Halloween is coming!
Altho it COVID-19, but i’m pretty sure there will be some Halloween stuff going around… Even just in own homes… costumes, treats and of course pumpkin carving “always a good fun for any age!”…
PUMPKIN? CARVING PUMPKIN? LEFTOVERS FROM CARVING PUMPKIN?
What are the benefits of pumpkin for your dog?
Pumpkin is becoming increasingly popular in pet food and is a great complement to other ingredients. Traditionally this has been a seasonal product in human and pet food products, however it is now beginning to be used as a year-round ingredient.
The nutritional value of the humble pumpkin has been recognised and is now widely considered a Superfood.
Why is this ingredient beneficial?
One of the key reasons for using pumpkin in pet food is for its wealth of nutritional benefits. The bright orange pigmentation of pumpkin is linked to the presence of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a plant carotenoid which converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is a micro-nutrient which contributes towards maintaining healthy vision and supporting the immune system. In dogs, 1mg of beta carotene can be converted in 883 mg of Vitamin A (McDowell (2000). Alongside Vitamin A, pumpkin contains vitamins E and C which are known to have antioxidant properties. Pumpkin is also a source of soluble fibre which contributes towards digestive health.
Credit to: Victoria Brierley
What to do with your leftover pumpkin in long term…
My personal suggestion would be… mush your leftover pumpkin into paste (obviously with no seeds)… put it into a ice-cube tray… freeze it… and your pet can enjoy “A CUBE A DAY” treat every day… which will be full of vitamins, antioxidants and also fibre which helps digestive health!