Do you have a pet that is curious about that nicely carved pumpkin on your front step this time of year? Although that one may not be the best choice fresh cooked pumpkin, natural canned pumpkin, and pumpkin seeds could be just what your looking for and their is merit in the fact that this vegetable may be one of the ingredients in the better foods for pets. Here is help with some pet ailments:
1. Weight Loss– Pet obesity can be dangerous. Replacing some of the food you give them with some pumpkin can be just the ticket. They get just as full and they even enjoy the added flavor. It also absorbs water in the intestines.
2. Digestive Health– Pureed pumpkin with no added spice or sugar can be of help to your pet with diarrhea and constipation. Add a few tablespoons to their regular food and it can help they remain regular. The amount should be in proportion to their size. Cats may be a little more finicky than a dog but it can help either one.
3. Urinary Health– Pumpkin seeds can be good for healthy fur and skin because of their antioxidants and essential fatty acids. They also have potassium and iron and are excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamin A. They can even lower the likelihood of your pet developing cancer.
4. Immune System– The nutrients found in pumpkin can also help to keep your pets immune system strong. And keeping your animal from getting illnesses can certainly help keep the vet bill down and keep your animal healthy.
Amount to use: For cats one tablespoon per day is the healthy amount. More than that can cause problems too. It can also help with hairballs. For a dog plain pumpkin can help to cure diarrhea. For a small dog one and a half to two teaspoons and for a large dog one tablespoon afew times a week. Be sure to use plain pumpkin and not the pie filling. You can find canned pumpkin in the baking section of any grocery store.
You can also make frozen pumpkin treats by freezing it in a ice cube tray. They can be taken out and stored else where in the freezer. They can be given for digestive problems or as a treat.