Ahhhh, pears, one of the healthiest, tastiest and favorite fruits to mankind! Loaded with vitamins and minerals that can do nothing but good to our bodies, pears are also capable of satisfying the most sweetest tooth out there.
But, and since you’re here reading this article, you’re not really interested in knowing about the fruit itself as much as you’re interested in knowing whether you can feed it to your dog or not.
So, can dogs eat pears?
Can Dogs Have Pears? The Short Answer
The answer to that question is YES, dogs can eat pears.
But, let’s cover some stuff you have to know about first.
How Can Dogs Eat Pears?
First of all, any seeds, stem or core contained in or as a part of the pear must be completely removed before your dog eats it.
These parts of the pear (like apples or any fruits containing pits) are filled with chemicals (the most dangerous culprit being cyanide) that are deadly to your dog.
With fruits that contain pits (not pears), if your dog was to swallow the pit, it may become stuck in their intestinal tract, which would (in most cases) require surgery to be removed, or cause your dog to choke on them.
As for the pear skin, you should try your best to get your dog to eat it, due to dozens of health benefits it has for your dog and all the good stuff it contains.
Before you give your dog slices of pear to eat, you must make sure you wash it real well in order to remove all the chemicals that might be on it.
Now that we’ve covered all the potential health hazards your dog can face if they eat a whole pear, it’s time to talk about how to give your dog a pear to eat. The best way would be to cut the pear into small slices and feed 1-2 of these slices to your dog as a treat.
Now, if your dog happens to consume a few pear seeds by mistake, don’t panic because dogs usually have to consume a very large quantity of seeds (more than they could eat even if they tried) for these seeds to cause intoxication in your dog.
So, don’t panic, but at the same time stay safe and try your best to keep these seeds away from your dog.
Finally, and this one might seem obvious but not as much people pay attention to it as would be ideal, you should never give your dog a rotten pear.
Rotten pears (just like any other rotten fruit) can lead to serious stomach ache and problems in your dog, so be sure to only feed them fresh pears.
How Much Pears Can Dogs Eat?
As is the case when it comes to your dog eating any kind of human food, fruits especially, your dog can eat pears safely and with no problems, as long as it’s in moderation.
Ideally, instead of feeding your dog a whole pear all at once (which could cause them to have stomach aches and, worse off, choke), you cut the pear into small slices and feed your dog 1-2 slices (3 maximum) as a well deserved treat or snack.
You want to keep the amount of pears you feed your dog to a minimum because eating too much of them can upset your dog’s stomach, cause them to have diarrhea and start to vomit.
So, to put it short and simple, cutting the pear into small slices and giving your dog 1 or 2 pieces is fine.
Human food treats for your dog (such as pears) are completely fine in moderation, but the main focus of your dog’s diet should be quality dog food.
Always calculate everything you feed your dog and keep record of it to ensure that any human food you feed them does not make up more than 5% of their major day to day diet.
Why Should Dogs Eat Pears?
Some of the most important reasons you should give your dog pears are that pears:
- Contain significant amounts of fiber which will improve their heart health, lower cholesterol levels and keep their digestive system in excellent shape (preventing issues such as constipation and diarrhea)
- Are an excellent source of vitamin A
- Are an excellent source of vitamin B1 and B2
- Are an excellent source of vitamin C
- Are an excellent source of vitamin E
- Are an excellent source of vitamin K, which improves many blood functions in your dog’s body
- Contain copper
- Contain antioxidants that help protect your dog’s cells from deterioration, fight cancer (such as colon cancer) and aid in preventing problems that come along with aging
- Contain folic acid
- Contain niacin
- Contain phosphorus
- Contain potassium
- Contain Pectin