Can dogs eat Pumpkin seeds?

can dogs have pumpkin seedsYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Pumpkin seeds are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc that help to support bone strength and muscle health, and also protect against anemia and support red blood cell health.
  • Antioxidants in pumpkin seeds can protect a dog against free radical damage and oxidation in cells.
  • Their soluble fiber content improves and regulates digestion to prevent constipation in dogs.
  • The natural oils in pumpkin seeds protect the urinary tract, preventing UTIs. They may also help dislodge kidney stones and prevent them from reforming.
  • Pumpkin seeds act as a natural dewormer to get rid of tapeworms and other intestinal parasites.
  • Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 fatty acid, which helps improve their skin and coat and boosts cognitive performance. It may even prevent cognitive decline.

Risks

health-risks
  • Pumpkin seeds are high in fat. Excessive consumption may cause digestive upset.
  • The shells of the pumpkin seeds are a potential choking hazard.
health-risks-dog

Servings

serving-suggestions
  • You can serve pumpkin seeds raw or cooked. Cook them by baking or roasting without adding any seasonings.
  • To prevent choking or stomach obstruction, remove the shells, or grind them using a grinder.
  • Because of the high-fat content of pumpkin seeds, it is recommended to give only a few to your dog as a treat.

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