Adding it to your pet’s diet helps with weight management and digestive issues.
Pumpkin isn’t just for humans. When it’s canned, it makes the perfect ingredient for pet treats. You can even use a few tablespoons to soothe stomach upset in your dog. The fall-favorite-food is packed with Vitamin A and C as well as potassium. It’s low-fat and low-calorie, too, making it perfect for pets who are on weight management programs as prescribed by their veterinarians.
What Kind of Pumpkin is Right for My Pet?
Canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling or raw, uncooked pumpkin, is okay to feed to most dogs in small doses. It has a healing effect on the digestive system which helps ease symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea. Keeping a few cans on hand to give to your pet on a routine basis provides them with health benefits such as improved vision, fewer instances of urinary incontinence, parasite control, and moisturized skin and coat.
Storing It in the Fridge Ensures Its Freshness
Unsweetened, organic canned pumpkin isn’t expensive. It can be stored in a fridge for several days and is a taste that dogs love. Whenever there is a sale at your local supermarket, invest in a few extra cans of the orange stuff specifically for your dog.
After the can is opened, it can be stored for three to five months in the fridge. That means that a little can go a long way. If you’re wanting to give your pet the advantage of better health for fewer calories and more nutrients, you’ve got a winner with pumpkin.
How Much Pumpkin Can They Safely Eat?
As with any “people food,” it’s important to seek the advice of your pet’s veterinarian before introducing new foods to the dog’s diet. A few small spoons full of canned pumpkin can be mixed into wet or dry food and given to your dog each day. It’s the type of “people food” that is safe to give to pets.
There are foods that are undoubtedly harmful to dogs. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, makes its way into many “people food”. That’s why it’s important to read labels carefully, consult the Petrics app for more information, and to ask your pet’s vet for recommendations concerning any dietary changes you make for your dog.
Veggies That are Very Good for Dogs
Other veggies that are great for dogs include potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, peas, and sweet potatoes. If you introduce a new food to your pet after speaking to your veterinarian about it and the dog becomes ill, discontinue giving the animal the food in question. They could have an unknown allergy to the vegetable and require medical care if they consume too much of it.
Know Which “People Foods” are Safe for Dogs with the Petrics App
If you’re curious to know whether pumpkin is an ingredient in the dog food or treats you give your pet, download the Petrics app. You’ll have access to a database of over 15,000 foods and 17,000 ingredients. The app is free to download and available for both iPhones and Android devices.