Can I Give My Dog Pomegranate?

Can I Give My Dog Pomegranate?Pomegranate is a fruit which offers outstanding health benefits. People have enjoyed it since the beginning of recorded history but can folks let their dogs partake? This ancient super food tastes like a cranberry mixed with a grape and your dog may love it.

Actually, pomegranate is one of the most nutritional fruits you can get but this is far less certain for dogs. It’s high in fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C and antioxidants all while being low in calories.

Can you be so sure that it’s an appropriate fruit to your dog? The controversy regarding pomegranate, the seeds, and dogs continues. Let’s examine this debate so you can make up your own mind about whether or not to feed your dog pomegranate.

Can I Give My Dog Pomegranate? Answer: No, many dogs get sick

Unfortunately, dogs are known to get sick from consuming pomegranates.

This fruit is associated with good health so it’s tempting to share. It’s not as if your dog will definitely get ill from eating some but a fruit like an apple, for example, is a much safer bet. They may be able to handle small amounts on occasion but every dog is different. Let’s weigh some of the deciding factors more closely.

Antioxidants & Pomegranate

Your dog needs antioxidants in their diet. Growing evidence shows it’s one of the keys to keeping a healthy and happy canine. Many pet food manufacturers put various types of antioxidants in their products to fulfill this important requirement. Pomegranate is high in certain healthy antioxidants but a supplement like this product is much more appropriate for a four-legged friend.

If you are the cautious type, forget about feeding your dog pomegranates. They don’t need it anyway. Several dog owners have informed us that their dogs have gotten sick from eating pomegranate. In truth, moderate pomegranate consumption isn’t something that will likely cause serious harm to most dogs. We discuss possible symptoms and side effects below.

Tannins in Pomegranates

Tannins, a type of antioxidant, occurs naturally in plants. There are many types of foods in the plant family which give dogs trouble. Pomegranate is especially high in anthocyanins, ellagic acids as well as tannins. Most dogs can’t really consume this type of plant-based antioxidant.

If your dog rejects pomegranate, it’s probably because their gastrointestinal tract doesn’t agree with the tannins and some other antioxidants found in this fruit. Again, most dogs just aren’t well-suited for plant food which includes lots of fruits. If your dog gets sick from eating it, that’s normal and the best course of action is to simply not provide it again.

Possible Side Effects

The most common negative reaction dogs experience after eating some pomegranate is a moderate to severe stomach ache. Just like grapefruit, dogs’ stomachs are sensitive to acidic juices.

The best thing would be for them to vomit if they can’t handle it. If you see your dog vomiting after eating some pomegranate then you shouldn’t worry too much. Throwing up is a sign that their body is removing something they can’t have in their system. While unpleasant, it’s necessary. At that point you would also know not to ever give it to them again.

Regarding the Seeds

Edible seeds, called arils, make up the majority of the food content of pomegranates. They are like little sacks containing the delicious juice. Humans can eat the entire seed or simply spit them out after extracting the juices. Since dogs can’t as easily do that, pomegranate seems like a poor choice for pets in general. It’s just not practical for canines and this is in addition to other unfavorable concerns outlined above.

Conclusion on Pomegranates

Thankfully, most people aren’t interested in feeding their dogs this fruit. However, some owners have pomegranate trees in their yards which presents something of a dilemma. When nature’s gift falls from a tree, curiosity will surely cause a pet dog to bite into it. Obviously just because a dog likes the taste of something doesn’t mean they should be eating it. Err on the side of caution with this one and save this healthy fruit for yourself.

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Ima November, 2014

I have been raising dogs for years. Out of the hundreds, not one of them ever turned down a Pomegranate seed or ever showed one single symptom or problem eating them. In fact, they love them. You’d probably cringe if you knew what kind of diet my dogs eat! I have Pomeranians that are well over 10 years old who have never had a health problem, or even tooth decay but have beautiful shiny coats. The vets are always amazed at how healthy and happy even my older dogs are.

There are many concerns over feeding dogs certain fruits and veggies, when really there should be more concern over worthless dry dog food, canned pet foods and chemical laden pet treats. Yes I cook for my dogs too. Reasonably, the average person will not take care of their dogs like this. I get that. I just think more emphasis should be put on what dogs eat everyday that is considered healthy or okay, but in fact isn’t. Pardon if my tone seems offensive, I am passionate not angry. Your article gave me something to think about and I did enjoy reading it.


Rose November, 2015

Hi Ima. Actually, the average person would gladly cook for their pets if they knew the process and source of the dog food on the shelves. People do not know that many of the components of dog foods are made in questionable factories and countries with little to no concern for quality. This goes for even what’s considered high quality dog foods.

I cook for economic reasons as well. A no grain, high protein/mineral dog food was $1.24 a pound locally. I can make my own from chicken/rice/veggies for less than $1 dollar a pound and I know exactly what went into it.


Sandy Cueto October, 2014

Our 6 year old, named Tank, was fed approximately 15-20 pomegranate seeds yesterday evening. Today he seems ill, no appetite, shaking. Please advise.


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