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Benefits of Pumpkin in Dogs

By February 5, 2012March 26th, 2015No Comments

The Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin isn’t just for fall! It’s a year around treat that is an excellent addition to your dog’s diet.   For example, adding pumpkin puree provides Vitamin A, potassium and fiber.  Not only does pumpkin help your dog’s immune system but it helps with digestion as well.

Pumpkin is a great, natural stool softener.  If your dog is suffering with constipation, start with 1tsp. for small dogs and 2 tsp for larger dogs of pumpkin puree (be sure it’s NOT the pumpkin pie filling).  Within a couple of hours, your dog should experience some relief.  On the flip side, pumpkin can also be used to treat diarrhea as well.  The soluble fiber in pumpkin can help to absorb the excess water in the bowels that may have not been absorbed properly. We should mention that any digestive issues can be serious and require immediate veterinary care.  Remember that whatever the cause, diarrhea or constipation that lasts more than 24-26 hours will require veterinary care.

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