Pears are well known for being one of the most fiber-rich fruits found in grocery stores, and they come in so many varieties, there’s truly a pear for every taste. Pears are unique in their grainy texture and sweet taste and their nutritional content is as wonderful as their taste. If you snack on pears regularly, feel free to sneak a small taste or two to your dog, as well.
Are Pears Safe for Dogs?
Pears are definitely safe for dogs when given in moderation. If they get too many pears, it’s likely you’re going to send their bowels into super-mode due to the fiber, and your dog is going to get diarrhea.
Is There Any Nutritional Benefit to Pears?
Unless your dog is living on table scraps and food from the trash can, their dog food is meeting all of their nutritional needs, so there isn’t anything in pears that your dog isn’t already getting from their food. That doesn’t mean your dog can’t get some nutritional value from a small piece of pear, and it’s arguably healthier than most of the dog treats found on store shelves. The fiber is good for their digestive tract, but as it was mentioned before, too much dietary fiber is going to upset their bowels and lead to frequent, loose stools. The right amount of dietary fiber, however, has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer and help reduce constipation in dogs.
Besides fiber, pears have folic acid, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A, B1/B2, C, and E, just to name a few.
A Few Precautions
The ideal amount is just a small square or two. Any more than that is unnecessary and increases the risk of diarrhea. Never give your dog the seeds because they contain cyanide, a chemical naturally found in fruit seeds/pits. Never give dogs an entire pear. They don’t have the teeth necessary to pull apart and chew up a whole pear, so it poses a choking hazard, and unchewed pieces will most likely pass through the digestive tract undigested.
Pears are one of the safer fruit choices to give your dog, but that doesn’t mean they should be a daily occurrence. Consider pears a snack and not a staple in their diet and they shouldn’t cause any issues.