Dogs, like humans, are prone to icky tummies for a multitude of reasons and often without warning. If your dog is experiencing symptoms of an upset stomach such as diarrhea, constipation, or intermittent vomiting, a quick trip to the produce section for some pumpkin could do the trick. Surprised? Turns out pumpkins can be used as more than just Halloween décor – they are actually a great remedy for digestive trouble. When prepared simply for your pup, pumpkin can provide the relief and regulation your dog’s stomach needs. This popular autumn squash can also be used to combat weight gain and improve the "good bugs" that live in your dog's digestive tract.
Plus, pumpkin also contains the precursor to vitamin A, which is needed for good vision, so you'll have to keep the pantry door closed when you go to bed and hide those dog treats better!
Recipe: Mashed Pumpkin
This recipe works with either canned or homemade mashed pumpkin (see below). However, if you do buy canned pumpkin, be sure to read the label twice to ensure you purchase plain pumpkin and not pie filling! As good as it might taste, all the sugar in pumpkin pie filling will do far more harm than good on your dog’s digestive tract.
As this recipe only contains one ingredient, it is designed to be a supplement that is added to your pup's normal diet. Below are starting guidelines for how much pumpkin to feed a dog in a day based on their weight. If you find that this remedy is helping, talk to your veterinarian about increasing the amounts:
- 0-15 lbs dog: 1-2 tablespoon
- 15-35 lbs dog: 2-4 tablespoons
- 35 lbs dog or more: 2-5 tablespoons
How to make homemade mashed pumpkin (pumpkin from the can is ready to use):
Choose a small to medium size pumpkin and clean well, removing any dirt. Cook the cleaned pumpkin at 375 °F for 45-60 min (pumpkin should be soft). Remove pumpkin and allow it to sit for 5–10 minutes. Chop pumpkin in half, remove seeds and separate the skin from the flesh. Place hot pumpkin flesh in a food processor or mash by hand or with electric beaters.
When it's cool enough to handle, it's ready to serve!