Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs, and Pumpkin Seed Fiber for Dogs and Cats
As pumpkin season approaches, we start to think about the health benefits of this squash, for both ourselves and our pets. There are multiple proven benefits to giving pumpkin to dogs and it is quite a common supplement for pets for a number of reasons. While pumpkin is a great supplement for specific conditions for pets, there are a variety forms in which it can be given, some offering more benefits for pets than others.
Pumpkin seed fiber is a great way to make sure that your dog or cat is getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. This added soluble fiber slows digestion, helps absorb water if mild diarrhea is a problem, and can help resolve mild constipation as well. Added pumpkin seed fiber can help your pet feel fuller and may help with weight loss. By bulking up the stool, pumpkin seed fiber provides relief for anal gland irritation and disease by promoting normal anal gland expression before they become impacted or infected, which can help avoid repeated trips to your veterinarian. In cats, this added soluble fiber may also help with hairball problems, as the added pumpkin seed fiber can help pass hair through the digestive tract.
"Pumpkin seed fiber provides relief for anal gland irritation and disease by promoting normal anal gland expression..."
2. Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids provide a variety of benefits to our pets’ diets and giving pumpkin seed to dogs and cats supplies these fatty acids in large quantities. Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, joint function, heart health, and brain chemistry; and adding a plant-based omega fatty acid source like the pumpkin seed fiber in Glandex can help maintain the health of your pet by providing those benefits.
3. Anti-inflammatory properties
Ground pumpkin seeds, when given to dogs and cats, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits for anal gland disease and intestinal health, which can help with irritation, inflammation, and pain in the anal glands, and can further decrease chronic anal gland disease. This means fewer trips to have those glands expressed and less pain and aggravation for everyone.
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, which can help to relax respiratory muscles and open up airways. Supplementing with Glandex may help with environmental allergies in our pets!
Intestinal parasites can add to any intestinal or anal gland disease and make the situation more complicated. Pumpkin seed fiber given to dogs and cats contain something called Cucurbitin, which is an amino acid that can act as a natural de-worming agent. While your dog or cat will likely need other regular de-worming medications as directed by your veterinarian, this supplement can help to keep your pet parasite free and decrease intestinal inflammation.
6. Vitamins and Minerals
Pumpkin seeds contain Vitamin A to support vision health, Vitamin C to help boost the immune system and support joint health, and Zinc which can help improve skin and hair coat for your pet, and also provides powerful support to the immune system. The addition of pumpkin seed in Glandex provides a convenient, easy to administer way to help make sure that your pet is receiving enough of these vitamins when given as directed.
Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin E, powerful anti-oxidants to help slow the aging process when given to your dog or cat.
Oils found in the pumpkin seed are believed to support urinary health, so dogs and cats with a urinary disease may also benefit from this supplement.
While there are benefits to giving pumpkin seeds for your pet, it's important to give the correct amount. Giving too little fiber will have negligible effects, while too much fiber can upset the digestive tract.