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    Default Re: Food doesn't really work...

    Since pumpkin or pumpkin pie is not a common ingredient or dish around scandinavia, I think the best bet is whole fresh pumpkin, if you can get this time of the year.

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    Thanks; I would probably need to buy a pumpkin, though, as I've never seen canned pumpkin here. But it should be cooked, right - not raw?

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    Hi, I buy a brand called Nummy Tum Tum, it comes in a can and is made in the USA. I bought it at RENs Pet Depot.
    I am pretty sure it's cooked as it looks solid in the can. Where do you buy your dog food from where you live? Have you checked the pet food stores to see if they sell pumpkin for pets? If not I'm pretty sure you can find it on line at Amazon or other website. Not sure where you would find it in Sweden.
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    @cefe13
    Just so you know, canned Pumpkin is actually Squash, at least in the U.S.
    So you may not have Pumpkin per say, but you likely have canned Squash. Just make sure there's no additives, just pure squash. Or you can buy a squash, cut it up, and stick it in the microwave for
    a few minutes to soften it up, wait until it cools, then give it Castor.


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    @Vikinggirl Ironic how pet food pumpkin is actually pumpkin, while human canned pumpkin is generally squash.

    I've never seen the brand you posted but it says made in the U.S. Will try finding it.


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    Yes it is a product of USA, I bought it at RENs Pet Depot, I'm not sure if you have a RENs in NY? Actually I looked it up for you just now, and it's a Canadian store, but here's a link to an American site that sells Nummy Tum Tum.


    Dog and Cat Food, Treats, and Supplies | Free Shipping at Chewy.com


    Chewy.com - Nummy Tum-Tum Pure Organic Pumpkin Canned Dog ...
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    Use Nummy Tum Tum Pure Pumpkin on top of food, or as a treat on its own. ... Not only did it help him adjust to the new dog food we had to put him on, but it also helped his tummy ... The fiber helps to get things moving again if they are constipated and it helps to firm up loose stools. .... fromLong Island, New York, USA.
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    Default Re: Food doesn't really work...

    This was interesting! @Vikinggirl, thanks for posting those pics, but ordering canned food overseas would probably be very expensive!
    @nycbullymama So now I have learned the difference between summer squash (as in zucchini, I take it?) and winter squash! I've seen butternut squash here not long ago so that could be an option for Castor.

    As @RiiSi said, traditionally, we don't eat a lot of pumpkin/winter squash in the Nordic countries and I've never seen canned pumpkin/squash (recipes here are always based on fresh squash/pumpkin).

    Will look into this and see what's on offer in the grocery shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cefe13 View Post
    This was interesting! @Vikinggirl, thanks for posting those pics, but ordering canned food overseas would probably be very expensive!
    @nycbullymama So now I have learned the difference between summer squash (as in zucchini, I take it?) and winter squash! I've seen butternut squash here not long ago so that could be an option for Castor.

    As @RiiSi said, traditionally, we don't eat a lot of pumpkin/winter squash in the Nordic countries and I've never seen canned pumpkin/squash (recipes here are always based on fresh squash/pumpkin).

    Will look into this and see what's on offer in the grocery shop.
    Butternut Squash is the perfect substitute for Pumpkin. I wold use less of it though as it contains much more fiber.


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    @cefe13 disregard my above post about butternut squash being a good substitution. I don't think it is. ButterCUP squash is a good substitution, not ButterNUT.

    So if you can find Buttercup squash, or even Banana squash, those are good alternatives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    @cefe13 disregard my above post about butternut squash being a good substitution. I don't think it is. ButterCUP squash is a good substitution, not ButterNUT.

    So if you can find Buttercup squash, or even Banana squash, those are good alternatives.
    Oh, thanks, but now I'm a bit confused - please let me know why it isn't good! I found several websites stating that butternut squash is good for dogs and also that some Acana dog food contains butternut?

    Well, we've got a butternut squash sitting in the fridge so the big question here is whether the dog or we get to eat it!

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    @cefe13 Butternut may be a perfectly good alternative. It's just not the squash used to substitute pumpkin here. Buttercup is (along with other types). That's why I said to disregard my comment, I just don't know for certain about butternut, and don't want to give you false information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    @cefe13 Butternut may be a perfectly good alternative. It's just not the squash used to substitute pumpkin here. Buttercup is (along with other types). That's why I said to disregard my comment, I just don't know for certain about butternut, and don't want to give you false information.
    I see! Thanks - I have learned a lot about pumpkins/squash today!

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    My opinion:

    I've been feeding dogs prey-model raw for a long time now and has gotten good experience with "Poopology" on raw food. Reading your post rings the following bells:

    1.) Soft stool. There's a difference between soft stool and diarrhea. Diarrhea is usually soft stool excreted frequently. Diarrhea will need a vet visit if it persists for an extended period - this could cause your dog to be dehydrated and can become a big problem if untreated. Soft stool is just regular scheduled poop but soft. This, on a raw diet, usually means you're not getting enough fiber or bone in the diet. I don't buy pre-packaged stuff. What I do is - I buy my meat from the grocery for people and humans alike guesstimating that the dog has eaten all parts of an entire chicken/pork/rabbit/turkey/fish/beef that the dog can eat in the proper proportions. I also get whole prey - rabbits, chicken, quail - from the reptile store and give the whole thing to the dogs. So, when I get soft stools (common occurrence especially if I'm giving the dog lots of innards), I simply increase bone content of the next few meals and reduce organ meat (liver, kidney, etc.) until it is corrected. If the stools are hard or powdery, I reduce the bone. If the stool gets really dark, I reduce organ and increase muscle meat, if the stool gets yellowish, I reduce muscle meat and increase organ. This is one of the advantages of feeding raw - you control what your dogs eat according to what your dog needs. I don't feed anything other than parts of an animal. I don't do rice/pumpkin/fruit/leaves, etc. Just plain animal.

    2.) Particles in the poop looking the same as when it came through the mouth... this signifies improper digestion. A dog's digestive system is a lot shorter and more acidic than humans. If the food went through the short track without getting broken down by the stomach acids, the dog cannot process that food for some reason. This is another good advantage of feeding raw - if the dog cannot digest that particular food item, you simply don't feed that item. If the dog is only digesting very few limited type of food, he needs to go to the vet to see what's going on with his digestive system.

    Hope this helps.

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