Welcome to another Kibble Topper Tuesday, where each week the BarkChef team will focus on a different, excellent ingredient to help supplement your dog’s kibble. This week, we’re talking about pumpkin, AKA miracle food for your dog.
Pumpkins are rich in fiber and beta-carotene, an antioxidant which your dog’s body converts into vitamin A. Pumpkins are also bursting with nutrients like zinc, iron, and potassium, which help round out your dog’s overall nourishment. Additionally, because these gourds are fibrous but low in fat, they’ll fill up your pup’s tummy without adding on the pounds and can help with weight management if your pooch seems to be getting plump.
You can feed Scruffy a couple of spoonfuls of this doggy superfood from a can of 100-percent pumpkin puree – NOT pumpkin pie mix. You’ll want to make sure the pumpkin is organic and without any added sugars. If you have a small pupper, start with just a couple of teaspoons. If he’s bigger, he can probably handle tablespoon sized helpings. You can mix it in with Buddy’s kibble or put a couple dollops on top of his food.
Raw and cooked pumpkin is also good for dogs to eat, but feeding Fido pumpkin from the can has the same amount of nutrients as fresh pumpkin and will probably make your life easier. If you do choose to give your woofer fresh pumpkin, you can feed him the seeds too if you’re sure to clean and roast them first.
Pumpkin is high in fiber and water content, making it great for your dog’s digestive tract. Another benefit of feeding your dog pumpkin is it can help with diarrhea, constipation or an upset stomach. However, if your pup has a preexisting medical condition, pumpkin won’t do the trick for helping with these less-than-pleasant situations. If Buddy has a persisting issue, you should consult with your veterinarian to find the root of the problem before feeding him pumpkin.