Pumpkin Spice Puppies!

Now that Hallowe’en is behind us, the pumpkin spice everything is finally scaling back (to be replaced with peppermint and gingerbread everything instead). But at our house, pumpkin is a daily occurrence, at least as far as the dogs are concerned.

PumpkinHere are just a few reasons to make pumpkin part of your dog’s daily routine:

  1. Diarrhea Remedy. Because pumpkin is so high in fiber, it helps to keep things regular and in order. The fiber helps to absorb excess water in your dog’s stool, which helps to firm things up. One or two spoonfuls a day is enough for most dogs, but you can certainly adjust upwards or downwards, depending on your dog. At our house, two spoonfuls per meal is plenty for our Saint Bernard, Amy.
  2. Constipation Remedy. Yeah, believe it or not, pumpkin goes the other way, too, and helps dogs who are blocked up. The rich pumpkin puree softens things up and settles tummies, without medication or expensive vet visits.
  3. Pumpkin Seeds Help Fight Worms. Raw pumpkin seeds can help fight tapeworms and other bugs. Keep them raw, and grind them up for best results.

From a nutritional point of view, canned pumpkin is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.  It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. Pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin (the amino acid that fights worms), plus they’re also full of protein, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin. It’s a one-two healthy combination for your dog!

When you’re looking for canned pumpkin, make sure you’re just getting puree, and not pumpkin pie filling. Your dog doesn’t need all the extra sugar and additives in pie filling. And make sure your pumpkin seeds are raw, not roasted and salted. Those are tasty, but all the nutritional goodness has been cooked right out of them.

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