July 29, 2016

Can Dogs Eat Pears: Let’s Talk Fruit

We recently had a chat about a popular dog owner question, Can Dogs Eat Celery? and I promised to come back to talk about dogs eating fruit. You may also be asking yourself: can dogs eat pears, for instance, or apples, berries, and bananas. Like, can I feed my dog the leftover fruit salad from my last picnic, or what? Rufus is always down for some tasty human treats.

Fruit seems like a great dog treat and many types of fruit are, indeed, safe for dogs. As usual, I am going to get deep into the topic of dogs eating pears and go beyond just that simple question. I will discuss other types of fruit that are safe for doggie treats. I will also talk about how much plant-based food you should feed your dog, and how to entice your dog to try fruit in the first place.

However, my usual disclaimer applies to you here. You must always include your vet in any plans to change your dog's diet. If you read an article or two (however well researched) that is just not the same as if you ask the person who provides long term health care for your pet. You should also do some of your own research before embarking on a new eating routine for your dog. I totally intended that pun. Can dogs eat pears? Let's find out together!

Feeding Dogs Plants​

Can dogs eat pears

In my last article, I provided several sources on both sides of the debate over dogs eating vegan. If you click that link, it will take you to my previous post about the subject. The link will open in a brand new tab for your ease of reading. I highly suggest that you take a peek at that information before continuing here, in case you missed it the first time.

That being said, I will give a quick summary here. Most vets and professionals agree that dogs should at least eat some meat or a dog food that is meat based. At the same time, several people do choose to feed their dogs a vegetarian or vegan diet. Anecdotal evidence shows that most of these dogs do just fine on a plant-based diet.​

If you make the choice to feed your dog vegan, you must research the dietary requirements that dogs need and ensure you are meeting those requirements. You must also monitor your dog's health. If you deviate from the standard wisdom of feeding your dog a meat-based diet, you must take a very proactive approach on your part.

Again, the safest way to feed your dog is to stick to a high-quality formulated diet with meat products in the ingredient list. You can then supplement that food with healthy treats of safe fruits and vegetables for dogs. Can dogs eat pears

Fruit That's Safe For Dogs To Eat

Can dogs eat pears

In light of these best practices for feeding your dog a varied diet, I will review a list of fruit that you can safely feed your dog. Please remember that fruits contain sugar which is not a usual food for dogs. You want to feed these fruits sparingly. If you offer your dog a few berries or 1-2 slices of these fruits you will be fine. If you feed any more than that, you risk an upset doggie tummy. Can dogs eat pears

  • Bananas: totally safe for dogs, and they contain potassium and carbohydrates.
  • Apples: safe with seeds removed. Dogs may prefer peeled apples. Apples contain potassium, fiber, phytonutrients, flavonoids, and vitamin C.
  • Oranges: safe if you remove the seeds, and feed in moderation. Some dogs may experience a mild stomach upset if fed too much. Oranges are a source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folic acid, iron, flavonoids, phytonutrients, and vitamins A, C, B1, and B6.
  • Watermelon: safe without seeds.
  • Mango: yes, just remove the entire pit and peel first.
  • Coconut: yes, sparingly.
  • Cantaloupe: yes! Cantaloupe is a great source of vitamins A, B complex, C, plus fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid and folic acid.
  • Kiwis: yes, kiwis are safe. They contain fiber, potassium, and lots of vitamin C.

What About Berries? Can I Feed Berries To My Dog?

Can dogs eat pears
  • Strawberries: safe if you remove all leaves and stems. Some research suggests that strawberry leaves and stems are toxic to pets and it's best not to take the risk. Livestrong.com says that strawberry greens are safe for humans, but it's easy to remove strawberry stems by simply pushing a straw through the berry. They contain fiber, potassium, magnesium, iodine, folic acid, omega-3 fats, and vitamins C, K, B1, and B6
  • Blueberries: safe for dogs, but beware of the juicy mess! Blueberries contain antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron, as well as vitamins C, E, A and B complex.
  • Raspberries: safe for dogs and contain fiber, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium and vitamins C, K, and B-complex.
  • Blackberries: safe for dogs. Blackberries contain antioxidants (anthocyanins), polyphenols, tannin, fiber, manganese, folate, omega-3, and vitamins C, K, A and E.

So... Can Dogs Eat Pears?

Yes, your dog can eat pears! You must always remove the seeds from pears before you share them with your fid (fur-kid). Here are some of the great health benefits of pears for your dog.

  • Pears are high in fiber which is good for heart health, cholesterol, and keeping the digestive system running smoothly.
  • There is a lot of vitamin A in pears.
  • Pears contain vitamin B1 and B2.
  • Pears are a great source of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E is plentiful in pears.
  • Vitamin K supports many blood functions and is present in pears.
  • Vital copper is in pears.
  • Many types of fruit, including pears, contain lots of antioxidants.
  • Pears contain folic acid
  • Niacin is in pears.
  • Phosphorus is also found in pears.
  • Pears contain potassium.
  • Pectin is healthy for the heart and other body systems and can be found in, you guessed it, pears!

Unsafe Fruits You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Not all fruit is safe for dogs. Pits or seeds should always be removed from fruit that you give your dog. You don't have to worry about small seeds like those in strawberries, but apples, pears, mangos, oranges, and other fruit on the safe list should be given to your dog without seeds or pits.

Conversely, you should never feed your dog the following fruit:​

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Avocado
  • Peaches

Grapes and raisins may cause kidney failure in dogs and should never be fed. You should avoid avocado because of the pit. Some sources say that avocado is toxic to dogs, but Petpoisonhelpline.com cites choking on the pit as the real hazard here.

Introducing New Foods To Dogs

As long as you follow the guidelines above, go ahead and give your dog little bits of fruit here and there. One of the easiest ways to get your dog to try a new food is to use modeling behavior. This is easy to do with foods. Eat the fruit in front of your dog and act like you are really enjoying it. Can dogs eat pears

If you are working with another member of your family or a friend around, you should feed them the fruit and ask them to behave like it's the best thing they have ever tasted. Your friend should act very interested and excited about the fruit while they eat it. If you are modeling for your dog yourself, you should also act like the fruit is the best thing in the world. Dogs can sense your energy.

Your dog is probably pretty curious. Most dogs are especially interested in people food. Using this modeling or rival method should get your dog interested in trying a new treat. It's how Dr. Irene Pepperberg trained the amazingly intelligent parrot, Alex!

Great! I'm Off To Feed My Dog Some Fruit!

I'm so glad to hear that! Just remember the following major takeaways:

  • Feed fruit in moderation.
  • Avoid foods on the unsafe list above.
  • Do your own research about any foods you are unsure of.
  • Consult your vet before adding any food to your dog's diet.
  • Train your dog through the model/rival method.

As a result of the research in this post, I hope you enjoy sharing a bit of a fruit snack with your canine friend. If you share a meal or snack with your dog it will improve your bonding and take it to a deeper level. When you feed your dog a varied diet you are positively affecting his enrichment. If you are wondering, can dogs eat pears- you bet they can!

Also read: Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

Thanks for hanging out with me yet again. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below. I love to hear from you and it's great to cover topics you ask about. I'll see you again soon!

Do you have friends with dogs? I'd love it if you shared this article with them over social media so we can all be informed about safe doggie feeding. I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter. You can follow the page at @lovablepawclaws. Once we are connected, you can send me your comments about this article. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lauren

Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

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