Is pumpkin safe for dogs?
The short answer is Yes! Pumpkin and dogs are a great mix! Pumpkin is totally safe and beneficial for dogs. And dogs like the taste of pumpkin so it’s a total win-win.
Obviously I love pumpkin. I created a site dedicated to the big orange fruit. I also love dogs (we currently live with 7 of them) and my dogs eat pumpkin multiple times a week because pumpkin has so many great benefits. I also use pumpkin when they aren’t feeling well or if they need to take off a few pounds. Read on to find out more info on pumpkin and dogs, including what type of pumpkin you should feed as well as common questions related to dogs and pumpkins.
- Is pumpkin safe for dogs?
- What kind of pumpkin can you feed your dog?
- Pumpkin for dog digestive health
- Pumpkin for dog weight loss
- How much pumpkin to feed your dog?
- Pumpkin Seed and Dogs
- Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Pumpkin and Dogs
What kind of pumpkin can you feed your dog?
So when we think about pumpkins, you may imagine the pumpkin sitting on your front porch for Halloween. Those are great pumpkins but that’s not the pumpkin you want to feed to your dog.
Fresh pumpkin that hasn’t been sitting out in the sun for a month is the pumpkin you should be feeding your dog. I buy organic canned pumpkin which is made from the flesh of a fresh organic pumpkin. No additives or spices. You may find “pumpkin spice” canned pumpkin at your grocery store, but this is meant for baking delicious pumpkin desserts and shouldn’t be given to your dog.
Pumpkin for dog digestive health
Pumpkin for dog diarrhea
Yes! Pumpkin is filled with fiber and it’s great for dog digestion. You can mix a tablespoon or two (depending on the size of your pup) in with their regular food or just give it by itself. Of course, always check with your veterinarian if you’re pet is sick and throwing up or with diarrhea that doesn’t get better in a day.
Pumpkin for dog constipation
YES! Canned pumpkin is also good for constipation in dogs. It might seem strange since you can use it also for diarrhea, but pumpkin is special that way. Mix one or two tablespoons of canned pumpkin in with their regular food. It tastes great and will help ease their digestive issues
Pumpkin for dog weight loss
Pumpkin is filled with fiber and fiber keeps dogs (and us humans) feeling full longer. Pumpkin can be supplemented for a portion of dog food so your dog can lose weight and still feel full and get all the health benefits that pumpkin offers.
How much pumpkin to feed your dog?
Start off small and gradually add more if you find that it’s not working as you hoped. You should also consult your veterinarian if you are unsure about how much to add to your dog’s meals. This is a general guide and does not replace your own judgment for your dog.
|Dog Size||Amount of Pumpkin|
|5-10 pounds||1 teaspoon|
|10-20 pounds||2 teaspoons|
|20-40 pounds||1 tablespoon|
|40-60 pounds||2 tablespoons|
|60-80 pounds||3 tablespoons|
|80-100+ pounds||3-4 tablespoons|
Pumpkin Seed and Dogs
Can dogs eat pumpkin seeds?
If you guessed yes, you’d be right. Pumpkin seeds are a great treat for dogs but they should be cleaned and roasted. Raw seeds will not be easy for a dog to digest but cooking them breaks them down so that your dog can get the full benefit from the seeds.
How to give pumpkin seeds to your dog?
After roasting your pumpkin seeds you can give them individually as a treat or crush and grind them up and add them to your dogs meal. Pumpkin seeds are higher in fat content so you’ll want to give only a few of them.
Benefits of pumpkin seeds for dogs
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants which promotes healthier skin and fur. In addition, the seeds are believed to support urinary health and dogs with urinary incontinence can benefit from pumpkin seeds in their diet.
Pumpkin Dog Treats
While the best option is to give fresh pumpkin, dogs love pumpkin treats. I always have a few handy in the pantry. Here are a few of my favs!
- Fruitables Pumpkin
- Instinct Freeze Dried Raw Boost Mixers
- Three Dog Bakery Grain-Free Wafers Baked Dog Treats
- Wet Noses Pumpkin Cookie
- Our homemade pumpkin apple dog cookies
Pumpkin and Dogs
There is no doubt that pumpkin and dogs are a match made in pumpkin heaven. Pumpkin and dogs go together like peas and carrots. They are both good for you and good for each other.