Whether you like it or not, fall and Halloween decorations are already up in stores. I personally love it, as I’m counting down the days until I can put up my Christmas decorations! Although Halloween can be a scary holiday for your animals, one benefit of it is all of the pumpkins! But why? Pumpkin has many health benefits for dogs!
Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Digestion: Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. To keep your dog “regular” or to help with constipation, give your dog a small amount of PURE pumpkin. Make sure it’s not pie filling and it’s not sweetened or spiced. I give my dogs about half teaspoon each on a regular basis. You can give your dog more based on their size. My sister recently reached out to me when her dog was constipated. I recommended about a teaspoon of pumpkin and within a couple hours, her dog was finally going to the bathroom. It really works!
Skin and coat: Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants and fatty acids that help to moisturize skin and fur. I’m not a fan of pumpkin seeds and your dog may not be either. Try roasting them instead – I bet your dogs will love them!
Parasites: Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin which is an amino acid that acts as a natural de-wormer. You can try grinding the pumpkin seeds into a powder and adding them to your dog’s meal if they don’t prefer whole seeds!
Urinary tract support: The oils in the flesh and seeds of a pumpkin can potentially aid in dog and cat urinary system function. Adding seeds to your dog’s meal or using them as a treat can help prevent bladder infections and kidney stones.
Treats: Pumpkin is amazing for making homemade dog treats! There are many simple recipes you can make from home that your dog will love. Check out these peanut butter pumpkin dog treats and these pumpkin spice smoothies for dogs.
Has your dog ever tried pumpkin? I frequently add it to Wynston, Khloee and McKenzie Rae’s meals!!
If you have specific questions regarding pumpkin and your pet’s health, consult your veterinarian! Enjoy pumpkin season, and all of the benefits that come along with it!