Health

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin? 3 Fall Foods for Your Dog

September 16, 2019

The start of fall means enjoying seasonal activities like apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin carving, and eating fall foods! From pumpkin pie to apple cider, fall is full of fun flavors. Did you know your dog can join in the festivities and enjoy certain fall foods? Here are 3 fall foods that are safe for your dog and have natural health benefits for digestion and nutrition.

1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is the quintessential fall food ranging from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin pie. Did you know that you can share your love of pumpkin with your dog too? Dogs can eat cooked, unseasoned pumpkin either fresh or from the can. Plain canned pumpkin is actually better for your dog as it has a higher concentration of fiber and nutrients.

Pumpkin is fiber-rich and contains nutrients like vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese. It is great for digestions and general nutrition. Pumpkin can even be used to help treat dog diarrhea and mild constipation.

When feeding your dog pumpkin, make sure to only feed them pumpkin that has been cooked, peeled, and doesn’t have seasoning. Avoid pumpkin pie filling or anything that has added sugar or salt. This may upset your dog’s stomach and lead to an unwanted trip to the vet.

2. Apples

Whether you’re going apple picking or sipping on hot apple cider, you may be wondering: can dogs eat apples? Yes, they can! Apples are a great source of vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber. Apples are also low in calories and their crunchy texture can help clean your dog’s teeth. Many dogs love the taste of apples since they are sweet.

When feeding your dog apple, cut it up into slices so it’s easy for your dog to eat. Avoid giving your dog the core, as apple seeds contain cyanide and aren’t safe for your dog to ingest. The core and stem can also be a choking hazard. Apples and applesauce can be used in dog-friendly recipes as well, as long as they remain unsweetened.

3. Squash

Fall is a great time for enjoying squash. Dogs can eat squash like zucchini, butternut, and acorn squash. Similar to pumpkin, squash is a fiber-rich food that can help if your dog has an upset stomach. Squash contains lots of fiber and nutrients like vitamin A, C and K. Zucchini squash is low calorie and makes an excellent treat for overweight dogs.

Zucchini is safe for dogs plain raw, steamed, or cooked. Other squashes like butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash should be cooked with the skin and seeds removed. Make sure you’re giving your dog plain, unseasoned squash that has no added salt or spices that could be bad for your dog.

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