Hamburger Helper Canine Style

Hamburger Helper Canine Style

I used to make Hamburger Helper often for my children who loved it.  I still make it once in a while now since it’s easy and convenient. I like to provide Kirby a variety of meals so this is his canine variation. He has quite a few meals with potatoes or brown rice for his carbs so I always make this one with pasta for a nice change. I

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The Great Plumpkin


The Great Plumpkin

The other day I came home from work to a smelly mess. Apparently Kirby had an upset stomach with a nasty bout of diarrhea which I am attributing to the vienna sausages Doug shared with him the day before. His eyes looked good so I knew he didn't need a visit to his vet.  After I cleaned him up and the mess in his playroom I turned to Google.  Three ingredients kept popping up as I searched for a home remedy.  Pumpkin, cayenne pepper, and probiotics (yogurt).

That night when preparing his evening meal I chose white fish, pumpkin with a dash of cayenne pepper and plain yogurt.  Kirby ate the fish, then the yogurt, then the pumpkin. I gave Shelby the same meal just in case she had what he had.  

They devoured their meals so since I had left over pumpkin I decided to create a treat using all of these ingredients. I thought about using the fish in place of a flour but chose brown rice flour since rice is considered mild enough for delicate tummies. I may still try a treat with the fish in place of the flour. 


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preparation Instructions:

1.  In a medium bowl thoroughly mix all ingredients.

2.  Roll out 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.


3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 23 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.


4.  I wanted a chewy texture so I removed them from the oven to cool on a baking rack. For crisper cookies, turn off the oven and leave in for a few hours.


These "treats" with benefits were a hit. It's considered a good idea to let the dog fast for a day or two as long as you provide plenty of fresh water. With no sugars added a few can be substituted in place of meals while his poor tummy gets back in sync.

I am pleased to say Kirby was ok the next day. (NO MORE VIENNA SAUSAGES FOR THIS FURKID) Home remedies really do work but if you have any doubts, always check with your veterinarian first.  For more information about these amazing ingredients check out my list of Healthy Ingredients.

If diarrhea persists, or the dog becomes lethargic, or begins vomiting, a visit to the vet is imperative. I am a pet parent so always seek the advice of your veterinarian. One phone call only takes a few minutes.