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.


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

  1. Sara Koontz says:

    😋 hey amber, 3.31.14 try some oatmeal or cream of wheat to help ease her stomach and it will help with babies you fill her up or u can use rice to help fill her up and when starting babies on solid food they say start with rice cereal its easy on stomach and is good

  2. Laurie says:

    If you give your dog’s can dog food and they get diarea that means they either are allergic to what’s in the can foods or they have trouble digesting it. Don’t bother giving it to them again their body won’t get use to it, some dogs just can’t digest it. Feed them dry food, but if they have worn down teeth mix the dry with some plain pumpkin mix you can buy at the grocery store it will soften the hard food to make it easy for them to chew n they won’t get diarea.

  3. Laurie says:

    For all those people that have dogs that have their hair falling out becuz of allergies, I had a dog like that, the food that work for me that he was not allergic to was pedagree dry dogfood. And Frontline flee stuff, and Oatmeal dog shampoo. His hair grew back n he stopped iching.

  4. Laurie says:

    All you dog people that have dog with allergies, I found out the hard way, my dog kept having siesers and no Dr. Could figure out why, one day I was watching something and they said if a dog has food allergies it can cause siesers and the most common allergy for an animal is wheat. I said that’s it, I was giving my dog a piece of wheat bread as a treat daily, can you imagine the build up of wheat in his body. As soon as I quit n changed to white the siesers stopped.

  5. Dan .p says:

    Hello this is in response to Rhondas post April 2, 2015.
    We have a three-year-old Chihuahua Who almost died in April 2015 no prior conditions until this incident which we still do not know what caused it after being in the hospital for eight days she finally pulled through she was on prednisones and a host of other medications for what they believe is IBD, we also had a sonogram and had her scope from both ends there was no defined diagnosis from the test no fishers no tears no holes everything looked good .the vet also prescribed the IBD Royal Canaan can food for her we found out very quickly that that probably was not the best food because the first ingredient is corn. Corn can be hard on your dogs digestive system ,We went to Sacramento Dr Stam Meridian holistic veterinarian specialist she suggested she be put on a raw diet we went with natures variety Raw venison with 2 teaspoons of 100% pumpkin added. she said that we need to change her novel protein. We did as was suggested now she’s on the protein rabbit we try to change every two months and we also did a lot of research on bone broth beef there are a ton of videos on YouTube about it it is fantastic for their little tummies we give her around 3 teaspoons a day she loves it but it can cause high sugar spikes so don’t give to much. There are also some great videos on YouTube made by Dr. Mercola she knows a lot about IBD.
    Sorry for the long post it is that we have just gone through so much and I feel the pain from everybodys post that is or has dealt with this kind of situation. I hope that all of your extended family members get well (pets)

  6. Cheryl says:

    At the end of October pumpkins are cheap.I bake two large pumpkins till they are tender, cool them,scrap them out and use the pulp with some roll over treats cut up fine, flour,and carrots beans and a can of beef stew then add liquid till batter is on the dry side bake in oven till they are on the slightly moist side,cool and cut up into bite size pieces,bag them.Then throw into freezer and take them out a bag at a time to avoid spoiling.two pumpkins equal 16 to 20 bags of bite size treats that lasts for up to 3 months.Cheap delicious recipes that’s nutricious.

  7. Mr Nick says:

    Toy poodle, 14 years old…upchuck late in evening for one week. No help at vet. Redline and Pepcid. No help. Friend said try pumpkin. Like magic…..1/2 day she was back to herself. Thank you Lord for directing me to my friend….while I was having haircut. She ate it and loved it. Stools were a little runny. End of day…stools almost normal. A miracle RX.

  8. kathi says:

    I have a Shitzu who has a very sensitive stomach. I brought her to the vet for diarrhea, who gave her meds and digestive canned food. The meds made her sleepy. Well months later she was constipated and I didn’t want my pup to have to take the meds the vet gave her because of how she slept all day and was just out of it.

    My daughter told me about 100% pure pumpkin and how it works for either diarrhea or constipation and all the other benefits it does for animals.

    My Shitzu weighs 10 pounds, I gave her a teaspoon and mixed it in her food within 30-45 minutes she had a nice bowel movement. I give it to her now on a daily basis. I read all the wonderful benefits that pumpkin does and I’m sold.

  9. Hope pumpkin sorts out my dogs constipation.

  10. Cindy says:

    I have 9 dogs❤️❤️❤️ I’m mainly interested in the pumpkin for my 13 year old who has the anal gland problems. Can I use a few teaspoons of the purée for him & then add water to the rest of the can to use on the other dogs food? The other dogs don’t have the issues my soulmate dog does, but want them to have a treat as well! I hope this made since!!

  11. Dogkwean says:

    I have been giving my cocker a tablespoon of PUMPKIN (found inthe baking section ) for over a year. She loves the taste, stools are bulkier assisting in helping those anal glands. No stomach problems.

  12. 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

  13. Mariah says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. Frances says:

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

  16. 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?

  17. 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 😀

  18. 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?

  19. 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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  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. vernon shiloh says:

    Dogs also love carrots

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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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  34. 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.

  35. 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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  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. Paula says:

    Pumpkin stopped our Ginger from eating her poop ~ yeah

  40. 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.

  41. 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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  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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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