Fall is upon us again, and what do we see a lot of?
Pumpkins make delicious breads and pies for humans, but did you know that pumpkin is really good for dogs and cats as well?
One of the main ways that pumpkin benefits dog and cat digestive health is by alleviating both diarrhea and constipation. I know it sounds odd that pumpkin can alleviate these two opposites, but it does. Pumpkin is very high in fiber. This healthy fiber in pumpkin works as a “bulk laxative” for pets with dry, hard stool. This same fiber will absorb the extra liquid from runny stools making them more firm.
Pumpkin is also great for the immune system. It is a good source of iron, vitamin A, and vitamin E, all of which are building blocks of the immune system and help to ward off diseases and cancers.
Cooked pumpkin is easier for dogs and cats to digest than raw pumpkin. Canned pumpkin puree is an excellent choice. (Make sure that you get 100% pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling which will contain additives and sweeteners.) Most dogs and cats enjoy the taste of pumpkin puree either plain or mixed in their food.
The recommended amount of pumpkin puree to feed your pet is two teaspoons daily for small dogs and cats up to two tablespoons daily for large dogs.