Pumpkin Isn’t Just For People

Boxer dog with pumpkin and autumn leaves

Pumpkin isn’t just for people who wear yoga pants

Even before the weather got brisk or the trees lost their leaves we knew fall was coming. Why? Because pumpkin is EVERYWHERE. Lattes, candles, baked goods, and even body wash has succumbed to the sweet, cinnamon-y trend…Newsflash! Pumpkin isn’t just for people! We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Pumpkin has been in our pantries long before girls in overpriced yoga pants and trendy fur boots made it cool. Know why? Because we know pets’ bellies, that’s why.

Pumpkin for pets

What we’re trying to say is that all-natural canned pumpkin (or raw fresh pumpkin) is a huge aid in digestive issues because it’s naturally high in fiber so it helps with both constipation and diarrhea.

A teaspoon or two of that in your dog’s or cat’s food over the course of a couple of days should help soothe their digestive system and get those bowels moving the right way.

Pumpkin also boasts other vitamins, like A and C for eye health and immunity, as well as zinc for their skin.

But it’s incredibly important you pay close attention to the can and make sure it’s all natural pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling or anything with added fat, sugars, or spices.

Pro-Tip: If your pet’s overweight, talk to your vet about supplementing a portion of their diet with pumpkin, It’s not only loaded with health benefits, but it’s low in calories! It also tastes great and  they’ll feel full longer.

For our festive Fall do-it-yourselfers, here’s a quick homemade pumpkin treat recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl combine:
2.5 cups whole wheat flour (substitute brown rice flour for gluten free treats)
2 eggs
¾ cup pumpkin puree
3 tbsp all natural peanut butter.
Once combined, roll out dough and cut into preferred shape. With about ½’’ between the treats, bake for 30 minutes.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin treat recipe?  We’d love you to share it on our facebook page!

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