STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away! Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog

STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away

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STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away! Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog
STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away!
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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin? How can eating pumpkin benefit your dog?

You probably have noticed that all the foods in this series “Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog”, have Beta-carotene and fiber in them.

Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin. How can pumpkin benefit your dog? Click To Tweet

If you haven’t already read my previous posts that explains the benefits of Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) and fiber here are the links.  Green BeansCarrots, Bananas, Apples, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal.

Pumpkin is a good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

Pumpkin also has iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. It also has antioxidants, which supports prevention of some cancers from forming. These vitamins and minerals will help your pet stay healthy.

Like everything in life, keep it in moderation. Even too much of a good thing can be bad for you.

STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away Dogs:Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog
Nap time I think I had to many Halloween treats!
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Pumpkin for your dog is a nice little treat, or a spoonful of pumpkin purée added to his or her food can be a yummy addition..

So what shall we do with the pumpkins? Stop don’t throw that pumpkin away! Many of us have them as decorations for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. So lets use every part of that pumpkin and be recycling genies.

Pumpkin seeds according to PetMD can help your dog too. Oils found in the seeds and the flesh is believed to support urinary health.

Dogs with urinary incontinence can benefit from this. Click To Tweet It can also help with diarrhea, constipation and help with weight loss. You can check out the details at PetMD.

The antioxidants and essential fatty acids in the seeds can moisturize your dog’s skin and fur from the inside out. Just don’t give your dog the store-bought seeds that are covered in salt.

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Fresh is always best (yes, I made that rhyme on purpose – if I can’t make it as a comedian I’ll try for poet). Unsalted, fresh from the oven, after they have cooled you and your dog can share some pumpkin seeds. Save some of the seeds, you’ll see why in just a few more paragraphs.

STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away! Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog
Just waiting for the trick-or-treaters to show up!
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If your dog is having urinary incontinence, you should speak with your veterinarian.

Okay, here it is, the disclaimer: If your dog is experiencing any problems, such as urinary incontinence, diarrhea, or constipation call your vet.

Don’t try to solve these problems on your own with these foods. You should also talk to your vet before introducing any new food, especially human food to your dog’s diet.

There is nothing wrong in asking your veterinarian about giving your dog pumpkin, or pumpkins seeds.

That is why I am writing this series, Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog. This helps you become a medical advocate for your dog.

The more information you have, the better advocate you are.

Okay, disclaimer done, let’s move on.

Pumpkin is good for cats too. If you have cats and dogs, like I do, we want to share the healthy foods for our kitties to enjoy too.

One of my fellow Blog Paws friends, Robin Mudge, who is the author of the cat blog “Playful Kitty”, did a post about the benefits of pumpkin for cats last October.

Robin Mudge is an actress, writer, blogger and kitty-mom to Cinco and Manna, and they are the inspiration for her blog. I’ll let Robin tell you about pumpkin for cats, as she is more of an expert on cats than I am.

If you would like to contact Robin or follow her on social media her are her links and information.

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ You can contact her by email through her website.

Do you remember that movie “Forest Gump” where his friend went on and on about shrimp, and listed all the ways you could eat, and make shrimp? I promise I won’t go that far.

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However, I do have a couple of great things you can make, that your dogs will just love.

How can we make fresh pumpkin purée, and separate out the seeds and strings from the pumpkin without too much fuss?

Scoop all the seeds and strings out with a spoon, and rinse the seeds getting all the string off, and set them aside. I have included a link below for drying the pumpkin seeds.

Do you want me to go on with a long read or would your rather watch a video? Okay video it is.

Now for the Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin. Cucurbitin acts as a natural de-wormer. Click To Tweet

This works for  both cats and dogs. 1 teaspoon three times a day mixed into some wet food, or sprinkle it over their meal will work. You just want to make sure they get the full dosage.

Sprinkle you say, yes, once the pumpkin seeds dry out you can make a powder by grinding the pumpkin seeds up. I found the easiest way to do this is with an old coffee grinder. They work to make it into the powdery consistency you’ll need.

You’ll first need to dry the pumpkin seeds. If you haven’t dried out pumpkin seeds before, here is a link to WikiHow for step-by-step instructions.

STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
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Yes you can plant the seeds, but I prefer to eat them myself. Once the seeds are dry you can grind them into a powder, remember to save some for yourself.

Now remember earlier I said we would be recycling genies. Well anything that you cut off or did not use such as the stem, and the stringy bits put it in your compost pile. If you don’t have one, start one.

Compost is great for your garden soil when planting season comes around next spring. If you don’t want to do that, I bet you know someone who makes compost.

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So let your fur family enjoy the holiday season with pumpkin too. While you’re enjoying some pumpkin pie, they can enjoy some pumpkin purée in their dinner bowls.

Okay, let’s all admit it, that isn’t fair, your eating pie and they get pumpkin purée, honestly. Let’s offer our dogs a treat instead (as for the cat’s you’ll have to talk to Robin about that).

I am a fan of grain free, so I of course went in search of a grain-free pumpkin dog treat… Click To Tweet Not hard to find when you have Google or Siri to talk to.

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Grain-free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Here is one more recipe for Bacon Dog Treats with Pumpkin – No dog can resist bacon.
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What Dog couldn’t resist these treats!
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We are acquiring quite a list of human foods that your dog can eat, in this series of “Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog”

STOP Don’t throw that pumpkin away!

