Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pumpkin To Settle A Queasy Stomach

Our beloved dogs and cats can sometimes get a little queasy due to car sickness, medications, food intolerance, or any number of other reasons. One of my dogs happens to have a food intolerance (wheat) in which he gets very nauseated and vomits frequently if he eats large quantities.  For example, stealing a loaf of bread off the counter and eating it will cause him to projectile vomit for the entire day.  Now rather than face the prospect of cleaning up after my boy all day  (at the most inconvenient times) I give him  a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (no spices or sweeteners added) either alone or with his food.  The pumpkin settles his stomach immediately.  And because pumpkin can be used to treat constipation and diarrhea too you don't have to worry about any adverse effects on his digestive tract.

So this Holiday season when you are out shopping for your groceries, pick up a couple of extra cans of plain canned pumpkin to keep on hand.  And, to avoid waste, once the can is opened I recommend freezing the remaining pumpkin in portions for easy use next time.  You can use an ice cube tray to freeze the portions or just drop portions onto a cookie sheet.  Once frozen put the portions into a Ziploc bag for easy storage.

Please note that this is not meant to replace a trip to the vet for your friends.  If after a day or two the vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation does not resolve please consult with your veterinarian.

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