The temperatures outside are starting to drop, the leaves are slowly dancing their way from tree branches to the ground, and school is back in session; Fall is finally here!… And guess what, you’re not the only one that enjoys a daily dose of pumpkin spice! Did you know that your dog may also be a big fan of pumpkin? Although, they may not crave it for its tasty flavor, but rather the benefits it provides for their health. So, what is it about pumpkin that makes it good for your dog?
How Pumpkin is Beneficial for Your Dog
Although dogs aren’t going to sit at Starbucks with you and sip on a pumpkin spiced latte, they can benefit from small amounts of canned pumpkin supplemented into their diet. Research has shown that pumpkin can be used as a remedy for an upset stomach, promote a shiny coat and even improve your dog’s immune system. Pumpkin has many nutrients that can be beneficial to your pet. It is high in fiber, low in fat and cholesterol, and loaded with beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin A and C. The fiber helps regulate their digestive tract, which is helpful if your dog is experiencing constipation or diarrhea. Additionally, the oils found in pumpkin seeds can support urinary health. Lastly, if your dog is a bit overweight, pumpkin is low in calories, so it may be a good dietary supplement to help your dog shed a few pounds.
How Much Pumpkin Should Dogs Eat?
Depending on the size of your dog, the amount of pumpkin that they will need in order to reap the benefits will vary. For example, a small dog such as a Shih Tzu may only need a couple of teaspoons with each meal, while a golden retriever may eat up to a half cup of canned pumpkin. Be careful to choose the canned pumpkin, as it is often on the same shelf as pumpkin pie mix or filling. You’ll also want to consult with your vet beforehand as a precaution.
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