How It Can Help with Tummy Troubles

Did you know that pumpkin has many great health benefits? If your pet is having tummy troubles such as diarrhea, constipation or loose stools, a couple of spoons of pumpkin alone or added to a meal will help. Pumpkin has soluble fiber, which will help absorb the excess water, resulting in a firmer stool. The fiber fermentation provides beneficial fatty acids that supply energy to cells, stimulates intestinal sodium and water absorption and lowers the PH levels of the large intestines. It also contains important vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, potassium and iron.

Pumpkin also helps with constipation. Make sure you are using canned or fresh pumpkin. We prefer the canned because it offers more fiber than fresh and fresh has higher water content.

DO NOT USE CANNED PUMPKIN PIE. It has Xylitol (artificial sweetener), which is toxic to dogs.

Use 1 – 4 teaspoons per meal until issues subside. If very runny diarrhea longer than 3 days, it might be time to see your vet.

We always keep a can of pumpkin on hand for emergencies. If you don’t have or can’t get canned or fresh pumpkin, another option is Firm Up, which is a digestive supplement you can add to food. You can easily get it from Amazon.