Is Pumpkin Safe for Dogs to Eat?
Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner but most importantly it’s Pumpkin Season! Time for pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin patches, pumpkin creamers, pumpkin pie, and basically pumpkin everything! But what about Fido? Is Pumpkin Safe for Dogs to Eat?
We’re all guilty of looking into our dog’s sweet face with those big ol’ eyes and giving in to their demands for table scraps. Some things like sugar, garlic, onion, avocado, raisins, alcohol, and chocolate are extremely harmful for dogs. But other things like peanut butter, oatmeal, yogurt, chicken, salmon, broccoli, green beans carrots, eggs, and pumpkin are great for dogs!.
Pumpkin is safe for dogs to eat, however, it’s best that they don’t eat a raw whole pumpkin or eat too much pumpkin in one day. Natural or organic (non-sweetened/no additives) canned pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin are the safest bet for dogs to consume this yummy fruit. Caution: Too much pumpkin (just like too much of almost anything) can be highly toxic for dogs. Limit to just a couple of teaspoons a day for small dogs and pups, or a couple of tablespoons for large dogs and that should do the trick!
Did you know that many dog foods on the market today contain pumpkin? According to Cesar Milan, pumpkin is “is loaded with fiber and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.” So, it’s highly beneficial to be apart of your dog’s regular diet.
This year, let Fido join in on the season’s festivities and enjoy some pumpkin and try our easy 15 min DIY Pumpkin Peanut butter dog treats recipe.
So that’s the deal on dogs and pumpkin and thanks for reading and feel free to share with fellow animal/pumpkin lovers!