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Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin, and it’s healthy for them, too! Pumpkin contains vitamins and minerals that are good for healthy skin and support the immune system. Pumpkin also helps regulate your dog’s digestive system, and can provide relief for both diarrhea and constipation.

Is pumpkin good for dogs?

Pumpkin is a healthy food for your dog to eat. Benefits of pumpkin for dogs include:

As with any new food, it’s important to introduce pumpkin into your dog’s diet gradually. Start with a small amount of pumpkin or pumpkin purée added to your dog’s regular food.

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What kind of pumpkin to feed your dog

There are a few different types of pumpkin that are safe for dogs to eat:

Technically dogs can eat pumpkin skin – it’s not toxic to them. But the skin on a pumpkin can be hard to chew and doesn’t digest as easily. Pumpkin rind can be a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage, so it’s best to discard the skin and rind if you choose to feed fresh pumpkin to your dog.

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How to feed your dog pumpkin

Pumpkin can be fed to your dog in a variety of ways: 

If your dog doesn’t like the taste of pumpkin you can mix it with a little (xylitol-free) peanut butter, bone broth, rice or unflavored yogurt to make it more palatable.

How much pumpkin to feed your dog

If feeding dog food made with pumpkin or using a pumpkin meal topper made for dogs, consult the package instructions. If using canned or fresh pumpkin, you should start small and go slowly. 

Feeding too much pumpkin too quickly can cause digestive upset. And because pumpkin is high in fiber, too much of it can prevent your dog from absorbing all of the protein and nutrients they need. As a general guideline for both dogs and puppies, you can start with ½ tablespoon of pumpkin per 10 pounds of body weight, along with their regular meal.

As with any treat or safe human food for dogs, the pumpkin you feed your dog each day shouldn’t ever be more than 10% of their total calories. And it’s always best to check with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet. 

How often you can give your dog pumpkin

It’s safe to give your dog pumpkin every day, as long as the serving size aligns with their caloric and nutritional needs. 

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What other vegetables are good for dogs?

Since dogs are omnivores, they eat both meat and plants. Although there are some vegetables that are dangerous for dogs to eat, such as garlic, onions and any other plant in the onion family, there are some that are healthy for dogs to eat as well. 

Be sure to always talk to your veterinarian before feeding new foods to ensure your dog is eating a nutritionally complete diet. And make sure any vegetables you feed your dog are prepared without oil or seasonings, and in safely-sized pieces.

Not only can dogs eat pumpkin, it’s a fun, seasonal way to incorporate vitamins and nutrients into their diet. Feed your pup some pumpkin this fall and show them what the pumpkin-flavored craze is all about! Try out these simple Halloween-themed dog treat recipes using pumpkin, or learn how to safely feed your dog turkey.

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