Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?

Can dogs eat pumpkin?

Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin.

Pumpkin is rich in lots of beneficial nutrients, such as, vitamin A, potassium, iron and beta-carotene.

Natural canned pumpkin is a puree that is easy to blend in your dog’s food.

Cooked fresh or pumpkin seeds are also good options.

You only should avoid raw pumpkin, because it might contain bacteria.

can dogs eat pumpkin

Remember to moderate the amounts of pumpkin you are giving to your dog.

Two to three teaspoons a day for the puppies and a four to six tablespoons for adult dogs will be perfect.

Don’t allow your dog to eat the leaves or stem of a pumpkin.

The little and sharp hairs will irritate your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

Here are some health benefits of pumpkins:

  • Helps in digestion
  • Supports urinary health
  • Improves skin and coat health
  • Contributes to weight loss
  • Can aid to eliminate intestinal worms

If your dog is suffering from chronic kidney disease or diabetes, you should consult your veterinarian before feeding him pumpkin.

My advice is:

You can scoop the canned pumpkin into an ice cube tray, freeze, and pop out the cubes into a freezer bag. Every time you need, thaw one out, mix with a spoon and serve it at your dog’s meal.

Can you find canned pumpkin for dogs? Yes, you can!


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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