Benefits of Pumpkin 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 diarrhea and 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 other antioxidants found in pumpkin can give your dachshund a healthy boost to their immune system. Antioxidants will give those nasty cancer cells the boot!
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 regularity (normal amount of daily poo) 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. Can you blame them? They love food!
Unfortunately, dachshunds go crazy for people food, which causes obesity, health issues, and can lead to Disk Diseases like IVDD.
As a dachshund parent, it is crucial to help your doxie maintain a lower body weight in order to keep them healthy.
Adding some pumpkin to your dog’s food can help keep your dog feeling full.
The high amount of fiber and nutrients found in pumpkin can help your dachshund stay regular and keep those extra fatty pounds off their delicate backs.
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 dogs, like the dachshund breed, sometimes struggle to express their glands naturally, so they need extra fiber to help 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.
Firm Up Supplement: I also have tried the pumpkin supplement called Firm Up to help when I’m traveling or just don’t have a can of pumpkin in my pantry handy.
Firm Up is a dried pumpkin blend that supports regularity and reduce anal gland issues. It is made and packaged in the USA and can be found on Amazon: Firm Up Super Supplement for Dogs.
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, it is like a special treat for them. Shh…they don’t need to know its super healthy for them.