Can dogs eat pumpkin?
Pumpkin is a fall staple in all of our diets - pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream... the list goes on and on! But can your dog enjoy a pumpkin treat with you? Keep reading to find out:
I'll cut straight to the chase - yes, pure pumpkin is 100% safe for dogs! And not just that, it's actually very good for them.
Pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A which is great for eye health and helps to prevent eyesight related issues like night blindness and general degeneration.
It also contains a lot of Vitamin C, which boosts your dog's immune health. More pumpkin = fewer vet visits.
And it's not just good for the inside, it's great for the outside too! The mixture of Vitamin A, Zinc, and high water content that found in pumpkin help make your pup's fur shine and keeps their skin beautiful and healthy.
So how much pumpkin should I give my dog?
Like all great things, it's best to feed in smaller quantities. While too much pumpkin isn't considered toxic, overwhelming their system with too many of a certain nutrient is never good. The general rule of thumb when feeding pumpkin is 1 tsp of pumpkin per 10 pounds of body weight per day. So for a 30 pound dog, that means no more than 3 tsp of pumpkin each day.
Another VERY important thing to remember is that dogs should only have 100% pure pumpkin - don't mistake this for pumpkin pie filling at the supermarket! Pure pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling look similar at the grocery store, so be sure to read the label and make sure that the can you buy for your dog has no other ingredients besides pumpkin.
This also means that your favorite fall treats are probably not great for them either - this includes pumpkin desserts of all varieties. Too much sugar in your pup can cause dental issues, obesity, hormonal imbalance, and diabetes.