Well its fall and pumpkins patches are on every corner. I love fall and seeing all those festive gourds lined up makes me happy.
With all of this excess pumpkin inventory its good to know that pumpkin is good for dogs. It’s a nutritional food so they can eat it on a regular basis…and it will…help them lose weight!
Most dogs love the slightly sweet taste and pumpkin has a lot of water, vitamins, and is a low cal treat.
What types of Pumpkins can I use?
There are lots of fall decorations out there for sale….but you want eating pumpkins or even canned pumpkin. fresh is the best though because what your dogs don’t eat now you can freeze for later.
Don’t use decorative gourds and don’t use pumpkins that you have used as jack-o-lanterns. Whether you’ve burned a candle in side of them. If they are carved, then bacteria starts to set in and your dog shouldn’t be eating it.
If you’ve had them outside for weeks or months and the shell is firm and has not been compromised then you should be good to go….as long as the pumpkin isn’t rotted.
Nice big Halloween pumpkins or pie pumpkins are perfect.
What’s The Best Way For Dog’s To Eat Pumpkin?
You can go with canned pumpkin…its very nutritious and its super cheap this time of year. Good time to stock up. Just be careful not to accidentally buy Pumpkin Pie filling that has all the spices, sugar, and corn starch added. You want plain 100% real pumpkin.
Since it is already pureed its easy to give a few table spoons mixed with your dogs dinner. They will love you for it!
The best way to enjoy pumpkin for people and for dogs is to get them fresh.
Your dog can eat raw pumpkin just fine…. I stay away from giving them the rind just because its harder to digest. But if they get some its no big deal.
As with any raw vegetable — use common sense and give it in moderation…that way you avoid tummy troubles.
The majority of the pumpkin you will want to feed your dogs is cooked pumpkin. Slightly boiled or steamed is a way to cook…but the best way is to bake it. Cut in half and scoop the seed…bake at 400 for about 45 minutes.
When its cool enough to handle scoop out the flesh and mash it up. You can use a food mill, emulsion blender, or food processor. Put the flesh in strainer and place over a bowl to catch all the liquid.
You’ll get about two cups of liquid as it drains. Keep the liquid for soup later or use in smoothies or you can feed it your pets.
Why Are Pumpkins Good For Your Dog?
Pumpkin is high in fiber and low in fat and cholesterol. This big fall gourd is loaded with beta carotene, and magnesium.
The fiber in pumpkin can act as a binding solution through a pet’s digestive tract, absorbing excess water and therefore helping pets with diarrhea and constipation.
Pumpkin is the true equalizer for digestive issue. A good dosage is about 5 Tablespoons twice a day so straighten out their gut.
You also can let your dog eat the seeds fresh…they are full of fatty acids and vitamins which help your pet keep a shiny coat and healthy skin. The seeds are also loaded with antioxidants that help promote urinary health.
If you plan on giving them to your dogs later…(or eat them yourself)…be sure to toast them in the oven to store them so they don’t spoil.
Your dog can slim down with pumpkin too! Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin.
Weight Management- If your companion needs to take a few pounds off... you can reduce a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full and they’ll be eating fewer carbs…and the pumpkin taste won’t leave them feeling disappointed.
Make your own Pumpkin Treats
Ingredients for Dog Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup natural unsalted peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree (no added sugar)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit . Mix ingredients together until blended.
Spread dough a 1/4 inch thick on parchment paper.
Cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Feeding Pumpkin to Your Dog
The best way to store leftover pumpkin is in the freezer. It will only last about a week in the refrigerator.
You can scoop your leftover pumpkin into an ice cube tray, freeze, pop out the cubes and store in a freezer bag. Thaw one out when you need it.
Mix with a spoon to blend any separation of water, and refrigerate any leftover pumpkin cubes to serve at mealtime for your dog.
If you don’t want to have to get pumpkin cubes from the freezer every day…measure out a week’s worth of pumpkin portions into small freezer containers.
Put these in the freezer and take out one container at a time to thaw and serve to your pet throughout the week.
Pumpkin is Awesome
Pumpkin is not a common allergen. That makes it a great substitute for dogs that are allergic or sensitive to grains, proteins, fruits, or other vegetables. It’s an all natural filler and super candidate to swap out other ingredients in recipes.
One cup of cooked pumpkin actually contains more potassium than a whole banana….and it has fewer calories!
Since pumpkin is packed with beta-carotene and antioxidants – you can count on this delicious treat to help promote a healthy immune system in your dogs…especially in older pets.
So don’t save pumpkin for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Keep your eye out for great canned pumpkin deals at the store and give you bet a nutritious treat and supplement all year round.
Thanks for reading and if you have questions or experiences to share please leave them in the comments section below.