Pumpkin for Pets

pumpkin-and-petsBenefits and Dangers of Pumpkin for Pets!

For many people, the holiday season officially starts when the pumpkin spiced food, candles, and beverages are on full display. That warm, nostalgic smell and taste is so addictive, even pets can’t help but want some of it. The good thing is that pumpkin is actually a healthy food that they can enjoy and benefit from, too. It’s all a matter of knowing exactly what’s in the foods before they try them.

Keep reading if you want to hear the pros and cons of all things pumpkin for pets.

Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets
Pumpkin fiber helps get things moving for your pet’s digestive tract, if they happened to be backed-up or constipated. The fibers digest slowly, which helps manage hunger and can be an effective catalyst for a weight loss program. Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins C and A, which is good for preventing vision loss, strengthening joints, and strengthening their immune systems.

They make pumpkin spice shampoo for two reasons: one to keep your pet smelling festive, and two to improve the health of their coat and skin.

Pumpkin seeds are sometimes used as a de-worming agent. They contain a compound called cucurbitin, which paralyzes the parasites and stops them from feeding. The seeds also have plenty of protein and fiber to supplement any healthy diet.

The Dangers of Pumpkin for Pets
All of these good deeds that can come from pumpkin products for pets could be rendered useless if introduced into their diets without caution. Pumpkin itself is very fibrous, which can either be very beneficial or cause digestive problems, depending on your pet’s own digestive situation and sensitivities.

Now, pumpkin products, in-general, can pose all sorts of dangers, if you aren’t sure of what exactly is in it. The pumpkin ingredients may even be artificial, which is obviously no good. Pumpkin spice products often contain other spices, which could cause indigestion and irritation of their stomachs. All of the common spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves may not pose much danger to your pets in small amounts, but if they are eating a lot of it all at once, it could cause your pets a lot of pain and discomfort, so try to be aware of this when your purchasing or preparing your pumpkin treats.

It’s Time to Celebrate
Give your pet a few samples of pumpkin straight from the source, if they like it then start adding a little unsweetened canned pumpkin to their food, so they can get a taste of the holidays and the nutritional benefits that come along with it. Even if pumpkin tastes plain to your tongue, that doesn’t mean that your pet won’t like it. Try making some treats out of pumpkin purees and seeds, or purchase them from brands that are known for making organic pet treats. Try not to spoil your furry friend too much, or you’ll find yourself having to wean them off of the pumpkin supply well into the New Year. Happy Holidays!

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