Discover the Health Benefits of Canned Pumpkin for Dogs

Two common canine ailments are diarrhea and constipation.  Did you know that canned pumpkin can offer a solution to both?

Diarrhea is more a symptom rather than a disease and is typically a sign that something is wrong with your dog’s digestive system. A lot of things can cause diarrhea in your dog; it may have eaten something that disagrees with its body, it may have food allergies, bacterial or viral infection or a worm infestation. It may even be due to a change in its diet.

In normal cases, diarrhea has a surprisingly simple solution: canned pumpkins. Canned pumpkin is actually pumpkin in a puree form. Pumpkins are very rich in fiber and even adding two teaspoons of canned pumpkin in you dog’s food helps the digestion process. Canned pumpkin has a large quantity of dietary fiber and it will also absorb the excess water present in the stool. This makes your dog’s stool more firm and results can be seen within a few hours. Give your small dog one and a half to two teaspoons of canned pumpkin. For a larger dog give two tablespoons instead.

Another benefit of canned pumpkin is in treating dogs for constipation. It softens your dog’s stool and can cure an upset stomach very quickly. This makes canned pumpkins one of the best natural remedies to your dog’s stomach problems.

Canned pumpkin also makes a great addition to dog treats.  Just add some canned pumpkin to your favorite dog treat recipes to give Fido a healthy treat.

Canned pumpkin is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.  It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium and is also a very good source of dietary fiber.  Some vets even recommend canned pumpkin for weight loss in dogs.  Simply substitute one-third of your dog’s regular food with an equivalent amount of canned pumpkin.  Because it is high in fiber, canned pumpkin will make your dog fuller than it would if you just reduced their caloric intake.

You can find canned pumpkin in the baking section of most grocery stores.


134 Responses to “Discover the Health Benefits of Canned Pumpkin for Dogs”

  1. Frances says:

    My dogs like green beans raw but they won’t turn their noses up at cooked green beans. But full disclosure, my dogs are labs who eat everything

  2. Mariah says:

    With the canned green beans do you cook them before giving them to your dog?

  3. Alison says:

    This is good to know since my maltipoo has had recent stomach issues since the 4th of July. I’m going to pick up a can of organic or pureed pumpkin (not the pie filling). Hopefully my pup will love the taste!

  4. Frances says:

    Use 100% pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix. It can found in most grocery stores

  5. Jane says:

    What kind of Pumpkin??? The article was not clear at all. Do we buy the 100% Pure Pumpkin with the pie on the label? I’m confused and can’t find any articles that are specific enough in their descriptions of “Pumpkin”. How do I know which can of pumpkin to buy?

  6. Nancy says:

    When it was suggested that we supplement our “grandpuppy’s” kibble with pumpkin I wasn’t sure about the advice as I’d never heard about it before. She needs to lose about 2 pounds and so far it’s not coming off so we’ve cut her food back again, tried the pumpkin and she loves it,(go figure!); so hopefully this will be the trick we needed to help her get down to a healthy weight! Thanks everyone for your great comments as they helped me know how great an option this is for doggie health 😀

  7. Frances says:

    Well my brother started using pumpkin for his dog and he has not had to express the glands since. I have owned 4 dogs and they never has their anal glands expressed and I always gave the pumpkin since puppies. Why not give it try?

  8. Vicky cummins says:

    I was told pumpkin would help my chiwawa not have the anul gland issue. Is this true? I have to express her every three weeks.

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  10. Rhonda says:

    Amber, I am currently going through the exact same thing with my Bichon. He is on Prednisolone and an antibiotic plus I just started him on pumpkin 2 days ago per my Vet. I am already seeing a change in his bowel movement for the positive. Morgan also gets B12 shots once a week for 6 was. This apparently helps with absorption, they believe it is IBD and he is going for an ultrasound on the 13th of April. That is the soonest I could get him into a specialist. I have been going through this since Christmas Eve 2014 and it is very very difficult. I am also feeding him Royal Canin Gastrointestinal canned food from the Vet. Good Luck….let me know how you are doing. I read by the hours trying to figure out what to do next and to understand the lab reports.

  11. RUBY STEPHENS says:

    I HAVE BEEN A REGRISTERED VET TECH FOR MANY YEARS. FARMERS MARKET ORGANIC PUMPKIN IS A WONDERFUL FOOD FOR DOGS.SHOP ONLINE AT VITACOST OR TRY TO FIND AT TARGET IN THE CANNED VEGTABLES AREA. DO NOT USE THE PIE FILLING AS IT HAS ADDED SUGAR. I FEED A SMALL DOG AND A MEDIUM DOG TWO TABLESPOONS MIXED IN “NO SALT ADDED”NO SALT ADDED CANNED GREEN BEANS(WALMART GREAT VALUE 68CENTS) EVERY DAY FOR THEIR EVENING MEAL. MY FEMALE NO LONGER HAS ANAL GLAND ISSUES AND HAVE NEVER HAD STOMACH PROBLEMS.

  12. SUE DUNN says:

    OKAY FOLK, I FEED BOTH MY DOGS “FARMER’S MARKET ORGANIC PUMPKIN” AND HAVE FED THEM GREEN BEANS AND ORGANIC PUMPKIN EVERY DAY FOR THEIR EVENING MEAL FOR YEARS.DO NOT FEED THEM THE PIE FILLING(HAS ADDED SUGAR)YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ANAL GLAND ISSUSES IN FEMALE DOGS IF YOU WILL FEED THEM ORGANIC PUMPKIN. TWO TABLESPOONS MIXED IN THEIR KIBBLE OR “NO SALT ADDED CANNED GREEN BEANS”(WALMART’S BEST VALUE 68 CENTS A CAN. I BUY A CASE AT A TIME. JUST DRAIN THE WATER. ORGANIC PUMPKIN DOES NOT IRRITATE A DOG’S TUMMY.

