Although you may feed your pup high quality kibble, there is so much more that we can do to supplement our pet’s diets to ensure that they receive the best nutrition possible. One of the things we can do, is to supplement their meals with fresh, organic foods, such as unsweetened pumpkin puree.
What Makes Pumpkin Puree so Healthy
Pumpkin puree is an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and E. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants. It is rich in fiber, iron, zinc and potassium. It further contains essential fatty acids, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene.
Pumpkin is not only very healthy for humans, it also offers our pet’s a variety of health benefits, such as the following:
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
One of the biggest problems with dry kibble is that it is very high in protein, but most of the nutrients are lost during the manufacturing process. Thus, although we may think that our pups are eating very healthy, they may not be getting sufficient nutrition. Kibble and/or an imbalanced (unhealthy) diet can lead to weight gain and obesity in dogs.
To help our pups lose the excess weight is not easy and we are sometimes forced to resort to a specially formulated diet, which promotes weight loss. This is not only costly, but it would take our pup some time to shed the excess weight. Putting our pup on a diet is not easy, as our biggest fear as pet owners, is that we do not want to see our pups go hungry.
However, pumpkin offers a brilliant solution! Most dogs love the taste of pumpkin and pumpkin is an excellent aid for weight loss. Pumpkin is not only low in fat, but high in fiber. Thus, by supplementing their food with unsweetened pumpkin puree, they will not feel hungry, they will be eating healthy, consuming less calories and they will lose weight at the same time.
You can substitute a portion of your pup’s dry kibble with a portion of organic unsweetened pumpkin puree. However, you would need to ensure that you substitute the correct amount, depending on the size of your furry friend. It would be best to discuss this with your local Veterinarian or you may invest in some of PetsWell Pantry’s organic pumpkin puree and we can offer you some professional guidance.
Healthy Digestive System
The benefits of fiber are well known to most of us and the most popular benefit is that fiber is very good for the digestive system. The same applies to our pets and because pumpkin is high in fiber, it is very beneficial to their digestive health, as it restores gut mobility. It is also very beneficial in the treatment of chronic intestinal and colon issues. By supplementing their food with unsweetened pumpkin puree, this can help keep their tummies regular.
Because pumpkin also has a high water content, it makes it an excellent remedy to aid in constipation and diarrhea. It can also help to prevent constipation. However, if you pup is suffering from an underlying medical condition, pumpkin may then not ease your pup’s constipation or diarrhea. In such an instance, it would be advisable to take your pup to your local Veterinarian.
Healthy Urinary Tract
Some Veterinarians believe that the oils found in the pumpkin’s flesh, as well as in pumpkin seeds, supports the urinary health of dogs and that it is very beneficial in the treatment of urinary infections.
Healthy Skin and Coat
Anecdotal evidence indicates that pumpkin expels parasites and because pumpkin contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it is also believed to contribute to a healthy skin and coat. Pumpkin seeds are also very high in antioxidants and fatty acids and can be used to effectively treat worms and internal parasites.
However, the best way to give your pup pumpkin seeds would be to roast them, then grind them up and you may add a sprinkle over your pup’s regular food. But, do ensure not to add anything to it, such as salt. Remember that the natural route is the best to go!
Additional Benefits of Organic Pumpkin
Because of pumpkin’s high fiber content, it helps to slow down digestion, thus allowing your pup to feel fuller for longer. The flesh of the pumpkin contains Vitamin A and Vitamin A is also known to aid the vision. Vitamin C is well known for boosting the immune system. Thus, safeguarding our pups from disease. However, Vitamin C can also contribute to healthy joints.
We are all well aware of the benefits of Antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which is known to slow the ageing process. To further add to the list of benefits, pumpkin seeds contain amino acids, such as cucurbitin, which can help to eliminate internal parasites and tapeworms. Zinc also contributes to a healthy skin and coat.
So, now that you know of all these wonderful benefits, you can gladly supplement your pup’s meals with some organic pumpkin puree and he or she will love you for it… Just remember to stick to the unsweetened type!
Love, The PetsWell Team
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