What is that special something about peanut butter and pumpkin that makes these favorite dog treat flavors? Is it just the taste? The smell? The feel? It’s lucky for us that these canine favorites are also nutritious options, so we can indulge our dogs without guilt (in moderation, of course)!
It does seem a bit odd that dogs are attracted to these two plant-based flavors that don’t seem to be something a meat-loving pet would crave. Bacon is a no-brainer, but pumpkin and peanuts? What’s up with that? Why are these favorite dog treat flavors?
Why is pumpkin good for dogs?
Pumpkin is not only a favorite dog treat flavor, it’s a favorite for people as well. For humans, we’ve even given it top billing as a holiday dessert. Both fresh and canned pumpkin contain about 90% water, so it helps with hydration. It also contains vitamins A, E, and C, as well as potassium and iron. Dogs often happily slurp it down when it’s offered, so a few tablespoons can be a welcome, healthful treat.
Fiber-rich pumpkin can help aid in digestion by adding bulk to a dog’s stool and absorbing water. Fiber lowers the pH level of your dog’s large intestines and provides nutrients needed for the growth of beneficial bacteria that aid in digestion. It’s often recommended to help reduce diarrhea, by adding 1 to 4 tablespoons of pumpkin to a dog’s meal.
You may be puzzled that pumpkin is also sometimes also recommended to help with cases of mild constipation in dogs. The high water content and fiber can act as a gentle laxative for dogs with hard dry stools. Again, 1 to 4 tablespoons is the recommended dose.
For dogs on a weight-loss mission, a few tablespoons of pumpkin added to their dinner will help them feel full, so they’ll be less concerned if you are reducing the size of their regular meal. This treat is more than just tasty – it can be a healthful addition of your dog’s diet.
Diarrhea, constipation and obesity can be signs of more serious underlying health issues, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian. Despite pumpkin’s fiber-rich reputation, if your dog is diagnosed with a long-term health issue that requires an everyday fiber boost, a pet supplement or prescription food might be a better option. Your veterinarian will let you know.
Why is peanut butter a favorite dog treat flavor?
Peanut butter is one of the favorite dog treat flavors for almost every dog. It’s a huge bonus that this tasty spreadable paste is perfect for stuffing food toys and lick-able mats to keep dogs occupied and content. Some dogs may like peanut butter simply because it’s fun to eat. Other simpler treats can be gulped down in an instant, but peanut butter has staying power!
Given that dogs have powerhouse noses, it’s hypothesized that canines are genetically hardwired to be attracted to foods that smell of fat and protein. Even our average noses can identify the smell of peanut butter the moment the jar is opened. Peanut butter has a caramelized, roasted, meat-like aroma that tempts the canine tongue. Because dogs seem to like peanut butter whether it’s salted or unsalted, sugared or sugar-free, it seems sensible to assume it’s the fat, protein, and that luscious smell that lures dogs in. Until we humans learn to speak Dog, we can only take our best guess as to why they really love it so much.
Because they do, peanut butter is not only a great treat for dogs right out of the jar, it’s a favorite flavor in dog treats as well. We’ve taken this canine love for peanut butter to heart here at Pampered Pets USA, with our Peanut Butter and Organic Peanut Butter Oven Baked dog treats. It’s the same wonderful smell and flavor, with a chewable texture that’s also fun for dogs to eat (and our treats don’t get stuck on the roof of the mouth)!
Beware of dog-deadly Xylitol, an artificial sweetener
Some pumpkin and peanut butter products aren’t danger free, unfortunately. It’s vital that you check the label on human products you purchase to share with your canine companion, to be sure they don’t contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be deadly to dogs. Xylitol is finding its way into more and products, so a savvy and safe dog parent will always check the label on any human product intended as a canine treat or meal supplement.
Purchase plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling for your pup. Both cans are similar in appearance, but pie filling has sweeteners and spices added. These extra ingredients aren’t a healthful addition to your dog’s diet, and again, if that artificial sweetener happens to be Xylitol, it’s downright dangerous. When making a pumpkin pie for your own holiday table, whip up your own pie filling or be sure to buy a brand that is sweetened only with sugar. If you should give in to your dog’s pleading eyes and let him finish some leftover pie, you won’t be sharing a dangerous dessert
Indulge your dog with these taste-bud treats
If you want to pamper your dog with the irresistible flavors of pumpkin and peanut butter without having to check the label each time you make a purchase, put our Pampered Pets USA homestyle oven-baked Peanut Butter and Oatmeal and Pumpkin treats on your shopping list. They are made with wholesome, healthy, organic ingredients, free of by-products, sugar, artificial flavoring or colors.
Your pet can have all of their favorite dog treat flavors, with none of the wondering!
At Pampered Pets USA, we know you consider your pet to be part of the family and want nothing but the best for them. We are here to provide you with accurate and updated information that will help you give your furry friend a healthy and happy life.