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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.

Related Links:
10 Safe “People Foods” For Your Pet
What to Feed Your Pet
10 Foods Poisonous to Pets

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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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1:54AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you

5:42PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013


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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

3:24AM PDT on Mar 22, 2011


8:10PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

Gigi need pumpkin

6:24AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

This is great information!

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