It’s that time of year when pumpkins abound. Even before fall begins officially, they appear in your local grocery stores, general stores, and nurseries, ready to be used as décor, carved, and consumed. They’re a fun symbol of a great time of year, coming in all shapes, sizes, and latte flavors. Of course, we’re not the only ones who like these plants.
Pumpkin can be good for your pets, too.
While you don’t want to feed your pet a pumpkin spiced latte or other sweet, raw pumpkin has its benefits for pets. Pure, untreated pumpkin can help with your dog’s digestion, and sometimes your cat’s, too. This is becoming somewhat common knowledge because pet owners, including new ones, quickly become all too familiar with the variety of stomach upsets their pets can experience.
If your pet has diarrhea, or difficulty passing a stool, a dash of pumpkin could be the right tool. Many pet owners keep a can of plain, unsweetened pumpkin around for just such an occasion. Pumpkin contains soluble fiber that can aid your pet’s passing of the tough stool, or soak up excess water that is causing diarrhea. Thus, pumpkin can be a great treatment for some simple tummy troubles.
Not all stomach issues call for a trip to the vet. In fact, if your pet has stomach problems, talk to your vet and ask about pumpkin, and he or she may suggest you try it to find out if it helps before bringing your pet into the office. Of course, if there are other problematic signs in addition to the stool problems, you’ll want to bring your pet in for a checkup immediately.
A final benefit is that most pets enjoy the taste of pumpkin. It is likely that you’ll find you have no trouble getting your pet to eat it. However, if you do, it’s easily mixed in with regular food.
If you have more questions about how to use pumpkin in your pet’s diet, contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals, and have a great fall season with your pet.