3 Ways Pumpkin Can Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

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Published: November 25, 2013
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Can My Dog Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is nutritious for both you and your pup! Click on through to see how pumpkin is healthy for your dog.

*Ed. note: It's always best to consult a veterinarian before giving your pets any "people food".

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1. Urinary Health

Oils found in pumpkin seeds and flesh are believed to support urinary health. Dogs with urinary incontinence, in particular, may benefit from a little pumpkin in their diet. Your dog will thank you for this yummy snack, too!

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2. Digestive Health

Canned natural pumpkin is a great source of fiber and helps with digestive regularity. If your dog is experiencing constipation or diarrhea, mix a tablespoon of pumpkin straight from the can into their normal food. Not only will they love the taste of pumpkin but it may also ease stomach issues.

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3. Weight Management

Is your dog overweight or obese? Ask your veterinarian if replacing a portion of your dog's regular diet with canned pumpkin — which is low in calories — will help your pooch trim the waistline.