Parts used - the seeds here but the whole plant can be added to the diet:
The Pumpkin flesh itself is a superfood for dogs. It contains essential micronutrients and fibre that make it a very nutritious treat. Besides being a natural stomach soother, pumpkin also helps to remove excess water in a dog's digestive tract.
Pet owners have relied on pumpkin for a long time to reduce instances of diarrhoea in their dogs. This means it’s good to know how to prepare and serve pumpkin to your pet.
Mineral and vitamin-packed. Pumpkin contains vitamins like A, C, and E, as well as minerals like iron and potassium. Feeding plain canned pumpkin gives a great boost to your dog’s nutrition.
Great for digestion. Due to its high soluble fibre content, pumpkin is very good for your dog’s digestion. If you feed your dog some pumpkin, it will add bulk to their stool. You can give cooked pumpkin at regular intervals say about 1-2 tablespoon weekly in a home prepared diet.
Feeding your dogs pumpkin seeds is one of the best ways to help them achieve optimum gut health. These nutritious little bites are best served roasted and ground
The oils in the seeds contain sterols and it has been used to treat Benign Prostate Enlargement in humans, it is also an antispasmodic and has been used to treat bladder stones and infections
They have been used as an anti-parasite treatment by many holistic vets to treat and prevent worm infestations
Pumpkins seeds can act as a natural deworming agent for dogs because they contain an amino acid called cucurbitacin. This amino acid can paralyse and eliminate intestinal parasites like tapeworms and roundworms. When you feed your dog pumpkin seeds, the cucurbitacin can kill any worms they may have in their digestive tract.
Always monitor your pets faeces (poo) for worm eggs at regular intervals using a worm count laboratory test, in particularly if relying on herbal wormers
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Suggested Feeding Amounts
1/2 a teaspoon for every 10kg body weight is the suggested amount of the ground seeds as displayed here
Give once or twice daily
Veterinary Herbal Medicine Wynn and Fougere