Is there a better day to write a post about the benefits of pumpkin than Halloween?
I love Fall. Chilly mornings, hot chocolate, and Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat are the reasons for the season :)
I'm excited so let's jump right into it! I'm sure you've heard on several occasions about how amazing canned pumpkin is for your dog.
To avoid any mix-ups, this is specifically in reference to 100% organic canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling.
As always, be sure to consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet's diet. Each pet's nutritional needs are different and requires unique care.
I'll start by giving you my own experiences with pumpkin. My first encounter with pumpkin is similar to a lot of pet parent's.
My pup was having horrible diarrhea after getting into the trash. (His favorite pastime) After hopping on the net and doing my research, pumpkin kept popping up as a quick and easy fix for a dog with an upset stomach.
I decided to give it a try and mixed pumpkin into his food to see if that would help. It absolutely helped eliminate his diarrhea and it's a remedy I use whenever we need.
Food is medicine of course, and I use natural remedies in lieu of alternatives at every chance I get.
I use pumpkin in our treats for more than just digestion.
Pumpkin has other less-known benefits for your dog as well.
I wanted to outline the top three ways you can use pumpkin to supplement your dog's diet.
When your puppy is having an upset tummy, pumpkin is the way to go.
Pumpkin is full of soluble fiber, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, and iron just to name a few.
Fiber is a powerful nutrient that can help your puppy in both stages of digestion problems.
If your dog is constipated and having trouble with their bowel movements, the high water content in pumpkin can be a life saver.
On the flip side, if your dog is having tummy troubles with loose bowel movements, pumpkin can help keep things together. Fiber is binding, helping to soothe the tummy and pass the upset easily.
If you're putting your dog on a diet, pumpkin can be a great way to curb weight gain. Again, with the fabulous fiber. The fiber in pumpkin helps to dogs to feel full, eating less food in the long run. Placing just a tablespoon of pumpkin is your dog's food is all you need.
A lesser known fact is that you can give your dog pumpkin seeds as well. Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid which proactively protects against parasites, such as worms.
They can also aid in helping to reduce inflammation, a benefit I wanted to highlight for our older dogs.
Do you have any unique ways you incorporate pumpkin in your dog's diet?
Let me know in the comments!
Check out our Grain-Free Pumpkin Peanut Butter dog treats for a delicious, all-natural snack for your pdogup! Soft-baked and great for puppies, small dogs, and senior dogs as well.
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Next week, we'll dive into the benefits of coconut oil for your dog.
I may make that a two-part post, as there's so much to explore!