Is Pumpkin Good For Dogs?
Yes! At DogBullySticks we love single and limited ingredient chews and treats for dogs….so we love pumpkin! And its pumpkin season…read below for some of the many benefits of this puree of pup health and happiness!
What does this orange orb of nutrition offer? Whether it's fresh (YES, you can feed your dog fresh pumpkin) or you pick up a can of 100% pumpkin puree, you’ll be able to offer up a powerhouse of nutrition! Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamins, including vitamin A, which supports bone growth, immune systems, eyes and skin health. It is also chock full of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that can help to slow joint disease, as well as vitamin E–another immune and skin supporting vitamin. You will also find vitamin K, a building block of proteins that support healthy blood clotting in dogs.
But pumpkin doesn’t just offer a powerful punch of vitamins, it also is full of healthy minerals, like potassium (needed for muscle growth and kidney health), calcium (for healthy bones and teeth) and magnesium (cellular energy, think muscle movement, heartbeats).
On top of vitamins and minerals, pumpkin offers a great source of soluble fiber! Fiber helps your dog’s digestive system promoting healthy stools and encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria!
So how much pumpkin should you offer your dog? Experts recommend 1 to 4 tablespoons (depending on your dog’s size) with his or her meal or even as a stand alone treat. As with any new introduction to your dog’s diet, start slow and make sure this healthy addition agrees with their tummy and overall calorie intake, and if so, enjoy! And if your dog has any health or dietary concerns, always consult your vet.
Want to get creative and adventurous with your dog’s healthy pumpkin treats? Consider some no-bake ideas such as this 3 ingredient no bake pumpkin dog treats or even some baked ideas such 4 ingredient baked pumpkin dog treats. Tip: if your recipe calls for peanut butter, please make sure it's sugar and sweetener free. Natural, 100% peanut based peanut butter is best.
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