Pumpkin has been grown in North America for over 5000 years. American Indians and the first colonist relied on pumpkins as an import food source, as reflected in this 1630 poem:
"For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon
If it were not for pumpkins, we should be undoon."
Here at Old Dog Cookie Company we use pumpkin in both our Arthritis and Diabetic dog treats. We also add a tablespoon to our dog's food several times each week.
Why do we use pumpkin?
Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, beta carotene, essential minerals and vitamins. The vitamin A in pumpkin supports vision health. Vitamin C helps protect a dog's immune system and supports strong joints. The zinc in pumpkin helps with a healthy coat.
Surprisingly, pure pumpkin helps control both diarrhea and constipation - the fiber and water in pumpkin aids in proper stool production. Pumpkin also helps maintain a healthy digestive tract and slows digestion.
When adding pumpkin to your pet's diet only use 100% pure canned pumpkin. NEVER use pumpkin pie filling (this contains Xylotol which is toxic to dogs).
We use only USA produced 100% pumpkin puree in our cookies and for our dog Spirit.
As you prepare for Thanksgiving, this fall if a perfect time to add some pumpkin to your pup's diet.