Pumpkin Does Awesome Things for Dogs


Active member
Mar 13, 2014
New Hampshire
Canned pumpkin is great for all kinds of digestive ailments in dogs. While you should definitely look into the underlying cause of your dog’s upset stomach issues, adding pumpkin to their food may help them find their appetite and/or work through whatever is ailing their tummy.
Canned and fresh pumpkin are both high in water content, which can help immensely with constipation. There’s nothing like that soft and smooth pumpkin texture to help work things through the old system!

The great taste of pumpkin can also increase your dog’s appetite if constipation is causing them not to want to eat anything. Do consult your veterinarian, however, concerning other things you can do to help your dog with constipation.
On the other end of the spectrum, pumpkin can help eliminate your pet’s diarrhea issues. It acts as a binder and absorbs extra water in a dog’s digestive tract, causing their stool to be more solid.

Pumpkin also serves to help keep your dog hydrated while they’re working through this issue. But please make sure they’re also drinking plenty of water, and consult your vet if your dog becomes obviously distressed or lethargic.

There is some evidence that pumpkin may help dogs lose weight. Many dog owners have seen improvements in their dogs’ weight by replacing a portion of their food with canned pumpkin. Please consult your veterinarian to make sure this is safe for your dog and to find out how much pumpkin (and how much of their normal food) you should be feeding them.
Digestion and weight loss are far from the only ways you can improve your pet’s health and happiness with the help of canned pumpkin. As he or she ages, you’re likely to begin spotting more and more ways this soft and vitamin-rich food is a useful staple you can put in your pet’s food dish. Below, check out four other ways your doggo might benefit from a diet that includes pumpkin.

As we mentioned before, pumpkin is great for hydration, which can help when your dog has diarrhea. But if you’re having trouble getting your pet to consume enough liquids for whatever reason, pumpkin might be able to help. Again, contact your vet to ask about what else you can do, as dehydration is a dangerous issue, particularly in the summer months.
“Canned pumpkin sometimes is recommended by veterinarians for its soluble fiber content,” says Dr. Tony Buffington, DVM, who holds a PhD in animal nutrition. “Canned pumpkin is 90% water, so it is quite nutrient dilute. It adds mostly water and a little soluble fiber to pet foods.”

Humans don’t generally think of pumpkin as a superfood, but the truth of the matter is that it’s low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber and vitamins. Pumpkin is chock-full of beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

As previously mentioned, many dogs love pumpkin and will appreciate it as a treat even if they’re not sick. It can even be put into a Kong to bind other smaller treats together and keep them from falling out of the toy too easily.

For older dogs, dogs with poor appetites, and dogs with trouble chewing or swallowing, pumpkin is also a softer and tastier food that will help get them eating again.
There is not a great deal of research to support other uses for pumpkin as they relate to dogs, but some anecdotal evidence suggests that feeding your dog canned pumpkin may improve their coat condition and skin health, as well as their immune systems. Some people have even claimed canned pumpkin helped with their dogs’ urinary tract health.

It seems there’s a whole host of other things pumpkin might secretly be able to help your pet with. Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide pet insurance, says, for example, “It’s particularly good for preventing hairballs.”
If you want to feed canned pumpkin to your dog, make sure it’s the right product first. Most grocery stores sell canned pumpkin right next to pumpkin pie filling, and the packaging often looks suspiciously similar. You should not feed your dog pumpkin pie filling, as it usually contains sugar and spices that might be harmful to your pet. Make sure your canned pumpkin is just pureed pumpkin and nothing else.



Pet care and Pet Health
Sep 10, 2019
Costa Mesa
Pumpkin can help treat a slew of ailments from digestive issues to eliminating intestinal worms to giving your pup a shiny, healthy coat. The best part is, pumpkin can be given all year round to help your four-legged friend stay healthy and happy even when it isn't the fall season.