With Halloween soon to be well underway, you may be rushing to pick up and carve your pumpkins.

The one thing we can all agree we hate about carving pumpkins is the slimy mess of innards and seeds.

However, if you're a pet owner you may want to think twice before throwing those leftovers straight in the bin.

Pet healthcare specialist Bob Martin has compiled a list of some tasty treats your pet can eat with leftover pumpkins as the key ingredient.

Chris Socratous, Brand Manager at Bob Martin says: "While there are lots of lovely treats on the market for pets, it can be very fun to DIY your own at home.

"This is especially good if your pet likes a particular food and you want to find more ways that they can add it to their diet.

"It's important to keep treats to a moderate amount however, as over-feeding with extra food can upset your pet's digestion.

"Rabbits for example need the majority of their intake to come from hay, while cats shouldn't eat too much pumpkin as it can cause diarrhoea in large quantities.

"So, treat your pets to this autumnal delicacy, but be sure to give them a balanced diet and keep treats for special occasions and good behaviour, rather than making them into replacements for usual meals.

"If you don't have time to whip up some homemade treats, you can also add fresh and tinned pumpkin, or some pumpkin seeds, to the side of their usual food as a Halloween treat."

Can my pet eat pumpkin?

General view of the atmosphere at Mr. Jack O'Lantern's Pumpkin Patch
You'd be surprised how much pumpkin your pet can eat

Chances are, yes, your pet can eat pumpkin, as long as you know they'll enjoy the taste of it.

Some animals may also need to eat pumpkin in smaller quantities than others.

For example, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens all love to eat pumpkin while showing a preference for the fresh over tinned kind.

Gerbils also enjoy pumpkin seeds, but not the pumpkin itself - you should avoid giving these seeds to chinchillas or guinea pigs.

For dogs, pumpkin seeds can be good for their digestive system, as long as it's in moderate amounts.

If your dog is medium size, you should aim for only four to five tablespoons a couple of times a week.

Giving your dog too much pumpkin can result in constipation - the pumpkin should also always be fresh, not tinned.

The rid, pulp and stem of the pumpkin should also be removed as it can cause intestinal blockages.

Cats are another pet that enjoys both fresh and tinned pumpkin, however, it should be fed in moderation as it can cause diarrhoea.

For cats, try cutting the pumpkin into chunks and steaming it to give as a treat - it should keep their stomach nice and healthy.

With that out of the way, here's a list of treats you can make with pumpkin for a variety of pets with recipes included!

Dogs - frozen pumpkin yoghurt treats

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Make sure to only give yoghurt to your dog in small quantities

Not only can dogs and puppies eat pumpkin in moderation, but they can also eat Greek yoghurt in small quantities.

Since it contains lactose, you should keep yoghurt portions to only treats, rather than feeding it in higher quantities.

Regardless, it can be a great choice to add protein and probiotics to your pooch's diet, which assists good digestion.

Recipe:

Dogs - baked pumpkin biscuits

Spiced Pumpkin biscuits
Baked pumpkin biscuits are a great crunchy treat for your dog

Every dog loves dog biscuits. They're a simple, crunchy, and satisfying snack. But did you know that you can make them yourself?

These baked pumpkin dog treats will keep well in the fridge for up to a week in an air-tight container, and for three months in the freezer.

They only contain three ingredients and are easy to whip up.

Recipe:

Dogs - Peanut butter pumpkin balls

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Peanut butter balls are a great treat for dog walks

If you want a good treat to take with you on the go, look no further than these pumpkin peanut butter balls. All you'll need is some fresh pumpkin blended to a puree, peanut butter, and porridge oats.

Recipe:

Cats - salmon and pumpkin

Cats go crazy for salmon

If you want to give your cat a Halloween-themed treat, you can mix up some pumpkin with a favourite of cats, which is salmon. Cats love fish, and salmon is great for their coats as it contains plenty of healthy fats.

Recipe:
  • For these bites, you'll need 170g of oat flour (you can buy this or grind porridge oats in a food blender), 140g of tinned or packet salmon, one large egg, and 35g of pumpkin puree.
  • Preheat your oven to 160° Celsius and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Break the salmon up with a fork and combine it with the oat flour, egg, and pumpkin in a bowl, using a spoon or electric mixer to blend them thoroughly.
  • Place the resulting dough onto the baking tray, sprinkle it with some additional oat flour, and press it down.
  • You should end up with a biscuit-like sheet about a centimetre thick filling the baking tray.
  • Bake the mix for 15 minutes, and then take it out of the oven to cut it into small chunks.
  • Then, bake for a final 15-20 minutes. These treats can be stored in the fridge for one week, or in the freezer for longer.

Rabbits - pumpkin bowl

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Pumpkins are a great addition to your rabbit's diet

Rabbits love treats and being able to experience variety in their diet. So, try making them some tasty pumpkin treats for them to eat!

Recipe:

These treats are also suitable for dogs, and can form part of a healthy diet for canines due to the fibre content. Remember that wholewheat flour is best for pets, as it contains less simple carbohydrates and more protein and roughage.