It’s that time of year! The weather is cooling off, leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and everywhere you look there are pumpkins! Pumpkins for decorations, pumpkin scents, and pumpkin treats are in full swing anywhere and everywhere you look. This brings to mind a legitimate question that may cross your mind. Is pumpkin safe for my dog?
Plain canned pumpkin in moderation is a safe miracle food for dogs. However, it’s important to understand raw pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling is not safe for your dog. Many grocery stores sell canned pumpkin pie mix next to plain canned pumpkin. These two can easily be mixed up so it’s important to ensure you are feeding your dog plain canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin contains a higher concentration of nutrients and fibers compared to raw pumpkin. In addition, it’s crucial you don’t give your dog too much as it can be highly toxic to dogs in large quantities. The recommended serving is 1-4 tablespoons a day. However, it’s never a bad idea to give your veterinarian a call to ask what serving size they would recommend for the size and weight of your dog.
Canned pumpkin is full of fiber and beta-carotene. It’s low in fat and cholesterol. It also contains important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, and C, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron. Pumpkin can ease digestion in dogs as it adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water. This benefit can help if your dog is suffering from diarrhea. The fiber in canned pumpkin can aide in constipation issues as well.
Next time you want to give your dog something special, consider adding some pumpkin to their meal or offering them a pumpkin dog treat! We’re certain your pooch will thank you with lots of cuddles and licks for their special treat.