Can Dogs Eat Pears?

Can Dogs Eat Pears?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes, you can share some pear with your pup.

Benefits of pears

Pears are a healthy and natural snack that is safe to feed to dogs. They are juicy with a sweet, crisp taste that’s so enjoyable you might find it hard to resist sharing some with your dog. Pears are full of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K as well as potassium, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Offer your dog a small nibble of your pear to see if she likes the taste!

Hazards

Pears are generally quite safe, however there are a few items to note. As with sharing any fruit with your pet, do not feed the seeds or core of a pear. The seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide and the core can be difficult to digest. Stick with plain, fresh pear and avoid canned pears which often contain added sugars. 

To prevent a choking hazard, cut pears into bite-sized pieces appropriate for the size of your dog. Finally, only allow your dog to eat pieces of pear in moderation. Too much in one sitting can cause vomiting or diarrhea, and feeding pears on a regular basis can lead to weight gain due to the additional calories. Fruits as a snack should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily diet. Be mindful that 10% of a tiny dog’s diet is far less than that of a large-breed dog.

Recipe

Serve pears plain or cook them into homemade dog treats, such as this grain-free, egg-free recipe from K9 Instinct.

Coconut and pear dog cookies

  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • ½ cup of pear puree or pear baby food
  • 1 tablespoon of raw, local honey
  • 2 tablespoons of virgin, unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of water

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Roll dough into small balls, place on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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