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Health Benefits of Pumpkins for Dogs!

Gina with a pumpkin

Quantity of Pumpkin:

According to the North American Companion Animal Formulary, the dose for a cat with constipation is 1 tsp per feeding. Small dogs can receive a comparable amount. For larger dogs, I would start with no more than 2 tsp with each meal. The giants may be able to tolerate up to 5 tsp with each meal. Adjust accordingly to your pet’s size. A warning sign you are overdoing it is if your pet’s stools become orange, larger than usual, and pudding-like in firmness. As far as seeds go, they are to be given in moderation, just like treats. With serious overfeeding, pumpkin seeds getting blocked in the colon has been reported.

Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe:

1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.

2. Place the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet that is lightly misted in non-stick cooking spray.

3. Bake at 325 F until toasted, for around 20-25 minutes. Check and stir every 10 minutes.

4. Cool and store in an air-tight container, and you have a great stock of natural dog treats.

Thank you to Drs. Laci and Jed Schaible for your contribution to this blog. And to Edie Jarolim for permission to re-post from her original blog on the topic.

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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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