October 23, 2015 38 Comments
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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin? How can eating pumpkin benefit your dog?
You probably have noticed that all the foods in this series ‘Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog’, have Beta-carotene and fiber in them.
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Pumpkin is a good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
Pumpkin also has iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. It also has antioxidants, which supports prevention of some cancers from forming. These vitamins and minerals will help your pet stay healthy.
Like everything in life, keep it in moderation. Even too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
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Pumpkin for your dog is a nice little treat, or a spoonful of pumpkin puree added to his or her food can be a yummy addition..
So what shall we do with the pumpkins? Stop don’t throw that pumpkin away! Many of us have them as decorations for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. So lets use every part of that pumpkin and be recycling genies.
Pumpkin seeds according to PetMD can help your dog too. Oils found in the seeds and the flesh is believed to support urinary health.
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It can also help with diarrhea, constipation and help with weight loss. You can check out the details at PetMD.
The antioxidants and essential fatty acids in the seeds can moisturize your dog’s skin and fur from the inside out. Just don’t give your dog the store-bought seeds that are covered in salt.
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Fresh is always best (yes, I made that rhyme on purpose – if I can’t make it as a comedian I’ll try for poet). Unsalted, fresh from the oven, after they have cooled you and your dog can share some pumpkin seeds. Save some of the seeds, you’ll see why in just a few more paragraphs.
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If your dog is having urinary incontinence, you should speak with your veterinarian.
Okay, here it is, the disclaimer: If your dog is experiencing any problems, such as urinary incontinence, diarrhea, or constipation call your vet.
Don’t try to solve these problems on your own with these foods. You should also talk to your vet before introducing any new food, especially human food to your dog’s diet.
There is nothing wrong in asking your veterinarian about giving your dog pumpkin, or pumpkins seeds.
That is why I am writing this series, Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog. This helps you become a medical advocate for your dog.
The more information you have, the better advocate you are.
Okay, disclaimer done, let’s move on.
Pumpkin is good for cats too. If you have cats and dogs, like I do, we want to share the healthy foods for our kitties to enjoy too.
One of my fellow Blog Paws friends, Robin Mudge, who is the author of the cat blog “Playful Kitty”, did a post about the benefits of pumpkin for cats last October.
Robin Mudge is an actress, writer, blogger and kitty-mom to Cinco and Manna, and they are the inspiration for her blog. I’ll let Robin tell you about pumpkin for cats, as she is more of an expert on cats than I am.
If you would like to contact Robin or follow her on social media her are her links and information.
Do you remember that movie “Forest Gump” where his friend went on and on about shrimp, and listed all the ways you could eat, and make shrimp? I promise I won’t go that far.
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However, I do have a couple of great things you can make, that your dogs will just love.
How can we make fresh pumpkin puré, and separate out the seeds and strings from the pumpkin without too much fuss?
Scoop all the seeds and strings out with a spoon, and rinse the seeds getting all the string off, and set them aside. I have included a link below for drying the pumpkin seeds.
Do you want me to go on with a long read or would your rather watch a video? Okay video it is.
Now for the Pumpkin Seeds.
Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin.
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This works for both cats and dogs. 1 teaspoon three times a day mixed into some wet food, or sprinkle it over their meal will work. You just want to make sure they get the full dosage.
Sprinkle you say, yes, once the pumpkin seeds dry out you can make a powder by grinding the pumpkin seeds up. I found the easiest way to do this is with an old coffee grinder. They work to make it into the powdery consistency you’ll need.
You’ll first need to dry the pumpkin seeds. If you haven’t dried out pumpkin seeds before, here is a link to WikiHow for step-by-step instructions.
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Yes you can plant the seeds, but I prefer to eat them myself. Once the seeds are dry you can grind them into a powder, remember to save some for yourself.
Now remember earlier I said we would be recycling genies. Well anything that you cut off or did not use such as the stem, and the stringy bits put it in your compost pile. If you don’t have one, start one.
Compost is great for your garden soil when planting season comes around next spring. If you don’t want to do that, I bet you know someone who makes compost.
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So let your fur family enjoy the holiday season with pumpkin too. While you’re enjoying some pumpkin pie, they can enjoy some pumpkin purée in their dinner bowls.
Okay, let’s all admit it, that isn’t fair, your eating pie and they get pumpkin purée, honestly. Let’s offer our dogs a treat instead (as for the cat’s you’ll have to talk to Robin about that).
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This recipe is credited to acozykitchen.com.
Grain-free Pumpkin Dog Treats
Here is one more recipe for Bacon Dog Treats with Pumpkin – No dog can resist bacon.
This receipt is credited to damndelicious.net
What Dog couldn’t resist these treats!
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We are acquiring quite a list of human foods that your dog can eat, in this series of “Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog”
STOP Don’t throw that pumpkin away!
- Feed it to your dogs and cats for its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
- Create a powder from the seeds to use as a natural de-wormer for both cats and dogs
- Pumpkin will help your dog’s digestive and urinary tract
- Pumpkin will help them with weight loss
- Pumpkin seeds with help moisturize your dog’s skin and coat
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