When my owner eats an Asian pear, I always sit nicely next to them in the hope that they will give me a slice.
Most of the time, if I am a very patient boy, I am given a slice. It is so juicy. It’s almost like a strawberry consistency. They’re very sweet.
Thankfully, us dogs can eat Asian pears. However, it must be in moderation. Too much may upset our stomachs.
We don’t want to embarrass ourselves in front of our owners! So if you do give your dog a bit of an Asian pear, make sure it’s only a small portion.
You may be wondering, how much Asian pear is too much for a dog. Well, this all depends on the size of your furry friend.
I am a smaller dog so I can have one slice of an Asian pear. If you have a larger breed, they get two slices! Two slices of juicy Asian pear! I sometimes wish I was a bigger boy.
Are Asian pears poisonous to dogs?
Pears are so delicious, it would be such a shame if they were poisonous to dogs. The good news is that they are not poisonous to dogs!
As long as you feed us in moderation, we will be absolutely fine. As with any new food, introduce us to it in small amounts first. Just in case it doesn’t agree with our stomachs!
Before you give us an Asian pear, you must properly prepare it. One of the most important things to do is to remove all of the seeds from the Asian pear. Why? I hear you ask! Well, believe it or not, the seeds contain a nasty thing called cyanide.
Ensure that all of the seeds are removed and that you cut the Asian pear into bite-size pieces. The cyanide found in Asian pear seeds won’t harm humans.
But, as dogs are much smaller than you, it can affect us quite badly. Please remember that important step!
Are Asian pears safe to eat?
Just like with any other fruits, in the right portion sizes, they can be very beneficial to us dogs.
Now, I’m not just saying this so that you feed us more next time you snack on a pear… I’m telling the truth! Asian pears are safe to eat for dogs in moderation.
In fact, Asian pears are packed with vitamins that could boost your dog’s mood. Here are some of the top vitamins found in Asian pears that can benefit your pooch:
- Vitamin B1 – is your dog overweight? Does your dog suffer from heart problems? Vitamin B1 can help to improve your dog’s heart health as well as metabolism.
- Vitamin B2 – if your dog is feeling under the weather and has been sleeping a lot more than usual, they could need an energy boost. This is what vitamin B2 does for your dog!
- Vitamin B3 – if your dog suffers from arthritis, they may need a boost of B3 in their diet. This will reduce the symptoms that they face.
- Vitamin B9 – this is a great one for your female dogs. If they’re carrying puppies, this vitamin can help to prevent any defects at birth.
- Vitamin C – this is a popular vitamin with humans and dogs. This will help to keep your dog’s immune system healthy.
- Beta Carotene – this vitamin helps to maintain healthy eyesight in your dog.
So, as you can see there are lots of nutritious factors surrounding Asian pears.
Not only are they delicious for us dogs, but they also help to improve our quality of life. But remember, only feed us Asian pears in moderation!
Can dogs eat pear with skin?
Dogs are able to eat Asian pears with or without skin. The only thing to keep in mind is that you must make sure that the pear skin has been washed first.
This will get rid of any nasty bacteria on the exterior of the fruit. You’d wash your fruit before eating it, so do the same for us, please!
Once your Asian pears have been thoroughly washed, slice up the correct portion size into bite sized chunks. Did you know that the skin of an Asian pear is highly concentrated in fiber? This makes it the perfect snack if your dog has been suffering with constipation.
Keep the skin on and your dog will benefit greatly. If you have puppies, they can also snack on an Asian pear with skin.
So feel free to feed them too! Just make sure that you give them an even smaller portion for those little guys!
What fruit can dogs not eat?
So now that you know Asian pears are safe in moderation, let’s take a quick look at what dogs can’t eat. Some of these may be surprising to you, so make sure to note these down for later reference.
- Apricots – the pit is a source of cyanide and can be a choking hazard. If you are giving this fruit to your dog, ensure that you slice it first.
- Avocado – persin is a substance found in avocado. This is toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Cherries – the pit contains cyanide and can be a huge choking hazard. It is not worth the risk.
- Dates – the pits can cause a blockage in their bowels.
- Figs – this fruit is extremely high in fibre. Only one to two figs a week are recommended for dogs as they can cause diarrhea for your hound.
- Grapes – this is probably the best known “do not feed your dog” fruit. They can cause kidney failure so be extremely careful and contact your vet straight away if your dog consumes any.
- Peaches – the pit contains cyanide and can be a choking hazard. If you slice the flesh of the peach, then you can feed this to your dog in moderation.
- Plums – again, the pit contains cyanide and can cause blockages in the intestine. You can feed your dog a small amount of the flesh if sliced proportionately.