you come in from the garden.

Ultimate Fall Pet Treats

It wouldn’t be fall without picking apples, or going to the pumpkin patch. And, luckily for your pet, both make excellent fall pet treats!

Apples are a great snack served raw and cut into chewable pieces (mind the seeds and core). Adding a bit of Xylitol-free peanut butter really takes it up a few notches, and you can bet your pet will be sniffing around for more.

As for your garden-fresh or recently bought pumpkins, you can make some incredible DIY pet treats with the steamed and pureed pumpkin meat, such as:

  • Freeze the meat in an ice cube tray. De-frost once a day and mix together with your pet’s meal for extra fiber and water. Constipation, be gone! However, be aware that too much pumpkin can result in diarrhea.
  • For the most delightful fall pet treats, you can mix together 2 ½ cups of rice flour with 2 eggs, 8 ounces of pureed cooked pumpkin, and 3 tablespoons of Xylitol-free peanut butter. The dough should be coarse but if it’s unworkable, add a little water. Roll out to ½ inch thickness and cut into ½ inch cookies. Bake at 350-degrees for about 45 minutes or until crispy. Serve and enjoy your pet’s utter enjoyment!

Touchdown!

We here at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic hope to hear from you with any questions or concerns, or if you have your own fall pet treats to share! Above all, enjoy the fall harvest and football season together with your pet!