My Dog Ate Pumpkin Seeds Will He Get Sick?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 06/19/21 •  3 min read
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Do you enjoy a handful of pumpkin seeds every once in a while? They’re so good when roasted and salted! Nothing beats pumpkin seeds! They’re also very healthy. But are pumpkin seeds safe for dogs? Will pumpkin seeds make your dog sick?

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What are Pumpkin Seeds?

Pumpkin seeds are found inside pumpkins, and they’re edible. Not only can pumpkin seeds be found inside pumpkins. You can also find them at the grocery store. They’ve usually been roasted, with or without salt.

The seeds of the pumpkin contain a wide range of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds contain:

While pumpkin seeds are safe for humans, are they OK for dogs, too?

Pumpkin Seeds & Dogs

Pumpkins seeds are also safe for dogs! However, it’s best to only give your dog pumpkin seeds that have been cleaned, peeled, and roasted (without salt). You may also want to consider grinding them before giving them to your fur baby. Raw pumpkin seeds are not good for dogs.

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It’s easy to add pumpkin seeds to your dog’s meals. For instance, you can grind the seeds up and sprinkle them on your dog’s food.

But what happens if your dog eats a lot of pumpkin seeds? About the worst that will happen is that he ends up with diarrhea and vomiting. These shouldn’t last longer than 12 hours. If these symptoms last longer, then it’s time to call the vet for advice on how to proceed.

In addition, make sure that all home-roasted pumpkin seeds contain no salt. Salt can be very bad for dogs.

Another issue to be aware of is that pumpkin seeds can spoil very quickly and become toxic. For this reason, make sure to store home-roasted pumpkin seeds in sealed, airtight containers.

Finally, never feed your dog raw pumpkin seeds. Again, the issue is that they can spoil very quickly.

Adding Pumpkin Seeds to Your Dog’s Diet

If you’re interested in adding pumpkin seeds to your dog’s diet, then you may want to ask the vet first. This way, you’ll be sure pumpkin seeds are safe for your dog and won’t interact with any of his medications.

The easiest way to add pumpkin seeds to your dog’s diet is by grinding them up and adding them to your fur baby’s regular meals. However, you can also give him roasted pumpkin seeds (without the salt) as a healthy snack.

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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