Thursday, November 20, 2014
Pumpkin everything is here!
Pumpkin itself is fine for dogs to eat, in moderate amounts. It contains a lot of fiber, and most dogs love it. The problem is that pumpkin spice products contain a mix of spices - but no pumpkin.
Pumpkin spice normally contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and possibly other spices. When added to food, none of these should cause a problem. Unless your pet gets into your spice cabinet and eats a large amount, of course.
Never give your dog alcoholic drinks, and keep tempting pumpkin-spiced alcoholic drinks out of reach. Alcohol is much more dangerous to dogs than it is to people.
Cookies, cakes, pies, and similar can be too rich for a dog. Be observant for chocolate, raisins, xylitol, and macadamia nuts.
Yogurt and ice cream can be okay for a dog, it depends on the individual. Many dogs are lactose intolerant.
Keep an eye on your pumpkin flavored foods, and if you want to share, a spoonful of canned pure pumpkin is a great choice for the pets.
~ Maria Sadowski ~