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Do you want to share some squash with your dog?
You’ll be happy to hear it’s totally fine. Fantastic actually!
Squash comes in several different varieties — none of which are harmful for dogs.
How best to serve squash is the key question when it comes to canines.
First, you should know that feeding it raw is a bad idea.
Cook that squash! It will help your dog to better digest what should be small portions. Then, gradually introduce a bit more if all goes smoothly.
Mixing this healthy veggie in with regular meals is an excellent way to share.
Your Dog Can Eat Squash
This food is a winner. The nutritional value is off the charts!
Cooked It, Never Raw
People generally break down vegetables better than canines. So, it makes sense to cook squash for your dog.
In raw form, it will be tougher on the stomach and may not be properly digested.
Basically, for dogs, the goal is to enable optimal absorption. This, in turn, enables the most health benefits.
Proper Prep For Pets
Obviously you want your dog to safely enjoy this special treat. Well, there’s a bit more than just cooking involved…
Be sure to remove the seeds and skin of squash as these may cause an obstruction.
Then simply cut a modest serving size into sufficiently small pieces based on your dog’s size. Better yet, turn squash into a purée (mashed mush)!
Just Keep It Simple
The point is to keep squash reasonably plain — without unnecessary additions.
Simple makes sense and your dog won’t mind!
That does not mean you can’t make a squash recipe! Keep reading for a specific dish you can whip up!
The healthy attributes of squash are quite extensive, but let’s quickly touch on them here.
What really stands out is the level of vitamin A.
For dogs though, perhaps the best reason to share is for the anti-inflammatory effects.
Arthritic animals could, at least in theory, benefit from having squash in their diet.
The beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and E as well as folate are all great for pets too!
Super Squash Recipe
We’ve recently tried a tasty Butternut squash homemade recipe for our oldest.
He absolutely loved it!
This treat contains eggs, peanut butter and 2 different flours.
It’s really very simple. You simply puree the squash mix and bake it.
Avoid Getting Fancy
Does your dog want whatever squash recipe you prepare?
Again, you have to be selective!
This means preventing your dog from eating a bunch of garlic, salt and questionable spices. These ingredients often go with squash and some of them are off limits.
The Bottom Line
It’s a smart move to feed your dog some squash.
This veggie is seriously nutritious and certainly has its benefits.
Just remember to cook the squash, remove any skin and seeds before cutting it up for easy digestion.
Serve it in combination with regular dog food or, better yet, put together a simple homemade recipe!