Pumpkin, seeds, and flesh are loaded with lots of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese and can help your dog feel his best. Vitamin A helps aid in vision and helps jump-start skin’s renewal process. Beta Carotene plays an essential role in cancer prevention, while potassium is important to both cellular and electrical functions of the body. But remember, too much Vitamin A can be toxic for dogs – so limit pumpkin to a couple of teaspoons daily for little dogs and a couple of tablespoons for bigger dogs.
Diarrhea or Constipation:
Pumpkin is rich in fiber and can help aid in your dog’s diarrhea or constipation. When diarrhea begins, feed a diet of rice, pureed pumpkin and boiled chicken.
For Pureed Pumpkin:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds and pulp
- Cover each half with foil and bake for 1 hour or until tender
- Scrape meat from shell and puree in the blender
- Store in refrigerator
Skin and Coat:
Pumpkin seeds are rich in essential fatty acids and help hydrate and moisturize your dog’s coat from the inside out. Here is a quick DIY:
- Lightly coat baking sheet with olive oil
- Roast seeds at 375 for about 6-10 minutes
- Cool and grind up the seeds. Store in airtight container (in a refrigerator for longer shelf life)
- Add 1/2 tsp daily for every 10 pounds of dog’s weight
Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which can help act as a natural de-wormer. Tapeworms and intestinal parasites become paralyzed when they come in contact with cucurbitin. Make a powder and feed 3 times a day:
- Grind up fresh seeds until they have become powder
- Mix a 1/4 to 1 tsp of powder into dog food (3 times a day, depending on size)
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
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