When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult for us dog owners to remember what they can share with their doggy best friends and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do pears come into this? Can dogs eat pears?
How many pears Can Dogs Eat?
Just because pears are safe for dogs to eat, it does not mean your dog should eat a lot of pears on a regular basis. In moderation, pears can be a healthy snack that’s full of vitamins C and A, as well as fibre. However, just like with any food you give your dog, too many pears could lead to an upset stomach. So how much is too much? Veterinarians recommend limiting your dog’s treat intake to 10 per cent of their daily food intake. For small dogs, this means that one slice of pear every now and then is plenty, and a whole pear is most probably too much. When in doubt, ask your vet or a pet food nutritionist.
Risks of Feeding Pears to Dogs
There are a few risks associated with feeding pears to dogs. Pears are safe for dogs to eat, but even safe foods can be a choking hazard. Cut pears into bite-sized pieces and monitor your dog carefully as they eat to prevent choking.
Pear seeds contain traces of the toxin cyanide. As tempting as it is to toss your dog your leftover pear core, refrain from giving your dog the parts of pears with seeds in them, as not only are they toxic in large quantities, but seeds can also cause choking.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Pears?
Canned pears are not good for dogs, just like most canned fruit. Canned pears contain too much sugar, this can irritate your dog’s digestive tract and lead to obesity. Fresh, ripe pears are the best pears to feed dogs.