Can I Give My Dog Pumpkin?

Can I Give My Dog Pumpkin?Some people give their dogs pumpkin to clear up constipation among other health benefits. Lots of folks with pets will absolutely swear by it!

The vegetable known as pumpkin is, at the very least, an innocuous way to settle down your dog’s digestive system. This includes bouts of diarrhea and upset stomach. Besides that, pumpkin is nutritious.

It’s a go-to food for providing lubrication and extra bulk while it also has a soothing effect upon the entire process of digestion. No doubt, it’s a good way to help your dog out through a tough time without using potentially dangerous prescriptions, laxatives or over-the-counter medications.

Can I Give My Dog Pumpkin? Answer: Yes

It’s a time-tested wide-ranging natural remedy that’s been confirmed to be highly effective.

As an added bonus, most dogs seem to enjoy the taste of pumpkin. When your best buddy is sick, they may be finicky about their normal dog food. In such a case, some pumpkin may really do the trick. Just be sure to keep it all-natural, a serving that contains no added seasonings. Both Nummy Tum Tum and the Fruitables brand are highly recommended because they are organic and specially formulated pumpkin puree for pets.

Pumpkin pie filling or other desserts containing pumpkin are less likely to achieve the same benefits.

The Secret Weapon

Don’t get carried away with feeding pumpkin to your best buddy. Dogs need meat-based protein as their mainstay. Consider that if you feed them this wonderful vegetable too often, it may not have the same effect on improving digestion when it’s really needed! Save it for when it will have a very beneficial effect or you can just mix some in with their regular dog food. An occasional pumpkin treat for Fido works too.

For Constipation & Diarrhea

If you see your dog straining to go number-2, obviously that’s a sign that they may have constipation. Small droppings or hard and very dry stools are also symptoms. Such problems can actually reduce your dog’s appetite, after all they’re backed up. In any case, a pumpkin’s fiber and bulk can help your constipated dog.

In fact, you can just as effectively treat a case of diarrhea using pumpkin. It cannot, however, ensure their hydration during such a vulnerable time. It’s important to make sure your dog is getting enough water because dehydration is actually a common cause of constipation, especially for dogs. On the flip side, diarrhea will lead to a dehydrated doggie.

Pumpkin & Weight Loss

Besides canine digestion, pumpkin is an excellent diet regulator for weight loss. The reason for this is because pumpkin has the effect of making your dog feel more full than they really are!

Waiting Game Alternative

Some people are of the opinion that a straining dog or one experiencing loose stools isn’t really out of the ordinary or terribly serious, unless it happens over a long period. It’s true that their systems often stabilize on their own and things go back to normal.

Perhaps, by the time you give them with pumpkin, and it makes its way through their system, they may have been fine anyway. So pumpkin could give the illusion of great a remedy in action. Sometimes you just don’t know but pumpkin is a winner in our opinion.

When to Call a Vet

If your dog often experiences constipated or diarrhea and it’s recurring, even after giving them some pumpkin, it’s time to at least call a vet. Your veterinarian will ask a series of questions to help you determine what the cause of the problems may be. A full diagnosis could be needed in which case they’ll ask you to bring them in so they can check them out in person.

Conclusion on Pumpkin

You can give your dog some pumpkin and it’s a great choice when used properly. All-natural pumpkin may be the best food for dogs when digestive trouble surfaces. It really could provide some soothing relief while normalizing your best buddy’s bowel movements. No doubt, it can be a nutritious and healthy fix for diarrhea and constipation among other health benefits mentioned above. It is definitely worth a shot!

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Sophia August 23, 2015

I have a 2 year old Frenchie with a sensitive stomach and allergies. He eats Wellness Grain-Free Puppy mixed with pumpkin every other day. This particular brand of food is the only one he can tolerate. Before his stools were slightly runny and too soft. We changed him to Wellness and his stool became firmer, soft but better shape-wise. It still wasn’t enough so I researched pumpkin. It works and I never stopped using it. He gets a tablespoon, every other day, mixed in with his dry food.

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Dominika April 12, 2015

We have a 5+ year old English Bulldog. She has skin issues and other allergies. We thought we found a good prescription diet from the vet about a year ago but didn’t know that the food was very low in fiber. We did notice an improvement overall with her skin. Also she wasn’t wasting as much of the food and thought it was because it was a better quality. In fact, it was backing her up which then led to stomach issues and uncontrollable drooling, like she was poisoned.

