Pumpkin Benefits For Dogs
Pumpkin is a super food packed with fiber, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, folate, and vitamins A and C.
Note: Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and improves muscle health.
Treating An Upset Stomach
If your pup’s stool is too loose or too hard, pumpkin can be their solution to a calmer stomach.
The fiber found in pureed pumpkin helps treat stomach issues like constipation. Fiber absorbs excess water and binds your dog’s stool, which helps move it through their digestive tract.
Pumpkin is also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which helps lower the risk of eye disease. The Vitamin A in pumpkin helps promote healthy eye sight.
Immune System Boost
The vitamins C, A, E, and antioxidants found in pumpkin can give your Dachshund a healthy immune system boost.
Worms & Parasites
We all know that our cute little dachshunds love to eat poo, roll in poo, eat garbage, etc… Well, sometimes they pick up some undesirable worms and parasites in the process.
When you are scooping out your Jack-O-Lantern this October, make sure to hang onto those precious Pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are not only a nutritious snack for you, but they can actually help get rid of worms and other nasty parasites! Pumpkin contains a high amount of amino acids, called cucurbitacin, which is poisonous to parasites.
How To Make Pumpkin Seed Powder:
- Let your pumpkin seeds dry out.
- Then grind them up into a fine powder using your food processor or coffee grinder.
- Add a teaspoon of pumpkin seed powder to your dog’s food.
- Store this powder in the refrigerator for future use.
- Here is a YouTube video for help with this process from Thriving Canine.
Smooth & Shiny Coat
Does anyone else envy those beautifully groomed doxies in the fancy dog show competitions?
Well, get this, pumpkin can help with that too! The nutrients found in pumpkin (vitamin A and zinc) can help make your dachshund’s coat shine and reduce the amount of shedding and flaky skin.
Dachshunds are more prone to itchy skin issues than other dog breeds. The pumpkin seeds have a hardy dose of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which helps stop itchy dry skin.
Kidney Stones & Incontinence
The omega fatty acids found in pumpkin and pumpkin seeds act as an anti-inflammatory, which can help prevent and dislodge kidney stones. It also can reduce urinary incontinence in your dog.
Pumpkin seeds (seed powder) can lower the calcium levels that promote kidney stone formation in the urine and provide high phosphorus levels which also lowers the risk of stone formation.
Note: If your dachshund has kidney disease, please be aware that pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are very high in potassium and phosphorous. Please consult your vet before adding pumpkin or pumpkin seeds to your dog’s diet.
Digestive System Regularity
If your dachshund is having any issues with constipation, give them a dose of pumpkin to work things out. Pumpkin provides a good amount of fiber to help your dog go potty with ease.
Dachshunds are known for packing on the pounds. Unfortunately, dachshunds go crazy for people food, which causes obesity, health issues, and can lead to a serious spinal disease called IVDD.
As a dachshund parent, it is crucial to help your pup maintain a healthy body weight.
Adding some pumpkin puree to your doxie’s food once in a while can help your dog feel fuller longer. The high amount of fiber and nutrients found in pumpkin puree can help your dachshund stay regular and keep those extra fatty pounds off.
Some dachshunds that only eat ‘dry’ dog food can sometimes suffer from mild dehydration.
If your dog doesn’t take the time to hydrate themselves daily, especially in the hot summer months, they need some extra moisture added to their diet.
Pumpkin contains lots of water! Adding 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog’s food will help keep them more hydrated.
My Dachshund, Reno, had major anal gland issues. He had to get his glands expressed by the vet every month. He was eating high quality dog food, but was missing out on the extra fiber needed to keep the glands cleaned out.
Unfortunately, smaller pups, like the dachshund dog breed, sometimes struggle to express their glands naturally, so they need extra fiber to help them out.
You can use 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree daily when they need some extra fiber to reduce the amount of visits to the vet for gland expression.
My dachshunds absolutely love eating pumpkin with their dog food. They literally do a little dance when pumpkin is added to their meal.
Most dogs love the taste of pumpkin. They get so excited to have something added to their boring daily dog food. Shh…they don’t know it’s super healthy for them.