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8 Reasons to Feed Pumpkin to Your Dog

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on October 11, 2023

We all love pumpkins for their wonderful color, fun carving qualities, and of course, pie! But were you aware of all the wonderful health benefits of the mighty pumpkin?

Here is why veterinarians and dieticians recommend this superfood for your best friend, not just for Halloween, but for any time of the year.


#1 – Weight Management

An estimated 40 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, which potentially impairs the health, mobility, quality of life, and life span of affected pets. Naturally low in fat and high in fiber, pumpkin is an excellent resource in weight management.

#2 – Digestive Support

The soluble and insoluble fiber found in pumpkin is especially good for pooches prone to digestive issues like diarrhea or constipation. This superfood can solve either problem, which means you should always have a can on hand!

Related: 3 Best Pumpkin Seed Supplement for Dogs

#3 – Urinary Health

Pumpkin seeds feature a unique source of Vitamin A, potassium, iron, and beta-carotene, which are believed to support urinary health. One cup of cooked pumpkin actually contains more potassium and fewer calories than a whole banana!

#4 – Immune System Support

Pumpkin is packed with beta-carotene and antioxidants that can promote a healthy immune system in dogs of all ages.


#5 – All-Around Yumminess

Highly palatable, pumpkin naturally entices and satisfies canine cravings. It can really help if you have a dog that is not interested in eating.

Related: 8 Best Dog Foods with Pumpkin

#6 – Texture

Smooth and creamy, pumpkin is a great way to add instant appeal to your pet’s regular meal. Top kibble with a dollop or more of unsweetened pumpkin puree for a rich texture that will be wag-worthy.


#7 – Healthy Baking Made Easy

Interested in making homemade dog treats? Use regular pumpkin or one of these healthy, delicious pumpkin-flavored treats.

#8 –  Allergy Friendly

Pumpkin is not a common allergen, which makes it a great substitute for dogs that are allergic to grains, proteins, fruits, or other vegetables. You can always swap out other ingredients in recipes for pumpkin.

So grab a gourd or two and carve your pup up a healthy snack!


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