Pumpkin may or may not be a favorite of yours -- but it's a food that is good for your dog, particularly if he or she is having any stomach issues. Veterinarian Yvonne Stemwedel tells Eating Well, “It’s most useful for cases of what we call ‘dietary indiscretion’—meaning the dog has eaten something it shouldn’t have.” Veterinarian Ana Grum says its helps improve gastrointestinal issues and can be effective in relieving diarrhea.
In addition, pumpkin is nutritious and filling. It contains Vitamin A and potassium, good for a dog's coat, muscles and kidney function. Pumpkin's fiber content makes it a good option for weight management as well because it gives dogs a feeling of fullness, causing them to eat less.
The correct preparation for fresh pumpkin -- for dogs at least -- is to cook it and mash it with no seasoning, sweeteners or additives. Canned, 100 percent pumpkin is suitable, but pumpkin pie filling is not a good idea. Read this article for more tips.