6 Amazing Health Benefits Pumpkin Has on Pets

Fall is my favorite season and October is my favorite month. Pumpkin All AroundThere are so many fun and festive activities that occur this time of year, but when I think about fall my mind directly goes to pumpkin lattes.

But, let’s not leave Fido out of the picture! Rumor at the dog park is that pumpkin and canned pumpkin (not pie filling) is a wonder food. We know it’s great for humans, but what are the health benefits for dogs and cats when given in small doses?

Diarrhea | Constipation

Pumpkin offers a solution to both! Canned pumpkin is actually pumpkin in a puree form. But, did you know pumpkin is rich in fiber and adding two teaspoons to your dog’s food will aid in digestion?

For the opposite problem pumpkin softens your dog’s stool and can cure an upset stomach or constipation quickly. Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide pet insurance agrees, adding, “Veterinarians have long known the benefits of adding a little canned pumpkin to a pet’s diet regularly.”


Who would have thought that a teaspoon of pumpkin a day over time can prevent furballs?

Also, the fiber in the pumpkin can move furballs through a cat’s tummy and into the litter box. Most kitties love pumpkin, but if your cat is finicky mix it with food and watch it disappear— along with furballs.

Urinary Tract Support

The oils that are found in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin flesh support urinary tract health in both dogs and cats. According to veterinarians, adding pumpkin to your pet’s diet can help avoid this painful condition.


Pumpkin seeds also contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which acts as a natural de-worming agent. Tapeworms and intestinal parasites become paralyzed by cucurbitin. The best way to prepare the seeds is to grind up fresh seeds until they are a powder consistency. Mix a teaspoon of powder into a marble size portion of wet food, three times a day. Store leftover seeds in an airtight container to keep fresh.

Skin and Coat

Do you like roasted pumpkin seeds?

Share them with your dog! The antioxidants and essential fatty acids help moisturize your pet’s fur and skin from the inside out. Need a quick recipe?

  • Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking oil
  • Roast at 375 degrees for 5-10 minutes
  • Cool and serve.

Allow your pet to eat two-three seeds as a daily treat. Yummy! Leftover seeds should be stored in an airtight container.


Pumpkin With a Beautiful Golden Labrador RetrieverPumpkin, seeds and its flesh are loaded with Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese.  The antioxidants found in pumpkin are known to prevent some cancer and are obviously a healthy addition to a pet’s diet.

Pumpkin is wonderful and oh so tasty. Remember that the amount you add depends on your pet’s size and species (dog or cat). It’s a good idea to reach out to your veterinarian if you have questions about the daily serving amount and frequency. One can of pumpkin contains 29 tablespoons – too much for one or even a two pet family to eat in one week.

Interested in baking special pumpkin treats for your pet with the leftover pumpkin? Follow this basic recipe and include some “add ins”, or if your dog has a favorite food add it to the recipe. Your pet will have a delicious, healthy and yummy treat. Remember you can eat the treats too! (but keep the latte for yourself…)

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Maureen Lake writes for the blog, Rosa Doodle and co-owns Trendy Pet with her daughter. Trendy Pet makes elevated dog and cat feeder in Denver Colorado. When Maureen has free time she loves spending it with her three children, and two furry kids.

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21 Responses to 6 Amazing Health Benefits Pumpkin Has on Pets

  1. Devin says:

    Such a great blog!! I didn’t realize that pumpkin can help with more than just an upset stomach!

    Thanks for the idea of making pumpkin treats at home!!

    • Maureen says:

      Thanks for the comment Devin, pumpkin is a wonder food! I have one dog, Rosa, who is allergic to so many things. I really depend on canned pumpkin to help her upset tummy. I hope you try some pumpkin treats, I’m sure your dog will love them!

  2. Flea says:

    Seriously? I can give pumpkin to the cats? Woohoo! I was giving it to the little dogs for fiber until I switched them to THK. But I do buy whole pumpkins this time of year to give to the chickens and duck. It takes a few days, but they eat it down until the shell is paper thin. The dusk loves when I fill half of one with water. Thanks for the heads up on the cats!

  3. Melissa says:

    What a great, informative article. I’ve been giving our dane pumpkin, because I was told it was good for them, but never really knew all of the benefits. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I will definitely share this with my friend she has two dogs and loves pumpkin anyways.

    • Maureen says:

      That is great. Pumpkin has so many wonderful qualities for us and our pets! Thanks for taking the time to comment too!

  5. ryan says:

    Whoa!! the Fall just got even better now that I can share the awesomeness of pumpkins with my dogs!!!

  6. Christine Cravens says:

    Thanks for the information. I will add pumpkin seeds to his diet. I am sure he will enjoy it. I am not a cat owner but I have a friend who has several. I will share this blog with her since she has recently spent a hefty Vet bill for a UTI for one of her cats.

    • Maureen says:

      I’m sure your dog will love eating some pumpkin seeds with you! It’s fun when you can share healthy food with your pet. I’m not a cat owner either, but I understand fur balls can be a real problem.
      Thank you for sharing your comments!

  7. Lucy Valdez says:

    I know my pups love pumpkin but I had not idea there were so many health benefits! It’s a treat for them so I am happy that it is so good for them as well:)

  8. Maureen says:

    Wow! What a great idea to fill half a pumpkin with water. I never thought of that. I bet they love the flavored water! It was interesting to me to hear that pumpkin is good for reducing furballs. It really is a wonder food. Thanks for your comment!

  9. Steve says:

    Thank you. I had no idea of pumpkin benefits

  10. theresa says:

    My dog loves pumpkin,I have given him pumpkin to help with constipation. It works

    • Maureen says:

      I’m glad to hear it works well for your pup. I’ve used it before for diarrhea too. The fiber in the pumpkin is so good for our pups digestion problems. Thanks for your comments!

  11. Sarah says:

    I’m so glad I saw this post! Earlier in the week I planned on writing about how great pumpkin is for dogs. With the floods here in SC I got a little sidetracked. I feed my pups pumpkin regularly! It has great health benefits and this time of year you can find great deals on it.

  12. I love pumpkin for my little Cavalier he really likes the cookies and even right out of the can! Thanks for the healthy benefits I didn’t know about.

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