Did you know pumpkin has amazing health benefits for your pup? It is great for their digestive system.
Pumpkin is a delicious, low fat treat for you dog. It is great for cooking dog treats with or to add to their food. Replacing some of your dog’s diet with pumpkin can help contribute to weight loss.
Pumpkin is good for quieting a pup’s upset stomach. Pumpkin has high fiber and water content, which is great for treating constipation and for firming up your dog’s stool.
Pumpkin is good for gland health. As we just mentioned, pumpkin can help firm up your dog’s stool. A healthy, firm stool is helpful for natural gland expression.
Canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin?
You can feed your dog canned pumpkin or cooked fresh pumpkin. If you are buying canned pumpkin make sure it is pure pumpkin, does not have extra ingredients and that it is not pie filling. If you can’t find straight pumpkin at your grocer, your local pet store may carry it.
You can also feed your dog cooked fresh pumpkin. We are prepping our gardens already and pumpkins are easy to grow. Kristen, one of our Groom Shop employees, who also majored in horticulture, says the secret is using good, organic fertilizer (compost, manure or a local favorite Lobster Compost from Coast of Maine).
How to cook fresh pumpkin for your dog:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice the top off the pumpkin to remove the stem.
- Cut in half and remove the seeds.
- Slice into sections.
- Place on lightly greased or foil covered baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
- When done, wait for it to cool and scrape away the skins and discard them.
- Put chunks of the cooked pumpkin into food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
We then like to portion the pumpkin out into small re-usable containers and freeze them. We put one week's worth of pumpkin in each container and take it out to thaw at the beginning of the week.
Pumpkin photo from our friends at Johnny's Select Seeds