Dog nutrition is at the top of the list when it comes to great pet care. Make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetables that have super health benefits to add a little something extra to their diet. This month 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 fibre which helps with upset stomachs as it regulates bowel control.
Relieves constipation and diarrhoea
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 in roasted pumpkin seeds help moisturize you dog’s coat from the inside out
Pumpkin seeds can be fed raw and are high in essential fatty acids which may help to prevent kidney stones, inflamation from arthritis and support the prostate. Whats not to love!
How should I feed pumpkin to my dog?
Start with around 1 teaspoon of pureed pumpkin and increase to around 1 tablespoon a day. You do not want to over feed a dog on pumpkin as it is high in fibre which can lead to diarrhoea.
You can fill a Kong with pureed pumpkin or mix it into their kibble
Give it to your dog steamed or roasted (and cooled) in chunks
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.