Pomegranate fruits are very nutritious and have many health benefits when consumed by humans. The small seeds, which make up the edible part of the fruit, have a delicious citrusy cranberry-like taste and are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Despite all these human benefits, it is not recommended to feed pomegranate seeds to dogs.
Why Can’t I Feed My Dog Pomegranate Seeds?
Although dogs can reap the health benefits of some fruits and vegetables, pomegranate seeds can be hard on your furry friend’s digestive system. Unlike other fruits that are highly toxic to dogs, such as grapes and rhubarb, pomegranate seeds are not actually poisonous. However, the high acidity of the pomegranate seeds may be tough on your dog’s digestive system, which is known to be more sensitive than that of humans. Every dog may react differently to eating a pomegranate seed – and some dogs may be affected very negatively. Because of this, it is just safer to refrain from feeding your dog pomegranate seeds.
What Can Happen if I Feed My Dog Pomegranate Seeds?
One of the reasons why pomegranate seeds are so healthy is because of their high levels of antioxidants. One of these antioxidants is called tannins (or tanoids). While healthy for humans, tannins are unhealthy for dogs in large quantities. Some of the side effects that can occur following tannin consumption in dogs include severe stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
What Should I Do if I Have Already Fed My Dog Pomegranate Seeds?
If your dog has consumed pomegranate seeds, it is recommended that you seek the help of a veterinarian. In most cases, dogs vomit on their own after consuming the pomegranate seeds. It is advised that you provide your dog with plenty of water if they are vomiting or experiencing loose bowel movements.
In some cases, dogs may not suffer any health problems from eating the seeds. The seeds are not poisonous to dogs. However, it is still advised that you enjoy pomegranate seeds in a safe area that is out of reach for your dogs. If you live in an area where pomegranate trees grow, you should do your best to keep your dog away from any fallen parts of the fruit.