Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Tackling Autumn Myths

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Pumpkin spice everything is back at Trader Joe’s, that means fall must be here! We get a lot of seasonal questions from our pet parents as the seasons change. Does my pet really need flea and tick protection during the fall? Can I leave my dog in the car now that it is cooler? How much winter weight gain is too much? Is pumpkin pie good for my dog? Separating the fact from the fiction can be difficult, so here are a few myths and the cold facts to keep your dogs happy, healthy, and falling into the season without any issues.

Myth: I can feed my dog pumpkin pie filling for an upset tummy.

Fact: You can feed your dog canned pumpkin for stomach upset and discomfort but not the sugary, raw,  and spicy pumpkin pie filling. Generally speaking, a dog with soft or loose stool may find comfort in having a teaspoon to tablespoon (depending on size/weight) of canned pumpkin with their meal. A tablespoon or two of canned pumpkin added to food is a good source of fiber yet is low in calories. Be careful when picking it up at the store, we often get calls where Fido was accidentally give the pie filling. Read the rest of this entry »