Who is planning on carving a pumpkin this year?
What do you usually do with the insides?
Did you know that pumpkin has lots of benefits for dogs and cats and is classed as a superfood?
It is low in sodium and very high in the natural antioxident beta-carotene, potassium, Vitamin C and E , it also has calcium and B-complex vitamins, lots of protein and iron, all are important nutrients for your pets health
Pumpkin seeds contain an amio acid called cucurbitin which helps as a natural de-wormer to get rid of tapeworms and intestinal parasites
Omega-3 fatty acid content helps to improve the condition of your pets skin and coat, it also boosts cognitive function and may help to prevent cognitive decline
The calcium content supports bone strength and muscle health
Vitamin E acts as an anti inflammatory and can help to support your dogs ability to reduce skin irritations. Vitamin E also helps with heart function and immunity
Natural oils protect urinary tract health which helps to prevent UTIs
It also contains a lot of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, improves muscle health, and assists in metabolism.
Pumpkin contains lots of fibre which improves and regulates digestion to prevent constipation and it can also help with any diarrhoea issues your dog may be experiencing. Pumpkins have the unique ability to cure both constipation and diarrhoea in your dog!
The fibre in pumpkins can also help to prevent anal gland problems in dogs, it is also good for weight loss as it makes your pet feel fuller faster.
It is incredibly high in vitamin A, which many people know as beta-carotene, thanks to its brightly colored orange flesh. These are known to have a multitude of benefits for eye health such as alleviating dry eyes, preventing ulcers, and enhancing peripheral and night vision.
You can feed fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin (just check the ingredients first)
If you have whole pumpkins, note the outer areas, stems, and leaves are never meant for consumption
One of the easiest ways to feed pumpkin seeds is to roast them and grind them then add to your pets normal food, you can also give them whole as a tasty treat
We recommend feeding your pet between ½ and 2 teaspoons daily
The fleshy part of a fresh pumpkin can go off quite quickly so would recommend you cook it straight away so it lasts longer, you can also freeze it – how about using ice cubes trays so you have individual pieces?
Have you seen our super tasty pumpkin dogs treats? We have Maks Patch Carrot and Pumpkin Bones and Nutri Bones
Plus our sustainable, nutritious insecta nibbles in Mealworm with Pumpkin treats