Autumn means crisp air, golden leaves, and all things pumpkin. Pumpkin isn’t just for humans — it’s also great for dogs! Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which can help with maintaining intestinal health and normal stools. It also contains vitamins A, C, and E, as well as important minerals including potassium, iron, zinc, and beta-carotene.

Bring fall straight to your kitchen and get your pup’s tail wagging with this easy three-ingredient recipe.

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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (regular white flour will work as well) 
  • 1 cup canned pureed pumpkin (don’t use pumpkin pie filling, as it includes additional sugar, fats, and spices like cinnamon that are dangerous to your dog)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol)


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Add the pumpkin and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the flour until the mixture creates a dough.
  • Roll out the dough about ½ inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut out fall shapes using a small cookie cutter or knife. Bonus points if you use a fall-themed cookie cutter in a pumpkin shape. 
  • Place the treats about half an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before giving to your dog to enjoy.


Recipe inspired by the American Kennel Club. This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, not all pets can tolerate different foods — it depends on their age, health history, and health conditions. It is important to consult with your veterinarian before feeding your pet any new foods or offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.


Sam Gilbert, VMD

Raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Sam Gilbert received both his BSE and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilbert completed a one-year small animal internship and additional surgical training before relocating to New Jersey for roles in the medical device and animal health industries. Dr. Gilbert worked at Zoetis Petcare HQ Medical Lead for pet owner directed initiatives in dermatology and cross-portfolio therapeutic areas. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and cat.