Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!
It’s that time of the year again when you can’t help but notice that pumpkins in all shapes and sizes are EVERYWHERE! Pumpkins on front porches and dining tables; coffee shops offering all types of pumpkin flavored drinks; pumpkin desserts in restaurants; pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch and the list goes on…..
But did you know the benefits of pumpkin for dogs? How nutritional pumpkin really is? Pumpkin is packed full of nutrients like Vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. But here’s the best fact, pumpkin is not only a beneficial addition to your own nutrition but also it is very nutritious for your dog! In general, most dogs love the taste of pumpkin so adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet shouldn’t be an issue.
Pumpkin is great for your dog’s digestive health. Perhaps, you have noticed in some of the higher-quality kibble that pumpkin tops the list of ingredients. Pumpkin is packed with fiber, and the flesh of the pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber. You can cook and puree the flesh and feed him one or two tablespoons along with his usual dog food. This will keep him ‘regular’. Additionally, one or two tablespoons of pumpkin can relieve an upset tummy. If you prefer not to go through the trouble of pureeing fresh pumpkin, you can also purchase canned natural unsweetened pumpkin in stores.
Could your pooch stand to lose a few pounds? Guess what, pumpkin is great for your pet’s weight loss. You can substitute a portion of your dog’s regular kibble with some canned pure pumpkin. Depending on your dog’s size, it is best to check with your Veterinarian about the precise amount. Since pumpkin is full of fiber, it is filling. And bonus, it is low in fat and calories.
Pumpkin seeds are very high in fatty acids and antioxidants. These seeds are effective in treating worms and internal parasites as well as urinary infections. Just make sure you feed him unsalted, raw seeds. If he doesn’t like the taste of them, grind them up and sprinkle a tablespoon over his regular food.
Feeding pumpkin to your dog will not only improve his skin and coat but will also improve his overall health! For a healthy treat, check out our friends over at Pawstruck.com Pumpkin Treats Recipe: http://pawstruck.com/blogs/time-bake-pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-treats-recipe/