While you may have satisfied the craving with pie and spiced lattes toward the end of last year, pumpkin should hold a place in your dog's diet year-round.
It's super healthy and festive but what do we really know about pumpkins? Here are a few facts you can add to the list:
All AmericanPumpkins have been grown in North America for over 5,000 years and are the largest native squash. While the pumpkin craze started in America, it's spread to the rest of the world—everywhere except Antarctica. There are varieties that are easy to grow in almost any climate.
Packed With AntioxidantsAs the bright orange color suggests, pumpkins are a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin A and beta carotene. These are essential for maintaining good vision, healthy skin, and a strong immune system. While antioxidants are important for everybody, they have the greatest impact on puppies' developing immune systems.
Aid Digestive HealthCooked pumpkin can help sooth an upset stomach. Whether you're under the weather or your dog's feeling droopy, add a little pumpkin. There are five recipes from The Honest Kitchen that make it easy. You can add cooked pumpkin to any meal as a treat or supplement for your pet.
Full of FiberIn addition to soothing an upset stomach, pumpkin helps to keep everything moving like it should by providing a decent chunk of your dog's daily fiber requirements. Your dog will feel better and he's less likely to eat grass—it's good for him and your lawn. Fiber absorbs water, normalizing your dog's digestive system and fixing any... consistency issues.
Provide MineralsPumpkins contain potassium, iron, copper, calcium, and phosphorus—all of which are essential for good health. These do a variety for good things for your dog including building strong bones and teeth, boosting his immune system, and helping with oxygen transport in the blood.
Help With Weight LossThe addition of pumpkin to your dog’s diet will only add a few calories (no fats and zero cholesterol) plus the fiber will help him feel full. This means your dog will crave less food and, combined with pumpkin's other benefits, will enjoy better health over all.
Balance Blood SugarSeveral studies, suggest that pumpkin increases glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and is good for the pancreas. If your dog is diabetic, talk to your veterinarian about adding pumpkin to his diet.
While pumpkins may not be a miracle cure for every ailment, they are a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor that makes every mealtime a healthy, delicious experience for your dog. Before tonight's dinner, pick up some of The Honest Kitchen's Grain Free Beef Recipe and see what pumpkin can do for your furry family members.