Pumpkin for Dogs: 6 Surprising Health Benefits + Our Favorite Pumpkin Treat Recipes

Pumpkin for Dogs: 6 Surprising Health Benefits + Our Favorite Pumpkin Treat Recipes

Orange is not the only fruit harvested in autumn - Pumpkin is another delicious treat of the Fall season. You'll see pumpkin everywhere and on everything from pumpkin spice latte to pumpkin mocha ice cream. But can your pup eat this delicious squash?

The answer is... Absolutely! Pumpkin is not only beneficial for humans, but it makes great dog treats for the fall season due to its surprising health benefits and delicious taste.

In this article, we will discuss the benefit of pumpkin treats for dogs!

Small white dog resting chin on big orange pumpkin

Excellent for Eyes

Pumpkin is a great source of Vitamin A. As everyone knows, Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is essential for maintaining healthy eyesight, and the same is true for your dog. Adding pumpkin to your dog's diet can promote healthy eye growth, prevent night blindness and other eye problems. Furthermore, feeding pumpkin to your dog with a small amount of healthy oil will increase the nutritional efficiency of vitamin A.

Small black puppy sniffing on big orange pumpkin for halloween

Pumpkin helps in treating constipation and diarrhea

Pumpkin is packed with fiber and water content, and they are very important to the digestive system of dogs. Fibers can work both ways for dogs: they can treat diarrhea and also relieve constipation.

The fiber content present in pumpkin can soak up water and add bulk to your dog's stool. Additionally, through the fiber fermentation process, beneficial fatty acids are produced, which can supply energy to cells and stimulate intestinal absorption of water and sodium and lower the large intestine's pH.

White samoyed dog with orange halloween pumpkin on grass

Repel parasite 

If your dog is often the victim of a parasite, be it tapeworms or any other parasites, pumpkin is great because this fleshy squash can help repel parasites. You can either add canned pumpkin into your dog's diet or choose to feed ground pumpkin seeds. The amino acids that are present in pumpkin help to repel parasites.

However, it's important to remember that while pumpkin can help repel parasites, it will not kill them, so you should always contact your local vet for proper treatment if your dog is infected by parasites.

Grey siberian husky dog eating pumpkin

Shiny Coat

Using pumpkin can improve the health of your dog's coat. The water content in pumpkin and the zinc and vitamin A help maintain a shiny coat. The high water content not only keeps your dog's coat shiny, but it also makes the skin less flaky and also prevents hair loss in dogs.

Black great dane puppy biting on orange pumpkin

Improves Immune Health

Vitamin C helps maintain immune health in dogs and help prevent cancer in your dogs when combined with Vitamin E and A. Basically, the antioxidants present in pumpkin destroy free radicals in your dog's system. You can boost your dog's immune system by giving him a new source of antioxidants like those found in pumpkin.

Small pup lying on the bed and enjoying the smell of tasty pumpkin

Prevents urinary incontinence

Among the many benefits of using pumpkin, one of the main benefits is that it improves urinary tract health and prevents dogs' urinary incontinence. Additionally, the fatty acid present in pumpkin has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to dislodge kidney stones.

Now that you know the 6 surprising health benefits of pumpkin, let's jump into our favorite pumpkin dog treat recipes! 

Making homemade healthy pumpkin dog biscuits with rolling pin and dough

Easy ways to make pumpkin treats for dogs 

When making a pumpkin treat for your dog, be sure to offer only canned pure pumpkin because pumpkin in pumpkin pie mix form has added sugar and spices that are not beneficial to your dog.

The most common and simple recipes for pumpkin treats for dogs are:


Overall, pumpkin can be a very healthy and delicious treat for your dog as it offers plenty of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, so we definitely recommend adding them into your dog's diet, especially during this Fall season. However, always remember not to overfeed them! 

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