How to Make Pumpkin for Dog Constipation (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

There are several ways in how to make pumpkin for dog constipation. You could feed it straight to your dog, mix it with their kibble or experiment with some recipes. These include DIY and doggie-friendly Homemade Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Freeze Pops, Constipation Cookies and Pumpkin Ball Treats.

Therefore, before you give it to your pooch, check with your vet to make sure this is what it needs. When you get the go ahead, make sure it’s pure GMO-free pumpkin without any preservatives, additives or seasonings in it.

Quick Overview

  1. Straight Pumpkin (from the can into your dog’s food bowl; mix it with kibble)
  2. Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Puree (make your own pumpkin puree)  
  3. Pumpkin Freeze Pops (easy frozen yogurt treat just for your pooch)
  4. Constipation Cookies (a yummy treat that combines pumpkin with banana)
  5. Pumpkin Ball Treats (a baked goodie that incorporates pumpkin puree)

Straight Pumpkin for Pup’s Constipation

If your poor little pup is suffering from constipation, one of the best and easiest homeopathic remedies is pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is high fiber and good for dogs to consume. But you should only feed it to your dog if nothing else is going on with its health. Dog constipation is often a symptom or sign of other potential problems.

But, many dogs will enjoy it straight from the can into the food bowl or mixed in with kibble. Otherwise, try any one of the amazing and specially designed recipes below.

Making Dog-Friendly Pureed Pumpkin

Of course, you could always make your own pumpkin puree for your precious pup. This way you can ensure there are no additives, coloring or any other ingredients that could compound your dog’s constipation.

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Boiling Pot or Stock Pot
  • Knife & Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Colander
  • Food Process or Blender or Manual Potato Masher
  • Storage Containers with a Tight-Fitting Lid

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Pumpkin, deseeded and gutted with skin removed
  • 6 to 8 Cups Water, purified or filtered

Instructions

  1. With the knife and cutting board, remove the seeds and gut the pumpkin. Then take off the skin and cut the pumpkin into chunks.
  2. Place the pumpkin chunks in a large boiling pot or stock pot and cover with water. Ensure you don’t add too much water, it should just cover the surface of the pumpkin chunks.
  3. Set the stove on high and let it get to a violent, rolling boil. Reduce heat, cover the pumpkin chunks and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. The pumpkin should be soft and pliable.
  4. Use the colander to drain excess water and let the pumpkin cool down.
  5. Put the cooked pumpkin into a food processor (or similar device) and blend it until it has a smooth and creamy texture.
  6. Pour the pumpkin puree into jars and allow it to finish cooling. Use a tight-fitting lid to cover the jar and keep it in the fridge for up to a month.

Pumpkin Freeze Pops for Pooches

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require any special measuring, preparation or baking. You can keep these in the freezer and use them whenever your dog starts to show problems with constipation.

Items You’ll Need

  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Medium to Large Mixing Bowl
  • Silicone Molds (preferably in the shape of dog bones or paws)
  • Freezer-Safe Container

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. Mix the pumpkin and yogurt together well.
  2. Spoon it into the cavities within your silicone mold; ensure they’re even and flush with the surface.
  3. Stick the mold(s) into the freezer until the frozen yogurt hardens. 
  4. Quickly remove them from the mold and put them in a freezer-safe container. Be sure to toss one to your pooch.

Canine Constipation Cookies

This recipe blends the best of both worlds for treating your dog’s constipation: banana and pumpkin. You could even make this as a holiday or birthday gift for friends and family who also have dogs.

Items You’ll Need

  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Large Mixing Spoon
  • Cookie Cutters (ones appropriate for dogs are best)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2½ Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour or Oat Flour
  • 1 Banana, very ripened and mashed
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon, powdered

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the large mixing bowl, mash the banana and mix it with the pumpkin.
  3. Stir or beat in the eggs and blend until it’s all creamy and smooth.
  4. Incorporate the cinnamon and flour until a thick, cohesive dough forms.
  5. Between two pieces of wax paper, roll out the dough from ½ to ¼ inch thick.
  6. Use the cookie cutter or a sharp knife to create the treats. 
  7. Place the cutouts on a parchment-covered cookie sheet.
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  9. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for about an hour before letting your dog eat some.

Pumpkin Ball Treats

This is a high-fiber treat you can make to help your dog with its bathroom issues. Feel free to change the ingredients according to what your pet needs.

Items You’ll Need

  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Oat or Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Mint, dried or fresh
  • 1 Cup Lactose-Free Milk (coconut or goat)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend the flour, pumpkin, egg, honey, mint and milk in a large mixing bowl with a spoon until a thick dough forms. You can add more flour or milk if the mixture is too wet or dry (respectively).
  3. Roll about one-inch sized balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick runs clean through.
  5. Remove the sheet from the oven and let the balls cool to at least room temperature or colder.
  6. Store the ball treats in an airtight container.