Healthy Pup-kin Spice Latte Recipe for Dogs
Why should you be the only one who gets to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte this season? With this super simple “pup-kin” spice latte recipe, your pets won’t be left out!
The two main ingredients in our Pup-kin Spice latte are pumpkin puree and goat milk. While the average pumpkin spice latte for humans could hardly be considered healthy, our recipe for dogs (and cats!) is a fun, festive way to incorporate vital nutrients into your pet’s diet.
Perks of Pumpkin for Pets
Supports a Healthy G.I. Tract
Pumpkin has a variety of health benefits for dogs and cats, and it is a highly beneficial nutritional supplement to incorporate all year. The consistency of pumpkin has the perfect balance of soluble and insoluble fiber to promote a healthy G.I. tract.
Adds Moisture to the Diet
Since pumpkin is 90% water, it’s a simple way to incorporate more moisture into your pet’s diet. If your pet typically eats kibble, it’s important to make sure your pet is consuming enough water to compensate for the dry diet. Mixing a little pumpkin with your pet’s meals or offering pumpkin treats as a snack can promote improved hydration and digestion.
Contains Plenty of Vitamins, Electrolytes, and Carotenoids
Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties and helps boost the immune system. Pumpkin is also high in potassium, an electrolyte that is necessary for muscular contraction and recovering from exercise. Additionally, pumpkin is an excellent source of carotenoids like beta-carotene. According to the National Institute of Health, food-based beta-carotene may reduce the risk of cancer by protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Benefits of Raw Goat Milk
Raw goat milk contains essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, fatty acids, and electrolytes. It is easily digestible and tolerable even for pets with digestive issues.
Goat milk delivers live active probiotics naturally to support the G.I. tract and immune system. It also contains enzymes that fight bad bacteria.
Great for Sensitive Digestive Systems
Your pet’s body can completely absorb and process goat milk within 20 minutes of drinking it. Goat milk contains over 30 essential enzymes, all of which are necessary for proper digestion. Since it contains lactase and is not pasteurized, pets that are lactose intolerant can typically drink raw goat milk without any issues.
Contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is only found in the milk of grass-fed dairy animals. A diet high in CLA has been linked with a lower risk of cancer. According to two recent studies, CLA can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 60%. Another recent study shows that CLA actually shrinks cancerous tumors.
Reduced Risk of Allergies and Asthma
Raw goat milk is not pasteurized and can reduce inflammation by stabilizing cells. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, the consumption of raw goat milk is a strong factor in reducing the risk of asthma and allergies.
Recipe for Pup-kin Spice Latte with Raw Goat Milk
Now for the fun part! You can easily make a delicious, nutritious treat for your pet at home with only a few ingredients.
- 1 Tbsp Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up!
- 4 oz. Answers Raw Goat Milk (thawed)
- 1 pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- 1 Tbsp whipped cream (optional)
Blend 1 Tablespoon of Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up with 4 ounces of Answers Raw Goat Milk. You can use a hand mixer or stir vigorously with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into a small bowl to serve to your pet. If you’d like, you can top the latte with some whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon, a natural antibacterial and antifungal that can help soothe arthritis and reduce inflammation.
If you want to get creative, make your own stencil out of paper and place it over the bowl before you sprinkle the cinnamon. Paw prints, pumpkins, and dog bones are all fun options!
For a festive snack to go with your Pup-kin Spice Latte, pair it with a Buddy Biscuit! These oven-baked cookies are made with all-natural ingredients. They have a classic gingerbread shape, but they are available in a variety of flavors. The peanut butter ones would pair nicely with pumpkin!
Recipe for Pup-kin Spice Bites
Chances are, you’ll have some ingredients left over after your pup enjoys the latte! You can make another latte mixture with the same proportions and fill ice cube trays with it. You could also simply freeze the pumpkin puree by itself, like our friends at Cloud Star did:
Place the filled ice trays in the freezer and wait a few hours for bite-size frozen snacks that your pet will love!
If you try this recipe at home, please send us a photo of your pet enjoying this festive treat! We would love to hear any of your recipe ideas as well. Send us a message or share them in the comments!
As always, be sure to consult a veterinarian before making any major changes to your pet’s diet. The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute sole professional advice on any subject matter. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site. We do not take any responsibility, either directly or implied, for any damage, injury, death, disease, illness or morbidity caused directly or indirectly to pets, their owners or the general public as a result of following the advice given on this website.