Cooking yellow squash for dogs is a nutritious and delicious way to give them a boost of extra vitamins and nutrients. It’s gentle on their stomachs and absorbs easily. Consider the recipes below and learn how to cook yellow squash for dogs. If you don’t like what’s here, perhaps they will inspire you to create your own.
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Are there any dangers in cooking yellow squash for dogs?
While the flesh of the squash is excellent for dogs, always remove the skin and seeds. These can cause digestive upsets and bowel obstructions. Also, don’t feed a dog raw yellow squash as their stomachs can’t break down raw veggies in the same way as people. Always cook it first.
What kinds of yellow squash are good for dogs?
Squash refers to a host of produce including things like zucchini and pumpkin. Yellow squash indicates the color of the flesh and not necessarily a specific type. So, the following list is yellow squash safe for dogs to eat.
- Yellow Crook Neck
- Gold Star
- Green Tint
What’s the best way to prepare yellow squash for dogs?
The best and most common way to prepare yellow squash for dogs is by cutting away the rind and gutting the seeds. Then, roast or boil the squash until softened. Allow it to cool and then mash it up into a smooth, creamy texture. Then serve it directly to your dog or mix it in with their kibble.
But, if you were looking for something a little more interesting, there’s a myriad of ways you can cook yellow squash for your dog. You can put it in homemade dog food, treats and other dishes any canine is sure to love.
Golden Training Treats (Gluten Free)
These are a great and tasty aid for your dog while they’re at training school or you’re practicing exercises for the day. What makes these awesome is how packed full of nutrients they are. This will help your pup during tasks that require a lot more effort and energy.
Items You’ll Need
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Baking Dish
- 2 Large Mixing Bowls
- Potato Masher (or other similar implement)
- Large Spoon
- Baking Sheet
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutters, Pizza Cutter or a Thin Knife
- Airtight Containers
- Freezer Bags or Containers
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- 2 eggs
- 2 medium carrots (peeled, roasted and mashed)
- 1¾ cups of gluten-free all purpose flour
- 1 cup acorn squash (peeled, roasted and mashed)
- ¾ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- ¼ cup water or dog-friendly chicken stock
- 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
- Set the oven at 350°F and allow it to preheat while you prepare the carrots and squash. Begin by removing the rinds/skins. For the squash, remove the seeds.
- Roast the squash and carrots until they’re completely soft, about 45 minutes to one hour. You should be able to stick a fork or toothpick in it without resistance.
- Pull the veggies out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
- In the large mixing bowl, mash the carrots and squash until blended and smooth.
- In the other large mixing bowl, put 1½ cups of the mashed carrot and squash.
- Add flaxseed meal, gluten-free rolled oats, turmeric powder and the eggs. Mix with a spoon or your hands until everything incorporates well.
- If your mixture gets dry, add a little doggie-safe chicken broth (or water). But only add little by little until you have a good medium texture. It should neither be too moist nor too wet. If it gets too wet, add a little more oats, powdered seasonings or flour. It should form together and not crumble.
- At this point you should have dough. On a countertop or a large cutting board, lightly sprinkle some flour. With a rolling pin, flatten the dough to about ¼ inch.
- Cut the dough with the cookie cutters, pizza cutter or thin knife. Ensure you cut it into bite-sized pieces small enough for your dog to eat.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment, place the bites down in a single layer. Ensure there’s a little space between each.
- Put back into the oven for about 40 to 50 minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely and then transfer them to an airtight container.
- Put any extra squash-carrot mash in a freezer-safe container so you can use this for other things in the future or for the recipe below.
Doggie’s Delectable Dinner
For providing homemade dog food meals to your precious pup, this recipe combines all the good stuff it needs. The best thing about it is that you can change up the veggies or protein to suit whatever you have on hand. For instance, if it’s Thanksgiving, you can use turkey instead of beef.
Items You’ll Need
- 2 Baking Dishes
- Cutting Board
- 1 butternut squash (peeled, deseeded, roasted and mashed)
- 3 russet potatoes (peeled, roasted and mashed)
- 2 lbs beef stew meat
- ½ Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts
- ¼ cup doggie-friendly beef stock or water
- Set the oven to 350°F and peel the potatoes and squash. Be sure to deseed the squash and rub all with olive oil. This will prevent sticking.
- Set in a baking dish roast them for about 20 to 45 minutes. They should be soft enough for mashing. You can chop the meat if the pieces are too big for your dog; remove excess fat.
- While waiting, lightly grease the other baking dish with olive oil. Chop up beef into one-inch cubes or smaller along with the Brussels sprouts. Put these in the dish and mix with the water (or doggie-friendly beef stock).
- When the squash and potatoes finish roasting, pull them out of the oven and cut into small chunks.
- Blend the meat and Brussels sprouts with the chunked potatoes and squash.
- Bake the mixture for 20 minutes or until everything is fork-tender and the meat is no longer pink.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.