Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

During autumn, there are so many delicious fruits and vegetables that are in season. As someone who has guzzled dozens of pumpkin spice lattes and has eaten a fair share of pumpkin ravioli, I can attest pumpkin is one of the best autumnal foods. Pup parents will be happy to hear that their furry friends can enjoy canned pumpkin puree, which is a super tasty treat and quite beneficial. That being said, check with your vet before introducing any new foods to your pup’s diet. 

According to Fetch by WebMD, pumpkin is chock-full of “essential micronutrients and fiber,” which is helpful if your pup has some stomach problems. In particular, the delicious squash can “reduce issues with diarrhea.” 

Fetch by WebMD does warn that if you plan to purchase canned pumpkin, you need to be positive that it does not contain any added sodium or spices as that could give rise to potential health issues for our furry friends. It is also recommended that you only serve your dog “one to four pumpkin tablespoons per meal.”

In 2012, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD, CVA, CVJ, penned an article for PetMD, in which he shared that pup parents should consider giving their furry friends pumpkin as a delicious fall treat. Dr. Mahaney noted that pumpkin can potentially be beneficial to pooches who are overweight, as the winter squash is quite fibrous, meaning it can give your pup “a sense of fullness” and thus “potentially enhance weight loss.” He also noted that it is “rich in Vitamin C.”

There also are plenty of dog treats that you can make with canned pumpkin puree. The AKC recommends combining “1 cup plain yogurt” and “1 cup pumpkin puree” and putting the mixture “into an ice tray” to make some pumpkin ice pops. Another pawsome option is to bake some cookies using “3 cups whole wheat flour,” “2 eggs,” “1 cup pumpkin puree” and one mashed banana. 

Does your dog enjoy pumpkin puree? Let us know in the comments below!

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