Now that Labor Day is over, ’tis officially pumpkin season! Not only is pumpkin great as a jack-o-lantern or in your seasonal spiced latte, but it has many qualities that make it a beneficial part of a dog’s diet year round! Here are a few:
Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which can help aid digestion. If your dog is experiencing constipation or even diarrhea, the fiber in pumpkin can help them get back on track.
One of the many nutrients found in pumpkin is Potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps nerves and muscles function correctly.
Pumpkin contains large amounts of Beta Carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for skin, nail, and eye health, so feeding your dog pumpkin can help to keep your dog looking their best! But be careful about giving your dog too much, as in high levels, Vitamin A can be toxic to dogs.
Last but not least, this super fruit contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Iron, which aid in immune, blood, and bone marrow functioning. More simply, pumpkin can help keep your dog happy and healthy!
It doesn't matter if it's fresh, pureed, or canned (but never give your dog pumpkin pie mix!). It can be as easy as adding a spoonful of pumpkin to your dog's food or giving them some Pupkin treats :) Not only is it an easy change for you, your dog will love you for it because dogs love the taste of pumpkin!
With these benefits in mind, let pumpkin season begin!