Updated: Dec 17, 2020
This is a great time of year to stock up on plain canned pumpkin, most stores have it on sale for the holidays. I always keep some on hand for Hanni and Buddha and recommend keeping some in your doggie/kitty pantry throughout the year.
Pumpkin is helpful for BOTH diarrhea and constipation in dogs and cats. The bowel soothing properties of pumpkin are fantastic: the natural enzymes in pumpkin work much like prebiotics do for humans in regulating and restoring the natural flora and (good) bacteria in the microbiome of your dog's gut. You don't want or need to overdo it, a couple of teaspoons for small dogs/cats and 2-4 tablespoons for large dogs do the trick nicely for a few days until your dog's system reboots. Add pumpkin to some bland food or rice for diarrhea and add it to the regular kibble for constipation.
If you're having trouble finding canned pumpkin this year, don't worry it's not because there's a shortage. The annual harvest was a bit delayed this year due to weather conditions. Stock up next time you see it at the store.
Important: Check your labels and make sure you're buying PLAIN canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin pie mix labels often look similar to plain canned pumpkin and are often shelved right next to plain canned pumpkin.
Remember that nothing, including pumpkin, can take the place of medical attention when necessary. Pumpkin is wonderful to use when your fur baby has an upset tummy but if the condition lasts for more than a couple of days or there are other symptoms like a fever, shivering, pain, or bloody stool, etc. contact your vet immediately - do not wait. And if you have any questions regarding pumpkin and its use for your pets, please make sure to discuss it with your vet during your next visit.