With its high nutrient density, pomegranate is a true superfood. Feed manufacturers have long since discovered the advantages of juicy red kernels so that the fruits are part of many dog foods. But can dogs eat pomegranate raw? We explain to you what to watch out for when feeding.
Pomegranate for Dogs: Yes or No?
When the pomegranate is mentioned, the juicy pomegranate seeds are usually meant. Unlike other types of fruit, pomegranate kernels do not contain hydrogen cyanide. This means that dogs can safely consume pomegranate seeds. The rest of the pomegranate, i.e. the white meat between the seeds and the firm shell, should not be fed as they taste sour and are difficult for the dog to digest.
Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate Seeds?
Pomegranates are one of the so-called superfoods because they contain so many different nutrients in high concentrations. They are said to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and in the prevention of cancer, tumors, and ulcers. Clinical studies that have dealt with the effects of pomegranate confirm the valuable ingredients and the positive effects on health.
A pomegranate contains these nutrients:
- Folic acid is important for a healthy metabolism.
- Vitamin C strengthens the immune system.
- Antioxidants fight free radicals and prevent tumors.
- Fiber contributes to healthy digestion.
- B vitamins support the nervous system and metabolism.
Can Dogs Have Pomegranate?
Large amounts of pomegranate seeds can cause abdominal pain in dogs as well as in humans, as the tannins they contain can cause stomach upset in sensitive stomachs. Dogs should therefore only eat small amounts of pomegranate. You can feed the ripe, red kernels straight away or mix them with the dog food. Pomegranate seeds can also be fed as a vegetable accompaniment to barfish.