Can my dog eat pears?

Yes, when prepared correctly. The pear core and seeds can harm your dog, so throw them away immediately.

Great sources of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E and K, fiber, potassium, copper, pectin, and niacin, pears can be excellent treats for your dog. Whether you prepare them at room temperature or freeze pears slices for a frozen treat, pears offer many positive dietary reasons for including them in your dog’s diet.

However, pear seeds and the core contain cyanide, a natural poison that can hurt or kill your dog depending on how large your dog is and how much was consumed. A small amount can hurt or kill a human, so be sure to give your dog pear slices, not the entire pear. Be sure and throw away all pear seeds, cores, stems, and leaves as cyanide can be found in all of them.

Low in calories with no saturated fats or cholesterol, pears are wonderful additions to your dog’s diet. Experts suggest half a pear is a plenty size.


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