Have you ever heard of the saying that one can identify you by the company you keep? Well, this saying works pretty well for our canine friends. Don’t you think? That is because the human family and our pets share the same likes regarding what goes in the stomach.
However, that’s not always the case. That is because our canine friends eat almost anything that can go through their throats. Humans care a lot about what we eat and how much we eat, especially with the rise of lifestyle diseases.
We can not say the same concerning the pets we keep. Especially our dogs. If you are not careful, you can be visiting the vet every two days when you have a dog. Majorly because of food issues. Most of what ends up in their belly is not food. And when it’s food, most of the time, it is something not meant for them. They may be okay when you eat them but are toxic when your dog consumes them.
This article looks at an instance where your dog eats the food you are not sure about; the pumpkin. You probably have a lot of questions concerning its suitability for your dog. There are also concerns about the health impacts it has on your dog. You will find all these answers in the paragraphs that follow. Read on.
Is Pumpkin Safe for Your Dog?
In case you are having trouble moving out of your house because your dog ate a pumpkin, don’t sweat it. Pumpkins are safe for your dog. Interestingly, they even have nutrients that help in the growth and preservation of your canine. You will probably laugh at yourself when we tell you that some dog feeds even have pumpkin in them. That is how innocent pumpkin is to your dog.
However, there is a rule that no human should break. Not even your dog can break it and walk out scot free. We are talking about temperance. You probably know that even too much of what is right for your consumption is tragic to your health. The same applies to your dog. Pumpkin is only safe when taken moderately.
How Nutrient-Rich Is Pumpkin?
In the previous segment, we stated that pumpkins have nutritional elements in them. In this segment, we dive in a little deep. Without wasting time, let’s look at the nutrients we find in pumpkins. Pumpkins are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins A, B6, C, and E. They also have Potassium and Zinc, and Manganese. All these in a pumpkin? You’ve got that right.
If you give that to your dog, you’ll have one healthy and happy canine. Now that is a compliment because today, pet owners are struggling with diabetes and obesity in dogs. It’s gotten that bad.
What if Your Puppy Ate Raw Pumpkin?
We have already established that pumpkins are safe for dogs. It does not matter whether the pumpkin the dog ate is raw or cooked. Some dogs like pumpkins when raw, while others like them cooked. Your dog might have developed some love for raw pumpkins.
You can cultivate this habit by preparing cooked pumpkins for your dog. However, you should not add salt to the cooked pumpkin. Salt is not healthy for dogs. By so doing, you will be converting something healthy into something toxic.
When Pumpkin Is Harmful to Your Dog
Pumpkins are not altogether safe for dogs because of the levels of Vitamin A and fiber. If your dog takes too much pumpkin, that may result in stomach upset due to too much fiber. Too much vitamin A is also toxic for your dog.
If you want to stay in the safety zone, ensure that the pumpkin’s total amount does not exceed a tenth of the whole meal. More than that can cause an imbalance in the absorption of nutrients.
When to Contact a Vet
Eating raw pumpkins is not always a walk in the park. At times, the pumpkin may get stuck in your dog’s body. When that happens, the dog may begin to vomit or diarrhea. When you see these symptoms, you should call your vet immediately. Your vet will tell you whether you should take the pet to the clinic or not.
Let’s Wrap It Up
Since we share the house with our pets, they also tend to enjoy the same foods we eat. And that includes pumpkins. Pumpkins are not harmful to dogs, only when taken with moderation. When the dog breaks the law of restraint, the pumpkin can become toxic. As soon as you see unhealthy symptoms, contact your vet immediately.