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.