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.