During the autumn season, there’ll be lots of pumpkins around…
But is it safe for your dog to eat pumpkin?
In this guide, we’ll answer all your pumpkin-related questions.
So, let’s get started.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
Yep. Dogs have no trouble eating pumpkin.
In fact, it can offer several health benefits, too.
But… this doesn’t mean they can eat every pumpkin related product…
Is Pumpkin Good For Dogs?
In most cases, yes… pumpkin can be very good for dogs.
It’s low in calories (so it won’t contribute to weight problems), and its blend of soluble and insoluble fiber means it can be useful for treating both constipation and diarrhea.
Furthermore, it contains plenty of useful vitamins and antioxidants, such as:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
It’s also useful for overweight dogs… because you can use it as a filler in their regular meals.
Most dogs will happily eat the pumpkin mixed with their food, so they’ll feel just as full, but without the same amount of calories.
How Much Pumpkin Can I Give My Dog?
You can add anywhere from 1 to 4 tablespoons to your dog’s food as a diarrhea treatment, according to the American Kennel Club.
But as with any new food, it’s best to start with smaller amounts and see how your dog responds to it.
For small-to-medium breeds, it’s useful to start with around 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of bodyweight.
Can Pumpkin Be Toxic To Dogs?
Fresh, raw pumpkin isn’t toxic to dogs, so they should be safe to eat it.
Of course, you should be extra careful with “pumpkin-flavored products”, as these may contain extra additives that aren’t so healthy.
While the fiber content of pumpkin is generally healthy and beneficial, too much fiber can also cause digestive upset… so moderation is best.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Pie?
No, it’s not a good idea to give your dog pumpkin pie.
Even though pumpkin, by itself, can be healthy… pumpkin pie is usually full of sugar as well, and that’s not good for your dog.
Some pies may also contain unwanted sweeteners like xylitol.
And there could be cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg, which are toxic to dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Puree?
If you’re giving your dog pure pumpkin puree (with no sweeteners or additives) then they should be fine.
But check nutritional labels to make sure there’s nothing unsuitable in there first.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Raw pumpkin seeds are safe for your dog to eat.
In fact, they may offer several health benefits, too.
According to Top Dog Tips, they can help:
- Promote urinary health (due to antioxidants and fatty acids)
- Fight canine parasites
- Provide anti-inflammatory benefits
- Improve cardiovascular health (due to vitamin E and K)
- Protect against benign prostatic hyperplasia
So, adding some pumpkin seeds to your dog’s regular diet can be a great thing to do.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Bread?
While pumpkin is safe for your dog… pumpkin bread is not.
Because it contains several spices and nuts that are toxic.
Specifically, it often contains:
While some of these ingredients are okay in small doses, they’re generally not recommended.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Skin?
No. The skin isn’t necessarily toxic to dogs, but it won’t do them any favors, and it could cause digestive issues.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Pumpkin?
Using canned pumpkin is a great way to give it to your dog (just be sure you’re using 100% pure pumpkin.)
Many dog owners find canned pumpkin works great for diarrhea or constipation issues, so it’s a useful thing to have in the cupboard.
How Can I Give My Dog Pumpkin?
Giving your dog canned pumpkin is an easy option. Some dogs may happily eat it from the spoon, while others will prefer it mixed with their regular wet food.
You can serve pumpkin either raw or cooked.
How To Cook Pumpkin for Dogs
There are many ways to cook and prepare pumpkin for your dog.
Some of the best ways include:
Pumpkin is also great for making homemade dog biscuits.
Simply mix a cup of pureed pumpkin, an egg, two cups of wheat flour, and a tablespoon of honey. You can also throw in some ground pumpkin seeds for good measure.
Whisk the mixture together, roll them, cut them, and bake until they’re crisp.