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When Gidget was having anal gland problems my vet got me to start feeding her canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling).

She loves it and it significantly firmed up her stools to help the glands express naturally. Pumpkin is so helpful to dogs that I now always keep at least a couple big cans in the pantry.

Pumpkin helps with constipation and diarrhea so it's essentially a First-Aid item. It can also help with weight loss if you substitute pumpkin for a portion of your dog's kibble.

Highly recommend throwing a couple cans in your shopping cart next time you're at the grocery. If your pup is not enamored with the pumpkin try mixing it with plain yogurt.

http://www.examiner.com/x-2111-Tacoma-Dogs-Examiner~y2009m9d19-Pets-101-Try-some-tasty-pumpkin-in-your-dogs-food

"...pumpkin, a trademark of Fall, is actually an excellent addition to a dog's diet. Canned pumpkin (in its pure form, with no added sugar or spices) is an excellent source of Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. The nutrients found in pumpkin help to keep a dog's immune system strong, thereby strengthening resistance to cancer and other disease.

"Pumpkin puree can help remedy both constipation and diarrhea, making it a useful tool for dogs with digestive issues. Small amounts go a long way (1-2 teaspoons for small dogs and 1-3 tablespoons for larger breed dogs), and typically, dogs enjoy the taste.

"If you have a dog suffering from excessive weight and need to cut calories, consider adding some pumpkin puree to the diet as you cut back on the kibble. The added fiber will help fill up your dog without adding unwanted calories.
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After getting fed up with paying the vet $150 everytime my dog got the runs my neighbour suggested pumpkin. Works like a charm.
 

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I had a chocolate lab when I was younger that needed additional fiber in his diet as he got older. The vet suggested pumpkin as a supplement and it worked great.
 

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While doing our jack o lanterns I was giving my pug pumpkin, he loved it...
 

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Great Post ! Thanks! I have a few pumpkins that I need to practice on ( I do fruit & vegetable carvings) and I have a Shiba Inu that I'm going try this with! I wonder if you could dehydrate the pumpkin and treat with it! I roast the seeds and toss them with truffle salt. ;-)
 

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Great Post ! Thanks! I have a few pumpkins that I need to practice on ( I do fruit & vegetable carvings) and I have a Shiba Inu that I'm going try this with! I wonder if you could dehydrate the pumpkin and treat with it! I roast the seeds and toss them with truffle salt. ;-)
Dehydrated yams are a dog delicacy these days. An expensive one.

Go for it!



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Great tip about the pumpkin...vet said my miniature schaunzer has to lose some weight but cutting back on his food was driving him nuts ...she recommended adding green beans to his diet for fiber...I think I will try the pumpkin now....
 

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We gave our weiner dogs both a mix of pumpkin and dog food when their poop was really soft and it worked really well. Now when we put the jackolantern out they both tried to eat it though, lol.
 
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