Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

April Saylor
By April Saylor. Reviewed by Sandra C. Mitchell, DVM, DABVP on Sep. 28, 2023
woman preparing food with a pomegranate in her kitchen

NOTE: Always check with your veterinarian first before giving your dog any new foods, especially “people foods.” What might be OK for one dog might not be good for your dog, depending on multiple factors, such as their age, health history, health conditions, and diet. Dogs on prescription diets should not be fed any food or treats outside the diet.

Many fruits and veggies are safe for your pooch to share, but what about the antioxidant-rich pomegranate? Can dogs eat pomegranate, or should they steer clear of this holiday favorite?

There are some specially made dog foods, treats, and supplements that contain pomegranate in quantities that are considered safe for dogs, but the fresh, raw format is a different story. Dogs should not eat pomegranate even though the fruit is considered a “superfood” for us humans. Here’s what to know about pomegranates and dogs.

Is Pomegranate Good for Dogs?

While pomegranates do have a lot of nutritional value for humans (they’re packed with vitamin C and potassium), that doesn’t mean they’re good for dogs. The peel, rind, and seeds of pomegranate can cause an obstruction, which can be a life-threatening emergency. The pomegranate seeds themselves can also give your dog an upset stomach and pose a choking hazard if eaten in large quantities.

Also, the peel of pomegranate contains trace amounts of cyanide. However, your dog would need to eat a lot of the peel to become very sick. The risk of an obstruction is the true danger.

While pomegranate does contain vitamins and antioxidants that are good for dogs to have in their diet, the risks outweigh the benefits. Dogs who eat a diet approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) will receive all needed nutrients, making any additional nutrients from pomegranate unnecessary.

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

Do not feed pomegranate seeds to your dog. Those small, crunchy little orbs found inside the fruit are difficult for dogs to digest and can cause an intestinal blockage.  

That said, one or two seeds off the floor is not likely to cause much harm, especially if your hound is an otherwise healthy adult dog. But larger amounts may create more of a risk.

My Dog Ate a Pomegranate. What Do I Do?

If you discover your dog has managed to get their paws on a pomegranate, keep an eye out for signs of digestive distress. One or two seeds may not be a big deal, but any more than that may cause your dog to vomit or have diarrhea. If you’re not sure how much your dog ate, or your dog exhibits these symptoms and appears lethargic or disoriented, call your vet. You should also call your vet if you notice your dog ate any of the pomegranate’s rind or stem.

While most dogs will likely be fine if they consume one or two pomegranate seeds, some dogs may have more severe problems. If you have any concerns about the quantity of pomegranate seeds or skin your dog has eaten, call your vet. A vet will be able to offer support based on your dog’s health history, age, weight, and other conditions.

What To Feed Your Dog Instead of Pomegranates

Generally speaking, the following fruits are safe for dogs to eat. As with any new food (even the safe, healthy kinds!), you should introduce fruit to your dog’s diet in moderation and watch for signs of digestive upset.

Remember that not all fruit is safe for dogs to eat. Some fruits, including grapes, should be avoided because they are toxic to dogs.

Always talk to your vet before introducing new foods to your dog’s bowl, as they may have recommendations that take into account your pet’s health, age, and weight.

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April Saylor


April Saylor

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