Do you like pears? It turns out that many dogs enjoy them, too. But, is it safe to give your dog pears? As it happens, the answer is yes!
Pears are wonderful!
If you love pears you’re in good company. Pears were a favorite fruit of both the Romans and the Celts. They have been cultivated since prehistoric times and were mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. There are an estimated 3000 varieties grown around the world.
Are pears good for dogs?
As you probably know, dogs don’t actually need fruit as part of their diet but that doesn’t mean they don’t like to eat some fruit occasionally. Some dogs are very fond of different kinds of fruits, including pears. If your dog sees you eating a pear, he might insist that you share a bite!
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/301224, a raw pear contains 84 percent water and 15 percent carbohydrates. It has just a small amount or protein and fat. Pears are a moderate source of dietary fiber. They do contain some Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
Pears also contain lots of natural sugar, like some other fruits, which may explain why dogs often like them.
In small amounts, such as a small slice or two, pears are good for your dog.
Can pears be harmful to dogs?
As with most other fruits, if you give your dog too much pear, it can cause an upset stomach. In general, veterinarians recommend that treats and snacks should not make up more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily calories. If you have a small dog, one slice of pear occasionally would be enough. Giving your dog a whole pear would be too much. A larger dog could eat two or three small slices. If you have any questions about how much pear you can safely give your dog, talk to your veterinarian.
Canned pears can be harmful to your dog. Like most canned fruit, canned pears, along with pears in fruit cocktails and pear preserves, are full of sugar. All of that added sugar is bad for your dog. Some of these foods may also contain preservatives or artificial sweeteners that could hurt your dog.
The best way to give your dog pears is from a fresh, ripe pear.
Remember that pears that are grown commercially may have been treated with pesticides. Be sure to wash any pear before you slice it to give your dog a piece.
Whenever you give your dog fruit it’s always possible that it could be a choking hazard. When slicing a pear for your dog to eat, be sure to make the pieces small so there is less chance that your dog might choke. Always watch your dog when he is eating any pieces of fruit.
As with some other fruits, pear seeds contain traces of the toxin cyanide. Your dog would have to eat a lot of the seeds to poison himself but it’s still a good idea to avoid giving your dog any leftover pear cores. The seeds could also, theoretically, be a choking hazard, so it’s just a good idea to avoid letting your dog have any seeds from a pear.
Many dogs enjoy a slice of pear, especially when they see you eating a pear. If you give your dog some pear, be sure the pieces are small. A small amount of pear given occasionally won’t hurt your dog but too much can cause stomach upset. Avoid giving your dog the core or seeds from the pear. And don’t give your dog canned pears or any prepared pears that are made with sugary juices.