I know August just began but I am seriously looking forward to cooler temperatures and the smells and tastes of fall. Utah temps have been way too hot for far too long! This year I planted my first ever pumpkin plant in our garden in hopes of having lots of excess to puree for the dogs. You see, my pups LOVE pumpkin. In fact, I don’t think I’ve met a dog yet who doesn’t enjoy a spoonful or two mixed in with their usual grub both RAW and kibble alike.
Besides being a favorite addition to many bowls, pumpkin helps with
- digestive health – Just a tablespoon or two of pureed pumpkin, without any sugar added of course, is a great source of fiber and will help with both constipation and diarrhea. Their high water content will also help hydrate their intestines further assisting with constipation. I give a little to my dogs when they have an upset stomach and it usually helps them feel much better.
- urinary tract health – It is believed that the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds aid in urinary tract health.
- weight loss – If you have been struggling with your dog’s weight and just can’t seem to get him or her to shed a couple pounds, try replacing a portion of their food with pureed pumpkin. The fiber in the pumpkin will help them feel full.
Pumpkins are also a good source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron and the seeds are high in essential fatty acids which is great for your dogs skin and coat.
By the way, it is great for cats as well! That is if you can get them to eat it.