I just need to clarify a few things before I buy canned pumpkin for my dog. I have read many articles and reviews about the pumpkin in dog food. Many people feed pumpkin to their dogs to clear up the runs when they have an upset tummy.
I am wondering if it really works? How much and how often? Canned or fresh pumpkin? What's the best place to buy them for cheap price?
Any recommendations that are easily available at Petco and Petsmart will be greatly appreciated, because I got their discount coupon codes. Thanks.
By Alice from Sunnyvale
Yes! This technique dose work it helps to get rid of constipation, upset stomach or, diarrhea. This may help you out = http://www.pets.ca/pettips/tips-75.htm You can find most can pumpkins in supermarkets.
I've found the best thing for diarrhea for adults, kids and pets is plain yogurt. (I've used it with success for 30 years) Make sure the plain yogurt has NO sugar added (read the ingredients. All milk has milk-sugar in it, you want no added sugar, or no sugar listed on the ingredients). Recently a new brand of Plain yogurt we bought that said "plain" wasn't really "plain" but was sweetened with lots of sugar. And sugar can give a child or a pet diarrhea or a loose stool.
You may be confused about Canned Pumpkin. I know it helps make them poop, I don't think it helps diarrhea, because its loaded with fiber (but I could be wrong, because many soluble fiber's can work for both helping constipation and also stopping diarrhea. Metamucil is one example.)
* Pumpkin also prevents hairballs in cats! They make 2 types of canned pumpkin, one that's sweetened with spices added and one that is simply plain pumpkin. Be sure to buy the plain kind, the one without spices or sugar.
---> If you, your child or your pet is ever on antibiotics, be sure to have them eat some yogurt ever day to replace the good bacteria... For years my old boyfriend got the worst case of diarrhea whenever he had to take antibiotics, but after I told him about the yogurt, he never got diarrhea when taking antibiotics again!
My Vet told me to add some rice to their food for diarrhea and some vegetable oil in their food if they're constipated. It worked on my dogs in the past. (03/17/2010)
I don't know about clearing up the runs, but it's a fibrous veggie with lots of beta-carotene. My dog loves cooked carrots, a similar veggie. (03/17/2010)
You need to buy the plain pumpkin pie filling-no spices added. What I do is pour it into an old ice cube tray and freeze it. You just pop out the pumpkin cubes as needed.
I have a small dog, so I give her one cube (I let it defrost and spoon feed her, she loves it). If she still is having potty issues, I will give her one more cube and that usually does the trick. Larger dogs will need a larger dose-use your judgment. (03/18/2010)
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber to help with constipation. Any dog with diarrhea does not need added fiber to their diet. Make sure it is canned pumpkin. DO NO use pumpkin pie filling, cause it is loaded with sugar and spices which is not good for dogs. (03/25/2010)
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