Can my dog eat Japanese pumpkin or kabocha squash?

By Julie •  Updated: 11/04/19 •  2 min read
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Can my dog eat Japanese pumpkin or kabocha squash? Safe for dogs to eat


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Japanese pumpkin, also known as kabocha squash, is a winter squash first cultivated in Japan. It’s now become popular in the U.S. and other parts of the world and is prized for its sweet, buttery flavor. Kabocha squash looks like a small pumpkin, with green knobby outer skin. You can cook this squash in a variety of ways, including as a side dish, soup, etc. You can even use it as an alternative to pumpkin, butternut squash or acorn squash in certain recipes. Japanese pumpkin is very healthy and includes Vitamins A & C, iron, copper, magnesium, B Vitamins and more.

Can my dog eat Japanese pumpkin? Yes, your pup can enjoy Japanese pumpkin along with you! Can my puppy eat Japanese pumpkin? Yes, your puppy can also enjoy some Japanese pumpkin. However, before feeding this squash to your dog or puppy, there are some things to keep in mind. While the skin of some squashes (summer squash) is edible, the skin of winter squashes is not, because it’s usually thicker and harder. Avoid feeding this part to your fur baby. It’s best to first cook the squash, to make it easier for your dog to digest. You can feed him only a small amount mixed in with his regular dog food (homemade or commercial). What happens if my dog eating too much Japanese pumpkin? If he eats too much, he could develop tummy and digestive problems, including diarrhea.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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