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I *love* cooking with pumpkin puree–and love that it’s so easy to make homemade pumpkin puree for dogs. Besides the fact that it’s loaded with nutrients, it also creates tasty and moist treats and entrees for our dogs.

Amazingly, pumpkin can also be helpful for both constipation and diarrhea, thanks to its fiber. It’s also another excellent food for making your dog feel full, even with diminished meal proportions, if you are trying to help your dog lose weight.

Giving Pumpkin Puree to Your Dog

Are you interested in giving your dog pumpkin puree for diarrhea and other health benefits? Fed along with a bland diet (like chicken and rice), pumpkin can help soothe your dog’s stomach.

Generally 1-2 tablespoons, depending on the size of your dog, should be fed to your dog. Some dogs like to lick it right off the spoon; other dogs prefer it be mixed in their meal.

Can I Just Use Canned Pumpkin?

You can purchase canned pumpkin puree for your dog–but never buy pie filling which includes sugar and spices. You’ll find both in the baking aisle at your grocery store so be careful to get the one that’s just plain pumpkin.

Which Pumpkin Should You Buy?

The best pumpkins to purchase for pureeing are the smaller pumpkins intended for eating rather than carving. (Not the very small decorative pumpkins.)

What You’ll Need

For this you’ll need:

  • 1 large, ripe pumpkin
  • 1 baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • large knife
  • spoon for scooping seeds
pumpkin - how to make puree

Before you start, you’ll need to cut the top off the pumpkin. This is the only difficult part of pureeing pumpkin is in this part of the process: cutting off the top of the pumpkin. Cutting into the pumpkin takes some muscle!

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

  1. Wash the pumpkin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Divide the pumpkin into quarters. You’ll need about 1/4 of a pumpkin for this recipe; save the remainder for more recipes!
  4. Cut the quarter into smaller pieces.
  5. Scoop out the seeds. Save the seeds to wash then roast!
  6. Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake about 45 minutes (the pumpkin flesh should be fork tender)
  8. Removed from the oven to cool before removing the baked pumpkin skin (and discarding it).
  9. After removing the outer skin, cut the baked pumpkin into small chunks and toss in the blender, gradually adding water to puree the pumpkin to the consistency of baby food.
  10. Freeze puree into one-cup containers or in ice cube trays.
baked pumpkin

Cooking with Puree

Pumpkin puree also makes a great ingredient in dog treats any time. On DogTipper you’ll find numerous recipes that include pumpkin such as Pumpkin Doggie Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats and Bowser’s Birthday Cake.


Friday 5th of February 2021

Do you need to cook the canned pumpkin or can you put it straight on their food?

Kelly Novak

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you!!

Laura Fox

Friday 18th of September 2020

THANK YOU for the time you put into this site, it's wonderful. I have a new rescue pup who has been so sick with Parvo and he's finally on the up-swing. I've been searching for healthy treats to make and many call for pumpkin puree. Finding your recipe on making my own made my day cuz it's been impossible to find at WholeFoods, Trader Joe's or Harbor Greens. It finally dawned on me that I could make my own and your site popped up. Again THANK YOU!!!!

Ginny Tata-Phillips

Sunday 6th of October 2013

I appreciate your hard work and dedication, but with 6 dogs, mine get mostly canned! Organic if I can afford it but always pure pumpkin! One spoonful in every breakfast and we cook with it often for doggy treats.

Paris & John

Sunday 6th of October 2013

Sounds like your doggies love their pumpkin! I go the canned route a lot, too; I have to admit it's sure a time saver! Paris