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Pumpkin: The Unlikely Hero

During this time of year, you might instinctively crave pumpkin-flavored everything. Although many pumpkin treats, like pie, might not always be healthy, there are healthy ways to enjoy pumpkins, too: just roasting the seeds will result in a healthy and delicious snack. Did you know that humans aren't the only ones who are pumpkin crazy? Pumpkin is just as sweet as pie to your dog as it is to you! Even better, there are many health benefits.

Digestion

Pumpkin is in the same family as cucumbers, melons, squash, and gourds! This means pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, helping even the most constipated of dogs find relief. But remember the golden rule: there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Too much fiber in a dog’s diet can lead to a different digestion problem, but just the right amount can increase your pet’s energy and vigor.

Urinary Health

The natural oils found in the seeds and flesh have been revealed to promote a healthy urinary tract. Additionally, pumpkin is an amazing source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron, which are cancer-fighting nutrients. 

Coat and Skin Health

The seeds of the pumpkin have high levels of fatty acids and antioxidants, both key to helping with skin and coat issues. It encourages healthy, shiny fur and banishes inflamed, irritated skin.

Weight Issues

Obesity is not just an epidemic occurring in humans; it is a serious issue for dogs as well. It’s up to you to ensure your pet is receiving the right nutrition and proper exercise to maintain a healthy weight. To help fight unwanted weight, pumpkin can be used as a weight loss supplement. Replace some of their regular dry food with natural canned pumpkin - you won’t see any objections from your dog!

via Old Mother Hubbard Baking Co.

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