Depending on its ripeness, pomegranate is a delicious, sweet fruit with a little punch of bitterness. It is a healthy fruit option for us humans to delight in. But you may also wonder if it is the same thing with our furry best friends—especially when you have extra and don’t want them to just go to waste.
In this post, you will learn if dogs can eat pomegranate and if it is safe for them to consume. We will also give you the several health benefits the pomegranate provides—as well as the many ways on how to prepare pomegranate for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?
To answer the question straight, yes, dogs can eat pomegranates. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. Pomegranate comes from the plant family of Lythraceae and it contains tannins (or “tannic acid”), a group of phenolic compounds which can be found in some fruits and trees. These compounds may lead to a bad stomach reaction, causing your dog to vomit or have diarrhea.
However, these digestive issues can only occur if your dog eats pomegranate, mainly the seeds, in large quantities—eating two up to three seeds is nothing to worry about. Aside from the seeds, the peels are another concern as they are tough enough to be a choking hazard for your dog. Pomegranates, as a whole, aren’t super toxic to dogs like some other fruits, such as raisins and grapes. Hence it is very unlikely for your dog to develop serious health issues after ingesting a little bit of pomegranate.
Pomegranate in Dog Foods
Some professionals say that pomegranates are a “superfruit” due to the several health benefits they may have. Since we want our fur babies to have only the best, some dog food brands never stop in attempting to provide the best nutrients that meet our dog’s needs. You may notice that some of these brands incorporate pomegranate as an ingredient in their products. Generally, they may include either dried pomegranate or pomegranate extracts.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates for Dogs
While being all sweet and delicious, pomegranate is jammed up with essential nutrients our dogs can benefit from.
Here are the top nutrients our dogs can acquire from eating pomegranates:
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which boosts your dog’s immune system, helping fight off any diseases. It also improves bone health while maintaining healthy joints due to the collagen it produces. Moreover, it helps with your dog’s allergies, reducing any inflammation or irritation.
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient which our dog needs for blood clotting, helping wounds to heal—as well as promoting healthy bones. Mostly, vitamin K is synthesized in plants, which can be consumed through food or supplements.
Folate or B9 is a vitamin that helps promote healthy tissue growth, blood production, and immune system function. It will ensure that the nutrients your dog acquires from a food are well-absorbed and will be effectively used in day-to-day activities.
Fiber helps aid in your dog’s digestive system, processing and breaking down of food more effectively. However, it is recommended to not let your dog consume too much insoluble fiber. Otherwise, it’ll be difficult for them to absorb minerals and might result in diarrhea, increased stool rate and more.
How to Prepare Pomegranate For Your Dog
There are many ways you can prepare pomegranate if you want to include it in your dog’s diet without them eating the actual fruit itself. However, if your dog does not show any interest in pomegranates, do not impose the fruit on them. Moreover, if they have a history of getting sick after ingesting pomegranate, that’s the more reason you should not let them eat the fruit.
Here are the many ways to prepare pomegranate:
Perhaps, the most common and simplest way is to make pomegranate juice. This way, you are free of worrying about your dog having a choking accident with the fruit itself. You can let them enjoy the juice or you can simply mix it with dry food. It will also help with constipation and some gastric issues. However, do not give pomegranate juice every so often as it is high in sugar.
Smoothies are excellent thirst quenchers on a hot weather day and pomegranate is one of the delicious fruit options you can look for in a smoothie. You can also blend pomegranate with other fruits, as long as their combination will not ruin the taste for you. Just do not forget that it is also high in sugar, so do not give it to your dog every so often.
Have you ever tried giving your dog a block or small cube of ice? Well, dogs do love frozen treats as they enjoy the coldness. It is also another way to keep your dog cool on a hot weather day. You can just store the juice in the freezer until it is frozen solid. By then, you can give it to your dog as a snack or treat.
Sprinkled on Food
If you only want your dog to have a small portion of pomegranate, you can just simply sprinkle it on their food. This way, you won’t have to worry about them having an excessive amount of pomegranate.
The Bottom Line on Pomegranates For Dogs
As we have learned, pomegranates are totally safe for our dogs to consume. As responsible dog owners, we need to make sure we regulate their consumption of the fruit and make sure our dogs don’t eat too much pomegranate. Otherwise, it might result in some digestive issues. But, in all honesty, there are plenty of other fruits that are better than pomegranate for your dog. We’ll explore some better alternatives to pomegranates for your dog in some of our other posts.