Pumpkin is high in fibre, low in fat and cholesterol, and loaded with potassium, iron, beta-carotene and vitamin A, among other nutrients. If you’re looking to add some of this popular fruit into your dog’s diet, there are numerous ways to do it.
Because of its high fibre content, adding a tablespoon or two of pumpkin to your dog’s food can help keep him regular if he has issues with constipation.
Dogs can also eat raw pumpkin seeds. These seeds are high in antioxidants and fatty acids, which are good for dogs’ joints, skin and coats.
If you choose to feed your dog pumpkin seeds, give them to your pet one at a time and only give him a few. You can also crush the seeds and add them to your dog’s meal.
In addition to feeding your pooch uncooked pumpkin, you can also make a variety of healthy pumpkin treats. The key is to make sure you’re using pumpkin with no added spices or sweeteners.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon