8 Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seed for Pets

Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs, and Pumpkin Seed Fiber for Dogs and Cats

As pumpkin season approaches, we start to think about the health benefits of this squash, for both ourselves and our pets. There are multiple proven benefits to giving pumpkin to dogs and it is quite a common supplement for pets for a number of reasons. While pumpkin is a great supplement for specific conditions for pets, there are a variety forms in which it can be given, some offering more benefits for pets than others. 

One of the best ways to give pumpkin to your pets is with pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin seeds are one of the key ingredients in Glandex® and are a more premium type of fiber and contain additional health benefits over regular pumpkin. Glandex contains ground pumpkin seed fiber to provide a high-quality product for dogs & cats in an easy to administer form. This type of processing of the seeds frees up many of the enzymes and nutrients to a more easily accessible form by the body, and can help with a number of conditions in our pets. 

Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

1. Fiber

Pumpkin seed fiber is a great way to make sure that your dog or cat is getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. This added soluble fiber slows digestion, helps absorb water if mild diarrhea is a problem, and can help resolve mild constipation as well. Added pumpkin seed fiber can help your pet feel fuller and may help with weight loss. By bulking up the stool, pumpkin seed fiber provides relief for anal gland irritation and disease by promoting normal anal gland expression before they become impacted or infected, which can help avoid repeated trips to your veterinarian. In cats, this added soluble fiber may also help with hairball problems, as the added pumpkin seed fiber can help pass hair through the digestive tract.

"Pumpkin seed fiber provides relief for anal gland irritation and disease by promoting normal anal gland expression..."

2. Omega Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids provide a variety of benefits to our pets’ diets and giving pumpkin seed to dogs and cats supplies these fatty acids in large quantities.  Omega fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, joint function, heart health, and brain chemistry; and adding a plant-based omega fatty acid source like the pumpkin seed fiber in Glandex can help maintain the health of your pet by providing those benefits.

3. Anti-inflammatory properties

Ground pumpkin seeds, when given to dogs and cats, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits for anal gland disease and intestinal health, which can help with irritation, inflammation, and pain in the anal glands, and can further decrease chronic anal gland disease. This means fewer trips to have those glands expressed and less pain and aggravation for everyone.

Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds for Dogs and Cats

4. Allergies

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, which can help to relax respiratory muscles and open up airways. Supplementing with Glandex may help with environmental allergies in our pets!

5. Parasites

Intestinal parasites can add to any intestinal or anal gland disease and make the situation more complicated. Pumpkin seed fiber given to dogs and cats contain something called Cucurbitin, which is an amino acid that can act as a natural de-worming agent.  While your dog or cat will likely need other regular de-worming medications as directed by your veterinarian, this supplement can help to keep your pet parasite free and decrease intestinal inflammation.

6. Vitamins and Minerals

Pumpkin seeds contain Vitamin A to support vision health, Vitamin C to help boost the immune system and support joint health, and Zinc which can help improve skin and hair coat for your pet, and also provides powerful support to the immune system. The addition of pumpkin seed in Glandex provides a convenient, easy to administer way to help make sure that your pet is receiving enough of these vitamins when given as directed.

7. Antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin E, powerful anti-oxidants to help slow the aging process when given to your dog or cat.

8. Oils

Oils found in the pumpkin seed are believed to support urinary health, so dogs and cats with a urinary disease may also benefit from this supplement.

Pumpkin for Dogs and Cats

There are many ways of safely giving pumpkin to pets, but pumpkin seeds provide the most benefit. The high-quality form of ground pumpkin seed fiber in Glandex® is a great source of insoluble fiber for pets to bulk stools & support healthy bowel movements for dogs and cats. It provides omega fatty acids to reduce inflammation & allergies, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and can act against parasites.

"Glandex® is balanced with the precise amount of fiber in every dose for any sized pet."

While there are benefits to giving pumpkin seeds for your pet, it's important to give the correct amount. Giving too little fiber will have negligible effects, while too much fiber can upset the digestive tract. Fortunately, Glandex® is balanced with the precise amount of fiber (including pumpkin seeds) in every dose for any sized pet. When given as directed, daily, Glandex provides these benefits in a convenient, easy to administer form for dogs and cats.

Glandex® patented formula is the only product that targets all of the underlying causes of anal gland problems as well as providing all of these other benefits, which should lead to a happy pumpkin season for all!