Get ready, fall is among us and that means lots of pumpkin spiced lattes for you and anything else brands can do with pumpkin flavor. Here at The Dining Dog & Friends pumpkin is a year-long staple. Not only with the products we sell but in our bakery and kitchen. Why is pumpkin so good for your pet? (Note: we are NOT speaking about the sugary pie filling pumpkin.)
- Did you know pumpkin is good for both diarrhea and constipation? Pumpkin is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene. Dogs will convert this into Vitamin A in the body. Just like us, pets need to stay regular and pumpkin is a great source of fiber to help them do that.
- Help remove furballs. The same fiber can help your kitty with those pesky furballs. The fiber takes those furballs that are stuck in your pooches digestive system and gets them into that litter box. Feeding your cat a little pumpkin daily can help prevent those nasty furballs.
- Get rid of the worms and parasites. There is an amino acid in pumpkin seeds that is a natural dewormer. Grind up pumpkin seeds into a powder and give this in a treat. Sprinkling over your pet's food may affect the actual dosage, so be careful when doing this.
- Pumpkin can assist with obesity and weight loss in your pet. We know obesity is dangerous and affects millions of pets. Fiber-loaded pumpkin will make your pet feel fuller when feeding them a little less kibble.
- Shiny coat and hydrated skin. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids that will help keep your pets coat and skin hydrated. You can toast the seeds (see below for preparation).
- Pumpkin supports the urinary tract. The oils that are in flesh and seeds of pumpkin support your pet's urinary tract. A great way to prevent or assist with stones or bladder infections. These are very painful conditions for pets and pumpkin is a great way to prevent and assist in healing.
- It’s just good. Pumpkin is a great nutritional addition to you pets dietary regiment. Not only fiber, but loaded with vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. Due to it being loaded with antioxidants it may prevent some cancers along with keeping your pet healthy.
Portions: Don’t overdo the pumpkin. A teaspoon or two a day is plenty.
Seed Preparation: Spread seeds evenly onto a baking sheet, lightly coat with cooking oil, roast in a 375-degree oven for 5 or 10 minutes. Be sure to and cool before serving one or two as a daily treat.
The Dining Dog & Friends provides many options to our customers in canned pumpkin and treats. Our bakery and kitchen have dinners, treats and baked goods for your furry family members that they will surely love. Stop in and pick up some items and allow your fur babies to enjoy the season with you.