Is pumpkin good for dogs? Vets keep hearing this question, and their opinion is simple. Yes, canned pumpkin for dogs is great! There are a few place where pumpkin can help your dog, and the biggest benefit to this puppy superfood is that they love to eat it!
What Benefits does Pumpkin Provide?
- Urinary Tract Support:
The oils contained in pumpkin flesh and seeds can help maintain urinary tract support.
- Digestion Regulation:
Necessary fiber in pumpkin helps regulate your dog’s bowels and digestive tract.
- Skin and Coat:
Antioxidants and essential fatty acids contribute to a healthy and shiny coat for your dog.
Cucurbitin, an amino acid paralyzes worms and helping to naturally de-worm your dog.
Beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc are all available in pumpkin.
The abundance of fiber will fill your dog’s stomach without all the extra calories.
The first benefit of pumpkin is the boost it gives to their digestive system. Pumpkin puree, either from a can or homemade, is full of beneficial fiber. Fiber helps dogs in the same way that it helps people. Regularity is just important for Fido as it is for you.
No one wants to be backed up or have an upset system. All you need to do to introduce this for digestive health is to mix a little into their dog food. They get a treat, and you get an easy way to keep your dog healthy.
If your dog has diarrhea, pumpkin is a great tool. They can eat it straight from the spoon if they like it, or you can mix it up with a little yogurt for a healthy punch to the problem.
Pumpkin Seeds Are Great For Dogs, Too
Don’t forget pumpkin seeds. Roast them and use them individually as pumpkin dog treats. Small training treats are a healthy way to train your dog, but you need to keep them low in fat and unnecessary extras. Roasted pumpkin seeds are just the right size for training, and they are just as healthful for your dog as pumpkin flesh.
Pumpkin isn’t just good for bowel movements; the urinary tract can benefit as well. There are oils in both the seeds and pureed meat of the pumpkin that support the urinary tract. If your dog is having a bit of incontinence trouble, try adding just a little pumpkin to their diet.
If your dog is a little overweight, talk to your vet about pumpkin. Cutting down on their dog food and replacing the missing portion with pumpkin could help. Pumpkin is low in calories and packs a lot of flavor.
Pumpkin Dog Treats
Pumpkin dog treats are also much more healthy and beneficial for your dog then regular treats. Easy to make and delicious they’ll be easy to switch out your usual treats with these.
- 1C pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1/2C Steel Cut Oats
- 3C whole wheat flour
- 3 Tbsp of salt free, low sugar peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (also good for digestive health)
Mix together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry in increments to prevent clumping.
Roll dough onto a floured surface and press to 1/2 thick. Cut out using a floured cookie cutter.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown in a 350 degree oven. Put them on a cooling rack to let them harden.
If you do not want to go to the trouble of making your own dog treats then you will be happy to learn that there are plenty of alternatives that your dog is sure to love. Just be sure when you pick your dog’s treats that they are natural and contain real pumpkin and not merely pumpkin flavoring. Otherwise your dog could be missing out on some of the great benefits.