Use Canned Pumpkin for Dog + Cat Tummy Issues

I'm not feeling well, will you chase him for me?                                  -Dog

Pumpkin

Canned Pumpkin is great for so many tummy issues!

  • wet stool (diarrhea)
  • dry/hard stool (constipation)
  • over-eating (please rule out/monitor for bloat before healing at home)
  • uncomfortable tummy (otherwise known as - my dog ate the cats poo and maybe a piece of tissue)
  • food transition
You can purchase this from almost all grocery stores in the baking isle. Check the ingredients to make sure "pumpkin" is the only ingredient. I prefer to use organic (to avoid the build up of toxins in the system), though any will do the trick. Depending on your pets weight you can add to or replace meals (only for a couple meals - consult your doctor if symptoms persist) from 1 tsp - 1/2 cup a serving. Do not worry about giving them too much, both dogs and cats can eat a good amount of pumpkin, it is a free food so to say!

Recommended Use

  • wet stool (diarrhea)

When my dogs (11 & 19lbs) get diarrhea or loose stool, I add just a little (roughly 1 tsp) until back to normal. I will add a bite or two throughout the day as a treat if I feel they need it.

  • dry/hard stool (constipation)

For constipation, I give them more pumpkin than food and sometimes I add a drop to 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Just mix it all in their regular meals. To make sure dehydration is not an issue, I add a "flavor" to their water (they get separate smaller bowls for this as my dogs have food aggression), such as a bit of pumpkin, olive oil, veggie broth (no onion or garlic in ingredients) and or applesauce. You can really use whatever you need for this, sometimes I just simply rinse my empty soup can with water and split it between the two of them.

  • over-eating (please rule out/monitor for bloat before healing at home)

If your dog is not at risk for bloat, this can help them "get back to normal" in a shorter time. If my dogs get into too many treats or eat my lunch, they skip meals and have the dehydration water/flavor blend as mentioned above. I give this to them in just very small increments throughout the day. I always use pumpkin and olive oil in this instance to "move things along". I also take them on slow mini walks as well to help promote digestion.

  • uncomfortable tummy (otherwise known as - my dog ate the cats poo and maybe a piece of tissue)

Follow suggestions for "over-eating.

  • food transition

Whether you have a senior dog or cat that is just a little over weight or a new rescue dog or cat needing to transition to a healthier food - just add pumpkin! There are no rules here, many recommend mixing old food with new, this is to prevent unwanted stool issues. However, since pumpkin is a remedy for wet or dry/hard stools, you can skip the old food and just mix with pumpkin!