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Health & Pupstyle

Sep 15, 2020

Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches

Food fuels life, so it’s only logical to look to superfoods, like the ones found in Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches to do just that. Pumpkin Pouches are more than just pumpkin, they are a solution-based supplement to keep your pets healthy and happy.

We’ve all heard the buzz about pumpkin. It’s a popular ingredient in some of our favorite sweet treats, and honestly, who hasn’t had a pumpkin spice latte?

Pumpkin’s popularity also translates to your pets too. Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches can be used preventatively to maintain good health or used as a solution for many common health issues that affect dogs and cats.

Benefits of Pumpkin

The foundation of Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches is, you guessed it, pumpkin. You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about pumpkin for dogs and cats, but what does it really do?

The growing popularity of pumpkin has led to it being a common ingredient in pet food and treats. Used for its ability to support healthy digestion, pumpkin is often used in sensitive stomach and allergy formulas.

That’s not all. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of pumpkin:

1.      It keeps them... regular.

The digestive power of pumpkin is its most well-known benefits, but not everyone understands how it works so effectively.

Pumpkin is a great source of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber acts as a bulking agent and can help to regulate the speed of digestion. This can be effective in treating constipation and diarrhea, and typically helps to prevent both.

2.      It’s loaded with nutrients

Pumpkin has a variety of essential nutrients to compliment a balanced diet. Along with vitamin A and C, pumpkin is an excellent source of potassium and antioxidants. This helps to support their immune system, heart function, and fight off free radical cells.

3.      It keeps them feeling fuller for longer.

I know we said that pumpkin is a good source of insoluble fiber, but it turns out, it’s a good source of soluble fiber too. Soluble fiber will attract water and controls blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbs. This will lead to a feeling of fullness and prevent food cravings from blood sugar spiking up and down.

Which Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouch Does Your Dog Need?

Although Pumpkin sounds pretty amazing on its own, Grandma Lucy’s took it one step further with their Pumpkin Pouch line. Offered in 4 healthy and delicious formulas, these convenient supplements can be used daily, weekly, or as needed to support your pet’s health.

Each formula starts with freeze-dried pumpkin flakes. This way the pumpkin is easy to re-hydrate and raw, leaving all its nutrients intact and easy to digest.

This is great starting point, but to customize each formula for a specific need, Grandma Lucy’s included some unique and powerful superfoods. Let’s take a look:

Inflammation

The inflammation formula is designed to reduce discomfort and improve mobility by supporting joints and preventing damage from time related wear and tear.

Kale – Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods. It supplies vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids, just to name a few. The most helpful nutrient in this ingredient is quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce pain from arthritis and other hip and joint issues.

Blueberry – Antioxidants and polyphenols from blueberries help to fight cancer, regulate cellular activities in inflammatory cells, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Turmeric – This popular superfood is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant effects.

Ginger – It’s not just an old wives' tale, ginger aids in digestion by stimulating movement in the digestive tract. It also contains gingerol, which is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory that can improve mobility by reducing pain associated with hip and joint issues.

Skin and Coat

To give your dog a healthy and shiny coat, the skin and coat formula uses the power of omega fatty acids and healthy fats to condition the coat and moisturize the skin.

Coconut – Lauric acid in coconut has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties to keep the skin healthy and conditioned.

Flaxseed – Flax is rich in omega 6 fatty acids to condition the skin and coat by maintaining proper moisture. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to prevent dry skin and irritation.

Sunflower - An abundance of omega fatty acids and vitamins A and E help to support healthy cell cycles and eye and heart health, and has antioxidant effects to protect against free radicals

Bladder

Caring for your pet’s urinary health is often not considered until there is a problem. Using Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches Bladder formula can support urinary health to prevent infections and kidney issues.

Kale – Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods. It provides vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids, just to name a few. The most helpful nutrient in this ingredient is quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce urinary tract issues and bacteria build up.

Broccoli – Its high vitamin C concentration boosts immune system and acidifies your pet’s urine to prevent bacteria growth that can lead to crystals.

Cranberry – Cranberries have proanthocyanins (PAC’s) that prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls and accumulating to form crystals or cause infection.

The bladder formula is an effective preventative but can be used to help pet’s with recurring urinary tract issues to reduce the severity and discomfort of the infection. Check out Fable’s success story to find out more!

UTI’s can be very serious if not treated properly. If you suspect your pet has an infection or is experiencing painful or no urination, then you need to take your furry friend to the vet quickly.

Digestive

Supporting digestive is pumpkins bread and butter, but a few extra superfood ingredients can help to restore your pet’s healthy gut flora.

Beets – Beets provide a fiber source that is broken down during digestion to sugars that can help to feed and repopulate healthy gut bacteria.

Kale – Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods. It provides vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids, just to name a few. The most helpful nutrient in this ingredient is quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to ease digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Apple – Pectin fiber from apples, like pumpkin, can help to support digestion by regulating the speed of digestion. Additionally, apples have vitamin C and potassium to support overall health.

Ginger – It’s not just an old wives' tale, ginger aids in digestion by stimulating movement in the digestive tract.

2 Fun Ways to Feed Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches

The most common ways to offer Pumpkin Pouches to your pet are either as a meal topper or a tasty side dish. You can sprinkle the powdered supplement on top of any diet, or rehydrate it and feed it separately, but that can get boring.

Keep your pet’s meals exciting by trying out these fun, alternative ways to surprise your pet with a tasty and healthy treat.

1. Popsicles

Add Grandma Lucy’s Pumpkin Pouches to your favorite frozen dog or cat treat recipe. Rehydrate the powder and mix it with goat’s milk, bone broth, or their regular Grandma Lucy’s formula. Pour the mixture into a treat mold or ice cube tray, and voila, you’ve got a tasty summer snack.

2. Stuff a Kong

This trick is more popular for dog’s but can be used for cats too. Fill a Kong or another chew toy with your preferred rehydrated Pumpkin Pouch formula. You can either freeze it or feed it as is. This is a fantastic way to provide your pet with a distracting and stimulating activity while offering a nutrition treat.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Too often we are reacting to an issue instead of trying to prevent it in the first place. Take control of your pet’s health by supplying necessary support to your pet’s vital systems.

All four Pumpkin Pouch formulas can be used daily, or even weekly to help prevent health issues that can cause your pet pain and discomfort down the road. Go to our store locator to find a local retailer near you to pick up a bag!

Do you have a success story from feeding your pet Pumpkin Pouches? We’d love to hear from you!

Check out our recipe video to make Triple Pumpkin Hearts for your pup to enjoy!