The season has arrived where many of us celebrate our annual fixation with all-things pumpkin.
From drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, baking pies and carving jack-o-lanterns, there’s something out there for all members of your family… including your furry family members.
Did you know that pureed pumpkin and canned pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie fillings) are great for your dog’s health?
Here are four ways that pumpkin can benefit your pooch.
Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and helps keep your dog’s bowl movements regular. Depending on your dog’s size, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons per cup of food if your pet is experiencing:
Oils in the pumpkin’s flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health (prevention of kidney stones) and in reducing inflammation.
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are good for overall healthy skin and coat. It’s a good source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron. Also, there is growing belief that by adding fresh veggies like pumpkin, it may even help reduce the likelihood of dogs getting cancer.
If your dog’s weight is an issue, you can cut down on their current treats (avoid treats with sugar, wheat, corn, and replace it with pumpkin. Since most dogs love pumpkin, it’s another reason why you can substitute it for treats. Here are some fun ideas:
In both cases, your dog will get plenty of exercise with a long lasting, healthy, tasty treat.
Pro Tips for Handling Pumpkin
D.I.Y. Fresh Pumpkin Puree - Yum!
2. Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.
3. Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up, 1 hour, or until tender.
4. Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces.
The Furchild team loves the health benefits of pumpkin so much that we incorporate small amounts of fresh Organic Pumpkin in a couple of our Meals for Dogs recipes. For us, Organic Pumpkin is not a seasonal trend… it’s here to stay year round!