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Pumpkin: The Wonder Squash

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We’ve all been there; our dog or cat seems to be a little “irregular” and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to remedy the situation! Whether it’s diarrhea or constipation, the only thing you want to do is get your pet’s digestive tract back into balance but where do you start? Even easier than cooking chicken and brown rice, it’s PUMPKIN! (Or sweet potato)…yes, pure pumpkin, nothing added, no spices, no sugars. It comes in a few different forms from canned puree to dehydrated pumpkin you can mix with water as needed. Pumpkin and sweet potato is full of good, pure fiber and will help make your pet’s stool a more normal consistency. Your dog’s digestive tract can become unbalanced for many reasons: illness, recent surgery or trauma, medication, a new diet, or if they’ve ingested something they shouldn’t have. Pure pumpkin and/or sweet potato can relieve symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation the all-natural way.

Most dogs like the taste of pumpkin and you can easily add it to their food at meal time or let them eat it off a spoon. Most pumpkin puree made for pets like Nummy Tum Tum will have feeding guidelines right on the label for your convenience. For super small pets, try Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up pouches. These 2.8oz pouches of pumpkin are great if you don’t anticipate using a whole 15oz can of pumpkin within a few days. And if it’s convenience you are looking for, try Diggin Your Dog Firm Up! dehydrated pumpkin. It’s pumpkin in powder form that you reconstitute with water; you can make as much or as little as you need each time and leave the rest on your shelf. No mess, no fuss, no refrigeration necessary. AND, for a tasty, healthy treat, freeze pumpkin puree into ice cube trays or your pet’s favorite toy and feed supplementally. Go ahead, get your pumpkin on!

Of course, should your pet’s diarrhea persist, a trip to the vet may be necessary to be sure the problem isn’t more serious.