Our pumpkins have grown! We’ve planted pumpkins for a few years now, and it’s a favorite “Fall” thing I look forward to every year!
Pumpkins are a “SuperFood”, so extremely healthy and beneficial for your dog and yourself!
A lot of dog parents are familiar with using pumpkin for a dog’s upset stomach. When your dog gets into something they shouldn’t have…feed them a can of pumpkin and it cleans them right out! Well, little did we know, there are so much more!
Lets start with the pumpkin benefits for you!
Side note: If you are cooking pumpkin and add nutmeg, do NOT feed it to your dogs. Nutmeg is highly toxic for dogs!
The benefits of pumpkin seeds can reduce symptoms of an over active bladder and can help solve dietary deficiencies; protecting against various health problems. Pumpkin seeds are also an antioxidant and a good source of tryptophan, zinc and magnesium. Tryptophan helps with sleep and magnesium is important for healthy blood pressure, blood sugar levels and overall good for heart and bones. The high zinc content in pumpkin seeds may help sperm quality and fertility in men!
No wonder it’s a Superfood!
- FULL of valuable Nutrients
- High in Antioxidants
- Reduces risks of certain cancers
- Improves Prostate & Bladder health
- High in Magnesium (for controlling blood pressure, reducing health disease, healthy bones, regulating blood sugar levels)
- Improves Heart Health
- High in Fiber
- May Improve Sperm Quality
- May help Improve Sleep
According to “Dogs Naturally Magazine” : When the colonists first came to the New World, they discovered that the native crop of pumpkin could be used to treat a variety of parasitic and other sicknesses, like curing kidney illnesses and urinary problems; as well as a parasite treatment for humans and to heal wounds.
3 main Pumpkin benefits for Dogs
- Urinary Health
- Digestive Health
- Weight Management
Adding pumpkin to their daily diet would benefit your dog all year round. Best known to help dogs with upset stomachs, constipation and diarrhea; mixing a tablespoon or 2 into their food daily helps keep them regular! As long as you don’t overdo it, you can feed pumpkin (organic, with no added sweeteners) to dogs right from the can. It’s also great for dogs on a diet. (Like Riley!) Replacing a little of their food with pumpkin helps to fill them up and slim them down!
If your dog has diabetes or chronic kidney problems, consult a vet before adding to their diet.
Both raw and cooked pumpkin for dogs is beneficial. Seeds and raw pumpkins are perfectly safe as long as they are not rotten.
Pumpkin Seeds for Dogs are Super too!
Recently herbalists discovered that pumpkin seeds also work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans. The Amino acid “cucurbitin” paralizes and eliminates the parasite from the digestive tract.
Some suggest to only feed dogs the seeds without the shell and after they have been roasted, but that is because they can go bad or rancid fast. If you know the pumpkin seeds are fresh, it’s perfectly fine to feed them with the shell on and raw.
So in summary, both pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are extremely good for humans and dogs! Hopefully you will keep this in mind and incorporate some into both your diets! Fall is the perfect time to start!
Here is an easy dog treat recipe for you dog lovers who love to make homemade treats for your puppies! Enjoy!!
Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 cups Brown Rice Flour
- 2 cups Oat Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
- 3 Tbsp Applesauce (natural, unsweetened)
- ¾ cup – 1 cup Canned Pumpkin (plain, not pie filling)
- 1/3 cup Water
- 1 Egg
- Mix ingredients together, using more or less pumpkin to get desired “dough-like” consistency.
- Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to create dog treats, place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Continue to roll out the dough and use cookie cutters until all dough has been used.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
- Cool completely before serving or storing.
- If you want the treats to last longer, place baked treats in a dehydrator* at 155 degrees for up to 8-12 hours.
- Then keep them stored in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
*Homemade preservative-free treats can become moldy if not dehydrated. Make sure to refrigerate in an airtight container and use within a week if you don’t plan on dehydrating them or freeze for up to 3 months.