Explaining whether dogs can eat pumpkin

WITH Halloween fast approaching, we look at whether we can feed our furry friends pumpkin.

This wonderful vegetable is safe for humans to eat, but is the same for dogs?

Pumpkin is a superfood for humans and dogs

Pumpkin is a superfood for humans and dogsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Can dogs eat pumpkin?

Dogs can eat pumpkin. In fact, it’s encouraged they do.

The orange stuff is a superfood for dogs, according to Pets WebMd.

It has all the micronutrients and fibre that make it a nutrition-busting meal for our four-legged pals.

It also is a natural stomach soother and has been proven to remove excess water in a dog’s digestive tract.

Pet owners typically give their dogs pumpkin when their pet has diarrhea.

The vegetable is packed with vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals like iron and potassium and are jammed with prebiotics – which help important bacteria in the digestive tract.

Plain canned pumpkin can be the most convenient and healthiest choice for your dog, according to the American Kennel Club.

Dogs can eat pumpkin seeds as well as cooked or raw pumpkin.

How much pumpkin can dogs have?

If your dog has diarrhea, add between 1 and 4 teaspoons of pumpkin or pumpkin powder to their meal, the Kennel Club says.

It’s always best to start with smaller quantities to avoid adding too much fibre to your dog’s diet.

If ever in doubt, consult your veterinarian.

Also, pumpkin is starchy and high in calories, so watch out how much you dish out, unless you want your dog to put on the pounds.

Which pets cannot have pumpkin?

Like anything in life, moderation is key.

Too much pumpkin could lead to constipation and weight gain in your dog.

The hearty veg is also good for cats, though, and can be a remedy for constipation, according to PetMd.

Dr. Angelo Maggiolo, medical director of County Animal Clinic in Yonkers, New York, often recommends pumpkin as an easy fix for mild cases of constipation in cats.

He said: “It will get the colon moving a little better in cats predisposed to constipation.”

Start your dog off on a teaspoon or two of pumpkin and don't over-do it - the hearty veg is calorie-rich and can lead to constipation

Start your dog off on a teaspoon or two of pumpkin and don’t over-do it – the hearty veg is calorie-rich and can lead to constipationCredit: Handout