Did you know pumpkins are actually good for dogs? They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids like beta-carotene. In fact, one cup of roasted pumpkin has almost 200 percent of the recommended daily value of beta-carotene. Pumpkin is also high in fiber, which is great for helping your dog feel full faster. What’s more, this superfood also contains a lot of potassium — an essential mineral that helps lower blood pressure in humans and dogs alike. This means that pumpkin not only tastes delicious but can also have numerous health benefits for your pet. Read on to learn about six ways to incorporate pumpkin into your pup’s diet.
1. Add Pumpkin to Dog Food
Adding pumpkin to your dog’s food has several major benefits. This includes increasing the amount of fiber in the diet, which helps promote a healthy digestive tract. Fiber also helps slow down the absorption of sugar to prevent spikes in blood sugar. These are important benefits to keep in mind if your dog suffers from constipation or blood sugar issues. Pumpkins can also be used to help treat certain health conditions. For example, this superfood is full of antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and boost the immune system. Some breeds may also benefit from the inclusion of pumpkins because they can help prevent joint pain.
2. Serve Roasted Pumpkin Instead of Potatoes
Another way to incorporate extra beta-carotene into your dog’s diet is to replace potatoes in your dog’s meals with pumpkin. This will provide double the beta-carotene of potato, making it a healthier and more nutritious choice. A roasted pumpkin is a great option for this, as it’s sweet and delicious. Just make sure to season it with herbs and spices to boost the flavor. A roasted pumpkin is also an excellent option if your dog suffers from gastrointestinal issues. The fiber in pumpkin can help promote bowel movements and prevent constipation.
3. Give Your Dog Pureed Pumpkin as a Treat
Giving your dog small, pureed pumpkin treats is another great way to incorporate them into their diet. Treats are a great way to reward your dog for good behavior and let them know they’re loved. Pureed pumpkin is a perfect treat to give to dogs who suffer from constipation. It can help improve their bowel movements and promote regularity. Depending on the consistency of your pureed pumpkin, it can also be a great option for diabetic dogs.
4. Make Pumpkin Cookies for Dogs
Are you looking for a fun way to give your dog pumpkin? Why not make some pumpkin cookies? They’re easy to make, and your dog will love the warm, delicious flavors. There are a few ways you can make pumpkin cookies for dogs. You can mix the pumpkin with an easy-to-make, all-natural dog treat recipe. Or, if you want to play it safe, you can use a premade dog treat recipe. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to any dog treat recipe. This will add extra beta-carotene and nutrients to the treats, making them a healthier option for your pooch.
5. Use Pumpkin in Place of Eggs in Baking Recipes
Some dogs are born with a natural intolerance to eggs. If your dog isn’t allergic to eggs, feel free to feed them to your dog. However, if your dog is allergic to eggs, you can simply replace eggs in baking recipes with pumpkin. You can easily replace eggs with pumpkin in baking recipes by swapping out the eggs for pureed pumpkin. Simply add three tablespoons of pureed pumpkin to every egg that the recipe calls for.
6. Use Pumpkin Based Supplements
If you don’t have time to make pumpkin cookies, or would simply like an easy way to add pumpkin to your dog’s diet, you can also try pumpkin-based supplements. You can find these in a form of pills, powders, and what we recommend the most-chews.
If you wish, you can find our pumpkin-based PointPet Hip & Joint product on our website. This product has all the previously-mentioned benefits of pumpkin. It is perfect for helping your dog maintain healthy bone and joint function, increasing cartilage development, and helping your dog stay fit and flexible. It comes in a form of delicious peanut butter and pumpkin-flavored chew and is made of all-natural ingredients.