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.