Is it OK to give dogs pumpkin everyday? Start with a very small serving of cooked pumpkin, working up to no more than 1 teaspoon (per 10 lbs. of body weight). For small dogs, that max amount might mean ½ teaspoon per day, while large dogs can safely eat 1-4 tablespoons daily.
How much pumpkin can I give my dog? Leslie Brooks, DVM, and BetterPet advisor cautions, “We usually tell dog owners to give canned pumpkin to help firm up the stool in cases of soft stools or diarrhea, but in small amounts—no more than 1 tablespoon for a large/giant breed dog or 1 to 2 teaspoons for a small to medium breed dog, once or twice a day.”
Do vets recommend pumpkin for dogs? First, pumpkin helps promote digestive health in dogs. The high fiber content in pumpkin can help dogs that are suffering from constipation or diarrhea. That’s why some veterinarians will recommend adding a small spoonful of pumpkin to your dog’s diet if he or she is experiencing minor gastrointestinal problems.
What happens when you give a dog pumpkin? Given appropriately, canned pumpkin may help ease the symptoms of upset stomach in dogs. The fiber in pumpkin will pull moisture from your pup’s body and can help stool soften and pass, says Dr. Evelyn Kass, a veterinarian in Phoenix and founder of Pet Nutrition Doctor.