Pumpkin – Why This Fall Squash Is Good For Your Dog!

October 7th, 2008 by Dan

It’s pumpkin season! While you may think that the orange globes are simply a sign of the Fall, did you know that pumpkin can actually be very useful to dog owners?

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Pumpkins are chock full of beta carotene, potassium, Vitamin C, calcium and fiber. A pumpkins roughage combined with its high water content can be especially useful when dealing with a dog that has diarrhea OR constipation.

You can give your pet canned pumpkin (make sure it is PURE pumpkin – NOT pumpkin pie filling) or make your own puree with a fresh pumpkin to aid your pup with GI distress. Most dogs love the flavor and texture (it is very similar to canned dog food).

Here is a guide to help you figure out how much pumpkin to give your dog at a meal:
Under 15 lbs = 1 – 2 teaspoons
15-30 lbs = 1 – 2 tablespoons
30 lbs and up = 2 – 5 tablespoons depending on the size of the dog

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If your dog is showing other signs of illness (listlessness, dehydration, bloody stool, etc) please call your veterinarian.

Pumpkin is also a low calorie treat- measuring about 30 calories per cup. If your dog is overweight, you can substitute 33% of his normal meals with pumpkin to help him drop the pounds. Pumpkin not only provides the vitamins I discussed above, but is dense and will help him feel full. Make sure you discuss any diet plan with your vet before you take the plunge.

You can cut a whole pumpkin into pieces and freeze them! They make great consumable gnawing toys for a later date.

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There are many other fruits and veggies out there that are healthful treats for your pup, however pumpkins prove themselves to be quite valuable!





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2 Responses to “Pumpkin – Why This Fall Squash Is Good For Your Dog!”

  1. Brooks Says:

    Great article!! Are the pumpkin’s seeds OK for them as well? Thanks!!

  2. AJ Says:

    Wow, thank you so much. This article was so very helpful as I did not want to give my puppies something that might harm them.

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