10 Benefits of Pumpkin for your Dog

10 Benefits of Pumpkin for your Dog

in The Dish ~ a Blog by the Paw Naturals 'Pet Foodies'

There are so many benefits of feeding pumpkin to your dogs regularly. It’s delicious, nutritious, and an inexpensive way to level up your pet’s diet. From parasites to moisture, Pumpkin has got it all!

So What Does Pumpkin Do for Your Dog?

1. Improves eye health

Vitamin A promotes eye health and is essential to preventing night blindness and other eye illnesses.

2. Is nutrient-rich

Not only does pumpkin have vitamin A, but potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, improves muscle health and helps stabilize  the metabolism

3. Boosts Immune Health

Vitamin C is important for immune health. When combined with vitamin E, A, and other antioxidants it can possibly help in the prevention of certain cancers developing.

4. Aids Skin and Coat Moisture

Many of the nutrients in pumpkin, like Vitamin A and zinc, can improve your pets skin and coat. It causes their skin to be less flaky, their coat to shine and shed less.

5. Seeds Prevent Urinary Incontinence

Pumpkin seeds and flesh have important antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids. These help dislodge kidney stones and aid in the prevention of urinary incontinence.

6. Helps Naturally Control Parasites

Parasites, like tapeworms, can wreak havoc on your pup's digestive system. This causes symptoms such as weight loss, nutrient deficiency, dry skin, and a shabby coat. The amino acid cucurbitacin, which is toxic to many common dog parasites.

7. Aids in weight loss

Due to the high moisture and fiber content, it makes pumpkins a powerful way to help a pet lose weight. Replacing a little of your dog's food everyday with pumpkin can help lose some excess weight

8. Hydration

Dry dog food has a very low moisture content. Adding pumpkin is a great way to add more moisture to their diet in an easy and natural way.

9. Has a Great Taste

Like people, dogs love the rich flavor of pumpkin. Adding honey and cinnamon as well can help entice picky eaters as well!

10. Encourages Digestive Regularity

A sign of good health in a dog is when they’re pooping normally. Adding pumpkin to your dogs diet can soften hard stools and loosen stool if a dog is constipated.


Pumpkin really deserves the title of Super food that it has. Blending the guts and from this year’s Jack-o-lanterns could help your dog!