Plain canned Pumpkin to sooth a dog’s tummy

I thought I should post a bit of info about my using canned pumpkin for dog tummy issues.

Our pet Shelibean hates pumpkin, so I’m writing this post about one of our past pets that loved pumpkin.
Penny Puppy was a special girl and we miss her still. I’m happy to share this memory with you.

*Ask your Veterinarian if pumpkin is right for your dog or cat.
*I’m not a veterinarian or anything.


pnpc-2011Many years ago, we had a wonderful member of our family named ‘Penny Puppy’.  She was a boston terrier-beagle-feist.  She enjoyed food and rarely turned her nose up at anything.

Whenever Penny Puppy had tummy issues I’d put a couple heaping tablespoons of plain canned pumpkin over her food. She’d eat it up like it was a tasty treat and it settled her tummy.

*Use ‘plain pumpkin’ not pie pumpkin nor spiced pumpkin.

I’d put the left-over pumpkin from the freshly opened can in an ice cube tray and freeze it.
After it was frozen, I’d put the cubes in a zip-lock bag with the freeze date on it and then put the bag in the freezer for future use.puppmknPenny Puppy loved pumpkin and it didn’t matter if it was fresh or frozen. After the cubes were frozen, if she had tummy issues, I’d give her a pumpkin cube or two. She’d  gobble it down and it was a special treat. She loved anything cold or frozen.

Penny Puppy weighed over 50 pounds, so that’s why I gave her the amount of pumpkin that I did.

*A smaller dog or cat would need a smaller amount.
*Ask your Veterinarian if pumpkin is right for your dog or cat.

Wishing all your pets a happy healthy day!



9 thoughts on “Plain canned Pumpkin to sooth a dog’s tummy

    • Thanks Dianna
      Yep it’s amazing how well it works, (if you can get your pet to eat it).
      I think it can help ease cat tummies too. 🙂


    • Thanks Nadine
      You’re welcome. I’ve enjoyed sharing this home remedy. I know when I learned about pumpkin it was such a blessing. I hope it’ll be of help to others pets too. 🙂


  1. We have been having to give our dog pumpkin for a couple of years now. She is 14 and there is a nerve in her backside that doesn’t work right so the pumpkin plus Lactulose solution and Cisipride help her stay regular. Now I am worried because it looks like we are going to have a hard time getting the canned pumpkin without the price being through the roof! I don’t know what else to give her that will work as well. Do you?

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    • Hi Wff
      I’m sorry to heard about your dog’s health issues. It’s so sad to see our pets sickly. I hadn’t heard of Lactulose solution and Cisipride. I’ll have to keep them in mind in case Sheli needs something to regulate him since he won’t eat pumpkin.
      That’s dreadful about the price of canned pumpkin. I wonder if you bought an actual pumpkin and made your own puree, if it would work as well. It may be something worth checking in to.
      Unfortunately, I don’t know of any other food that would help. I hope you find another helpful food and your dog can continue to be healthy and comfortable.


      • Thanks E.C. The Cisipride is very expensive and I don’t honestly remember what it does exactly. But the Lactulose is pretty reasonable.
        I bought 20 small cans of pumpkin at Target online and it was almost $40! I bought a few more at their store in town today, too. I was surprised to see it.
        Our dog is 14 but she is part Dauschund and part Jack Russell Terrier so she could live a lot longer! But she has slowed down a lot over the last year. Thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate it! 🙂

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        • Thanks Wff
          A lot medications are expensive. It’s a blessing to find something simple to use to help comfort our pet and ease the cost.
          Pumpkin is one of those odd canned fruits that prices sky rocket sometimes. I remember a few years ago that it was super hard to find and outrageously priced. Then the next year everything was back to normal.
          Your dog sounds like an adorable family member. What a sweetheart she must be. 🙂


          • Thank you, E.C. Yes, Brownie is our only pet and a sweetheart indeed! I think there is a picture of her on my blog somewhere under “Brownie.” I think there is her picture and the little portrait I tried to do of her in watercolor.
            Well, I have about 25 small cans of pumpkin on hand now, maybe 30. After I ordered the 20 cans from Target online, I happened to go to Target the next day and they had it in the store. They didn’t have very many cans, but I bought several. All I know is it is the best fiber there is for her! 🙂

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