I discovered the miraculous power of tinned pumpkin shortly after switching Frank from Purina Pro Plan to Orijen a little too enthusiastically. Between cooking up batches of rice and white fish, I hunted for the best supplement for fortifying his digestion.
Charcoal biscuits seemed to be the only thing that even remotely helped, but then I doscovered tinned pumpkin. It was this amazing substance that turned Frank's sloppy brown nightmares into beautifully formed, firm-but-not-hard pellets.
Libby's tinned pumpkin is pure pumpkin - nothing else goes into the can. It is a wonderfully natural source of fibre, which is very easily digested by dogs. It's the organic nature of it that makes it so superior to purpose-made, more synthetic digestive supplements. Pumpkin is effective with cases of loose stool and with constipation.
It had an immediate effect when Frank was adjusting to his Orijen. After the first dose of pumpkin, his very next stool was a work of art. I remember we both shared a quiet moment of admiration, crouched together over it.
I decided to keep him on a maintenance supply of tinned pumpkin, seeing as Orijen is a rich food and can turn poo sloppy. He loves the taste of it. All I do is scoop a generous teaspoon on top of each main meal.
The only downside to tinned pumpkin is its availability. Waitrose stock it, as do the larger branches of Tesco - you will find it in their 'World Foods' section, on the American shelf. If you've got either of those nearby, then you're sorted. Otherwise, you can get it online - but it tends to be a bit costlier.
Check our green buttons for the current best online deal. Amazon is usually the cheapest place to get it, and the cost is most definitely worth the amazing benefits.
However, tinned pumpkin is not necessarily the be-all-and-end-all of digestive supplements. You might like to try Sanofor as well, if your dog is having tummy troubles.