Is Pumpkin Good for Dogs?
Not being a lover of pumpkin it rarely appears on our menu, but recently I had need of its services.
You see, this little old dog of mine, Sparky dislocated his front shoulder and being wobbly on the other three legs at the best of times, keeping his bowels moving became a priority. Enter Pumpkin.
Pumpkin keeps stools (poo) soft in dogs. Not runny, just bulked, and easy to pass. I can’t say what it does for humans but I know it does this for dogs. He has a generous dessertspoon of steamed and mashed pumpkin in each meal and has no problem with doing his business. He is a 5-kilo dog so adjust the amount you use for your dog accordingly.
Pumpkin also has a great range of nutritional benefits. Like other yellow and orange vegetables, it is a good source of beta-carotene which dogs (and humans but not cats) convert into Vitamin A. It is a low-calorie vegetable and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It’s rich in dietary fibre (makes soft poo), anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is also recommended by dieticians in weight reduction programs¹.
For these and many other reasons, and that dogs like it, this is a useful food for our fatty-boom-boom dogs. The biggest problem with weight loss is giving the dog a feeling of being satisfied and not turning those big brown eyes our way. Pumpkin as a low calorie but beneficial vegetable could fill some of those holes.
It is very easy to prepare, I don’t peel it, just remove the seeds, cut into chunks, wash then steam it. I keep a few days worth in the fridge and remove the skin when I am serving. It is not necessary, but the skin can be a bit tough.
I admit I did wonder about pumpkin. Good to know.