PUMPKIN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!
Pumpkin drinks and products are showing up at the grocery stores and all the coffee shops are serving pumpkin lattes.
Here are 4 reasons to add pumpkin to dog treats, or canned unsweetened pumpkin, to their food:
- Whether your dog has the splatters, or she’s bound up like a straitjacket, pumpkin is the answer to her digestive woes. Canned pumpkin is very high in fiber, which can help bulk up your dog’s loose stools or soften her hard ones. And since dogs tend to love the taste of pumpkin anyway, it should be easy to get your pooch to take this “medicine.”
- Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog. That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway.
- Even if your dog isn’t in digestive distress, pumpkin makes a fine addition to his meals, adding bulk and fiber without a lot of extra calories. Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, so yours may gobble it down not only willingly, but eagerly. You can feed him the same amount of food while replacing some kibble with pumpkin instead, thereby filling his belly and reducing caloric intake, a good strategy if your dog needs to lose a few pounds. I find it’s nice to change up pumpkin with plain green beans so they don’t get bored when on a diet. Heck, I get bored being on a diet, it’s always my downfall!
- There is some evidence to suggest that pumpkin seeds are beneficial for urinary-tract health. The oil of pumpkin seeds is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which may be good for urinary health, among additional nutritional benefits. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals described earlier, so even if the connection to urinary health is hooey, pumpkin seeds are still a doggy superfood.
This wheat-free peanut butter pumpkin recipe from the Doggy Dessert Chef is fabulous!