Pumpkin is delicious, Highly nutritious and particularly rich in vitamin A.
Not only pumpkin is good for you, But the benefits of pumpkin for dogs makes an excellent treat and supplement.
Here are few impressive nutrition and health benefits for your dog.
01). Besides being rich in a host of essential Vitamins and Minerals, pumpkin is also relatively low in Calories, as it's 94% water. It's also very high in beta - carotene, A carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A. And also contains a lot of Potassium, which helps,
- Regulate blood pressure .
- Improve muscle health.
- Assists in Metabolism.
Pumpkin has an impressive healthy nutrient profile. Which contains,
- Vitamin C
02). Pumpkin helps to protect Eyesight.
Eating the right nutrient can lower your risk of sight loss. Pumpkin is plentiful in nutrients that have been linked to strong Eyesight as your body ages.
- Vitamin A
May protect your Eyesight.
Vitamin A promotes eye health and the development of night blindness and other eye degeneration. Since Vitamin A is Fat soluble.
For a healthy satisfying treat. Mix your dogs pumpkin on top of his regular food or mix in a little flax oil. It'll make the nutrients pack more punch.
3). Help Boosts The Immune System.
Vitamin C is integral for immune health all around, When combined with Vitamin A, E and other antioxidant in pumpkin. it can possibly help prevent certain Cancers from developing, like yours , In your dogs system antioxidant helps destroy free radicals. Too many oxidants can contribute to cancers and damage the body while oxidants are a natural part of everyone’s immune system.
Boost your dogs Immune System by including fresh source of antioxidants, such as those found in pumpkin.
4). Pumpkin Improve Skin and Coat.
The high water content in pumpkin flesh contributes to supple skin and a lustrous coat. Vitamin A and Zinc also improve your dogs skin and coat.
5). Pumpkin Seed Help Urinary Incontinence.
Pumpkin Seeds and Flesh contain antioxidant and the seeds in particular contain a healthy dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. It help dislodge Kidney Stones. Also has anti inflammatory properties. Dogs with Urinary Incontinence in particular may benefit from a little pumpkin in their diet. As oils found in pumpkin seeds and flesh are belive to support Urinary health.
So why not give your dog a taste of the pumpkin seeds too.
6). Pumpkin Helps To Encourage Digestive Regularity.
If your dog is pooping normally that's a sign of a good health. Hard tools or those that are different to pass put strain on your dogs intestine. To enable your dog to pass stool easily and cure constipation add a little pumpkin in to your dogs diet. That supplies the necessary Fibre.
Pumpkin has the unique ability to cure both Constipation and Diarrhea.
07) Pumpkin Can Naturally Help Control Parasitis.
One of the benefits of pumpkin seeds is that they contain cucurbitin , an amino acid that acts as a natural De - worming agent by paralyzing tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.
They are few unpleasant symptoms that may cause harm to your dog.
- Natural Deficiency
- Weight Loss
- Dry Skin
Treatment - Grinding up a tea spoon or two of pumpkin seeds and mixing into canned food is good preventative measure.
Note - Don't skip out on your dogs usual treatment too.
08). Pumpkin For Weight Loss.
To lose some excess weight of your dog, Replace a little of your dogs regular food with canned pumpkin, The extra Fiber will also help a dog feel full, even if they're eating fewer Calories overall
Note - A few teaspoons of pumki for a small dog.
- Half a cup for a large dog.
09). Pumpkin Hydrates(Pumpkin has 94% of Water)
Dry food has a very low moisture content and dogs do not possess a very strong thirst drive. This means that getting extra moisture into your dog through drinking can bring difficult. But the high moisture content of pumpkin adds more water to your dogs diet naturally.
Why not give it a try by feeding your dog with a little bit of pumpkin.
10). Pumpkin is delicious.
Most dogs willingly lap up plain cooked pumpkin as it's creamy and yummy, But try adding a pinch of Cinnamon or Honey for and extra delicious treat.
How do I serve pumpkin to my dog?
Many pets like plain pumpkin as mentioned above. You can add it to their regular pet food.
Talk to your veterinarian about how much pumpkin safely give your dog. since it'll vary depending on your dogs size and current diet.
However canned pumpkin can also be fed to your dog, But be careful not to feed pumpkin pie filling or any canned with added sweeteners or spices.
Cans should be good for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator, or portion out and freeze in individual servings for a longer lasting alternative.
Tip - Ice cube Trays work perfect.
You can also make your own dog treats from canned pumpkin, but ensure that you include only safe ingredients for dogs in your recipie, or you can feed your dog cooked pumpkin that you make at home.
- Bake at 350F - for 45 - 60mins.
Raw pumpkin is safe for dogs , the flavour and texture improves with cooking.
Try treating pumpkin seeds too, Your dog will enjoy them more when they are dry roasted.
Note - Avoid salting or adding oils to pumpkin seeds that you give to your dog.