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
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.
A few product recommendations for rockstar pet parents:
Get a few cans of pumpkin in your pantry (Pure - not seasoned, sweetened, baked in a pie crust, blended in a Scooter’s pumpkin smoothie, etc.)
Don’t wait for fall to feed pumpkin. Incorporate it into your canine’s daily diet.
It’s convenient to add healthful ingredients when you know where to get them. Here are a few of our favorites:
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!