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Everyone knows that pomegranate is a very healthy fruit.
The high fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin C, powerful antioxidants combined with a low calorie count make it what could be considered a superfood!
Are you thinking of sharing pomegranate with your dog, but aren’t certain it’s a good idea?
Here’s the deal:
While pomegranates are not poisonous, tummy troubles are a real possibility.
Too Much Pomegranate May Give Your Dog a Stomachache
Even humans often experience gastrointestinal irritation from eating pomegranate. Likewise, your dog could easily have a bit of abdominal pain afterwards.
A Common Side Effect
Stomach disruption is, by far, the most common reaction dogs get from consuming pomegranate.
Skip pomegranate as a future treat if your dog vomits after eating some. Thankfully, if it happens, there is no need to panic — just be sure to offer lots of fresh water.
Moderation Is A Must
Avoid giving your dog a large amount and be especially conservative with pomegranate the first time it is fed.
Do that and pomegranate may actually be beneficial!
At least in theory, modest portions of fruits containing ellagic acid (an antioxidant) make sense for older dogs.
Tannins are Tricky
So why exactly can’t pets be allowed to feast on this otherwise fabulous fruit?
Pomegranate is loaded with anthocyanins and ellagic acid as well as tannins. Your dog may not be able to consume these powerful antioxidants in concentrated form.
You really do have to be careful about your canine’s consumption in order to avoid digestive trouble.
FYI: Persimmons also have lots of tannins.
The Extract is Excellent
Are you really health conscious when it comes to your beloved dog?
If so, providing pomegranate extract may be the best way to go!
A study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine found that, “Pomegranate extract, alone and in combination with the other substances, possesses significant strong antioxidant and cytoprotective activities in canine endothelial cells.”
What exactly does that mean?
Diseases, and especially heart disease, as well as cell damage in general can be prevented when free radicals can be neutralized with the right type of concentrated pomegranate!
What About The Seeds?
Edible seeds, called arils, are the part of pomegranate that contains that delicious juice!
People consume the entire seed or spit them out after extracting the juices.
Watch this video for tips on providing them to your dog. Notice the slow pace!
Pomegranate Dog Treats
Nowadays many pet food manufacturers are adding pomegranate as an ingredient in their products.
What a wonderful idea! Not only is it healthy but you won’t have to worry about tummy disruption.
The Bottom Line
Your dog should only be allowed to have small amounts of pure pomegranate.
Get carried away and a furry friend’s tummy may not agree! It’s true that dogs are known to get stomachaches from eating this fruit.
Be careful and cautious when sharing.
Alternately, look into dog treats that contain pomegranate or quality extracts in order to reduce a possibility of tummy trouble.