By Mel Lee-Smith
Published: 06/12/2020, edited: 09/21/2021
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Pears are a delicious and nutritious snack for humans, but what about for our fur-babies? Can dogs eat pears?
The answer is yes! Pears are not only safe for dogs to eat, but they also contain a handful of important nutrients for our four-legged friends. That said, dogs should only ever eat pears in moderation to avoid an upset stomach, and should never eat pear seeds or cores.
Let’s take a closer look at which parts of the pear your dog can eat, and how often your pup can safely snack on this juicy fruit.
Are pears safe for dogs to eat?
Yes. The flesh of pears is perfectly safe for dogs to eat. The pear should be ripe to ensure that it’s soft enough for your dog to easily chew. You should also make sure to slice the pear into bite-size pieces to ensure that it doesn’t become a choking hazard.
Happily, many dogs also love the taste of pears, so they’re a simple and satisfying treat to prepare for your furry friend.
However, pear seeds contain traces of cyanide which, if ingested in large amounts, can be toxic to dogs. Pear cores can also be difficult for dogs to digest, so make sure to never feed your dog the seeds or core of a pear.
Are pears healthy for dogs to eat?
Okay, so dogs can eat pears — but should they? The answer is once again yes, but only in moderation.
Pears are a good source of dietary fiber, which aids digestion, and also contain important nutrients like vitamin C and potassium. And because they’re also low in calories, a small amount of pear every now and then is a healthy snack for dogs.
However, the high sugar content of pears could potentially cause an upset stomach, so pooches should only ever eat pear occasionally.
For more information on the nutritional content of pears, check out the list below.
Raw pear, nutritional content per 100g portion
- Water: 83.96g
- Energy: 57kcal
- Protein: 0.36g
- Total fat: 0.14g
- Carbohydrate: 15.23g
- Dietary fiber: 3.1g
- Sugars: 9.75g
- Potassium: 116mg
- Vitamin C: 4.3mg
Source: FoodData Central
What are the risks of feeding pears to dogs?
Although pears can provide some nutritional goodness to dogs, there are also a couple of key risks associated with feeding them to your dog. Keep these risks in mind before deciding whether or not to treat your pooch to a snack of chopped pear.
- Pear seeds are toxic. As we mentioned above, pear seeds contain cyanide, which can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. Never give your dog pear seeds or a pear core, and never give your pup a whole pear to munch on.
- Pears are high in sugar. As the table above shows, pears have a sugar content of roughly 10%. Combined with the fiber content of pears, this can potentially lead to diarrhea or an upset stomach if your pet over-indulges. This also means that pears aren’t a suitable treat for dogs that suffer from diabetes.
- Pears must be ripe. Unripe, rotting, or moldy pears can also cause an upset stomach and should never be given to dogs.
If you’re unsure whether or not it’s safe for your dog to eat pear due to any underlying health issues, ask your veterinarian for advice.
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Are canned pears safe for dogs to eat?
No. Canned pears (and many other types of canned fruit) tend to be very high in sugar, so they should be avoided at all costs. Too much sugar can not only cause tummy troubles, but it can also lead to weight gain and canine obesity.
Stick to fresh, raw fruit if you ever want to share some pear with your canine companion.
How much pear should my dog have?
Pear, just like any other treat food, should never form a major part of your dog’s diet. Many vets recommend using the 10% rule as a general guide, with treats never making up any more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
A slice of pear once or twice a week is a safe serving size. Just make sure to wash the pear first and double-check to make sure there are no seeds in the slice you feed to your pup.
Other serving suggestions include baking grated pear into some homemade dog treats, or freezing pear and other dog-safe fruits inside some homemade “pupsicles” to help keep your pet cool in summer.
It’s also a good idea to introduce pear (and any other new foods) to your dog slowly in case it causes an upset stomach for your furry friend. But as long as you don’t let your pet have too much of a good thing, pear is a safe, healthy, and tasty treat for dogs of all shapes and sizes.