Pumpkin is a miracle food for dogs. Did you know that? Well, Tis the season for pumpkins and lots of them. From the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie and bread, pumpkin cupcakes, and even pumpkin cereal, there’s no shortage for ideas to use this festive gourd this time of year. In addition to just tasting really good to people and their dogs, Pumpkin also has many health benefits for your dog.
Is your dog’s healthy appetite causing him to gain a little extra poundage? Many dogs will only eat when they’re hungry and are perfectly ok at self-regulating the amount of food they eat, while others not so much. Some dogs will eat until the cows come home, so to speak. While it’s not clear why some dogs eat more than others, it’s up to you to put in place a plan to keep your dog full and of course, feed him the right kind of food in the right amounts. It’s not easy to say no to a dog that’s telling you he’s hungry. That’s where the pumpkin comes in. By adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to your dog’s meals each day, you can help him feel fuller for longer. Canned pumpkin is rich in fiber so that’s where the magic comes. Well, that combined with the fact that canned pumpkin also helps to slow the digestive process and so your pup will feel fuller for longer than usual.
Curb Digestive Issues
Canned pumpkin can be used for multiple digestive issues. Whether your dog has constipation or diarrhea, canned pumpkin may be the cure. Due to the simple fact that pumpkin slows down digestion, and helps to absorb water it can prevent or at least minimize the incident when your dog has diarrhea. On the other hand, if your dog is straining to go potty, a little pumpkin can encourage movement in the bowels.
Canned pumpkin also helps supplement your dog’s diet with much need vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vitamins A, C, E and potassium are much needed to promoted good health in your dog. Vitamin C promotes a strong immune systems while all of those vitamins together can prevent cancer. Antioxidants attack oxidants in your pet’s body. How cool is that? Potassium aids the whole metabolic process, keeps blood pressure under control and at acceptable levels and also helps overall muscle health. Vitamin A helps prevent night blindness and other degenerations of the eyes.
Some dogs are not too keen on drinking a lot of water. Dehydration can lead to many health issues and in extreme cases can even result in death. Getting more water in your dog’s diet can be tricky, especially if you feed your dog a dry kibble diet. Adding a little pumpkin, increases your dog’s water intake without him even knowing it. Keeping your dog hydrated will also keep his coat soft and shiny, and flaky skin will be a thing of the past.
It’s so yummy!
All health benefits aside, dogs love the taste of pumpkin! Added to many meal or treat recipes, your dog will be begging you for more.
As with almost everything else, too much of anything is bad for you. In some cases, toxic! Pumpkin is one of those things for dogs. Feeding your dog more than a few teaspoons a day can result in toxicity. Canned pumpkin has many amazing, even miraculous benefits for dogs. Why not give your dog some this year?