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