Pets & Pumpkin

’tis the season for ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!!!

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bath bombs, pumpkin candles, pumpkin cookies….you get the idea. We, as a society, love pumpkin anything.

But, did you know that pumpkin can be super beneficial for our furry friends? Here’s how:

  • Fibre: Pumpkin is high in dietary fibre which helps keeps their tummies happy and, ahem, regular. Whether your pet poops too much, or not often enough, adding in additional fibre is a good idea; of course, if you suspect your pet may have a medical condition, please seek the advice of a veterinarian.
  • High Value Treat: Many dogs LOVE the taste of pumpkin, which makes it a high value treat! Freeze it in a Kong or whip up some healthy pumpkin dog biscuits!
  • Nutrient Rich: Pumpkin is chock-full of vitamins and minerals such as potassium (regulates blood pressure, improves muscle health, and assists in metabolism), vitamin C (antioxidant), iron (synthesizes blood and helps with several enzyme functions), phosphorus (cell development and energy storage), magnesium (muscle function, organ health), and folate (metabolism,cell health), just to name a few.
  • Eye Health: The abundance of vitamin A in pumpkin helps to keep those puppy dog eyes healthy
  • Skin and Fur: All the nutrients in pumpkin helps keep coats shiny and skin moisturized.

So, there you have it! It’s not just us humans who should enjoy the official taste of Fall!

Stay informed on GTHS events, initiatives and programs. Learn how the GTHS team is serving the pets and people of the South Georgian Bay Area. Read heart-warming Happy Tails about GTHS Alumni. See a lot of really cute pictures of dogs and cats!