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Five Benefits of Pumpkin and Cinnamon for Dogs

You may wonder why your dog showing up when you’re cutting the slices of pumpkin, or working with cinnamon spices in your kitchen? Because dogs are very much fond of pumpkin and cinnamon spice. These provide our canine companions with several health benefits that are listed below:

Benefits of Pumpkin

  1. Pumpkin is a nutrient-rich product
Pumpkins are a highly delicious and nutritious product for your dog. They are low in calories, but rich in essential vitamins (A, E, and C) and minerals. This orange beauty contains a high concentration of vitamin A (beta-carotene). It is an excellent source of healthy nutrients such as potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, and folic acid. Pumpkins also contain anti-oxidants.  
  1. Pumpkin boost immune status
Besides vitamin, pumpkins also contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and zeaxanthin that are integral for immune health all-around. Anti-oxidants help your dog stay healthy by destroying free radicals. Free radicals develop cancer and chronic disease. You can easily boost your dog’s immune system by offering fresh sources of antioxidants such as pumpkin.
  1. Pumpkin helps in vision
Pumpkins contain vitamin A, which is essential for your dog’s eye health. This vitamin prevents the development of night blindness and other eye diseases. Mixing pumpkin in your dog’s regular food will protect your dog’s eyes from light damage.
  1. Pumpkin helps to control parasites
Feeding raw or roasted pumpkin seeds to your dog will kill and expel dog parasites such as tapeworms. Pumpkin contains cucurbitacin, which is toxic for such parasites. Grinding up two pumpkin seeds and mixing with our dog’s feed can be a good preventive measure.
  1. Pumpkin favors weight loss

Pumpkins are rich in moisture and fiber content, which makes them an excellent tool for your dog’s weight loss. You can replace a little of your dog’s regular diet with a few teaspoons of pumpkin to help your dog lose some excess weight.

Benefits of Cinnamon

  1. Prevents arthritis

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent developing bone and joint problems in your dog. This spice helps to manage joint pain and swelling. For a medium-sized dog, you can offer half a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

  1. Helps to reduce diabetes

Old dogs are prone to become diabetic. Cinnamon can maintain blood pressure. Adding 1/4 tsp of cinnamon spice per 15 pounds of body weight of your dog’s diet per day can reduce the risk of diabetes.

  1. Improves neurological function

This is known as brain food. It is antioxidant-rich and works against neurological disorders. Cinnamon helps to improve brain functions and maintains the proper physical and mental health of your dog.

  1. Maintains normal body weight

Obese dogs can get benefit from cinnamon. This slows down the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream after a high-carbohydrate diet. It also lowers insulin resistance, and that’s how helps the diabetic dog.

  1. Improves heart health

According to the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, cinnamon significantly lowers systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Cinnamon can lower down the growth of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

Finally, if you want to give pumpkin and cinnamon, please talk to your veterinarian first about the potential benefits. This will save you time and improves your dog's health.