We’ve been stressed trying to get all this under control for her. We have made many visits to the vet to the tune of $4,000 last year. I begged them for an enema for her. They reluctantly prescribed a stool softener. She now is coming off the vet food and onto a grain-free product that I add water to. I’ve reduced her kibble because she’s not an overly active dog. Who am I kidding, she’s a couch potato.

I give her 100% pure pumpkin, a heaping tablespoon, and add warmish water so that it’s soupy with some pumpkin on top. This is so she’s not just drinking the pumpkin, but getting some more pumpkin which she loves thankfully! It’s a very stressful problem for owners trying to help their animals. While I am an advocate of vets, I remember they are in business and I’m not an ATM. Hope this helps!

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Rose March 8, 2015

Our puppy has bad diarrhea. He was diagnosed with giardia which we are now treating. I gave him an ice cubes worth of pure organic pumpkin, which he loves, and it literally worked over night! We had tried everything for 3 weeks to no avail. The vet originally thought it was his food bugging him since he hadn’t even been outside yet, so we hadn’t tested for Giardia until today.

After giving it to him last night, his stool was solid this morning, as was his second this afternoon. We are thrilled to now know the underlying issue as well as a way to firm it up for easy cleaning. I highly recommend to use this along with veterinary care. I highly support natural methods, but just make sure you treat both the disease and the symptoms.

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Johanna Kershaw October 17, 2012

Two of my Chihuahuas suffer from anal gland problems. I have started giving them canned pumpkin every day. It is very expensive. I bought Metamucil but haven’t given it to them recently. I have introduced more vegetables into their food such as broccoli and cauliflower. They have always eaten apples and raw carrots.

One of my dogs has put on a lot of weight since she has been neutered. I have cut down her food and give her more vegetable but she hasn’t lost any weight. She is lazy and most times just plunks herself down and refuses to move and I end up carrying her. Can you help?

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Terri March 3, 2013

I have a Chihuahua/Terrier mix who is 91 pounds so I can give you a few tips. Small breed dogs are known for having anal gland issues. Basically, you need to keep them drained every couple of months (perhaps more, it depends). I’m not sure if giving them Metamucil is a good idea. Instead, you want to increase their fiber intake as it will help with bowl movements and also with their glands becoming impacted.

Try introducing a teaspoon of Bran Buds. Most common reason dogs scoot (drag their butts across the carpet) is because their glands are full and it’s a bit uncomfortable for them. Typically, most dogs can drain their own just with going poo, but some need a little extra help. The Bran Buds will help keep the stool firm and that should aid it the glands not becoming full (at least not as often).

As far as weight goes, try diet dog food. Speak to your vet and/or even your local pet store about what is a good choice for a dog with weight issues and not so energetic. You could just walk her lots (even if she doesn’t want to go) don’t let her have the opportunity to choose as obesity in animals is very bad for their health. Even perhaps put her on a treadmill going slow for a few minutes every other day. Fruits and vegetables are good for them so long as you stay away from certain ones. Grapes, raisins are very bad for dogs and cause Renal failure (kidney failure). Limit the fruit you do give, as it still contains sugar and calories but as far as vegetables, they are good to go!

Just do a little research about healthy food choices for your pet but fiber is a big thing and if you get on a routine of daily doses, you should see improvement in the anal gland function.

Hope this helps a bit. I’m not a professional on any health issues. If you have any serious concerns, it’s best to see your local vet before introducing anything new to you pet’s diet or embarking on any big changes regarding their food. Good luck!

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Mrs. Blacketer November 12, 2013

I also have Chihuahua’s my oldest little guy (Boo) started having problems with constipation. After a couple of days I began to worry about him. I called my vet he recommended an enema and starting him on pure pumpkin.

My husband had already picked up a couple cans of canned dog food since this usually gives him diarrhea. We went in picked up the enema from the vets office. Which I had to administer 2 different times an hour apart. After giving him the enema we gave him about half a can of food. These are the small cans so that isn’t too much for his size. Within a half hour he finally went to the bathroom. It wasn’t a lot but at least he had a bowel movement.

The next day we got the pumpkin, now we’re feeding him 1 tsp. of pumpkin, 1/3 can of canned food mixed with about 1 tbsp. of crushed dry food each morning. He’s 7 years old and a little on the chubby side so the vet has him on food for his weight.

He’s now going regular and not straining the way he was before. He’s really good about not over eating so I leave him some dry food out along with his water during the day.

I’ve breed and showed dogs for years and usually know what to do for them when such things come up. Although I would like to stress to anyone when your dog is having problems it’s always best to consult your vet first. For us treating our pet’s health is a guessing game. No one knows our dogs health better than our veterinarian.

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