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Can Dogs Eat Pears? Quick Answer

Can dogs eat pears?

The short answer is, yes --- dogs can eat pears, and it can be part of a balanced diet. According to the American Kennel Club, pears are a healthy snack, full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.

The first pear that my dog ate was actually by accident.

I like to cut up my pears into bite-size pieces and place them in a plate. I left the room momentarily and came back to a missing pear slice, with a dog that was busy chewing away.

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Right away I hit up Google, inquiring if it was okay that my dog ate a piece of pear. Some light research has shown that it doesn't hurt to feed my dog pears. 

However, there are certain factors you will need to be aware of you're going to include pears into your dog's diet. 

Before we do so, let's talk about the unique benefits and the nutritional profile of a pear, and how it can be a nutritious treat.

We are assuming that we are working with about 100 g of pears --- which is a bit less than half a cup of sliced pears. 

Potassium: 116 mg.

Potassium is necessary for the proper function of enzymes, nerves, and muscles. Potassium deficiency often occurs due to an excess loss, rather than too little dietary intake. 

For example, if a dog is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, then there may be a loss of potassium from the body.

The deficiency manifests itself as weakness, nervous disorders, and weak growth. The potassium in pears can be particularly helpful for dogs that are suffering from an upset stomach.

Fiber: 3.1 g.

While fiber has been lambasted in dog food as a sort of filler, fiber is not the boogeyman. The occasional treat that is rich in fiber can be beneficial, with grain being a crucial factor in maintaining digestive health.

According to Purina, [1]  fiber consumption helps to keep stools firm. As the fiber passes through the digestive system, it collects waste, solidifying, and subsequently cleaning the small and large intestine.

Regular consumption of fiber will also help regulate stool movement --- as a dog owner; you want to be aware as to when and how frequent your dog goes to the bathroom.

Naturally, occurring fiber also serves as an energy source for cells, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria while increasing the number of beneficial bacteria within the gut.

Vitamin C: 7%. 

A 1942 study showed that dogs with skin diseases usually have low amounts of vitamin C in their blood. Vitamin C deficiency is linked with poor skin and coat health and is closely associated with highly stressed and agitated dogs.

Physical "stress" comes in many forms --- a dog that is pregnant, lactating, still growing, and are used for hunting or game all can be stressed and have low vitamin C levels. 

Vitamin C also acts as a flavonoid and antioxidant, which helps to nullify free radicals which can damage and impair the dog's immune system.

Iron: 1%.

Iron aids in the synthesis of blood. It is directly involved in the formation of red blood cells, which directly impacts
the blood's ability to carry oxygen and transport nutrients throughout the body.

A dog that is anemic can benefit from iron-rich foods like pears. For growing puppies, deficiencies can manifest as stunted growth, increasing vulnerability to diseases.

A Word of Caution

As with any supplement, it is vital that you visit a veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog's diet.

Pears have also naturally occurring sugars - about 17 g per pear - which can increase the dog's teeth decay over time. You can help circumvent tooth decay by lightly wiping down the dog's teeth, using a silicone toothbrush to wipe the dog's teeth every time they eat particularly sugary foods.

The key to feeding your dog pears is to use moderation. Unlimited access to fruits can be harmful.

While the fiber is beneficial, too much can lead to stool changes and diarrhea.

Dogs are primarily carnivores and will appreciate high-quality proteins in their diet. While fiber has its benefits, dogs can be sensitive to consuming too much of it.

Can dogs eat pears? Preparation Tips

It's important that you chop up pears for your dogs, and give it to them as a treat or mix it up with their favorite foods.

Do not feed the dog a full pear with a core still intact.

Not only does a pear core contain dangerous levels of cyanide, but it can also be a choking hazard.

The first step to feeding a dog a pear is to wash it thoroughly, removing any bacteria and remnants of pesticides.

Discard of the stem, core, and the pear's seed. You do not need to skin the pear --- it has lots of nutrients, and you will be diminishing the nutritional profile of the pair if you peel it.

Feed a couple of slices to your dog, and monitor them for 24 hours. If they do not exhibit unusual behavior, then you can add 100 g of sliced pears intermittently as a treat.

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