Well,  now the trick or treating is done and the kids are coming down from their sugar highs – it’s time to think about what to do with the pumpkin you so lovingly carved….

The great news is that you don’t have to just bin it.  In fact, your dog will love you if you don’t!

Pumpkin is a fantastic source of vitamin C, vitamin B1, folic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium, vitamin B6 and niacin all of which are brilliant at keeping your dog healthy as the weather gets colder.

Here from the fabulous folks at Lily’s Kitchen is the first of two fantastic recipes for you to try out.

Howl-o-ween Hotpot

This is intended as an alternative to your dog’s normal evening meal – and should not be used to replace their normal diet. It is also a great filling that can be stuffed into a Kong and then frozen!

  • 400g (14 oz) pumpkin (make sure it has not gone moldy)
  • 50g (2 oz) rice
  • 300g (11 oz) minced lamb
  • 1 tsp dried (or 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh) herbs (either Mint, Parsley, Rosemary or Thyme are good)


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas 4).

Peel the pumpkin and chop the flesh into small pieces. Place in a roasting tin and bake in the oven for 10-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the rice into a saucepan, cover with about 250 ml (8 fl oz) of boiling water and simmer until cooked. (Follow the packet instructions as cooking time will vary depending on the type of rice.)

Gently fry the minced lamb in a frying pan for 15 minutes, then stir in the herbs. Add the cooked rice and pumpkin to the pan and stir together.

Leave to cool before serving a portion to your dog. The remainder will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days or can be portioned and then frozen. If you have some spare Kong’s why not try filling them and freezing them with this!


  • Kcals/100g (4 oz): 640
  • Protein: 30%
  • Fat: 12%

Top Tip:

Baking the pumpkin rather than boiling it retains more of the nutrients.

Many thanks to the folks at Lily’s Kitchen for the above recipe – check out their site for other great ideas and recipes for you and your dog to try!

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