Humans like to snack on pumpkin seeds and bake yummy holiday favorites with the orange squash, but plain pumpkin is a nutritious meal addition for dogs too. While you should never feed your dog pumpkin pie filling, plain pumpkin is a powerhouse food for dogs for several reasons.
First, pumpkin helps promote digestive health in dogs. The high fiber content in pumpkin can help dogs that are suffering from constipation or diarrhea. That’s why some veterinarians will recommend adding a small spoonful of pumpkin to your dog’s diet if he or she is experiencing minor gastrointestinal problems. Adding a bit of pumpkin may also help your dog adjust when you switch to a new food.
Pumpkin is also packed with vitamins A and C. These vitamins help support both vision health and immune health in dogs. In addition, pumpkin is a low-calorie food for dogs and is sometimes recommended as part of a weight management program for pets.
Because of all of pumpkin’s benefits, many commercial dog foods are now incorporating pumpkin into their recipes. Make sure to consult a veterinarian before feeding your dog any new foods.