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Pumpkin Isn't Only For Pies: Dog's Benefit, Too!

Posted by sitstaydogs

Oct 7, 2013 11:02:00 PM

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There is a good reason that pumpkin is a fond ingredient in dog food and treats. after hunting through patches of information we summarized three takeaways for you to keep top of mind when making healthful decisions for your pooch.

3 OF THE MANY WAYS PUMPKIN BENEFITS DOGS

1. Digestive Health

Pumpkin is abundant in both water and fiber which provides dual roles in a dog’s digestive health. The water content can serve as an absorptive lubricant to aid in constipation whereas the soluble fiber can also be a solution for occasional diarrhea. We can never go without saying severe or continuous behaviors need to be consulted with your veterinarian. But, isn’t it good to know there is such an accessible fruit that is as active as the pooper scooper when it comes to your dog’s digestive “activity”.   

2. Weight Loss

This tidbit requires a bit of common knowledge to go with it. Pumpkin for dogs is getting popular chit-chats when it comes to weight loss. Here’s the “skinny” on that … pumpkin is a low fat, low calorie ingredient that serves as a healthy filler to help satisfy fido’s hunger. It doesn’t replace the core nutrients, proteins and other dietary needs but may prolong the time between the puppy dog eyes begging from your hungry fella.  

3. Urinary health

Pumpkin seeds are very high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, these “good fats” are essential in combating against cardiometabolic disorders, support urinary health and keeping blood sugar levels at their optimum levels.

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Overall, pumpkin continues to be somewhat of a mystery. Not because the known benefits aren’t concrete, it’s because pumpkin has the highest number of unknown compounds by percent - numerous proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which have fully defined functions. So, when discussing the health benefits of pumpkin in dogs, rather than saying “what we don’t know won’t hurt us”, we should be shouting,  “what we don’t know will help our pups”.

Happy Pumpkin Feeding to You!

Topics: Wellness, What's in The Bag?

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