find out more about the benefits of feeding this seasonal star to your dog
With the autumn firmly upon us, we thought we'd share with you some of the surprising benefits of feeding Pumpkin to your four-legged friend. As one of Britain's seasonal stars, pumpkin is particularly abundent during September, October & November but can often be found all year round, and with a shelf-life of a fresh (uncarved) pumpkin spanning three to four months, it makes for a delicious addition to diets for both humans and dogs alike!
Pumpkin is extremely rich in essential nutrients including vitamin A & potassium, as well as containing smaller amounts of other healthy nutrients like Vitamin C, Iron, Phosperous, Magnesium & Folate, to name a few.
Supports eye health
Vitamin A is essential for your eye health, and it's no different for our canine companions. Vitamin A promotes eye health and can help to prevent night blindness and other eye-degeneration issues. Since Vitamin A is fat-soluble, feeding your dog pumpkin with a little healthy oil will make the nutrients pack even more of a punch. Mix pumpkin with your dogs regular food, or mix in a little flax oil for a healthy, satisfying treat.
Boosts the immune system
Vitamin C is vital for immune health all-around. When combined with vitamin A (beta-carotene), E and other antioxidants - all contained in pumpkin, it is believed to be able to help prevent certain cancers from developing. Antioxidants help destroy free radicals, or “oxidants” in your pet’s system, just as with yours. While oxidants are a natural part of everyone’s immune system, too many oxidants can contribute to cancers and damage the body. Including pumpkin as a fresh source of antioxidants, can help to boost your dog's immune system.
Supports skin & coat health
A number of nutrients in pumpkin, including vitamin A and zinc, can help to improve your pet’s skin and coat. The high water content in pumpkin flesh also contributes to supple skin and a lustrous coat. In addition to making your pet’s coat shine and look fantastic, the added moisture causes the skin to flake less and less hair to be shed on your carpets, furniture, and clothes.
Prevents urinary incontinence
Pumpkin seeds mustn't be overlooked - not only are they delicious for your dog, but they contain a healthy dose of Omega 3 fatty acids too. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help dislodge kidney stones, and in addition, pumpkin seed powder is well known to help prevent urinary incontinence.
Supports digestive regularity
Often, your dog's toilet habits can be an indicator of good or bad health for your dog. Hard stools or those that are difficult to pass can put a strain on your dog's intestines. Adding a little pumpkin to your dog's diet can provide the necessary fibre to enable your dog to pass stools easily and help ease constipation. Though it defies logic, pumpkin has the ability to support improving both constipation & diarrhea in your dog.
Naturally controls parasites
Parasites, such as tapeworms, can wreak havoc with your dog’s digestive system and cause unpleasant symptoms including weight loss, nutrient deficiency, dry skin, and a shabby coat. Pumpkin contains high amounts of an amino acid cucurbitacin, which is toxic to many common dog parasites and may help to expel worms. Grinding up a teaspoon or two of pumpkin seeds (or a little tinned pumpkin) and mixing into your dog's food is a good preventative measure, but don’t skip out on your pet’s usual treatment.
Can support weight loss
Pumpkins have a high moisture and fibre content, which makes them a powerful tool for your pet’s weight loss. Replacing a little of your dog’s regular food with canned pumpkin can help your dog shift excess weight. The fibre and water in the pumpkin will keep them full, so they don’t miss the extra calories.
The high moisture content of pumpkin adds more water to your dog’s diet easily and naturally, so if you struggle to get your dog to drink plenty of water or your dog is dehydrated - pumpkin could be a very useful addition to their diet.
It's tail-waggingly tasty
Like many humans, most dogs enjoy the rich, creamy flavour of pumpkin and will willingly lap up even simple plain cooked pumpkin. If you fancy making an even more special pumpkin-based treat you could add a pinch of cinnamon or honey. Check out our very own bake-at-home Halloween treats recipe containing pumpkin here.
Grain free gourmet complete wet food
turkey & goose with pumpkin & cranberries
Make mealtimes even more special with our gourmet turkey and goose recipe. Gently steamed to retain the natural goodness of the ingredients, including tail-waggingly tasty pumpkin & cranberry and designed to be gentle on the most sensitive of tummies you’re four-legged friend is sure to give this meal a paw of approval.