Fall is among us. The nights are getting cooler, the air is crisp and most importantly, pumpkin is all over the shelves! Pumpkin is a huge staple in our diets, but did you know that it is also a superfood for your dog? Here are some ways that pumpkin ‘spices’ up your dog’s diet!
Raw pumpkin has amazing health benefits for your dog. Pumpkin is great for promoting a healthy urinary tract and supports digestive health in your pet. In fact, pure canned pumpkin can be added to your dog’s kibble as a remedy for diarrhea and constipation.
If you plan on carving a pumpkin this season, save some of the seeds for your dog! Pumpkin seeds are tasty for us but also have beneficial oils for your pup’s urinary tract. Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are also a great source of fiber.
Pumpkin is filled with Vitamin A.Vitamin A supports your dog’s eye and brain development. Pumpkin also contains tons of antioxidants which support their immune system.
Pumpkin is low in calories.Some vets introduce pumpkin to a dog’s diet because of its high fiber content and low-calorie content. Pumpkin promotes weight loss and has plenty of moisture to keep your pup hydrated and full throughout the day.
Be careful! Make sure you do not mistake canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling contains harmful additives for your pup and does not have the same health benefits as pumpkin in its natural form. When shopping for pumpkin, make sure the label says 100% pumpkin puree.
Before introducing pumpkin to your dog’s diet, consult your vet. Pumpkin introduced in small doses is great but for some dogs, it can be harmful. Your vet knows best and can help you decide how much pumpkin to add to your dog’s diet.