Pomegranate is scientifically proven to have more antioxidants than most other fruit juices. It also has can shield us from type-2 diabetes and obesity. While we enjoy munching on these jewel-like seeds, it might not be advisable to feed two or a few to your pup. While speaking to an online publication, Veterinarian called Dr Chyrle Bonk states that “Eating more than a few of the seeds or any peel of this fruit can induce digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain”.
Tannins are a chemical substance that is present in some trees and fruits. The substance originates from phenolic acids. Your pup could have a severe reaction to pomegranate and could potentially face gastrointestinal problems. If he/she guzzles down several in one go, it could get him/her to choke.
While the fruit’s skin, flesh and seeds benefit our health in many ways, they may not serve the same purpose for our dogs. It is a must to consult your veterinarian in case your pup accidentally munches down on a seed or two. This is to rule out any chances of any mishaps.
But hey – plot twist. Why do so many dog treats and foods have dried pomegranate or pomegranate extract? The pomegranate extract in dog food is primarily so that they too get the benefit from the antioxidants present in the fruit. Pomegranates also help pups suffering from any joint inflammation. The antioxidants also help age your dog like fine wine! Labelled as one of the healthiest fruits in the fruit family, studies have shown evidence of how pomegranates have aided the treatment and recovery of pups who are osteoarthritic patients. The pomegranate extract also acts as a mouth freshener as it rids him/her from having foul breath. This in turn safeguards him/her from developing any oral health issues and boosts the overall oral hygiene. It’s almost as though the pomegranate you any wish! ( Get it? Since it has a host of benefits of how and why it is so healthy! )
Although it is imperative to have a dialogue with your vet as to what might work best for his/her stomach. Some may not take to it well. Hence there are other options to choose from. After all, your pet’s well-being is the priority. Some other foods and treats have blueberries. It could replicate the same functions as a pomegranate would for your pup as it too has a high level of antioxidants.