  13. Izzy says:

    My petite schnauzer started having bloating and constipation and would hardly eat of course. I tried adding green beans as the Vet said I tossed with a little bit of EVOO but that seemed to make it worse. As soon as I added canned pumpkin to her kibble she returned to her regular schedule of eating and pooping with good stool consistency. She doesn’t rush to eat when she hears the kibble hit the bowl like she use to but as soon as she hears me “mixing it up” she is excited and ready to eat!

  14. Pam B says:

    To Vernon Shiloh, the only bad ingredient is the Kibbles & Bits. Read the ingredient label and you may find corn, wheat, soy, by products, artificial flavors and preservatives.

  15. Marion says:

    My dogs love to chew and eat the stalks from Cauliflower and broccoli.
    I suspect it helps with teeth hygiene and gives fiber in their diet. They also get pumpkin and arrowroot from time to time.

  16. vernon shiloh says:

    I have one dog who is a very picky eater. I mix some Kibbel & Bits with sliced carrots, cut green beans & corned beef hash. She seems to like this mixture and none of the ingredients are harmful. But…when she stops eating this somewhere down the road, I have to come up with a new trick ANY SUGGESTIONS?

  17. vernon shiloh says:

    Dogs also love carrots

  18. JJ says:

    DOGS ALSO LIKE GREEN BEANS MIXED IN THERE FOOD.It ALSO HELPS WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS STATED ABOVE. My VET told me this.I would have never thought of it. I feed my dog everyday with it mixed in his food. It works!!! I notice it within a day!! He was having runny stools everyday until i started this!!!

  19. Jennifer says:

    To Serena:
    I suspect my dog is allergic to pumpkin, too. Due to the Halloween season I bought her some pumpkin flavored treats and her allergies got worse (itchy red rash on neck with hair loss and scabbing). I also discovered her regular food had pumpkin in it. Just switched her to a pumpkin-free diet today to see if the rash goes away.

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  23. Kim says:

    Amber, did they run bile acids? We had the same problem with our dog. He was not eating or drinking and vomiting. It turned out he had a liver shunt. That was two years ago. We brought him to the university of mn and they performed surgery. You would never know he was sick now.

  24. Julie Henderson says:

    Pumpkin (canned, pure pumpkin without the sugar) is great for dogs. I give mine 2 or 3 tablespoons. Ice cubes in any form, though, are bad for dogs. The extreme cold temperature can upset their stomach, especially, if they are coming from outside and are overheated. Just wanted to pass that on to everyone. You might want to read about it. Our vet and a good friend shared that with us.

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  26. Terry says:

    I’ve found that 1 can of pumpkin fills up one ice cube tray perfectly. I freeze it and then pop them out and store them in the freezer for future use. My dogs love Pumpkin pops and it generally straightens out their digestive system.
    Sometimes they just get them as a treat.

  27. serena says:

    I was trying to firm up my dogs stool. He has allergies and I saw the next day after I gave him pumpkin for the first time he seemed really ichy.. But I don’t know if it was his dog bath where I didn’t use his normal hypo shampoo or if it was the pumpkin..

    Is pumpkin a common allergy?? should I try it again?

  28. Paula says:

    Pumpkin stopped our Ginger from eating her poop ~ yeah

  29. nancy says:

    I was told about the benefits of pumpkin several years ago and have used it now and then. However, I am starting to use it more, like 2tbs. with my larger dog and a teaspoon for the small one. Not every day, but a few times a week. I am lucky that my dogs eat vegies and really whatever i feed them. So they really lap it up. Their stools are better and they don’t gain any weight.

  30. Amber says:

    We have a 6 year old pit bull. She has always been very healthy and no health issues. About 2-2 1/2 months ago she starte getting sick, vomiting and diarrhea. She started to lose some weight and continued to be sick, not eating. We had taken her to the vet 3 times in a week with no improvements and she lost another 6lbs in that week alone. The vet kept her, did X-rays and blood work. They believed they seen “something” in her stomach from the X-ray. They did surgery that day and found nothing. They kept her a few more days, until she ate. All blood work, and all stool testing a came back fine other then her WBC and liver counts were extreamly high. She went back for another stay at the vets, (and has to go back for iv fluids if she goes 2 days without eating). Anyways she went back for non eating and more blood work. Her lab results came back that her counts were coming down, we thought a very good sign. Well she still doesn’t eat well, still has diarrhea and vomiting. She has lost so much weight you can see every bone and looks like a dog you see on TV for ASPCA. We don’t know what it is or what else to do. If anyone has any helpful ideas please share. Thanks

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  32. Brenda says:

    My dog has allergies and usually has hair loss. I was giving her Dinovite and her hair began to regrow. I ran out and haven’t had money to buy more. I started feeding her pumpkin with her regular diet and her hair is growing back like it did with the dinovite. My dog is a white german shepherd and her new hair is coming in quickly, softer, and fuller than before. She looks like a new dog and even is more playful then before. I recommend trying pumpkin its much better than her having to be on medicine from the vet.

  33. Marsha Bourn says:

    I just about the pumpkin for dogs. I mixed a tsp. and a half with some scrambled eggs and a little bacon grease and my little chihuahua(12 yrs.) ate it up! She didn’t like the pumpkin by itself, that’s the reason I mixed it with eggs and bacon grease. She has be very constipated lately and has not been drinking very much water. I’m hoping the pumpkin puree will help her.

  34. Frances says:

    Some dogs have sensitive stomachs so you usually want to start small to see if they like it and tolerate it. My labs get two tablespoons as a treat

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