Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

We love sharing tableside treats with our fluffy friends! It can be so fun to watch a dog interacting with a portion of food they have not seen before, or even a favorite food.

Adding fruits to your best friend’s diet can be a wonderful way to increase their health— not to mention a fun treat now and then! Many fruits can be good additions to your dog’s diet. There are some fruits, however, that are not so good for your dog, or are only good in moderation. Pomegranates are a great example of a food that makes for a complicated answer. But don’t worry— we’ll get into the answer right here and now.

Benefits of Pomegranates for Dogs

Like a lot of other fruits, pomegranate can be a healthful part of your dog’s diet. There are many factors in pomegranates that make them a healthy treat for humans and dogs alike! Pomegranates have lots of potassium, vitamin C, and it is rich in antioxidants. But, as with a lot of things, moderation is the best— consuming too much pomegranate can give your dog quite a tummy ache. So giving Fido a little pomegranate every once in a while as a nice treat and vitamin boost is just fine!

What Part of the Pomegranate Can and Can’t Dogs Eat?

Juice

Dogs will love the juice of pomegranate— though be careful of giving too much too often. Pomegranate juice has a lot of sugar, so your dog may put on weight by drinking too much pomegranate juice. 

Seeds

Dogs can enjoy the seeds but only one to two seeds a day. This gives them the nutritional benefits of the pomegranate and mitigates the risk of too much tannin ingestion. 

Peel

The peel is not great for dogs to eat because the skin also contains quite a good deal of tannins; so have your fluffy friend stay away from the peel as it will upset their stomachs. 

Hazards of Pomegranates for Dogs

Why wouldn’t you want your dog to eat a lot of pomegranates? What is it that upsets their stomachs? The seeds and peels are the real worry of pomegranates because they contain quite a bit of tannin. These tannins are what can upset your dog’s stomach.

The symptoms of an upset stomach in a dog from eating pomegranates would be diarrhea and vomiting. These can be mitigated by not allowing your dog to ingest many seeds or peels. 

Symptoms of Pomegranate Ingestion by Dog

Since pomegranates are beneficial for your dog, you shouldn’t notice any adverse reactions if your dog ate any pomegranate. However, eating too many pomegranates can upset their stomach, and if it does, you will most likely notice vomiting or diarrhea. Unless the vomiting and/or diarrhea continues for an extended period of time you should have nothing to worry about. If the symptoms continue for a very long, contact your vet, though it isn’t very likely that your dog will need to visit the vet for eating any pomegranate. 

Pomegranate Extract for Dogs

To sidestep these potentially harmful tannins, you might consider pomegranate extract. This extract has proven very healthy for dogs without introducing the tannins!

This extract can be found in many dog treats and can be a lovely vitamin boost for your pup without any stomach issues. Some extracts made from the peel can be good for your dog’s digestion. Whole pomegranate extract can be very heart-healthy for dogs.

Make sure to check with your local veterinarian on whether pomegranate extract would be helpful for your dog before adding it to their diet. 

Other Healthy Fruits for Your Dog

If you don’t want to play with the risk of upsetting your furry friend’s stomach, you might try any other number of fruits and vegetables that can be great treats! As always, supervise your dog as they enjoy the new treat for the first time just in case it doesn’t sit well with them. 

Apples

My dog is simply nuts about fresh apples! They are hydrating and high in vitamins C and A. Dogs can enjoy the skin of the apple and the flesh but not the core and seeds. After coring the apple you can cut the apple into little chunks and use them as training treats!

Pineapple

This bright and fun fruit can be a great addition to your dog’s diet. Dogs can eat the yellow flesh but not the skin. This tropical fruit contains enzymes that are very good for your dog’s digestion and nutrition absorption.

My vet once recommended pineapple when my dog was a puppy. Unfortunately for me, he had developed a case of worms! Pineapple has an enzyme that fights worms and, paired with a vet’s prescription of medicine, can assist in getting rid of the worms altogether.

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?— Conclusion

While adding a small amount of pomegranate to your dog’s diet can be very beneficial, you can source these same benefits from other fruits that don’t contain as much tannin and thereby have less potential health effects. 

Written by: Mariah Haines

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