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Why is Pumpkin a Powerhouse of Nutrition for Pets?

Pumpkin has been used for years in American treats, but here in the UK, we rarely see Pumpkin as an addition to the recipe.  As it turns out, Pumpkin has a variety of health benefits for both Dogs and Cats.  * The beautiful golden coloured squash, has proven to benefit digestive tracts when added to your pet’s diet.

Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful benefits:

  • In cats, Pumpkin is particularly good for preventing hairballs
  • Good for pets whose stools are too loose as the fibre in Pumpkin can act as a binding solution through a pets digestive tract, absorbing the excess water and therefore helping with the diarrhoea.
  • Is low in fat, but high in fibre and cholesterol
  • Loaded with Beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A & C
  • Full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants that support a healthy urinary tract
  • Can serve as a healthy substitute for fatty treats and foods

Obviously, in the UK, Pumpkin is seasonal, and not available all year round.  Although fresh is always the preferred option, to get around this we sometimes have to use the canned variety.  There are different types of Pumpkin available in supermarkets and so always check that it is pure Pumpkin not the type for Pumpkin Pie.

 

Source * Dr Carol McConnell, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Nationwide Pet Insurance

Is Turmeric as a Natural Colourant really good for your pet

 

If Turmeric is being used as one of your pet treat ingredients, there is something you need to check.

Lots of Bakers are using Turmeric as a natural yellow colourant, and proclaiming its good for your pet.  Turmeric is known as the Golden Spice, its what gives your curry, that lovely yellow colour.

This claim is true in that it is a natural colour, but to get all those fabulous health benefits from this spice, you need to add a dash of Black Ground Pepper!  When you add this to Turmeric, its a whole new ball game (popped that in because pets like ball games too!).

Turmeric has a compound called Curcumin and adding Black Pepper, (which also has health benefits due to the compound Piperine) to the mix enhances the Curcumin absorption in the body, and magnifies their beneficial effects.

Turmeric with Black Pepper can:

  • reduce inflammation,
  • is an anti-oxidant,
  • antibacterial,
  • has disease-fighting qualities
  • and can improve digestion.   Wow.

So lookout, and make sure that there is a dash of Black Pepper been added to this very golden ingredient.

* Dogs Naturally Magazine – Dana Scott – “So you can’t give turmeric by itself and expect good results”