Fall has officially become PUMPKIN SEASON, and if you are a pumpkin lover then you absolutely love this time of the year! Almost everything now can be found in pumpkin spice flavors - donuts, coffee, pastries, and even Kit-Kats and Twinkies join in the PSL-craze! So, while you sit there sipping your pumpkin spice latte, eating a pumpkin spice donut you may be wondering, can my dog partake in the pumpkin festivities? The answer is simple – yes!
Pumpkin is generally considered safe and, in moderation, can be a healthy addition to your dog's diet. in Pumpkin offers a wide range of benefits for your dog, including…
🐶 Nutritional Value: Rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene, all of which contribute to overall health.
🎃 Weight Management: The high fiber content in pumpkin will help your dog feel fuller for longer, which may be beneficial for weight management.
🐶 Digestive Health: Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and can help regulate your dog's digestive system.
🎃 Low in Calories: Pumpkin is relatively low in calories, making it a good option for dogs who need to watch their calorie intake.
🐶 Urinary Health: The high-water content in pumpkin can help keep your dog hydrated and promote healthy urinary function.
🎃 Immune Support: The vitamins and antioxidants in pumpkin can contribute to a healthy immune system.
🐶 Joint Health: The beta-carotene in pumpkin can contribute to overall joint health and may even help reduce the risk of certain joint disorders.
🎃 Skin and Coat Health: The nutrients in pumpkin, such as vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, contribute to healthy skin and coat.
There are plenty of good reasons that your dog should take part in the fall pumpkin craze. However, with all good things, there are a few rules that pet parents should follow as well:
-Always use plain pumpkin.
-Avoid canned pumpkin pie filling, as it may contain added sugars and spices that can be harmful to dogs. Stick to plain, unsweetened canned pumpkin or cooked fresh pumpkin.
-When introducing any new food, always serve it in moderation. Too much pumpkin can lead to an upset stomach.
-Make sure to monitor portion size depending on their size, age and individual health needs.
-While pumpkin can be a healthy addition to your dog's diet, it should not be used as a meal replacement. It is best used as an occasional treat.
It is always best to consult your vet first – especially if your dog has specific dietary concerns or health conditions.
If you are looking to give your dog a safe and healthy pumpkin treat this season, try the NEW! Pumpkin flavored bones from Chew’ems. Using real pumpkin sourced in the USA and infused with vitamins and minerals that are essential to your dog’s health, the Chew’ems Pumpkin bone is the perfect way to share the PSL craze with your furry friend while enjoying the fall festivities together!