Why you should feed your dog pumpkin this season-with recipes!

Oct 30th

The sound of crunching leaves beneath your feet, the light chill in the air and the smell of pumpkin pie swirling about can only mean one thing, fall is here! Everybody’s got their favorite fall goodies, but did you know this season’s most popular ingredient is also a dog superfood? That’s right, pumpkin is a nutritious addition to most dog’s diets. 

The benefits of canned pumpkin are endless! Pumpkin is filled with nutrients such as fiber and beta-carotene, which your pup’s body converts into Vitamin A. Oils found in the pumpkin’s seeds and meat support and improve urinary health, so senior dogs or pups with potty problems may truly benefit from a bit of pumpkin added to their diet. If your furry little one has an irritable belly, mix some canned pumpkin into their normal food, the extra fiber and added nutrients will help with any digestion issues. Is your dog a little bit on the chunky side? Pumpkin is low in calories but packed with nutrients and flavor, replacing a portion of your pup’s food with canned pumpkin may help them shed a few pounds. Be sure to ask your vet before making any drastic dietary changes, just to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your pooch!

This fall staple contains high amounts of Vitamin A, E and Zinc, which all play a large part of keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy and shining. These nutrients also support vision health and provide antioxidants that protect against cell damage and reduces risk of cancer in dogs. Pumpkin also contains potassium, which aids in blood pressure regulation and improved muscle health. Vitamin C is well known as the go-to every flu season, and when combined with Vitamin A and other antioxidants found in pumpkin, studies have shown that it can possibly prevent certain kinds of cancer from developing.

Let’s face it– Pumpkin is a delicious superfood that your pup will LOVE! If you’re a little unsure about how to incorporate pumpkin into your dog’s diet, don’t stress, we’ve put together a list of our favorite pumpkin dog recipes!

Recipes:

Click the links for the full recipes!

Icy Pumpkin Bones – American Kennel Club

Pumpkin Puppy Muffins – Homemade Dog Treats

Pumpkin Carrot Bites – Pawsitively Pets

Banana and Pumpkin Treats – Sweet Paul

Pumpkin Treats with Peanut Butter Bacon Glaze – Pinch of Yum

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats – Urban Bliss Life

Pumpkin Doggie Ice Cream – Pawzaar’s DogTipper

Simple Dog Pumpkin Pie – iHeartDogs

  

References

 

“10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs”. Homes Alive Pets, 2016.

https://blog.homesalive.ca/health-benefits-of-pumpkin-for-dogs. Accessed 29 Oct. 2018.

“3 Ways Pumpkin Can Keep Your Dog Healthy”. Pet MD, 2018.

https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/nutrition/3-health-benefits-pumpkin-dogs.

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018.

“Dog Nutrition: A to Z”. Cesar’s Way, 2018.

https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutrition/dog-nutrition-a-to-z. Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Can Pumpkin Help with Dog Diarrhea?”. American Kennel Club, 2017.

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-pumpkin-help-with-dog-diarrhea/

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“3 Pumpkin Recipes for Dogs”. American Kennel Club, 2014.

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/3-pumpkin-recipes-for-dogs/.

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Pumpkin Puppy Muffins”. Homemade Dog Treats, 2014.

http://homemadedogtreatsnow.com/pumpkin-puppy-muffins/. Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Holiday Treat Recipe — Pumpkin Carrot Bites”. Pawsitively Pets, 2014.

https://www.mypawsitivelypets.com/2014/11/holiday-dog-treat-recipe-pumpkin-carrot.html

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018.

“Homemade Pumpkin & Banana Dog Treats”. Sweet Paul, 2018.

http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/food/homemade-banana-amp-pumpkin-dog-treats

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Homemade Dog Treats”. Pinch of Yum, 2016.

https://pinchofyum.com/homemade-dog-treats. Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Dog Bliss: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats”. Urban Bliss Life, 2016.

https://www.urbanblisslife.com/grain-free-dog-treats/. Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Pumpkin Doggie Ice Cream”. Pawzaar’s DogTipper, 2016.

https://www.dogtipper.com/recipes/2016/05/pumpkin-doggie-ice-cream-recipe.html

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

“Super Simple DIY Pumpkin Pie for Your Dog”. iHeartDogs, 2018.

https://iheartdogs.com/super-simple-diy-pumpkin-pie-for-your-dog-2/

Accessed 29 Oct. 2018

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