Fall is the season for everything pumpkin: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, and Halloween pumpkin carving. Our pets can benefit from eating pumpkin too, especially when experiencing diarrhea or constipation. It is imperative that it be 100% pure pumpkin, either canned or fresh cooked, and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin is rich in soluble fibre. Soluble fibre gels in water which coats and soothes irritated bowels. It also assists in slowing down the number of episodes of diarrhea.
Important electrolytes, like potassium, are lost when pets have diarrhea which puts them at risk of dehydration and weakness. Pumpkin is an excellent source of potassium which aids in recovery.
Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A and is considered a good food to help prevent worms in your pet. A little goes a long way, and only 1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight is required daily. In addition, raw, organic, unsalted pumpkin seeds are a safe and natural dewormer. Freshly grind them and mix into your pet’s meal. Give 1/2 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight twice daily.
If you’re wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween, why not split one open and let your dog have a go at it.