Some veterinarians believe feeding a dog white rice is the way to go when a dog has diarrhea, but Mercola’s Dr. Karen Becker believes the special “binding” type of fiber found in pumpkin is a much better option. From Karen Becker:
First, the benefits:
Pumpkin for dogs
Dr Becker recommends giving dogs one teaspoon of 100% canned pumpkin for every 10lbs of body weight for mild bouts of constipation or diarrhea. The pumpkin can be added to a meal or given plain as a treat.
Pumpkin is high in many vitamins and nutrients including E, C, Beta-carotene, potassium and iron.
Pumpkins are also loaded with fiber. Fiber helps the digestive track absorb key nutrients and balance pH levels in the large intestines.
Fiber is usually why we feed our dogs pumpkin. But, why would they need it?
Most owners give their dogs pumpkin during mild bouts of diarrhea or constipation. You read that correctly. It works for both!
100% canned pumpkin (nothing should be added) is more condensed and contains more nutrients than the fresh stuff (that quickly goes rancid).
Your dog should see a vet for anything more than a mild case of diarrhea or constipation, or for an episode that lasts more than few days.
Never use canned pumpkin pie filling that usually has added spices and other non-dog friendly ingredients.
Sometimes canned pumpkin is hard to find in the off season. Be sure to keep a can or two in your pantry for the occasional emergency. They last a long time!
Some people prefer to feed their dog pumpkin every day. Most vets who recommend pumpkin say that’s OK, but to keep the daily dose on the lower serving side as high levels of vitamin A (Beta Carotene) can be harmful for pooch.
It’s perfectly fine to use pumpkin only “when needed,” as it’s a special treat when pup’s not feeling up to snuff.
If your dog routinely has regular stomach issues, the pet specialists at Tabby & Jacks are here to help.
Not only do we sell Farmina pumpkin products for dogs, our focus is to provide Madison-area pets the most nutritious, clean, and delicious diet they can get.
Stop by your local Tabby & Jacks to learn more!
"Canned 100% pumpkin provides 7 grams of soluble fiber per cup, compared to 1.2 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked white rice. Pumpkin is especially rich in soluble fiber, which forms a viscous gel that coats and soothes irritated bowels. Soluble fiber also delays gastric emptying, slowing down GI transit times and alleviating diarrhea. Diarrhea causes the loss of important electrolytes, including potassium, which can result in dehydration, cramping, fatigue, weakness and heart rate irregularities."
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