What started as a gentle reunion with watermelon this summer has transformed into a full-blown re-living of my childhood via fruit. I am up to my elbows in autumnal pomegranate, or rather, stained up to my elbows with the crimson juice from the tiny, glittering seeds that require some level of skill and an extraordinary amount of patience to gently snap out of the fruit, one aril at a time.
I do have skill.
I don’t have patience.
In a moment of frustration, I yanked at a cluster of arils, hoping that perhaps they’d all release themselves at once. It’s always a mistake to fuck with Mother Nature in any way, and the arils exploded out of the pomegranate, many of which dropped down to the kitchen floor.
Daisy went after them like a lightning bolt. I shooed Daisy out of the kitchen, but without knowing how many had fallen nor where, I don’t know if she actually ate any of the pomegranate seeds.
I panicked. I still consider myself new to all of this. New enough, at least, that I forget that everything I carelessly let drop to the floor is fair game for my tiny dog.
Pomegranate and Dogs: ASPCA Says NO
According to the ASPCA, pomegranate seeds, while full of healthy vitamins and antioxidants for humans, are NOT GOOD for dogs, causing “significant GI irritation and even central nervous system depression.”
Some Owners Say YES
However, owners note in the comments that theirs dogs are fine with pomegranates. I highly doubt that pomegranate seeds are a normal part of any dog’s diet, even dogs native to the pomegranate’s original habitat, so why you would actively feed pomegranate seeds to a dog is unknown. Besides, if I go to that much effort to pull a seed out of a pomegranate, you best believe I’m going to eat it myself, not share with my dog. I really just worry about my little tiny dog accidentally ingesting even one.
Only poop (or puke) will tell if pomegranate seeds are okay for chihuahuas.