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This article explains the great health benefits and safety tips of adding Pumpkin to your pet’s diet. The above picture is of my own dog Gigi who is 13 years old. She absolutely loves pumpkin and I give it to her daily with her meals.  

Is Pumpkin A Good Idea For My Pet To Eat?

While raw pumpkin is not a good idea for a dog or cat to consume, canned and cooked fresh pumpkin along with pumpkin seeds can be a healthy addition to your pet’s diet. Canned pumpkin is simply pumpkin in a pureed form. So, what is good about feeding pumpkin to your pet you ask? To name a few benefits… pumpkins are high in fiber, low in fat and low in cholesterol. They are loaded with beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and great vitamins such as A and C just to name a few.

Can My Dog Eat Pumpkin Seeds?

Yes, but most recommend that you first roast them and then grind them up. Do not add salt!


Feeding Your Pet Canned Pumpkin

The amount of canned pumpkin that you add to your pet’s meal will vary based on the species (dog or cat) and your pet’s size. A Yorkshire Terrier for instance may only need couple of teaspoons with each meal whereas a German Shepherd may benefit from couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin for each meal.

This nutritional powerhouse is great for people and can have a variety of health benefits for pets when given in small amounts.

Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fiber which helps slows digestion and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water.

Alternatively, pumpkin also helps with constipation due to its high fiber and water content.

Pumpkin is great for “bulking up” your pet’s food. The extra fiber will also help a dog or cat feel full even if they are eating fewer calories overall. For this reason pumpkin can aid in a pet’s weight loss program as well. Try substituting a tablespoon of canned pumpkin for a ¼ cup of food.

Since pumpkin slows digestion your pet will feel fuller for longer as well.


Pumpkin Flesh Contains:

Vitamin A which is important for your pet’s immune system and vision.

Vitamin C which boosts the immune system.

Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant and enzymatic activity regulator.

Alpha carotene is an antioxidant that prevents damage to cells.

Calcium supports cytoplasmic functions and mineralizes bone and teeth.

Iron contributes to cellular respiration, oxidation, and hemoglobin production.

Lutein supports the health of the eyes, skin, and coat.


How To Store Your Pumpkin

If you use pumpkin quickly use a pet food plastic container and refrigerate the extra. I personally do not like to keep canned pumpkin in the refrigerated for more than 5 days from the day that I open a new can. I also warm up the pumpkin I give to my dog Gigi, so it is not cold when she consumes it with her meal.

If you use pumpkin slowly, portion it into an ice cube tray and freeze it (this is good for fresh or canned pumpkin). Pumpkin can also be defrosted daily as you need it. Remember, that pumpkin will spoil if it is at room temperature for an extended amount of time.


Dog Foods & Treats With Pumpkin

With the pumpkin craze taking over the human world it is only natural to see it popping up in stores too. There are many dog foods and treats that feature pumpkin in them.

But, while these foods are fun and help us feel like our pet is sharing in the fun of the season too they typically do not have enough pumpkin in them to offer the health and stomach benefits mentioned above. If you are someone like me that enjoys your pumpkin latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin donuts and you do not want your dog to feel left out definitely add some pumpkin dog treats to their diet.

Pumpkin Safety Tips For Dog


While feeding your dog canned or cooked pumpkin is great there is a big difference between cooked and pureed

“food-friendly” pumpkin and decorative raw pumpkins or Jack-o-Lanterns which are often seen during the Halloween and fall season. Make sure you are keeping these safety tips in mind when pumpkin season arrives!

§          Make sure never to feed or allow your dog to eat the stem or leaves of a pumpkin which are covered in little sharp hairs that will irritate your dog.

§        Dogs should never eat the shell of a pumpkin or gourd but, during the fall season many decorative pumpkins and gourds are coated with materials such as glue, glitter or shellac that can be toxic to your pet.

§        Dogs should not eat raw pumpkin seeds or the innards of a raw pumpkin.  Keep your pumpkin carving clear of the floor to prevent dogs from picking up the extras.

 §      Once Halloween is over... throw out your carved pumpkins. They can become dangerous as they may deteriorate and grow        mold over time.


Kimberly Dillon

Confident K9 Education 
La Bella Pooch
8001 17th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 
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