Pumpkin – a trick or treat for your pup?

Is pumpkin good or bad for your pet?

Pumpkin! Pumpkin! Pumpkin! I admit it! I’m now caught up in the craze and find myself addicted to pumpkin everything! Candles, pie, and now… coffee!

Perhaps those aren’t the healthiest forms of pumpkin, but pure pumpkin (without additives and sweeteners) can not only offer a few amazing health benefits for us humans, but our dogs, too.

The important thing to remember is that canned, natural pumpkin is what you’re looking for when it comes to your dogs.

A friend of mine makes the most delicious bite-sized pumpkin pup cakes that her and every dog goes crazy over! When I make my Aunt Amy’s Fur Baby’s Biscuits, pure natural pumpkin is a mainstay ingredient for many a batch of treats.

According to Petmd.com:

+ 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.

+ 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!

+ 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.

Another great article about the pros and cons of pumpkin and your pup is from my friend Fidose of Reality (http://fidoseofreality.com/bewitching-powers-dangers-pumpkin-dogs/).

Whatever you decide concerning your pup, always consider their best interest and check with your vet first.

Also, don’t forget to hide the toxic chocolate, candies, candles, glow sticks and other festive Halloween tricks that dogs can mistake for treats.