Ask the Expert: Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?
Sure, dogs look adorable in photos in pumpkins, on top of pumpkins or in the general vicinity of pumpkins. But can they eat them? It’s a question that Dr. Leslie, our resident vet expert, gets asked every year. So for everyone wondering, here’s her answer.
Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin too.
There’s something magical about the aroma of fall. Smoky bonfires, cinnamon apple cider, and of course, pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is one of the seasonal treats we can enjoy with our canine companions. In fact, pumpkin is one of my favorite autumnal add-ins to my dog’s treat allowance.
Raw pumpkin is a low-calorie snack and a great source of dietary fiber. It delivers vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, which aids in a dog’s digestion, metabolism and vision.
One cup of raw pumpkin delivers an estimated 30 calories, which is close to 10% of the daily calories of a 10-lb dog. A cup of pumpkin also delivers about 2.7 grams of dietary fiber.
Cooked and canned pumpkin is also a healthy and safe treat option for your dog. Keep in mind that it provides more calories per cup than raw pumpkin. And remember: All food and treats are best enjoyed in moderation.
Pumpkin by the cup
- 1 cup raw pumpkin = 30 kcal & 2.7g dietary fiber.
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin = 40 kcal & 5g dietary fiber.
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (without added salt) = 80 kcal & 9g dietary fiber.
Does your pup love pumpkins—or any other fall foods? Tell us about your pup's favorite veggies right here in the comments.
About Dr. Leslie
Dr. Leslie Hancock-Monroe has been a top veterinarian for 15 years, and right now heads up Big Heart Pet Brands’ Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Department.
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