Can Dogs Eat Pears? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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Yes, pears are one of many fruits that dogs can enjoy as a healthy treat as long as it’s fed in moderation. There are, however, certain safety precautions dog owners should heed to when feeding slices of pears to their dogs. We cover the most important points in this article.

Safety tips when feeding pears to dogs

Pears make a great snack for dogs because they are packed with important nutrients and minerals including vitamin C, potassium, and copper. Too much of a good thing, however, can end up being a bad thing. Copper poisoning, for example, is a thing for certain dog breeds including the Bedlington Terrier and can lead to health emergencies. This is why it’s important to only let dogs eat fruits like pears in moderation. One or two slices of pear every once in a while should be enough for most dogs.

Make sure you discard the pear seeds. Like many other fruit seeds, pear seeds contain naturally-occurring toxins that can release cyanide in the dog’s body once it reacts with the stomach enzymes. Common symptoms may include nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Dogs can eat a small amount of pear skin but do give it a proper rinse before you feed any pieces to your dog. Pears are part of the dirty dozen list so it’s possible for the pear skin to contain traces of pesticide. This could be detrimental to your dog’s health if the amount of pesticide they unintentionally consume build up over time.

How to feed pears to dogs

First, give the fruit a good rinse then peel off the pear skin. Cut the remaining flesh into tiny pieces so it’s easier for the dog to chew and swallow. Make sure the pear seeds are discarded at this time. Some dogs may love the natural pear treats even more if you were to freeze them overnight. Cold fruit treats are hard to resist on a hot, summer day!

If you would like to know what other fruits are safe for dogs to eat in moderation then do check out our fruit for dogs database.


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