The Perks of Feeding your Dog Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an incredibly nutritious treat for dogs and is a wonderful ingredient for many diets.

It boasts a wealth of health benefits, tastes delicious, and dogs love it! You can feel confident adding it to your pup’s diet. But, like any new treat, be sure to do so in moderation.

Read on to learn all about how pumpkin can be a great new addition to your pet’s diet, as well as all the benefits that can be gained. Even the pickiest of eaters tend not to turn up their nose at this delicious, orange snack.

The health benefits of pumpkin in a dog’s diet.

Pumpkin is loaded with healthy fiber and, because of this, it’s a great way to combat health issues in your dog. That’s why Honest Kitchen includes it in many of their complete diets! The festive fruit can be used as a means to ease a case of diarrhea due to the fiber content. While not a cure for serious issues, it can be used to help firm up your dog’s stool in a pinch.

It’s also a great weight loss tool. Though the fiber content is often used to help with diarrhea, it can also be used to help your dog feel full. Many pet owners struggle with reducing their pets’ food, whether out of frustration with their pets’ whining or simply guilt. Pumpkin will allow you to reduce the amount of kibble you feed your dog without causing him to feel like he isn’t getting a complete meal.

Pumpkin is also 90% water and can be used to help pets that are struggling to drink. If your pet is dehydrated, check with your veterinarian to see if pumpkin can be used as a substitute to help get him the water he needs.

Pumpkin seeds also offer urinary benefits as well thanks to the amount of essential fatty acids and antioxidants in them.

Other essential nutrients pumpkin provides include:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • potassium
  • vitamin B-6
  • iron

How much pumpkin can dogs eat?

Like all things, pumpkin should be eaten in moderation. When feeding your puppy pumpkin as a treat be sure to use pure, 100″%canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling, added flavoring, spices, and extra sugar can be harmful. You want the real deal.

You also probably don’t want to feed your dog the leftovers of your carved pumpkin for Halloween; that’s a breeding ground for mold. When adding it to your dog’s food, stick with one to four tablespoons a day. You can also bake or roast pumpkin seeds to use as a healthy snack or training treat.

Alternatively, you could purchase diets that already use pumpkin as an ingredient if you want to get the benefits without any of the added work. There are also excellent pour-overs for picky eaters who need a little extra incentive to chow down on breakfast. If your pup is being a super good boy, you can treat him with his very own pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin Pour Overs Treats

photo by Amy Tokic

Ideas for incorporating pumpkin in your pet’s diet.

So how do you go about incorporating pumpkin into your dog’s diet? Aside from using the pour-overs and spice latte mentioned above, there are plenty of options that your dog will love. It doesn’t have to be added to his food bowl!

Making your dog treats infused with pumpkin doesn’t have to be a chore. This tasty morsel uses a combination of pumpkin and peanut butter to create a treat your dog will go crazy over. It has only six affordable ingredients and takes less than 40 minutes in the oven. And this yummy treat uses The Honest Kitchen’s pumpkin pour-overs, resulting in some extremely snackable cookies.

Of course, you can always get creative and see what magic you can work in the kitchen on your own. Let us know your favorite pumpkin food and treat recipes in the comments below!

Meet the Author: Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible. This stuff gets expensive.

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