It’s that time of year when we get saturated with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Same occurs with our pet food and treats! As such, we need to remember that pumpkin food and liquids need to be in moderation – yes for our pets too! Hehe! Canned natural pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for our dogs and cats. Pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble for our pets. Here are some of the health benefits of pumpkin for Kitty and Max:
* Helping with Constipation: Fiber from pumpkin works in pets the same way it does in humans and can actually treat some gastrointestinal issues. Some cats may experience decreased colon activity as they age, resulting in constipation. The added fiber from pumpkin increases the bulk of the stool and the colon muscles react by moving things along. Rumor has it, there is pumpkin scent litter! Proceed at your own risk!
* Reducing Hairballs: By increasing the volume of waste in the intestine, pumpkin can help your cat digest and eliminate fur swallowed during grooming. This can reduce or even prevent the formation of hairballs that are eventually regurgitated.
* Resolving Diarrhea: Yes, it works both ways! Pumpkin can soothe constipation but diarrhea can also be remedied with the addition of pumpkin to a dog or cat’s diet. It is particularly effective if the upset is the result of colitis caused by a rapid food change or the ingestion of a new food. After your vet examines your pet with this issue, he/she will be able to provide the amount added to your pet’s diet.
* Boosting Weight Loss: With 3 grams of fiber per cup, pumpkin can augment weight loss in dogs and cats. The fiber fills the tummy so your pet feels “fuller” sooner, meaning Linus and Lucy eat fewer calories overall.
* Supplementing Nutrition: One of the biggest benefits of pumpkin to pets and humans is its wealth of nutrition. Pumpkins contain carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C, Vitamin A , iron, folate, magnesium, zinc, selenium, niacin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, and protein.
* Adding Antioxidants: Pumpkin contains antioxidants which help moisturize skin and help your pet maintain a healthy and shiny coat.
Henry loves his pumpkin flavored treat before coming to PAH!
Halloween is right around the corner and carved pumpkins are not something you want to feed your pets because mold begins rapidly growing inside them once the skin is broken. The best pet-safe sources are fresh or canned pumpkin cooked with no additional spices added. Do not get canned pumpkin designed for use in pie as this frequently contains spices, sugars, fats and other ingredients not suited for our pets. This means no sharing your pumpkin pie …..
Before adding canned pumpkin to your pet’s meals, talk to your veterinarian as a precaution. Too much canned pumpkin can lead to lose bowel movements and create an entirely different issue. May you and your pets enjoy this delicious pumpkin flavored season!
The time has finally come again for trick or treats, fabulous costumes, and a host of holiday decorating. As we start to gear up and decorate around the hospital and our homes, we wanted to share with you some easy tips to help your pet have an enjoyable October and Halloween. Read on for five easy tips to help keep your pet healthy and happy!
Decorate with your pets in mind
We recently saw on Apartment Therapya couple fabulous ideas for pet-themed holiday decorating. Our favorite being these pet silhouette no-carve pumpkins! All you need is a side shot of your pet’s face, a great pumpkin, and a sharpie.
Choose faux candlesIf you are planning to carve pumpkins or just have candles around the house, choose battery-powdered candles. This way if a candle or pumpkin gets knocked over you won’t have to worry about a fire starting.
Tasty treats for you, not for them!
We all love a snickers and M&M’s, but they are dangerous for your pets. Keep all human treats out of their paw’s reach, and save yourself from an emergency trip to the vet.
Blow up and pop up displays
If you are going all out this year with yard decorations, be sure that your pets are not intimidated by their giant size or surprising movements. For some pets, changes to their living area or yard can cause anxiety and fear. If you find your pet barking at blowup displays or shying away from the plastic ghouls in your yard, consider taking them down or keeping your pets separate from any decorations that scare them.
Get your pets chipped and tagged
Halloween and the holiday season both involve a lot of door opening, and every time your pet has access to the outside world they stand the chance of getting lost or running away. If you haven’t already, see your veterinarian to have your pets microchipped. On the way home, stop at the pet store and get a tag made for their collars. We encourage both cat and dog families to chip and tag their pets. If your pet is lost, the shelter or veterinary they are brought to will be able to look them up with the chip number or collar tag.
Oceanside is a great city to celebrate Halloween for humans and pets alike! The warm summer air and late sunset make it the perfect place to go trick-or-treating. Halloween, like any other holiday, can be a fun celebration for your pets by taking a few precautions to ensure they feel safe and secure!
Pet Costumes: Although many pets have no problem being dressed up and paraded around, it is not for every cat or dog. If your pet appears to be in distress or discomfort, consider allowing your pet to dress up in their “birthday suit” or a festive collar and leash!
Your costume: If you plan to take your pet out with you on Halloween, or if you plan to be dressed up around the house, consider forgoing the spooky mask or giant hats. These items can scare or confuse your pet or may spark a territorial instinct if they think you are an intruder.
Safety: If you plan to have trick-or-treaters come to your door, consider keeping your dogs or cats in another room. With the door opening and closing repeatedly, a nervous pet may dash out the door or be frightened by the gools and goblins at your doorstep. Although Halloween is a social time for people, a safe space, with their favorite toys and treats, may be the most comfortable way for your pet to spend the holiday.
Treats: As tempting as it can be for your child to share their Halloween bounty with their favorite furry friend, try not to share human treats with your pets! Many local dog food stores and dog bakeries make special treats for your pets, or consider making some yourself. Our Pinterest page, For Dogs, has several easy to make dog treat recipes.
Parties: If you plan to go out for Halloween, consider attending a “pet friendly” event. Be it our Howl-O-Ween or another event, a Halloween geared towards your pet will allow them to socialize in a pet-friendly atmosphere, visit with other pets, and these events generally occur during the day in a family-friendly environment –so you and your pet will have a great time!