perfect treatDog are amazing animals with spunk and personality all their own. Over the years, with my dogs and seniors I’ve worked with, I’ve found that a satisfied dog is a happy dog! Pumpkin is in season and is especially soothing to the tummy and with the added punch of beef heart we have a perfect treat for older dogs. (or any dog!)

Why Make Perfect Treats?

There is an abundance of new and valid information about nutrition and health than ever before. We now know that a diet that is nutritionally inadequate can affect behavior in different ways. We also know that imbalanced diets can cause many disease and illness’ that can shorten our furry friend’s life.

Did you know that:

  • Deficiency in fatty acids can cause depression?
  • Is your pet aggressive? Your dogs could benefit from less protein in their diet. Try increasing the fat and carb content.
  • Both carbs and fat have a calming influence on our dog’s mood.


Perfect Treat For Older Dogs

Feeding a homemade diet will address many health and behavior issues, but that requires a significant time commitment. I believe in baby steps, and it’s why I’m sending along one of my favorite fall doggies treat recipes.

I’ve never met a dog who didn’t love pumpkin and the added beef heart is delectable and oh so healthy for your older companion. Loaded with co-enzyme Q10, high levels of elastin and collagen beef heart has all the ingredients our seniors need to combat dementia.

I hope your dog enjoys this yummy treat as much as Keira and Rosa. Occasionally, I’ve substituted liver for heart and once I left out the organ meat altogether. Want gluten free? Try brown rice flour instead of whole wheat.

perfect treat recipe

Do you make treats for your pet? I’d love to hear what you make in the comments below.

27 Comments on Check Out This Pumpkin Recipe: Perfect Treat For Older Dogs!

  1. Kelly
    September 16, 2016 at 8:02 AM (1 year ago)

    It is the season for pumpkin! Lol!
    Your recipe looks like one that any dog would enjoy.
    Edie doesn’t get pumpkin often but when she does she is sure to lick the bowl clean!

  2. Cathy Armato
    September 15, 2016 at 7:45 PM (1 year ago)

    This really is the perfect Fall treat! My dogs love pumpkin too, I give canned pumpkin to Phoebe almost every day because she gets constipated. I would probably use liver instead of the beef heart, my dogs really like liver. I like all the great health & diet tips throughout your post, thanks for sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Maureen Lake
      September 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM (1 year ago)

      I think liver is a great option. I sometimes have a hard time finding beef heart. It’s a winner of a treat. Keira and Rosa give it two paws up!

  3. Pawesome Cats
    September 15, 2016 at 1:54 AM (1 year ago)

    Tasty recipe. Are there any health benefits to feeding a dog cinnamon?

    • Maureen Lake
      September 15, 2016 at 10:11 AM (1 year ago)

      For older or obese/overweight dogs who are at risk of contracting diabetes, as little as a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can help regulate blood sugar and raise insulin resistance. Some studies show that cinnamon can fight the fungus that causes yeast infections. I love reading the Honest Kitchen website – I learn so much!

  4. Emily
    September 15, 2016 at 12:38 AM (1 year ago)

    The recipe looks great. I have some pie pumpkins sitting on my window. I was going to bake them and serve them up like that but I think I will make these treats.

  5. FiveSibesMom
    September 14, 2016 at 9:59 PM (1 year ago)

    We all love pumpkin in this house! One of our favorite parts of Autumn. Yum! My FiveSibes get a little pumpkin puree every day! They will surely love this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Also just pinned it and will be sharing on FiveSibes Facebook & Twitter! 🙂

    • Maureen Lake
      September 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM (1 year ago)

      Your pups are so lucky to get a little pumpkin every day! Thanks for sharing this recipe – much appreciated!

  6. Sweet Purrfections
    September 14, 2016 at 9:52 PM (1 year ago)

    My mom’s dog loves pumpkin. I need to share this recipe with her.

  7. Susan Friedand-Smith
    September 14, 2016 at 9:12 PM (1 year ago)

    I LOVE pumpkin and thought, “I would eat that,” until I got to beef heart! I know my dogs would go crazy for this recipe. I’m going to Pin this. 🙂

    • Maureen Lake
      September 15, 2016 at 10:13 AM (1 year ago)

      Yea, I feel the same way! My dogs sure love it though!

  8. The Daily Pip
    September 14, 2016 at 6:50 PM (1 year ago)

    I am a big fan of pumpkin for people and dogs. We mix some canned pumpkin in Ruby’s food every night. These treats sound delicious!

  9. Beth Patterson
    September 14, 2016 at 6:26 PM (1 year ago)

    This is an interesting recipe. I don’t think my dogs have ever eaten heart, but I imagine they would like the taste.

  10. Tonya Wilhelm
    September 14, 2016 at 4:37 PM (1 year ago)

    Pumpkin, banana and beef heart, yum! I’m sure a dog would just love to gobble up this treat.

  11. Ruth Epstein
    September 14, 2016 at 4:17 PM (1 year ago)

    Great Recipe and as I say ” Pumpkin Shumkin Layla loves her pumpkin”

  12. Cathy Keisha
    September 14, 2016 at 3:21 PM (1 year ago)

    I love pumpkin soup in my food but not pumpkin. Go figure. I’ll pass your recipe along to our friends who have dogs.

  13. Kandace
    September 14, 2016 at 3:19 PM (1 year ago)

    Oh this is SO cool. I am always looking for yummy healthy things to make for my pups! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Bryn Nowell
    September 14, 2016 at 1:51 PM (1 year ago)

    Wow, these sound awesome! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to making them soon.

  15. Lola The Rescued Cat
    September 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM (1 year ago)

    That’s a very creative treat. We bet dogs think it’s yummy.

  16. Nichole
    September 14, 2016 at 12:39 PM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for sharing such an easy, but great recipe! The Lapdogs all love pumpkin.

  17. Amber
    September 14, 2016 at 12:12 PM (1 year ago)

    I can’t wait to make these for Gremlin!

  18. Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 14, 2016 at 11:47 AM (1 year ago)

    I don’t make treats for Mr. N very often. When I do it’s usually “salmon fudge.”

    • Maureen Lake
      September 15, 2016 at 10:15 AM (1 year ago)

      Now that sounds interesting… how do you make it?

  19. Amy Shojai
    September 14, 2016 at 10:04 AM (1 year ago)

    Oh yum! Now I can’t have my dog read your blog anymore…he’ll have me in the kitchen 24/7 creating tasties for him!

    • Maureen Lake
      September 14, 2016 at 11:34 AM (1 year ago)

      HaHa, Thanks, Amy. These treats are a favorite of Keira and Rosa. I think it’s the added beef heart that makes them so delicious!

  20. Rachel
    September 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM (1 year ago)

    Looks like a great recipe and I bet my senior dog would yum this right up! Thank you for sharing it.

  21. Malaika S Fernandes
    September 14, 2016 at 9:22 AM (1 year ago)

    I’m definitely going to make this. My Prince passed away 4 years ago but the recipe seems like a good treat for my African grey parrot minus the beef


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