For Digestive Upset
Pumpkin is safe for dogs and cats in moderation and can help with intestinal upset. It has enough fiber to bulk up loose stool, and enough water to move a constipated bowel. These properties make it a go-to for most bathroom break issues. Pumpkin also has some vitamins like carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
What Kind is Best?
Plain canned pumpkin is a great choice and consistent in water and fiber content. Fresh cooked pumpkin is also good. It's best to avoid pumpkin pie filling because of the added sugar and spices that can actually irritate your pets digestive system.
How Much to Feed
It depends on weight, and as always it's best to ask your vet. In general about 1/2 teaspoon for a cat or small dog is a great place to start. After a few days you can work up to 1 or 2 teaspoons. Larger dogs can start with a tablespoon. Too much pumpkin can mean too much vitamin A. Vitamin A is healthy if properly dosed but too much can turn toxic. Just measure out your pumpkin and trust that the proper dose should keep the bowels regular.
If you have any additional trouble with your pets bowels remember to consult a vet. Regular feeding of pumpkin can produce results in a few hours, up to a few months depending on the cause.
About this article
Kat Powers L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist with the state of OR, and nationally certified with the NCCAOM. This article is intended to educate about possible healthy additions to your pets diet and does not replace veterinary care.