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Pumpkin Seeds Support Your Pet's Heart

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Pumpkin seeds have been a staple in Native American diets for decades for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrition and are a good healthy fat. However, pumpkin seeds' real claim to fame is that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming and it's known that when the seeds age or begin to decompose, their nutritional value increases. 

For pets, they are a great food to include in your cat or dog's diet as they act as a natural preventative against tapeworms and other parasites such as E. coli. They're packed with nutrients and are a good source of energy. 

Pumpkin seeds are also great to give to active or working dogs and those pets that are forever hungry as they help curb appetite so are a great healthy snack to tide your pet over until mealtime.


Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

  • Rich in nutrients such as fibre, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus
  • Support cardio health
  • Help combat internal parasites
  • Contain natural phytosterols that help reduce cholesterol levels
  • Help control blood sugar level and insulin
  • For always hungry pets, they help curb appetite
  • Are a healthy fat 
  • High in zinc that supports immune health and protects against osteoporosis.
  • Contain healthy omega fatty acids
  • Good source of protein
  • Aid sleeps
  • Lowers depression
  • Natural form of vitamin E that supports immune health
  • Good source of vitamin B's
  • Protect against kidney stones
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Support the liver
  • Good for prostate health
  • Rich in antioxidants that help toward preventing cancer cell growth
  • Slight laxative effect can help remove hairballs


Are Pumpkin Seeds Safe for Pets?  

Yes. However, it's important you choose pumpkin seeds that are not salted as salt can be very toxic for pets, and that your pumpkin seeds are not treated with any preservatives, sweeteners, etc. Alternatively, make your own - see below.  

Avoid over feeding pumpkin seeds to pets. A little goes a long way.  

Don't feed every day, forever, and a day. Interchange pumpkin seeds with other natural delicious snacks like, almonds, mango etc. Click here to see a list of fruits for snacks for cats and click here for dogs.


Side Effects 

Their high fibre content can cause a stomach upset in your pet if you overfeed.

If your pet is on medication check with your vet beforehand as they can have a laxative effect so may interfere with the absorption of medications. Alternatively, feed a few hours outside of when you would normally administer medications.


How to Feed Pumpkin Seeds to Cats & Dogs  

Pumpkin seeds can be feed raw or cooked, and feed to your cat and dog. 

They are ideal as a snack for your pet, give about a pinch of seeds whilst out with your dog. Or you can sprinkle them onto your pet's food. 

They are high in fibre so use them as you would a condiment. Add a little to mealtimes. You can also blend them and thoroughly mix them into your pet's food for the fussier dog and for cats.

If you're using pumpkin seeds against parasites they need to be in their raw state and ideally fresh out of the pumpkin. Blend or finely crush a few seeds and feed to your pet over the course of a few days. 

As a rough guide use a ¼ teaspoon to ½ teaspoon for small cats. Cats of about 5 kg and small dog breeds can probably tolerate ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon. For larger breeds from 1½ to 2 teaspoons.

The amount given will depend on your individual pet as each pet's tolerance and digestion is different. You're looking for the perfect balance of allowing your pet to eliminate easily but without causing diarrhoea. 


Make Your Own Pet Friendly Pumpkin Seeds 

  • Clean the pumpkin off the seeds
  • Wash the seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining pumpkin
  • Dry the seeds or let them dry naturally in the sun
  • If you wish to season your pumpkin seeds, you can lightly coat them with a little oil such as olive or coconut oil. Do not salt or pepper your seeds for pets! (You can also use olive or coconut oils with the raw grounded pumpkin seeds to add a bit more flavour)
  • Line a baking sheet with tin foil
  • Place the seeds on the foil, spreading them out, so they can cook
  • Depending on your oven, cook for about 45 minutes at a 120 °C / 250 F. Or until you see them turn a nice golden colour
  • Allow to cool before feeding to your pet
  • Voilá! You now have a great tasty and healthy snack for you and your pet. 


Can I Give Pumpkin Seed Oil To My Cat Or Dog? 

Yes! Pumpkin seed oil is also great for pets and has all the benefits of the seeds as it's made from the seeds themselves. Like the seeds, it improves your cat and dog's health. It's anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic. This is a great oil to rotate with coconut oil and oil olive in your pet's diet.

This is a great alternative to feeding the seeds. It's pretty easy to make your own oil at home but can get a little messy. 

Blend your pumpkin seeds, then pop them in a bowl. Place the bowl into a pan of water and let the seeds begin to melt, whilst still in the bowl. 

Once that's done take them off the heat and put a handful into a cheesecloth and squeeze the bundle as much as possible to extract the oil. 

Set the seeds inside the cheesecloth aside and start with another fistful. Each fistful you squeeze and set aside could have another pass through the cheesecloth to squeeze out more. Keep in a dark glass bottle to preserve the integrity of the oil and add to your pet's food or feed directly. 

Cats and small dogs can have ½ teaspoon. Medium-sized dogs 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon. Large breeds 2 to 3 teaspoons


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Resources

The Ayurveda Encyclopaedia - Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha
How Not To Die - Michael Greger
Nourishing Traditions - Sally Fallon
https://www.gourmetsleuth.com/articles/detail/pepitas
https://preventdisease.com/news/12/062912_12-Benefits-of-Pumpkin-Seeds.shtml
https://www.catfaeries.com/blog/pumpkin-seeds-your-cats-new-friend-and-a-tapeworms-worst-enemy/
https://www.seedoilcompany.com/post/pumpkin-seed-oil-natural-dewormer
https://youtu.be/GOGn3CeFfqY
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