Halloween is coming up real soon and while you are carving pumpkins for the house, please remember to not throw out the seeds from your pumpkins! Read up about the benefits of pumpkins and their seeds for your pups in this article:
1. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega-3.
Majority of the fat content from pumpkins is packed in the seeds. The fat properties in the seeds consist of mainly polyunsaturated fatty acids and a small amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which helps promote high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels i.e. the ‘better’ cholesterol, which helps reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels, i.e. the ‘bad’ cholesterol. The omega-3 found in pumpkin seeds also act as a natural brush in providing a healthy, well-moisturized coat for your furkids.
2. No more funky (bathroom) business!
Pumpkin is high in fibre, which can help dogs with bathroom businesses and prevent constipation. The high fibre content can also keep your furkids feeling full for a longer time, and help the chubby dogs with weight loss in a healthy manner. Studies show that diets with high fibre content are associated with a lower risk of canine obesity, as well as reduced risk of heart diseases. Feel free to include a scoop of pureed pumpkin in your pup’s diet from time to time.
3. Parasites no more!
Pumpkin seeds also contain a unique amino acid called cucurbitin. Cucurbitin is toxic to many canine gastrointestinal parasites, therefore is able to paralyse and remove the bugs such as tapeworms and roundworms, acting as a natural deworming agent for dogs. The seeds may be feed directly to your four-legged friends.
4. Pumpkin seeds contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Cited in many sources, these properties present in pumpkin seeds promote urinary health. Pumpkin seeds can help dislodge kidney stones and also play an important role in alleviating and preventing urinary incontinence in older dogs. The antioxidant properties, as well as the vitamins and minerals present in pumpkins such as vitamin A and zinc, can also help your furkid to keep their coat shiny!
If you are in doubt of how to include pumpkin in your dog’s diet, it is a good chance for you to PledgeCare for your furkid. PledgeCare Air-dried raw dog food, both Chicken and Duck recipe, includes pumpkin as one of the ingredients. Try it out today!