Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

Wen Duan
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Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

Yes, dogs can eat pomegranate.


The pomegranate is a non-toxic fruit that is rich in antioxidants, fiber, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C. It also contains no saturated fats or cholesterol which makes it a healthy fruit option for your golden. 


In a study published in Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine, it says that pomegranate extract is good for heart disease since it can help reduce the onset and progression of oxidative stress-induced canine disease.


Pomegranate extract, alone and in combination with the other substances, possesses significant strong antioxidant and cytoprotective activities in canine endothelial cells.... 

-​-Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine 

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

No, Pomegranate seeds are not recommended for your dog. While pomegranate itself is ok for dogs, we recommend you avoid giving them the seeds.

Pomegranate seeds can be pretty tough on your dogs digestive system due to them being highly acidic. Because dogs stomachs are more sensitive than humans, foods with high acid content are generally best avoided.


What If My Dogs Does Eat Pomegranate Seeds?


In almost every case, your dog will be just fine unless they have consumed a large amount of the seeds. (obviously a large amount is relative to your dog's size.)


Dogs will often vomit after eating pomegranate seeds and sometimes experience loose bowel movements.


Both of these symptoms are normal and your dogs body is simply self correcting. Be sure to provide plenty of water.

best serving practices: pomegranate

Best way to serve pomegranate to your dog? If you want to give your dog pomegranate, the best form is either through pomegranate juice or extract in small portions.     

In this video the owner is feeding the pomegranate seed in small portions. 

Before feeding pomegranate make sure to remove the fruit's skin. Even though dog's can eat the skin, it's not pleasant or beneficial for them to eat it. 


Your dog can have the pomegranate seeds but it is not recommended. The pomegranate seed may be hard for your golden to digest. But if your golden does eat the seeds, it is OK. 

Avoid too much pomegranate. Too much fruit can lead to an upset stomach. The high acidity of the pomegranate seeds can be hard on your dog's digestive system. Pomegranates also have high levels of antioxidants in the form of tannins. Tannins are healthy for humans, but not healthy in large quantities for dogs. Too much tannin consumption can potentially lead to severe stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. 


Try this recipe.... (Recipe and image courtesy of Petguide.com)


Pomegranate Dog Treats

Ingredients: 

  • - 2 cups oat flour                                            - 1 egg
  • - 1 cup tapioca flour                                       - 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • - 3/4 cup pomegranate juice                        - 1 Tbsp honey

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2.) Add oat flour, tapioca flour and egg into a large bowl and mix well.

3.) Add coconut oil and honey and mix until both are combined with the flour.

4.) Slowly add pomegranate juice while stirring. Add more or less juice as needed.

5.) Knead dough in bowl until a firm dough is formed.

6.)Separate dough into 4 balls. Roll each ball out on parchment paper lined countertop to ¼ to ½ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter and place on sheet.

7.) Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.

8.) Remove from oven and let cool for 4-5 hours to harden.

9.)Store in air tight bags or container and keep in fridge or freezer until needed.

Have a recipe or fruit you like to share with your dog? Let us know what your dog's favorite fruit treat!

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Wen Duan

Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our GoldenRetrieverLove.com blog.

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