A natural cure for your pet’s tummy troubles

Canned puumpkin can help with diarrhea or constipation
Now that fall is here, it is time to begin thinking of the holiday season, and all the good times that are on the way like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even though celebrating is very fun, if you overdo it, you might end up with ::whispers:: diarrhea or constipation. This is good timing, because another autumn favorite can help… no, I do NOT mean Candy Corn. I’m talking about pumpkin! 

Daisy shares advice about pumpkin
You might be surprised to learn that plain, puréed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) can help your pet with both diarrhea and constipation. How does it work? Pumpkin has a good amount of dietary fiber. For pets with diarrhea, the soluble fiber in the pumpkin will act like little sponges soaking up the excess water, helping to make the stool firmer and more solid. The fiber in pumpkin can also slow down how often your pet needs to poop, resulting in fewer bouts of diarrhea.

On the other paw, for pets with constipation, the fiber and water content in the canned pumpkin helps to soften the stool and provide more bulk, making it easier to pass. Plus, pumpkin is low in calories and is a good source of potassium (which can be lost when you have diarrhea) and Vitamin A.

You only need a small amount
You might be thinking, “Daisy, how much pumpkin do I need?” Good question! It doesn’t take much pumpkin to get results. For a cat or a small dog, start with 1/2 teaspoon mixed into your pet’s food. You can slowly introduce more if necessary, working up to 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls for each meal (or up to 2 tablespoonfuls for large dogs).  Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water and, whether your pet has diarrhea or constipation, encourage him or her to drink lots of water. Sometimes a pet drinking fountain can help!

Daisy loves her pumpkin
I love my pumpkin. The fact that the orange color coordinates well with my fur is an added bonus!

To help improve your pet’s digestive health and regulate bowel movements, you can also consider adding digestive enzymes to your pet’s diet.  Remember, if your pet has severe diarrhea or chronic diarrhea or constipation that does not improve, it is important to check with your veterinarian for advice.

Pumpkin is pretty cool, right?

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7 Comments

  1. da tabbies o trout towneSeptember 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

    ~~ waves two ewe daisy~~~~~~~ waves two ewe harley over ther in de other room

    thiz bee a grate post bout pumpkin……de food servizz gurl bringed home sum oh de
    canned goodness & we all shouted !!! HOORAY !!!!!!! its PIE TIME

    sad lee, we lurned that wuz knot de case & her gived it two uz raw….noe pie, noe
    cake…just plain raw….{ & we dinna much care for it….it sure iz an acquired taste }

    happee week a head ♥♥♥

  2. I feel your disappointment. I personally was hoping for some whipped cream topping. No luck!

  3. My human keeps wanting to add pumpkin to Binga’s diet. It’s actually easier than she thinks – she just needs to put pumpkin in small ice cube trays and freeze them for later use! It’s just taking her a long time to get the ice cube trays.

  4. That’s a great idea Summer!

  5. Daisy hi!!! Waving paws! MomKatt is making a note of this info!

    Purrz,
    Selina

  6. Ohai! I hope it helps if you ever have tummy troubles.

  7. Angel Ms. Phoebe's Fur SibsOctober 10, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for this extremely helpful information Daisy, it came at a time when we needed it for our woofie sister Sophie. Our Mom was happy to have a natural remedy instead of a harsh chemical one and the woofie loved it. Although that weirdo will eat almost anything, can you believe she NEVER has turned her nose up at her food?! We smart felines do this at least once a week, making our Mom open a different flavor of canned food or one of the alternate brands we have for a variety. How else do you keep your taste buds from getting bored, show your human who’s boss, and/or what better thing do humans have to do anyway?! MOL! I rest my case.

    Purrs to mew and Harleymaniac,

    Clove & Kaspars

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