A dog with an unsure expression looking at pomegranate, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

In short, yes, dogs can eat pomegranate, but it's best to exercise caution. The seeds and the outer rind of the pomegranate are not harmful but can be tough for dogs to digest and may cause stomach upset. On the other hand, the fresh, juicy arils (the little red jewels inside the fruit) are generally safe in moderation.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 10, 2024

Did You Know?

Pomegranate seeds can be a choking hazard for dogs, especially smaller breeds.

Pomegranate

CAUTION

Nutrition

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Feeding Frequency

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Allergic Risk

LOW

Benefits and Risks of Pomegranate?

Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins like vitamin C, which can be beneficial for your dog's health. However, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. The seeds can be a choking hazard or cause blockages, especially for small dogs. Additionally, the rind and seeds can lead to digestive issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

What Parts of the Pomegranate are Safe / Unsafe?

  • Safe: Fresh, juicy arils in moderation.
  • Unsafe: Seeds and rind due to choking hazard and potential digestive issues.

Other Products Containing Pomegranate?

Pomegranate can show up in various forms, especially in processed foods. Beware of giving your dog:

  • Pomegranate juice: High sugar content and can upset your dog's stomach.
  • Pomegranate-flavored snacks: Often contain artificial sweeteners, which are harmful.
  • Baked goods with pomegranate: May include other toxic ingredients like chocolate or raisins.

How to Feed Pomegranate to Your Dog?

If you decide to give your dog pomegranate, make sure to remove the seeds and rind. Offer only the fresh arils, and do so in small quantities. Consider mixing a few arils into your dog's regular food as a treat rather than a regular part of their diet.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Pomegranate?

If your dog exhibits symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or seems to be in discomfort after consuming pomegranate, it's time to contact your vet. Immediate veterinary attention is crucial if the symptoms persist or worsen.

Safer Alternatives to Pomegranate

If you're concerned about the risks, consider other fruits that offer similar benefits:

  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants, safe, and easy to eat.
  • Apples: High in fiber and vitamins, just remember to remove the seeds.
  • Carrots: Great for dogs' teeth and loaded with vitamins.

Conclusion

While pomegranates can be a nutritious treat, the seeds and rind can pose health risks. Always remove these parts and feed only the fresh arils in moderation. As always, check with your vet before introducing new foods into your dog's diet to ensure their safety and well-being.