Who knew pumpkin could be so beneficial for dogs?

Terry Haas, owner of Loyalty Pet Care, reminded us of the value of adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet. Search on the internet and you’ll find a great many sites praising this simple product. The benefits listed below are from the following site:

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1) Constipation: Pumpkin can be a very effective treatment  for the occasional abnormal stool. (If your pet has regular GI issues, consult  your veterinarian.) Pumpkins have a high water and  fiber content and can act to  hydrate  the intestines and their contents  when dogs are suffering from  constipation.  Start with 1 tsp for smaller  dogs and 2 tsp for larger  dogs at  the first sign of constipation.  The  water and fibers will be  absorbed by the dry stools in your dog’s  intestines, and your pup  should experience relief in a few hours.

2) Diarrhea: Pumpkin  can also be used to treat diarrhea.  The  soluble fiber in  pumpkins actually helps absorb excess water in the   bowels that the body  didn’t absorb properly, thereby helping to calm  diarrhea.  Start  slowly, and adjust accordingly.

3) Urinary Health: Pumpkin seeds are high in  essential  fatty acids and antioxidants  (good for overall healthy skin  and fur), and the  oils in pumpkins’  flesh and seeds are believed to  support urinary health. They  are also  an excellent source of Vitamin A,  beta-carotene, potassium and iron,   and may even reduce the likelihood  your pet will develop cancer.

4) Weight Loss: Pumpkin is also recently  gaining popularity  as a supplement to a dog’s food to aid in weight loss.  While it is true that it  is a  low-cal/low-fat/ filler that is  high in fiber and will help keep your  pet feeling full longer, you want  to make sure that your pet is still  getting  the required nutrients that  he or she needs.  As with all diet  changes, start  slowly and gradually  increase.  If your pet is obese,  contacting your vet to  get a  personalized diet plan so your pet is not  losing too much weight too  rapidly, or too little weight too slowly.

Be sure to use 100% pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling. Ice cube trays can be used to prepare a tasty treat and also helps to prevent unused pumpkin from spoiling.

 

 

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