I’m going to try to tone down the pumpkin talk, because besides annoying people I’m afraid I might stain my blog orange with all of it’s pumpkin goodness:). For now however, I want to talk about the benefits of pumpkin for our furry friends.
My dog growing up was this awesome Spring Spaniel named Nikki. Her stomach was made of iron, and she would eat anything from banana peels to coal (if given the chance) with rare ill effects. She was so smart that the whole house was on lockdown to prevent her from opening doors and cupboards to get inside.
Then I grew up and got my very first dog on my own. You all know Bella from the sweet, semi-large oaf she is now, but not too long ago she was an adorable puppy. And adorable puppy with the most fragile stomach on earth. Frequent bouts of Giardia that seemed impossible to cure and multiple trips to the Emergency Pet Clinic with unexplainable vomiting left me frustrated and poor. It also left me with a bit of knowledge on treating sensitive stomachs. I’ll save that entire post for another day, but an ingredient in food and treats that is easy on their stomachs is pumpkin.
6 Benefits of Pumpkin
- There is a proven benefit to the digestive tracts of cats and dogs when given pumpkin. Most likely because it’s a great source of fiber and can help with constipation and diarrhea (excuse the poop talk).
- It can help with weight management. Canned pumpkin purée (no sugar) is low in fat and calories, yet is filling. It’s not meant to be a meal replacement since it’s missing vital nutrients, but 2 TBS or so (depends on your pets size really so check with your vet) added to your pets food could ward off those extra pounds.
- Pumpkin can help them take medication. It tastes good, is easy to digest and can sometimes mask those pesky pills.
- Although the links here aren’t as clear, the skin and seeds of a pumpkin are loaded with all kinds of vitamins that should help everything from their coat to their immune system.
- There is early proof that pumpkin seed oil can improve their urinary function.
- It’s an ingredient you can easily add to homemade treats. I have made treats and dog cakes before and it’s tricky because you want to make sure you are using ingredients that are safe for them. Not only is pumpkin safe, but it makes a pretty good dog frosting too 🙂
As part of the Chewy Blogger family I was excited to try out these Boo Bars Pumpkin Treats from The Blue Buffalo Co. This is already a brand I trust due to their high quality ingredients (no wheat, corn or soy), but when I saw this cute Halloween packaging it was love at first oven-baked bite (Bella’s bite of course)!
Isn’t the packaging adorable? Bella was not as into it as I was, she just wanted the goods.
I’m trying to teach my old dog this new trick but not having much success, so any tips are appreciated. She knows what “leave it” means, but when it’s in her line of sight and so close to her mouth she goes nuts:).
Good thing I have lots of pumpkin treats left in the bag to practice with! The moral of my story is that in treat form or pureed, is a pooch-pleaser any time of day. Even after the clock strikes midnight ;-).