When you stand in the grocery store or pet store, you might see several shelves of various types of pet food, but did you know that pumpkins actually have quite a few health benefits for your pet? With the arrival of fall, the pumpkins you see for sale in the grocery store might actually offer you some help with your canine friend, as well as provide a suitable canvas for your jack-o-lantern carving fun.
Not only is pumpkin flesh a valuable addition to your pet’s diet, but you may also receive some benefit from feeding your dog pumpkin seeds as a treat if you’re doing dog obedience training. Here are a few reasons you might want to put pumpkins in your pet’s diet.
Pumpkin Seeds are Terrific for Nutrition
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with healthy micronutrients and are recognized as an excellent food source for humans. They’re also great for your dog and feature nutrients like iron, copper, and Vitamin A. The seeds also have beta-carotene, potassium, and manganese. In addition to this slew of nutrients, there is also some evidence the antioxidants in the seeds may help prevent cancer.
A treat the entire family can share – even your fur baby – are roasted pumpkin seeds. Not only are they delicious as a treat for the kids, but they’re a tasty addition to a pet’s daily treat or reward. Just a few – two or three – is enough to satisfy your pet, as well as provide those excellent essential fatty acids that keep your pet’s fur nice and shiny.
Ensure Urinary Tract Health with Pumpkin Seeds and Flesh
Your dog, as well as any cats you have at the house, can benefit from the natural oils found inside pumpkin seeds and the flesh of the pumpkin. As cats and dogs age, they can develop problems with their bladder and kidneys, and pumpkin seeds are an excellent option for reducing the risk for age-related urinary tract problems.
Use Pumpkin Seeds as a Natural De-Worming Aid
Parasites and worms are a chronic problem for many pets, and it’s difficult to keep these harmful creatures from reproducing inside your dog and creating health problems. Pumpkin seeds actually contain an amino acid known as cucurbitin, which is a toxic substance to parasites and tapeworms. You can mix ground-up pumpkin seeds into your pet’s wet food daily to receive this benefit.
Help with Diarrhea and Constipation
Pumpkin flesh is high in fiber, and feeding pumpkin to your dog can not only help with keeping your pet’s digestion working smoothly to avoid diarrhea, but it can also act as a softening agent to help when your pet has constipation. Just a little pumpkin in your dog’s daily diet can help a great deal to maintain healthy digestion.
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