We love it when animals are able to join the festivities, and fall is no exception! Pumpkin is one of several foods that are popular this season, so you may wonder if it’s safe for pets to eat. The answer is a qualified yes. Not only is it safe for pets, but the proper amount and type of pumpkin can be good for their digestion. When considering giving pumpkin to your pet, you should know the benefits and the proper way to feed it to them.
Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets
Pumpkin is rich in nutritional value and can be a great food to implement into your pet’s diet. Pumpkin is high in fiber, which can be used to treat constipation and diarrhea. The superfood is also enriched with vitamins A, C, and E plus iron, which can help support your pets’ internal systems.
How to Feed Pumpkin to Your Pets
If you and your family are carving out pumpkins and your furry friend wants to sample some of the scraps, don’t let them! Raw pumpkin can be hard on your pet’s stomach, which can lead to very bad gas or inflamed intestines. Processed or organic pureed canned pumpkin (without the spices and sugar added) is an excellent source to give to your furry friend, plus it has the added advantage of dissuading coprophagia (Also known as stool-eating – that’s a blog for another day.) If you would rather give your furry friend pumpkin in a less messy form, Jeffers offers several pumpkin-based biscuits and treats. See some below.
Popular Safe Pumpkin Products
How Much Pumpkin Should Your Pet Eat?
The amount of canned pumpkin you can safely feed your pet is largely based on their size. Check out this handy guide below:
- Cats and Dogs under 10 lbs. can consume 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of pumpkin per day
- Dogs and Cats between 10 and 60 lbs. can consume 1 tablespoon of pumpkin per day
- Dogs over 60 lbs. can consume 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of pumpkin per day
Measure carefully to ensure that you have given the proper amount.
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Halloween should be a time for the entire family to enjoy, including your pets! Here is an infographic for you to share with your friends and family to help keep your pets safe for the holiday!
If you have more questions about pumpkin or other foods to give your pet, feel free to contact our Canine and Pet Product Specialist, Renee Jones. You can reach her normally Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm CST at 1-800-533-3377 x 381 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information given here is meant to be helpful and educational. It is in no way intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a licensed veterinarian.
Last Updated on October 1, 2020 by Rachel Champion