Not only is pumpkin good for us, it’s also good for your dogs. As you make those pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, why not save a little for your pup? It is known as the “superfood” for dogs.
Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium.
The seeds found inside of pumpkins contain oil that support urinary health and can benefit dogs that may have problems with urinary incontinence or urinary tract infections. So when you dry them out in your oven on a baking sheet, save a handful for your pup and grind them up before giving to your dog.
Pumpkin seeds have also been believed to treat worms (although, we recommend you talk to your vet about de-worming your dog). The pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which are believed to paralyze and eliminate worms from the digestive tract.
The rest of the pumpkin is also great for dogs. Mixing some pumpkin into their regular meal can promote digestive regularity and help with constipation. Pumpkin has a lot of fiber which will regulate your dog’s system.This is great to us if holidays stress your pup out a little and their body reacts with upset stomachs and messy potty breaks. The other plus to pumpkin is that it is low in calories so using some of it and cutting back on their regular food can help your pup lose weight.
Even after pumpkins go out of season, you can still buy raw, organic, unsalted seeds and canned pumpkin to keep your pet on this healthy regime.
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