Pumpkins are everywhere around this time of year, especially with the lead up to Halloween. This vegetable may be mostly known for it’s carving ability, but it’s also enjoyed in dishes such as soup, pumpkin pie and even stuffed pumpkin. However, it’s not just us humans who can enjoy a pumpkin as it makes an excellent healthy treat for dogs.
How much pumpkin can I feed my dog?
As with any aspect of your dog’s diet, pumpkin should be given in moderation and shouldn’t be fed on its own. This is mainly because it will not contain all the nutrients that you dog needs on a daily basis in order to thrive.
Generally, 1 tsp of canned (or cooked and pureed) pumpkin per 10 lbs of body weight per day is a good standard to go by. If your dog has a health condition such as diabetes, please talk to your vet before feeding pumpkin to your dog. As a general rule, treats (including fruits and vegetables) should never exceed 10% of your pet’s daily caloric needs.
Pumpkin seeds are high in fat and should be fed more sparingly. 1 ground up pumpkin seed per 10 lbs of body weight per day is a safe amount.
For puppies and very small or underweight dogs, only feed pumpkin in very small amounts as a treat.
What health benefits does pumpkin have on dogs?
- Pumpkin is full of nutrients and low in calories, making it a fantastic addition to their diet. It is packed with essential vitamins that your dog needs for a healthy and happy life.
- Pumpkin benefits your dog’s eye health.
- It boosts their immune system.
- Moisturises their skin and coat from the high amounts of water that pumpkin contains.
- Pumpkin seeds can prevent urinary incontinence.
- Pumpkin can help control parasites such as tapeworms.
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