Can Puppies Eat Pears?

Figuring out what treats to give your puppy and what they enjoy takes time, patience, and a lot of trial and error. All pups are different, which means some will love one treat while others might not be as enthusiastic about it.

One thing many pet parents like to do is feed their puppies fruits and vegetables. Their (mostly true) assumption is that, since they’re healthy for humans, fruits and veggies should be healthy for puppies, too.

As more fresh, local produce makes its way to grocers and farmer’s markets near me, I often think about the different varieties of produce that pet parents can safely feed their pups. 

One fruit I’ve been thinking about lately is pears, one of my fave in-season fruits. The reason why is that a fresh crop just arrived! As I picked a few ripe ones at my local farmer’s market the other day, a question I’ve heard repeatedly came to mind, that being can puppies eat pears?  

The answer is that yes, puppies can eat pears, but in moderation. Pears are a healthy snack loaded with vitamins and fiber. As with all fruits and veggies, it’s best to use the 90/10 rule of snack and treat moderation.

Other than that, if they’re ripe, clean, and you’ve cut them into chewable chunks, pears are a perfect occasional snack to give your pupper. Many dogs love them, and they help hydrate your pup, too!

Now that you know that puppies can eat pears, I’m betting you have other questions about this popular fruit as a snack for your pup. How much pear can a puppy eat, for example, and can dogs have pears with skin on them?

For the answer to these questions and a few more, read on. I’ve got them for you below, plus advice and tips on how to feed this nutritious snack to your puppy.

How Much Pear can a Puppy Eat?

It’s difficult to say exactly how much pear you can feed your puppy, so veterinarians and dog experts created the 90/10 rule. 

This rule states that 90% of the food you feed your puppy should be their regular, daily kibble, and the other 10% can be the snacks you choose to give them.

So, for example, If you feed your puppy half a pound of food per day, you can give them between 1 and 2 ounces of snacks. A medium-sized pear weighs about 6 oz, which means you can give them 1/3 of it in bite-sized chunks. 

Remember, though, that if you use up their 10% snack allowance on pears, you shouldn’t give any other snacks to your puppy for the rest of the day.

Can Dogs have Pears with Skin?

Like the skin of several other fruits and vegetables, pear skin is safe for your puppy to eat. It’s also filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber to help them go potty.

One caveat, however, is that you should thoroughly clean every pear you feed to your puppy. Unfortunately, most fruits and vegetables are sprayed with many chemicals and fertilizers, which can be quite toxic. That makes cleaning them well a vital task.

Will Pears give Dogs Diarrhea? 

If you give your puppy some pear in moderation, following the 90/10 rule, most will have absolutely no problem eating and digesting it normally. 

On the other hand, if you feed your puppy a lot of pear slices, or they manage to get into your stash of pears and eat a bunch of them, they may have diarrhea.

The thing is, eating too much of any type of fruit, even if it’s “safe”  for puppies, will usually give them diarrhea. Eating too many pears can also cause your puppy to vomit. Vomiting helps them get rid of the pears quickly before making your pup sick and is a normal and healthy reaction.

Can Dogs Eat Pear Seeds?

Pear seeds are one part of the fruit you should avoid giving your puppy. The reason is that, like apples and some other fruits, pear seeds contain a small amount of the toxin cyanide.

It would, however, take a lot of pear seeds to make your puppy sick. They would likely have to eat a 5, 6, or 7 to have a reaction and a lot more to become genuinely ill.

Another reason not to give your puppy pieces of pear with the seeds still in them is that they can cause a choking hazard for very small puppies. The risk is low but isn’t zero, so keep pear seeds away from your pup.

Can Dogs Eat Whole Pears?

No, it’s not a good idea to give your puppy a whole pear as that includes the seeds, which I mentioned earlier are toxic due to their cyanide.

Also, It’s best to cut a pear into small, chewable, and easy-to-swallow chunks to reduce the risk of choking. 

That’s not to say that if your puppy accidentally ate an entire, whole pear, it would hurt them or cause them to get sick. One pear probably won’t do that, but it could be problematic if a puppy were to get into a bushel of pears and eat a bunch of them. 

Can my Dog at Pear Cores?

You shouldn’t give your puppy or dog the core of pears due to the seeds they contain and the cyanide in those seeds. Indeed, the core of the pear is the worst part to give your dog and should never be given to a puppy.

Why Does my Dog Love Pears?

While it’s not easy to say exactly why any particular dog will love pears, it’s certainly easy to understand. Pears are sweet, delicious, crunchy, and fun to chew.

A chilled pear will give your puppy some much-needed relief from the heat on a sunny day and provide some water to quench their thirst. 

Remember, however, no matter how much your puppy or dog loves pears; you should only give them this fruit occasionally because they’re very high in sugar.

By the way, one of the best ways to feed a pear to your puppy is to cut a pear into bite-sized chunks and freeze it. Frozen pear chinks will give your puppy something fun to chew and provide them with many important nutrients.

Can Puppies Eat Cooked or Canned Pears?

While eating a piece of cooked or canned pear probably won’t be a problem for your puppy, the best way to give them this healthy snack is fresh and raw. Fresh, ripe pears are far and away the best to give your puppy or dog and will cause the fewest problems for their digestive system.

One reason to avoid feeding canned pears to your puppy is that they typically contain more sugar than ripe, fresh pears. If you feed your puppy cooked pears, you should cook them with no added ingredients, including sugar and spices.

Final Thoughts 

As spring rolls into summer and pears come into season, you’ll be glad you know that, yes, your puppy can eat pears. Raw, ripe pears are a fun, nutritious treat that many puppies and dogs love.

As with any snack you feed your puppy, it’s best to follow the 90/10 rule of moderation. Also, you mustn’t give your puppy the seeds found in pears because they’re toxic due to the cyanide they contain.

I hope today’s blog on puppies and pears has been enjoyable to read and answered all of your questions. Please see my other blogs if you have more or would like to read about more puppy topics. I’ve written about a wide range of puppy-related subjects, and all of them contain excellent tips and real-world advice.