Is Pumpkin Good for Dogs?
Roasted pumpkin with a little olive oil is one of the healthiest Halloween treats around—especially for dogs. Pumpkin is a fiber powerhouse that not only helps with digestion but will also keep your pooch full without many calories, says Dr. Tina Wismer of the ASPCA. It's also a great source of vitamin A, for vision, and vitamin C, to boost your pup's immune system.
You won't get quite as many vitamins from the canned stuff, but it can help with weight loss. It's available year-round, so you don't have to wait for orchard season. If your pup needs to lose a few, you can replace up to one-quarter of his diet with canned pumpkin. Just triple-check you're putting plain canned pumpkin in your Amazon cart, not sugary pumpkin-pie mix. Seriously, go check!
Hiking with your dog? Pack some pumpkin seeds—for both of you. The fatty acids help keep your dog's skin healthy and coat shiny. When you're roasting a big batch, keep Fido's half salt-free. "Definitely no Cajun seasoning," Dr. Wismer jokes. And since the seeds are high in calories, make sure they make up less than 10 percent of your dog's daily intake.