What is the real truth when it comes to pumpkins and your dog? People say that pumpkins are good for dogs but not to let your dog eat your jack-o-lantern, so what is really going on?
First, pumpkin is a great treat for your dog. It is a does good things for their digestive track and is great for adding some necessary fiber to their diet. Always check with your local Albuquerque vet before introducing a new food to your dog’s diet. If you haven’t ever given them pumpkin before, it is best to ask your vet first. You don’t want to accidentally give your dog the runs.
If you do give your dog pumpkin, don’t go crazy and give them an entire pumpkin. Give them 1 or 2 tablespoons worth. If it is a small dog, stick with 1 teaspoon or even 1/2 a teaspoon. Just like with people too much fiber is not a good thing. Pumpkin contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. So if your dog is constipated, a little pumpkin can help get things moving. If they have diarrhea it can also help stop some things up. But start with a little and see how their body reacts.
Though pumpkin seeds are considered healthy for your dog, we caution against them because they are easy to choke on. If you give your dog the seeds, give them only a few at a time and make sure they are swallowing them thoroughly before giving them any more.
To Cook or Not To Cook?
You do not have to cook pumpkin before giving it to your dog, though it can be easier to give them and easier for them to eat if they have been cooked first. The only type of pumpkin that is not safe for your dog is your jack-o-lantern. Once you have carved up your pumpkin, it starts to go bad very quickly. Your jack-o-lantern can start getting mold within a few days of being carved. If you share any of your jack-o-lantern, make sure it is only on the day that you carve it.
Can You Give Too Much Pumpkin?
Yes you can. Typically for a cat you should give no more than 1 teaspoon per feeding and about the same for a small dog. A larger dog can have up to 2 teaspoons per meal. If you start seeing your pets poo turning orange, much larger than usual, or looking like pudding, it is time to cut back on the pumpkin.
Overall pumpkin is a great treat for your pet. It is both yummy and healthy. Make sure you check out our dog food recipes for great home made dog food recipes that have pumpkin.
For a lot of us, Halloween is our favorite time of year. The smell of fall leaves, the chill in the air, the pumpkins, the candy, and of course the costumes! Sometimes dressing up our dog or cat is as much fun as dressing up ourselves. Ok, sometimes it is more fun. But if you are going to dress your pet in a costume, make sure that that costume is only scary in the “Boo! Happy Halloween” kind of way and not the “OMG my pet needs a vet” kind of way.
Tips For a Safe Pet Halloween Costume
1. Never Force Your Pet to Wear a Costume:
Some pets love to wear costumes and other’s do not. If you pet does not like wearing a costume, do not force them to. Forcing a costume on your pet will only cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Signs that your pet doesn’t like wearing a costume are: picking at the costume, trying to remove it, biting or chewing it, crying or whining.
2. Don’t Leave Them Alone:
Even if your pet loves to wear costumes, this is not their natural state of being. It is easy for them to get tangled up in their costume. If they get stuck, this can cause panic and may lead to your pet getting hurt. It is best to keep your pet with you while they are in costume.
3. Are They Able to Move?
It is important that your pet be able to move in their costume. Many costumes are restrictive. When you put on their costume, make sure that your pet an move their legs, head, and neck around easily. Most importantly, make sure that their airway is not obstructed. Make sure they can breath!
4. It’s Not All or Nothing
Your pet may like their new costume, but they might not like all of it. Pay attention to their body language to see if maybe they are having an issue with part of their costume. Maybe you have a hat or a cape and they are pulling and tugging on it. If your pet is ok with some of the costume but not all of the costume, don’t be afraid to modify it. Ultimately they are going to look cute no matter what, they might as well be comfortable as well.
5. Can Your Pet See and Hear?
A lot of costumes may be cute, and be fine in terms of your pets ability to move, but they may be restrictive in their vision or hearing. Your pets sight and hearing are important for them to be able to navigate and to be able to determine when they are in danger or not. You never want to give them a costume that restricts their ability to see or hear.
6. Hair Dye for Pets
We do not recommend putting any kind of hair dye or temporary hair color on your pets. When your pet bathes themselves, they ingest the hair dye and this can make them sick. In fact, it is best if you resist the urge to put any hair product of any kind on your pet. Hair dye and hair product can cause diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and other issues. Best to give it a big pass.
7. To Glow or Not To Glow?
Halloween is prime glow stick season. Often we cover our kids and ourselves in glowing bracelets and necklaces. For humans this is fine, but for pets this is one that is better to skip. The glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets, are toxic to your dog if they ingest them. If you pet chews on a glow stick it can make them incredibly sick. In fact, if you think your pet has swallowed any of the contents of a glow stick, get in touch with your
We hope that you are your pet have a wonderful Halloween!