How to Cook Pumpkin for a Dog (Easy Steps)

To cook pumpkin for dogs remove the seeds and cut the pumpkin into small cubes. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

When cooking a pumpkin to feed a dog there are many different ways that you can cook it. You can choose to boil, bake, grill or fry the pumpkin using whichever method best suits you.

How can I cook a pumpkin for a dog?

There are many ways to cook a pumpkin to make it suitable for your dog to consume. You can cook it the same way that you would any other vegetable and like you would for yourself to eat. 

Basically you want to make sure that the pumpkin is soft enough for your cook to actually chew and eat.

To bake the pumpkin for your dog scoop out all of the seeds from inside the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin up into small bite-size cubes. Place onto a tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Leave to cool.

To boil the pumpkin remove the seeds and cut up. Place the cubes in a large pot, fill with water and leave to boil on the stove for 15-30 minutes until soft enough to place a fork through. Drain and leave to cool down.

To grill the pumpkin remove the pumpkin seeds and cut the pumpkin into slices around 3/4 of an inch thick. Heat the grill to a medium-high heat and place the pumpkin under the grill for about 5 minutes on each side.

To fry the pumpkin cut the pumpkin into very small cubes and place in a pan with a little cooking oil. Fry until tender enough to skewer or slightly golden.

How much pumpkin can I give my dog?

Exactly how much pumpkin you can feed your dog will depend on their size, breed and bodyweight. It will also depend on their health condition.

For example, if your dog has diabetes then you should consult a vet before adding pumpkin to their diet as it is high in sugar and can significantly affect blood sugar.

Basically, as a rule the bigger your dog the more pumpkin they can eat. A good measurement is 1 teaspoon of pumpkin (either canned or cooked) for every 10 pounds that your dog weighs.

Do I have to cook canned pumpkin for dogs?

There is no need to cook canned pumpkin before feeding it to your dog. However, be careful not to give them too much as it can be harmful to them. 

Before serving your dog canned pumpkin make sure that it is pure pumpkin and that no flavorings or spices have been added to the mix as these can be dangerous for dogs to consume.

Is pumpkin good for dogs?

Plain cooked pumpkin is a very healthy addition to your dog’s diet and is encouraged as a treat or a weekly addition to a meal. 

Pumpkin is a fantastic source of fiber and other nutrients. It is worth knowing that canned pumpkin is significantly higher in these than freshly cooked pumpkin.

Can I steam pumpkin with the skin on?

Yes, you can steam and cook pumpkin with the skin on. Once the pumpkin and the skin are completely tender and cooked leave to cool down and then puree.

Can too much pumpkin hurt a dog?

Although pumpkin is a healthy source of fiber for a dog too much pumpkin is a bad thing. This is because too much fiber can stop your dog’s body from absorbing other nutrients.

The large amount of vitamin A present in pumpkin can be fatal to dogs if too much is consumed.

Eating too much pumpkin can also affect your dog’s blood sugar levels which can lead to diabetes or can cause problems if they are already diabetic. 

Does pumpkin ease a dog’s constipation?

If your dog is unfortunately suffering from constipation the adding pumpkin to a few of their meals can help ease their pain. 

Many vets will suggest adding 1-4 tablespoons of pumpkin to a dog’s food if they are suffering from constipation as this will help to get their bowels and stomach working properly again.

Because dogs take 8 hours to digest their food you should start to see the effects of the pumpkin helping your dog with 10 hours since their meal. 

If your dog is still constipated then take them to the vets for a check-up as it could be a sign of an illness or other problem. 

Can I feed my dog raw pumpkin?

Pumpkin does not necessarily need to be cooked for your dog to consume it. Raw pumpkin is also safe for dogs to eat. 

Just like cooked pumpkin you should make sure that your dog does not consume too much raw pumpkin as this can have adverse effects on their health.

Is pumpkin good for vomiting dogs?

Pumpkin is good for dogs who are vomiting and it helps with upset stomachs. So, if your dog is struggling to keep anything down the try feeding them a bit of pumpkin.

This happens because dogs digest pumpkin slowly as it has a low glycemic index. If your dog does not get any better after 10 hours you will need to make a trip to the vets.

Can I feed my dog pumpkin seeds?

Yes, dogs are able to eat pumpkin seeds. So, if you want to give your dog the leftover seeds from making your own pumpkin treats then this is fine to give them.

Alternatively, if your dog has been sniffing around the kitchen whilst you were preparing their pumpkin treat and they ate some pumpkin seeds do not worry, they are safe for dogs to consume.

You can also grind pumpkin seeds and add them to your dog’s meals if they will not eat the seeds whole.

How to cook pumpkin seeds for dogs

The best way to cook pumpkin seeds for dogs is to bake them. Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15 minutes.