When you think about what a dog would eat in the wild, it’s apparent that even the best brand of dried kibble will not supply all nutritional needs. Even though we feed our dog an excellent brand of grain-free kibble, which contains antioxidants such as blueberries and raspberries, we like to supplement with people food.
But some foods, such as onions and raisins, are toxic for dogs. (Our dog has gobbled up a few raisins that have fallen to the floor. Nothing has happened but I wouldn’t want him to eat a steady diet.) So owners often wonder what foods are safe for dogs.
Is Pumpkin Good for Dogs?
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Pumpkin is a good food for your pet, in moderation, of course. Famous dog expert Cesar Milan, on his website, notes that pumpkin is a “miracle food for dogs” because it supports his digestion. If your dog suffers from diarrhea, pumpkin may help.
On the other hand, if he’s constipated, give him pumpkin. However, Milan recommends no more than a couple of tablespoons a day for a full-grown dog. Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A. Too much is not good for dogs, but a reasonable amount is healthy, according to Milan.
However, Cesar Milan is not a vet. So the best person to ask about pumpkin is your vet. Definitely make sure to check with your vet before giving your dog pumpkin if your pet has chronic digestive problems.
Dog Treats Made from Pumpkin
Because pumpkin is probably good for your dog, as it contains a lot of nutrients he may not get regularly, you can now find dog treats made with pumpkin. Grandma Lucy’s Oven Baked Pumpkin Dog Treats, which you can see here, are USDA-certified organic. This means they’re free of genetically modified ingredients.
Healthy Puppy Treats for Training
I hope to continue educating dog owners about the need for healthy training treats, as so many choices on the market contain ingredients that don’t promote longevity. We want our pets to reach old age, and feeding them good nutritious products is one of the best ways to keep them around as long as possible.
I especially like the idea of USDA-certified organic training treats because they don’t contain genetically modified ingredients. I try very hard not to give my 16-year-old dog anything made with GMOs. That’s because genetically modified feed has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats.