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Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin puree. Pumpkins contain a good amount of fiber and vitamins A, C, and E. It is also loaded with minerals like potassium and iron. Pumpkin puree is a great addition to your dog’s healthy meal plan and provides multiple nutrients to improve their overall health.

Pumpkin Puree
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in moderation
Nutritional Value High fiber, potassium, iron, and vitamins, low in calories
Potential Risks Diarrhea
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How to Feed Pumpkin Puree to Dogs?

Pumpkin puree can be fed to your dog in a variety of ways. You can mix a bit of puree in the kibble and serve it to your dog, or you could offer it as a snack on its own.

TIP: Homemade meals are the best option for dogs. You can prepare pumpkin puree at home and use it per your need to make treats or mix it with different meals for your dog.

You can also use pumpkin puree to make healthy treats for your dog.

How Much Pumpkin Puree Is Safe for Dogs?

A teaspoon or two of pumpkin puree is enough for an extra small dog. If you have a big dog, you can consider giving them up to 4 tablespoons and no more than that. You can give a teaspoon of pumpkin to your dog daily.

Too much pumpkin puree can cause your canine to get diarrhea because of its high fiber content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, dogs can eat unflavored canned pumpkins that do not contain added preservatives. Always check the ingredient when purchasing commercial products for your dog.

  • Yes, dogs can eat pumpkins. Make sure to cook and cut the vegetable into smaller pieces before serving it to your dog.  

  • Pumpkin puree can be mixed with other food to provide a good meal for your dog. You can offer your dog white rice, chicken, or Greek yogurt, along with some pumpkin puree.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.