Dogs can eat pomegranates. However, their intake should be limited as the fruit contains a few issues that will not harm your pet but might cause stomach upset and other problems. Pomegranate poisoning is rare, but it can happen if you give the fruit to pets in large amounts or if your puppy eats enough of its seeds which contain higher concentrations of toxic substances.
Can dogs eat pomegranate?
Dogs can eat a pomegranate, and there would be no trouble if they would eat it in moderate amounts. The fruit contains many beneficial nutrients and can help your pup’s health as long as his intake is not overdone.
Dogs can have pomegranate or drink its juice, but this should be done carefully to avoid stomach upset which might lead to vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and other problems related to the digestive tract. In case you noticed any of these symptoms, immediately contact your vet as soon as possible. If the poisoning occurred, you would need immediate treatment for your dog so that he won’t die from what seemed at first like just a simple stomach upset.
The following signs indicate that your dog has eaten enough pomegranates:
- Vomiting is usually the first sign of pomegranate poisoning.
- Stomach pain and cramps will follow shortly after vomiting has started.
- Then the dog will become dehydrated, which will result in dry mouth, sticky gums, and reduced urination. This can be fatal unless you act immediately by taking your pet to the vet for treatment with IV fluids.
- Other symptoms include dilated pupils, pale or bluish skin coloration, along with elevated liver enzymes (AST and ALT). Again, these are serious signs that require immediate medical attention if you want to save your pup’s life.
Dog poisonings due to eating pomegranates happen most often when dogs eat the fruit independently without any human supervision. This means that any outdoor dog, left on its own for too long, will be able to eat some of the fruit.
Many cases of pomegranate poisoning happen in winter when the fruit falls on the ground and is readily available for dogs to eat. Even if your dog isn’t hungry, it may pick up some fruits just because they were there, so you must always check what he’s eating during walks or while playing outside.
What do you need to know about feeding my dog with pomegranates?
Pomegranate juice can cause stomach upsets, so avoid giving it to your pup.
- If you think that your pooch might have eaten a few seeds containing higher concentrations of toxic substances, contact your veterinarian immediately, even if he doesn’t show any symptoms of poisoning.
- Small dogs and puppies can easily eat parts or even the whole fruit, so any outdoor dog should be closely watched when in the yard to avoid such accidents.
- If your pooch has eaten pomegranates in large amounts, bring him to the vet for treatment right away if you want to save his life. Symptoms may not appear immediately, but they will arise after a few hours, and by then, it will be too late to help your pet without expensive veterinary interventions.
- Never use pomegranate seeds for training purposes unless you want your pet to experience dangerous health issues!
By now, you know what food items are OK for dogs and which ones must be avoided at all costs. If your dog is healthy and fed with quality food, you don’t have to worry about anything as long as his diet is balanced and complete.
If you own a small dog or puppy, remember that these breeds are at the highest risk of eating something they shouldn’t, even if it’s just a small amount. You must always watch them whenever they are in the yard, so any fruits lying on the ground will be out of their reach.
What can you do to prevent my pup from getting poisoned?
- Always check what snacks your pooch is eating, especially when he’s outside playing alone for too long.
- Give him bones or toys that can keep him occupied instead of pieces of fruit that might seem delicious to him.
- If you want to feed your dog with pomegranate, do not allow him to eat the seeds, just give him the pulp and remove any residue afterward. Always consult with your veterinarian before adding new food items to your pet’s diet.
- Pomegranates can cause problems if eaten in large amounts, so what counts is not just a few seeds here and there but the total amount of fruit consumed during a certain period.
Are there any benefits of feeding pomegranates to your dog?
If you’d like to offer your dog pomegranate seeds, there are several benefits associated with feeding them to your furry friend.
A Healthy Snack
Pomegranate seeds, also known as arils, are healthy snacks for dogs. They contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that act as good agents fighting free radicals. These seeds can be fed to your dog whole or crushed into smaller pieces.
Many of us suffer from chronic pain because of the effects of Inflammation over time, but there is no reason our dogs should have to experience the same discomfort without help. Pomegranate has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain in your pet’s knees, hips, and other areas commonly associated with arthritis symptoms.
Antimicrobial enzymes found in pomegranates ward off infections by disease-causing bacteria and fungi. These antimicrobial properties are especially helpful for dogs who have allergies or other conditions that cause chronic Inflammation.
Pomegranate seeds offer a safe way to keep your dog’s Diabetes in check by being high in carbohydrates but low on the Glycemic Index (GI). This can help ol’ Fido maintain steady glucose levels throughout the day. The antioxidants found within pomegranates may also reduce neuropathy associated with Diabetes, which is often very painful for dogs.
Maintaining Heart Health
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in older canines, but consuming pomegranate can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels over time because it contains phytosterols. These plant compounds can mimic the action of cholesterol. For dogs with a family history of heart disease, pomegranate seeds can help reduce their risk.
As with all fruits, you should always ask your vet before feeding pomegranate to a dog. However, it is safe for most dogs to eat small amounts of this fruit in moderation. If your pet seems uncomfortable or has digestive problems after eating pomegranates, consult with your veterinarian about whether they are too acidic for the stomach and/or intestines of canines.