Canned pumpkin for dogs can be a fun—and healthy—treat for many pups. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby shares the health benefits of canned pumpkin along with how it can help manage some cases of constipation and diarrhea. As an added bonus, she also gives you a recipe for pumpkin dog treats that are sure to make your dog’s tail wag.
Recently, a client mentioned to me that she was making pumpkin bread and her Toy Poodle, Toby, kept staring at her with his big, brown eyes. She could tell that he was enjoying the smell of pumpkin as much as she was. He obviously wanted a taste of whatever smelled so good. So she asked me about making pumpkin treats for Toby.
I thanked her for asking, explained a bit about the benefits of pumpkin for dogs, and gave her my favorite pumpkin dog treat recipe. (You’ll find at the end of this article.)
The next time I saw her, she told me that she’d made the treats and Toby gave them an enthusiastic “four paws up.” (She also said she didn’t feel nearly as guilty eating her pumpkin bread once Toby had a pumpkin treat of his own.)
This conversation made me realize that the various uses of canned pumpkin for dogs would make a perfect blog post topic. So let’s dive into my client’s questions about canned pumpkin in more detail.
In that category, this canned pumpkin got an enthusiastic thumbs up from both our Vice President of Canine Food Testing and our readers in general: Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin.
Health benefits of feeding your dog pumpkin
Libby’s 100 Pure Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Beta-carotene is a type of antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals.
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are important for healthy skin and vision in dogs.
Vitamin C is also essential for dog health because it helps the body produce collagen—a protein that’s important for healing wounds and maintaining healthy bones, teeth, gums, and cartilage.
Pumpkins are also an excellent source of potassium—a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure in dogs as well as maintain fluid balance within the body.
The recommended daily intake for adult dogs (depending on their size) ranges from 1,500to 5,000 mg per day.
How much canned pumpkin can I give my dog?
How Much Pumpkin Should I Give My Dog? Add one to four pumpkin tablespoons per meal to your dog’s diet. Always start with small quantities to avoid adding too much fiber.
You’ll be happy to hear that pumpkin is not only healthy for dogs but it also has very practical uses!
Pumpkin has an amazing ability to ease constipation, diarrhea and upset stomach. This veggie will settle down a tummy and it works for animals too.
That’s right! Pumpkin will add bulk to your dog’s stool. It’s a soothing, time-tested digestive tract remedy for both people and their pets.
Can dogs eat 100 pure pumpkin in a can?
Is Libby’s 100 pure pumpkin the same as pumpkin puree?
Is Libby’s pumpkin pie mix okay for dogs?