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Canned Pumpkin for Tummy Troubles

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Canned Pumpkin for Tummy Troubles

With the leaves turning, the temperatures dropping and the Oktoberfests flowing, you might be wondering, “Where can I buy pumpkin spiced dog food?”

To which, we say: please don’t.

Instead, try mixing a few spoonfuls of pure canned pumpkin into your dog’s food. Not only is it a healthy, tasty treat, it’s good for digestion!

It’s important to note pumpkin is no substitute for medical attention, so if your dog is suffering a severe bout of constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach, you should absolutely consult a vet before doing anything.

The Benefits of Canned Pumpkin

Pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix!) is full of fiber and nutrients that can help your dog’s digestion. By simply mixing a tablespoon or so into your dog’s food, you can help alleviate mild cases of constipation, diarrhea and upset stomach.

According to the American Kennel Club, pumpkin is an effective treatment for diarrhea as “the soluble fiber content in pumpkin adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water, and fiber fermentation produces beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulate intestinal sodium and water absorption, and lower the pH level of the large intestines.”

Strangely, canned pumpkin helps to treat the opposite end of the spectrum (constipation), too. Its natural water content helps hydrate your dog’s stool and intestines, thus making it easier to poop.

Even more, the fiber acts as a prebiotic, which, according to the same article from AKC, stimulates “the growth or activity of these beneficial bacteria in the intestines and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.”

Pumpkin has the same benefits for cats, too. But as cats are notoriously picky, we’ve found it can be a bit tricker to “administer” the pumpkin treatment.

How to Serve Canned Pumpkin

Like with any new food, we recommend introducing pumpkin gradually. Start with a tablespoon or so mixed into your dog’s food and see how they do. Another option is to add it to your dog’s frozen Kong treats!

If you do start giving your dog canned pumpkin, you’ll need to increase their water intake, as well. More fiber requires more water, and you definitely don’t want your dog to get dehydrated.

Where to Buy Pumpkin for Pets

Plain canned pumpkin can be purchased at almost any grocery store. But, again, we cannot stress enough how important it is to buy plain canned pumpkin with no additives or spices. Pumpkin pie mix will do more harm than good, so make sure you double check the can.

If you’re looking for a fun, festive pumpkin treat, check out local pet stores, like For Dog’s Sake. They’ll often have speciality homemade treats for dogs, plus natural options from bigger brands.

Weruva makes a few pumpkin infused natural wet foods, like this Pumpkin Jack Splash and Pumpkin Lickin’ Chicken.

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