Every year around Halloween, our children (and even us adults) enjoy some time carving pumpkins, making our own personal creations on them.
Pumpkin seems to be a food of many uses – aside from pumpkin carving, we have grown fond of things like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin spiced tea, and so much more!
Now, it is becoming more and more popular that people are raving about feeding pumpkin to their pets. We hear how healthy it is, and how many benefits come with feeding pumpkin to dogs.
But is it, really?
To answer the question, yes pumpkin is very healthy for your dog, but why?
Let’s start with the seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain protein, carbohydrates and fiber. Roast them, grind them up, and feed to your dog!
The flesh of a pumpkin has vitamin A, which is great for their vision, and vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Another benefit of Vitamin C, is with dogs who have joint problems. Dogs who deal with this issue, need this particular vitamin more than their bodies are producing. Pumpkin contains an antioxidant called Beta-Carotene. The benefit of this is that it slows down the aging process of your dog! The zinc that a pumpkin contains, will improve the skin and coat of your dog. And there is no better way to do that, then all natural. Pumpkins can be a great source for this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pumpkin can help dogs who have diarrhea, as well as dogs who are constipated!
How can it do both?
The secret behind why a pumpkin helps stop diarrhea, is simple. Pumpkin contains soluble fiber, which helps slow digestion, and can help manage the diarrhea by absorbing water.
Pumpkin helps with constipation due to it’s high fiber, and water content. AND…Pumpkin is also great for kitties too!
Such a simple, affordable, yet effective product, that can help in so many different situations.
Little things such as pumpkin, can really make a difference in our pets healthy life. Making small changes, adding natural products to their meals – all of these things are beneficial to their health, and well worth the two minutes it takes to add it to their diet.
What about you? Have you ever tried giving pumpkin to your pets – did you know how beneficial it can be?
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.