  • Feed it to your dogs and cats for its vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • Create a powder from the seeds to use as a natural de-wormer for both cats and dogs
  • Pumpkin will help your dog’s digestive and urinary tract
  • Pumpkin will help them with weight loss
  • Pumpkin seeds with help moisturize your dog’s skin and coat

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Paws & Wags,

Suzanne Dean, ABCDT and Mary – The Dog

ABC Certified Dog Trainer




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Hi, my name is Suzanne Dean a/k/a TheDogTrainingLady. I am an honor graduate of Animal Behavior College and have a love for dogs and cats. I have been training dogs for 20+ years. My goal is to help dog owners, that positive reinforcement training is easy by showing you tips, tricks, and secrets to make training your 4 legged family member fun. Training in not a difficult, and can actually be done in just 15 to 30 minutes a day. Be consistent with training, remain calm and you will have a forever companion that you will enjoy bringing with you everywhere. I have 1 dogs and 3 cats, oh yes a husband too :-) Training can be easy (the dogs not the husband) and I will show you how. Not everyone can afford a personal dog trainer, so my intention is to provide you with the necessary information and tools to train your puppy or dog using positive training methods. I also will provide you with interesting articles that are related to dog breeds, your dog's dietary needs and so much more. I will help you explore different dog breeds "Perfect Pet For Me" Series to help you find the right dog breed for you and your family. We will investigate healthy human foods for dogs. Healthy food, healthy dog, happy dog and a happy you. If you ever have a question or concern drop me an email at I'm here to help you! Paws & Wags Suzanne Dean, ABCDT

39 thoughts on “STOP! Don’t throw that Pumpkin Away! Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog”

    1. Hi Lauren,
      Glad you sent me a note in FaceBook, you were right. Thanks for taking the time to read the post. I was really excited to incorporate Robin’s post in this. I did not know that it worked for casts as well. Many people have both dogs and cats.

      Mary is still enjoying those treats. You’ll need to let me know when you run another contest. I always enter people’s contests but never win. Lately it seems I’m on a winning streak. One Dog Bakery sent samples that Mary loves too, so now I will have a lot to order. BOL

      Paws & Wags,

    1. Hi the Island Cats

      I heard that pumpkin was good for kitties to, so I asked Robin of Playful Kitty if I could link to her post from last October where she talks about the benefits of pumpkin for cats. This way everyone gets some pumpkin for the holidays.

      Paws & Wags,

  1. Thank you so much for the mention! Pumpkin is such a great natural remedy for cats and dogs. It’s inexpensive too! It is great that you included the video on how to make pumpkin puree. For cats, it is really important that the pumpkin be pureed so it is useful to their bodies. Excellent post!
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    1. Hi Robin,
      Thanks for letting me link to your post. It was also a great read for me as I have three cats. So all the fur babies can enjoy pumpkin.

      I loved that video too, because I had no idea how to purée pumpkin either. I know you can get it in a can, but fresh is better.

      I how we get to incorporate posts again in the future. So many pet parents have both cats and dogs. I know about the dog side of things, but even though I have cats I always felt they where a much more delicate animal and really couldn’t go outside the box with them. Well unless it was an actual box then those cats are inside, outside and everywhere. MOL

      Paws, Wags and tail flips. 🙂

    1. Hi Kelsie,

      I have that issue with Mary with certain things too. I have not tried the pumpkin yet, but will be doing that soon. I thought she would really love banana’s as a treat. Boy was I wrong, but if I mixed it in her food she was fine with it. Same with carrots, green bean and apples. As long as it is in her regular meal and it is at a warm temperature she will eat it. I bet pumpkin is going to be the same way.

      See I think dog’s can be as finicky as cats. BOL

      Paws & Wags
      Suzanne and Mary Dog

  2. Terrific post, I’ve been looking for a video just like this to show me how to cook up a pumpkin & puree for my dogs. I add it to their food, especially for Phoebe, she gets constipated a lot. Thank you for this great post!
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    1. Hi Spencer,
      It’s so nice that you stopped by. Thanks for pinning. A lot of people are liking the video about how to cook the pumpkin. I guess it’s that time of year. Mary says Paws Up! (her way of saying hi!)

      Be visiting you soon,
      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary Dog

    1. Hello Sweet Purrfections,

      I had heard that pumpkin was good for cats too! That’s why I was so glad that Robin of allowed me to link to her post on pumpkin for cats.

      I have three cats myself and hope to incorporate pumpkin into their diets. However, my cats are so finicky when it comes to the offerings of healthy food. Any suggestion of how to feed it to them would be greatly appreciated.

      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary Dog

    1. Hi Beth,

      I have also feed my dog pumpkin seeds and have had not problems, I also worry about choking issues. Mary seems to enjoy them.

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary Dog

    1. Hi Mary,

      Pumpkin does seem to have a lot of benefits. I was real sorry to hear about the cost of them this year. Thanks also for the reminder about Vitamin A we don’t want to overdue it. It is really a pick and choose with your fruits and vegetables and which your dog will enjoy most of all.

      Thanks for visiting,
      Paws & Wags,
      Suzanne & Mary Dog

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