The benefits of pumpkin to dog’s health
Pumpkin is an extremely popular ingredient for dogs and humans. For us, we have pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pie, and so much more! Not only is pumpkin delicious but it is very nutritious and can even benefit our dogs. Let’s find out why we should share our pumpkin obsession with our favorite canine.
Pumpkin is low in calories and high in nutrients. It holds essential vitamins and minerals that dogs need for good overall health. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, which is also known as beta-carotene. The potassium found in pumpkin can regulate blood pressure, improve the metabolism, and aid in muscle health. Other nutrients found in pumpkin include:
- Vitamin C
Due to the high amount of vitamin A inside each serving of pumpkin, it is excellent for eye health. Vitamin C will boost your dog's immune system and keep your dog's overall health in check. A popular benefit that pumpkin can provide is skin and coat health. Vitamin A and zinc work hand in hand to improve the skin and coat. Pumpkin has a high water content which creates hydrated skin and a smooth coat.
WHY USE PUMPKIN?
If you notice that your dog's stool is hard or if he is constipated, pumpkin can help. The high fiber in pumpkin helps soften the stool and allows it to pass easily. If your dog has diarrhea you can add a little pumpkin into his food to harden his stool. A healthy amount of pumpkin in your dog's diet can regulate stool.
Pumpkin is great for ensuring your dog's health is in balance. Dry skin and coat can be helped by just a little bit of pumpkin being added into the food. Dogs who are overweight could also benefit from eating pumpkin. The high moisture and fiber make it a great weight-loss tool.
HOW TO PREPARE
Any type of pumpkin will provide the same wonderful benefits. Pumpkin treats are an easy way if you have an on the go pup. You can find many different pumpkin treats at your local pet shop or online. Canned pumpkin is a popular choice for many pet owners. This can be added on top of your dog's food or you can freeze it and make an iced pumpkin treat.
Our Grain-Free Base Mix has dried pumpkin in it, along with many other beneficial ingredients. This all-natural dehydrated food is made in the U.S and was created to provide your dog with amazing benefits.