A natural cure for your pet’s tummy troubles
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!
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 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!
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?