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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

The Advantages of Adding Pumpkin to Your Dog’s Diet

When you think about pumpkins, what comes to mind? Perhaps a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings enters the picture. Maybe small children dressed in adorable costumes dance through your head. There are many situations where the pumpkin is relevant. But did you know that pumpkin is also a wonderful treat for your dog? Adding pumpkin to your dog’s diet carries many benefits, but what are they? Keep reading to find out.

Weight Management

If your dog needs to shed a few pounds, it’s a good idea to add pumpkin to the mix. The pumpkin itself won’t fix the weight problem, but it will make the task of reducing your dog’s girth a lot easier. Talk to your vet about replacing a certain amount of his food with pumpkin. When he eats any bit of pumpkin you set before him, his tummy will feel full. He will be less likely to beg for treats an hour later, saving you money at the pet store. It’s up to you and your vet to develop a plan that works best.

Constipation and Diarrhea Treatment

We all have digestive problems at some point in our lives. That chili dog or egg salad sandwich you had for lunch can leave you feeling less than great for long periods. Believe it or not, dogs get diarrhea and constipation, too. To help your canine companion feel better, add a calculated amount of pumpkin to his normal food. The amount you give him depends on his size and weight. However, keep in mind that pumpkin isn’t medication. If the situation worsens, talk to your vet as soon as possible. Don’t put pet’s health at risk for the sake of experimentation.

A pumpkin is more than something to display on the porch or serve with mashed potatoes. Talk to your vet to learn more about the benefits of pumpkin. A Pause for Paws specialty is following your instructions down to the last detail- so if you do make changes, rest assured we will be able to maintain your new diet routine for all of your pets! Just make sure A Pause for Paws knows about your plan – this lets us treat your pets with the best possible care!

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