The Great Pumpkin: Nutritional Benefits for Our Pets…And Us!
Halloween brought focus to the pumpkin….ah yes, carving a scary Jack-O-Lantern is a tradition in many households, but did you know pumpkin is a lot more than just something to carve?
Pumpkin has many health benefits for our pets, such as:
- Helping with weight management. Pumpkin has a lot of fiber and not a lot of calories, so putting a spoonful in with your pet’s normal food can help him feel full longer.
- Helping with digestion and elimination. As I mentioned above, pumpkin does have a high fiber content, so if your pet is suffering from constipation, adding pumpkin to his diet will help. Pumpkin can also help if your pet has digestive upset/diarrhea. This applies for both cats and dogs, by the way.
- Also, if your dog has a habit of “scooting”, adding pumpkin will aid in reducing the anal sac buildup that causes dogs to scoot.
- Helps support urinary health. Pumpkins contain oils that help support urinary health. They’re also a good source of antioxidants, Vitamin A and beta-carotine.
Be sure to feed your pet unsweetened pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix. The mix has added sugar that pets don’t need.
Tomorrow I’ll share a recipe for pumpkin dog treats that many dogs love!