What are pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are the nutrient and calorie-rich edible seeds of the pumpkin, a plant of the squash family whose domestication dates back some ten thousand years. Cholesterol and gluten-free, pumpkin seeds are known to be hugely beneficial to both humans and dogs. In fact the benefits of pumpkin seeds for dogs are enormous. I would even go so far as to say that no dog’s diet should be without them. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, can I give my dog pumpkin seeds, the answer is yes you can and should. Especially if your dog is on a vegetarian diet!
What nutrients do pumpkin seeds contain?
Pumpkin seeds are a plentiful source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B5 and vitamin B9. Respectively that’s thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folate, a naturally occurring form of folic acid.
They’re also a good source of vitamins B6, C, E and K, and a rich source of vitamin B3, also known as niacin.
Want more? Okay, they’re also a good source of calcium, potassium, omega-3 and omega-6. And they’re particularly rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and zinc. Oh, and they’re a useful source of fibre too.
So they’re particularly useful for older dogs whose digestive system might be slowing down a little. And for any dog in need of shedding the odd pound or two!
The direct benefits of pumpkin seeds for your dog
Pumpkin seeds have plenty of natural goodness to offer man’s best friend.
Pumpkin seeds are a natural and safe dewormer. They’ve been used by North America’s native tribes for centuries, and they’re particularly ideal for tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.
They are also one of the richest sources of magnesium of any food known to man. And magnesium is important in maintaining healthy bones, in reducing the risk of heart disease, and in regulating blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So they’re good for any dog suffering from hypertension or diabetes.
They also help promote good urinary health and improve heart function thanks to their antioxidants and fatty acids. Their anti-inflammatory properties can help with age-related degenerative issues such as canine arthritis and joint problems.
Organic pumpkin seeds can make an excellent addition to any dog’s diet. As I’ve mentioned, the benefits of pumpkin seeds for dogs are enormous. Just make sure you grind them before offering them to your dog. And, as always, feed them in moderation. Oh, and do try them yourself. You’ll be doing both you and your dog a big, big favour by adding nutrient-rich pumpkin seeds to both your diet’s!
Don’t feed raw seeds from the fruit
There is just one caveat when it comes to feeding your dog pumpkin seeds. You should never feed your dog raw seeds straight from the fruit. Not only can they spoil quickly, they can also be a choking hazard, particularly for small dogs. Always feed your dog cleaned and shelled organic pumpkin seeds. Grind them in the likes of a coffee grinder and sprinkle onto your dog’s food as required. Or add them whole to other ingredients when home cooking for your dog.
Best herbs for dogs
Pumpkin Seeds form part of my Best Herbs for Dogs. A unique blend of natural vitamins and minerals for dogs, it’s hand crafted by myself and my team here in rural Somerset. I consider it the best, most nutrient-rich and healthy daily supplement for dogs available anywhere. Made only with 100% natural herbs & spices, it’s simply bursting with goodness.
It’s a 100% natural herbal supplement for dogs without additives of any kind. It includes Alfalfa Herb Powder, Brewers Yeast, Burdock Root, Celery Seeds, Chicory Root, Dandelion Root, Kelp Powder, Nettle Leaf, Pumpkin Seeds and Turmeric.
Rich in natural goodness, it provides your dog with healthy nutrients just the way nature intended. What one might call pumpkin seeds for dogs with fringe benefits. As a canine nutritionist dedicated to improving dog nutrition, I thoroughly recommend the use of pumpkin seeds as a supplement for dogs. Providing they’re from a 100% natural source of course!