Pet Food Ingredients—Is Pumpkin Good for Dogs?
Pumpkin has become a popular ingredient in pet foods, and a popular topic among pet owners. So, is pumpkin for dogs a good thing?
The answer is “yes.” Not only can dogs eat pumpkin; they can also be a beneficial part of their diet.
Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Pumpkin is rich in minerals like iron and potassium, as well as vitamins including A, C, and E, and nutrients like beta carotene. It also contains prebiotics, which supports digestive health by nourishing the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
This superfruit (yes, pumpkins are actually fruits) is also an excellent source of high soluble fiber, making it a great natural digestive. Many pet owners use it as a go-to ingredient to help reduce diarrhea in dogs.
Canned Pumpkin for Dogs
While pumpkin in raw form isn’t easily digestible for dogs, pure canned pumpkin (not canned pumpkin pie mix) is a soothing digestive ingredient that provides more fiber and nutrients per serving than raw pumpkin. As a bonus, it’s also low in calories.
According to Just Right expert Dr. Taylor Francis, there are multiple options when selecting a canned pumpkin. “Make sure that it does not contain high calories (no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake) and that it does not contain added salt,” he says.
Another way dogs can enjoy pumpkin is by munching on pumpkin seeds. Crunchy and tasty, they’re also full of nutrients including antioxidants.
How Much Pumpkin to Give a Dog
To add fiber to your dog’s diet or to help ease diarrhea, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends adding 1-4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin to your dog’s food. Talk to your veterinarian about which amount in this range would be appropriate for your dog.
The important thing is to make sure that any ingredient you’re providing is part of a complete and balanced diet that provides what your dog needs to thrive. With a personalized blend from Just Right, you’ll know that your dog is getting the right nutrition, in the right amount, to support happiness and health.