Halloween time is around the corner and we are going to carve out pumpkins to let our inner artist shine but the question every dog parent asks is, can my dog eat pumpkin? Short answer - absolutely but it is always best to check with your Veterinarian and see what the appropriate amount would be for your dog depending on their weight.
Benefits of Pumpkin for Your Dog
There are tons of healthy benefits when it comes to feeding your dog some pumpkin
Supporting your dog’s digestive system
- Your dog is bound to get an upset stomach and one of the remedies for it is giving them a few teaspoons of purée pumpkin with their meal. As pumpkins are high in fibre and water, it can ease constipation or diarrhea and help in improving their digestion.
It is some filling stuff
- Adding some pumpkin to your dog’s meal is a great way for them to bulk up a bit without taking in extra calories. The extra fibre from the pumpkin will keep your dog full for a longer period of time.
High in Antioxidants and Vitamins
- Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are noted for their high antioxidant levels which help in protecting vision health, slow aging, and fighting inflammation. It also contains vitamins A and C, and minerals such as Zinc and Magnesium which help with boosting their immune system, improving joint function and mobility, and contributing to a healthier and shinier coat.
Can Pumpkin Make My Dog Sick?
Everything should be in moderation and you should always check with your Vet before you introduce something new to your dog’s diet. You can give your dog plain pureed canned pumpkin but be wary of canned pumpkin that may contain sugar, spices, salt, additives, or xylitol -- it is important to be diligent and read the ingredients before giving anything to your dog. If you are unable to find plain canned pumpkin, you can always check out pumpkin powder that is specifically intended for dogs.
How Much Pumpkin Can I Give My Dog?
To help deal with an upset stomach, start off small with 1-3 teaspoons of pumpkin or pumpkin powder. Always check with your Vet first on the appropriate amount to give to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Yup - dogs can eat pumpkin seeds and it contains a wide variety of antioxidants for your dog to benefit from. When you are feeding your dog pumpkin seeds, you will want to wash them first, bake it for that crunchy effect, crush it up, and add it to your dog's meal. Please consult with your Vet if you are unsure.
Too Much Pumpkin for Dogs
There is always such a thing as too much. Similar to how too much Halloween candy can cause an upset stomach, too much pumpkin can lead to an upset stomach. You always want to start off small and see how your dog reacts to it instead of giving them more than their digestive system can handle.
Can Dogs Eat Halloween Candy?
Nothing is scarier than an unattended candy bag and a curious dog. We all know chocolate is right on top of the list when it comes to poisonous food for dogs, but sugar and xylitol are far more toxic even in small amounts. If you find that your dog has consumed even a little bit of chocolate, sugar, or xylitol, contact your Vet or Emergency Animal Hospital and talk to them about next steps.
Know the symptoms
Knowing some of the signs and symptoms will help you and your Vet determine what the next course of action should be.
- Increased thirst
You want to keep a very close eye on your dog and monitor their symptoms.
How to Stop Your Dog From Getting Into Halloween Candy?
Prevention is key. The chances of your dog getting into candy or chocolate decrease if the goodies are kept at a distance, in a safe place away from your dog. It’s best if your dog is chilling in their crate or exercise pen that is nowhere near the Halloween candy.
Pumpkin Treats for Dogs
After talking about all the benefits of feeding your dog some pumpkin, it only makes sense to provide you with some recipes to make your own yummy Pumpkin treats. Check out the recipes by AKC here.
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