Can Dogs Eat Raw Pumpkin?
The crisp fall air has arrived and the fall festivities have begun. While all things pumpkin related may be taking over our lives this season, there are so many fun ways to welcome fall in.
Carving pumpkins is a timeless fall tradition for everyone of all ages, even your dog! Raw pumpkin is safe for your dog to eat so feel free to give them a few seeds or some pumpkin flesh while you're carving this year.
Or Plan on baking pumpkin pie this season? Share some canned pumpkin with your dog, while benefiting their health.
Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Digestive Health Benefits
An interesting fact about pumpkin is that it can cure constipation and diarrhea in dogs. The high source of fiber in pumpkin helps dogs pass a bowel movement easier. Pumpkin is also considered to have high amounts of moisture and can add extra water to your dog's diet. Pumpkin a highly recommended option for weight loss due to the high fiber and moisture it contains.
Improved Eye Health
Pumpkin contains a generous amount of vitamin A, which is a necessity for healthy eyes. Pumpkins get their bright orange color from beta carotene. This is converted into vitamin A, which will support your dog's eye health. As dogs get older they may suffer from night blindness or eye degeneration issues. The vitamin A found in pumpkin is fat-soluble which increases the eye health benefits.
Immune System Benefits
Vitamin C is naturally found in pumpkins and is popular for supporting the immune system. This vitamin works together with vitamin E and A to prevent cancers, while antioxidants get rid of free radicals lurking in your pet's body. Giving your dog pumpkin can boost and support their immune system greatly.
How to Feed Your Dog Pumpkin
Both raw and cooked pumpkin is safe for your dog to eat. There are many different ways to feed pumpkin to your dog including:
- Pumpkin Treats
- Plain Canned Pumpkin
- Cooked Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Seeds or Flesh
Dogs love the taste of pumpkin, which is why there are many different ways to serve it. Pumpkin treats seem to be the favorite choice and the easiest choice. You can find plain pumpkin treats or pumpkin treats with added flavors. Either way, dogs will go crazy for pumpkin! If you decide to give your dog a spoonful of canned pumpkin, make sure it is plain and doesn’t have any harmful sugar added.
Dogs love cooked pumpkin and it’s relatively easy to prepare. Cubed cooked pumpkin is a great treat to give, or try pureeing the pumpkin for your dog. If you’re pumpkin carving, here's a great way to put the seeds to good use. Simply dry roast the seeds and let your dog enjoy. Be sure not to add any salt or oil to them!