Great Human Foods To Give Your Dog: Pumpkin!

pumpkin dog

Great Human Foods To Give Your Dog: Pumpkin!

Dog nutrition should be at the top of the list for great pet care. How is your pet’s diet? Make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetables that have super health benefits and add a little something extra to their diet. Pumpkins are a great choice!

Fresh pumpkin can be fed to your dog either steamed, roasted or boiled then pureed and it’s a great addition to your dogs diet for many reasons. Pumpkin is:

 

Low in calories
High in soluble fibre which helps dogs with upset stomachs as it regulates bowel control.
Relieves constipation and diarrhea!
Contains Vitamin C which boosts the immune system and helps with joint pain
Contains Zinc which helps improve skin and coat
Contains Vitamin A which is important for your dogs vision
Pumpkin is also an excellent source of potassium.

Even more ways Pumpkin can help your dogs health:

Urinary tract support – Oil in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin flesh support urinary tracts health
Skin and coat – The antioxidants and essential fatty acids in roasted pumpkin seeds help moisturize you dogs fur and coat from the inside out

dog and a pumpkin

Don’t forget the pumpkin seeds! They can be fed raw and have been found to be high in essential fatty acids, antioxidants and may help to prevent kidney stones, inflamation froma rthritis and support the prostate. Whats not to love!

 

How much pumpkin should i feed my dog?
Add around 1 teaspoon of pureed pumpkin into your dogs meals for a small dog, and increase to around 1 tablespoon a day. You do not want to over feed a dog on pumpkin as too much fibre can bring on bouts of constipation.

Always consult your vet for dietary changes you are making with your pup’s diet. Get out there and stock up while they are still about.

Resources: Dr. Karen Becker and Rodney Habib