Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us, even our dogs! Get your dog’s day off to a great start with a healthy dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals by feeding him/her a delicious Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs in the morning. These yogurt bowls are filled with good for your dog ingredients like plain, fat free Greek yogurt, 100% pure pumpkin puree, plant based vitamin and mineral powder, and my Homemade Dog Food Seasoning which is a blend of 5 herbs that have extraordinary health benefits for your dog! 

***Please note, I am not a veterinarian, just a very passionate dog owner! The information in this blog post documents our own personal experiences, research, and the recipes that we feed our dogs under our veterinarian’s careful supervision. Please, consult with your vet and use your own personal judgment when considering transitioning to a 100% human grade food diet for your pup. ***

Let’s talk about what goes into these Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs shall we…

Nonfat Greek-style yogurt || Yogurt has a variety of health benefits for dogs including protein, calcium, a variety of vitamins & minerals, AND probiotics which are great for their guts! It is important to know though, that if you are going to feed your dog yogurt, you make sure that it is plain & free of any added sweeteners, both natural & artificial. Dogs should never eat any yogurt containing xylitol, a common sweetener in human foods. Even a small amount of xylitol-sweetened yogurt is toxic for dogs and may lead to liver failure because it accumulates in the liver tissue. It’s also best to stay away from yogurt flavored with fruits or any type of “mix-ins”, as these frequently have added sugar in the form of syrups and may also use artificial sweeteners.

Greek style yogurt has less lactose than regular yogurt so it is gentler on tummies. Just like humans though, some dogs can be lactose intolerant. As you hopefully do with all treats, feed your dog a small amount of yogurt starting with a teaspoon for small dogs and a tablespoon for larger ones, give him some time and see how he reacts. If there are no adverse reactions like excess gas or upset tummy you can increase the amount.

**If you suspect that your dog has a lactose issue, you should refrain from giving your dog yogurt all together and just double up on pumpkin.**

100% Pumpkin Puree || Pumpkin works wonders for ALL dogs both big and small, but especially for those with gut issues. Plus, they think it tastes great! I am talking about 100% unadulterated canned pumpkin, no sugar loaded pumpkin pie filling for your pup. When you read the ingredients on the can you only want to see pumpkin listed. Pumpkin is full of fiber, which can help dogs feel fuller faster and stay fuller longer without necessarily taking in too many calories, so it is a great option for pups that are overweight as well! 100% pumpkin is safe for ALL dogs! A couple of teaspoons for smaller dogs or a couple tablespoons of pumpkin for larger dogs each day is a great way to treat them and keep their gut in check. 

Gross but true, some dogs eat their poo…If you happen to have a dog that sometimes does this pumpkin is a great addition to their diet because,  it tastes great mixed into their food, but it causes a reaction to happen inside their bodies and it makes their poop taste horrible to them so they will no longer eat it. How poop doesn’t taste horrible to all dogs in the first place I don’t know, that requires more research on my end. But, at least for now you know that you can deter your poop nibbling canine with just a bit of pure pumpkin. Again….ewww.

Dog Greens Vitamin & Mineral Powder || We made the switch to a diet of 100% human grade food almost a year ago when our oldest dog, Hooch, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease. Since then, I have spent countless hours comparing labels,  scouring the internet, and researching information on all of the vitamin options available for our dogs and the Dog Greens brand is hands down the winner for us. We have supplemented our dogs diet with this incredible blend of vitamins and nutrients for 8 months now – they LOVE it and so do I! It is made from a blend of organic & wild harvested spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, barley grass, wheat grass, kelp and Irish moss. 

Homemade Dog Food Seasoning || Oh yeah, in case you missed it – I have a recipe on my site for a blend of 5 herbs that I sprinkle over my dog’s food at every meal. They love the taste and I love the health benefits. It’s a win win! 

A Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs sits on a table. It is layered with greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, and a sprinkling of green vitamin powder and dried herbs

In the past 8 months, Hooch’s lab results have repeatedly shown an improvement in his overall health and I’m happy to report that the indicators in his blood work for stage 4 kidney disease have dropped to stage 1 levels!!! It truly feels like a miracle every time we hear his lab results come back! I know for a fact that it is the mix of diet, lifestyle, and supplement changes that we made that have caused this miraculous turn around for him and there is no doubt in my mind that these changes have given us more quality time with him in the long run!

Looking for more ways to feed and treat your dog with easy homemade dog food recipes? I have you covered! 

All of the ingredients for homemade dog food in a baking dish before being mixed together. Ground beef, brown rice, shredded carrot, chopped hard boiled eggs, and minced parsley

Homemade Dog Food || It’s a fact, feeding your pup a diet of 100%  human grade dog food is easy, cost effective, and WAY better for them than a traditional doggie diet of processed kibble! My easy homemade dog food recipe combines lean ground beef, wholesome brown rice, fresh vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and tender herbs for a healthy, vibrant alternative to traditional dog food that has given our 11 year old dog a new lease on life!

a jar of Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend

Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend || It’s no secret that fresh herbs and spices are beneficial to a person’s health and diet, but did you know that your dog’s diet could benefit from the addition of them also!? In the summer months, it’s easy to include green leafy herbs like parsley and basil in our dog’s fresh homemade food because I have lots growing in the garden. But, when fresh herbs are sparse I turn to my spice cabinet where I keep a little jar of spices labeled ‘Homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend’. This easy to make custom spice blend combines dried parsley, basil, dill, rosemary, and oregano for a seasoning blend your dog is sure to love!

A Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs on a metal table top. It is layered with yogurt, pumpkin puree, vitamin powder, and herbs.

If you’ve tried our Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours! 


Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs

A close up of Pumpkin and Yogurt Bowl for Dogs

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  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Dog Food
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Dog Food



For small dogs

12 teaspoons plain Greek nonfat yogurt

1 tablespoon 100% pure pumpkin puree, you could also use pure sweet potato or pure butternut squash puree

Dog Greens vitamin and mineral powder, serve according to your dog’s weight, optional

1/81/4 teaspoon homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend, optional

For large dogs

13 tablespoons plain Greek nonfat yogurt

24 tablespoons 100% pure pumpkin puree, you could also use pure sweet potato or pure butternut squash puree.

Dog Greens vitamin and mineral powder, serve according to your dog’s weight, optional

1/2 teaspoon homemade Dog Food Seasoning Blend, optional


For both small and large dogs:

Combine all of the ingredients in a small dish and serve immediately.


PLEASE NOTE: Nutritional information below is calculated with the ingredients and largest serving amount of each ingredient for a large dog. 

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  1. Barbara February 20, 2021 at 5:16 am

    I haven’t used tryed any of this yet but looking forward to making some with your help. I have a 8 yr old Maltese/Poodle who is weighing in now at 25 lbs was 30 and we need to get him down to around 18-20 lbs for his severe arthritis and hip issues. We can’t walk him cause of an injury but I try a few feet just to get him out and enjoy other dogs he sees. Can you help me I would love to make homemade food for him and treats. Any suggestions but he is higher my allergic to anything chicken he will break out with raw patches and itchy skin. Please I’m open for suggestions. Thanks Barb

  2. Lori February 19, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Another question, do you supplement with calcium? I keep reading they need a lot of calcium
    Thank you!

    1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:41 am

      Hey Lori – I actually grind the egg shells we use after bilking and drying them into a powder for a calcium supplement. It’s super easy and considering a tub of powdered egg shells can cost $24 for only a few week’s supply it is pretty cost effective too. If you’re feeding a homemade diet, you’ll want to add about one-half teaspoon ground eggshell per pound of fresh food.

      1. Lauri May 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm

        I’m loving your recipes, videos and dogs! Thanks for helping me male the transition to home made food without over thinking it! I’m only a few days in, but my dogs are already showing signs of better health, less gas, less itching, and they’re extremely happy about the switch too. I haven’t bought the supplements yet, and I’m using a modified recipe currently because my dogs all had a bit of digestive issues and needed a bland diet for a few days anyway. I love your yogurt pumpkin bowl idea and the spice blend you make is amazing. I’m here for the recipes!

        1. meg@thismessisours May 3, 2021 at 12:42 pm

          Lauri you just made my DAY!!! I am so glad that you are seeing a positive change already with only a few days of making the transition. Our dogs are completely different animals after eating this way for over a year – healthier all the way around, both of them!

  3. Lori February 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I have a VERY picky older Akita and she gets either bored or takes a dislike to her foods. We get her prescription wet and a high quality kibble that costs a fortune and she wont eat it now. I made the meal with ground beef and she ate it last night which made me SO happy, but the yoghurt and sweet potato she snubbed and tried tipping her bowl so I added some salmon to eat JUST to get this into her. That worked. Is this okay?? I am so confused and worried I will harm my stubborn dog! She loves rice and chicken and broth but that isn’t sufficient. So, is adding some fish to her yoghurt bowl okay? It is only half or so of a small can of salmon. I also ordered some vitamins for her and these chews with things good for joint health. She gets fish oil at night. I will also change up the meal you suggested and do different meats and veggies to hopefully keep her interested. None of my kids were ever this picky…

    1. meg@thismessisours April 22, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Hi!! I am so sorry for my delayed response – this comment disappeared on me and I am just now seeing it. Your dog may not like the flavor of pumpkin and that is ok. Salmon is very healthy for dogs, so you can add it in. We have a dog that will pick individual ingredients out of her food bowl with her tongue so I totally get it!!

  4. Janice February 15, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe I missed something but aren’t eggs not recommended on a kidney diet? Out little 4.5 lb Yorkie (12 years) is losing proteins through her urine discharge and nerds a kidney diet and low protein. Can I leave out the eggs and be ok with nutrition requirements? Also, love your idea of yogurt/pumpkin bowl but should probably omit the yogurt because of protein.
    Thanks for your diligence in researching and your willingness to share.

  5. Sharon February 9, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Meg! You inspired me to make my own dog food! I started tonight with the ground beef recipe. Love it!
    Regarding the pumpkin bowl, would I feed this along with the regular portion of the homemade dog food or instead of.
    Thx again

    1. meg@thismessisours February 10, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Sharon! We actually feed this to our dog’s in the morning instead of a portion of their daily food. We also usually don’t treat throughout the day, only at night.

  6. Ricki December 10, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    My dogs just so picky. I was buying them what vet recommended but they were snubbing it. I have made all your recipes and introduced everything slowly. Not only are they eating it they now get up in the morning and sit by the fridge waiting for their food. My 5 year old schichon has so much more energy and no stomach issues like when eating bought dog food. They now refuse treats also unless homemade.

    1. meg@thismessisours December 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Ricki I am so happy to hear this!!! It does my heart good to know your pups are enjoying eating the food that you are making for them.

  7. Sandy September 23, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I am confused, this looks if you are feeding a small dog this recipe they would only be getting about two tablespoons of food for breakfast. Am I reading something incorrectly?

    1. meg@thismessisours October 16, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Hey Sandy – you just need to start small and you can work your way up to larger portions. Our dogs get about 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt in their bowl sin the morning now along with the pumpkin. Hope this helps and if your pup loved the recipe I would be so grateful if you would give it a star rating for me. Thank you!!!

  8. Elizabeth September 3, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    How fun are these?! Rascal loves pumpkin and I love how easy these are to whip together!

    1. thismess September 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Our dogs are OBSESSED with these and they are so fast and easy to make with so many health benefits!


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