The Love Affair Between Dogs & Pumpkins
As dog owners, we often wonder which human ingredients are safe for our pets. It is very tempting to feed your dog table scraps and leftovers but some of our yummy food items can be very harmful for them.
While onions, garlic, avocado, rhubarbs etc. are a big no no; carrots, pumpkins, apples and sweet potatoes are great for your dogs.
If Leo had a choice from the above list, he would choose pumpkins any day & I couldn’t agree more! Not only do they taste great, but they are also tightly packed with a lot of vitamins & essential nutrients. Here are the health benefits of feeding your pooch pumpkins:
Pumpkins are my one stop solution for digestive problems. They are a cure for both constipation as well as diarrhea because the fiber in them enables good bowel movement
The fiber in pumpkins keep your dog’s tummy full & the low calorie content helps with weight loss in obese pets
Pumpkins are made up of 90% water & this helps keep your pooch hydrated on a hot day or after a good long hike or exercise session
Vitamins & Minerals:
- They are rich in Vitamin A which is needed for healthy eyes & Vitamin C which helps build immunity & provides antioxidants
- The zinc in pumpkins help keep your dog’s skin & coat healthy & soft while the potassium helps in muscle recovery & keeping the heart healthy
- Beta-Carotene in pumpkins help prevent cancer which is becoming increasingly common in many dog breeds. They also help slow down aging in pets (and humans)
- Pumpkin seeds are also high on Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein etc. & can cure urinary problems, indigestion & also kill tapeworms, roundworms & other intestinal parasites. Make sure that you powder/grind the seeds before feeding it to your dog – this will help prevent choking and clogging.
That’s it! Chop them, grate them, puree them or even bake them into little doggie treats. Fido will love them in any form or shape. Do not feed them moldy or old stale ones, used as Halloween or Fall holiday decor.
If you don’t have a fresh pumpkin at home, head over to your nearest store or farmer’s market & fetch a pumpkin or a can of pumpkin puree and your pooch will thank you for it later.
I hope this post has helped reassure you about feeding your dog pumpkins. Like with any food source, too much of pumpkins isn’t a good thing either. Feed in moderation and start off slow if you are feeding your dog pumpkin for the very first time.
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