Pomegranate is one of nature’s healthiest and most nutritionally beneficial fruits known to mankind, being rich with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that reap nothing but positive benefits on our bodies and help us fight and keep off various forms of cancer (according to Natural Medicines).
Albeit one of my least favorite fruits (because, well, blame my taste buds!), but hey, you’re not here for that! 🙂
Since we all know how Pomegranate is beneficial to our health, and since we love our little furry friends, we often tend to think about sharing the food we love with them, and it’s no different when it comes to Pomegranates.
However, and if you’ve done any research on this subject, you probably know that there’s a whole lot of controversy when it comes to feeding your dog Pomegranates.
Some people say it’s completely fine to do so, while others say it’s a big no-no. Who should you believe?
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Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?
If you want to stay on the safe side and not risk your dog’s health, you’re best off NOT feeding your dog any pomegranate, as more often than not feeding your dog pomegranates will make them sick.
This article will serve to explain the health risks associated with feeding your dog Pomegranate, so tag along!
Why Is Pomegranate Bad For Dogs?
Here are some of the most important (and hopefully, convincing) reasons you should not feed your dog any pomegranate.
- Pomegranates are mostly eaten in seed form. While we human beings know very well how to extract the juices from the seed and then throw the seed away, dogs don’t know how to do that and will just swallow the whole seed down into their digestive system. And, knowing that seeds are toxic to dogs, this is the last thing you want to happen with yours.
- Pomegranate is highly acidic and most often leads to painful stomach aches (according to the ASPCA) and diarrhea in your dog, because their bodies can’t handle such high acidity levels in food
- Pomegranates contain very high levels of antioxidants called tannins, ones which can lead to toxicity in your dog’s system given their concentration in the pomegranate
Give your dog any other fruit safe for them to eat mentioned on this website, there are way too many better options for you to go with than pomegranate!
My Dog Ate Pomegranate, What Should I Do?
If you know for a fact or just suspect that your dog has eaten pomegranate, you should talk to your veterinarian immediately or any dog care professional and tell them about it. They will then most probably give you specific instructions on how to induce vomiting in your dog so they can get rid of the pomegranate they just ate before it becomes toxic in their bodies and makes them sick.
A lot of times, dogs that eat pomegranate will vomit by themselves immediately afterwards, which is good because their body is getting rid of the pomegranate they just ate this way.
A Word Of Caution About Your Garden
Not all fruits and food your dog eats is directly served by you.
As you probably know by now, dogs are curios creatures that will go around sniffing for things they can eat all by themselves without your permission.
So, if you have a garden and grow pomegranate trees in it, be very careful about letting your dog roam free over there. If left alone around the garden and they come across the pomegranate tree, you can bet they’ll eat some of the pomegranate on it without you knowing.