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Giving our furry friends too much pumpkin could cause harm

If your dog eats too much pumpkin, then they will have too much fiber in their diet. This can lead to other digestive issues and stress. In some cases, this excess fiber can lead to absorption of important nutrients that your dog needs. Alongside, causing toxic levels of vitamin A and E in your dog’s diet as well.

Benefits of pumpkin:

You may be wondering why pumpkin is such a great natural remedy for your dog with constipation. This is because pumpkin is naturally high in fiber and water.

Therefore, this helps to soften but also bulk up your dog’s stool. As a result, pumpkin will act as a laxative in your dog’s digestive system, therefore making their stool easier for them to pass.

Alongside helping to relieve your dog of constipation, and keeping them as regular as possible. It is known that pumpkin is naturally a great addition that you should consider for your dog’s diet.

How Much Pumpkin Can You Give Your Dog?
It is recommended that for a small dog, 1/2 a teaspoon will be more than enough. However, you can increase the amount to 1 to 2 teaspoons when you feel it is necessary. Yet, you shouldn’t be giving a small dog more than 2 teaspoons of pumpkin.

Compared with a larger dog, where you can start off with 1 to 2 teaspoons straight away. The same applies, you can slowly increase this amount if it is needed. Although, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, then we would suggest you give your dog the smallest amount possible to  begin with. Then you should wait to see how their body reacts to this small amount.

Your overall goal when giving your dog pumpkin, is for the pumpkin to make your dog’s stool looser and softer. However, if your large dog is still straining and especially after certain surgeries, you can give your large dog up to 4 teaspoons of pumpkin for every meal.