Pumpkin is a fiber-rich food that also contains important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, E, and C, and potassium and iron. Pumpkin is available year-round.
Pumpkin can ease digestion in several ways. The soluble fiber content in pumpkin adds bulk to your dog’s stool by absorbing water, and fiber fermentation produces beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulate intestinal sodium and water absorption, and lower the pH level of the large intestines.
Fiber also acts as a prebiotic. Prebiotics are different from probiotics. They stimulate the growth or activity of these beneficial bacteria in the intestines and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Fiber does this by lowering the pH level and providing the necessary nutrients these bacteria need.
Pumpkin acts as a prebiotic booster for these probiotics.
How Much Pumpkin Should I Give My Dog?
add 1-to-4 tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog’s meal. It is a good idea to start out with smaller quantities to avoid adding too much fiber to your dog’s diet.
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