During this time of year, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed with all things pumpkin – cupcakes, cookies, bagels and of course, the thing that started it all, spiced lattes. While these fall goodies only come around seasonally, pumpkin can be a year-round staple that can benefit a dog’s diet.
Pumpkin can be a natural aid in dog’s digestion as it is very rich in fiber. It is also a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. With these benefits, it’s no wonder why pumpkin also shows up in dog treats. We received the Look Who’s Happy Tempt’n Tenders Chicken with Pumpkin Recipe treats for review. These treats are grain and gluten free, do not contain by-products, hormones, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors, and are made in the USA.
My two rescue hounds were willing to lend themselves to the experiment. The second I opened the bag, both got exceptionally excited. Hound One would eat his own paw if there was enough gravy on it. Hound Two is pickier; he carefully chooses what he deems is acceptable. When I brought them their treats, it was like I could not give them their share fast enough. In fact, Hound Two wouldn’t even let me take a picture. Hound One usually inhales anything in front of him, so it was no surprise that he took the treat with haste and it was gone in the matter of seconds. Hound Two can savor treats, often taking his treats to another room so he can enjoy it in peace and quiet. This wasn’t the case with these! Hound Two gobbled it up so fast that there was nothing left to show of our taste test – not even one crumb!
What I appreciate about these treats was that they are very soft out of the bag. It’s very easy to overdo any food with a willing eater, but I was able to easily break these in half. The treats do have a strong jerky scent reminiscent of human jerky found at most grocery checkout aisles. I did not smell pumpkin while holding the treats, but once they left my hands, I did notice a very slight pumpkin aroma. My only word of caution with these would be that it is very easy to overfeed your pup. The pieces are generous out of the bag, so I would use these as a special reward.
Final verdict: These are dog approved. I would absolutely buy this in the future.
These treats were sent as a sample to review. In no way did this impact this post. Talk with your vet to see if these treats would be appropriate in your dog’s diet.