With Halloween right around the corner you’ve no doubt seen the stores stocking up on pumpkins for the festivities. Pumpkins are plentiful this time of year so it seems like an appropriate opportunity to talk about this delicious and nutritious diet ingredient for our canine and feline companions.
Pumpkin has been described as a mystery food for dogs as it is very unusual to find an ingredient that is able to control symptoms of diarrhea as well as constipation.
You can effectively relieve your pet’s digestive upset in a matter of a few hours by simply adding a puree of canned pumpkin to your dog’s regular food. The pumpkin puree is a good source of fiber and it has a high water content that will help with both constipation as well as bouts of diarrhea. The water in the pumpkin will hydrate the intestine which is needed to relieve the constipation and the high fiber content will absorb the excess water that is generated from the loose stool of an agitated colon.
It is recommended to use the 100% natural canned pumpkin variety for the best results, NOT the sweetened pumpkin pie filling that you use to make delicious pumpkin pies.
Dosage requirements mainly depend on the dog’s size. A good rule of thumb is two teaspoons daily for a small breed dogs (under 15 lbs.), a couple of tablespoons for dogs 15-35 lbs., and for large/giant breed dogs you can give up to 5 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin per day.
There are some nutritional advantages of feeding pumpkin as well. Pumpkin is packed with nutrition boasting large amounts of Vitamin A, Potassium and Iron. The health advantages of feeding your pets pumpkin include:
- A resistance to infection
- Improved night vision
- Anti-cancer benefits
- Improved blood pressure
- Added support in the production of healthy red blood cells.
This year, instead of letting that leftover pumpkin go to waste, use it to help “trick” your pet’s digestive system into proper working order. This will “treat” your dog or cat using natural remedies instead of conventional treatments. Your pets will thank you for it!
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine