Benefits of Pumpkins

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With Halloween around the corner you may find yourself with an excess of pumpkin. Here are five reasons why you should give some to your dog!
Pumpkin is great for digestive health
The fibrous pumpkin helps to regulate water in the large intestine so amazingly it can be of benefit with both constipation and diarrhea.

Pumpkin seeds can help to deter internal parasites
The amino acid found in pumpkin seeds (cucurbitacin) is toxic to some parasites such as tapeworms. The seeds can be fed ground or as an oil.

Pumpkin can help with urinary health
Pumpkin seed oil can support the muscles surrounding the bladder giving better control to dogs with urinary incontinence and can also reduce the risk of kidney stones.

Pumpkins can help with weight loss
Pumpkins are very low in calories and so are a great option to help your dog feel fuller at dinner time. When reducing your dog’s dinner try replacing it with a little pureed pumpkin so they don’t feel like they’re missing out.
Pumpkins are great for an immune system boost
Pumpkins are full of nutrients, specifically Vitamin A & Vitamin C.

Make sure you don’t use canned pumpkin designed to be used in pumpkin pies. These tend to have salt or sweeteners added which can be very harmful to your dog. To make puree from your halloween pumpkin, cube the flesh and boil until tender. Once drained you can either puree it in a blender or mash with a potato masher.

To prepare the pumpkin seeds, first remove all of the excess pumpkin stuck to the seeds. Next rinse them in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and place a single layer of seeds on top. Bake at 180C for roughly 10-15 minutes. Do not add any salt or oil to the seeds, they should be baked plain and fed ground.
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