Pumpkins are readily available and are rich in nutrition. But can a cat or dog eat this delicious treat, too? Does your pet also get the same benefit from a pumpkin? The answer is not only ‘yes,’ but you should add pumpkin to your pet’s diet, as it is an excellent source of nutrients and supplements. Learning about the Pumpkin benefits for cats and dogs
Below are some health benefits that your pet receive from pumpkin:
1. Pumpkin Benefits for Eyes
Vitamin A in pumpkin is essential for your eye health, and it affects your cat’s eyes too and your dog’s eyes too. This vitamin, other than promoting eye health, also prevents night blindness and many other forms of eye degeneration. Vitamin A is soluble in fat; if you add a little oil with pumpkin and feed it to your pet, it can be even more beneficial. To provide your pet with a satisfying and healthy treat, you can add the pumpkin on top of regular food or blend it with flax oil.
2. Pumpkin Benefits for Nutrient-Rich
Pumpkins are low in calories and contain a lot of potassium that can improve muscle health, regulate blood pressure, and assist in metabolic activities. Pumpkin contains an essential amount of healthy nutrients like Iron, Phosphorus, Folate, Vitamin C, and Magnesium. Pumpkin also contains a high level of vitamin A.
3. Pumpkin Benefits for Boosting Immune System
Vitamin C plays an essential part in your immune system. Pumpkin can also help in preventing cancer from developing in your pet as it has Vitamin C along with beta-carotene, vitamin E, and other essential anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants help to destroy oxidants and free radical, the same way as it does for the human body. However, oxidants are naturally present in everyone’s immune system, but having too many oxidants can increase the risk of damaging the body and developing cancers. You can boost your pet’s immune system with pumpkin as it is highly rich in anti-oxidants.
4. Pumpkin Benefits for Naturally Control Parasites
Parasites such as tapeworm create a disorder in your pet’s digestive system causing unpleasant symptoms like nutrient deficiency, a shabby coat, weight loss, and dry skin. Pumpkins are rich in a high amount of amino acid cucurbitacin that is toxic for many common parasites for cats and dogs. This acid expels this worm from your pet. You can grind one or two teaspoons of pumpkin seeds, mixing it with regular food can help your pet in recovering from the parasitic attack.