Pomegranates are typical fruits of the fall usually available from October to December.
Recently having purchased some of these cranberry-meets- grape tasting fruits to make rosolio di melograno for the holidays, I wonder can dogs eat pomegranates as I tend to share just about everything with my best friend.
More than half of these sweet fruit compromises of edible seeds called arils and I’ve heard that some seeds are dangerous to canines.
So, Can Dogs Eat Pomegranates?
The answer is yes, dogs can absolutely eat pomegranates and some enjoy it too. Unfortunately, my homemade pomegranate liquor if off limits for my little one!
As for seeds, (which is what makes pomegranates so controversial) many fruit seeds are actually safe for dogs. The definite exception is apple seeds.
If you’re ever in doubt about what foods are bad for your pets, check out The Humane Society of the United States’ list of dangerous foods.
Are There Any Health Benefits For Dogs That Eat Pomegranates?
Overall, pomegranates have a low-calorie count of 83 per 100g which is just a little more than an apple. There is also no cholesterol or saturated fats either.
The risk of heart disease is decreased because harmful toxins are removed by tannin and Ellagitannin compounds. These include Granatin B and Punicalagin. Not only are they healthy for us but they are simply delicious.
While there are many reasons for us to this enjoy these red or pinkish exotic fruits full of goodness in even in just one small bite, what does it mean if dogs eat pomegranates?
The great news is that the nutritional values that are beneficial to us apply to our canines too!
How To Feed Your Dog Pomegranates
While some dogs eat pomegranates as is or even dried, many dog owners like to give their pets this added nutritional boost by mixing juice into their food.
Another way to do this is to mush up the pomegranate into a cream-like paste or puree and add that to kibble. This method prevents the seeds from causing intestinal blockages.
Just bear in mind that as with any “human” foods you feed your dog (even the ones that have benefits for canines) everything in moderation.
Dog’s digestive systems are not the same as ours so your dog cannot eat pomegranate fruit every day and gastrointestinal problems could arise if dogs eat too much.
It’s also not necessary to wait until the fall when pomegranates are in season either. Many dog foods on the market actually include this healthy fruits in their recipes. This may be a better option on the off chance that fresh pomegranate does not sit well with your dog.
The amount of pomegranate used in these products should not exceed the recommended amount as they are specifically designed for canine consumption.
Before Feeding Your Dog Pomegranates
As with any new “human” food that you’re introducing to your dog’s diet, observe your pet for the next few hours for any adverse reactions like allergies. If there are none, gradually begin adding it their diets.
Minor digestive problems like tummy ache can also be caused by the high level of tannin in the fruit as a dog’s digestive system is not suited for some plant foods. This is why many will advise against letting dogs eat pomegranate fruit.
Dogs differ and while some dogs can eat pomegranates in its natural state without harm, others will require you to give them this healthy fruit in other manners as described.