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Pumpkin for Your Pet’s Digestive Health
Posted by Abby Rosenberg on May 31, 2012
Filed under PetMeds Spotlight

Did you know that pumpkin can help your dog or cat with both diarrhea and constipation?  Plain unsweetened canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) is a great source of fiber. If your pet has diarrhea, the soluble fiber in canned pumpkin will help absorb the excess water, resulting in a firmer stool. For a pet that is constipated, the water and fiber content in pumpkin will help soften the stool, making it easier to pass.

It doesn’t take much pumpkin to see results. For a small dog or cat, start with a ½ teaspoonful, increasing to one or two teaspoons if necessary. For large dogs, start with a tablespoonful of canned pumpkin. Most dogs like the taste of canned pumpkin, or you can mix it with food. You should see improvement in your pet within a few hours.

Pumpkin is low in calories and a great source of Vitamin A and potassium. If you read your dog or cat’s pet food label, you might even find pumpkin listed as one of the ingredients. If your pet has severe diarrhea, or continues to have chronic diarrhea or constipation, be sure to check with your veterinarian for advice.

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5 Responses to “Pumpkin for Your Pet’s Digestive Health”

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  2. ja on 08 Nov 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    hoping that this works for my 14.5 yr old mix breed rescue…his arthritis in his back has caused him 2 lose control of back legs. he was having consistant bm’s then he had a few days where his food intake was small and now he’s constipated. he’s taking steroids for inflammation which causes him to drink quite alot. it’s been 4 days since he last passed a stool and the vet is not concerned… i am. any suggestions are so welcome. thanks.

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