Pumpkin and Your Dog’s Diet

pumpkin in Joy Dog Food

Pumpkins have more uses than pies and jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin is an outstanding ingredient to add to your dog’s diet. Pumpkins contain properties that are extremely beneficial to a healthy digestive system. Here are a few reasons why you should look for pumpkins in your dog food – not justa pumpkin patch.

Helps with Diarrhea

Pumpkin is an amazing source of fiber. More importantly, pumpkin is an amazing source of digestible fiber. Adding fiber to pumpkin helps assist in easy digestion and helps with dogs that are prone to messy bowel movements. The soluble fiber content in pumpkin helps against dog diarrhea. Fiber does this by absorbing water. Fiber fermentation produces fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulating sodium and water absorption

Fiber can also help to lower the pH level in the large intestine. When the fiber in the pumpkin lowers the pH level, it acts as a prebiotic. This means that beneficial bacteria come in and inhibit the growth of the “bad” bacteria. The fiber in the pumpkin then adds the necessary nutrients the bacteria need. The prebiotics increases the surface area of the food in the large intestine which allows the beneficial bacteria to be more efficient during digestion. 

Helps with Dog Constipation 

Having pumpkin in your dog’s dog food can also help ease constipation in dogs. Adding soluble fiber can help ease your dog’s constipation. However, when adding fiber to a constipated dog’s diet, be sure they are drinking plenty of water. Fiber helps to absorb water and increased fiber without increased water intake can make matters worse. It’s important to find out why your dog is constipated. If the use of pumpkin does not help with your dog’s constipation then you should consult your vet.

Pumpkin is a healthy and beneficial way to help with your dog’s digestive system. Choosing a dog food that includes pumpkin as an ingredient can be just what your dog needs to help its digestion issues and is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is a natural source of Calcium and phosphorus. Many vets will recommend pumpkin to a dog with an upset stomach.

Choose food that contains pumpkin 

So with all of the health benefits of adding pumpkin to your pet’s diet, why wouldn’t you start feeding your dog an amazing food that contains pumpkin? Click here to check out our High Energy, Super Meal, Adult Formula, and Ultimate Lamb Meal products, all of which contain pumpkin as an ingredient!