Pumpkin is great for the canine digestive system when served appropriately. Vets often recommend pumpkin for dogs as a way to either help firm up their stool or ease constipation.
However, pumpkin pie is not a good treat for your pooch. Set aside some pumpkin if you’re baking your own pumpkin pie. Your dog can also enjoy canned organic pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin.
Not only that pumpkin aids with the stomach issues. It also helps with dog’s urinary health. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants which are good for overall healthy skin ad fur, and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds support urinary health.
If you’re looking for a way to shed a few pounds off your pooch, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Your dog’s tummy will feel just as full and they might even thank you for the additional flavor in their meal.
Both cooked and raw pumpkin are safe for dogs. As far as health goes, seeds and flesh of fresh raw pumpkins are safe provide it’s not the rotten pumpkin that has been sitting on your porch for four weeks. Pumpkin parts do go rancid very quickly. Make sure to get organic and doesn’t have added sugar if you choose to go with canned pumpkin.