In 2000 my dog, Reed, needed surgery, but was a tad too plump for a successful recovery to ensue. The surgery was scheduled in four weeks, so we needed to work fast to shed his extra pounds. More exercise was not the answer since she had a herniated disc. The surgeon at CSU had the answer, pumpkin. We reduced the amount of food Reed normally ate, and replaced that amount with canned pumpkin. Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber (and other vitamins and antioxidants) so it gives your dog a sense of fullness while keeping the waistline slim and trim.
Fast forward 16 years, and we are still sharing Dr Smith’s advice to Struttin Pup customers. As we approach pumpkin season, we wanted to share some other benefits that pumpkin can offer your dog in addition to the tried and true weight loss trick!
- Digestive Issues – Whether your dog is suffering from constipation or diarrhea, pumpkin can help! Because of its’ high fiber content, pumpkin helps with digestive regularity.
- Overall Health/Urinary Health – Did you know that dogs can eat raw pumpkin seeds? While we suggest you feed them one at a time or crush them in your dog’s food, they’re worth feeding. The oils found in pumpkin seeds and flesh are believed to help with urinary incontinence. Plus they’re high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Potassium and Iron, which can help prevent cancer and support the immune system.
- Moisture – Most pets (especially those on a dry kibble diet) are deficient in moisture. Because our favorite fall fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit not a vegetable) is 90% water, this will help your pet’s hydration levels.
- Worms – Yes, you read that right. Worms. Raw, organic pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid, cucurbitin, which rids worms from the digestive track. For a great “how to” article, check this out: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/pumpkin-seeds-natural-worms-dogs/
- Weight Management – Pumpkin is the answer to the number one most asked question, “How can I help my dog lose weight”. It’s so easy to help your dog drop a few pounds quickly. Simply reduce the amount of dog food your dog normally eats and replace it with canned pumpkin. For example, say that your pup normally eats 1 cup at each meal. We would recommend starting with 3/4 cup of food + 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin instead. The number two most asked question, after we explain how to use pumpkin for your dogs’ weight loss, is “Will it work for me?!” But that’s a topic for another blog!
Join us for:
This Friday, September 23rd, 4-6pm, we are celebrating the launch of Struttin Pup’s FREE online recipe book. Stop by for a tutorial on how to stuff your dog’s toys with healthy and natural foods to give them a long lasting treat. There will be discounts for stuffable toys, giveaways and a free stuffings bar where you can stuff your own toy and take it home.
And in honor of pumpkin season, we’ll have the ingredients for a BONUS pumpkin recipe.