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Some pups – mine included – can eat (and eat and eat) without ever seeming to get a full belly. And, as you can see, North's already a big fan of pumpkin. Adding one to the other, and I wanted to share yet another use for this can o' goodness – weight loss. If your pup's a touch overweight (maybe it's those puppy-dog eyes pleading for another peanut butter yum), consider adding some pumpkin to his normal meal plan. Substitute pure, canned pumpkin (not pie filling) for one-third of your pet's diet. This roughage has a similar texture to canned dog food and happens to be vitamin-filled and super filling, too.

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lostinsomniac lostinsomniac 7 years
If you can't find any unsweetened/unspiced pumpkin, sweet potato works just as well. My baby Pru has a big spoonful with her breakfast. It also has stopped her... tooting... problem :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I gave the girls some pumpkin last night and they both ate it. So, it is a go!
Rhonda-Y Rhonda-Y 7 years
Since we started supplementing with fresh veggies and fruits we have had stinky butt problems only when he gets extra excited or stressed. Before that he was having problems at least once a month. Adding any fruit or veggie that is high in fiber will help. I use baby food, fresh and canned.
dzymzlzy dzymzlzy 7 years
Rhonda, I have a Boston and she gets smelly anal glands. Do you think that would help her? Also, I had a Chihuahua and he almost died from constipation (he had a congenital hip defect that made constipation a problem). The vet recommended pumpkin for him and it worked wonders. Plus, he LOVED it!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
A few years back, one of my Persians had the runs and pumpkin was prescribed by her vet. It worked great! I bought little jars of organic baby food pumpkin puree, though, as at only 6 lbs, a large can would spoil before she could have gotten through it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
Awesome, thanks Rhonda! I am going to buy some and slowly add it to her diet.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
both my pups get pumpkin and they LOVE it. i freeze it and they have it in the morning for their 'treat' instead of cookies.
Rhonda-Y Rhonda-Y 7 years
It doesn't give them the runs at all, in fact it helps soothe their tummies if they DO have the runs. We were recommended to give it to our youngest Boston who had a problem naturally "Expressing" his glands when he pooed and it has helped bulk up his stool so he is expressing himself quite nicely now :) AND they absolutely love it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
It doesn't give them the 'runs' or anything does it?? My chubby Collie gets a mix of kibble and green beans. I am sure she would love a change.
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