Is pumpkin good for dogs?
Whether your dog is celebrating the excitement of pumpkin season with you or they’re “so over it,” all pups can get behind a good dose of puréed pumpkin! Pumpkin is the perfect way to help your dog get in the fall spirit, and with its numerous health benefits it’s a treat they can enjoy all year long! Here are some dos and don’ts of this doggie superfood.
Don’t let dogs eat the Jack O’Lantern.
Why not treat your dog to a nutritious snack while saving yourself some post-Halloween clean-up? While Jack O’Lanterns start out as a healthy pumpkin, the moment they are cut into and set outside, they start collecting bacteria that can be harmful to your pup. So while your dog might be eager to help with clean-up, it’s best to save your Jack O’Lanterns for the yard waste bin.
Don’t feed dogs pumpkin pie filling.
While pumpkin pie filling contains pumpkin puree, there are lots of other additives like sugar and spices that are not so great for your four-legged friend. If you don’t want your dog to miss out on the family’s famous pumpkin pie, check out this recipe for a pooch friendly pie that’s sure to please!
Use pumpkin to treat dogs’ diarrhea or constipation.
Pumpkin is great for your dog’s digestive health! While many people know how pumpkin can work wonders for dogs with diarrhea, few know that the opposite is true as well. Canned pumpkin is a great natural remedy for constipation, too, making it the perfect cure-all for your dog’s digestive needs. For small dogs just add two teaspoons of canned pumpkin to their normal food, adjusting the amount up to two tablespoons for large dogs.
Use pumpkin to help with dogs’ weight loss.
While pumpkin itself won’t help your dog lose weight, its high dietary fiber content can help with their overall weight loss. Pumpkin is high in fiber and more fiber helps your dog feel full, even if you’re cutting back on their food portions. Simply replace the amount of food you cut out of their feeding with equal amounts canned pumpkin.
Let dogs eat pumpkin seeds.
Laci and Jed Schaible, founders of Rover partner VetLive.com tell us pumpkin seeds are also full of antioxidants that promote urinary health. What’s more, the healthy vitamins and fatty acids found in pumpkin seeds can make your dog’s coat softer and shinier. If you’re planning to store the seeds to feed to your dog, be sure to roast them first. Fresh seeds can go rancid quickly, while roasted seeds last about a month.
So let your dog get in on the fall fun and help them enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin all year round!
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.