Can Dogs Eat Pears?
YES, dogs can eat pears! Pears are actually a treat for dogs, as they love the taste.
Soft and sweet, pears are a treat in themselves. Once called the “gift of the gods” by Homer, author of the Odyssey, pears are packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, making them a delicious but healthful snacking choice.
The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Pears
Pears are naturally high in vitamins C and K, as well as nutrients such as copper—all of which act as antioxidants to protect your and your dog’s cells from damage from free radicals. One pear contains up to 11 percent of our daily-recommended intake of vitamin C and 9.5 percent of our daily-recommended intake of copper. Pears are also said to have more nutrients per calorie than calorie per nutrient. But of course, we will not be feeding a whole pear to our dogs because we know we should not feed more than a cube or two.
Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and fiber is good for the heart. Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding to bile salts—which are made from cholesterol—and carrying them out of the body. Eating pears can also reduce risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
Although few studies have been done on the subject, doctors generally consider pears to be a hypoallergenic fruit because they are less likely than other fruits to produce an allergic response when eaten. For this reason, pears are generally considered “safe” and are often one of the first fruits given to infants.
Pears have also been said to protect against cancers of sorts and so knowing that dogs can eat pears is obviously great news!
Because they are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, pears make a smart snack for those with diabetes. The bloodstream slowly absorbs a pear’s carbs (just about 26 grams per pear), preventing a spike in blood sugar and helping to control blood glucose levels. Lightly sweet, pears can also satisfy the sweet tooth in a healthier way than other sweets.
You can always count on pear, just like most other fruits, to be amazing as a snack because they are better than commercial, fatty snacks.
The Problems With Feeding Your Dog Pears
Do not feed too many pears to dogs however. An excess of any fruit can case dogs to have runny stool. This is because pears (just like a lot of other fruit) have a lot of fiber in them and can cause diarrhea in dogs. Just like mentioned earlier, usually one or two cubes would be OK.
Do not feed the pear pit to dogs. The pits of pears contain small doses of cyanide, which can be fatal to smaller dogs. Also, if the pit is swallowed whole, it may become lodged in the intestinal tract, where the blockage will have to be surgically removed.
The typical pear season runs from August to October, but with so many varieties of pear, you’re likely to find some variety in season where you are. Pears ripen from the inside out, so to tell if your pear is ready to eat or not, check the neck (skinniest part of the pear) by applying gentle pressure. Along with apples, pears are part of the rose family, and like apples, many of the health benefits of pears can be found in the fruit’s skin—meaning for maximum health benefits, eat pears with the skin left on! Dogs can eat pear skin as long as it has been cleaned out with lukewarm water to make sure there are no chemicals or toxins from the garden or farm it came from.
Some dogs might not like the skin and in that case, peel the pear.
Dogs prefer soft pears to hard pears.
So now that you know dogs can eat pear, please be careful with the seeds but feel free to fee the rest to your dog!