Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin everything is here!

Fall is the season of pumpkin, and everything comes with pumpkin spice. There is latte, bread, ice cream, yogurt, cereal, beer, and a plethora of other things pumpkin. Many of these products are tempting to dogs, but not all of them should be eaten by our four footed friends.

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 ~

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