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 VetLive.com, 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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