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Fresh, jewel-colored pomegranates are popular at the holidays for good reason: their seeds make a great garnish, and the fruits themselves are a stunning centerpiece. Not only that, but they’re a staple in Persian food—and their juice has become increasingly available in local grocery stores. Humans benefit from pomegranate, but what about dogs? Can your dog enjoy a pomegranate as a snack? Well, maybe. We did some digging into the research, and it turns out to be a little more complex than a simple yes or no.
First and foremost, pomegranates themselves are not toxic to dogs. In fact, pomegranates have plenty of health benefits to offer our pets in fruit, juice, and extract form. These beautiful fall fruits are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C. That said, eating a large quantity of raw pomegranate may upset your dog’s stomach, so it’s best to provide small bites or better yet, offer dog treats or food enhanced with pomegranate.
It’s thought that the tannins in pomegranate are what upset a dog’s stomach. However, dog treats containing pomegranate are not so rich in tannins and provide the health benefits of pomegranate without the risk.
Benefits of Pomegranate Extract for Dogs
While raw pomegranate seeds or flesh may cause stomach upset for dogs, pomegranate extracts have been studied as potentially very healthy additions to your dog’s diet.
A recent study has also shown that supplementing a dog’s diet with pomegranate peel extract (PPE) can have a positive impact on their overall digestive and gut health. Don’t give your dog raw pomegranate peel, however, as this is difficult to digest.
Another promising study showed that pomegranate extract had a positive effect on dogs’ heart health. Consult your veterinarian if you’re interested in supplementing your dog’s diet with pomegranate extract, as they’ll have the best recommendations for dosage and sourcing.
My Dog Ate a Pomegranate: Symptoms to Look For
If your dog ate a raw pomegranate, don’t worry too much! Even if they devoured the entire fruit, seeds, peel and all, it’s best to simply keep an eye on their reaction. Provide plenty of water and monitor their symptoms. If your dog does have an adverse reaction to pomegranate, this could cause vomiting, but not much else, and any stomach upset shouldn’t last long.
The dog’s digestive system will simply try to expel the fruit and then quickly recover, so unless the vomiting is severe and prolonged, it’s likely not necessary to take your dog to the vet if they react to eating a pomegranate.
Did your dog eat pomegranate seeds? Small quantities of pomegranate seeds are unlikely to cause any trouble for your dog. In fact, they’d make a fine little snack if your dog is interested, as long as it’s just a few.
Whip up a batch of these simple dog treats to get all the health benefits of pomegranate for your dog.
3 Ingredient Pomegranate Dog Treats
Yield 36 cookies
If you can't bear to part with an entire delicious pomegranate, you can use half a pomegranate, and replace the other half with 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin puree.
- 1 pomegranate, seeded (about 1 1/2 cups of seeds)
- 2 cups oat flour (pulverize rolled oats in a food processor to make yourself)
- 2 eggs
- OPTIONAL: A dab of red natural food coloring to zazz up the color
- OPTIONAL: Some dried pomegranate seeds for a chunky look
- OPTIONAL: Fido's Icing for a royal icing effect
You may need to add some additional flour if your pomegranate was a biggie to get a workable dough, so have some extra on hand just in case.
Preheat oven to 350º
Wash and quarter the pomegranate, and pick seeds out right into the food processor bowl. We wash the pomegranate to prevent the knife from carrying any surface contaminants through the clean seeds inside.
Blend the seeds until thoroughly pulverized.
Add the oats and pulse to combine.
Add the eggs and pulse to combine.
Add more flour as necessary to get a workable dough.
Turn out onto work surface and roll to an even 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut out and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just browned around the edges.
You can turn off the oven and leave cookies inside to cool slowly for a crunchier cookie.
Follow package directions for icing, and wait until your cookies are completely cool before getting crafty.
The icing will take 8-24 hours to dry completely.
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For More Information
We have tons of articles about which foods are safe or dangerous for your dog, including various cereals, fruits, and snacks. You might also be interested in reading “Can My Dog Eat Pineapple?” and Safe and Dangerous Spices for Dogs.