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Health Benefits of Pumpkins for Dogs!

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Health Benefits of Pumpkins for Dogs!

I live in the pumpkin capital of the country, Half Moon Bay, CA. and have always lived here with dogs. So I was surprised that it wasn’t until last month that I started reading about all of the health benefits of pumpkins for dogs. First I read on our Facebook page for Through a Dog’s Ear that pumpkin can help their digestive system (assuming they don’t eat a 1,535 lb. pumpkin in one sitting.) I checked the ingredients in Sanchez’s Great Life kibble and discovered that pumpkin is the fourth ingredient listed, even before squash, carrots, and papaya. Then I read a blog about the health benefits of pumpkins for dogs by Edie Jarolim, the author of Am I Boring My Dog? (a book I’d highly recommend for it’s educational value on all things dog combined with humor that will leave you in stitches). Her blog included fabulous advice from Veterinarians Laci and Jed Schaible about the health benefits of feeding pumpkin to dogs. Laci and Jed are co-founders of, a 24/7 service that affordably provides pet owners the inside info they need to effectively navigate the consumer side of the vet industry.

While Halloween is over, pumpkins are still plentiful and it’s not too late to stock up on canned pumpkins (without added sugar) for your pooches. While you should consult your veterinarian if any of these issues are persistent, read on for some tips from Veterinarians Laci and Jed Schaible that I learned when reading Edie’s interview with them.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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12:49AM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Pumpkin is great for us and also for our dogs and cats! Thank you.

11:42PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

Dear Lisa, thanks again for sharing; will share with all dog lovers the Health Benefits Of Pumpkins for their dogs; however, some dog owners believe in providing their dogs dry food only for 365 days and my heart goes out to their dogs; again, the life & happiness of a dog depend on its owner; some dog owners also don't believe in providing health supplements to their dogs but I beg to differ because although I don't buy health supplements for myself, I bought many for my late Lorraine darling and upon each yearly check up at the Animal Clinic, the Vet would comment "The blood test results are very good & her organs are in tip top condition; I see you gave Lorraine many health supplements; very good and do keep it up"; like human beings, pets who take health supplements and pets who don't, their health condition and skin & fur will show a big difference; a male Maltese named Wesley in my former neighbourhood looked old, his skin was covered with rashes & his coat yellowish-brownish instead of white and was nick named as Grandpa; my heart went out to him so I bought medicated shampoo for his bath & health supplements for his health, skin & coat; after 3 bottles of the same health supplements, Grandpa turned into a Handsome Young Man!!! And I still keep Wesley photos of BEFORE & AFTER as proof to all dog owners that Health Supplements do make a big difference and also, keep the Vet away like my late Lorraine who was healthy & passed away because

9:38PM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

and not expensive too

1:54AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you

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4:23PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

thanks for that interesting info!

2:50AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

great advice, I have read pumpkin used also for cats with constipation

4:15AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

pumpkins are not just for decorations

8:55PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

thanks for the info

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