Don’t Throw that Pumpkin Away

by Cindy on October 29, 2014

cat and dog with pumpkinDid you know that Pumpkin has a lot of health benefits for your pets? Both dogs and cats can gain a lot of nutritional value from the vitamins and minerals that pumpkins contain.

First, pumpkin seeds are great for eliminating tape and roundworms. The seed contains cucurbatacin an anthelmintic. They also have shown to be anti-inflammatory and inhibit the forming of kidney and bladder stones. Naturally, they would need to be ground up and added to food or treats. The seeds are also an antioxidant and contain essential fatty acids and add oils to the skin and coat. The seeds can be eaten raw, and if roasted make a great treat. But remember, not too many as they do contain fiber. They can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator in an air tight container.

As a supplemental vitamin, pumpkin contains Vit C, potassium, Vit A, iron, magnesium, folate, zinc, Vit E, copper, protein and more. Just a little (remember to not overdo it, a little is good, a lot is not) will help supplement your pets vitamin intake and they will enjoy the taste too.

Because of the fiber contained in Pumpkin, it will also help increase weight loss by making your pet feel fuller so less other food calories are consumed.

This brings up the constipation problem your pet might have at times. Since they are full of fiber, pumpkin should do the trick on getting things moving again. By the same token, it’s also great for diarrhea especially in a colitis situation. Just a teaspoon for a small dog or cat, and tablespoon or two for larger dogs.

That awful hairball can also be eliminated with pumpkin. Yes, Pumpkin can help that hairball pass through the intestinal tract by increasing the volume of waste. It also helps aid in digestion by increasing the gastric juices.

And last but not least, pumpkin will help with dehydration. Since the pumpkin flesh is 90% water, a little added to the top of dry food can help add moisture to it.

Leftover Halloween pumpkin is good to use, however, remember it does mold quickly so be sure to freeze it after you have prepared it for your dog or cat to eat. It will only last in the refrigerator about a week. Canned pumpkin is great, but be sure it does not contain pie spices, just plain pumpkin. Always keep some on hand because you just never know when your pet may need it.

 

 

 

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