With Halloween just around the corner and spooky carved pumpkins forming the centrepiece of ANY Halloween party worth its salt…did you know that pumpkin has super-powers for our four-legged friends and any left overs once the scooping out and carving has been completed can be put to good use?
Pumpkin, in its raw state, is a low calorie, highly nutritious, healthy dog treat, that, for our canine friends, is highly regarded for its many benefits including:
- Settling upset tummies,
- Aiding digestive issues
- Regulating weight
- Helping with the ageing process
- Even helping to eliminate intestinal worms
..Plus it’s a great all-rounder for keeping their coats shining and joints healthy by boosting their immune system
We’d suggest preparing it as follows:
The seeds are full of antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals. They are also a rich form of lipids. These can be ground down and sprinkled over food or whole as a treat.
- Clean the seeds under cold running water to remove the stringy bits of flesh, spread out on a baking tray and bake at 150C for 10-15 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Either grind up and give one teaspoon over food 2-3 times a week
- Or give 1 or 2 whole seeds as a treat each day
(Dried pumpkin seeds will last 1 month in an airtight tub)
Can be served as chunks, mashed or pureed.
- Cube the peeled flesh and put it into a steamer for 10-12 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Mix into existing food (2 teaspoons per day for puppies, 2 tablespoons per day for adult dogs)
Great for diarrhoea, upset stomach (pumpkin is a good source of fibre, vitamins A, C, E, potassium and iron. The pumpkin helps slow down digestion by bulking the dog’s poop).
Amazingly it’s also great for when your dog is struggling to ‘go’, the fibre helps ease things along – just feed the ratios mentioned above.
It’s great to know that not only is pumpkin a tasty treat, it’s also a healthy, natural alternative to help keep our pups in top notch condition.
Have you tried your dog with pumpkin before? What did they think?
Laura & Dolly x