Let’s look at the benefits of pumpkin for dogs in more detail
1) Weight Loss
Dogs love the taste pumpkin so getting them to eat it should not be a problem.
In addition to being chock full of nutrition, pumpkin is a low-calorie food. This makes it a great treat for overweight dogs who need to cut out processed treats that are high in calories and sodium. A tablespoon of pumpkin makes a delicious and nutritious treat for dogs!
Pumpkin contains nearly three grams of fibre for a single cup serving size. Fibre helps to promote a sense of fullness and reduces the physiological urge to consume larger volumes of food.
Additionally, fibre can help with your dog’s constipation. As your dog gets older, constipation can become a more frequent and severe problem.
Increasing fibre levels can help to create more stool bulk. This helps to stimulate your dog’s colon wall and promotes contraction of the muscles responsible for moving stool from your dog’s digestive tract.
Add a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) of Pureed pumpkin to your dog’s regular meal to help keep them regular or to help your dog with indigestion or an upset stomach.
4) Pumpkin as a Pre-Biotic
Pumpkin contains fibre which can serve as a pre-biotic for good bacteria to grow in the gut. This is why canned pumpkin is often recommended as an at-home remedy for diarrhoea.
Increasing your dog’s dietary fibre will help if your dog is suffering from diarrhoea. Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fibre, which will help slow your dog’s digestion and can help manage diarrhoea by absorbing water.
Changes in food or your dog eating something that he or she shouldn’t can make them prone to large bowel diarrhoea (a condition known as colitis).
5) Urinary Health Benefits of Pumpkin:
Pumpkin seeds have been found to be high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. This helps keep your dog’s skin and fur healthy, plus the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health.
Dogs with urinary incontinence, in particular, may benefit from a little pumpkin in their diet.
6) Moisture Benefits of Pumpkins
Pumpkin is composed of 90% water. Pumpkin can be a healthy addition of moisture to any dogs diet.
Drinking water or the addition of moisture-rich foods (pumpkin) to your dog’s diet can help reduce this dehydrating effect. Adding pumpkin to your dog’s meals and or serving it as a healthy snack can help to promote an increased state of hydration for your dog.