Pumpkin for Dogs
By BarkUpToday Editing Team
Pumpkin puree is an excellent source of fiber and potassium, which helps to regulate the digestive system and decrease bloating. It also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene (vitamin A), and magnesium that support your pup’s immune system. Pumpkin is a superfood for dogs. It contains essential micronutrients and fiber that make it a very nutritious treat.
The American Kennel Club(AKC) adds that “Pumpkin can ease digestion in several ways. The soluble fiber content in Pumpkin adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water, and fiber fermentation produces beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulate intestinal sodium and water absorption, and lower the pH level of the large intestines.”
They also go on to explain that “Plain canned Pumpkin is the healthiest choice for your dog. Both fresh and canned Pumpkin are good sources of nutrients and fiber, but canned Pumpkin contains a higher concentration of fiber and nutrients compared to fresh Pumpkin.”
Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium which promotes healthy muscles and proper nerve function. Pumpkins are rich in fiber, low in calories, and low on the glycemic index; these factors make them a good food for your dog as well as for you.
Do not give raw pumpkin to your dogs as they might develop an obstruction in the digestive tract due to the hard skin on the pumpkin. However, giving it after cooking is just fine. Also, dogs might develop sensitivity towards raw or undercooked pumpkin, so make sure you cook it properly before serving it to your pup.
Pumpkin is known to be highly effective in treating diarrhea in dogs because it helps firm up your dog’s stool. Pumpkin also has tannins, which help to tighten loose stool and reduce inflammation of the bowel. Each cup of pumpkin contains 7 g of soluble fiber. It also includes a natural prebiotic, which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria.
Pumpkin has high fiber and water content levels that help soften your pup’s stool and make it easier to pass. It is also an antioxidant-rich fruit; antioxidants fight inflammation and promote intestinal health. It also contains sodium which helps to draw water into your dog’s digestive tract.
How much pumpkin should I feed my dog?
It is recommended that you give around 1-4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree with your dogs’ food three times a day if he/she is suffering from diarrhea. However, do not feed your dog more than it can tolerate.
Also, you can add cooked pumpkin cubes to their food and mix them well for better results. If you have any questions about feeding pumpkin to your dog, reach out to your veterinarian.
When it comes to feeding your dogs pumpkin, there’s no limit! Pumpkin is rich in essential nutrients, and it’s a perfect food to feed your pup. Make sure you give a cooked puree without any spices or extra ingredients as these might cause an upset stomach to your furbaby.
Pumpkin is a valuable and affordable way to help combat your dog’s diarrhea. It’s low in calories and great for constipation in pets.