Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

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Written By: Angela Jakeson

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?
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Can dogs eat pomegranates? While this sweet and tangy fruit is safe for dogs in moderation, it contains tannins that can cause digestive issues. Read on to learn more about the potential risks and benefits of feeding your dog pomegranates and how to do so safely.

What Are Tannins?

Tannins are a series of bitter and astringent compounds found in certain trees and fruits, including pomegranates.

Ingesting these chemicals can upset the canine stomach and cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Are Pomegranates Inherently Toxic to Dogs?

A pomegranate fruit cracked open.
There is no clear-cut answer to this question. The tannins in pomegranates are not toxic to dogs. However, as we have stated, they bring forth digestive issues.

It should also be noted that certain parts of the fruit contain trace amounts of cyanide. While it will take large doses to induce poisoning, this is a potential risk pawrents need to keep in mind.

Now let us answer questions related to this discussion:

  • Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Skin?

    Dogs cannot eat pomegranate skin. They contain high concentrations of tannins and are believed to harbor traces of cyanide. Worst, if dogs eat it, a life-threatening internal blockage may occur.

    To reverse this dangerous effect, a costly surgery may be recommended by the vet. Thus, always dispose of pomegranate skin properly after peeling it off.

  • Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Membranes?

    Dogs cannot eat pomegranate membranes because they are also rich in tannins. Small amounts of cyanide are reported to be found in them as well.

    If your pooch accidentally eats pomegranate membranes, give him plenty of water to wash down the bad taste.

    Watch out for signs of an upset stomach, including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and lack of appetite. If these issues manifest, you may need to call your vet for advice.

  • Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Seeds?

    Dogs can eat pomegranate seeds in small amounts. However, we do not encourage you to frequently feed these to your dog as they also contain stomach-irritating tannins.

    Pomegranate seeds are also difficult to digest. Excessive consumption may eventually lead to impaction.

    Instead of feeding your dog raw pomegranate seeds, give him food or treats enhanced with pomegranates to lower the risk of gastric distress.

Aren’t Pomegranates Good for Us?

A bowl full of pomegranate seeds and a pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranates are packed with vitamin C, which can strengthen the immune system and prevent tissue and collagen degeneration in humans.

They are also rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanin and flavonoids. These antioxidants shield us from body inflammations and health issues, especially cancer and heart disease.

The pomegranate fruit is a good source of folic acid, which is essential for normal metabolic function. It plays a significant role in red blood cell production and DNA synthesis.

Pomegranates are also fiber-rich, so they are good for the digestive system. Fiber improves gut health since it helps good bacteria thrive in the GI tract. Moreover, it aids in producing firm stools and regulates bowel movement.

Needless to say, eating pomegranates will boost our health. But the same cannot be said for our four-legged friends.

Fresh raw pomegranates give dogs nutrients as well as stomach-irritating tannins and toxic cyanide. They trump any health benefits these fruits have for canines.

Aren’t Pomegranates on the Label of Some Dog Products?

A handful of pomegranate seeds.
Many dog owners prioritize their canine companions’ health, seeking out superfoods like pomegranates to include in their dogs’ meals. Pet companies have responded by incorporating pomegranate extracts into their products to cater to health-conscious dog parents. The question then arises: Can dogs have pomegranate extracts?

Can dogs have pomegranate extracts?

The answer is yes. Pomegranate extracts provide nutrients and health benefits without causing gastrointestinal distress.

According to a study, pomegranates are natural antioxidants that can benefit dogs when included in their food. Pomegranate extract can slow down lipid oxidation and keep dog food fresh and nutritious for longer.

Studies also show that pomegranate extract and propolis can improve oral health in dogs when included in baked biscuits or pet treats. These extracts have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce bad breath and gum inflammation by limiting bacteria growth.
As much as possible, stick to using pomegranate extracts for dogs. As Some products formulated for humans contain xylitol, which is toxic to canines.

Before incorporating pomegranate extracts into your dog’s diet, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian to ensure a reliable and safe source, as well as to determine the appropriate dosage.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Pomegranates?

A bowl filled with pomegranate seeds and a pomegranate fruit.
If you think that your dog has eaten pomegranate whole, keep a close eye on your pooch. The fruit is not toxic to dogs but can irritate their digestive tract and cause tummy troubles.

Give your dog plenty of water, and watch out for symptoms. Vomiting is quite common in canines that ate large amounts of pomegranate. This is their body’s attempt at expelling the fruit.

Generally, vomiting will stop within a few hours, and your pooch will start to recover. However, if your dog experiences vomiting three or more times within 8 hours, it’s important to seek veterinary care immediately.

Also, do the same if he shows signs of stomach obstruction, such as bloating, hunching, straining during bowel movements, and difficulty defecating.

dog treat recipesHomemade Pomegranate Dog Treat Recipe

Make your dog’s pomegranate snack more tempting and delicious by following this recipe:

Chicken-Pomegranate Balls



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, chopped chicken breast, basil leaves, tapioca flour, ginger, and egg.
  4. Pour the coconut oil and honey into the mixture. Combine until the ingredients are properly incorporated.
  5. Slowly add pomegranate juice while stirring. Add more juice as needed.
  6. Knead the dough in the bowl using your hand. Once the dough has a firm texture, it is done.
  7. Roll the dough into balls about ½-inch thick.
  8. Place them an inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Press the top of the balls down with a fork to flatten them.
  10. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. Take them out of the oven and let them cool before serving them to your dog.
  12. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and put them in the freezer to avoid quick spoilage.

FAQs About Pomegranate for Dogs

A glass of pomegranate surrounded by pomegranate fruits.

1. Can Dogs Lick Pomegranate Juice?

Yes, pomegranate juice is safe for dogs to drink, provided that it is 100% natural and diluted (to avoid an upset stomach). Avoid commercially produced ones since many of them contain preservatives and sugar.

Also, keep in mind that while pomegranate juice may be tasty for dogs, it should never be used as a substitute for water. Give pomegranate juice to dogs in moderation.

2. Can Dogs Eat Dried Pomegranates?

Dried pomegranate is unhealthy for dogs. Since it is devoid of water, dried pomegranate mainly comprises sugar and calories.

Both are harmful to your pooch if consumed in large amounts, as they can cause obesity, dental issues, and other health problems.

3. How Much Pomegranate Should I Give My Dog?

There is no definitive amount to how much pomegranate to give a dog. However, ideally, it should not go over a few seeds per day.

As we have said earlier, avoid going out of your way to feed your dog raw pomegranates to prevent gastric distress.

4. Will One Pomegranate Seed Hurt My Dog?

One pomegranate seed will not hurt your dog in most cases. However, some canines have more sensitive stomachs than others.

If you suspect or catch your furry pal eating a pomegranate seed, keep an eye on him. Call the vet if your pooch starts to exhibit an onset of gastric problems afterwards.


While pomegranate offers many health benefits to dogs, it’s important to be cautious when feeding them fresh, raw pomegranate. The fruit contains stomach-irritating tannins and small amounts of toxic cyanide.

To ensure your dog’s safety, explore our Fruits and Vegetables section to familiarize yourself with the suitability of various fruits and vegetables for canine consumption.