|Both my dogs love pumpkin! Pumpkin is beneficial to both dogs and cats|
|Icy and Phoebe love pumpkin! I love the health benefits it provides for them.|
When I first spotted it on the shelf at PetSmart, I turned over the can expecting to see sugar and salt in the ingredients list like the brands I've seen at the grocery store. To my delight, there is just ONE ingredient listed - PUMPKIN!! Finally, I have found pure, unadulterated pumpkin in a can! I don't know how I missed this in all my weekly trips to PetSmart!?
I started giving Phoebe pumpkin because she was often constipated. She would strain while defecating and scoot on the rug afterwards. I was looking for a natural source of extra fiber for her rather than other types of stool softeners for pets. Pumpkin was the perfect choice because it's high in fiber and she loves the taste. It helps her tremendously. Icy loves pumpkin too, and although she doesn't need the extra fiber as much as Phoebe does. Pumpkin provides these added health benefits for both of them:
** Low in fat and cholesterol
** Helps calm an upset stomach and provide an immune system boost
** Contains beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C
** Made up largely of water so it’s a great way to provide extra moisture
ACCORDING TO PETMD:
** The oils in both the flesh and seeds of pumpkin can help support urinary health in dogs (and cats too according to PET360).
** A great source of fiber, pumpkin can help with digestive regularity. If your dog is either constipated OR has diarrhea adding pumpkin to their food can be beneficial. I add 1 to 2 tablespoons to Icy and Phoebe’s food, but consult your Veterinarian about amount and frequency of adding pumpkin to your pet’s diet.
** Canned pumpkin is low in calories, so if your dog needs to lose weight replacing some of their food with pumpkin may help your pooch slim down. I've read that it’s recommended not to replace more than 10% of your pets diet with pumpkin. Don’t give your dog too much pumpkin, too much could have negative effects!
ACCORDING TO PET360:
** The fiber contained in pumpkin can help move furballs along a cat’s digestive tract and into the litter box. Small amounts of canned pumpkin, about a teaspoon a day, given to cats can help prevent furballs from forming as well.
** The antioxidants and essential fatty acids contained in pumpkin seeds help moisturize your pet's skin and fur from the inside out.
|A tablespoon of canned pumpkin added to Phoebe's food daily keeps her digestion regular|
Raw pumpkin is not healthy, it should be canned or cooked. ALWAYS consult your Vet before adding any new food to your pet’s diet.
Authority canned pumpkin is made in the USA. No foreign Jack - O' - Lanterns in this can!
NOTE: I was not compensated by anyone in any way for writing this post, I am sharing my own experience and opinions. I am not a Veterinarian or Vet Tech, nor do I play one online! I am sharing what I have learned on my own and what my own experience has been in adding pumpkin to my dogs' diets.
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